Topic: Government

SJCPHD#1: Prospective Candidate Forum May 9th

Written on April 19, 2019 at 5:42 am, by

Want to make a difference? San Juan County Public Hospital District No. 1 (SJCPHD#1) has four of its five commissioner seats open for election this fall. This is almost unprecedented. Prospective candidates must file between May 13-17 and community leaders are needed to provide a new generation of strong leadership. SJCPHD#1 provides oversight for San  Continue Reading

All Four Orca Recovery Priority Bills Pass Washington State Legislature

Written on April 17, 2019 at 5:51 am, by

Salmon habitat recovery, oil spill prevention, vessel noise and disturbance, reducing toxic pollution are all now expected to reach Governor Inslee’s desk. Bills passed: Protecting habitat (HB 1579) Lead sponsor Representative Joe Fitzgibbon (D-West Seattle) Supports chinook salmon and forage fish populations by protecting habitat and reducing invasive predatory species Preventing oil spills (HB 1578)  Continue Reading

Port Commission Meeting

Written on April 17, 2019 at 5:44 am, by

The Friday Harbor Port Commission is meeting Thursday April 18th at 12:00 PM at the Town Council Chambers, 60 Second Street in Friday Harbor. They’ve posted the agenda on their website and you can view it here: Meeting Agenda.

Property Tax Deadline

Written on April 14, 2019 at 5:43 am, by

Plan Ahead And Mail Early-Property Taxes Due April 30 San Juan County Treasurer, Rhonda Pederson would like to remind county property owners that the first installment of property taxes and personal property taxes are due April 30. If you mail, MAIL EARLY – all San Juan County mail goes to Seattle for processing. When you  Continue Reading

Live Fire Training Sunday, April 14, 2019

Written on April 11, 2019 at 5:45 am, by

San Juan Island Fire and Rescue is conducting a live fire training in the wooded area east of the District’s main station, 1011 Mullis Street in Friday Harbor, Sunday, April 14, 2019. The live fire training is scheduled between 12:00 noon and 5:00 p.m. During that time residents will see smoke in the area around  Continue Reading

Port Commission Meeting

Written on April 10, 2019 at 8:55 am, by

The Friday Harbor Port Commission is meeting Wednesday April 10th at 4:00 PM at Skagit Valley College, 221 Weber Way. They’ve posted the agenda on their website and you can view it here:

Town will host Spring Cleanup April 22-26

Written on April 8, 2019 at 5:44 am, by

The Town of Friday Harbor is pleased to offer its residential refuse customers a one-time-only curbside pickup of items that are too large or too heavy for their refuse cans the week of April 22-26. “The Town saw an opportunity to encourage neighborhood cleanups and to assist our customers with their spring cleaning efforts,” said  Continue Reading

Citizens Advisory Group Report

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

The following is a press release from the SJC Public Hospital District #1… When community member Chuck Dalldorf first agreed to serve on the Citizen’s Advisory Group (CAG) looking into a potential integration of EMS and Fire services on San Juan Island, he probably didn’t realize it would take almost a year. He said: “the  Continue Reading

More than 750 to Gather for Salmon Recovery Conference in Tacoma

Written on April 4, 2019 at 5:49 am, by

OLYMPIA–More than 750 scientists, salmon recovery experts and interested citizens from Washington and Oregon will meet in Tacoma next week for the seventh biennial Salmon Recovery Conference, marking the 20th anniversary of the Salmon Recovery Act. “By bringing together our state’s field biologists, engineers and policymakers, we’re providing a forum for information sharing and networking  Continue Reading

SJINHP Accepting Applications for Teacher Ranger Teacher Program

Written on April 4, 2019 at 5:42 am, by

San Juan Island National Historical Park announces that it is accepting applications for the 2019 Teacher Ranger Teacher (TRT) program. Teacher Ranger Teacher is a professional development opportunity for K-12 teachers to spend the summer acquiring new skills in experiential learning through a program provided by a partnership between the National Park Service (NPS) and  Continue Reading

