Posted August 18, 2022 at 3:16 pm by Jeff Arnim
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.
Posted August 18, 2022 at 12:09 pm by San Juan Update
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.
Posted August 18, 2022 at 10:28 am by San Juan Update
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.
Posted August 18, 2022 at 9:08 am by Jeff Arnim
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.
Posted August 17, 2022 at 2:51 pm by San Juan Update
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 email@example.com or 360–762-5821.
Posted August 17, 2022 at 2:27 pm by San Juan Update
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.