Topic: Government

San Juan County Superior and District Courts Adapt Procedures and Hours

Written on March 17, 2020 at 5:05 pm, by

San Juan County Superior and District Courts are taking immediate steps to address public health concerns raised by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in Washington. The virus poses a risk to members of the public who need to conduct court business, as well as to court staff and attorneys. Starting Tuesday, March 17, 2020, all  Continue Reading

Auditor Services Available Remotely

Written on March 17, 2020 at 11:53 am, by

Staying home?  Need Auditor services (vehicle licensing, marriage licensing, dog licensing, voter registration, lost checks)?  We can help you from home! “Social distancing” wasn’t even a phrase until recently, and now everybody’s doing it.  If you haven’t heard the term yet, it means maintaining safe distances (at least six feet) from other people in order  Continue Reading

Charter Review Commission to be Elected in 2020

Written on March 17, 2020 at 10:26 am, by

Over the first eight months of 2005, a group of 21 County residents, representing a range of ages and politics, from all of the county’s geo-political districts, met sixteen times for the sole purpose of proposing a home rule charter for San Juan County.  This “San Juan County Board of Freeholders” sent two documents to  Continue Reading

Auditor Seeks “Con” Committee Members for Voters’ Guide Statement

Written on March 14, 2020 at 5:15 am, by

The San Juan County Auditor is seeking volunteers to write an argument against the annexation of the Town of Friday Harbor into San Juan Island Fire & Rescue.  The argument will appear in the Online Voters’ Guide for the upcoming April 2020 Special Election. Both the Town and SJI Fire & Rescue approved resolutions to  Continue Reading

VOTE! Primary Ballots Are Due Today!

Written on March 10, 2020 at 5:30 am, by

Don’t forget to vote in this year’s Presidential Primary election. Ballots must be postmarked no later than Tuesday, March 10 or returned to a ballot drop box by 8 pm March 10. There are three parts to your ballot that you must complete. 1. Vote for your preferred candidate. Some candidates have dropped out since  Continue Reading

San Juan County To Host Live Stream Update on Coronavirus COVID-19

Written on March 6, 2020 at 5:50 am, by

San Juan County will be hosting a live stream update on the status of COVID-19 and San Juan County’s response on Monday March 9th at 3pm The update will be provided by staff from the County Health and Community Services and Emergency Management Departments. Islanders are asked to submit questions in advance by using THIS FORM.  Continue Reading

Hospital District Board Meetings

Written on February 29, 2020 at 8:24 am, by

San Juan County Public Hospital District No. 1 will now be holding its Regular Board Meetings at 5:30 p.m., but will continue to meet on the fourth Wednesday of the month at the Frank Wilson Memorial EMS Building (1079 Spring Street). Additionally, the Board has added an additional audience participation section to the Agenda, which  Continue Reading

Draft Ordinance to Regulate Marijuana Operations Is Available For Review

Written on February 28, 2020 at 5:39 am, by

The staff report including the draft ordinance are posted at this link. Staff will be checking with the County Council to ensure that the draft reflects their preliminary direction. Comments may be sent to by noon on March 16. Subject line:  Marijuana Regulations                  Provide: Your full name  Continue Reading

A Common-Sense Local Perspective on Coronavirus

Written on February 27, 2020 at 5:49 am, by

Frank James MD, San Juan County Health Officer Mark Tompkins, Director, San Juan County Health & Community Services Brendan Cowan, Director, San Juan County Department of Emergency Management Coronavirus is on all of our minds, and for good reason. We are living through a global public health crisis that has the potential to become a  Continue Reading

Hospital District Meeting

Written on February 26, 2020 at 5:46 am, by

San Juan County Public Hospital District No. 1 will be meeting on February 26, 2020, at 5:30 p.m., at the Frank Wilson Memorial EMS Building (1079 Spring Street). Click here for the agenda.

