Topic: Government

Meet the Finalists

Written on April 24, 2017 at 5:45 am, by

Port Open House – Meet the Finalists for Port Director Position Port Commissioners Mike Ahrenius, Barbara Marrett and Greg Hertel invite members of the San Juan Island Community to an Open House to meet the candidate finalists for the Port Director position. Tuesday, May 2nd from 5:30pm to 7:00pm at the San Juan Island Yacht  Continue Reading

Survey Says!

Written on April 20, 2017 at 5:46 am, by

The Washington State Transportation Commission (WSTC) has released the results of the Voice of Washington State (VOWS) surveys completed in 2016 and early 2017. You can find links to the survey results below and can see how state residents like you voted on key transportation issues.  2017 VOWS Statewide Survey on Transportation Needs & Priorities – Summary  Continue Reading

High School Art Competition

Written on April 11, 2017 at 9:06 am, by

WA State Rep. Rick Larsen writes to share this contest information with you… Dear Neighbor: Are you a creative high school student in Washington’s 2nd Congressional District? Do you know someone who is? Showcase your artwork in this year’s Congressional Art Competition! The winning artist will have their piece displayed in the U.S. Capitol for  Continue Reading

Spring Street Pocket Park Construction Update

Written on April 10, 2017 at 3:56 pm, by

This is a construction update on what to expect today through the remainder of the week. The pavers have been installed but the final concrete pour was cancelled last Friday due to bad weather. The Contractor is now scheduled to pour the balance of the concrete on Wednesday, April 12th. This portion of sidewalk will  Continue Reading

‘Terrestrial Managers’ Meet, Compare Notes, and Share Resources

Written on April 5, 2017 at 5:34 am, by

Managers of conservation lands in the county met Thursday and Friday at the Grange, in their sixth annual meeting to compare notes and collaborate. Their breaks were not called coffee breaks or restroom breaks, but “networking breaks.” Representatives of the National Historical Park, the San Juan Islands National Monument, the State Parks, the Department of  Continue Reading

Design a License Plate for the SJ Islands!

Written on April 4, 2017 at 5:32 am, by

San Juan Islands Specialty Plate Design Initiative What is this all about?  This initiative encourages the public to help create and select a specialty license plate that will generate funds on an annual basis for the conservation and stewardship of natural, agricultural, historic and cultural resources in the San Juan Islands.  Who is running this  Continue Reading

Town Honors “Granny”

Written on March 31, 2017 at 7:51 pm, by

To honor J-2, or “Granny” as many people remember her, the town has changed the sign on East Street (that’s where you park to get on the ferry), to Granny’s Way

Park Street Sewer & Water Line Replacement Project

Written on March 31, 2017 at 7:45 pm, by

The Park Street project, scheduled to begin the week of April 3rd, is in anticipation of other street and sidewalk improvements that are scheduled to begin in May 2017. Improvements are estimated to be completed within sixty (60) calendar days. The Town awarded the project to Ariston Pacific, Inc. from Bellingham, Washington. The Contractor will  Continue Reading

New Maps for the County

Written on March 30, 2017 at 5:23 am, by

SJC Public Works is very pleased to announce that the Cyclist Map PDFs are now available for download online. They can be found here: Cyclist Maps These maps will be updated periodically as comments come in and road conditions change. To provide comments for future updates, please send an email to There is also a major  Continue Reading

Hope For The Best, Prepare For The Rest

Written on March 30, 2017 at 5:19 am, by

The League of Women Voters of the San Juans will hold its April Membership meeting on Monday, April 10 at the San Juan Island Library Meeting Room from 12:00n to 2:00pm. Entitled “Hope For The Best, Prepare For The Rest” the meeting will focus on possible changes in government policy and funding in light of  Continue Reading

Connector Road Open House

Written on March 28, 2017 at 4:20 pm, by

San Juan County Public Works is hosting a Connector Road Open House on Wednesday April 12th at the San Juan Island Fire Station, 1011 Mullis Street, Friday Harbor from 5:30 to 7:00 pm. Come learn about: The “Connector Road” project from Pear Point Road to Turn Point Road Project design and details Construction Schedule Current details on this project may  Continue Reading

