Smart Asset: Property taxes in county give big bang for the buck

San Juan ranks fourth out of 39 counties in the state and 1,241 out of the 3,142 counties in the nation as far as residents getting the most bang for their buck on property taxes. That's according to Smart Assets' third annual study

The financial asset firm looked at school rankings, crime rates and property taxes for every county.

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April 13 is deadline for comments on NOAA's proposed whale protection zone

NOAA Fisheries is seeking public comments on a petition calling for a whale protection zone for highly endangered Southern Resident killer whales on the west side of Washington’s San Juan Island. The deadline for public comments is April 13, 2017. San Juan County Council has encouraged NOAA to reject the idea. The three-member council offered suggestions on how to protect J, K and L pods including require whale watching boats to have equipment that provides data on their position,  increase enforcement of current regulations, and create  a "go-slow zone". Their letter is posted at the end of this article. 

NOAA photo

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Larsen, DeFazio request any DOT findings from review of ‘Outrageous’ United incident

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-02), the top-Ranking Democrat on the House Subcommittee on Aviation, and Peter DeFazio (OR-04), the top-Ranking Democrat on the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, today sent a letter to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation, Elaine Chao, requesting any findings from the agency’s review of the April 9, 2017 incident that occurred on United Airlines Flight 3411.

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Portion of Spring Street sidewalk to be closed while concrete dries

Town of Friday Harbor staff sent in a construction update detailing what to expect through the remainder of the week. The pavers have been installed but the final concrete pour was cancelled last Friday due to bad weather. The contractor is now scheduled to pour the balance of the concrete on Wednesday, April 12, 2017. This portion of sidewalk will be closed to pedestrians during the pour and will reopen after the concrete has time to set.

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SHIBA works

Thursday, April 6, Todd Dixon and Stella Ng from the Washington Insurance Commissioner’s Office met with twelve volunteer insurance counselors from San Juan and Skagit counties to review SHIBA (Statewide Health Insurance Benefit Advisors) program success and present service awards. Island Hospital, the area program contractor, hosted the breakfast meeting as part of the regular monthly update training session for volunteers.

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Roundabout to be installed in September

In order not to overwhelm Town residents and visitors, Friday Harbor Town Council decided to wait until fall to install the mini-roundabout on Spring Street. In the meantime, drivers will be adjusting to the new Pocket Park. Drivers will no longer be able to pass vehicles on the right in front of the theater. 

"I think the roundabout in the addition to the park at the same time would cause heads to explode," said Town Administrator Duncan Wilson during the council's discussion Thursday, April 6, 2017. 

April 2017 version of the proposed roundabout. 

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