Topic: Government

Public Forum on Housing

Written on March 2, 2017 at 5:41 am, by

The Housing Puzzle: How We Can Put Together a Solution League of Women Voters presents a public forum on Monday, March 13 at noon at the Friday Harbor Grange The League of Women Voters of the San Juans (LWVSJ) will host an affordable housing panel presentation and public discussion on Monday, March 13. Panelists are Friday  Continue Reading

Spring Street Roundabout?

Written on February 24, 2017 at 4:47 pm, by

Town of Friday Harbor considering a Mini Painted Roundabout at the Argyle Avenue & Spring Street Intersection The public is invited to learn about and comment on the proposal to install a mini painted roundabout at the intersection of Argyle Avenue and Spring Street. The Town Council meeting will be held on Thursday, March 2, 2017  Continue Reading

Tiny Homes

Written on February 24, 2017 at 5:45 am, by

Merri Ann Simonson shares this article on tiny homes… Tiny Home, Park Model RV, Trailer, Recreational Vehicle  What is it? If you have been watching HGTV recently, you have been exposed to the latest craze of the Tiny Homes. As an agent I have received numerous inquiries about how San Juan County will regulate this new  Continue Reading

Public Hospital District to Explore Possible PP Contract

Written on February 22, 2017 at 9:46 pm, by

The public hospital district board voted 3-2 Wednesday night to explore the possibility of contracting with Planned Parenthood for reproductive health services not offered by Peace Island Medical Center, at a possible cost of up to $50,000 a year. In the resolution Monica Harrington and Barbara Sharp were named as a subcommittee to talk with  Continue Reading

Spring Street Pocket Park

Written on February 21, 2017 at 2:47 pm, by

Preparation is underway for the Spring Street Pocket Park Project Construction Update February 21, 2017 This is a construction update on what to expect today through the remainder of the week. Staging for the Spring Street Pocket Park Project began Monday, February 20, 2017. The Contractor (Mike Carlson Enterprises) is preparing the site for installation of  Continue Reading

Letter from Bill Williams

Written on February 20, 2017 at 5:50 am, by

Public Hospital District Commissioner Bill Williams shares this letter… Earlier this week I forwarded a draft resolution to the commissioners of the San Juan County Public Hospital District #1. If approved, the resolution would authorize the drafting of a contract with Mount Baker Planned Parenthood for sexual health and reproductive health services. The issue will  Continue Reading

Salish Sea Citizens Stand on Capitol Hill in Olympia

Written on February 16, 2017 at 5:43 am, by

On Monday, February 13, 200 people from the San Juan Islands and greater Salish Sea region attended a rally at the Washington State Capitol in Olympia to show support for the Oil Transportation Safety Bills (House Bill 1611/Senate Bill 5462). A major oil spill would significantly impact Washington State’s maritime economy, which is worth $30  Continue Reading

CLG Designation for Town of Friday Harbor

Written on February 7, 2017 at 4:41 pm, by

Department of the Interior awards Town special designations for historic preservation The Town of Friday Harbor has received special designation as a Certified Local Government (CLG) by the National Park Service and the United States Department of the Interior. Certified Local Government (CLG) is a designation created as part of the National Historic Preservation Act  Continue Reading

RESIST at American Camp

Written on February 3, 2017 at 8:26 pm, by

Judy Chovan shares some thoughts and thanks for the gathering at American Camp last Thursday… On Thursday, 02 February 2017, 150+ people came together at American Camp, San Juan Island National Historical Park to create a human sign to spell out our commitment to RESIST the dangerous and misguided environmental policies of the current administration.  Continue Reading

When We Said Farewell To Our Own

Written on February 1, 2017 at 5:50 am, by

This is the February edition of the history column by the San Juan Historical Museum… This month marks the 75th anniversary of President Roosevelt’s Executive Order 9066, which he signed on February 19, 1942. In response to the World War II bombing of Pearl Harbor by Japan, it authorized the forced evacuation and relocation of  Continue Reading

Women’s March Friday Harbor

Written on January 21, 2017 at 4:28 pm, by

There was a very large turnout for the Women’s March in Friday Harbor today. Men, women, children, babies and dogs marched in support of the Women’s March on Washington D.C. and hundreds of other similar marches across the country and around the world.  Estimates put the number of participants at 1,500 to 1,800 hundred. Pretty good for  Continue Reading

