Topic: Government

Town to Offer Christmas Tree Recycling

Written on January 5, 2018 at 5:43 am, by

The Town of Friday Harbor will collect Christmas trees for residents inside Town limits on January 8-12, 2018 on your scheduled weekly garbage day. Trees should be placed at the curb no later than 9:00 a.m. and should be separate from other unbundled trash and woody waste. To ensure the success of the tree recycling  Continue Reading

County Board and Advisory Committee Vacancies

Written on January 4, 2018 at 5:36 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: Persons interested in serving on a board or advisory committee should fill out an Advisory Committee Application or Contact the Council  Continue Reading

The Ins and Outs of Paid Sick Leave

Written on December 29, 2017 at 5:46 am, by

On Monday, January 8, from 9:00 to 11:00 AM at Brickworks, the SJI Chamber of Commerce will have Eva Coblentz from the Department of Labor and Industries here to explain to members and the business community, about Initiative 1433 – Paid Sick Leave – Employer Requirements & Employee Rights which goes into effect January 1,  Continue Reading

Duncan Says Thanks

Written on December 28, 2017 at 12:12 pm, by

Here’s a letter of appreciation from Duncan Wilson… It has been a very busy year in the Town of Friday Harbor. We completed the Water Transmission project, rebuilt Park Street, added a number of sidewalks and constructed a new Pocket Park on Spring Street. Sometimes lost in the busy summer, ongoing construction and the crush  Continue Reading

Katie Loring to be Sworn In as New Judge

Written on December 27, 2017 at 10:23 am, by

San Juan County Superior Court announces the Swearing-In Ceremony for San Juan County’s next Superior Court Judge, Kathryn C. Loring. Friday, December 29, 2017 at 4:30 pm in the Superior Courtroom at San Juan County Courthouse, 350 Court Street, Friday Harbor. Reception to follow at the San Juan Island Grange, 152 1st Street, Friday Harbor from  Continue Reading


Written on December 26, 2017 at 5:47 am, by

On Friday, December 22nd, the Friends of the San Juans (Friends) appealed San Juan County’s recently updated Shoreline Master Program (“SMP”) to the Washington Growth Management Hearings Board. The SMP is the primary tool for protecting the fragile marine ecosystem that depends on the health of that narrow band of shoreline where the water meets  Continue Reading

Farewell Mayor Lacher

Written on December 22, 2017 at 5:58 am, by

A large crowd of town and county residents gathered in Town Hall on Thursday to say thank you and farewell to Carrie Lacher, Friday Harbor’s first woman mayor. They thanked her for her many achievements as well as a new era of cooperation between the town, the county, the port, and others. She thanked the  Continue Reading

Honoring Mayor Carrie Lacher

Written on December 18, 2017 at 5:49 am, by

Everyone is welcome to attend an open house at Town Hall on Thursday, December 21, 2017 from 1:00 to 3:30 p.m. We are honoring Mayor Carrie Lacher for her wonderful years of public service to the Town.

Board of Health

Written on December 15, 2017 at 5:46 am, by

San Juan County Board of Health – Always Working for a Healthier and Safer San Juan County Many county residents may not be aware of a local Board that continually strives to improve the health of the community. The San Juan County Board of Health has responsibility over all matters pertaining to the preservation of  Continue Reading

County Adds Land to Odlin Park

Written on December 8, 2017 at 5:00 pm, by

San Juan County acquires 100 acre Odlin South from WA DNR After a persistent year-long effort by San Juan County, the Odlin South property sale was approved by the WA Board of Natural Resources on December 5, 2017. Council members Jamie Stephens and Rick Hughes, along with County Manager Mike Thomas, made the trip to  Continue Reading

Master Gardeners Assist Town in Rain Garden Cleanup

Written on December 6, 2017 at 5:52 am, by

Town employees and volunteer WSU Master Gardeners recently completed Phase One of the rejuvenation of the Spring Street rain garden located at the northeast corner of Spring and First Streets. Phase One involved removing 25 five-gallon buckets of silt, removing and cleaning river rock, pulling weeds and unhealthy plants, and cleaning out the catch basin.  Continue Reading

Positions Available on the Town Planning Commission

Written on December 5, 2017 at 5:41 am, by

Are you interested in becoming more involved with the community and helping guide the Town’s future development? The Town of Friday Harbor is seeking volunteers to fill vacancies on the Town Planning Commission. The five-member Planning Commission meets regularly and acts as the fact finding agency of the Town with respect to growth and development.  Continue Reading

Curbside Pickup is Back!

