Topic: Government

Harbor Life Ring

Written on November 29, 2018 at 5:44 am, by

The following is a message from the Town of Friday Harbor… Thank you for your ongoing support of the Harbor Life Ring utilities assistance program. A special line item appears on your monthly utility bill for this purpose. Since the program launched five years ago, your generous donations have afforded relief to dozens of individuals  Continue Reading

Port Commission Meeting

Written on November 28, 2018 at 5:42 am, by

The Friday Harbor Port district will hold their regular Port Commission Meeting at 271 Front Street (in the Port meeting room, under San Juan Yacht Club), today – Wednesday, November 28, 2018 at 4:00 pm. Click here to see the Meeting Agenda (PDF)

Complete Streets Ordinance Adopted

Written on November 27, 2018 at 11:02 am, by

Today the SJ County Council unanimously adopted a Complete Streets ordinance that will open up the possibility of state funding to help pay for road improvements that increase the safety of bicyclists and pedestrians on our roadways, among other things. Someday in the future, images like these may become mere memories of what traveling on  Continue Reading

CDC issues Romaine Lettuce Alert

Written on November 21, 2018 at 8:55 am, by

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC), public health officials in several states, Canada and FDA are investigating a multistate outbreak of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli O157:H7 infections linked to romaine lettuce. CDC is advising that U.S. consumers not eat any romaine lettuce and they should throw it away.  For additional details and guidance, see the  Continue Reading

Museum Thanks Town and Mayor

Written on November 20, 2018 at 5:52 am, by

The Board of Trustees and staff of the San Juan Historical Society and Museum would like to extend a sincere thank you to the Town of Friday Harbor Council and Mayor Farhad Ghatan for the new Historical Museum directional sign at the corner of Spring and Price Streets. Even though the museum has been located  Continue Reading

Volunteer Day on Turtleback Mountain

Written on November 20, 2018 at 5:47 am, by

The SJC Land Bank invites you to to meet your new Orcas Stewardship Staff and throw in a little habitat restoration to boot. Join us in the oak restoration units to help plant plugs grown in the Salish Seeds Project nursery. We will depart promptly at 9:45 am from the South Trailhead parking area (Deer  Continue Reading

Quick Title Service

Written on November 19, 2018 at 5:52 am, by

Ever needed that car or boat license in a hurry, only to be told it would take six to eight weeks to arrive? Now, San Juan County residents can walk away from the licensing counter with a clean, valid, same-day Washington State “Quick Title.” This new service is available at the San Juan County Auditor’s  Continue Reading

Dog Licenses

Written on November 14, 2018 at 9:09 am, by

Charley Goddu, a 10-year old poodle mix, received the first dog license of 2019 at the San Juan County Auditor’s office. Charley, a former rescue dog, was adopted in 2015 by Peter Goddu and Margaret Langlie at the Skagit Humane Society. Charley is one of the friendliest dogs in town. He greets everyone with an  Continue Reading

Use the Drop Box After 3:00 PM

Written on November 6, 2018 at 5:45 am, by

Please do not mail your ballot at the Post Office after 3:00 p.m. today. If you do, it will not be postmarked in time to be counted. Instead, take it to the Ballot Drop Box on the Courthouse lawn by 8:00 p.m. Make sure your vote counts!

Hospital District Public Budget Hearing

Written on November 5, 2018 at 5:42 am, by

San Juan County Public Hospital District #1 will be holding its public budget hearing next Wednesday Nov 7th, 3:45 p.m., at the Frank Wilson Memorial EMS Building. The Special Meeting will begin at 3:00 p.m. then go directly to an executive session. The board will return to open session at 3:45 p.m. for the public  Continue Reading

Board and Advisory Committee Vacancies

Written on November 4, 2018 at 9:14 am, by

County Board and Advisory Committee Vacancies and Positions with terms ending within 45 days of 11/02/2018 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: Persons interested in serving on  Continue Reading

