Topic: Government

SJC Online Permit Center

Written on September 13, 2019 at 5:35 am, by

The Department of Community Development is excited to announce that the you can now search for permits, check permit status, request code enforcement, pay fees, and request inspections through the **NEW** San Juan County Online Permit Center. Links to the new online permit center are found on the Community Development Webpage or at the following  Continue Reading

County Council Hearing on Marijuana Production/Processing

Written on September 8, 2019 at 5:29 am, by

Notice of a San Juan County Council Regular Meeting and Public Hearing on Tuesday, September 24, 2019, at the County Council Hearing Room, Legislative Building,  55 Second Street, Friday Harbor, San Juan Island Beginning at 9:15 A.M. to Obtain Testimony on a Resolution Extending the Moratorium on Siting Licensed Marijuana Production and Processing Adopted in  Continue Reading

League of Women Voters to Host Voter Forums on Orcas and San Juan

Written on September 8, 2019 at 5:24 am, by

The League of Women Voters of the San Juans invites the public to attend voter forums for candidates on the ballot for the November 5 general election. The Orcas forum will be Monday, October 14 from 5 to 7:15 pm at the Orcas Fire Hall, and the Friday Harbor forum will be Wednesday, October 16 from  Continue Reading

County Vacancies

Written on September 4, 2019 at 5:44 am, by

The County Council is searching for San Juan County citizens to fill current and upcoming vacancies on various boards and commissions. Additional information about each committee is available on the County’s website at: Persons interested in serving on a board or advisory committee should fill out an Advisory Committee Application or Contact the Council  Continue Reading

Friday Harbor LTAC grant applications due September 4th

Written on August 28, 2019 at 5:42 am, by

The Town of Friday Harbor’s Lodging Tax Advisory Committee (LTAC) is accepting applications through September 4, 2019, for grants to fund tourism promotion of events and activities taking place within the town in 2020. Preference will be given to those operations and activities that encourage tourists to visit during the shoulder and winter seasons. Summer  Continue Reading

Port to Purchase Shipyard Cove Marina

Written on August 27, 2019 at 5:53 am, by

The Port of Friday Harbor is pleased to announce that the Port has entered into an agreement with Barnhill Construction Company to purchase Shipyard Cove Marina. The purchase price of $4,500,000 is based on appraised value and the agreement includes a feasibility period for the Port to conduct due diligence activities. Shipyard Cove Marina adjoins  Continue Reading

State Recruiting Members to Serve on the Recreation and Conservation Funding Board

Written on August 25, 2019 at 5:47 am, by

OLYMPIA–The Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office is recruiting for two new members for its Recreation and Conservation Funding Board, which awards grants to improve parks, trails, boating amenities and access to shorelines. It also awards grants to conserve working lands, such as farms and forests, and to protect pristine wildlife and natural areas. During  Continue Reading

League Of Women Voters’ Fundraiser

Written on August 21, 2019 at 8:44 am, by

Come to the Sidewalk Sale at the Mullis Center, Saturday August 24 from 9am to 2pm for bargains on a wide array of household and kitchen goods, vintage/collectible items (including a steamer trunk), luggage, and more. The League of Women Voters of the San Juans sponsors candidate forums, programs, and voter registration in order to  Continue Reading


Written on August 19, 2019 at 5:44 am, by

In the San Juan Update mailbag today we find this letter from Steve Ulvi… Tilting with Windmills on San Juan Island I am compelled to respond to a recent inflammatory opinion piece by the editor in one of our local media outlets. And now another in the last few days. The gist of these is  Continue Reading

Auditor Seeks Writers of Arguments Against Seven Local Measures

Written on August 14, 2019 at 8:37 am, by

Do you love a good argument? Then your County needs you! This November, there will be seven local measures on the general election ballot. Those measures are: Lopez Island Library Levy Lid Lift Shaw Park & Recreation District Formation Shaw Park & Recreation District Authorization for Excess Levy Lopez Solid Waste Disposal District Excess Property  Continue Reading

County Board and Commission Vacancies

Written on August 5, 2019 at 5:32 am, by

The County Council is searching for San Juan County citizens to fill current and upcoming vacancies on various boards and commissions. Additional information about each committee is available on the County’s website at: Persons interested in serving on a board or advisory committee should fill out an Advisory Committee Application or Contact the Council  Continue Reading

