Topic: Government

San Juan County Superior and District Courts Adapt Procedures and Hours

Written on March 17, 2020 at 5:05 pm, by

San Juan Coun­ty Supe­ri­or and Dis­trict Courts are tak­ing imme­di­ate steps to address pub­lic health con­cerns raised by the nov­el coro­n­avirus (COVID-19) out­break in Wash­ing­ton. The virus pos­es a risk to mem­bers of the pub­lic who need to con­duct court busi­ness, as well as to court staff and attor­neys. Start­ing Tues­day, March 17, 2020, all  Con­tin­ue Reading

Auditor Services Available Remotely

Written on March 17, 2020 at 11:53 am, by

Stay­ing home?  Need Audi­tor ser­vices (vehi­cle licens­ing, mar­riage licens­ing, dog licens­ing, vot­er reg­is­tra­tion, lost checks)?  We can help you from home! “Social dis­tanc­ing” wasn’t even a phrase until recent­ly, and now everybody’s doing it.  If you haven’t heard the term yet, it means main­tain­ing safe dis­tances (at least six feet) from oth­er peo­ple in order to  Con­tin­ue Reading

Charter Review Commission to be Elected in 2020

Written on March 17, 2020 at 10:26 am, by

Over the first eight months of 2005, a group of 21 Coun­ty res­i­dents, rep­re­sent­ing a range of ages and pol­i­tics, from all of the county’s geo-polit­i­­cal dis­tricts, met six­teen times for the sole pur­pose of propos­ing a home rule char­ter for San Juan Coun­ty.  This “San Juan Coun­ty Board of Free­hold­ers” sent two doc­u­ments to  Con­tin­ue Reading

Auditor Seeks “Con” Committee Members for Voters’ Guide Statement

Written on March 14, 2020 at 5:15 am, by

The San Juan Coun­ty Audi­tor is seek­ing vol­un­teers to write an argu­ment against the annex­a­tion of the Town of Fri­day Har­bor into San Juan Island Fire & Res­cue.  The argu­ment will appear in the Online Vot­ers’ Guide for the upcom­ing April 2020 Spe­cial Elec­tion. Both the Town and SJI Fire & Res­cue approved res­o­lu­tions to  Con­tin­ue Reading

VOTE! Primary Ballots Are Due Today!

Written on March 10, 2020 at 5:30 am, by

Don’t for­get to vote in this year’s Pres­i­den­tial Pri­ma­ry elec­tion. Bal­lots must be post­marked no lat­er than Tues­day, March 10 or returned to a bal­lot drop box by 8 pm March 10. There are three parts to your bal­lot that you must com­plete. 1. Vote for your pre­ferred can­di­date. Some can­di­dates have dropped out since the  Con­tin­ue Reading

San Juan County To Host Live Stream Update on Coronavirus COVID-19

Written on March 6, 2020 at 5:50 am, by

San Juan Coun­ty will be host­ing a live stream update on the sta­tus of COVID-19 and San Juan Coun­ty’s response on Mon­day March 9th at 3pm The update will be pro­vid­ed by staff from the Coun­ty Health and Com­mu­ni­ty Ser­vices and Emer­gency Man­age­ment Depart­ments. Islanders are asked to sub­mit ques­tions in advance by using THIS FORM. We  Con­tin­ue Reading

Hospital District Board Meetings

Written on February 29, 2020 at 8:24 am, by

San Juan Coun­ty Pub­lic Hos­pi­tal Dis­trict No. 1 will now be hold­ing its Reg­u­lar Board Meet­ings at 5:30 p.m., but will con­tin­ue to meet on the fourth Wednes­day of the month at the Frank Wil­son Memo­r­i­al EMS Build­ing (1079 Spring Street). Addi­tion­al­ly, the Board has added an addi­tion­al audi­ence par­tic­i­pa­tion sec­tion to the Agen­da, which  Con­tin­ue Reading

Draft Ordinance to Regulate Marijuana Operations Is Available For Review

Written on February 28, 2020 at 5:39 am, by

The staff report includ­ing the draft ordi­nance are post­ed at this link. Staff will be check­ing with the Coun­ty Coun­cil to ensure that the draft reflects their pre­lim­i­nary direc­tion. Com­ments may be sent to by noon on March 16. Sub­ject line:  Mar­i­jua­na Reg­u­la­tions  Pro­vide: Your full name and address for the record You may also mail  Con­tin­ue Reading

