Topic: Government

San Juan County Awards $1.7 Million for Affordable Housing

Written on October 6, 2020 at 6:00 am, by

The San Juan County Council discussed applications received for the 2020 Home Fund affordable housing project on Tuesday, Sept. 29. The council approved Home Fund grants and funding commitments to five projects totaling $1,782,734. These funds will contribute to the construction of 59 total new affordable housing units, and the preservation of another 19 affordable  Continue Reading

Port of Friday Harbor Virtual Meeting Oct. 7

Written on October 6, 2020 at 5:00 am, by

The Port of Friday Harbor will host a Special Meeting at noon, Oct 7 via Zoom. View the agenda and meeting access information here. The meeting will discuss designs for the marine technical center to be located at Jensen’s Boatyard, as well as information on the Salt-Water Farms site plan.

Larsen Hosts Virtual Discussion on Education

Written on October 6, 2020 at 4:45 am, by

From 2-3 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 6, Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-02) will host a live virtual discussion via Facebook Live on resources available to Northwest Washington’s students, teachers and families for the 2020-21 school year. Click here to view the live stream. This event is open to the public. The discussion will highlight resources available to  Continue Reading

Medicare Open Enrollment

Written on October 5, 2020 at 5:45 am, by

SHIBA Medicare open enrollment presentation will take place online on Wednesday, October 7 at 1:00 pm. Like our previous presentations, we will have our trained SHIBA volunteer, Pegi Groundwater, from Orcas Island leading the Medicare presentation on October 7. Information regarding the presentation is listed below: Medicare Open Enrollment runs from October 15 – December  Continue Reading

F.R.O.G. Survey

Written on October 5, 2020 at 5:42 am, by

Dear FROG Supporters, The Washington State Transportation Commission (WSTC) is conducting a new survey. Even if you haven’t ridden the ferries over the past few months, your thoughts and feedback are critical to this research. We are looking to gather input regarding how your ferry needs may have changed this year, WSF’s COVID-19 response, your  Continue Reading

Board and Commission Vacancies

Written on October 5, 2020 at 5:40 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

Assessor Change of Value Notices On The Way

Written on October 3, 2020 at 10:08 am, by

The Assessor’s Office mailed the 2020 Change of Value Notices on October 1, 2020. The notices show market value as of January 1, 2020 based on sales between January 1, 2019 and April 30, 2020. The new values do not reflect much impact from the pandemic because the cutoff for the sales analysis was April  Continue Reading

County Council Candidates Youth Forum

Written on October 2, 2020 at 5:45 am, by

County Council Candidates Youth Forum on October 12, 2020 The Environmental Systems class at Spring Street International School will be holding a Youth Forum on October 12th from 1-2pm. They will ask the County Council candidates from Orcas and San Juan Islands questions about the environment and climate change. All are welcome to join this  Continue Reading

Burn Permits on Sale October 5

Written on October 2, 2020 at 5:40 am, by

Residential and Commercial burn permits go on sale October 5. Fall is here and the time has come for burn permits to go on sale. Please follow this link to purchase a burn permit through our online portal. Burn permits issued at this time will be valid until the end of May 2021. A reminder  Continue Reading

Today’s Online Public Hospital District Meeting

Written on October 2, 2020 at 5:15 am, by

The next San Juan County Public Hospital District No. 1 regular board meeting will be at 5:30 p.m., today, Wednesday, Oct. 28. This meeting is fully online due to COVID-19, and members of the public may join by dialing 509-473-0276 and entering 279 885 068#. Note that the phone number has changed from previous board  Continue Reading

Logic and Accuracy Testing

Written on October 1, 2020 at 9:42 am, by

Vote counting equipment testing October 14 at 11:00 a.m. A “Logic and Accuracy” test of ballot tabulating equipment used in San Juan County for the November 3, General election is scheduled for October 14, at 11:00 a.m. The test works by tallying the results of a prepared set of ballots to see if the results  Continue Reading

