12,646 ballots in the mail; read about the contested races

Ballots for the November 7, 2017 General Election were mailed to 12,646 San Juan County Voters on Tuesday, October 17. The ballots were posted in Seattle. We've sent questions to all of the candidates in the contested races. The links below will take you to the pages with the candidates' answers. At the end of this article is a letter from Greg Ayers explaining why he has withdrawn his candidacy for the Port of Orcas Commission.

The online Voters Guide for San Juan County is posted here.


Hospital District: Lindstrum and Manning running for Position 2; no candidate for Position 4

There are two seats open on the San Juan County Public Hospital District #1 Board of Commissioners. Anna Lisa Lindstrum and John Manning are running for Position 2. Peg LeBlanc changed her mind about running for Position 4. However since she withdrew after the deadline, her name will appear on the ballot.

Because there is no candidate for Position 4, the Hospital Commissioners will appoint someone to that position in January, 2018. 


Local races dominate ballot as 2017 General Election gets under way - not too late to register in person

OLYMPIA - Washington’s 2017 General Election voting period has started, with local races and measures dominating ballots.

More than 4.2 million ballots are being mailed out across Washington this week. Most counties send out ballots Tuesday and Wednesday. Friday is the deadline for ballots to be mailed to voters.


Are you ready for Thursday's Shakeout?

The annual Great Washington Shakeout Drill is October 19, 2017. As of October 17, 1.2 million state residents are signed up. The ShakeOut Drill is scheduled for 10:19 a.m. on October 19, 2017. This means that wherever you are at that moment—at home, at work, at school, anywhere—you should Drop, Cover, and Hold On as if there were a major earthquake occurring at that very moment, and stay in this position for at least 60 seconds.


Boater beware: Vessel documentation fraud lurks online

A new scam is targeting boat owners looking to save a little time online, but it’s costing them hundreds of dollars: Websites offering documentation renewal services for a fee.

Petty Officer 1st Class Christopher Wallin examines certificates of documentation and other fishing vessel documents during a fishing vessel inspection in Cordova, Alaska, Sept. 18, 2015. Marine Safety Unit Valdez personnel were in Cordova to conduct fishing vessel examinations and warn boaters to avoid certificates issued by third party providers. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)


Court upholds $55k fine against Honeywells

On October 16, 2017 Washington State Court of Appeals upheld an Island County Superior Court ruling that upheld the Shoreline Hearings Board (SHB) decision that affirmed the state Department of Ecology's (DOE) $55,000 fine  against David and Nancy Honeywell d/b/a Orca Dreams LLC. The Honeywells were fined after the unlawful clearing of an acre of an 80-year-old riparian forest on their shoreline property on False Bay Road in 2013.


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