Topic: Government

Recognizing Volunteers

Written on June 26, 2018 at 5:34 am, by

SJC Superior Court extends this invitation to you… Please join us in recognizing the Court Appointed Special Advocate volunteers who serve in dependency proceedings in San Juan County Superior Court, and in recognizing the importance of family reunification. Thursday, June 28, 2018 at 1:30 p.m. in the San Juan County Superior Court Jury Room, at  Continue Reading

Mayor appoints Lane to arts commission

Written on June 25, 2018 at 5:42 am, by

The Town is pleased to announce the appointment of Peter Lane to the Friday Harbor Arts Commission (FHAC). Lane owns an art consultation and logistics company and brings 20 years of experience in the visual arts. He is a board member and volunteer at San Juan Island Museum of Art and participated in an artist  Continue Reading

Chicken Pox Update

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

San Juan County Health & Community Services Issues Varicella Outbreak Update Six cases of Varicella, or “chicken pox,” have now been confirmed in the Orcas Island community. San Juan County Health & Community Services is working closely with medical providers to identify additional cases in the community. We are also continuing work with the Orcas  Continue Reading

State Upholds San Juan County’s Shoreline Master Program

Written on June 21, 2018 at 10:31 am, by

San Juan County adopted a new Shoreline Master Program (SMP) in November 2017.  Friends of the San Juans appealed the SMP to the Growth Management Hearings Board (Board) alleging seven issues Friends claimed did not meet the requirements of state law.  Friends asked the Board to invalidate the SMP.  The Board held a hearing in  Continue Reading

County Will Join National Opioid Lawsuit

Written on June 20, 2018 at 5:46 am, by

News outlets nationwide have described the problems arising from the epidemic in the use of opioids.  Whether it is the overuse of powerful addictive prescribed painkillers or the illegal use of a cheaper cousin, such as heroin, there is large human and governmental cost. “Families are ripped apart. There is a real cost to county  Continue Reading

The Land Bank Says Thank You!

Written on June 19, 2018 at 5:49 am, by

Islanders, thank you for “Getting Outdoors” and joining the Land Bank at our Zylstra Lake Preserve Open House last weekend. The response was incredible, with almost 200 visitors over the six-hour event, and on a busy June Saturday to boot! It was wonderful to see everyone enjoying the property and to hear the community’s positive  Continue Reading

League of Women Voters to hold primary forums for state, national candidates

Written on June 19, 2018 at 5:41 am, by

The League of Women Voters of the San Juans is holding candidate forums prior to the August primary election. The forums feature those running for the Washington state legislative district 40 and congressional district 2 positions. Each race has six candidates. For state legislative district 40 those running are: Daniel Miller (Republican from Friday Harbor);  Continue Reading

Market Bucks Program

Written on June 14, 2018 at 5:46 am, by

  Funders Promote Locally Grown Foods for the WIC and Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program San Juan County Health and Community Services is partnering again with Soroptimist International of Friday Harbor, Orcas Island Community Foundation, and the Honeywell Foundation, to offer Market Bucks at Farmers Markets on Orcas and San Juan Islands. The Market Bucks  Continue Reading

Letter from Nick Power

Written on June 14, 2018 at 5:42 am, by

In the mailbag today we find this letter from Nick Power… Dear Editor: There has been a lot of ink spilled regarding the sign ordinance and the fact that the County has unquestionably been violating the First Amendment rights of all citizens since the day it was enacted in 1998. Most distressingly, the County has  Continue Reading

Dear Editor…

Written on June 12, 2018 at 5:39 am, by

In the SJ Update mailbag today we find this letter from Tom Evans in Olga… The Art Of The Steal Good government is priceless. But it’s being stolen from us. I have 44 years of experience practicing law. Prosecutor. Assistant DA. Assistant AG. Attorney for three different police departments. City Attorney for 27 years. State  Continue Reading

Vote Counting Equipment Test

Written on June 8, 2018 at 5:42 am, by

A “Logic and Accuracy” test of ballot tabulating equipment used in San Juan County for the August 7, 2018, Primary election is scheduled for June 18 at 10:30 a.m. The test works by tallying the results of a prepared set of ballots to see if the results match the votes cast. The test will take  Continue Reading

Office Closure

Written on June 6, 2018 at 5:41 am, by

Community Development Office Closure Due to increased volume in permitting activity, DCD will be closed to the public on Wednesday, June 13, for uninterrupted plan review.  Please plan accordingly, and thank you for your patience.

