A whole lot of planning going on

Depending on how voters respond, in the near future there could be a new hospital district on Orcas Island, a new or expanded library on San Juan Island, a new convalescent center in Friday Harbor, a merged SJI EMS and SJI&R Fire Department on San Juan Island, a county-wide Real Estate Excise tax for affordable housing and a new civic campus for county government offices in Friday Harbor. 

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Horoscopes by Triana February 19 - 26, 2018: Five Planets in Pisces Squaring Mars in Sagittarius: Danger, Will Robinson!

This is going to be a slippery slope kind of week. The Sun, Mercury, Venus, Neptune and Chiron are all in Pisces (this is called a stellium) and every single one is at a hard angle to aggressive Mars in Sagittarius. What this spells out, in general, comes down to two things: Clash of protocol and water problems.

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Horoscopes by Triana February 12-18, 2018: Venus in Pisces, Mercury Moves to Pisces Sunday, New Moon in Aquarius on Thursday

This week gives us a chance to recover lost ground from last week, largely due to Venus’ position in Pisces and her lovely alignment to Saturn the Architect. Self-esteem is a real bone of contention in our society these days; I hear many Boomers and Gen X folks complaining that the younger set is all confidence and no substance. What is self-esteem, anyway? Venus in the flexible sign of Pisces allows us to expand our perspective on this and probe more deeply inside of ourselves.

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Trump's destruction of Medicaid: Sabotage of a five-decade social contract

Medicaid was enacted in 1965 under the Lyndon Johnson administration as a social insurance program to provide lower-income Americans with the health care they need. Since then it has been solidly supported by all subsequent administrations as a social contract within our society, as a matter of fairness and necessity. As poverty and inequality have increased in more recent years, it has become a mainstay assuring necessary medical care for some 74 million Americans, covering more than one in five Americans, almost one half of births, 39 percent of children, and about two-thirds of nursing home and long-term care, and more than one-quarter of mental health services. It has been described as "the backstop for America's scattershot health care system."

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Horoscopes by Triana February 5 - 11, 2018: Sun and Venus Battle it Out With Jupiter, Venus Moves to Pisces Sunday

Okay, so the stock market throwing up started out a week that looks to be a bit rough because of the Sun and Venus in Aquarius exchanging blows with Jupiter in Scorpio. Since Venus is a personal planet and Jupiter is also a personal planet, everyone will feel this stress in one way or another. The thing about this week is that there is a high intensity to it where things come out of nowhere and we’re all, “Wait, what?!” It’s just one of those weeks that will go down in the books as interesting to say the least, crisis ridden to say the worst. We will all fall somewhere between those two extremes.

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Tide Bites: It's Hard Out There For A Kelp

Worldwide, kelp forests are ecologically important because they provide habitat and a food source for a wide variety of organisms including invertebrates and fish. Bull kelp (Nereocystis luetkeana) is a large, annual seaweed that is very common in the Salish Sea of Washington State, especially in the San Juan Islands. The mature individuals of this “charismatic megaflora” can reach up to 30 meters in length from the base of their holdfast to the top of their round bulb (Figure 1).

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February 2018 Skygazing from the Robert Ferguson Observatory

Moon - There is no full moon in February this year. Instead, February is bracketed by two months each with "Blue" moons! As the month begins we will have a couple of days of high tides remaining from the January 31 full moon near perigee. This is the last of a sequence of large tides around the full moon. Look for the moon very near the bright blue star Regulus in Leo around 5 am on 2/1 (use binoculars to enjoy the star's color). The moon is very near Jupiter around 5:30 am on February 7. Last Quarter is also that morning. The moon is near Mars around 3:30 am on February 9. The crescent moon is very near Saturn around 5:30 am on February 11. New Moon is midday on February 15. Look for an ultra-thin 1.5% crescent moon 6° high and 17° south of due west 30 minutes after sunset (or at 6:19 pm calculated for the RFO site) on February 16. Use binoculars to help you spot this thin crescent in the twilight glow. On February 17 a thin 5% crescent moon is in the west around 6:30 pm. First Quarter occurs shortly after midnight on the morning of February 23. On the evening of February 24 the moon will occult the bright star 64 Orionis (see below). Finally, on February 28 around 10 pm the moon again approaches the bright blue star Regulus, this time coming VERY close. Again, use binoculars.

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Remembering Joyce Sobel

For me, Joyce Sobel was the woman here who understood more about people and their needs, and was their friend, than anyone else I knew.

Early this morning I woke up wanting information about early child development, and I dismissed the wonderings, thinking to myself, “I’ll ask Joyce”.

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Horoscopes by Triana: January 29-February 4 - Blue Moon Wednesday, Mercury Moves to Aquarius, Mars in Sagittarius: A Change of Energy

Okay, so the media has been hyping up the coming full lunar eclipse like crazy; it isn’t a simple eclipse, it’s a Blue Moon Blood Moon! This does make me laugh because the term Blood Moon has caught on like wildfire, harkening back to the old days when observers of a lunar eclipse reported the moon being the color of blood. Any total lunar eclipse brings that color, so there’s no need to get histrionic over it. That being said, a Blue Moon eclipse is pretty darned rare! As most of you know, the Blue Moon is the second full moon of the month and this one occurs in the sign of Leo. The Fixed Signs (Taurus, Leo, Scorpio) will feel this eclipse most profoundly, along with the signs of Fire (Aries, Leo, Sagittarius).

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Horoscopes by Triana January 22-28, 2018: Tough Stuff Peaking Now, Then Party!

I really don’t like delving into politics in any matter but will say that what’s happening in our government right now is something I saw coming yet refrained from writing about. You see, the sign of Capricorn rules government and institutions and after that unprecedented number of planets recently occupying Capricorn including transformative Pluto and all of them hitting a square with chaotic and rebellious Uranus in aggressive Aries, what else could have happened other than a shutdown and a lot of arguing? My friends, it’s time to recognize that we are in a very powerful cycle with Pluto and Uranus being squared up. This is a generational, global and long lasting aspect that is a harbinger of major changes. It gets personal with inner planets align with either of these two power houses, but we are in a matrix of flux and transformation. Many of us won’t live long enough to see the results of this phenomenal time, but we are living in horrendously interesting times and therefore we are going down in history.

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