San Juan County Conservation Land Bank Commission agenda for Aug. 19

Posted August 18, 2022 at 3:16 pm by

The San Juan Coun­ty Con­ser­va­tion Land Bank Com­mis­sion will hold a reg­u­lar meet­ing on Fri­day, Aug. 19 at 8:30 a.m. Items up for dis­cus­sion or action at Fri­day’s meet­ing include:

  • Gen­er­al pub­lic comments
  • Chair and Com­mis­sion­ers report
  • Part­ner update – Angela Ander­son, San Juan Preser­va­tion Trust
  • Coun­ty Coun­cil update – Chris­tine Minney
  • Director’s report – acqui­si­tions update
  • Con­tin­ued Com­mis­sion dis­cus­sion – process for Land Bank projects
  • Stew­ard­ship report – Wat­mough Addi­tion inter­im man­age­ment plan, Glen­wood Inn update, con­tri­bu­tions to stew­ard­ship fund
  • Out­reach and vol­un­teer report
  • Future agen­da items

You can view the live stream of the meet­ing online or take part in per­son at the Large Leg­isla­tive Room at 55 Sec­ond St.

County Council statement on Charter Review Commission ballot measures

Posted August 18, 2022 at 12:09 pm by

The Coun­ty Coun­cil sends along a brief state­ment about the four pro­posed char­ter amend­ments that will appear on the Novem­ber bal­lot fol­low­ing a court deci­sion ear­li­er this week.

The San Juan Coun­ty Coun­cil vot­ed [on Wednes­day] to for­ward the four pro­posed Char­ter Review Com­mis­sion bal­lot mea­sures to the Audi­tor for place­ment on the Novem­ber ballot.

Coun­cil had ear­li­er pro­ceed­ed on its under­stand­ing of what the char­ter required based on the advice of the Pros­e­cut­ing Attor­ney.

San Juan Coun­ty is respect­ful of a sys­tem that allows for adju­di­ca­tion of ques­tions about how the Char­ter should be inter­pret­ed. The Court has resolved those ques­tions and the Coun­ty is glad that the pro­posed char­ter mea­sures will now be decid­ed by the voters.

Quilting Guild raising funds for comfort quilts

Posted August 18, 2022 at 10:28 am by

The Rain­shad­ow Quilt­ing Arts Guild shares news about their Coun­ty Fair fundrais­ing efforts.

A hand­made quilt, made with love by neigh­bors and friends, is like a hug that can be giv­en over and over. Rain­shad­ow Quilt­ing Arts Guild mem­bers cre­ate and pro­vide approx­i­mate­ly 75 quilts a year to chil­dren, vet­er­ans, can­cer patients, and oth­ers. It is our joy to make quilts that help com­mu­ni­ty mem­bers feel rec­og­nized, sup­port­ed and comforted.

Phys­i­cal costs of quilts are not incon­se­quen­tial, and include fab­rics, lon­garm quilt­ing, a year­ly skills build­ing class and rental of the Mullis Cen­ter for month­ly meet­ings. The many hours of work to cre­ate the quilts are freely giv­en. The goal is to raise $3,000 towards oper­at­ing expens­es, much deplet­ed over the past few years of COVID.

The first $1,000 in dona­tions are eli­gi­ble for match­ing funds if received by San Juan Island Com­mu­ni­ty Foun­da­tion between Aug. 17–20, on the SJICF web­site, in per­son at the SJICF fair booth, by phone at 360–378-1001, or by mail­ing a check (dat­ed Aug 17–20) to SJICF at P.O. Box 1352, Fri­day Har­bor, WA 98250.

Island Jobs: Friday Harbor Labs is hiring a part-time Maintenance Tech

Posted August 18, 2022 at 9:08 am by

The Uni­ver­si­ty of Washington’s Fri­day Har­bor Marine Lab­o­ra­to­ries is look­ing for a Main­te­nance Tech to work a vari­able sched­ule, up to 20 hours per week. Learn more in the Island Jobs sec­tion of the San Juan Update.

County seeks public input on commercial composting

Posted August 17, 2022 at 2:51 pm by

The Coun­ty shares news about a sur­vey run­ning through the end of the month relat­ed to com­mer­cial com­post­ing in the islands.

San Juan Coun­ty is explor­ing how to best imple­ment com­mer­cial com­post­ing for res­i­dents and busi­ness­es in the Islands, and we need your help. The County’s Sol­id Waste Pro­gram has cre­at­ed a sur­vey to gauge com­mu­ni­ty inter­est in such a pro­gram. The sur­vey is avail­able online now through Tues­day, Aug. 30.