A Common-Sense Local Perspective on Coronavirus

Written on February 27, 2020 at 5:49 am, by

Frank James MD, San Juan Coun­ty Health Offi­cer Mark Tomp­kins, Direc­tor, San Juan Coun­ty Health & Com­mu­ni­ty Ser­vices Bren­dan Cow­an, Direc­tor, San Juan Coun­ty Depart­ment of Emer­gency Man­age­ment Coro­n­avirus is on all of our minds, and for good rea­son. We are liv­ing through a glob­al pub­lic health cri­sis that has the poten­tial to become a  Con­tin­ue Reading

Hospital District Meeting

Written on February 26, 2020 at 5:46 am, by

San Juan Coun­ty Pub­lic Hos­pi­tal Dis­trict No. 1 will be meet­ing on Feb­ru­ary 26, 2020, at 5:30 p.m., at the Frank Wil­son Memo­r­i­al EMS Build­ing (1079 Spring Street). Click here for the agenda.

Census Jobs Update

Written on February 22, 2020 at 11:30 am, by

The U.S. Cen­sus Bureau is in the midst of peak hir­ing efforts for the 2020 Cen­sus. A rep­re­sen­ta­tive from the Cen­sus Bureau will be avail­able: Feb­ru­ary 23rd from 1:00 to 4:00 PM San Juan Island Library 1010 Guard Street Feb­ru­ary 24th from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM Skag­it Val­ley Col­lege San Juan Cen­ter 221 Weber Way. Get infor­ma­tion  Con­tin­ue Reading

The Presidential Primary

Written on February 19, 2020 at 9:01 am, by

Just when you thought the elec­tion was over, you get anoth­er bal­lot. Yes, folks, this year the Pres­i­den­tial Pri­ma­ry is fol­low­ing close on the heels of the Feb­ru­ary spe­cial elec­tion. The pur­pose of the Pres­i­den­tial Pri­ma­ry is to give the vot­ers a chance to tell the two major par­ties who to select as their can­di­dates.  Con­tin­ue Reading

League of Women Voters Celebrates 100 Year Mark

Written on February 18, 2020 at 5:48 am, by

The League of Women Vot­ers of the San Juans held a Cen­ten­ni­al Cel­e­bra­tion on Feb­ru­ary 12, to mark the 100th anniver­sary of the found­ing of the nation­al League on Feb­ru­ary 14, 1920 by Car­rie Chap­man Catt to help women become informed vot­ers. The occa­sion also marked that 2020 will be 100 years since women won  Con­tin­ue Reading

Press Release from  Bill Watson, San Juan County Councilmember District #1

Written on February 16, 2020 at 5:43 am, by

As your coun­cil mem­ber and neigh­bor, I have been asked sev­er­al ques­tions about the Supreme Court case the coun­ty was involved in last Decem­ber. I decid­ed to write this to clar­i­fy the court’s deci­sion. The Supreme Court Case Decem­ber 12, 2019, the Wash­ing­ton State Supreme Court issued its deci­sion on the case of Edward Kil­duff ver­sus  Con­tin­ue Reading

Person Under Investigation Tests Negative for Coronavirus

Written on February 16, 2020 at 5:42 am, by

San Juan Coun­ty Health & Com­mu­ni­ty Ser­vices received noti­fi­ca­tion from the State Depart­ment of Health at 3:44pm today that test results for coro­n­avirus (COVID-19) were neg­a­tive for the Per­son Under Inves­ti­ga­tion from San Juan Coun­ty. “We are relieved for this patient and their fam­i­ly, and that the risk to the gen­er­al com­mu­ni­ty remains low. Our local  Con­tin­ue Reading

SJIEMS 2019 Year-End Statistics

Written on February 14, 2020 at 5:46 am, by

Fri­day Har­bor, WA – Chances are you’ve had it hap­pen to you a few times. First a siren in the dis­tance, and cars start pulling over. You copy them. Soon you see the lights and strain to see what’s hap­pen­ing. It’s an ambu­lance. You turn to the per­son next to you and say, “Some­one is  Con­tin­ue Reading