San Juan County Archives - Salish Current

San Juan County Land Bank: What’s next?

May 7, 2024
Nancy DeVaux

Renewal vote looms, strategic plan comments due May 8

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A boat is a dream on the water

April 4, 2024
Kari Koski

Commentary: Unfortunately there is no fairy who can magically breathe new life into derelict boats and lead them out to sea to forever explore the ocean swell.

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Cultivating a resilient regional ‘seed to sandwich’ food system

February 12, 2024
Adam M. Sowards

A “seed to sandwich” approach to addressing hunger — ensuring access by all to nutritious food — is the goal of local food plans.

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San Juan County development department struggles to right its ship

February 8, 2024
Nancy DeVaux

While interim leadership seems to be making a difference, San Juan County’s development department is still struggling with a permit backlog and has renewed the search for a permanent director.

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Rising seas force adaptation to climate change

January 12, 2024
Richard Arlin Walker

Communities struggle with rising sea levels, shoreline erosion, well contamination.

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Keeping an eye on the San Juans in 2024

January 11, 2024
Minor Lile

As the new year begins, here’s a look at the issues and people to keep eyes on in San Juan County in the year to come.

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Wildfire fighting is on a year-round cycle

December 13, 2023
Adam M. Sowards

As wildfire seasons get longer due to climate change, the off-season to prepare for the next fire season gets shorter.

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Votes are in, early results out for general election

November 9, 2023
Editorial Staff

Update: Preliminary general election counts are in for Whatcom, San Juan and Skagit counties.

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State-mandated tree clearings will not improve wildfire resiliency

November 7, 2023
Michael Feerer

Commentary: The State Building Code Council’s proposed wildfire defensible space rules should be withdrawn.

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Counties prepare winter shelter plans amid the homelessness crisis

October 18, 2023
Aria Nguyen

With winter approaching, counties are working with local organizations to address the needs of vulnerable community members.

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As San Juan County workers switch to 32 hours a week, some are taking second or third jobs

October 10, 2023
Scott Greenstone / KNKX Public Radio

Some San Juan County workers are taking second — or even third — jobs, after the county voted to move most County employees to a 32-hour work week.

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Watch, listen, judge, vote

September 22, 2023
Mike Sato

Whatcom, Skagit and San Juan county forums kick off the final campaign dash.

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Signs of a hidden threat: preparing for the really big one

September 6, 2023
Adam M. Sowards

New signs around the Salish Sea raise awareness in areas that might be inundated by tsunami.

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Primary’s done: on to the general election

August 4, 2023
Editorial Staff

Who will make the cut? Auditors in Whatcom, San Juan and Skagit counties have updated primary election vote counts that determine which two candidates will face off in November’s general election.

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San Juan County permit woes result in director firing

May 12, 2023
Nancy DeVaux

Months of complaints of delays, discourtesy and interpretation led to a decision by the San Juan County council to “part ways” with the county’s Community Development director.

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Island schools avoid perfect storm menacing budgets

May 5, 2023
Nancy DeVaux

School districts in San Juan County have steered away from a perfect storm of budget cuts, while districts in Whatcom and Skagit counties are feeling the squeeze.

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