Opinion

This levy must pass-letters

This levy must pass

  • Jul 18th, 2016

Chief of EMS Discusses the Upcoming Levy-letters

Chief of EMS Discusses the Upcoming Levy

  • Jul 17th, 2016

Save EMS. Vote Yes

Save EMS. Vote Yes

  • Jul 17th, 2016

Baseball in Morgantown-letters

Baseball in Morgantown

  • Jul 17th, 2016

Another successful scramble-letters

Dear Editor,

  • Jul 15th, 2016

“Transparency” in the EMS levy-letters

"Transparency" in the EMS levy

  • Jul 15th, 2016

Fact vs Opinion

Fact vs Opinion

  • Jul 15th, 2016

EMS – will it survive even with a levy increase?-letters

EMS – will it survive even with a levy increase?-letters

  • Jul 14th, 2016

We are fortunate for our EMS

We are fortunate for our EMS

  • Jul 14th, 2016

Yes for EMS levy | Editorial

Imagine your 80-year-old great grandmother awoke one night with chest pains and was worried it was a heart attack. Her 85-year-old husband, who suffers from a shattered vertebra in his neck, was unable to drive her to the emergency room. She called 911 and minutes later a volunteer EMT was at her door and began basic life-saving protocols. Minutes later an ambulance arrived with two paramedics who stabilized her and transported her safely to Peace Island Hospital for further care. What if when she dialed 911 there were no EMTs? No paramedics? No ambulance?

Undervotes, Overvotes, and Write-ins

- The seventh in a series of articles about elections in Washington State by San Juan County Auditor F. Milene Henley. The County Auditor administers elections and voter registration in the County.

  • Jul 13th, 2016

Get involved – Letter

We all look forward to summer, but it's easy to forget that it can be a time of stress for young families. Many parents are working long hours while school is out and their childcare options may be limited. United Way of San Juan County recognizes the importance of providing safe, structured activities for children and working parents in our community during the summer months. United Way's support of our Youth Mentoring Program enables school-aged kids – mostly from single-parent families – to be paired one-on-one with an adult mentor. Together, Mentor and Mentee meet weekly to do everything from hiking to summer reading, as well as getting involved in wonderful 4-H activities. Likewise, United Way funding enables our center to offer free parent-child playgroups four mornings a week through our Family Support Program, providing valuable time for new parents (and grandparents!) to connect with one another while their infants and preschoolers build social skills through cooperative play and group activities. It's a terrific way for families to stay connected even when schools are closed for the summer. We encourage community members to support United Way of San Juan County and the efforts they make to ensure that local families have access to active, healthy summer activities.

Voters deserve the truth

Voters deserve the truth

  • Jul 13th, 2016

UW’s Friday Harbor Labs thanks Community Foundation’s Women’s Fund – letters

The UW's Friday Harbor Labs Science Outreach Program (FHLSOP) is delighted to receive funds from the San Juan Island Community Foundation's Women's Fund for three important program needs; loupes, lifejackets and the cost of printed materials. The Outreach Program uses the loupes for their 1st grade project with Friday Harbor Elementary School (FHES) students. These 1st grade students team-up with UW Marine Biology students as they learn how to use the loupes to answer questions of their magnified world.

  • Jul 9th, 2016

Another successful golf scramble

Dear Editor,

  • Jul 8th, 2016

County Council’s conflict of interest-letters

County Council's conflict of interest

  • Jul 8th, 2016

Please join me and vote ‘yes’ – letters

Our newly constituted Hospital District Board of Commissioners, with three members elected in the wake of widespread discontent with the transition to the new hospital and management of EMS by previous leadership, is asking us to authorize an increased levy for emergency services.

  • Jul 8th, 2016

Is EMS fiscally responsible? – Letters

Call me skeptical, but it appears that San Juan Island EMS is asking the taxpayers to go round three on raising their levy 42% based on just their word. To date, there is no approved and final budget for 2017 or even an updated budget for 2016 to evaluate whether EMS is actually fiscally responsible this go around.

  • Jul 8th, 2016

Why Yes on EMS

Three things spell EMS to me. The first, those were my mother's initials… but you're not interested in that. The second, a dream I had this morning… but you're not interested in that, either. Or maybe you are, for the dream spoke to the third EMS meaning, our island's Emergency Medical Service.

  • Jul 2nd, 2016

Trump, guns and Hilary

On May 7th at a WA State rally, Donald Trump stated "Hillary Clinton wants to abolish the Second Amendment." The implication is that if one votes for Hillary, she will take your guns away.