LTAC Funds Available

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

Lodging Tax grant funds available to promote 2019 tourism in Friday Harbor. The Town of Friday Harbor’s Lodging Tax Advisory Committee (LTAC) is now accepting applications for grants to fund tourism promotion of events and activities taking place within the town in 2019. Preference will be given to those operations and activities that encourage tourists  Continue Reading

Board and Commission Positions Available

Written on June 4, 2018 at 5:42 am, 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

Nick Power Announces Candidacy

Written on June 1, 2018 at 5:47 am, by

Nicholas (Nick) Power is pleased to announce his candidacy for the position of San Juan County Prosecuting Attorney. Nick hopes to provide voters with an opportunity to elect someone who is committed to honesty, transparency and accountability. Nick sees the position of Prosecuting Attorney as ultimately the citizens’ attorney – not simply the attorney for  Continue Reading

Ron Krebs Runs for Re-Election

Written on May 31, 2018 at 5:48 am, by

Dear Fellow Islanders, I was elected Sheriff of San Juan County three years ago and I am excited to announce that I’ll be running for re-election this November. As Sheriff, I’ve worked hard to promote and encourage a safer community. I’ve implemented the core beliefs of protect and serve, set higher standards of achievement throughout  Continue Reading

Letter from Auditor

Written on May 31, 2018 at 5:43 am, by

San Juan County Auditor F. Milene Henley shares these thoughts with you as election time nears… It’s election time, and with that comes the annual crop of political signs, popping up like pesky dandelions across the countryside. We’ve been fortunate in San Juan County. A well-meaning ordinance – now de-toothed by a recent court action  Continue Reading

Residential Burning Extended to June 15th

Written on May 31, 2018 at 5:41 am, by

From the San Juan County Fire Marshal’s Office: All residential burn permits will expire at noon on June 15th. Residential burning will be closing two weeks later than the scheduled date of May 31st. Residential burn permits are issued for the burning of brush and limbs in areas of the islands that are not within  Continue Reading

Defending Our Democracy

Written on May 29, 2018 at 5:45 am, by

The San Juan County Democrats are pleased to host a conversation about defending our democracy from racism and the radical right with Friday Harbor author David Neiwert and Senator Kevin Ranker. The event will be at 5-7 pm on Thursday, May 31, 2018 at Brickworks in Friday Harbor. Q&A will follow. David is the author  Continue Reading

Friends Challenges Army Corps of Engineers

Written on May 25, 2018 at 7:14 am, by

Groups Challenge Army Corps of Engineers’ Refusal to Protect Puget Sound Shorelines Corps’ Seattle District violates Clean Water Act, endangers Sound recovery SEATTLE – A lawsuit filed today against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (“Corps”) charges that the agency has refused to assert its Clean Water Act jurisdiction over most shoreline armoring in Puget  Continue Reading

Auditor Seeks Writers of Argument against Lopez School Measure

Written on May 24, 2018 at 5:42 am, by

In order to ensure an informed electorate, and in accordance with state law, every district that places a measure on a ballot is responsible for appointing committees to write voters’ guide arguments both for and against the proposition. If a district is unable to appoint committees, that responsibility falls to the County Auditor. The Lopez  Continue Reading

LWV Panel Discussion

Written on May 21, 2018 at 5:42 am, by

Update on local, state, national issues with League of Women Voters The League of Women Voters of the San Juans will present a panel discussion on the present situation and future outlook for the county from 12:30-2:30 p.m., Monday, June 11 at the San Juan Island Library meeting room. The following local officials will share  Continue Reading