Special Three-day Candidate Filing Period

Written on August 4, 2019 at 5:48 am, by

Whew! You almost missed your chance to run for office. Fortunately, you’ll get a second chance. During the candidate filing period in May, several of the offices open for filing had no candidates file. When no one files for an open office, it’s called a “void in candidacy.” When a void in candidacy occurs after  Continue Reading


Written on July 31, 2019 at 5:40 am, by

We support Elizabeth (Liz) Lovelett for State Senate. We are impressed with Sen. Lovelett’s accomplishments in her first legislative session. We especially appreciate the bills she sponsored that improve services across state agencies for children, youth, and families; and improved boater education requirements regarding Southern Resident orcas. Sen. Lovelett is the best candidate to enact  Continue Reading

“A Republic, if You Can Keep It”

Written on July 29, 2019 at 5:43 am, by

Insights from David M. Kennedy, Professor Emeritus at Stanford University Join the San Juan County Democrats for an evening with David M. Kennedy, Donald J. McLachlan Professor Emeritus at Stanford University, to be held from 5:30-7:00 pm on August 8, 2019 at the San Juan Island Grange (152 First Street North, Friday Harbor, WA 98250).  Continue Reading

Don’t Let it Loose

Written on July 20, 2019 at 7:33 am, by

Public Invited to Submit Art to Highlight the Dangers of Releasing Pets and Plants into the Wild OLYMPIA–Calling all artists! The Washington Invasive Species Council invites artists of all ages to participate in an art contest as part of its “Don’t Let it Loose” campaign. The campaign teaches people about the dangers of releasing unwanted  Continue Reading

$126 Million in Outdoor Recreation Grants

Written on July 3, 2019 at 5:49 am, by

State Invests $126 Million in Grants to Expand Outdoor Recreation Opportunities and Preserve Habitat and Working Farms and Forests Editor’s note: San Juan County receives $3,987,448.00 – see below… OLYMPIA–The Washington State Recreation and Conservation Funding Board today announced the award of more than $126 million in grants to a suite of 333 projects that  Continue Reading

Summer Activities at Zylstra Lake

Written on July 1, 2019 at 5:49 am, by

There’s a lot going on at the Land Bank’s Zylstra Lake Preserve this summer and beyond. This 285-acre preserve was acquired in 2017 with goals of providing public access to the land and water, supporting wildlife conservation, and enabling compatible farming activities. Although not yet open to the public, the months ahead hold a number  Continue Reading

Ferry Fare Feedback Requested

Written on July 1, 2019 at 5:40 am, by

The Washington State Transportation Commission is looking for feedback on proposed ferry fare increases for the next two years that will take effect in October. You can learn more about the fare changes and provide comments via the Transportation Commission’s online open house You can also submit feedback by emailing the transportation commission at  Continue Reading

Summer 2019 Update from the SJC Land Bank

Written on June 29, 2019 at 5:50 am, by

The Land Bank would like to share some of the things we’ve been doing for the community recently. At Mount Grant Preserve on San Juan there are now three trails open with more on the way! Instead of hiking up the road, two new trails (one multi-use, one pedestrian) now make their way through the  Continue Reading

Need a Replacement for Dr. Gossom

Written on June 27, 2019 at 5:44 am, by

Dr. Mark Fishaut came to the County Board of Health meeting, Wednesday June 19, with a plea for immediate action in finding a doctor to replace Dr. Burk Gossom who is retiring in November after 48 years on San Juan Island. He said, “It is important that everyone in the community understands the impact of  Continue Reading

Logic and Accuracy Test

Written on June 27, 2019 at 5:43 am, by

Vote counting equipment testing July 17 at 11:00 a.m. A “Logic and Accuracy” test of ballot tabulating equipment used in San Juan County for the August 6, 2019 Primary is scheduled for July 17 at 11:00 a.m. The test works by tallying the results of a prepared set of ballots to see if the results  Continue Reading

Sen. Lovelett Visits Home Trust

Written on June 26, 2019 at 5:48 am, by

At the invitation of David Gow, Executive Director of the San Juan Community Home Trust, Senator Liz Lovelett, 40th LD, and her Legislative Aide, Jordan Kronen visited Home Trust properties on June 14, 2019. They discussed various hurdles in our state which impede rapid development of affordable housing and possible remedies to those hurdles. The  Continue Reading