We’ve moved the (Dewey Decimal) 811 section--American and English poetry--to a place all by itself on the other side from Graphic Novels (near the adult computers). It’s just a few short steps away from the Display Table, which features a world-wide selection of poetry--from very local (San Juan Island) to local (San Juan Islands) to regional (Pacific Northwest) to national to global. There’s a nice selection of poems in translation: for example, try Spanish (Pablo Neruda) or Polish (Czeslaw Milosz), or Japanese haiku (Basho, Issa, and company).
If San Juan County wasn't a charter county, the council's discussion on April 10, 2018 of the Land Bank's proposed $700,000 purchase of the Drigg's property on San Juan Island would take place in Friday Harbor rather than Lopez Village.
Driggs property on the corner of Argyle Avenue and Caines Street in Friday Harbor.
I JUST READ THE RECENT ARTICLE ABOUT A PROPOSED LAND BANK ACQUISITION IN FH .....REALLY, THE HEARING TO BUY DRIGGS IN FH IS ON LOPEZ???? WILL THERE BE AN ADDITIONAL ONE ON SAN JUAN IN FRIDAY HARBOR WHERE THE PURCHASE AND LOSS OF PROPERTY TAX REVENUE WILL BE MOST FELT??? THIS IS A VALID ISSUE THAT SHOULD NOT BE IGNORED.
The first quarter results for San Juan Island were a puzzle to me and required extra analysis. San Juan Island’s dollar volume for the quarter reflected a decrease of 28% as compared to the same quarter in 2017. In 2017 the dollar volume was a 31% increase over 2016 which was a 20% decrease from 2015. Similar to a rollercoaster for San Juan.
Greetings from RFO (www.rfo.org), Mars and Saturn have a very close encounter in the morning sky early this month, and Jupiter is now very dominant and near its best as it nears opposition, rising in the late evening hours. There are several nice conjunctions of the moon with bright stars and planets and Venus, increasingly prominent in the west, passes near the Pleiades cluster late in the month. And then there are the Lyrid meteors on or around the morning of April 22, 2018.
The best science teaching is intimately related to research, and this is why many researchers also teach summer courses at the Friday Harbor Labs. These courses attract the best undergraduate students from across the U.S. and the best graduate students from around the world. These students ask some of the most insightful and penetrating questions as part of individual or group projects, which can lead to Masters or PhD research and influence an entire research career.
Vote YES for our schools! This year, more than ever it is so important that we vote YES on the school levy. It is NOT a new tax, but a renewal of the one that has existed for many years. The legislature did not fully fund public education as promised, and indeed, the San Juan Island Schools over the next four years will receive LESS funding than before because of the allocation of our property tax dollars across the state. Hard to believe, isn’t it? Our community needs this levy!
The Gaylord family supports Dr. Diane Boteler for the Orcas Hospital District Commissioner and asks that you vote for her too.
We strongly believe the Commission should have a doctor as a member, especially when revitalizing the rural health care system on Orcas Island. Dr. Boteler has made a life and career as a doctor on Orcas Island. Dr. Boteler knows rural medicine in the northwest having worked for 20 years in general medicine on Orcas Island and Friday Harbor and she also knows the state-of-the-art medicine from practicing in Bellingham.
The Commission will need smart representatives, and that doesn’t come from training at the best colleges (which she has done). It comes also from developing relationships throughout this community and the larger health care community. Dr. Boteler excels at relationships because she is prompt, earnest, kind, and sincere, with the ability to understand people and situations. Dr. Boteler has shown that she can translate what she knows to improved health care for your family and ours.
Please vote for Dr. Boteler.
Randall and Marny Gaylord
Another positive sign of real estate market recovery for our County is an increase in buyers and sellers utilizing a 1031 exchange. During the recession when appreciation was non-existent there were no gains for buyers and sellers to defer. Many sellers decided to hold off and wait for more recovery.
The rollercoaster of this week brings things out in the open due to the Sun and retrograde Mercury at a hard angle to Mars. In general, things get lost, stuff goes wrong, scapegoats get blamed, things aren’t fair and we are generally in a state of discontent. Not a tiptop week, but other aspects beneath the current help us maintain our balance (if we have any) and get through it by paying attention, documenting, and double checking. Typical retrograde Mercury protocol.
The best news of the week is powerful Venus in her own sign of Taurus coming into a beautiful trine aspect with Mars and Saturn in structure oriented Capricorn. Both Earth signs, Taurus and Capricorn serve different purposes in grounding us and keeping things real. Venus governs self-esteem and this placement gives us an opportunity to grab some discipline and get the job done, whatever it is. Not only that, we feel compelled to do it well, even if we don’t like it! The bonus of this action is that Saturn’s involvement makes the great results long term so don’t underestimate what you’re doing now even if it’s mundane and icky.
Venus is highlighted as the powerhouse this week; she’s in her own sign of Taurus and is receiving harmonious signals from Pluto, Saturn and Mars in Capricorn. This bodes well for all of us because of the solidity and practicality that these signs offer and we have an opportunity to gain some serious ground this week in terms of starting something, changing something, building something or planting something. This week is all about getting our hands dirty and seeing tangible results, both in the short and long term.