Topic: Government

Democracy Place

Written on June 28, 2016 at 5:50 am, by

State Senator Kevin Ranker and State Representative Kris Lytton joined San Juan County Democrats on June 21st for the grand opening of Democracy Place, the county party’s 2016 election headquarters. Located at 335 Argyle Ave. in Friday Harbor under the big, new red, white and blue sign, Democracy Place is staffed by local party volunteers and is open  Continue Reading

Road Construction Updates

Written on June 25, 2016 at 9:25 am, by

It’s summer time and that means road construction. Here are updates from the Town of Friday Harbor on a couple of projects. First, Tucker Avenue, and then the water main replacement out on San Juan Valley and Wold Roads… Tucker Avenue Reconstruction Project – Phase 1 What to expect for the week of June 27th through July  Continue Reading

Marilyn O’Connor to Retire

Written on June 20, 2016 at 11:12 am, by

Edit: This story has been updated to include the invitation in the last paragraph… Marilyn O’Connor will retire on June 30 from the Port of Friday Harbor. She has been with the Port for 31 years. Since November 2007 she has served as Executive Director. Before then, she held the positions of Port Auditor and  Continue Reading

Dems HQ Grand Opening

Written on June 18, 2016 at 5:36 am, by

Just a reminder, the Grand opening of “Democracy Corner,” the San Juan County Democrats 2016 election headquarters in Friday Harbor, will be on Tuesday, June 21st from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. Everyone is invited to join State Representative Kris Lytton, State Senator Kevin Ranker and local party leaders and volunteers to kick off the  Continue Reading

Port of Friday Harbor Welcomes New Port Director

Written on June 17, 2016 at 5:53 am, by

The Port of Friday Harbor Commission is pleased to announce Ted Fitzgerald of Brookings Oregon as the new Executive Director at the Port of Friday Harbor beginning July 1. After evaluation of more than 30 applications from around the country, Ted was chosen as the most qualified candidate to lead the Port of Friday Harbor.  Continue Reading

The “A Team” and Ballot Processing

Written on June 14, 2016 at 5:43 am, by

This is the sixth in a series of articles about elections in Washington State by San Juan County Auditor F. Milene Henley. The County Auditor administers elections and voter registration in the County. If you’ve visited the Elections office around Election Day, you may have seen a group of people sitting around the table in  Continue Reading

Democrats Open 2016 Election Headquarters

Written on June 12, 2016 at 9:31 am, by

The Grand opening of “Democracy Corner,” the San Juan County Democrats 2016 election headquarters in Friday Harbor, will be on Tuesday, June 21st from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. Everyone is invited to join State Representative Kris Lytton, State Senator Kevin Ranker and local party leaders and volunteers to kick off the election season at  Continue Reading

Logic and Accuracy Test

Written on June 11, 2016 at 10:20 am, by

Vote counting equipment testing on Wednesday June 29 at 10:30 a.m. A “Logic and Accuracy” test of ballot tabulating equipment used in San Juan County is scheduled for June 29th. 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  Continue Reading

Ten Reasons Why

Written on June 7, 2016 at 5:52 am, by

The Town of Friday Harbor has a vacancy on the Historic Preservation Review Board and here are Ten Reasons Why you should serve: You love old buildings and local history. You live on San Juan Island (bonus points if you live in Friday Harbor)! You understand that preserving historic buildings is the original sustainable “green” building  Continue Reading

Town Seeks Grant Proposals

Written on June 1, 2016 at 5:44 am, by

Town seeks proposals for allocation of Lodging Tax grant funds to promote 2017 tourism The Town of Friday Harbor’s Lodging Tax Advisory Committee (LTAC) is accepting applications for grants to fund tourism promotion. The promotions must be for events and activities specifically intended to promote tourism within the Town in 2017.   Preference will be given  Continue Reading

San Juan County Parks Drone Policy In Effect

Written on May 29, 2016 at 5:34 am, by

San Juan County has adopted an Unmanned Aircraft System (“drone”) policy for County parks and the fairgrounds. Beginning on February 2, 2016, the launching, landing, or operating of unmanned aircraft systems from or on all San Juan County Parks & Fairgrounds property is prohibited, unless authorized by special permit issued by the Parks & Fair  Continue Reading

Footprint Review

Written on May 28, 2016 at 10:30 am, by

The County invites you to play along and contribute to the accuracy of their maps… For hundreds of years, humans have used maps for navigating to new worlds, charting unknown locations and recording histories. Today, the county uses building footprints in maps for dispatching emergency responders, planning land use designations, appraising property values and designing  Continue Reading

How Are We Doing?

