Topic: Government

Honoring Outgoing EMS Board Members

Written on December 5, 2019 at 5:44 am, by

The fol­low­ing announce­ment was sub­mit­ted by Nathan But­ler, pub­lic infor­ma­tion offi­cer for SJI EMS… On Novem­ber 26, 2019, the staff of San Juan Island EMS hon­ored out­go­ing Board mem­bers with a spe­cial pre­sen­ta­tion. Out­go­ing Board mem­bers Mark Schwinge, Michael Edwards, War­ren Apple­ton, and Rebec­ca Smith were all in atten­dance. Though they were also hon­ored at the  Con­tin­ue Reading

PHD Meeting

Written on December 4, 2019 at 5:44 am, by

San Juan Coun­ty Pub­lic Hos­pi­tal Dis­trict No. 1 will be hold­ing a spe­cial meet­ing on Decem­ber 4, 2019, at 5:30 p.m. at the Frank Wil­son Memo­r­i­al EMS Build­ing. (Agen­da linked below). This meet­ing will be chaired by Chair pro tem Anna Lisa Lind­strum. This meet­ing will begin with HIPAA train­ing from 5:30 p.m. to 6:15  Con­tin­ue Reading

Vacancies on Various County Boards & Commissions

Written on December 3, 2019 at 11:59 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


Written on December 1, 2019 at 5:47 am, by

San Juan Coun­ty Fire Dis­trict 3 Chair, Com­mis­sion­er Bob Jar­man, shares the fol­low­ing let­ter to the  com­mis­sion­ers of San Juan Island Pub­lic Hos­pi­tal Dis­trict #1… Hon­or­able Board Mem­bers: San Juan Island Fire & Res­cue Com­mis­sion­ers wish to con­grat­u­late the new­ly elect­ed Pub­lic Hos­pi­tal Dis­trict Com­mis­sion­ers as you are sworn in and begin the learn­ing curve  Con­tin­ue Reading

PHD Board Members Sworn In

Written on November 27, 2019 at 5:49 am, by

By Louise Dus­trude  Just over a dozen res­i­dents wit­nessed the swear­ing-in cer­e­mo­ny for three new Pub­lic Hos­pi­tal Dis­trict board mem­bers in the Supe­ri­or Court­room on Tues­day after­noon. Supe­ri­or Court Judge Katie Lor­ing swore in her hus­band Kyle Lor­ing, Trish Lehman, and Gail Les­­chine-Seitz, elect­ed ear­li­er this month. The fourth new board mem­ber, Everett Clary, was  Con­tin­ue Reading

Ballot Proposition No. 2 — Providing Some Clarity on Rates

Written on October 30, 2019 at 7:46 am, by

This just in from the SJ Coun­ty News­flash wire… Bal­lot Propo­si­tion No. 2 is ask­ing vot­ers to con­tin­ue an exist­ing levy lid lift first approved by vot­ers in 2009 and renewed in 2014.  The cur­rent vot­er approved levy lid lift costs prop­er­ty own­ers 16 cents per $1,000 of assessed val­ue in 2019.  Bal­lot Prop. No. 2  Con­tin­ue Reading


Written on October 28, 2019 at 5:44 am, by

Here’s what’s in the San Juan Update mail­bag this morn­ing… To the Edi­tor: We usu­al­ly fill out our bal­lots as soon as they arrive in the mail. How­ev­er, we need more infor­ma­tion before we can vote on Propo­si­tion 2. We com­plete­ly sup­port the pro­grams fund­ed by Propo­si­tion 2’s levy lid lift. In 2009, dur­ing the great  Con­tin­ue Reading


Written on October 26, 2019 at 5:44 am, by

In the San Juan Update mail­bag this morn­ing we have this let­ter from Louise Dus­trude… If you haven’t yet turned in your bal­lot, per­haps it’s because you think there’s no rea­son to vote in so many uncon­test­ed races. Here’s anoth­er way to look at it. In the pub­lic hos­pi­tal dis­trict elec­tion, which is my focus here,  Con­tin­ue Reading

