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Thank you to every Lopez Islander, whether here to stay or here for now, for your enthusiastic support once again for the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival concert at Lopez Center on Sunday August 11th!
This is a belated but heart-felt thank you for all the support and positive thoughts and prayers to Darryl Carfrae and the Janeway family. Darryl continues to make progress in a positive direction.
I would like to thank Madrona and Russell for keeping the debate about EMF alive with their article “The Buzz about EMF.” The work that they do through their organization Kwiaht is extremely important for our community, and I thank them for that. I was disappointed in this piece however. Here are my concerns:
Although Madrona Murphy and Russel Barsh presented measurements of EMF/RF made informally on Lopez, they neglected to help us understand their relative value.
I am deeply disappointed that OPALCO abandoned its proposal to bring broadband to the entire county before a larger share of members had decided whether or not to support it.
Chom Graecian’s letter [Editor’s note: the guest column that appeared in the June 18 edition of the Weekly] on petcoke is the kind of pseudo-environmental alert that exaggerates a problem, makes inflated claims and raises concerns but provides no suggestions for solving the problem.
Island Hospital is currently looking to affiliate with a larger medical institution to take advantage of the economies of scale involving purchasing, electronic medical records, insurance reimbursement, and specialty referrals.
You turned out with enthusiasm for the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival Concert on Lopez once again, and were rewarded with a dazzling performance that took us to astonishing emotional heights.
Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Services of Lopez Island would like to thank everyone who supported our First Annual Dinner on the Move!
I would like to share why I intend to vote in favor of the proposed school renovation bond. This is not a decision I came to without a great deal of thought, and I believe it is the right decision for Lopez.
I have known Lisa for many years and worked with her on several county wide projects. Lisa has a remarkable ability to work with divergent points of view, listen carefully and help everyone in the group thoroughly understand the situation then come to useful and effective solutions.
The upcoming election is a critical one for San Juan County, and we want to express our strong support for Lovel Pratt, Lisa Byers and Jamie Stephens for county council.
The upcoming election is a critical one for San Juan County, and we want to express our strong support for Lovel Pratt, Lisa Byers, and Jamie Stephens for county council.
Michael Karp is running for the OPALCO board, and he has our vote and full support. Michael is uniquely qualified for the OPALCO board. He has been pioneering innovative and successful energy efficiency, renewable energy and other programs for the past 35 years in Washington state and throughout the USA.
I am voting for Lovel Pratt. Here’s why: She is curious, listens and takes action. Her experience on the county council and planning commission has given her a solid understanding of key issues facing our community.
Like many others, we have retired to Lopez Island and live here not only for its beauty, but, especially, for the sense of community we find here.
I am a civil engineer, having lived, worked and raised my family on Lopez Island for the past 20 years. My oldest, born here, has graduated from Lopez High School, and I have two daughters still attending.
The huge amount of bond money proposed for our school is incorrectly focused on structure and facilities. Sure, I agree we need safety, correct, reliable plumbing and heating, excellent kitchen facilities, an enclosed play area for elementary students, and comfortable rooms for students to concentrate. Water catchment and physical fitness are important.
We live in a society in which medical bills can swiftly become an overwhelming and unfair burden, but on such occasions we can also remind ourselves of the blessings of community, and derive renewing strength from community.
Having served as a San Juan County Commissioner and as a County Council Member, I have a deep appreciation for the importance of making sure we have an effective County Council – one that can get things done.
I have known Jamie Stephens for nearly 20 years now and I continue to appreciate, among other things, his significant and consistent dedication to the community over that period of time. In addition to serving as the chairman of the county council, Jamie has served on and worked with innumerable local boards.
Voting “No” is NOT about denying the kids an education. It is about fiscal responsibility. The state has awarded the Lopez school district a $738,000 Energy Conservation grant and $400,000 grant for renovations to the high school.
My wife and I are architects and the majority of our clients are government entities. We know how to effectively use public funds. The School Board has followed a planning path that includes hiring an architectural firm with plenty of school planning experience.
As a teacher for thirty-three years, I worked in old deteriorating schools in Seattle (now rebuilt.) Now, I suffer chronic lung disease due to extensive mold and asbestos exposure in those schools.
I graduated from Lopez High School in 2012. Thanks to an outstanding faculty and the small size, this school provides a very supportive environment for students where they are encouraged to pursue their own interests or inspirations.
As a long-time (25 year) taxpayer on Lopez, and parent of two children who went through the Lopez school system, I am writing in support of the proposed school bond.
I have read many of the letters and talked with former students and many parents since my return. I have generally listened (as is my nature) to many different opinions and concerns regarding the school and the bond measure.
From us at the LIFRC, we would like to thank everyone involved in making this year’s Men’s Lunch at the school a huge success! A special thanks goes out to the Lopez School kitchen staff, Principal Lisa Shelby, and all of the wonderful volunteers and workers who helped with the lunch.
Read the fine print in the sixteen pages of details at www.lopezislandschool.org, “proposed school wide renovations.”
We have a concern on an election habit, especially one that impacts our island. We pride ourselves on the natural beauty of this place and are rejoicing the recent awarding of monument status which lends protection to the natural environment of some areas.
We are so grateful that a number of young families have made the choice to join or stay in our community and raise their children here.
I was a custodian and bus driver at Lopez school for 25 years. I retired over ten years ago. I worked in both buildings and experienced first hand the importance of having classrooms, restrooms and other school facilities up to date, easy to clean and maintain. The toilets I cleaned are the same ones that are in the school today.
I believe we are at crucial time to make an important investment in the future for our students, school and community. As a teacher, coach, parent, homeowner and community member I favor and support the school bond.
If you are an OPALCO member, you have certain rights guaranteed by Washington State law. OPALCO is, by its own admission, “a corporation organized under Chapter 24.06 RCW, the Miscellaneous and Mutual Corporations Act.”
I would first like to thank our EMS providers for all you do for our community. When my daughter hurt herself, you were all there so fast, and showed such incredibly reassuring skill and compassion. I was very grateful for that. This is not really about you.
The efforts to fix county governance are much like attempting to treat an illness without examining the patient. The county’s “conversations” are similarly detached from reality. One of the hardest tasks we face is recognizing reality and facing the consequences of the choices available to us.
What makes for a good San Juan County Council representative? Who should we empower to decide how our lives will be governed? I am reassured when a candidate has positive public service experience, demonstrating well developed skills in listening to people, working with big budgets, deadlines, rules and regulations, in an area that directly benefits our community.
Lisa Byers has been deservedly praised for her experience as a manager. Indeed her skills in overseeing people and budgets will serve her well on the county council, especially since our revised charter has returned administrative authority to that body.
A huge thank you to all who made the first San Juan Islands Agricultural Summit a fabulous success.
As a resident of Lopez Island and a volunteer at the Lopez Solid Waste Disposal District we are casting our votes for Lovel Pratt and encourage you to do the same.