Topic: Government

Don Eaton Retirement Party

Written on November 14, 2017 at 5:37 am, by

All are welcome! Please join us for a retirement celebration honoring Judge Donald E. Eaton on Friday, December 15 from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. Open house reception including light refreshments and hors d’oeuvres San Juan County Bar Association Special Presentation at 3:00 p.m. Gathering in the Superior Courtroom & Jury Room San Juan County Courthouse  Continue Reading

Thank a Vet!

Written on November 10, 2017 at 9:57 am, by

Marie DiCristina shares this report on Veteran’s Day assemblies at the schools… Thursday morning Friday Harbor Elementary School and Friday Harbor High School held assemblies honoring Veterans and Veterans Day. Several local vets attended. The High School band provided wonderful musical tributes including playing the anthems of the various military branches. The delightful children of  Continue Reading

Town Discontinues Curbside Recycling

Written on November 10, 2017 at 9:50 am, by

Friday Harbor to Discontinue Curbside Co-Mingled Recycling Until Further Notice The Town of Friday Harbor will be discontinuing curbside recycling pickup effective November 22nd, 2017. This will not affect customers of San Juan Sanitation in the County. The Town uses Lautenbach Industries to take the Town’s refuse to the Cowlitz County landfill and, until recently,  Continue Reading

Dog Licensing Update

Written on November 9, 2017 at 5:46 am, by

Tucker, a 13-year old black lab with a distinctive skill, received the first dog license of 2018 at the Auditor’s Office. Dog tags will be available for all dogs starting November 15 at eight San Juan County locations. Tucker recently retired from his job with Conservation Canines, a squad of dogs trained to sniff out  Continue Reading

Port Seeks Citizen’s Advisory Committee

Written on November 6, 2017 at 5:46 am, by

Port of Friday Harbor Invites Applicants for Citizen’s Advisory Committee The Port of Friday Harbor is seeking applicants for a Citizen’s Advisory Committee to assist the Port in the considering the purchase of Jensen’s Boat Yard and Marina. The Commission will appoint a panel of citizen volunteers to advise the commission as it investigates this  Continue Reading

Letter About Voting

Written on November 3, 2017 at 12:39 pm, by

About 13,000 ballots were mailed to county voters almost two weeks ago.  As of Friday morning (Nov. 3) only 25 percent (about 3,200) of the ballot envelopes had been received.  That means many voters have their ballots.  Getting those ballots in “on time” is important. If you plan to vote by mail, I encourage you  Continue Reading

Arts Commission Openings

Written on November 3, 2017 at 5:46 am, by

Town accepting applications for open positions on Friday Harbor Arts Commission. The Friday Harbor Arts Commission (FHAC) is seeking two new members to fill three-year appointments commencing January 1, 2018. Commissioners appointed to these unpaid, volunteer positions will represent the interests of the Town, community, and local artists in advising the Town Council on the  Continue Reading

County Seeks Your Input

Written on November 2, 2017 at 5:45 am, by

The County currently has 2 ways for you to share your input. First – Put Your Opinon on the Map! Literally… The Public Comment Map at the link below gives you the chance to share your opinion about places around the county.  Do you have an idea about how you would like your neighborhood to  Continue Reading

Letters for the November Election

Written on November 2, 2017 at 5:30 am, by

You can see letters from individuals supporting our candidates at the links below. Letters are listed in chronological order. As more letters come in, this list will be updated so be sure to check back. For Anna Lisa Lindstrum – Hospital District Commissioner Robbie Lawson Louise Dustrude Kerwin Johnson John and Emily Geyman Martha Scott  Continue Reading

Help Wanted

Written on October 20, 2017 at 5:44 am, by

Position: EDC Program Coordinator Job Purpose: To coordinate the development, scheduling, marketing, implementation, delivery, and evaluation of EDC programs, with a focus on trades training programs. Reports to: EDC Director Description of Duties and Tasks: Essential duties and responsibilities include the following, and other duties may be assigned:

Recycling Changes Coming to San Juan Island

Written on October 19, 2017 at 3:27 pm, by

This just in from the County… but first a quick editor’s note: I was already planning on doing a story or a series of stories about plastic waste and I shot the photo above last night on my kitchen table. The idea came to me recently after reading about the Pacific Garbage Patch, (and also  Continue Reading

