Opinion

We have to be salmon tough | Being Frank

We need to be as tough as the salmon themselves if we’re going to see their recovery. South Fork Nooksack River native spring chinook are almost extinct and need our help. It wasn’t long ago when about 13,000 of these early-timed chinook came back to the river each year. They were the first salmon to arrive each spring, feeding Indian people after long winters, when no other salmon were in the river.

The Journal endorses … | Editorial

The Nov. 4 general election is, as John McCain and Barack Obama tell us, perhaps the most important election in recent history. That applies on the local as well as national level. The challenges have increased since the campaign season began in early summer. Getting the economy moving again and paying the bills for basic public needs during a time of economic turmoil are two of the heavy challenges looming over each winner on Nov. 4.

  • Oct 22nd, 2008

Counterpoint: Annexation is not necessary right now

The Gray & Osborne Infrastructure Study gave us 52 million good reasons to look at alternatives to annexation of additional residential land into the Town of Friday Harbor. The Town of Friday Harbor currently has enough residential zoned land to both satisfy the county’s long-term affordable housing needs and provide entry-level homes for working islanders. With minimal creativity, we can meet the projected housing demands of the Growth Management Act without expanding the town’s boundaries one inch.

  • Oct 17th, 2008

Point: Proposed annexation of the Buck/Boreen property

I am writing in response to a letter from Michael Mayes published in The Journal of the San Juan Islands (“Grover Street is a liability”, Sept. 17). This is the second letter Mr. Mayes has written to The Journal attempting to throw up roadblocks preventing the annexation of the Buck/Boreen property. Mr. Mayes has also addressed Town Council meetings and been interviewed by at least one Journal reporter regarding the proposed annexation.

  • Oct 17th, 2008

Orca survival trumps profits, ‘ownership’ | Editorial

It’s time for Lolita to be returned home. The Southern Resident orca, you may recall, was captured in 1970 in our waters and now resides, and performs on demand, at the Miami Seaquarium. Since 1995, Orca Network and the San Juan Island-based Center for Whale Research have lobbied for the whale’s return to the Salish Sea, but the aquarium’s ownership rights have apparently trumped the Endangered Species Act, the Marine Mammal Protection Act and other animal welfare laws.

  • Oct 15th, 2008

Memories of ride-sharing Down Under | SJRideshare

I encourage everybody to think twice before you leave home in the morning and consider leaving your car at home for a day. It’s a great way to remind ourselves that we live in our own slice of paradise.

  • Oct 6th, 2008

Share your thoughts about Turtleback plan | Guest Column

For the draft to become final, the Land Bank Commission must hold a public hearing and decide whether to advance the plan to the County Council. Then the council will hold a public hearing in consideration of adopting it. The Land Bank’s public hearing will be held on Oct. 10 at 10 a.m. in the Hotel Dining Room, Orcas Hotel, on Orcas Island (next to the ferry landing), and the County Council’s will be scheduled soon thereafter.

  • Oct 1st, 2008

Support the United Way. It supports you | Editorial

This week, islanders will receive in the mail a brochure that explains where every dollar goes that is given to United Way of San Juan County. Each dollar goes to 35 local non-profit agencies that provide services for island children and families.

  • Oct 1st, 2008

Browne site is most ideal for farmers market | Editorial

The proposed purchase of the Boede Cement/Friday Harbor Electric site for a year-round farmers market is an exciting idea. But as the initial excitement has waned, other factors have become apparent. And we can say that, while the site holds promise, the earlier vision of a year-round farmers market at the Browne Lumber Co. site on Spring Street is preferred. Here’s why.

  • Sep 25th, 2008

Project is for the good of the order | Editorial

Be patient.That’s the best advice we can give businesses and residents who…

  • Sep 19th, 2008

For the good of the order | Editorial

Be patient.That’s the best advice we can give businesses and residents who…

  • Sep 19th, 2008

A loving God and human suffering | Guest Column

By Dr. Joe Bettridge, pastorFriday Harbor Presbyterian ChurchIn the light of the…

  • Sep 17th, 2008

Annexation: A well-planned, low impact solution | Guest Column

What kind of community do we want our island to be in…

  • Sep 16th, 2008

Participate in discussion about rights | Editorial

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted by the United Nations…

  • Sep 11th, 2008

Friday Harbor annexation: Let’s determine the costs before we commit | Guest Column

In the next few weeks, the Friday Harbor Town Council will vote on one of the most significant actions in the town’s 100-year history. Up for consideration is the annexation of approximately 50 acres that includes 12-15 acres allocated for affordable housing.

  • Sep 9th, 2008

Solid waste site: What can the SWAC be thinking? | Guest Column

By Jeanie Rouleau GarrettThe Solid Waste Advisory Committee (SWAC) has decided that…

  • Sep 9th, 2008

Solid waste site: Selection process is dangerously flawed | Guest Column

By Mike MacdonaldThe county’s failure to comply with the Comprehensive Plan threatens…

  • Sep 9th, 2008

Toward a civil, informative general election | Editorial

Congratulations to the winners of the Aug. 19 primary. Voters chose well — they are sending to the Nov. 4 general election candidates who are diverse in their experience and who have disparate views on how to meet the challenges of the day.

  • Sep 3rd, 2008

San Juan solid waste decision deserves attention from the public | Editorial

The site of the solid waste transfer station is one of the most significant decisions county officials will make this year.

