Topic: Government

County News

Written on July 19, 2018 at 5:42 am, by

July 20, 2018, Joint Planning Commission and County Council Meeting At 9:00 am on July 20, 2018, there will be a joint Planning Commission and County Council public hearing and special meeting.  The public hearing will be regarding a proposed amendment to the political sign code.  The Planning Commission and County Council will also be  Continue Reading

Vigil for Immigrant Families

Written on July 18, 2018 at 5:43 am, by

Tonight, from 8:00 to 10:00 PM, you are invited to a vigil at the courthouse to show support for immigrant families who are fleeing their war torn and gang ravaged homes seeking safety in the United States. Please bring a candle and also wear blue. Signage expressing sympathy for the families and calling for compassion,  Continue Reading

Tribal Leader Appointed to State Salmon Recovery Funding Board

Written on July 16, 2018 at 5:46 am, by

OLYMPIA – Governor Jay Inslee has appointed Jeromy Sullivan, chair of the Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe, to the Salmon Recovery Funding Board, a state board that awards grants for projects to help return salmon from the brink of extinction. Sullivan has extensive experience in conservation and salmon recovery issues. He has served on the Hood  Continue Reading

Port Says Thanks

Written on July 14, 2018 at 9:39 am, by

The Port of Friday Harbor would like to thank the many local businesses and community members who helped get the 2018 summer season kicked off with a BANG during the Port’s Pirate Festival over June 22-24 and Rock the Dock on the 4th of July! During Pirate Fest, Friday night’s Movie Night in Fairweather Park  Continue Reading

SJC Disability Advisory Committee

Written on July 13, 2018 at 5:45 am, by

Are you looking for a way to serve your community? San Juan County Elections is looking for persons with disabilities, and providers of services to persons with disabilities, to serve on the Disability Advisory Committee.  Washington State Law requires every county to have a Disability Advisory Committee. The committee must include persons with disabilities, and  Continue Reading

Friday Harbor Recognized with an AWC Municipal Excellence Award

Written on July 11, 2018 at 5:49 am, by

Five Washington cities awarded for excellence at AWC’s Annual Conference OLYMPIA – Representatives from 138 cities and towns across Washington convened in Yakima in June for the Association of Washington Cities (AWC) Annual Conference. During the conference, AWC honored five Washington cities with a Municipal Excellence Award. “Hard work and creative thinking were evident in  Continue Reading

Letter in Support of Alex Ramel

Written on July 11, 2018 at 5:44 am, by

In the SJ Update mailbag this morning we have this letter from Katie Fleming… Dear Editor, Alex Ramel would be a fantastic representative for the 40th district in Washington. He is a progressive democrat who will champion climate action, affordable housing, healthcare for all, fully funded schools, equal pay for women, and gun violence prevention. Alex  Continue Reading

A Local Meet-Up With Rita Latsinova

Written on July 6, 2018 at 5:15 am, by

A review of the recent island meet-up with Rita Latsinove written by Caren Potter… Approximately 50 San Juan Island residents gathered at the False Bay Drive home of Allison and John Moalli last Thursday to meet and learn more about Rita Latsinova, a fellow island resident who is running for an open seat on the  Continue Reading

Board and Committee Vacancies

Written on July 3, 2018 at 5:37 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

CASA Volunteers Celebrated

Written on July 2, 2018 at 5:47 am, by

San Juan County Superior Court and Juvenile Court Services celebrated family reunification and our Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteers. Commemorating parents who have worked hard to successfully reunify their families after significant struggles, the Washington Supreme Court Commission on Children in Foster Care proclaimed June Washington’s Family Reunification Month. The Commission encouraged courts and  Continue Reading

Fresh Bucks Program starts on July 1st on San Juan Island

Written on June 29, 2018 at 7:20 am, by

Nourish to Flourish – Coalition to End Hunger on San Juan Island is offering $20 Fresh Bucks at the San Juan Island Farmers Market and the San Juan Island Food Co-op starting July 1. The Fresh Bucks Program’s goal is everyone should have access to fresh, healthy, local food. Nourish to Flourish is helping Basic  Continue Reading