USCG Auxiliary Meets with Community Leaders

Written on October 19, 2017 at 5:45 am, by

Chuck Dalldorf of the Coast Guard Auxiliary shares this news release… U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary San Juan Island Detachment Meeting Brings the Coast Guard and San Juan Islands Community Leaders Together for Increased Boating Safety At a meeting of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary’s San Juan Island Detachment last week in Friday Harbor, San Juan  Continue Reading

Letter in Support of Anna Lisa

Written on October 14, 2017 at 5:36 am, by

I am writing this letter in support of Anna Lisa Lindstrum for commissioner of the San Juan County Public Hospital District #1. Anna Lisa has the skill set necessary to be an effective commissioner on our local hospital board. She is a trained CNA having worked in the health care field, she has volunteered on  Continue Reading

Preliminary County Budget Published

Written on October 13, 2017 at 7:05 pm, by

2018 Preliminary Budget for San Juan County Published The 2018 Preliminary Budget for San Juan County has been published. With a theme of “Budgeting for Uncertain Times,” the 2018 budget has been the most challenging to compile in years. Revenues are projected to be flat, while expenditures continue to increase. Uncertainties at the federal, state  Continue Reading

Letter in Support of Anna Lisa Lindstrum

Written on October 13, 2017 at 5:43 am, by

We support Anna Lisa Lindstrum for election as commissioner of Public Hospital District #1 because of the perspective she would bring to health care issues on our island. A 17 year island resident, she has experience in health care and in business as current general manager at Duck Soup. Her goals are to work for  Continue Reading

Port Looks to Fill Open Commission Position

Written on October 6, 2017 at 5:40 am, by

The Port of Friday Harbor has posted a notice requesting letters of interest for the open Commission position. Both documents can be found on our website at:

Nancy Spaulding is 001SJ!

Written on September 30, 2017 at 10:10 am, by

The Terrestrial Managers Group and the Madrona Institute are thrilled to announce the winner of the San Juan Islands Specialty License Plate Design Contest: Nancy Spaulding! A local artist, Ms. Spaulding’s entry, “Evening Passage”, garnered the most votes out of the 47 entries. And as the winning artist, Nancy will be treated to the ownership  Continue Reading

League of Women Voters to Host Candidates’ Forums

Written on September 24, 2017 at 5:30 am, by

The League of Women Voters of the San Juans will hold candidates’ forums on San Juan Island October 3 and Lopez Island on October 4. Voters can learn about the candidates’ positions and be able to ask questions. The San Juan Island forum begins at 6:00 pm Tuesday, October 3 at the San Juan Island  Continue Reading

County Seeks Public Input on Comprehensive Plan

Written on September 15, 2017 at 11:02 am, by

San Juan County Comprehensive Plan 2036 Update Vision, Values, and Priorities Public Engagement Opportunity The Department of Community Development will be hosting events to elicit public input on the County’s Comprehensive Plan vision, values, and priorities. The public is encouraged to attend our Pop-Up Studios and Community Workshops. Community input is vital to ensure that  Continue Reading

Coast Guard Auxiliary Completes 47 Free Vessel Safety Inspections

Written on September 15, 2017 at 5:51 am, by

Volunteers from The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary 13th Coast Guard District, Flotilla 11 San Juan Islands Detachment provided 47 boaters free vessel safety examinations on Saturday, Sept. 9 at Roche Harbor Marina on San Juan Island. The free vessel safety examinations were conducted on a rainy Saturday during the annual Ranger Tug Rendezvous at  Continue Reading

Seeing Only What We Want to See

Written on September 13, 2017 at 5:47 am, by

In the San Juan Update mailbag today we find this letter from Steve Ulvi… This place, protectively moated by surging tidal waters from the continuous spreading rash of the I-5 corridor, is a prominent geography of hope. I suspect that this has been a place of promise from the first human footprints on the beach  Continue Reading

Vote Counting Equipment Testing September 20 at 11 am

Written on September 9, 2017 at 5:30 am, by

A message from San Juan County Auditor F. Milene Henley… A “Logic and Accuracy” test of ballot tabulating equipment used in San Juan County for the November 7, 2017 General Election is scheduled for September 20 at 11 a.m. The test works by tallying the results of a prepared set of ballots to see if  Continue Reading