Com­mer­cial com­post­ing is the large-scale decom­po­si­tion of organ­ic waste such as food and yard waste. A com­mer­cial com­post­ing facil­i­ty in San Juan Coun­ty will col­lect organ­ic waste from restau­rants, gro­cery stores, oth­er busi­ness­es, and indi­vid­ual res­i­dents. It is designed to han­dle large amounts of waste and cre­ates com­post that can be used at farms, nurs­eries, local munic­i­pal­i­ties, or at indi­vid­ual residences.

Com­mer­cial com­post­ing improves soil qual­i­ty, reduces waste, and saves mon­ey. Accord­ing to the EPA approx­i­mate­ly 30 per­cent of land­fill waste could be com­post­ed and turned into fer­til­iz­er that could be used to ben­e­fit the local community.

“We want to hear from all res­i­dents on San Juan, Orcas, Lopez, Shaw, and the out­er islands to get input on their inter­est in par­tic­i­pat­ing in com­mer­cial com­post­ing and to help us ensure that an organ­ics recy­cling pro­gram can be suc­cess­ful,” said Katie Flem­ing, Sol­id Waste Coor­di­na­tor in San Juan County’s Depart­ment of Envi­ron­men­tal Stewardship.

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the sol­id waste pro­grams on Orcas, Lopez, and San Juan islands will be speak­ing about com­post­ing, waste dis­pos­al, recy­cling, and oth­er reduc­tion ini­tia­tives at a Talk­ing Trash pan­el dis­cus­sion at the San Juan Coun­ty fair on Thurs­day, Aug. 18 at 3 p.m. in the Green Vil­lage. For more infor­ma­tion, con­tact Katie Flem­ing at or 360–762-5821.

Sam Garson receives Fulbright award

Posted August 17, 2022 at 2:27 pm by

Contributed photo

The San Juan Island School Dis­trict shares great news about a pres­ti­gious award received by one of the teach­ers at Fri­day Har­bor High School.

The U.S. Depart­ment of State and the Ful­bright For­eign Schol­ar­ship Board are pleased to announce that Sam Gar­son of Fri­day Har­bor High School has received a Ful­bright Teach­ers for Glob­al Class­rooms Pro­gram award.

As a Ful­bright recip­i­ent, Gar­son will share knowl­edge and fos­ter mean­ing­ful con­nec­tions across com­mu­ni­ties in the Unit­ed States and abroad. Ful­brighters engage in cut­ting-edge research and expand their pro­fes­sion­al net­works, often con­tin­u­ing research col­lab­o­ra­tions start­ed abroad and lay­ing the ground­work for forg­ing future part­ner­ships between insti­tu­tions. Upon return­ing to their class­rooms in the Unit­ed States, they share their sto­ries and often become active sup­port­ers of inter­na­tion­al exchange, invit­ing for­eign schol­ars and edu­ca­tors to their school or cam­pus and encour­ag­ing their col­leagues and stu­dents to go abroad. As Ful­bright alum­ni, their careers are enriched by join­ing a net­work of thou­sands of esteemed schol­ars, many of whom are lead­ers in their fields. Ful­bright alum­ni include 60 Nobel Prize lau­re­ates, 89 Pulitzer Prize recip­i­ents, and 40 who have served as a head of state or government.

The Ful­bright Pro­gram is the U.S. government’s flag­ship inter­na­tion­al edu­ca­tion­al exchange pro­gram and is sup­port­ed by the peo­ple of the Unit­ed States and part­ner coun­tries around the world.

The Ful­bright Pro­gram is fund­ed through an annu­al appro­pri­a­tion made by the U.S. Con­gress to the U.S. Depart­ment of State’s Bureau of Edu­ca­tion­al and Cul­tur­al Affairs. Par­tic­i­pat­ing gov­ern­ments and host insti­tu­tions, cor­po­ra­tions, and foun­da­tions around the world also pro­vide direct and indi­rect sup­port to the Pro­gram. For over 75 years, the Ful­bright Pro­gram has pro­vid­ed more than 400,000 par­tic­i­pants — cho­sen for their aca­d­e­m­ic mer­it and lead­er­ship poten­tial — with the oppor­tu­ni­ty to study, teach and con­duct research, exchange ideas, and con­tribute to find­ing solu­tions to shared inter­na­tion­al concerns.