  • Aug 27th, 2008

Prosecutor handled omission poorly | Editorial

The issue was minor, but how it was handled was telling. The two candidates for Superior Court judge, Randy Gaylord and John Linde, each failed to include on a judicial candidate questionnaire a case in which they were disciplined. A spokesman for the governor’s office said the candidates should have listed those actions.

  • Aug 16th, 2008

Point/Counterpoint: Uniform Judicial Evaluation Questionnaire

In an open letter to Judge John Linde, attorney Tom Evans of…

  • Aug 13th, 2008

San Juan County Fair comes when we need it most

It seems like the San Juan County Fair always comes just when we need it most. With elections behind us and before us, with summer racing by and a school year racing toward us, with school district budget woes following us and a county budget crisis lurking in the shadows, we need the fair.

  • Aug 12th, 2008

Some facts about cigarette butts on our streets

Some facts about littered cigarette butts, from the Web site www.nobuttsaboutit.net

  • Aug 12th, 2008

The Journal endorses … | Editorial

The Aug. 19 primary election is an important one in many ways. For the first time, San Juan County voters will elect the county’s own Superior Court judge; we no longer share a judge with Island County. The judge’s race will be decided in the Aug. 19 primary election. The winner will be responsible for the fair and impartial administration of justice in cases involving family law, felonies and land use matters, among others. He will manage a infant court system through all of its growing pains. He will serve a four-year term and be paid $146,832 a year.

  • Aug 6th, 2008

For the Record | Corrections and Clarifications

— A quote in the story, "Dog attack blamed in 'beloved' alpaca's…

  • Aug 6th, 2008

Keep your thumb out and the car at home | RideShare

Recently a team from King 5 News flew up from Seattle to Friday Harbor in a helicopter to make a story about the new alternative transportation system we have here.

  • Aug 6th, 2008

Still more questions than answers | Guest Column

“Where are the whales?” and “When will they be here?” seem to be the questions I find myself answering every few minutes. I am an intern at the Lime Kiln Lighthouse for the summer conducting research on the killer whales or, as 90 percent of those surveyed prefer, orcas.

  • Aug 6th, 2008

Waggin’ load of tricks and marimba mewsic too | Ferry Home Companion

We haven’t been able to get the final figure from the exhausted volunteers who put on the sell-out Wags to Riches, the fourth annual benefit for the Friday Harbor Animal Shelter, July 27.

Rewards of volunteering are always priceless | Beach Watchers’ Journal

What happened at the 10th annual OrcaSing held at the park’s lighthouse only confirmed just how little we know about the three families of orcas who have been vacationing in the Salish Sea for eons, long before there was a summer ferry schedule.

  • Jul 23rd, 2008

Like any family, we must work at getting along | Being Frank

Nature has established a rhythm through the millennia of our planet’s existence. It’s a rhythm that, for the sake of our children’s children, society cannot continue to ignore.

  • Jul 23rd, 2008

For the Record | Corrections and Clarifications

— “Caring for Our Natural Resources,” a special section produced by the San Juan Nature Institute and the San Juan County Marine Resources Committee, is included in mail subscriber copies of this week’s Jourtnal.

  • Jul 23rd, 2008

Primary election ballots in the mail Aug. 1 | Editorial

Ballots for the Aug. 19 primary election go out in the mail in 16 days, on Aug. 1. If you aren’t registered to vote, do so.

  • Jul 19th, 2008

Aquarium: What do you do with a dead canary? | Guest column

The sea surface can be a barrier, keeping us from “seeing,” in the way we would “see” in a forest or meadow. We started the Spring Street Aquarium in order to reveal the abundant nature to be found under that surface.

  • Jul 19th, 2008

Medicare-certified hospice comes to San Juan, offers new hope for recipients

I want to let you know about a health care service now available to San Juan Island residents. On May 1, Skagit Hospice in Mount Vernon activated a Medicare-certified hospice program on San Juan Island with the plan that these services will extend to other islands when the program meets its goals.

  • Jul 9th, 2008

Friday Harbor should embrace power of public art

The man was in full stride, his head a mop of curly hair, his face a study in determination, his chest pulling in a lungful of air, the muscles in his left leg taut with strength.

  • Jul 9th, 2008

San Juan County needs to enforce dock permit rules | Editorial

San Juan County needs to make a priority of enforcement of its development regulations. A review of 19 dock permits by the San Juan Initiative Policy Group found that of 19 dock permits issued by the county, half of the completed docks did not match conditions of their permits. And eight dock floats were, on average, 52 feet larger than allowed.

  • Jul 9th, 2008

Don’t be an ash! Keep San Juan roadways free of cigarette butts

You’ve probably heard of the Washington State Department of Ecology’s “Litter and It Will Hurt” campaign. It’s a clever slogan. But, when it comes to one particular type of litter here in San Juan County, perhaps the slogan should be “Don’t Be An Ash!”.

  • Jul 9th, 2008

INS must have more important things to do

I have often been prompted to write concerning the Border Patrol actions at the Anacortes Ferry Terminal; others have already expressed excellent points of view over the past four months.

  • Jul 2nd, 2008

Keep entire hospital process open | Editorial

The San Juan Hospital District Commission approved on June 18 a letter of intent that clears the way for the district and PeaceHealth to explore in more depth the feasibility of a new integrated medical center on San Juan Island. In our June 25 editorial, we recommended the commission approve the letter of intent and explore with more depth the unanswered questions regarding the medical center. But we also urged the commission to keep the process open. That’s why we’re disturbed by the fact that the commission adopted the letter of intent without public discussion.

  • Jul 2nd, 2008