Tim Eyman’s I‑976 Severely Impacts Ferries

Written on October 17, 2019 at 5:56 am, by

Tim Eyman is back on the bal­lot with anoth­er $30 car-tab ini­tia­tive, I‑976. You may have seen the TV ads or vis­it­ed on the web. Among a long list of cuts, I‑976 would have an imme­di­ate effect on fund­ing for fer­ry oper­a­tions as well as main­te­nance and improve­ments. The reper­cus­sions of Eyman’s I‑695 twen­ty  Con­tin­ue Reading

Access to Mount Grant Preserve Confirmed

Written on October 10, 2019 at 12:00 pm, by

A judge has con­firmed pub­lic access to the 180-acre Mount Grant Pre­serve. This means that the 180-acre Pre­serve will remain open to the pub­lic from West Val­ley Road on San Juan Island. Some sig­nage will be nec­es­sary to show alter­na­tive access to the 70-acre prop­er­ty that adjoins the pre­serve. The court rul­ing came in response  Con­tin­ue Reading

2019 Flu Clinics Scheduled

Written on October 8, 2019 at 8:57 am, by

Flu sea­son is here and it is time to get your flu shot!  San Juan Coun­ty Health & Com­mu­ni­ty Ser­vices has sched­uled the 2019 flu clin­ics for the pub­lic.  All flu clin­ics will be by appoint­ment only.  Be advised that there are lim­it­ed dos­es avail­able at this time based on vac­cine avail­abil­i­ty from our sup­pli­er.   Con­tin­ue Reading

San Juan County Fire Districts Awarded Regional FEMA Grant

Written on October 1, 2019 at 9:13 am, by

The four fire dis­tricts of San Juan Coun­ty have received a region­al Fed­er­al Emer­gency Man­age­ment Agency (FEMA) grant to replace aging per­son­al pro­tec­tive equip­ment for fire­fight­ers and increase com­pat­i­bil­i­ty between agen­cies, max­i­miz­ing mutu­al aid through­out our islands while reduc­ing costs to our tax pay­ers. FEMA award­ed $923,115 from the Assis­tance to Fire­fight­ers grant to the  Con­tin­ue Reading

Planning Commission Positions

Written on October 1, 2019 at 9:13 am, by

Town of Fri­day Har­bor Plan­ning Com­mis­sion Posi­tions Avail­able  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  Con­tin­ue Reading

Logic and Accuracy Test

Written on September 28, 2019 at 9:45 am, by

Vote Count­ing Equip­ment Test­ing Octo­ber 18 at 11:00 am A “Log­ic and Accu­ra­cy” test of bal­lot tab­u­lat­ing equip­ment used in San Juan Coun­ty for the Novem­ber 5, 2018 Gen­er­al is sched­uled for Octo­ber 18 at 11:00 a.m. The test works by tal­ly­ing the results of a pre­pared set of bal­lots to see if the results match  Con­tin­ue Reading

Town Selling Surplus Vehicles

Written on September 27, 2019 at 9:03 am, by

The Town of Fri­day Har­bor is hold­ing a sur­plus sale for six vehi­cles. A list of sur­plus vehi­cles and bid­ding form can be found on the Town web­site at or by con­tact­ing Town Hall in per­son or by tele­phone at (360) 378‑2810. Items may be viewed Octo­ber 2nd through Octo­ber 9th at the Town  Con­tin­ue Reading

SJC Online Permit Center

Written on September 13, 2019 at 5:35 am, by

The Depart­ment of Com­mu­ni­ty Devel­op­ment is excit­ed to announce that the you can now search for per­mits, check per­mit sta­tus, request code enforce­ment, pay fees, and request inspec­tions through the **NEW** San Juan Coun­ty Online Per­mit Cen­ter. Links to the new online per­mit cen­ter are found on the Com­mu­ni­ty Devel­op­ment Web­page or at the fol­low­ing  Con­tin­ue Reading