D.E.M. Survey

Written on March 28, 2017 at 5:17 am, by

The San Juan County/Friday Harbor Department of Emergency Management is working on a “Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan”. The goal of the plan is to identify ways to reduce the risk of injuries and  damage to the island community from natural hazard disasters.  We are kicking off  the effort  by asking for your input on a  Continue Reading

Rick Larsen Town Hall

Written on March 26, 2017 at 6:31 pm, by

Congressman Rick Larsen’s Town Hall on Sunday at the Brickworks attracted just over a hundred residents from San Juan and other islands.  Larsen started with comments about the failure of the Republicans to end the Affordable Care Act, with the heavily Democratic crowd erupting in applause several times. He cautioned the group that while one  Continue Reading

Dr. John Geyman’s Latest Book

Written on March 23, 2017 at 12:16 pm, by

Crisis in U.S. Health Care: Corporate Power vs. The Common Good, published this month by John Geyman, M.D. of Friday Harbor, discusses the issues currently being debated in Congress. This book takes a 60 year view of our health care system, 1956-2016, from the perspective of a family physician who lived through those years in  Continue Reading

County Seeks Consultants for Comp Plan Update

Written on March 18, 2017 at 5:35 am, by

San Juan County seeks consultants to assist with Comprehensive Plan Update San Juan County is seeking RFPs from qualified consultants to work on aspects of the SJC Comprehensive Plan Update. Proposals are encouraged from consulting firms with expertise in the Growth Management Act to assist with comprehensive planning, effective citizen engagement, and updates related to  Continue Reading

Tragedy of the Commons

Written on March 16, 2017 at 5:48 am, by

Join host Ken Crawbuck for “13th”, the next film in the documentary series Tragedy of the Commons. In this thought provoking film, scholars, activists and politicians analyze the criminalization of African Americans and the U.S. prison boom. Directed by Ava DuVernay Saturday, March 18th at 7:00 pm at Island Arts Collective, 28 Front Street. (that’s  Continue Reading

Cattle Point Lighthouse Repairs

Written on March 14, 2017 at 5:50 am, by

Story by Louise Dustrude… Work is under way on repairs to the Cattle Point Lighthouse under a contract between the Coast Guard and Vet Industrial of Bremerton. Over the years erosion of the surrounding sand dunes has exposed and undermined the foundation of the lighthouse, leaving the stability of the historic building at risk. The  Continue Reading

Update on Spring Street Pocket Park

Written on March 13, 2017 at 4:55 pm, by

Mike Carlson shares this update on the construction progress for the new Spring Street Pocket Park… The Pocket Park is now beginning to take shape. Most of the underground work has been completed.  This week, the bases for the paver borders, benches and sculptures will be formed and poured. As soon as those are completed  Continue Reading

Town Hall Meeting

Written on March 10, 2017 at 5:45 am, by

>> Correction – The date of this event has been corrected to Tuesday << Council Member Bill Watson Holding Town Hall Meeting Council Member Bill Watson (District 1) invites islanders to attend a Town Hall Meeting on Tuesday, March 28 beginning at 5:15 PM. The meeting will be held at the San Juan Island Fire  Continue Reading

Town Seeks Bench Sculpture Proposals

Written on March 8, 2017 at 5:42 am, by

Town of Friday Harbor seeks artists’ proposals for Ed Warbass memorial bench sculpture The Town of Friday Harbor is accepting proposals for an Ed Warbass memorial bench sculpture sponsored by the Friday Harbor Arts Commission (FHAC). The artwork is to be located on a park bench near the First Street entrance to Sunshine Alley. Proposals  Continue Reading

Land Bank’s Lopez Tombolo Preserve Extended

Written on March 6, 2017 at 5:55 am, by

  The Land Bank is excited to announce an additional 800 feet of public access to beach and tidelands located west of Bayshore Road on the San Juan Channel side of Fisherman Bay on Lopez Island. This acquisition would not have been possible without the support of the Sunset Acres Owners Association, a residential community on  Continue Reading

F.R.O.G. Survey Results

Written on March 6, 2017 at 5:51 am, by

The Washington State Transportation Commission (WSTC) has released the results of several completed 2016 Ferry Riders Opinion Group (FROG) surveys. We would like to share the results of these surveys with you so you can see how riders like you view key ferry issues as well as how Washington State Ferries (WSF) 2016 winter performance was rated. Click on  Continue Reading