Written on May 28, 2016 at 10:29 am, by

A quarterly review of County Finances by County Auditor F. Milene Henley First quarter 2016 If you’ve ever wanted to be a plumber, now’s the time. Judging from the number of radio ads I’ve heard recently for plumbers, HVAC technicians, and other tradesmen, business is booming. That’s good news, and it’s evident in retail sales  Continue Reading

From the Mailbag…

Written on May 26, 2016 at 5:37 am, by

Michelle Loftus writes in to share this news with you… Judah Finney Elected as Delegate to National Republican Convention Judah Finney, San Juan County Republican State Committee Man, was elected as an Alternate Delegate to the National Republican Convention in Cleveland, Ohio this upcoming July. Judah, raised on San Juan Island, has represented San County  Continue Reading

Goodbye Rachel!

Written on May 24, 2016 at 5:46 am, by

On Monday morning the County Council recognized Rachel Dietzman, County Engineer, upon the occasion of her retirement.

From the Update Mailbag

Written on May 18, 2016 at 5:37 am, by

Let’s see what’s in the ol’ Update mailbag today – here’s a letter from Judah Finney… This goes out to those Republican voters who were going to vote for Ted Cruz in the upcoming Primary, but are now thinking that, since he suspended his campaign, your vote is meaningless. So you’re just going to let  Continue Reading

FAC Public Forum

Written on May 17, 2016 at 5:42 am, by

The San Juan County Ferry Advisory Committee will be holding a public forum on Monday May 23, from 4:00 to 6:00 pm in the County Council meeting room at 55 Second St, Friday Harbor. The FAC is a volunteer committee appointed by the county council to provide a liaison with Washington State Ferries, and provide  Continue Reading

County Auditor of the Year

Written on May 16, 2016 at 5:40 am, by

Just heard some good news from the County… Congratulations to San Juan County Auditor Milene Henley, who received the honor of “County Auditor of the Year” at the Washington State Association of County Auditors annual meeting. Milene was presented with this prestigious award by Secretary of State Kim Wyman. Congratulations Milene!

County Adds Electric Vehicles to Fleet

Written on May 13, 2016 at 5:55 am, by

San Juan County Council approved funding for the purchase of 2 new electric vehicles and charging stations at its May 10th regular meeting. The purchase is part of a concerted County effort to replace older gas or diesel powered vehicles in its fleet with new electric technology. “We purchased 2 electric utility vehicles for our  Continue Reading

Letter from Diane Martindale

Written on May 11, 2016 at 5:37 am, by

Dear Editor, You may be perplexed over what Washington’s May 24 Democratic Presidential Primary means, especially if you participated in the March 26 Democratic precinct caucuses. But I encourage you to vote! The media will report the results of the Washington State Republican primary on May 24, as they use the primary results to assign delegates  Continue Reading

Voting the Presidential Primary

Written on May 10, 2016 at 5:43 am, by

This is the fifth in a series of articles about elections in Washington State by San Juan County Auditor F. Milene Henley. The County Auditor administers elections and voter registration in the County. Ballots for Washington’s May 24 Presidential Primary will arrive in your mailbox soon. The Presidential Primary is different from every other Washington  Continue Reading

Rachel Dietzman to Retire

Written on May 9, 2016 at 5:55 am, by

Rachel Dietzman will retire June 3 after 9-1/2 years at County Public Works (five as County Engineer). She worked in the private sector before joining Public Works, and says at that time she “thought government work would be easy. I imagined the job would give me an opportunity for research and training and learning skills  Continue Reading