Comprehensive Plan Update Community Poll

Written on November 2, 2018 at 7:47 am, by

If you were unable to attend the Comprehensive Plan update community workshops in September and October, please take the online survey here: The survey will be available through November 30, 2018. We conducted polling during the San Juan County Comprehensive Plan update community workshops.  These questions were conceived out of previous public outreach and  Continue Reading

BLM Holding Meetings for National Monument Draft Plan

Written on November 2, 2018 at 7:37 am, by

The Bureau of Land Management released their Draft Resource Management Plan (RMP)/Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the San Juan Islands National Monument (Monument) nearly a month ago. Members of the public have until Jan. 3 to provide written comments. The BLM encourages all interested members of the public to review the plan and participate in  Continue Reading

County Seeks Participation Updating HSTP

Written on November 1, 2018 at 5:38 am, by

Over the next two months, San Juan County Health & Community Services is undertaking a process to update its Coordinated Human Services Transportation Plan (HSTP) originally created in 2010 and then updated in 2014. The HSTP was developed to address the transportation needs of the elderly, people with disabilities, and low income populations in accordance  Continue Reading

Letters for Upcoming Election

Written on October 31, 2018 at 4:30 am, by

You can see letters from individuals supporting our candidates and issues at the links below. Letters are listed in chronological order. As more letters come in, this list will be updated so be sure to check back. For Nick Power: Colleen Kenimond Don Hall Rita Latsinova Paul Arons Bill Karges Justin Paulsen Doris M. Sumner  Continue Reading

Late Ballots

Written on October 30, 2018 at 5:54 am, by

Here’s a press release from the office of the SJC Auditor, F. Milene Henley… Have you received your ballot for the November 6 election? All ballots were mailed on October 16. Yet an extraordinary number of late and misdirected ballots have been reported to the Elections Office this election. Part of the problem was explained  Continue Reading

Deceptive Mailer

Written on October 28, 2018 at 8:56 pm, by

San Juan County voters beware: There is apparently a deceptive mailer circulating in our county encouraging you to ignore the names on your ballot for Sheriff and instead write in Undersheriff Zac Reimer. Please see the response below found on Facebook from Zac: It is a shame that I have to set the record straight,  Continue Reading

Now’s the Time to Submit Your Comments for the SRKW’s

Written on October 26, 2018 at 4:36 pm, by

Dear Safe Shippers and Orca Protectors, Governor Inslee’s Southern Resident Killer Whale Recovery and Task Force has issued round 2 of the draft recommendations for actions — winnowing 63 recommendations to 36. This is our chance to comment on every one — for the orca! The Southern Residents are well-represented by this hard working Task  Continue Reading

Port Commission Meeting Agenda

Written on October 24, 2018 at 5:41 am, by

Friday Harbor Port District Port Commission Meeting at 271 Front Street (Port meeting room, under San Juan Yacht Club) Wednesday, October 24, 2018 at 4pm Meeting Agenda:

Hospital District Meeting

Written on October 24, 2018 at 5:40 am, by

San Juan County Public Hospital District No. 1 Public Notice of Regular Meeting, Wednesday October 24, 2018, 3:00 p.m. at Frank Wilson Memorial EMS Building, 1079 Spring Street.

Countywide Varicella (Chickenpox) ALERT!

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

Nine school- and preschool-aged children have CONFIRMED cases of varicella (chickenpox) on Lopez, Orcas and Shaw islands, with additional possible cases awaiting evaluation from health care providers within the county.  Schools have been alerted of the current outbreak. Parents are encouraged to check their child’s vaccination status and ensure their children are fully immunized against  Continue Reading

San Juan County 2019 Preliminary Budget Published and Available Online

Written on October 16, 2018 at 5:46 am, by

San Juan County’s Preliminary Budget for 2019 has been published. With a theme of “Finish What We’ve Started,” the 2019 budget focuses resources on projects and initiatives already underway within the County. The County has enjoyed several years of remarkable growth in sales, lodging and real estate excise taxes, growth that has allowed the County  Continue Reading