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Guest Column: PADS for Parkinson's of San Juan Island thanks SJICF

PADs for Parkinson’s of San Juan Island would like to acknowledge and express our heartfelt thanks to the San Juan Island Community Foundation for granting the funds necessary for PADs to submit seven years of research for scientific publication. You are ensuring that the work of this ground-breaking program will become a solid stepping stone on the path to end Parkinson’s Disease.

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Update from San Juan Island School District Superintendent

Dear Friday Harbor community,

On Wednesday, March 1, the San Juan Public Schools Foundation held the annual Knowledge Bowl at the San Juan Community Theatre. The audience loved watching teams vie for the coveted “goblet of knowledge” trophy, and over $5,000 was raised for much needed supplies for staff and students at our schools. As the superintendent, I am extremely appreciative of all that this organization does to support education.

Ingrid Gabriel: Li’l Pappy

Feb 27, 2023 - These days, I go to bed with an air hose sticking out of the top of my head courtesy of my new best friend. Li’l Pappy is a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machine whose presence allows me to sleep somewhere within a social group (think campsite or hotel room or small principality) without meeting resentful stares and bleary-eyed companions the following morning.

Guest column by Kira Sable: 20 years in Friday Harbor - A love letter to my community

It’s hard to begin a letter like this. How do I explain why I’m leaving the most beautiful, close-knit, supportive community I could ever dream of? After 20 years on the island, I’ll be moving to Minneapolis the second week of March, to be closer to my daughter Audrey. I’m hoping for great job prospects, better management of my Crohn’s Disease with a top-notch GI specialist nearby, a chance for romance, and a fresh start in an exciting and vibrant city with a lower cost of living. But before I go, I want to say thank you, for the best 20 years of my life.

Guest Column: Unlawful tourist Jet Ski Operator in San Juan waters

A couple years ago while I was on Center Island, I saw a large group of Jet Skis come through Lopez Pass and into Lopez Sound. Since 1998 when San Juan County Ordinance 10.28.120 was upheld by the Washington State Supreme Court, this was the first time I had seen Jet Skis around the islands. Hearing all the noise they made as they passed, I understood why the ban became law.

Guest Column by outgoing San Juan County Sheriff Ron Krebs

To the citizens of San Juan County, It has been an honor and a privilege to serve as your Sheriff. During my time as Sheriff, we accomplished so much together. We implemented a new 9-1-1 radio and telephone system. We put our marine unit back to work successfully rescuing and transporting hundreds of sick and injured people from all areas of our county during some of the worst weather when no other transport was available.

We began the unprecedented process of seeking state accreditation for the Sheriff’s Office and are currently only a few weeks away from meeting all requirements. We put a sergeant on each island which has provided better supervision and service. We utilized Lexipol to create San Juan County specific policies which dramatically improved our organization’s overall performance and professionalism.

I instituted a policy that all my command staff as well as field training officers would attend the FBI LEEDA leadership courses. As a result, our leaders were equipped with tools to better serve the citizens of San Juan County. I formed some incredible relationships that I hope will last and serve the Sheriff’s Office and San Juan County for years to come.

Above all, the thing I am proudest of during this time, is our amazing team at the Sheriff’s Office. I am so very thankful for having been in a position to recruit and hire some of the most talented and dedicated people we now have on our team. I have the utmost respect for the men and women of the Sheriff’s Office and sincerely consider myself most fortunate and privileged to have served them as Sheriff for the past eight years. I want to thank them for the excellent job they have done and continue to do every day. It is due to their quality of character and dedication that I am confident that the Sheriff’s Office will continue to provide the high level of service you have all come to know and expect.

Lastly to the citizens of San Juan County, who I consider to be my family. I have always taken my job, my duties, and my responsibilities seriously and personally. Serving my community has always been first and foremost in my heart. I look forward to returning to the Sheriff’s Office and continuing to do what I have always loved, serving my community and family.

I want to sincerely thank everyone for the support you have all given me and my family as well as the great men and women in the Sheriff’s Office.

I have truly been blessed.

Ron Krebs, San Juan County Sheriff


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