Census Jobs Update

Written on February 22, 2020 at 11:30 am, by

The U.S. Census Bureau is in the midst of peak hiring efforts for the 2020 Census. A representative from the Census Bureau will be available: February 23rd from 1:00 to 4:00 PM San Juan Island Library 1010 Guard Street February 24th from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM Skagit Valley College San Juan Center 221 Weber  Continue Reading

The Presidential Primary

Written on February 19, 2020 at 9:01 am, by

Just when you thought the election was over, you get another ballot. Yes, folks, this year the Presidential Primary is following close on the heels of the February special election. The purpose of the Presidential Primary is to give the voters a chance to tell the two major parties who to select as their candidates.  Continue Reading

League of Women Voters Celebrates 100 Year Mark

Written on February 18, 2020 at 5:48 am, by

The League of Women Voters of the San Juans held a Centennial Celebration on February 12, to mark the 100th anniversary of the founding of the national League on February 14, 1920 by Carrie Chapman Catt to help women become informed voters. The occasion also marked that 2020 will be 100 years since women won  Continue Reading

Press Release from  Bill Watson, San Juan County Councilmember District #1

Written on February 16, 2020 at 5:43 am, by

As your council member and neighbor, I have been asked several questions about the Supreme Court case the county was involved in last December. I decided to write this to clarify the court’s decision. The Supreme Court Case December 12, 2019, the Washington State Supreme Court issued its decision on the case of Edward Kilduff  Continue Reading

Person Under Investigation Tests Negative for Coronavirus

Written on February 16, 2020 at 5:42 am, by

San Juan County Health & Community Services received notification from the State Department of Health at 3:44pm today that test results for coronavirus (COVID-19) were negative for the Person Under Investigation from San Juan County. “We are relieved for this patient and their family, and that the risk to the general community remains low. Our local  Continue Reading

SJIEMS 2019 Year-End Statistics

Written on February 14, 2020 at 5:46 am, by

Friday Harbor, WA – Chances are you’ve had it happen to you a few times. First a siren in the distance, and cars start pulling over. You copy them. Soon you see the lights and strain to see what’s happening. It’s an ambulance. You turn to the person next to you and say, “Someone is  Continue Reading

SJC Person Under Investigation for Novel Coronavirus

Written on February 14, 2020 at 5:45 am, by

San Juan County has its first person under investigation related to the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) global outbreak. A person under investigation is a person with symptoms consistent with coronavirus infection and who has either recently traveled to an affected area, or has had close contact with a confirmed novel coronavirus case. Testing is currently  Continue Reading

FHHS Students Promote Tardigrade

Written on February 10, 2020 at 5:49 am, by

Do you know what a tardigrade is? If not, it’s time to find out! It could soon become Washington State’s official micro-animal thanks to a partnership between students at Friday Harbor High School, Riverday School in Spokane, Jefferson Middle School in Olympia, along with Lynn Bahrych from the San Juan Islands Conservation District, and Katie  Continue Reading

Logic and Accuracy Test

Written on February 9, 2020 at 8:43 am, by

Presidential Primary Vote counting equipment testing February 24 at 11:00 a.m. A “Logic and Accuracy” test of ballot tabulating equipment to be used in San Juan County for the March 10, 2020, Presidential Primary is scheduled for February 24 at 11:00 a.m. The test works by tallying the results of a prepared set of ballots  Continue Reading

San Juan Island – County Roads

Written on February 7, 2020 at 5:43 am, by

San Juan County Public Works continues to monitor and respond to the ongoing rain and flooding events appearing along County Roads. The following two locations may continue to have restrictions posted or may be closed to vehicle traffic entirely. Bailer Hill Rd (west of False Bay Dr) San Juan Valley Rd (west of Douglas Rd)  Continue Reading

Census Jobs

Written on February 4, 2020 at 5:46 am, by

The U.S. Census Bureau is continuing it’s peak hiring efforts through February for the 2020 Census. A representative from the Census Bureau will be available at Skagit Valley College – San Juan Center 221 Weber Way Friday Harbor, WA on Tuesday February 11th from 10:30 AM – 1:30 PM.  Get information on how to become a  Continue Reading

2019 Novel Coronavirus Declared a Public Health Emergency

Written on February 2, 2020 at 5:43 am, by

The World Health Organization declared a global emergency on Thursday and Friday the White House declared a U.S. public health emergency as the coronavirus outbreak has spread worldwide. Human-to-human transmission of the virus was also confirmed in the U.S. this week. The outbreak originated in December 2019, in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China. Since then,  Continue Reading