Smith: Rock used to promote hate speech

Islanders are familiar with the large rock on Beaverton Valley Road which for decades has been a vehicle for wonderful works of public art. Recently it was abused as a method of promoting hate speech targeting a specific family. I hold the town Mayor culpable in this by using social media to air inappropriate and immature comments regarding the same family, thereby cultivating a validating atmosphere for this kind of incivility. There has also been bullying at school related to this issue.


Cox: Thanks the community

This is a thank you to the San Juan Island community.

Ever since the death of Rod Kulbach, my partner of 35 years, you have showered me with cards, flowers, food, your comforting presence and other expressions of friendship and sympathy. I feel so very fortunate to live in such a healing community of people.

With love and gratitude,

Barbara Cox

Friday Harbor


Pratt: Support Lovelett for state Senate

We support Elizabeth (Liz) Lovelett for State Senate. We are impressed with Sen. Lovelett’s accomplishments in her first legislative session. We especially appreciate the bills she sponsored that improve services across state agencies for children, youth, and families; and improved boater education requirements regarding Southern Resident orcas.


Friday Harbor APS thanks Bella for her hard work and generosity

The Animal Protection Society of Friday Harbor sends warm thanks to Bella, the granddaughter of APS-FH supporter and animal lover Daryl Grazia, for her hard-earned June gift.

Bella, while visiting San Juan Island for a couple weeks this summer engaged in entrepreneurial activity; opening a lemonade stand to raise funds for the APS-FH. Following her first week of operations, Bella and her grandmother brought into the shelter a donation of $30 in lemonade stand proceeds, followed the second week with her grandmother Daryl returning to deliver an additional donation from Bella of $20.


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!