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Slideshow: Horse games at 2018 San Juan County Fair

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San Juan County Council approves recruitment of code enforcement officer

LWVSJ Observer Corps*summary of the San Juan County Council May 21, 2024 meeting. 
The Council held a public hearing on the Public Facilities Finance Assistance Program awards then
approved the Advisory Committee recommended awards for three Economic Development Commission
initiatives and core funding and for an upgraded entrance at the Orcas Community Center to make it
ADA compliant. The applications which were not recommended did not meet program qualifications.


The Council approved the announcement for the 2024 open funding round for the Home Fund with $2
million in REET funds available and another $200k from the new sales tax for low-income housing. The notice will be released June 1 with a July 15 application deadline. There will be a separate funding round in the fall for housing services grants.


The Council agreed to sign a letter of support for an application to the Historic Courthouse Rehabilitation
Grant Program to deal with seismic issues in the historic portion of the court building. The exact amount and match of the request will be notified at the June 4 meeting.

The County will hold a series of internal budget workshops with elected officials and department managers, both in person and on-line over the next five Wednesdays.


Council Member Minney was attending Washington State Association of Counties (WSAC) meetings which set their legislative priorities for the next two years. Council Member Wolf had been in Washington DC with other Puget Sound officials lobbying for salmon recovery funding. Council Member Fuller was interviewed by the local CNL2 TV station.

The County was requested to do a presentation on the 32-hour Work week this fall
at the WSAC Conference.


After an executive session the Council authorized the County Manager to recruit a code enforcement
officer. They announced that an offer had been made and accepted to Jessica Hudson, director of the Fairfax County Virginia public library system for the county manager position. The county will issue a press release about the new county manager.


The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan organization encourages informed participation in government. The Observer Corps attends and takes notes at government meetings to expand public understanding of public policy and decisions. The notes do not necessarily reflect the views of the League or its members.

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July 21: UP UP UP INC. PRESENTS CRANE TRUCK CIRCUS SHOW!!

Wed July 17 | 6 pm | Lopez Island Community Center, | Lopez Island

This show is chock full of acrobats, live music, illusions, the world’s largest wedgie, an opera virtuoso, a 99-year-old flying piano, a human ceiling fan, and many other circus feats to leave your jaws dropped, your heart strings plucked, and your belly’s aching with laughter.

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June 22: Evening Bird Walk on Lopez Island

June 22, 2024 | from 5 to 7 pm | Hummel Lake Preserve trail | Lopez Island
Free, RSVP Required

White Crowned Sparrow (R. Barsh for Kwiaht)

Join Beth St. George at the Land Bank Hummel Lake Preserve parking area (just off Center Road) at 5 pm, Saturday June 22, for an evening bird walk on the Hummel Lake trail.

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June 22: 1st ever Bass Derby at Hummel Lake on Lopez Island

Kwiaht sponsors the first bass derby in Hummel Lake on Saturday June 22, from 8 am to 3 pm, with cash prizes for the three largest bass, and a special prize for the largest fish caught by a young angler under 16 years of age.

  • Published in Fishing