Topic: Government

LWV SJs to Host Meeting on Moderating

Written on September 10, 2016 at 5:38 am, by

The League of Women Voters of the San Juans is pleased to bring Diane Berreth, professional moderator and facilitator, from Orcas Island to present a program “Moderating Election (and other) Panels, Forums and Debates” at its monthly meeting on Monday, Sept. 19 from noon to 2 p.m. at the San Juan Island Public Library. This  Continue Reading

Parks, Trails & Natural Areas Plan

Written on September 2, 2016 at 5:46 am, by

The Parks, Trails and Natural Areas Plan (PTNA) provides direction for the development, management and acquisition of parks, trails, non-motorized transportation facilities, and natural areas for the Parks & Fair Department, Land Bank, and Public Works Departments of the County. New with this update is incorporation of the County’s Non-Motorized Transportation Plan. The PTNA provides  Continue Reading

Council Congratulates NPS

Written on August 30, 2016 at 5:49 am, by

The San Juan County Council congratulates the National Park Service on its August 25, 2016 centennial anniversary. We who live in the San Juan Islands are fortunate to have had a National Historic Landmark site designated in 1961 which commemorates and preserves the history of our founding. We recognize the National Park Service’s dedication to  Continue Reading

Remembering 9/11

Written on August 29, 2016 at 5:45 am, by

Mayor Carrie Lacher shares these thoughts as we near the 15th anniversary of the events of September 11th, 2001… This year our Nation and our community mark the 15th anniversary of 9/11. While we continue to grieve that traumatic day and our tragic losses, we also have a renewed opportunity to re-commit to the unity, dedication,  Continue Reading

Mayor Lacher Receives AWC’s Certificate of Advanced Municipal Leadership

Written on August 27, 2016 at 10:09 am, by

Mayor Carrie Lacher was recently awarded the Certificate of Advanced Municipal Leadership (CML) by the Association of Washington Cities. Mayor Lacher earned the certificate by completing over 60 learning credits through several workshops and meetings offered by the AWC to mayors and council members of Washington cities and towns. The CML program includes training on  Continue Reading

Rick at the Fair

Written on August 19, 2016 at 5:39 am, by

Diane Martindale shares this announcement… On Friday, August 19, Congressman Rick Larsen will be at the San Juan County Fair on San Juan Island to meet islanders. He will be there from 1:00 – 3:30 pm and is happy to discuss issues in the county and the status of bills in Congress. Please come and  Continue Reading

Steve Wehrly is Running for County Council

Written on July 13, 2016 at 5:36 am, by

Wehrly for Council Campaign Plan and Election Platform To the Voters of San Juan County, Washington: Thanks for the opportunity to ask for your vote to elect me to the San Juan County Council, Position One, San Juan Island Residency District. My resume is attached with this Plan and Platform.  A separate Position Paper on issues  Continue Reading

Undervotes, Overvotes, and Write-ins

Written on July 12, 2016 at 5:41 am, by

This is the seventh 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… Let’s face it: sometimes you don’t know who to vote for. Maybe it’s a judge, or maybe it’s a state position you’re  Continue Reading

Frank Penwell Enters the Race

Written on July 11, 2016 at 5:45 am, by

Dear Citizens, I am running for County Council Position 1. I am best known for my integrity, charitable activities, and for starting Community Treasures. I do not support polluting our County rural roads with political signs, so I invite you to visit my website to review my platform and leadership experiences over the last 40  Continue Reading


Written on July 11, 2016 at 5:39 am, by

The San Juan Island School District and planning committee members have planned a DACA/DAPA Update Session for Saturday, July 16, 2016 at 6:00 pm, at the San Juan Community Theatre. The purpose of this meeting is for participants to learn about the decision of the Supreme Court and how it impacts students, families and our  Continue Reading

EMS Chief Discusses the Upcoming Levy

Written on July 8, 2016 at 12:05 pm, by

EMS Chief Jerry Martin shares these thoughts on the levy… Asking the voters to approve a levy increase is never popular, even in good times. But approval of the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) levy is responsible and conservative, and will ensure the financial viability of our system for years to come. On August 2, voters will be asked  Continue Reading

