Topic: Government

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

Logic and Accuracy Test

Written on March 5, 2017 at 6:05 am, by

Vote counting equipment testing on March 14th at 10:00 a.m. The upcoming April 25th Special Election will have voters on Lopez Island deciding on a proposed hospital district, San Juan County Public Hospital District #2. Also on the ballot will be the election of five hospital commissioners, should the proposition pass. A “Logic and Accuracy”  Continue Reading

County Positions Available

Written on March 5, 2017 at 5:46 am, by

The County Council is searching for San Juan County citizens to fill current and upcoming vacancies on various boards and commissions. 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 Office at:  Continue Reading

Parks Report Part Two

Written on March 3, 2017 at 5:48 am, by

The trails and open spaces on the island are popular with both residents and visitors, but they don’t just appear out of nowhere. Where does the money come from to keep them open? What can members of the public do to help? This is the second in a series of reports by Louise Dustrude trying  Continue Reading

Public Forum on Housing

Written on March 2, 2017 at 5:41 am, by

The Housing Puzzle: How We Can Put Together a Solution League of Women Voters presents a public forum on Monday, March 13 at noon at the Friday Harbor Grange The League of Women Voters of the San Juans (LWVSJ) will host an affordable housing panel presentation and public discussion on Monday, March 13. Panelists are Friday  Continue Reading

Spring Street Roundabout?

Written on February 24, 2017 at 4:47 pm, by

Town of Friday Harbor considering a Mini Painted Roundabout at the Argyle Avenue & Spring Street Intersection The public is invited to learn about and comment on the proposal to install a mini painted roundabout at the intersection of Argyle Avenue and Spring Street. The Town Council meeting will be held on Thursday, March 2, 2017  Continue Reading

Tiny Homes

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

Merri Ann Simonson shares this article on tiny homes… Tiny Home, Park Model RV, Trailer, Recreational Vehicle  What is it? If you have been watching HGTV recently, you have been exposed to the latest craze of the Tiny Homes. As an agent I have received numerous inquiries about how San Juan County will regulate this new  Continue Reading

Public Hospital District to Explore Possible PP Contract

Written on February 22, 2017 at 9:46 pm, by

The public hospital district board voted 3-2 Wednesday night to explore the possibility of contracting with Planned Parenthood for reproductive health services not offered by Peace Island Medical Center, at a possible cost of up to $50,000 a year. In the resolution Monica Harrington and Barbara Sharp were named as a subcommittee to talk with  Continue Reading

Spring Street Pocket Park

Written on February 21, 2017 at 2:47 pm, by

Preparation is underway for the Spring Street Pocket Park Project Construction Update February 21, 2017 This is a construction update on what to expect today through the remainder of the week. Staging for the Spring Street Pocket Park Project began Monday, February 20, 2017. The Contractor (Mike Carlson Enterprises) is preparing the site for installation of  Continue Reading

Letter from Bill Williams

Written on February 20, 2017 at 5:50 am, by

Public Hospital District Commissioner Bill Williams shares this letter… Earlier this week I forwarded a draft resolution to the commissioners of the San Juan County Public Hospital District #1. If approved, the resolution would authorize the drafting of a contract with Mount Baker Planned Parenthood for sexual health and reproductive health services. The issue will  Continue Reading

Salish Sea Citizens Stand on Capitol Hill in Olympia

Written on February 16, 2017 at 5:43 am, by

On Monday, February 13, 200 people from the San Juan Islands and greater Salish Sea region attended a rally at the Washington State Capitol in Olympia to show support for the Oil Transportation Safety Bills (House Bill 1611/Senate Bill 5462). A major oil spill would significantly impact Washington State’s maritime economy, which is worth $30  Continue Reading

CLG Designation for Town of Friday Harbor

Written on February 7, 2017 at 4:41 pm, by

Department of the Interior awards Town special designations for historic preservation The Town of Friday Harbor has received special designation as a Certified Local Government (CLG) by the National Park Service and the United States Department of the Interior. Certified Local Government (CLG) is a designation created as part of the National Historic Preservation Act  Continue Reading

RESIST at American Camp

Written on February 3, 2017 at 8:26 pm, by

Judy Chovan shares some thoughts and thanks for the gathering at American Camp last Thursday… On Thursday, 02 February 2017, 150+ people came together at American Camp, San Juan Island National Historical Park to create a human sign to spell out our commitment to RESIST the dangerous and misguided environmental policies of the current administration.  Continue Reading

When We Said Farewell To Our Own

Written on February 1, 2017 at 5:50 am, by

This is the February edition of the history column by the San Juan Historical Museum… This month marks the 75th anniversary of President Roosevelt’s Executive Order 9066, which he signed on February 19, 1942. In response to the World War II bombing of Pearl Harbor by Japan, it authorized the forced evacuation and relocation of  Continue Reading