Sturdivant: Opposes commercialization of local parks

One of the most appealing things about moving to San Juan Island, more than 40 years ago, was finding a place where commercial endeavors were not encroaching on every part of the island.

The Town of Friday Harbor is only a tat more than 1 mile square and contains most anything any of us could want to consume. Travel beyond that mile and the incredible beauty and peacefulness of this place slides easily into view.

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Town thanks generous utility customers, $5K donated to Friday Harbor Food Bank

On behalf of the Mayor, Council and Citizens of the Town of Friday Harbor I would like to sincerely thank those that donated in their November utility payment to our Harbor Life Ring program. Each year at this time the Town requests that its utility customers contribute to this program which benefits the Friday Harbor Food Bank by providing them with the additional funding necessary to feed our neighbors during the holidays.

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Appel: A call for rational climate action

You attend lectures, subscribe to emails, newsletters and magazines, and buy books describing environmental degradation and the resulting death, destruction and misery suffered by all forms of life, and the sometimes heroic, sometimes illegal, and sometimes quixotic, actions of those on the front lines. You donate to environmental causes. Your most simpatico friends do the same. You see them at gatherings and protests to which many drive. Do you?

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Tide Bites: Mechanical Defenses in Biology

From the moment I decided I wanted to study at a university, I knew it would be in biology. Reading every book on animals I could get my hands on as a kid, I was always especially intrigued by the field of biomimetics (for short: bionics). When the time came for me to choose a course of study, biomimetics wasn't yet an option in any German university. Hence, I jumped into classic Biology at my school of choice, Bochum University. Toward the end of my general studies when I had to decide on a topic for my diploma thesis (an equivalent for a Master's), I participated in an excursion to Sinai, Egypt. It was a class on coral reef ecology taught by Professor Tollrian, and included dozens of SCUBA dives for hands-on reef experience. During that trip I fell in love with SCUBA diving and marine ecology, and furthermore decided that I wanted to join Prof. Tollrian’s lab for my thesis studies.

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Janet Thomas: In Memory of Hope On Our Horizon

It is the 20th Anniversary of WTO Seattle, the week-long wave of protests that shut down the WTO meetings in Seattle and brought a glimmer of hope to our global future. Tragically, for the planet and her people, all the critical conditions that provoked the protests have done nothing but increase—globally, locally and everywhere in-between. Corporate exploitation that increases the wealth of the few is the new “evolution.” Unfortunately for the rest of us, it supports the financial “evolution” of a few over the life-sustaining evolution of the planet and all her people.

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Duke: Thank you from Island Haven

Island Haven Animal Sanctuary would like to send a warm thank you out to everyone who braved the cold and wind last Saturday to attend our Fourth Annual Thanks”Living” Celebration. It was a wonderful turnout and the sanctuary animals loved meeting everyone (and enjoyed all the treats you brought for them!).

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Tide Bites: Art Meets Science in Food for Thought Exhibition

I’ve always had a fascination with how art and science intersect. My undergraduate studies focused on natural history, environmental studies and education. Teaching became my career, where I continued to promote interdisciplinary, thematic studies. Outside of work, during the past ten years in particular, I’ve leant much attention to developing my photographic eye.

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Agosta: Open Letter to San Juan County Fire District #3 Commissioners

Commissioners Jarman, Olsen, and Cardinale:

When the Citizens Advisory Group recommended the integration of SJI Emergency Medical Service (EMS) into Fire District #3 (Fire) last April I supported the idea. Recently I have become skeptical about its chances in our community. An interlocal agreement introduced by the Public Hospital District #1 (PHD) has become a major distraction. The agreement was approved earlier this month by three of the five sitting PHD commissioners (two PHD commissioners opposed it) and Fire is now considering it.

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