Cultural Access Washington

Written on July 7, 2016 at 5:44 am, by

You are invited to listen to a presentation by D. David Brown Interim Executive Director of Cultural Access Washington on July 8th. The meeting will be held from noon – 1:30 in the Legislative Hearing Room of the County Council Offices (55 Second Street across from the County Court House). The time has been picked  Continue Reading

Board is Firm on 50 Cent Levy

Written on July 4, 2016 at 7:08 am, by

Board is Firm on 50 Cent Levy On June 30th the San Juan County Public Hospital District board adopted a 2017 EMS Budget that affirmed that San Juan EMS must have 50 cents per $1000 in assessed property values to maintain core operations. Critics have advised voters to disapprove the 50 cent levy on the theory  Continue Reading

Candidate Bill Bryant to Visit F.H.

Written on July 2, 2016 at 5:45 am, by

Michelle Loftus shares this notice with you… Washington State Governor Candidate Bill Bryant(R) will be visiting Friday Harbor on Tuesday July 12th. Mr. Bryant is familiar with San Juan Island from many previous visits. As Seattle Port Commissioner he will appreciate our island’s busy season as our local ports are providing peak service. Mr. Bryant has  Continue Reading

LWVSJ Voter Forums in July

Written on June 29, 2016 at 5:45 am, by

In San Juan County we have various choices before us as voters, coming up in the primary election. To keep us informed, the League of Women Voters of the San Juans is holding the following forums for the public. Election day is August 2, 2016 and the ballots will be mailed out by the Elections  Continue Reading

Burn Permits Expire and Fireworks Illegal

Written on June 29, 2016 at 5:35 am, by

Here’s a reminder from the County: Burn Permits Expire June 30th & Fireworks Illegal The warm weather at the end of June brings with it the end to outdoor yard debris burning throughout San Juan County, all burn permits expire on June 30th. Both larger land clearing piles and ten foot diameter yard cleanup burn  Continue Reading

Democracy Place

Written on June 28, 2016 at 5:50 am, by

State Senator Kevin Ranker and State Representative Kris Lytton joined San Juan County Democrats on June 21st for the grand opening of Democracy Place, the county party’s 2016 election headquarters. Located at 335 Argyle Ave. in Friday Harbor under the big, new red, white and blue sign, Democracy Place is staffed by local party volunteers and is open  Continue Reading

Road Construction Updates

Written on June 25, 2016 at 9:25 am, by

It’s summer time and that means road construction. Here are updates from the Town of Friday Harbor on a couple of projects. First, Tucker Avenue, and then the water main replacement out on San Juan Valley and Wold Roads… Tucker Avenue Reconstruction Project – Phase 1 What to expect for the week of June 27th through July  Continue Reading

Marilyn O’Connor to Retire

Written on June 20, 2016 at 11:12 am, by

Edit: This story has been updated to include the invitation in the last paragraph… Marilyn O’Connor will retire on June 30 from the Port of Friday Harbor. She has been with the Port for 31 years. Since November 2007 she has served as Executive Director. Before then, she held the positions of Port Auditor and  Continue Reading

Dems HQ Grand Opening

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

Just a reminder, the Grand opening of “Democracy Corner,” the San Juan County Democrats 2016 election headquarters in Friday Harbor, will be on Tuesday, June 21st from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. Everyone is invited to join State Representative Kris Lytton, State Senator Kevin Ranker and local party leaders and volunteers to kick off the  Continue Reading

Port of Friday Harbor Welcomes New Port Director

Written on June 17, 2016 at 5:53 am, by

The Port of Friday Harbor Commission is pleased to announce Ted Fitzgerald of Brookings Oregon as the new Executive Director at the Port of Friday Harbor beginning July 1. After evaluation of more than 30 applications from around the country, Ted was chosen as the most qualified candidate to lead the Port of Friday Harbor.  Continue Reading

The “A Team” and Ballot Processing

Written on June 14, 2016 at 5:43 am, by

This is the sixth 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. If you’ve visited the Elections office around Election Day, you may have seen a group of people sitting around the table in  Continue Reading