Topic: Government

Annual Homeless Count January 24th

Written on January 13, 2019 at 10:45 pm, by

San Juan County’s 2019 Point in Time Homeless Count will be conducted on Thursday, January 24. Count organizers and volunteers work with local family resource centers, food banks, emergency cold weather shelters, churches, healthcare providers, senior centers, libraries, the sheriff’s office, and many other community support service providers to conduct the count. The count, initiated  Continue Reading

San Juan County Officials take their Oath of Office

Written on January 9, 2019 at 5:44 am, by

An invitation from SJ County… Please join us as the newly-elected San Juan County Officials take their Oath of Office on Friday, January 11th at 4 pm in the Lobby of the County Courthouse at 350 Court Street, Friday Harbor WA, 98250.  To be followed by a reception with light refreshments. Judge Stewart Andrew will  Continue Reading

Women’s March

Written on January 8, 2019 at 5:51 am, by

It’s time to march again! The #WomensWave is coming and we’re sweeping the world forward with it! Come to the 3rd Annual Women’s March. Gather on the Courthouse Lawn at the corner of Second and Court Street in Friday Harbor. Saturday, January 19, from 12:00 to 2:00 PM San Juan County Courthouse, 350 Court Street,  Continue Reading

Grants Available to Help Get Kids Outside

Written on January 8, 2019 at 5:37 am, by

State Investing in Youth Outdoor Education, Recreation OLYMPIA–Washington State is accepting applications for the No Child Left Inside grant program, which aims to give at-risk children opportunities to experience the outdoors. No Child Left Inside grants fund programs that provide youth in Washington with outdoor recreation and education programs, including summer camps, natural resource-based education  Continue Reading

First Meeting of 2019 for San Juan County Democrats

Written on January 8, 2019 at 5:31 am, by

The San Juan County Democrats invite you to their first meeting of the new year. Here’s chair David Turnoy with more… Fresh off a successful 2018 campaign season, the San Juan County Democrats are ready to begin their activities for 2019. Our first meeting will be this Saturday, January 12, in the community meeting room  Continue Reading

SJC PHD Special Board Meeting

Written on January 8, 2019 at 5:30 am, by

San Juan County Public Hospital District No. 1 will be having a Special Board Meeting on Thursday, January 10th. It will begin at 1:00 p.m. rather than the usual time, but will be at the usual place – the Frank Wilson Memorial EMS Building. The purpose of this meeting is to potentially appoint an Interim  Continue Reading

Department of Community Development Office Closure Notice

Written on January 8, 2019 at 5:24 am, by

The SJC Department of Community Development Office will be closed the week of January 14 – 18. Staff will be trained on new permitting software during this period. Note that building inspections will be conducted. We apologize for the inconvenience.

911 Service Disruptions

Written on December 28, 2018 at 9:30 am, by

Brendan Cowan, Director of SJI Emergency Management, shares this notice… With ongoing national issues around the 911 system, remember that if 911 doesn’t work for you in an emergency, (360) 378-4141 is the alternate number to San Juan County Dispatch.

Christmas Tree Recycling

Written on December 27, 2018 at 9:00 am, by

Town to offer Christmas tree recycling on January 10, 2019 The Town will collect Christmas trees for residents inside Town limits on January 10, 2019. Trees should be placed at the curb no later than 9:00 a.m. and should be separate from other unbundled trash and woody waste. To ensure the success of the tree  Continue Reading

Retirement Celebration for Judge Stewart Andrew

Written on December 26, 2018 at 5:50 am, by

Here’s an invitation to you from San Juan County District Court… Please join us in celebrating Judge Andrew’s retirement on Friday, January 4, 2019 from 2:30 to 5:00 in the District Courtroom located at 350 Court Street, Friday Harbor.

