Topic: Government

Third quarter 2016

Written on November 12, 2016 at 9:20 am, by

A quarterly review of County Finances by County Auditor F. Milene Henley Third quarter 2016 My first year of college I shared a landline (we called it a “phone” then) with 4 other dorm rooms. The phone sat in the hallway with a lock on the rotary dial (remember rotary dials?). We rarely used it,  Continue Reading

Apply to the FHAC

Written on November 11, 2016 at 5:43 am, by

Town accepting applications for open position on Friday Harbor Arts Commission. The Friday Harbor Arts Commission (FHAC) is seeking one new member to fill a three-year position commencing January 1, 2017. The person filling this unpaid, volunteer position is expected to represent the interests of the Town, community and local artists and advise the Town  Continue Reading

Bill Watson Says Thanks…

Written on November 9, 2016 at 2:33 pm, by

From the SJ Update mailbag today… Dear Citizens, I want to thank all of the people who gave me encouragement and support during my campaign for San Juan County Council District 1. I consider myself fortunate to have had an opportunity to meet with and talk with so many fellow citizens of San Juan County  Continue Reading

Did you Vote?

Written on November 8, 2016 at 1:42 pm, by

Today’s the day – don’t forget to fill out your ballot and mail it or put it in the drop box  before 8:00 pm tonight! Allison Dragon just put her ballot in the box across from the Elections office on the courthouse lawn on Second Street. She said she was voting for the first time, “And  Continue Reading

Almost Done…

Written on November 8, 2016 at 5:49 am, by

This is the eleventh in a series of articles about elections in Washington State by San Juan County Auditor F. Milene Henley. The County Auditor administers elections and voter registration in the County… Almost Done: the Canvassing Board and the Certification of Elections It’s been a long election year, and you probably think it’s over.  Continue Reading

San Juan County Candidates Forum

Written on October 26, 2016 at 5:41 am, by

This is from the League of Women Voters’ candidate forum on October 6th at The Grange. In case you missed it, here’s your chance to watch it at your leisure. It opens with Kevin Ranker and Daniel Miller, then at about the 46 minute mark it goes to Mark Henneman (Rick Larson was unable to  Continue Reading

Water, Water Everywhere…

Written on October 26, 2016 at 5:40 am, by

Water, Water Everywhere… Enough For Us To Drink? Is there enough fresh water in the San Juan Islands to support future growth? How can we preserve water resources? What is the potential for catchment and desalination? These questions are among those to be explored at a public meeting of the League of Women Voters of  Continue Reading

SJC Council Declares First Responders Appreciation Day

Written on October 24, 2016 at 5:53 am, by

On October 20, Friday Harbor Grange #225 hosted a reception in honor of First Responders at the Mullis Center. All Sheriff Department, Fire Department and Emergency Services personnel were invited to attend. County Councilman Bob Jarman read a proclamation declaring October 20 as First Responders Appreciation Day: Whereas, San Juan County’s first responders include law  Continue Reading

Remember to Vote!

Written on October 23, 2016 at 5:51 am, by

As almost everyone knows, there’s an important election coming up in November. The League of Women Voters of the San Juans would like to urge you to become the best informed voter you can be. Ballots are in the mail, and you should have already received your Voters’ Pamphlet. You can also go to the  Continue Reading

Island Rec Board Vacancy

Written on October 22, 2016 at 11:12 am, by

San Juan Island Park & Recreation Commission Vacancy San Juan Island Park and Recreation District, a junior taxing district on San Juan Island seeks to appoint a new person to its board to fill the position vacated by Commissioner Tracy Roberson’s resignation. The appointment to the Board will run until the November 2017 election. Persons  Continue Reading

Letter from Islands Climate Resilience

Written on October 19, 2016 at 5:40 am, by

Related to the Letter to the Editor sent last week we were notified that Bob Jarman had sent a response to our questions in September, but it never reached us. The Facebook site and web page have now been updated with Bob Jarman’s responses (also available here) and we apologize for any confusion or misrepresentation that this  Continue Reading

General Election Ballots are on their Way!

