Murray: Affordable Housing - From A Senior Point of View

Being a proud Senior myself and one who is faced with the very real possibility that my current home may not be where I can stay ‘til my end of days, I worry. Why? Because there will come a time when I can no longer climb stairs, my liquid assets will dwindle, it will become more difficult to afford (let alone find) other people to maintain the house and yard, and there may be no one to take care of my critical needs when I no longer can – even though I have amazing Long-term Care Insurance.


Grout: Vote Yes for Homes


You know how you always say how much you love San Juan County and how grateful you are to live here? You know how you feel when you come home from a trip off-island and the ferry touches the dock and you think, “Ah, home.” You know how you think to yourself, “I’d just like to do something wonderful for this community that would last for years and years?” Well folks, here’s your chance.


Pygmy Seahorses – Little Fish With a Big Impact

The family Syngnathidae is a large and diverse group of morphologically unique bony fishes, with 57 genera and 300 described predominantly small-bodied marine species of seahorses, pipefishes, pipehorses, and seadragons. The family occurs worldwide in shallow temperate to tropical waters in a range of habitats, including seagrass beds, estuaries, coral and rocky reefs, and mangroves, and are characterized by a fused jaw, extraordinary crypsis, and their unique and specialized reproductive biology.


deGavre: Why I won't vote for Gaylord

Dear Editor,

There are two reasons why I will not vote for Randy Gaylord.

The defining moment in Gaylord’s current term was his handling of the accusations made against Detective Stephen Parker. The facts need not be repeated. They have been published in The Journal, The Seattle Times (Mike Carter’s “A Tale of Sex and Deception in San Juan County”), and in Alex MacLeod’s letters.


Janet Thomas: The Sacred and the Grotesque

I am reading a book: “Asking for the Earth—Waking Up to the Spiritual/Ecological Crisis.” It’s a re-read, actually. The book was published in 1995, so I first read it about 20 years ago. It was written by James George, a retired Canadian Ambassador with a spiritual and physical passion for the environment. His book is an inside-out job. It connects the human spirit to our earthly home and the science of it all to the sacred. He references everyone and everything from Krishnamurti to Albert Einstein, from the Jesus Prayer to Buddhist mantras, from Humpty Dumpty to Hitler. And it’s a short book—less than 200 pages or erudition, insight, guidance, hope and despair. Within its pages, no stone of life remains unturned—including the weighty and weightless stones of heart, soul and spirit.


Horoscopes by Triana October 1-7, 2018: Moving Right Along…Grand Trine Forms Friday

October 1 – 7, 2018 I hope you all are able to see the underpinnings of what’s going on out in the wild and managing to stay sensible about it. We’re into October, that month that brings the anticipation of Halloween/Samhain/Dia de los Muertos and the approach of the return of the ancestors that so many cultures celebrate. There is such a beautiful mystery to this month because it’s the turning point in terms of weather and seasonal change, we think of Charlie Brown and the Great Pumpkin, the apple harvest and the flavorful sauces and ciders and juice that comes with it, jackets and closed shoes replace shorts and tank tops and pumpkin flavored everything.