Topic: Government

Annual Medicare Forum

Written on October 6, 2016 at 5:47 am, by

Medicare enroll­ment is from Octo­ber 15 through Decem­ber 7 Learn about Medicare basics, Medicare Part D and Medicare Advan­tage Plans Come to see us and we’ll help you com­pare plans and options for 2017 Date: Octo­ber 26, 2016 Time: 2:00pm Place: Mullis Cen­ter For more info or an appoint­ment with Curt Van­Hyn­ing or Pat Van­Sky­hawk, call 360–370‑5188 Host­ed by: Island Hos­pi­tal, The Vil­lage at  Con­tin­ue Reading

Accessible Voting in San Juan County

Written on October 6, 2016 at 5:38 am, by

SJC Audi­tor Milene Hen­ley shares this notice… For vot­ers with dis­abil­i­ties, vot­ing pri­vate­ly and inde­pen­dent­ly can be a chal­lenge. In the days of poll sites, polling places had acces­si­ble vot­ing units (AVUs) to help those vot­ers. With the tran­si­tion to vote-by-mail, vot­ing became eas­i­er for some dis­abled vot­ers, because it removed the need to get  Con­tin­ue Reading

Public Meetings Available online

Written on October 4, 2016 at 5:50 am, by

Sto­ry by Louise Dus­trude With the advent of afford­able live-stream­ing tech­nol­o­gy and a desire for increased trans­paren­cy in gov­ern­ment, San Juan Coun­ty and Fri­day Har­bor, like many oth­er juris­dic­tions in the Unit­ed States, have imple­ment­ed video access in recent years. In a coun­ty like ours where many res­i­dents live on a dif­fer­ent island from the coun­ty  Con­tin­ue Reading

National Voter Registration Day

Written on September 27, 2016 at 5:38 am, by

Tues­day, Sept. 27th, is Nation­al Vot­er Reg­is­tra­tion Day. The local League of Women Vot­ers will man tables at two San Juan Island loca­tions to encour­age and assist Islanders who need to reg­is­ter to vote in time for the pres­i­den­tial elec­tion in Novem­ber. From 11am until 4pm on Tues­day, you can pick up the vot­er appli­ca­tions  Con­tin­ue Reading

2016 General Election Forums

Written on September 24, 2016 at 10:06 am, by

The League of Women Vot­ers of the San Juans will be spon­sor­ing can­di­date forums on each of the fol­low­ing islands for state and local con­tests in the 2016 gen­er­al elec­tion. We expect some or all of the fol­low­ing can­di­dates and races to be present. The League of Women Vot­ers of the San Juans has been  Con­tin­ue Reading

Vote Counting Equipment Testing

Written on September 22, 2016 at 9:23 am, by

A “Log­ic and Accu­ra­cy” test of bal­lot tab­u­lat­ing equip­ment used in San Juan Coun­ty for the Novem­ber 8, 2016 Gen­er­al Elec­tion is sched­uled for Octo­ber 6 at 11 a.m. 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 take  Con­tin­ue Reading

County Council Candidate Forum

Written on September 14, 2016 at 5:37 am, by

San Juan Island Grange #966 will host a San Juan Coun­ty Coun­cil Can­di­dates Forum on Wednes­day, Sep­tem­ber 21st begin­ning at 5:00pm at the Grange Hall (152 1st St, Fri­day Har­bor). The pub­lic is wel­come and encour­aged to attend. The ques­tions will be focused on those issues of impor­tance to San Juan Island Grange #966’s mem­ber­ship:  Con­tin­ue Reading

Voter Turnout Declining

Written on September 11, 2016 at 9:38 am, by

This is the ninth 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. The Top Two Pri­ma­ry San Juan Coun­ty is always one of the high­est vot­er-turnout coun­ties in the State. In fact, I have  Con­tin­ue Reading

