Above Wasp Passage

Posted January 28, 2022 at 3:01 pm by

John Miller shares this recent image of Wasp Passage, taken via drone from Primrose Lane.

EDC presenting workshop on financial discipline for small businesses

Posted January 28, 2022 at 9:59 am by

On Thursday, Feb. 10, the San Juan County Economic Development Council will offer a free workshop covering common financial issues faced by small business owners. The workshop is being presented together with the Washington Small Business Development Center.

According to the EDC:

This workshop will be led by Steve Burke, Western Regional Manager with the WSBDC and Certified Business Advisor. The workshop will focus on helping small businesses to improve their finance management skills while minimizing the time they devote to it.

The workshop will cover the following topics, and attendees are encouraged to bring their questions regarding financial discipline in business management.

  • Facts about small businesses and their owners
  • Causes of small business failure
  • Important keys to success
  • Financial statement analysis
  • A financial discipline system
  • Cash flow forecasting
  • Money monitoring and tools

The event starts at 1 p.m. and will be held over Zoom. Advance registration is required.

In the woods

Posted January 28, 2022 at 9:41 am by

Winter ferry reservations return at 60 percent capacity starting Jan. 30; spring reservation release delayed

Posted January 27, 2022 at 7:14 pm by

Starting Sunday, Jan. 30, you’ll once again have the option to make reservations for the winter ferry schedule, which runs through March 26.

Due to continued staffing challenges and the increased likelihood of cancellations, only 60 percent of spaces can be reserved, instead of the typical 90 percent. 20 percent will be released two months ahead of each sailing, an additional 20 percent will be released two weeks prior, and the final 20 percent of spaces will become available two days in advance.

Washington State Ferries also notes that all reservation holders should plan to travel on their reserved sailing, as vehicles with reservations will no longer be prioritized for any other sailings. Vehicles without reservations will be loaded on a first-come, first-served basis.

Reservations for spring were expected to open today, but their release has been delayed indefinitely as WSF continues to develop modified sailing schedules amid COVID-related crewing shortages.

Letters to the editor: in opposition to San Juan County Public Hospital District Proposition 1

Posted January 27, 2022 at 1:32 pm by

On Feb. 8, voters will decide the fate of San Juan County Public Hospital District Proposition 1, a six-year emergency medical services property tax levy renewal. The San Juan Update has received the following letters to the editor with statements in opposition to the levy:

Letters to the editor: San Juan Island School District Proposition 1

Posted January 27, 2022 at 9:43 am by

On Feb. 8, voters will decide the fate of San Juan Island School District Proposition 1, a replacement educational programs and operational levy renewal. The San Juan Update has received the following letters to the editor with statements regarding the levy:

Beach cleanup at Jackson’s on Jan. 29

Posted January 26, 2022 at 4:14 pm by

Some helpful community members are organizing a cleanup project at Jackson’s Beach on Saturday, Jan. 29, starting at 10 a.m. The group will meet at the pavilion. Trash bags and gloves will be provided.

On the 11:15 p.m. to Anacortes

Posted January 26, 2022 at 12:50 pm by

Last call for letters to the editor

Posted January 26, 2022 at 10:16 am by

Today is the last day to submit letters to the editor with comments on the two levies up for a vote in the Feb. 8 special election. Submit your comments by email. You can submit a comment on one levy, or on both. All letters will be published in the Update tomorrow.

San Juan County providing free N95 & KN95 masks

Posted January 25, 2022 at 5:26 pm by

San Juan County’s Health & Community Services department is making N95 and KN95 masks available to the public at no charge. While supplies last, the masks are available at three locations on San Juan Island: Friday Harbor Drug Kings Market Friday Harbor Market Place Health & Community Services notes that: For the use of the  Continue Reading

Dashing down the path

Posted January 25, 2022 at 3:33 pm by

Expiration dates for at-home COVID tests extended

Posted January 25, 2022 at 12:50 pm by

Last month, San Juan County Health & Community Services distributed thousands of EverlyWell-brand at-home COVID-19 test kits. Yesterday the county’s Department of Emergency Management announced that the expiration for all EverlyWell kits has been extended by one year from the date marked on the packaging. EverlyWell worked with the company that makes the solution included  Continue Reading

Natasha Warmenhoven announces candidacy for County Auditor

Posted January 25, 2022 at 6:44 am by

It is with great excitement that I announce my candidacy for San Juan County Auditor. I believe that my education and experience will make me a great fit for this position and the County. After graduating from Northern Arizona University with a Bachelor of Science in Accountancy in 2012, I spent five years in private  Continue Reading

EDC event to look at COVID’s impact on the region’s economy

Posted January 24, 2022 at 7:16 pm by

In late March, the San Juan County Economic Development Council will host a 90-minute virtual event that examines the ways in which the pandemic has affected — and continues to affect — our region’s industries and employment market. Called Datapalooza, the event will consider the pandemic through the lens of economic and demographic trends. Speaking  Continue Reading

Valley Church on a foggy morning

Posted January 24, 2022 at 3:20 pm by

SHIBA offering introduction to Medicare on Jan. 26

Posted January 24, 2022 at 8:27 am by

Local volunteers for the Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisors (SHIBA) program are hosting an online introduction to Medicare for enrollees joining the program in 2022. On Wednesday, Jan. 26 at 1 p.m., the presenters will outline how Medicare works, its different coverage options, and key program milestones and dates that must be met in order  Continue Reading

J & L pods in Haro Strait on Jan. 20

Posted January 23, 2022 at 8:44 pm by

The Center for Whale Research recently published a report about their Jan. 20 encounter with the J and L Southern Resident killer whale pods in Haro Strait. You can read the full report at their website. Photo credit: Center for Whale Research

Ambiguity on Beaverton Valley Road

Posted January 23, 2022 at 3:58 pm by

The rock on Beaverton Valley Road took on its newest look last week, thanks to the creative mind and careful hand of islander Daisy Roth. Scenes of the holidays were replaced with vibrant splashes of color, standing in stark contrast to the gray cloudiness of the San Juan skies above. “I have always been deeply  Continue Reading

Introductory boating class starts Feb. 1

Posted January 23, 2022 at 9:57 am by

America’s Boating Club of the San Juan Islands is holding a four-week introductory boating class, starting Tuesday, Feb. 1. The class focuses on basic boat handling, safety considerations and requirements, and nautical rules of the road. Passing the course grants you a Certificate of Completion, which is required to obtain a Washington State Boater Education  Continue Reading

Mossy fence

Posted January 22, 2022 at 5:53 pm by

On the trail to Fourth of July Beach at American Camp.

Submit your letters to the editor by Jan. 26

Posted January 22, 2022 at 9:51 am by

The San Juan Update seeks letters to the editor with comments on the two levies up for a vote in the Feb. 8 special election. Submit your comments by email by this coming Wednesday, Jan. 26. You can submit a comment on one levy, or on both. All letters will be published in the Update  Continue Reading