April 4th is Arbor Day in Friday Harbor

Written on April 1, 2019 at 2:48 pm, by

The Town of Friday Harbor will celebrate its second annual Arbor Day this Thursday, April 4, 2019. The public is invited to join in recognizing the event. Mayor Ghatan will be issuing a proclamation for Arbor Day during the Town Council meeting and the Parks Department will plant an Easter Red Bud on Argyle Avenue  Continue Reading

Congressman Larsen to Visit A War Never Ends Exhibition at the San Juan Islands Museum of Art

Written on April 1, 2019 at 2:39 pm, by

Congressman Rick Larsen will visit the opening of A War Never Ends presented by the San Juan County Vietnam veterans and American Legions at the San Juan Islands Museum of Art (SJIMA). Following the exhibition tour on Saturday, April 6 at 3:15 pm, Larsen will talk informally with veterans, their families and visitors. The images  Continue Reading

SJCPHD Meeting Tuesday

Written on March 31, 2019 at 9:51 am, by

San Juan County Public Hospital District No. 1 will be holding a Special Board Meeting jointly with San Juan County Fire Protection District No. 3 on April 2, 2019, 5:00 p.m., to be held at the Fire District offices located at 1011 Mullis Street. The Town of Friday Harbor is also sending a representative. The  Continue Reading

San Juan Islands Specialty License Plate

Written on March 28, 2019 at 5:49 am, by

The special license plate legislation has passed both chambers of the Legislature by overwhelming margins!   Many thanks to Representative Lekanoff and Senator Lovelett for their hard work. April/May 2019 – Signature of legislation by Governor Inslee August 1-October 1, 2019 – License Plate available for purchase sometime during this period depending on final effective  Continue Reading

Town Seeking Applicants for Open Positions on Friday Harbor Arts Commission

Written on March 28, 2019 at 5:44 am, by

The Town is accepting applications for two open positions on the Friday Harbor Arts Commission (FHAC). Commissioners are unpaid volunteers who represent the interests of the Town, community, and local artists in advising the Town Council on the cultivation, selection, acquisition, and placement of public art. One position is to be filled immediately with a  Continue Reading

Town Business License Program

Written on March 27, 2019 at 5:39 am, by

Effective April 1, 2019. This important notice is directed to local Business Owners regarding the Town Business Licensing Program. New legislation has been passed that requires changes to the existing Town Business License Program. Local business license renewals are typically due April 1st of each year. The expiration date for 2019 Friday Harbor business licenses  Continue Reading

Hospital District Meeting

Written on March 25, 2019 at 5:39 am, by

San Juan County Public Hospital District No. 1 will be having its Regular Board Meeting on Wednesday March 27th at the Frank Wilson Memorial EMS Building. It will begin at 1:00 p.m.


Written on March 24, 2019 at 5:44 am, by

San Juan County Department of Community Development (DCD) held a lottery for Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) permits on March 5, 2019. The results of the lottery are now available on the SJC Website. Additional Info…

Longtime Fishery Science and Policy Manager Hired to Lead Governor’s Salmon Recovery Office

Written on March 19, 2019 at 5:47 am, by

The following press release is from the Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office… OLYMPIA – Erik Neatherlin, a scientist and longtime manager in the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has been selected to lead the Governor’s Salmon Recovery Office, which coordinates statewide and regional efforts to return salmon from the brink of extinction. The  Continue Reading

Global Youth Climate Strike

Written on March 15, 2019 at 5:40 am, by

Jaclyn Domenech shares this announcement with you… On March 15th, many local high school students are participating in the global Youth Climate Strike to protest climate change inaction. The students are walking out of school to demand change and bring attention to the need for government action on climate change prevention. Carbon emissions have put  Continue Reading

Port Commission Meeting

Written on March 13, 2019 at 5:42 am, by

There will be a Port Commission Meeting at 271 Front Street ( that’s the Port meeting room, under San Juan Yacht Club) today – Wednesday, March 13th, at 4:00 pm. Click here to see the Meeting Agenda

San Juan County Disability Advisory Committee

Written on March 12, 2019 at 5:44 am, by

Are you looking for a way to serve your community? San Juan County Elections is looking for persons with disabilities, and providers of services to persons with disabilities, to serve on the Disability Advisory Committee.  Washington State Law requires every county to have a Disability Advisory Committee. The committee must include persons with disabilities, and  Continue Reading