LWV SJs to Host Meeting on Moderating

Written on September 10, 2016 at 5:38 am, by

The League of Women Vot­ers of the San Juans is pleased to bring Diane Berreth, pro­fes­sion­al mod­er­a­tor and facil­i­ta­tor, from Orcas Island to present a pro­gram “Mod­er­at­ing Elec­tion (and oth­er) Pan­els, Forums and Debates” at its month­ly meet­ing on Mon­day, Sept. 19 from noon to 2 p.m. at the San Juan Island Pub­lic Library. This  Con­tin­ue Reading

Parks, Trails & Natural Areas Plan

Written on September 2, 2016 at 5:46 am, by

The Parks, Trails and Nat­ur­al Areas Plan (PTNA) pro­vides direc­tion for the devel­op­ment, man­age­ment and acqui­si­tion of parks, trails, non-motor­ized trans­porta­tion facil­i­ties, and nat­ur­al areas for the Parks & Fair Depart­ment, Land Bank, and Pub­lic Works Depart­ments of the Coun­ty. New with this update is incor­po­ra­tion of the Coun­ty’s Non-Motor­ized Trans­porta­tion Plan. The PTNA pro­vides  Con­tin­ue Reading

Council Congratulates NPS

Written on August 30, 2016 at 5:49 am, by

The San Juan Coun­ty Coun­cil con­grat­u­lates the Nation­al Park Ser­vice on its August 25, 2016 cen­ten­ni­al anniver­sary. We who live in the San Juan Islands are for­tu­nate to have had a Nation­al His­toric Land­mark site des­ig­nat­ed in 1961 which com­mem­o­rates and pre­serves the his­to­ry of our found­ing. We rec­og­nize the Nation­al Park Service’s ded­i­ca­tion to  Con­tin­ue Reading

Remembering 9/11

Written on August 29, 2016 at 5:45 am, by

May­or Car­rie Lach­er shares these thoughts as we near the 15th anniver­sary of the events of Sep­tem­ber 11th, 2001… This year our Nation and our com­mu­ni­ty mark the 15th anniver­sary of 9/11. While we con­tin­ue to grieve that trau­mat­ic day and our trag­ic loss­es, we also have a renewed oppor­tu­ni­ty to re-com­mit to the uni­ty, ded­i­ca­tion, and  Con­tin­ue Reading

Mayor Lacher Receives AWC’s Certificate of Advanced Municipal Leadership

Written on August 27, 2016 at 10:09 am, by

May­or Car­rie Lach­er was recent­ly award­ed the Cer­tifi­cate of Advanced Munic­i­pal Lead­er­ship (CML) by the Asso­ci­a­tion of Wash­ing­ton Cities. May­or Lach­er earned the cer­tifi­cate by com­plet­ing over 60 learn­ing cred­its through sev­er­al work­shops and meet­ings offered by the AWC to may­ors and coun­cil mem­bers of Wash­ing­ton cities and towns. The CML pro­gram includes train­ing on  Con­tin­ue Reading

Rick at the Fair

Written on August 19, 2016 at 5:39 am, by

Diane Mar­tin­dale shares this announce­ment… On Fri­day, August 19, Con­gress­man Rick Larsen will be at the San Juan Coun­ty Fair on San Juan Island to meet islanders. He will be there from 1:00 — 3:30 pm and is hap­py to dis­cuss issues in the coun­ty and the sta­tus of bills in Con­gress. Please come and  Con­tin­ue Reading

Steve Wehrly is Running for County Council

Written on July 13, 2016 at 5:36 am, by

Wehrly for Coun­cil Cam­paign Plan and Elec­tion Plat­form To the Vot­ers of San Juan Coun­ty, Wash­ing­ton: Thanks for the oppor­tu­ni­ty to ask for your vote to elect me to the San Juan Coun­ty Coun­cil, Posi­tion One, San Juan Island Res­i­den­cy Dis­trict. My resume is attached with this Plan and Plat­form.  A sep­a­rate Posi­tion Paper on issues  Con­tin­ue Reading

Undervotes, Overvotes, and Write-ins

Written on July 12, 2016 at 5:41 am, by

This is the sev­enth 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… Let’s face it: some­times you don’t know who to vote for. Maybe it’s a judge, or maybe it’s a state posi­tion you’re  Con­tin­ue Reading