Written on October 18, 2016 at 5:48 am, by

Ballots for the 2017 General Election, which includes the Presidential election, are on their way. Ballots are being mailed on Tuesday, October 18. Most ballots should be in mailboxes by Friday, October 21. If you have not received your ballot by Tuesday, October 25, please let the Elections Office know, at (360) 378-3357. Voter Pamphlets  Continue Reading

2017 Preliminary Budget for San Juan County Published

Written on October 18, 2016 at 5:36 am, by

The 2017 Preliminary Budget for San Juan County has been published. The theme of the 2017 Budget Message is “Building for the Future.” With the effects of the Great Recession now largely behind the County, the goal for the 2017 budget is to look forward, positioning the County to serve its citizens for the next  Continue Reading

MyVote.wa.gov – Your online access to elections

Written on October 10, 2016 at 5:47 am, by

This is the the tenth in a series of articles about elections in Washington State by San Juan County Auditor F. Milene Henley. The County Auditor administers elections and voter registration in the County… Hey, Millennials! This one’s for you. Everything you ever wanted to know about elections is online, in an easy to use,  Continue Reading

Annual Medicare Forum

Written on October 6, 2016 at 5:47 am, by

Medicare enrollment is from October 15 through December 7 Learn about Medicare basics, Medicare Part D and Medicare Advantage Plans Come to see us and we’ll help you compare plans and options for 2017 Date: October 26, 2016 Time: 2:00pm Place: Mullis Center For more info or an appointment with Curt VanHyning or Pat VanSkyhawk, call 360-370-5188 Hosted by: Island  Continue Reading

Accessible Voting in San Juan County

Written on October 6, 2016 at 5:38 am, by

SJC Auditor Milene Henley shares this notice… For voters with disabilities, voting privately and independently can be a challenge. In the days of poll sites, polling places had accessible voting units (AVUs) to help those voters. With the transition to vote-by-mail, voting became easier for some disabled voters, because it removed the need to get  Continue Reading

Public Meetings Available online

Written on October 4, 2016 at 5:50 am, by

Story by Louise Dustrude With the advent of affordable live-streaming technology and a desire for increased transparency in government, San Juan County and Friday Harbor, like many other jurisdictions in the United States, have implemented video access in recent years. In a county like ours where many residents live on a different island from the county  Continue Reading

National Voter Registration Day

Written on September 27, 2016 at 5:38 am, by

Tuesday, Sept. 27th, is National Voter Registration Day. The local League of Women Voters will man tables at two San Juan Island locations to encourage and assist Islanders who need to register to vote in time for the presidential election in November. From 11am until 4pm on Tuesday, you can pick up the voter applications  Continue Reading

2016 General Election Forums

Written on September 24, 2016 at 10:06 am, by

The League of Women Voters of the San Juans will be sponsoring candidate forums on each of the following islands for state and local contests in the 2016 general election. We expect some or all of the following candidates and races to be present. The League of Women Voters of the San Juans has been  Continue Reading

Vote Counting Equipment Testing

Written on September 22, 2016 at 9:23 am, by

A “Logic and Accuracy” test of ballot tabulating equipment used in San Juan County for the November 8, 2016 General Election is scheduled for October 6 at 11 a.m. The test works by tallying the results of a prepared set of ballots to see if the results match the votes cast. The test will take  Continue Reading

County Council Candidate Forum

Written on September 14, 2016 at 5:37 am, by

San Juan Island Grange #966 will host a San Juan County Council Candidates Forum on Wednesday, September 21st beginning at 5:00pm at the Grange Hall (152 1st St, Friday Harbor). The public is welcome and encouraged to attend. The questions will be focused on those issues of importance to San Juan Island Grange #966’s membership:  Continue Reading

Voter Turnout Declining

Written on September 11, 2016 at 9:38 am, by

This is the ninth in a series of articles about elections in Washington State by San Juan County Auditor F. Milene Henley. The County Auditor administers elections and voter registration in the County. The Top Two Primary San Juan County is always one of the highest voter-turnout counties in the State. In fact, I have  Continue Reading