Horoscopes by Triana: January 15-21, 2018 - New Moon in Capricorn on Tuesday, Then Sun, Moon and Venus Enter Aquarius

The first New Moon of 2018 is in Capricorn, delivering a last Howler about all the wrong stuff that’s going and what needs to be done about it. This New Moon gives us the opportunity to either embrace or evict what is restricting us. Not all restriction is a bad thing and sometimes chewing through the restraints isn’t the best idea. Tuesday brings us to that point of knowing where to put boundaries and where to remove them. It’s a power packed New Moon because of the mashup in Capricorn so let’s make good use of it.

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Geyman: PHD board made the right decision

As a resident of San Juan Island for 28 years, a practicing family physician at the Inter Island Medical Center from 1990 to 1997, a member of the original Hospital District Board during the early 1990s, and a current member of the San Juan County Board of Health, I want to commend the decision of the San Juan County Public Hospital District No. 1 Board of Commissioners several days ago to select Richard Frazer as Interim Chief of San Juan Island EMS and Dr. Michael Sullivan as the supervising physician. Their complementary experience and expertise in administration, management, and emergency medical care will help to chart future directions for Emergency Medical Services and establish ongoing financial stability.

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San Juan Island Real Estate Market Summary

In reviewing the year-end results for 2017, the sales dollar volume for the real estate market in San Juan County per the Northwest Multiple Listing Service was $299,943,083 which reflects an increase in volume of 19.5% over 2016 when the volume was $251,020,953. The percentage of growth this year was very similar to the increase we enjoyed for the last several years; very stable controlled growth is much more sustainable. The County closed an average of 49.3 transactions per month which is above the last few years.

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Celebrating 35 Years - Welcome to a Year of Reading with the San Juan Island Library

Can you believe that the San Juan Island Library has been in its present building for 35 years?

To celebrate the occasion San Juan Island Library is inviting you to read along with staff this year in a program called Reading Revels 2018: 35/35. We are challenging folks to read 35 books this year, one for each year the Library has been in the building. Every month, a new thematic reading challenge will be posted on our reading blog, Reading Revels www.readingrevels2018.wordpress.com where you can also see the projected theme list for the year.

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Smith: SJI EMS finances are only one factor

The PHD board is correct to position themselves as the financial watchdog for San Juan Island EMS. No one seriously disputes that obligation. Financial concerns, however, are only ONE factor that will affect the ability of the agency to accomplish the mission. Repeat - it is ONLY ONE factor.

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Janet Thomas: We can make a difference

It is the beginning of a New Year. I’m old enough to know that my own life is shaped by the past. The tragedy of the future is that it will be inhabited by our young people, the innocent victims of history. This is beyond reconciliation. I remember the moment I heard that JFK Jr. was assassinated; I remember the Civil Rights movement, MLK Jr’s inspiration—and assassination; I remember the Vietnam War; I remember the beginning of the Women’s Movement, and the books of Germaine Greer and Betty Friedan; I remember when the pharmaceutical industry was not allowed to advertise on television because the well-being of the people was deemed more important than the deep pockets of money-barons and stockholders. As I look into the future I see a ravaged planet, a ravaged humanity, and a ravaged unfolding future for future generations.

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Horoscopes by Triana: January 8 -14, 2018

After a long hiatus and a lot of soul searching, I’ve decided to return to San Juan Islander to offer you my astrological insights. I missed writing for my community and since my return to Lopez nearly three years ago I’ve had a lot of people express their desire to read what I have to say. San Juan Islander has kindly taken me back and I’m happy to be here!

Needless to say, the drastic changes in our society and world come as no surprise to me as I’ve seen this coming for a long time. Yet I feel compelled not only to share my astrological observations with you but also my personal philosophy and knowledge of chaos theory and other mathematical truths that enlightened me three decades ago.

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January 2018 Skygazing from the Robert Ferguson Observatory

The moon is very "active" this month, with two full moons, both associated with large tides and the first full moon at the start of the month being the largest of 2018. There is a total lunar eclipse of the second full moon! The moon occults a number of bright stars and has many close pairings with planets and colorful bright stars. Plus, we have some nice chances to spot very thin crescent moons.

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