Written on November 16, 2017 at 3:58 pm, by

The Town of Friday Harbor is pleased to announce that it has re-established its source for processing of comingled recyclable materials and, as a result, the Town curbside program will NOT be discontinued on November 22, 2017. Lautenbach Industries and the Town have concluded negotiations with Recology of Seattle, Washington and will maintain their existing  Continue Reading

Don Eaton Retirement Party

Written on November 14, 2017 at 5:37 am, by

All are welcome! Please join us for a retirement celebration honoring Judge Donald E. Eaton on Friday, December 15 from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. Open house reception including light refreshments and hors d’oeuvres San Juan County Bar Association Special Presentation at 3:00 p.m. Gathering in the Superior Courtroom & Jury Room San Juan County Courthouse  Continue Reading

Thank a Vet!

Written on November 10, 2017 at 9:57 am, by

Marie DiCristina shares this report on Veteran’s Day assemblies at the schools… Thursday morning Friday Harbor Elementary School and Friday Harbor High School held assemblies honoring Veterans and Veterans Day. Several local vets attended. The High School band provided wonderful musical tributes including playing the anthems of the various military branches. The delightful children of  Continue Reading

Town Discontinues Curbside Recycling

Written on November 10, 2017 at 9:50 am, by

Friday Harbor to Discontinue Curbside Co-Mingled Recycling Until Further Notice The Town of Friday Harbor will be discontinuing curbside recycling pickup effective November 22nd, 2017. This will not affect customers of San Juan Sanitation in the County. The Town uses Lautenbach Industries to take the Town’s refuse to the Cowlitz County landfill and, until recently,  Continue Reading

Dog Licensing Update

Written on November 9, 2017 at 5:46 am, by

Tucker, a 13-year old black lab with a distinctive skill, received the first dog license of 2018 at the Auditor’s Office. Dog tags will be available for all dogs starting November 15 at eight San Juan County locations. Tucker recently retired from his job with Conservation Canines, a squad of dogs trained to sniff out  Continue Reading

Port Seeks Citizen’s Advisory Committee

Written on November 6, 2017 at 5:46 am, by

Port of Friday Harbor Invites Applicants for Citizen’s Advisory Committee The Port of Friday Harbor is seeking applicants for a Citizen’s Advisory Committee to assist the Port in the considering the purchase of Jensen’s Boat Yard and Marina. The Commission will appoint a panel of citizen volunteers to advise the commission as it investigates this  Continue Reading

Letter About Voting

Written on November 3, 2017 at 12:39 pm, by

About 13,000 ballots were mailed to county voters almost two weeks ago.  As of Friday morning (Nov. 3) only 25 percent (about 3,200) of the ballot envelopes had been received.  That means many voters have their ballots.  Getting those ballots in “on time” is important. If you plan to vote by mail, I encourage you  Continue Reading

Arts Commission Openings

Written on November 3, 2017 at 5:46 am, by

Town accepting applications for open positions on Friday Harbor Arts Commission. The Friday Harbor Arts Commission (FHAC) is seeking two new members to fill three-year appointments commencing January 1, 2018. Commissioners appointed to these unpaid, volunteer positions will represent the interests of the Town, community, and local artists in advising the Town Council on the  Continue Reading

County Seeks Your Input

Written on November 2, 2017 at 5:45 am, by

The County currently has 2 ways for you to share your input. First – Put Your Opinon on the Map! Literally… The Public Comment Map at the link below gives you the chance to share your opinion about places around the county.  Do you have an idea about how you would like your neighborhood to  Continue Reading

Letters for the November Election

Written on November 2, 2017 at 5:30 am, by

You can see letters from individuals supporting our candidates 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 Anna Lisa Lindstrum – Hospital District Commissioner Robbie Lawson Louise Dustrude Kerwin Johnson John and Emily Geyman Martha Scott  Continue Reading