2017 Accessory Dwelling Unit Eligibility Deadline

Written on January 20, 2017 at 5:37 am, by

San Juan County Department of Community Development (DCD) is accepting applications for detached ADU permits proposed outside of urban growth areas and activity centers until 4:30 pm February 13 2017.  There are 8 permits for the construction of new ADUs and 2 permits for the conversion of existing accessory structures, legally in existence for five  Continue Reading

Annual Homeless Count to be completed on January 26th

Written on January 19, 2017 at 5:44 am, by

San Juan County’s 2017 Point in Time Homeless Count will be conducted on Thursday, January 26th. Count organizers and volunteers work with local family resource centers, food banks, churches, healthcare providers, senior centers, libraries, the sheriff’s office, and many other community support service providers to conduct the count. The count, initiated by the State of  Continue Reading

Stay Home if You’re Sick

Written on January 18, 2017 at 4:12 pm, by

San Juan County Health and Community Services Urges Public Action to Prevent Spread of Influenza Flu cases are on the rise in San Juan County, although we are not currently seeing the epidemic levels reported in other parts of Washington state.  San Juan County Health & Community Services urge flu vaccine as the first line  Continue Reading

Progress on the Zylstra Lake Purchase

Written on January 17, 2017 at 5:46 am, by

The Land Bank shares more good news… We Won! We Won! Fun Fact: on January 5, 1933, construction of the Golden Gate Bridge began in the San Francisco bay. Fast forward to January 5, 2017: Zylstra Lake, on San Juan Island, was awarded a $1 million federal coastal wetlands grant from the US Fish and Wildlife  Continue Reading

Local Landmark Program

Written on January 16, 2017 at 5:48 am, by

Town of Friday Harbor launches local landmark program Owners of historic properties within the town limits are encouraged to consider landmarking their properties in a new landmark register program initiated by the Town of Friday Harbor. Historic landmark status is voluntary and may include eligibility for a growing number of preservation incentives, such as Special  Continue Reading

Ted Fitzgerald Resigns

Written on January 13, 2017 at 8:55 pm, by

Port of Friday Harbor Executive Director, Ted Fitzgerald has tendered his resignation to the Port Commission as of Wednesday, January 11. Ted sailed into Friday Harbor six months ago to take the reins at the Port.  In a statement to the press, the port commissioners related, “we enjoyed working with Ted and are grateful to  Continue Reading

Local Policies with Immigrants

Written on January 12, 2017 at 5:39 am, by

County’s Top Officials Affirm Existing Local Policies with Immigrants At the first meeting of the San Juan County Council in 2017, the County’s top law enforcement officers and the Council members talked about immigrants in the community without proper papers or who have overstayed their visa. Council Member Jamie Stephens kicked off the discussion by  Continue Reading

Pertussis In SJC

Written on January 11, 2017 at 5:43 am, by

Pertussis Cases Continue in San Juan County San Juan County Health & Community Service continues to investigate new cases of pertussis (whooping cough) in the county. To date, six cases have been identified in children residing on San Juan Island. None of the children have been hospitalized. San Juan County Health & Community Services is  Continue Reading

Women’s March in Friday Harbor

Written on January 6, 2017 at 10:37 am, by

Please help our island community gather in support of the nationwide Women’s March! On Saturday, January 21, 2017, the communities of the San Juan Islands, WA will gather in solidarity to honor human rights – united in support of our unique island community, and the greater communities of the world. For those living on San  Continue Reading

Program and Pizza!

Written on January 5, 2017 at 5:37 am, by

In these partisan times, where do you go to talk about solutions to issues in a non-partisan way? Your League of Women Voters of the San Juans is a grassroots organization which is political. We discuss issues. But we are non-partisan. We do not endorse candidates or political parties. There are many issues that islanders  Continue Reading

Public Hearing on Plastic Bag Regulations

Written on January 4, 2017 at 5:47 am, by

The Town Council of Friday Harbor will hold a public hearing on Thursday, January 19, 2017 at 5:30 p.m., to consider an ordinance for the regulation of single-use carryout plastic bags. San Juan County adopted Ordinance No. 10-2016 that will ban single-use plastic carryout bags within the unincorporated areas of the County. The Town is  Continue Reading