Topic: Government

Auditor Seeks Writers of Arguments Against Four Local Measures

Written on August 3, 2017 at 5:34 am, by

Fast forward to October: You’re flipping through your Voters’ Pamphlet, eager to read about the local measures you see on the ballot. Once you find them, you think, “What! Why are there arguments FOR all the measures, and no arguments AGAINST?” According to state law, it is the responsibility of every district that puts a  Continue Reading

Immigration Initiative Set to Go to Ballot

Written on July 28, 2017 at 9:38 am, by

July 28, 2017 – A San Juan County citizen’s initiative concerning immigration has been approved to go to the November general election ballot. Initiative 2017-7 required 1,635 signatures (which represents 15% of the votes cast in the County in the last gubernatorial election) in order to advance to the voters. On July 5, the sponsor  Continue Reading

North Sound Accountable Community of Health Meeting

Written on July 19, 2017 at 5:33 am, by

San Juan County Health and Community Services: North Sound Accountable Community of Health Informational Meeting   Representatives from the North Sound Accountable Community of Health will be visiting San Juan County on Wednesday, July 26, 2017, to host public informational sessions on state, regional and county-level efforts to improve health for people on Medicaid in Washington  Continue Reading

Public hearing on Vacation Rental Code Amendments

Written on July 17, 2017 at 5:42 am, by

The San Juan County Planning Commission will conduct a public hearing on proposed amendments to the vacation rental and code enforcement provisions of the San Juan County Code.  The hearing will begin on or after 8:45 a.m. on July 21, 2017, in the County Council Chambers, 55 Second Street, Friday Harbor. Interested parties are encouraged  Continue Reading

Voter Forum

Written on July 9, 2017 at 5:48 am, by

The League of Women Voters of the San Juans invites all islanders to a Voter Forum to be held at the Grange on Thursday, July 13 from 6-8 p.m. This is provided to meet and hear the seven candidates in the primary election for two San Juan Island School Board Director seats. Running for the  Continue Reading

Public Comment Wanted on Ferry Fare Increase Proposal

Written on July 7, 2017 at 5:54 pm, by

Ferry customers and anyone with an interest in Washington State Ferry fares are being asked to weigh in on a new fare proposal that would take effect starting this October. The Washington State Transportation Commission has released its proposal to increase ferry fares over the next two years. The proposed increase must generate $381 million  Continue Reading

Port Welcomes New Port Director

Written on June 30, 2017 at 4:50 pm, by

The Port of Friday Harbor Commission and staff are pleased to welcome Todd Nicholson as the new Executive Director at the Port of Friday Harbor, beginning July 5. After evaluation of more than 35 applications from around the country, Todd was chosen as the most qualified candidate to lead the Port. A native of the  Continue Reading

Local Attorney Jon Cain Applies for Superior Court Judge Position

Written on June 30, 2017 at 5:52 am, by

Jon Cain, of Friday Harbor, announced today that he has submitted his application for the position of San Juan County Superior Court Judge. Governor Jay Inslee will appoint someone later this year to fill the opening that will result from Judge Donald Eaton’s retirement. “Every day judges make tough decisions that affect real people and  Continue Reading

Immigration Workshop

Written on June 29, 2017 at 5:46 am, by

Northwest Immigration Rights Project (NWIRP) will provide training regarding immigration for students, teachers, parents and community members. These sessions answer questions that community members may have about the immigration system, immigration enforcement, and how immigration issues affect the communities they serve. This training includes an overview of the immigration system and immigration status as well  Continue Reading

Katie Seeks Judicial Appointment

Written on June 28, 2017 at 5:56 am, by

Friday Harbor Attorney Katie Loring Seeks Appointment as Next San Juan County Superior Court Judge. Attorney Katie Loring has submitted her application for appointment as the next San Juan County Superior Court Judge. In April, San Juan County Superior Court Judge, Donald E. Eaton, announced his retirement effective December 31, 2017. Because Judge Eaton is  Continue Reading

Town Signs Lease for Downtown Parking Area

Written on June 27, 2017 at 11:54 am, by

The Town of Friday Harbor is pleased to announce the execution of a lease agreement with JAC 330 Spring Street LLC that will allow the Town to operate a parking area in the Downtown core in an effort to alleviate an historic parking shortage. The parking area will be on the property that formerly housed  Continue Reading

