Largest ferries in the state will be converted to hybrid electric propulsion

SEATTLE – Washington State Ferries is moving forward with converting its three Jumbo Mark II class ferries, the largest in the fleet, from diesel to hybrid electric propulsion. In early October, the trustee administering the nationwide federal Volkswagen settlement approved up to $35 million to support retrofitting the first of the ferries from diesel to electric power.

Christine L. Koosmann February 4, 1951 – October 12, 2019

Christine passed peacefully in Friday Harbor, WA with her son by her side. Christine was born in Bagley, MN and grew up in Ethiopia as her father worked as a Lutheran Missionary. She loved horses and showing Collies, but the love of her life was her granddaughter Hannah.

Teen Homelessness: A Hidden Problem, A Community Solution

Most Islanders don’t know many teens struggle to be stably housed in San Juan County. A small number shelter in vehicles or tents, but many couch surf, staying with friends or family members on sufferance, often moving from place to place. Some may depend on an exploitative relationship for a place to stay. There are more than a dozen children ages 13-18 on San Juan Island without a stable, safe place to live. Their family may be homeless. More often the child is separated from their parents due to conflict with household members. Often substance abuse or mental health issues are a factor. Some stay to finish high school when their family moves.

Dustrude: Isn't the Fire Commission concerned about rushing into contract with EMS?

TO: Frank Cardinale, Bob Jarman, and Albert Olson, Fire District 3 Commissioners


Quite a number of island citizens have publicly expressed their concern about the public hospital district’s lame-duck membership rushing to approve an inter-local agreement with your board in their last couple of months in office, thus tying the hands of the newly elected board.