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A huge thank you to all the wonderful Lopezians who made our summer on Lopez a complete success. What an incredible island and such a warm, welcoming community you live in.
The Lopez Island Conservation Corps thanks United Way of San Juan County for supporting our summer youth program.
During the 4 of July parade, a group protesting jet noise from NAS Whidbey participated. When they passed, my wife and me, both navy vets, we gave them the thumbs down sign, without further comment. One of the members of the group came up and stuck his boombox in my face while we exchanged pleasantries.
Thank you Marjorie Roe for your letter to the editor in the July 22 edition of the Lopez Island Weekly, with regard to Whidbey Island Naval Air Station air traffic. It is a thoughtful article and I agree with your comments. Thank you for your service.
“Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety. –Benjamin Franklin 11 Nov. 1755.
I served as a woman Marine during World War II. In the following 10 years I served as a personal assistant to several high ranking generals, learning a great deal about our military establishment and what it costs.
I THOUGHT there is a law against fireworks in San Juan County. Am I wrong? Saturday night July 5 and the fire crackers and bottle rockets in my neighborhood are creating such chaos in our Westview Apartments.
Is anyone out there (besides me) upset about not having any phone service on July 2? If you’ve lived here long enough you won’t miss the experience of being without CenturyLink and having internet. It’s like a power outage – almost always happens when you are awake.
Thank you Lopez Island for your generous support of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Services (DVSAS) during our mail-in fundraising campaign last month. Together you donated close to $3,000.
I don’t know about you but with office billing, research for my patients, personal contacts with family and friends and some online shopping , I must spend at least 2 hours a day on the computer.
The invitation reads “A Spring Ramble,” and attracts twenty eager hikers who gather at the trailhead of Lopez Hill.
A heartfelt thank you goes to the Lopez Island Paramedics and Fire Department for your dedication and expertise.
Thank you United Way for supporting The Hamlet Cottages. As a first year recipient of a United Way grant, your help will go far.
The Lopez Children’s Center continues to thrive as it enters it’s second decade. We are providing preschool and childcare to more children and families than ever.
Lopez swings. More than a dozen Lopez guitar, fiddle and ukulele musicians of all ages joined JP and the OK Rhythm Boys on stage at Woodmen Hall the night of March 8, for a swinging new version of San Antonio Rose.
I am addressing a special appeal to Lopez residents asking for support for a proposed Marine Invertebrate Course at the Elementary School in spring 2014.
I made an important omission on the March 4 obituary of Francis Fay, that Lopez Hospice and Home Support was very helpful to our family during all of Francis’s illness.
I vigorously oppose the Feb. 11 unilateral passage by Councilmen Hughes and Stephens of an amendment to the Critical Areas Ordinance that would increase a so-called fish and wildlife habitat critical habitat area – the shoreline – from 110 feet to 200 feet.
25 years ago, the Exxon Valdez hit a reef and leaked oil that covered an area 25 times the size of San Juan County waters, devastating the Alaskan ecology and economy.
(Below is an open letter to Washington state senators by Friday Harbor Mayor Carrie Lacher, seeking support on a bill that would help fund construction of a new ferry).
Comfy home, good health care, freedom to worship as you please, good schools and a safe community? Is there a feeling of pride when we declare we are American?
I am deeply concerned by the proposed expansion of Canada’s Trans Mountain pipeline and the resulting increase in oil tanker traffic that would occur in the restricted waters adjacent to the San Juan Islands.
At the recent local meeting concerning the jet noise problem a lot of valuable information was presented. Studies about the effects of noise on the human body were cited.
The Christmas Eve Hayride has been of concern to many in our community. After a thorough review of the information available, interviews of several witnesses and parties involved in the event, and discussions with other law enforcement agency executives I have come to several conclusions.
"Education is not preparation for life, education is life itself” John Dewey, American philosopher and educator. These words ring true for me.
The Lopez School administration and board of directors would like to express our deep appreciation for the strong show of support demonstrated by the initial results of the Feb. 11 election and the strong approval of the M&O Replacement School Levy.
After enjoying a slight respite from jet noise last autumn, it seems in the past few weeks the jets are back in full force, and seem to be louder than ever. I just found out the reason.
When I joined the military the first thing I was told was “this is not a democracy, you do as you’re told and do not ask questions.” I fear the longer one lives under this mantra the more it becomes a mindset. Witness the atrocities committed in the name of “just following orders.”
We, as high school seniors, support the Lopez Island School and its methods of education. We feel that the staff of this school does its best to provide us, the students, with the tools that we need to succeed in the future.
The Lopez School District’s replacement Maintenance and Operation Levy (M&O levy) will be on the Feb. 11 ballot that we will receive in our mailboxes next week. This levy replaces the current 4 year levy that expires at the end of 2014.
It would appear that San Juan County Sheriff Rob Nou has been presented with a very fortunate Christmas gift - a clear and early warning on the serious threat to his department embodied in the form of deputy Felix Menjivar.
We have a right to expect our law enforcement personal to have good judgment and be reasonable neighbors not merely automatons.
I appreciate OPALCO’s role in easing the communication difficulties caused by CenturyLinks’ cable break. The support for OPALCO to provide broadband services in the county is greater than ever. The board has thus decided on Nov 21, 2013 to accelerate and fund this effort through the use of OPALCO equity and electricity rates.
In the October 26 issue, Steve Wehrly reported Washington Wire’s claim that “the typical family of four would pay an additional $490 a year for groceries.”
How much money did you receive for the full, page ad against 522? How much of that money was from out of state?? For shame! I and many other readers are sorely disappointed that our local rag has given in to the corporate powers.
False: “Proposition 1 is a small change in the Charter.” True: This represents small change with enormous consequences. This would remove a prohibition on changing County Council districts by initiative.
There are many reasons I’m voting for Dixie Budke, Del Guenther, John Helding, and Clive Prout for the Lopez school board.
Currently, our charter requires an elected Charter Review Commission to make recommendations to the voters for any changes to council districts and the number of council members.
This proposition was put forward last May in a last ditch effort by a disgruntled, lame duck, six-member county council to change our current charter. If approved, it may lead to:
At the League of Women Voters meeting here on Lopez last Thursday eve, Bob’s opponent listed the many improvements made at the airport during his lengthy tenure.