Doris Schaller Retires

Written on June 23, 2017 at 5:50 am, by

When Doris Schaller got ready to quit working “she actually googled how to retire,” according to county auditor Milene Henley, “and learned that you give your boss plenty of time.” So she gave six months’ notice, and Milene really appreciated it. Doris has been running the county elections office since 2004, at first under administrator  Continue Reading

Common Sense

Written on June 23, 2017 at 5:46 am, by

John Geyman, M.D. of Friday Harbor, a writer about national health care policy since 1990, has published a new 28 page pamphlet: Common Sense about Health Care Reform in America. It takes an approach similar to Thomas Paine who in 1775-76 wrote a pamphlet, Common Sense, urging people to gain independence from England based on  Continue Reading

Mount Ben Preserve Public Meeting

Written on June 23, 2017 at 5:40 am, by

Public Comment Invited on DRAFT Stewardship and Management Plan The Land Bank is inviting public comment on the DRAFT Mount Ben Preserve Stewardship and Management Plan. We value public input in helping guide the long term care of our County’s conservation areas. This meeting is a great opportunity to learn more about the management plan  Continue Reading

American Camp Road Maintenance

Written on June 9, 2017 at 5:51 am, by

Reminder: Phase II of Road Maintenance Starting Monday, June 12, park maintenance staff will begin Phase II re-striping fog lines of Cattle Point Road to better accommodate bicycles, mopeds, and pedestrians. Phase II will include re-striping 1.5 miles of Cattle Point Road between Pickett’s Lane and the American Camp Visitor Center Road. Work should take  Continue Reading

Call for Artists

Written on June 3, 2017 at 5:44 am, by

Deadline Extended – Call for Artists: Design a License Plate for the San Juan Islands! The Terrestrial Managers Group and the Madrona Institute are kicking off their San Juan Islands Specialty License Plate Design Initiative with a contest! The initiative encourages the public to help create and select a specialty license plate that will generate  Continue Reading

Steve Brandli Applies for Judge Position

Written on June 2, 2017 at 5:12 pm, by

Attorney Steve Brandli Applies to Be San Juan County Superior Court Judge Governor Jay Inslee posted a Notice of Judicial Vacancy, soliciting applications to be appointed as San Juan County’s next Superior Court judge to replace Judge Donald Eaton who is retiring at the end of this year. San Juan County attorney Steve Brandli is  Continue Reading

Walking for the Salish Sea

Written on June 1, 2017 at 8:16 am, by

Liza Michaelson writes to say thanks and to recap her recent walk… Thanks for your support! Glenn, John, Gretchen and I returned today from our epic Walk 4 The Salish Sea. I want to thank all of you for your Generous support. Our San Juan Island team of 4 has raised well past our goal  Continue Reading

Burn Permit Extension

Written on June 1, 2017 at 5:43 am, by

Due to fire risk remaining low here in San Juan County and the wet spring we have had, burning will remain open beyond the May 31 end date, unless posted otherwise, Burn Permit holders can expect burning to remain open for the duration of the month of June for residential permits and permits to be  Continue Reading

Town Seeks LTAC Proposals

Written on May 31, 2017 at 5:49 am, by

Town seeks proposals for allocation of Lodging Tax grant funds to promote 2018 tourism The Town of Friday Harbor’s Lodging Tax Advisory Committee (LTAC) is accepting applications for grants to fund tourism promotion. The promotions must be for events and activities specifically intended to promote tourism within the Town in 2018.   Preference will be given  Continue Reading

Voting Equipment Testing

Written on May 30, 2017 at 5:38 am, by

Vote counting equipment testing on June 8th at 10:00 a.m. The upcoming August 1, 2017 primary election will have voters in the San Juan Island School District deciding on school board directors. There are four candidates for SJI School Board Director #1, and three candidates for SJI School Board Director #2. The top two vote  Continue Reading

Grand Opening U.S. Customs Office at the Friday Harbor Airport

Written on May 26, 2017 at 5:48 am, by

A ribbon cutting ceremony will take place on Thursday, June 1st at 2:30pm to officially open the new U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) office space at the Friday Harbor Airport. The celebration will be at the Roy Franklin Terminal, 800 Franklin Drive. This new office will provide the general aviation community and commercial airlines  Continue Reading