Steve Brandli Announces Candidacy for SJC District Court Judge

Written on June 27, 2018 at 5:46 am, by

Steve Brandli shares this announcement of his candidacy with you… Steve Brandli is running in the November 6th election for San Juan County’s next District Court judge. Judge Stewart Andrew, the current District Court judge, announced that he will retire at the end of his current term. District Court hears misdemeanors, small claims, protection orders,  Continue Reading

Recognizing Volunteers

Written on June 26, 2018 at 5:34 am, by

SJC Superior Court extends this invitation to you… Please join us in recognizing the Court Appointed Special Advocate volunteers who serve in dependency proceedings in San Juan County Superior Court, and in recognizing the importance of family reunification. Thursday, June 28, 2018 at 1:30 p.m. in the San Juan County Superior Court Jury Room, at  Continue Reading

Mayor appoints Lane to arts commission

Written on June 25, 2018 at 5:42 am, by

The Town is pleased to announce the appointment of Peter Lane to the Friday Harbor Arts Commission (FHAC). Lane owns an art consultation and logistics company and brings 20 years of experience in the visual arts. He is a board member and volunteer at San Juan Island Museum of Art and participated in an artist  Continue Reading

Chicken Pox Update

Written on June 22, 2018 at 5:48 am, by

San Juan County Health & Community Services Issues Varicella Outbreak Update Six cases of Varicella, or “chicken pox,” have now been confirmed in the Orcas Island community. San Juan County Health & Community Services is working closely with medical providers to identify additional cases in the community. We are also continuing work with the Orcas  Continue Reading

State Upholds San Juan County’s Shoreline Master Program

Written on June 21, 2018 at 10:31 am, by

San Juan County adopted a new Shoreline Master Program (SMP) in November 2017.  Friends of the San Juans appealed the SMP to the Growth Management Hearings Board (Board) alleging seven issues Friends claimed did not meet the requirements of state law.  Friends asked the Board to invalidate the SMP.  The Board held a hearing in  Continue Reading

County Will Join National Opioid Lawsuit

Written on June 20, 2018 at 5:46 am, by

News outlets nationwide have described the problems arising from the epidemic in the use of opioids.  Whether it is the overuse of powerful addictive prescribed painkillers or the illegal use of a cheaper cousin, such as heroin, there is large human and governmental cost. “Families are ripped apart. There is a real cost to county  Continue Reading

The Land Bank Says Thank You!

Written on June 19, 2018 at 5:49 am, by

Islanders, thank you for “Getting Outdoors” and joining the Land Bank at our Zylstra Lake Preserve Open House last weekend. The response was incredible, with almost 200 visitors over the six-hour event, and on a busy June Saturday to boot! It was wonderful to see everyone enjoying the property and to hear the community’s positive  Continue Reading

League of Women Voters to hold primary forums for state, national candidates

Written on June 19, 2018 at 5:41 am, by

The League of Women Voters of the San Juans is holding candidate forums prior to the August primary election. The forums feature those running for the Washington state legislative district 40 and congressional district 2 positions. Each race has six candidates. For state legislative district 40 those running are: Daniel Miller (Republican from Friday Harbor);  Continue Reading

Market Bucks Program

Written on June 14, 2018 at 5:46 am, by

  Funders Promote Locally Grown Foods for the WIC and Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program San Juan County Health and Community Services is partnering again with Soroptimist International of Friday Harbor, Orcas Island Community Foundation, and the Honeywell Foundation, to offer Market Bucks at Farmers Markets on Orcas and San Juan Islands. The Market Bucks  Continue Reading

Letter from Nick Power

Written on June 14, 2018 at 5:42 am, by

In the mailbag today we find this letter from Nick Power… Dear Editor: There has been a lot of ink spilled regarding the sign ordinance and the fact that the County has unquestionably been violating the First Amendment rights of all citizens since the day it was enacted in 1998. Most distressingly, the County has  Continue Reading

Dear Editor…

Written on June 12, 2018 at 5:39 am, by

In the SJ Update mailbag today we find this letter from Tom Evans in Olga… The Art Of The Steal Good government is priceless. But it’s being stolen from us. I have 44 years of experience practicing law. Prosecutor. Assistant DA. Assistant AG. Attorney for three different police departments. City Attorney for 27 years. State  Continue Reading