  • Jun 29th, 2016

Vote EMS

Dear Editor and San Juan Islanders,

  • Jun 29th, 2016

Support EMS and vote yes

Dear Editor and San Juan Islanders,

  • Jun 29th, 2016

We support the proposed EMS levy

As part-time residents of San Juan Island for thirty years, we have heard many positive reports about the quality and caring of our EMS providers and want to add one more. Many years ago, we asked a friend to take care of our dog while we were off-island. That day she experienced a severe allergic reaction to a prescription drug. EMS personnel responded very quickly, administered immediate aid and arranged for her to be flown to Anacortes for treatment. Their actions saved her life. The responding EMT's even made sure our dog was safe and cared for until our return. The proposed $0.50 levy will allow them to continue to provide these essential services to everyone regardless of their ability to pay while our new hospital board and a citizen's budget review committee work to improve efficiency and restore financial stability to the organization. Please vote YES.

  • Jun 29th, 2016

Letter to the Editor Regarding EMS Election

How hard is it to replace a friend you have had for forty-five years? If it hadn't been for the EMS service in her small town, my friend Sharon would not have survived a major heart attack last year. Luckily, her community supports Emergency Medical Service and has a skilled cardiac care unit at their regional hospital.

  • Jun 29th, 2016

“Vote Yes for SJI EMS 2016” asks for support

In August 2016, voters will be asked to vote on a replacement levy for San Juan Island Emergency Medical Services. This measure supports SJIEMS - not hospital services at Peace Island Medical Center. The current levy expires on December 31, 2016, after which there will be no more funding for SJIEMS, unless voters approve a levy to continue funding this agency.

  • Jun 28th, 2016

Island hiking | Editorial

This past week I decided that I would pick up a new hobby: hiking.

  • Jun 28th, 2016

Thank You

Thank you

  • Jun 22nd, 2016

We are fortunate to Have our EMS service

Dear Editor,

  • Jun 22nd, 2016

Maintain EMS care quality

Many of your readers know me. I had the privilege of practicing Medicine on the island from 2008 until 2014. In that period of time I worked closely with the EMTs and Paramedics that the islanders are fortunate to have. I can tell you that in my forty years of practicing Emergency Medicine across the country I have not witnessed the level of teamwork, skill and caring that exists in the pre-hospital emergency care on San Juan Island.

  • Jun 22nd, 2016

Support for EMS Levy

My wife and I came to the Island one year ago. This is our home now. We could see the strong ethic of Islanders to make their community better for everyone. We could see the pride in award-winning EMS services. But even the best programs must adapt to changing conditions, such as declining revenue and increasing costs. We are at that point now. The old property tax levy ends this year. It can no longer sustain EMS service levels so vital to everyone's health and welfare. When you receive your primary election ballot in the mail, please vote 'yes' for the new 2016 EMS levy. Every vote counts because passage requires a 60% approval. We can have excellent EMS service only if we continue to support it. EMS saves lives and makes us a community.

  • Jun 22nd, 2016

Programs help youth develop skills needed for the modern world

San Juan Island Prevention Coalition's (SJIPC) Youth Leadership Initiative is a fortunate partner with United Way. United Way supports SJIPC to help youth acquire skills needed to navigate our globally competitive information age and to be leaders in the 21st Century.

  • Jun 22nd, 2016

Larsen Statement on Sales Agreement Between Boeing and Iran Air

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-02) today released the following statement after Boeing announced that it signed a sales agreement with Iran Air:

  • Jun 21st, 2016

Orca Month Proclaimed by Governor Inslee

Learn about Orcas at Orca Network Workshop June 18.

  • Jun 21st, 2016

Old hospital building could house seasonal workers

By Courtney Oldwyn

  • Jun 13th, 2016

Fractured History, Guest column

There is a broad misconception as to the establishment of The Roche Harbor Resort. The claim is the "McMillins," were largely responsible for the development of the Resort. That statement is in error, inaccurate, erroneous, and factually incorrect.

  • Jun 9th, 2016

Creating a safe space for victims to be heard

In the last five years, crime stories we report on are indeed becoming more disturbing. In the last six months we have seen a slew of crime involving sexual assaults. The most upsetting story that has ever come across my desk was this week's article involving the severe abuse of a toddler. (Read more about this story in this week's edition). These stories beg the question, why is this happening?

Say no to coal

I fully support the Army Corps of Engineer's decision to reject the permit for Pacific International Terminal to construct what would have been North America's largest export terminal for coal.

  • May 18th, 2016

Vote for Ted

This goes out to all those Republican voters who were going to vote for Ted Cruz in the upcoming Presidential Primary, but are now thinking that, since Cruz suspended his campaign last week, your vote is meaningless. You're discouraged, thinking there's nothing we can do at this point to stop Donald Trump from getting the Republican nomination. And so you're just going to let that ballot sit. Or maybe you've gone even farther and decided that you will have to hold your nose and vote for Trump.

  • May 18th, 2016