Jewett Swearing-in Ceremony

Written on December 22, 2018 at 5:48 am, by

Everyone is welcome to attend the swearing-in ceremony and reception for the newly elected San Juan County District Court Judge, Carolyn Jewett, at 12:00 pm on January 11, 2019. The ceremony will begin at noon in the District Court courtroom of the county courthouse, at 350 Court Street, Friday Harbor. Jewett will be sworn in  Continue Reading

Marjorie Walker Art Exhibit

Written on December 19, 2018 at 9:19 am, by

New art installation features Marjorie Walker: Artist, Bohemian, Islander The Town of Friday Harbor is pleased to announce a new outdoor public art history installation in the Sunshine Alley breezeway. The exhibit honors late artist and San Juan Island resident Marjorie Walker (1906-1992) and will be displayed through 2019. Walker was born in 1906 in  Continue Reading

Draft of Fairgrounds Master Plan

Written on December 18, 2018 at 5:46 am, by

The Fairgrounds Master Plan is currently being developed and the first draft is complete!  It is now available for review online at: www.sanjuanco.com/1552/Fair-Master-Plan-Update (under “Latest News”).  A printed reference copy is also available at the Parks & Fair Administrative Office for in-house review.  The intent of the draft is to give the countywide community an  Continue Reading

Citizens Respond to Call for Food Bank Assistance

Written on December 18, 2018 at 5:45 am, by

Town of Friday Harbor utility customers have once again shown their holiday spirit by contributing to the Harbor Life Ring program to benefit the Friday Harbor Food Bank. The Town distributed a letter in the October utility billing statement informing customers that any donations they made in November would be contributed to the Food Bank.  Continue Reading

Governor’s Electric Ferries Proposal

Written on December 17, 2018 at 5:48 am, by

This just in from WSF… Governor Jay Inslee unveiled his “Clean Transportation” (PDF) proposal last week and it includes investments in electric-hybrid state ferries. This announcement gives us a peek into state investments in the 2019-2021 biennium and many of them focus on fighting climate change and reducing greenhouse-gas emissions. The governor has budgeted $64.3  Continue Reading

Statement from PWWA

Written on December 17, 2018 at 5:44 am, by

The Pacific Whale Watch Association issued the following statement… Whale watching and responsible no/low-impact ecotourism is critical to education and conservation efforts that we all are engaged in to protect all whales in the Salish Sea. As the Legislature, the Governor’s Task Force, and the public continue working towards ensuring the safety of the Southern  Continue Reading

$18 Million for Salmon Recovery

Written on December 11, 2018 at 5:44 am, by

State Awards Nearly $18 Million for Salmon Recovery Projects Statewide OLYMPIA – The Washington Salmon Recovery Funding Board today announced the award of nearly $18 million in grants for projects to restore salmon habitat in an effort to bring the iconic fish back from the brink of extinction. An estimated 75 percent of the funded  Continue Reading

Joint Meetings at the Fire Station

Written on December 11, 2018 at 5:42 am, by

First, it’s the Board of Commissioners for San Juan County Fire District #3. They will have their regular meeting at 3:00 pm Wednesday, December 12th, at the fire station at 1011 Mullis Street. Then, at 5:00 pm, the San Juan County Public Hospital District #1 will be meeting jointly with the Town of Friday Harbor,  Continue Reading

New SJC Vacation Rental Webpage Available

Written on December 7, 2018 at 5:46 am, by

San Juan County has published a new webpage with the most requested information regarding vacation rental permits and compliance with the new regulations.   If you are looking for information about how to apply for permit, have an existing permit and want to know what to do to comply with the new rules, or need  Continue Reading

REET Goes Into Effect Dec 27

Written on December 4, 2018 at 5:44 am, by

San Juan County Adopts Real Estate Excise Tax for Affordable Housing In the November election, San Juan County voters approved a new 0.5% real estate excise tax (REET) to support the development of affordable housing options within the county. The tax will be assessed on the purchase and sale of real property within the county,  Continue Reading

Post Office Closed

Written on December 4, 2018 at 5:38 am, by

Out of respect for former president George H. W. Bush, the nation’s 41st Commander in Chief, and to honor his vast contributions to the United States during his lifetime, and consistent with the presidential proclamation, the U.S. Postal Service will observe a national day of mourning. USPS will suspend regular mail delivery and retail service  Continue Reading

County Board and Committee Positions Available

Written on December 2, 2018 at 11:56 pm, by

The County Council is searching for San Juan County citizens to fill current and upcoming vacancies on various boards and commissions. Additional information about each committee is available on the County’s website at: http://sanjuanco.com/641/Board-Committee-Vacancies. Persons interested in serving on a board or advisory committee should fill out an Advisory Committee Application or Contact the Council  Continue Reading