Topic: Government

San Juan Community Development Counter Reopens

Written on July 5, 2021 at 4:30 am, by

From San Juan County The San Juan County Community Development department will be open to the public beginning on July 6. The front counter will be open for walk-in traffic from 8:30-10:30 a.m. and by appointment from 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Traffic in the lobby will be limited to two parties — one at each counter.  Continue Reading

League of Women Voters Hosts Online Forum for Friday Harbor Mayoral Race

Written on July 3, 2021 at 9:41 am, by

Three-person Race will go to the Primary From the League of Women Voters of the San Juans The League of Women Voters of the San Juan Islands will host a Zoom forum for the candidates for Mayor of the Town of Friday Harbor. Three candidates have registered to run for this position which requires we  Continue Reading

Town of Friday Harbor’s July Public Meetings

Written on July 1, 2021 at 4:30 am, by

From the town of Friday Harbor Agendas for the following town meetings will be posted at town hall and on Meeting times may be amended or canceled. All meetings are currently held via Go-To-Meeting web application. Visit for a video link. Town council, noon, Thursday, July 1 Historic preservation review board, 5 p.m.,  Continue Reading

Rental Assistance Available for San Juan County Tenants and Landlords

Written on June 30, 2021 at 5:30 am, by

From San Juan County Are you a San Juan County tenant who has fallen behind on rent as of March 2020? You may be eligible for assistance. Who can apply? Applications can be completed online for either the tenant or landlord: Tenant application: Landlord application: Landlords should first encourage the tenant to apply.  Continue Reading

Four San Juan County Arts, Education Organizations Funded by State

Written on June 24, 2021 at 5:00 am, by

From the Washington State Department of Commerce ArtsFund, in partnership with the Washington State Department of Commerce, will begin distributing $10.78 million in recovery grants to 702 nonprofits in 34 counties throughout the state this week. In San Juan County, the following organizations were awarded: Friday Harbor Film Festival, San Juan, $22,500 Orcas Center, San  Continue Reading

New San Juan County Program Helps Parents Unite with Children

Written on June 21, 2021 at 5:30 am, by

June is Family Reunification Month By Linnea Anderson, San Juan County Juvenile Court Administrator During the month of June, San Juan County joins Washington state in celebrating Family Reunification Month, which honors the many families who have successfully reunified after having a child removed due to a child welfare action. San Juan County Council issued  Continue Reading

Friday Harbor Mayor Completes Training on Community Development, Leadership

Written on June 20, 2021 at 4:30 am, by

From the town of Friday Harbor Mayor Farhad Ghatan recently received a Certificate of Municipal Leadership from the Association of Washington Cities. The certificate recognizes city and town elected officials for accomplishing training in four core areas: • Roles, responsibilities and legal requirements • Public sector resource management • Community planning and development • Effective  Continue Reading

There’s Still Time to Run for San Juan Fire District, Shaw School District and More

Written on June 19, 2021 at 5:00 am, by

From San Juan County You almost missed your chance to run for office. Fortunately, you’ll get a second chance. During the candidate filing period in May, several of the offices open for filing had no candidates file. When no one files for an open office, it’s called a “void in candidacy.” When a void in  Continue Reading

Zero New COVID-19 Cases in San Juan Islands this Week

Written on June 11, 2021 at 10:49 am, by

From San Juan County Since the last update on Friday, June 4, total cases in San Juan County have not increased, and remain at 191. There are no close contacts of positive cases currently in active quarantine in San Juan County, and no confirmed positive cases in San Juan County at this time. The best  Continue Reading

Friday Harbor Temporarily Allows Conversion of Town Garages, Basements into Housing

Written on June 10, 2021 at 5:30 am, by

Attached Guest Houses Temporarily Allowed in Residential Zone   From the Town of Friday Harbor On June 3, the Town Council adopted interim regulations allowing attached accessory dwelling units in the single-family residential zone. The ordinance intends to create a pathway to turn existing structures into livable spaces. “This is a historic moment for the  Continue Reading

Lopez School District, EMS Property Tax Levies to be on August Primary Ballots

Written on June 9, 2021 at 4:30 am, by

Auditor Seeks Pro and Con Statements for Voter’s Guide   By Milene Henley, San Juan County Auditor The San Juan County auditor is seeking volunteers to write opposing arguments for measures on the ballot in the 2021 Primary Election. Two measures will be on the ballot. Both measures have “pro” committees, and both need “con”  Continue Reading

