Character Counts

Are you ready to meet Auggie Pullman? That’s the tagline for the upcoming film, Wonder, about to hit big screens across America on November 17.

Did you know that you don’t have to wait for the film release to meet this inspirational character? Wonder is a book that is currently in the children’s section of the Library and a favorite of many young readers.


Bacterial Responses to Ocean Acidification

Ocean acidification, resulting from an increase in atmospheric CO2, is a growing concern as it is projected to impact all ocean regions and affect a wide variety of marine life. Although a significant amount of research has focused on studying the effects of ocean acidification (OA) on marine animal phyla and even eukaryotic phytoplankton, less attention has been focused on how OA affects marine bacteria. Both autotrophic (“producer”) and heterotrophic (“consumer”) bacteria play important roles in the marine food web; Synechococcus and Prochlorococcus (picocyanobacteria) alone contribute up to 50% of fixed carbon in the marine environment. The response of bacterioplankton to ocean acidification has been inconsistent across studies and more research is needed at multi-species and community scales as opposed to laboratory experiments on a single species of cultured bacteria.


Stage Left: Thank you to SJI Community Foundation

Island Stage Left is delighted to be the recipient of a $5,000 San Juan Community Foundation grant to buy a small cargo trailer and update audio equipment. This brings joy to our volunteers and crew by effectively halving the work we have to do loading, unloading and storing audience risers, lights and sound equipment between locations. Up until now we’d been dependent on a motley armada of volunteered cars and pick-ups for transport, and using our rehearsal space for storage. 


Extinction in the Salish Sea

Extinction. It is a word running rampant through the lexicon of these times. From the smallest of insects to the largest of mammals, these days, extinction is defining the horizon for too many forms of life on earth. And it's happening right here, in the waters of the Salish Sea and on the shores of San Juan Island.


Danaher and Palmer: Thanks for making the Film Fest a success

Dear Editor

The Friday Harbor Film Festival needs to thank so many people who gave their time and energy to this 5th annual event!! We could not continue without our wonderful and dedicated volunteers, assisting us at every level. Plus, the fantastic venues, their existing staff with a special shout out to all at the SJC Theatre and our newest venue the Palace Theater Aaron the manager was a joy to work with and helped us immeasurably. Plus our generous sponsors helped tremendously by buying ads in our program and sponsoring films.


Lindstrum: Thanks to all supporters

To the voters and supporters:

Thank you all so much. No one gets elected by themselves. My heartfelt appreciation to all who wrote letters, hosted events, contributed to the campaign, spoke up, and voted! I am honored, and humbled by your support, and belief in me. There's a lot of work to do, and I hope you will all be there to support the hospital commission.


Anna Lisa Lindstrum


Edward Sylvester Morse, 1838-1925 Part of his Legacy: a Shared Japan/U.S. Scholar Exchange Program at FHL

Edward Sylvester Morse (1838-1925) was a greatly admired scientist and educator both in the United States and Japan. In the limited time he spent in Japan (1877-1883), one of the most important things E.S. Morse did was establish the first marine laboratory in the Pacific at Enoshima in 1877.


Daly: Vote for Lindstrum for SJI Hospital Board

Dear Editor,

Anna Lisa Lindstrum is an excellent choice for Commissioner of our San Juan County Public Hospital District #1. As a 17-year resident, a mother and a trusted business person, she is committed, caring and qualified to address the challenging aspects of the healthcare landscape of San Juan County, including Peace Health, Planned Parenthood, EMS, and the current issue with the Life Care Center.


Dean: Thank you to Life Care Center staff

To the personnel of Life Care Center of San Juan Island,

My dad was a resident at the Life Care Center for approximately 2 years. I just want to thank everyone there for taking care of him while he was there. I wanted to send a “thank you” before it all dissolved, but time ran out so here I am saying it after the fact.