Cohen: No on Proposition 2

San Juan County is an exceptional community inhabited by extraordinarily kind and generous people who truly want the best for our citizens. All of the organizations that benefit from the levy on our property taxes are worthy endeavours that do good work. Most of us who live in San Juan County work very hard to be able to live this very special lifestyle. We sacrifice and budget every month making decisions on what we can pay for now or what will have to be put off until later. We do not have the ability to reach into someone else’s wallet everytime we want something we can’t currently afford. I think it is time for elected officials to do the same. Property taxes have been raised several times in recent years and yes….a “levy lid lift” is just political speak to say they want to raise our taxes…again.

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Madsen: Urging PHD to slow down merger process

I am writing to urge the commissioners for Public Hospital District #1 (serving San Juan and several outer islands) to slow their head-long rush towards merging SJI EMS with Fire District #3. From what I can tell, three commissioners who are leaving the board in a month are determined to sign an inter-local agreement – a binding contract – which will leave many questions unanswered.

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SAN JUAN ISLAND REAL ESTATE MARKET SUMMARY

The third quarter results for San Juan Island and the County were consistent with the first and second quarter results. Per the NWMLS, the dollar volume year-to-date on San Juan Island was $84,048,800 with a total of 135 transactions. This reflects a 15% decrease in the dollar volume and a 25% decrease in the number of transactions. For San Juan County, the total dollar volume was $207,098,020 with a total of 319 transactions. The County had a decrease of 5.5% in dollar volume and a decrease of 19% in number of transactions. Based on the downward trend for the last 21 months in both dollar volume and transaction numbers, we will most likely conclude this year with less volume than 2018 in both categories.

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Tide Bites: Small Pathogen, Big Range: Latitudinal Variation in Seagrass Wasting Disease in the Pacific Northwest

Not far below the surface of the water, I observe everything around me. Emerald gunnels coiled around eelgrass cautiously eye me, while a vibrant orange Gonionemus jelly drifts past. On seemingly every surface sit fat bubble snails, decorating blades with their gelatinous yellow egg cases. And there! A bean-sized opalescent nudibranch gracefully cruises along, its cerata swaying in the water. I pause, soaking it in. All I hear are my own slow, measured breaths through my SCUBA regulator, everything else muted underwater. Then, I begin picking seagrass.

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San Juan Island Prevention Coalition: Thanks to the community

The San Juan Island Prevention Coalition (SJIPC) would like to publicly thank the San Juan Island Community Foundation (SJICF) for their continued support of our island youth. Members of our Rock Solid Youth Prevention Team were able to attend a national leadership training, Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA), this summer with the SJICF support. Rock Solid members have been working in our schools and community doing prevention projects to help create a healthier community since 2011.

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Azous: She doesn't see any problems at Mt. Grant Preserve

Dear Editor,

Since April 2019 I have volunteered to open and close driving access to Mt Grant every Wednesday. My duties include opening the locked gates, traveling along Geraldine Way and driving to the top of Mt Grant. I inspect the infrastructure including the Port a Potty located at the top of Mt Grant, the picnic tables and the condition of the roads and trailheads. I make sure no one is locked in when the gate closes in the evening and I look for litter, broken fencing, dog feces, poop bags, noxious weeds and anything else that might be of concern to steward Mt Grant.

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