Rear Admiral Christopher “Scotty” Gray: Navy takes environmental stewardship seriously

Recent allegations challenging the Navy’s operation of the Growler EA-18G aircraft have created a great deal of public interest in the Navy’s operations in the Pacific Northwest, and I would like to discuss a few key facts regarding the Navy’s mission and environmental stewardship on Whidbey Island in particular.


Real estate transactions down 26%; $ volume down 6 % in the San Juan Islands

The second quarter results which complete the first half of the year for San Juan Island were similar to the first quarter. Per the NWMLS, the dollar volume on San Juan Island was $54,508,838 with a total of 81 transactions. The numbers reflect a 4% decrease in dollar volume and a 26% decrease in the number of transactions as compared to the same period in 2018. However, it was a slight improvement over the period of 2017 to 2018 when the volume decrease for the same period was 22% and the decrease for the number of transactions was 18%.


Day: Thank you to everyone for the wonderful parade

Letter to the Editor:

On behalf of the San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce I would like to thank all who helped to make this a memorable 4th of July!

The 2019 Parade theme “Parade of Stars, past and present” was used in so many of our parade entries this year! We had outstanding entries, many decorated to match the theme, the parade route was packed, the red, white and blue bunting was hung and there was an unbelievable effort made by the community of our island and the businesses to pull off another patriotic 4th of July. After we heard the beautiful singing of the Star Spangled Banner by Chelsea Parrott, we had music, floats, marching bands, the Legion, the Community Marching Band, the UW Husky Band, horses, dogs, service clubs and kids. We were proud to honor our Grand Marshals, Jim and Minnie Knych, and the Honored Citizen Leslie Byron. We were so fortunate to have Alan Budwill announcing again from the Palace Theater and Patricia Love announcing from the Presbyterian Church. And to top it off, the weather, not hot or not cold, was just right!


EDITORIAL: Keep calm and contact your legislator

Ferry trouble in the San Juan Islands is exacerbated when it happens near the Fourth of July holiday. In the late 90s, it was chaos when  the Orcas Ferry Terminal was taken out of service after a ferry collided into it. No one was hurt, but people were stuck on the island for a few days.  This year, a hoax bomb threat created lengthy delays for folks trying to return to or leave Friday Harbor on July 1.

Bomb detection team arrives to search the ferry July 1, 2019. Sharon Kivisto