Hospital District Pays off EMS Building

Written on June 4, 2021 at 8:44 am, by

The Board of Commissioners of San Juan Island Public Hospital District #1 and Superintendent Nathan Butler are very happy to announce that the District has paid off in full the Frank Wilson Memorial EMS Building. Superintendent Butler said “We are so privileged to have this building which carries the name of former EMS Chief Frank  Continue Reading

Rally & March for Palestine/Gaza

Written on May 28, 2021 at 7:30 pm, by

Sandy Strehlou shares this announcement with you… Saturday, May 29, 11am, SJC courthouse lawn If you could give just 90 minutes of your time to help bring peace and justice to the people of Palestine/Gaza, would you? Join is for a peaceful community rally and march starting at the San Juan County, WA courthouse at  Continue Reading

Rep. Larsen Visits Orcas Island Thursday to Discuss Broadband, Road and Airport Infrastructure

Written on May 27, 2021 at 7:02 am, by

From Rep. Rick Larsen’s Office Thursday, May 27, Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-02) will visit Orcas Power & Light Cooperative to meet with Executive Director Foster Hildreth. Larsen and Hildreth will discuss how the utility is working to improve broadband connectivity within its service area. A senior member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Larsen  Continue Reading

Join Boards for County Fair, San Juan and Lopez Libraries and More

Written on May 22, 2021 at 4:30 am, by

From San Juan County The San Juan 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  Continue Reading

Applications for Building, Maintaining Affordable Local Housing Open June 1

Written on May 14, 2021 at 5:00 am, by

From San Juan County The draft 2021 notice of funds for the San Juan County Home Fund is available to review. The draft plan states the final version will be released June 1 and applications are due July 16. Applications will establish a list of projects for funding in 2021. The Home Fund is used  Continue Reading

Candidate Filing Week is May 17-21

Written on May 12, 2021 at 5:30 am, by

Open Positions include Friday Harbor Mayor, Port Commissioner, San Juan School Board and more   From San Juan County If you have ever wanted to be an elected official, now is your chance.  Offices will soon be open in fire, school, hospital, water, sewer, port, parks and recreation, and cemetery districts throughout the county.  Three  Continue Reading

Town of Friday Harbor Honors Finance Director Kelle’ Wilson’s Retirement after 28 Years

Written on May 9, 2021 at 5:00 am, by

From the Town of Friday Harbor Town of Friday Harbor Finance Director Kelle’ Wilson retired May 7 after 28 working in the town’s finance department. The town council created a proclamation in honor of her last day. Proclamation Ownering Kelle’ Wilson Upon her Retirement WHEREAS, Kelle’ Wilson has distinguished herself as a hard-working and dedicated  Continue Reading

Town of Friday Harbor Public Meetings in May

Written on May 3, 2021 at 4:30 am, by

From the Town of Friday Harbor The following Town of Friday Harbor meetings will be held in May. Agendas will be posted at town hall and on the town website at Meeting times may be amended or canceled. All meetings are currently held via the Go-To-Meeting web application. Visit for a video link.  Continue Reading

San Juan County Community Development Block Grant Proposals Scheduled Tuesday

Written on April 30, 2021 at 4:30 am, by

From San Juan County San Juan County will conduct a public hearing at 9:15 a.m. Tuesday, May 4, to consider projects proposed for funding under the Community Development Block Grant. The council will hear comments on proposals presented, and consider choosing a project for submittal for the 2021 grant round. Members of the public are  Continue Reading

Preliminary Voting Results Show Fire Annexation and Island Rec Levy Approvals

Written on April 27, 2021 at 9:14 pm, by

  By Hayley Day, San Juan Update Preliminary voting results in the 2021 April Special Election for San Juan Island show the Town of Friday Harbor will join the island’s fire district and Island Rec will continue to receive local funds. The vote will be certified May 7. Fire District According to the San Juan  Continue Reading

Grants Available For Washington State Licensed Child Care Providers

Written on April 26, 2021 at 4:30 am, by

From the Washington State Department of Children, Youth, and Families The Washington State Department of Children, Youth, and Families is pleased to announce upcoming opportunities for licensed child care providers. The Spring 2021 Child Care COVID-19 Grant is scheduled to open in late April and will be available for four weeks. All licensed child care  Continue Reading