Election Q & A

Written on September 29, 2020 at 12:08 pm, by

SJC Auditor Milene Henley and Elections Supervisor Camolyn Armstrong share this information about the election… Interest is high in this year’s general election. As a result, San Juan County Elections staff have been receiving a record number of questions. Below are some of the questions asked most frequently, with the answers. How many registered voters  Continue Reading


Written on September 28, 2020 at 9:45 am, by

In the SJ Update mail bag this morning we have this letter from Justin Paulsen… If 2020 has highlighted nothing else within our country it is that political division has seeped into every function of our society. As our current generation navigates social, health and economic waters which have never before been explored, one factor  Continue Reading

General Election Candidate Forums

Written on September 24, 2020 at 11:33 am, by

League of Women Voters hosts online General Election Candidate Forums The Leauge of Women Voters of the San Juans will host three nights of online forums for local candidates in the Nov. 3 General Election. From 5:30-7 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 6, incumbent Rick Larsen will face his opponent Timothy Hazelo, who are both running for  Continue Reading

Burn Ban In San Juan County Lifted

Written on September 21, 2020 at 8:51 pm, by

As of Sunday, September 20th, the Burn Ban in San Juan County is lifted. Please be safe when enjoying recreational campfires. A reminder that campfires are limited to 3’x3’ in size and are for burning only clean split firewood.  Permitted residential burning is scheduled to reopen on October 5th. Weather permitting.  Please follow the  Continue Reading

Town LTAC grant deadline September 28th

Written on September 21, 2020 at 5:37 am, by

Town of Friday Harbor 2021 Lodging Tax (LTAC) Grant applications will be accepted up until 4:30 p.m. Monday, September 28th. Grants will be awarded on a competitive basis for funding tourism promotion of events and activities taking place within the town in 2021. Preference will be given to those operations and activities that encourage tourists  Continue Reading

Time is Running Out to be Counted

Written on September 19, 2020 at 5:38 am, by

Now’s the time if you haven’t been counted yet in the 2020 Census. Click here to see what options you have. About the 2020 Census The U.S. Constitution mandates a census of the population every 10 years. The 2020 Census counts everyone who lives in the U.S. on April 1, 2020. Census statistics help determine  Continue Reading

Registered Voters Do NOT Need to Request a Mail-in Ballot

Written on September 16, 2020 at 2:08 pm, by

San Juan County voters have been receiving postcards from the U.S. Postal Service encouraging voters to “plan ahead” for the November 3 General Election. Unfortunately, two of the recommendations included in the postcards are not relevant to Washington voters. One of the recommendations is to request your ballot at least 15 days before Election Day.  Continue Reading

Utility Assistance During Covid-19 Recovery

Written on September 15, 2020 at 10:41 am, by

The Town of Friday Harbor is adjusting its policies relating to utility billing and collection in response to Governor Jay Inslee’s Recovery Plan for the State of Washington. We ask you to call the Town as soon as possible if you are having difficulties making payments on your Town utility bill. Staff can walk you  Continue Reading

Burn Ban Extended Until Further Notice

Written on September 13, 2020 at 12:23 pm, by

Due to fire danger and stretched resources, San Juan County is extending the current burn ban to prohibit all outdoor fires (including charcoal), effective immediately and until further notice.  This change is prompted by several factors. Hot and dry weather has made conditions ripe for ignition and fast fire spread, and forecasts predict more of  Continue Reading

New Health Officer Order Lifts Limits on Lodging/Camping & Playgrounds

Written on September 10, 2020 at 5:44 pm, by

Effective September 10, San Juan County Health Officer Dr. Frank James has signed Order No. 2020-9, lifting the 50% capacity restrictions on transient lodging. Operating at 100% capacity is allowed immediately. This order also immediately lifts the closure of all public playgrounds and playground equipment. Dr. James explains, “Island residents and visitors have done an  Continue Reading

Burn Ban Extended

Written on September 10, 2020 at 5:20 pm, by

Due to fire danger and stretched resources, the San Juan County is extending the current burn ban to prohibit all outdoor fires, effective immediately and until further notice. This change is prompted by several factors. Hot and dry weather has made conditions ripe for ignition and fast fire spread, and forecasts predict more of the  Continue Reading