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Tim Dustrude

Just another part-timer - Part time photographer at ThisIsOurTown.com and Dustrude.com, part time graphic artist, part time blogger at Occasionally a New Photo . And now... full time editor at The San Juan Update.

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Health & Community Services Office Closed Friday

August 5, 2021 at 5:36 am

San Juan County Health & Community Services staff will be unavailable on Friday August 6th, as we will be attending an All Staff Meeting. Staff will be available again on Monday August 9th. The Department drop box outside the Courthouse is available for document drop-off. Thank you for your understanding.

65 Years!

August 4, 2021 at 5:51 am

Happy Anniversary Chris and Ann! Announcement of 65th wedding anniversary of Chris and Ann Nelson of Friday Harbor, WA

Wolf Hollow Online Auction

August 4, 2021 at 5:45 am

Our first online auction is now open! So many items donated by the staff, board, and community supporters of wildlife. Please take some time to check out these wonderful items. You can use your phone and scan the QR code in the flyer at right or click on or copy this link  to check it  Continue Reading

PeaceHealth Requires COVID-19 Vaccination 

August 4, 2021 at 5:42 am

Unvaccinated Caregivers With Qualifying Medical Exemptions Subject to Heightened Masking, Distancing, and Regular Testing Protocols August 3, 2021– VANCOUVER, Wash. – PeaceHealth announced that starting August 31, 2021, all caregivers will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or submit a qualifying medical exemption. Unvaccinated individuals will be subject to regular COVID-19 testing, as well  Continue Reading

Covid Case Cluster Investigation Underway

August 4, 2021 at 5:39 am

Since Friday’s Weekly Case Update, San Juan County has confirmed four new positive COVID-19 cases. This brings the total number of cases in San Juan County to 201. Three of these new cases are on Orcas Island. San Juan County is currently investigating this case cluster to determine the source and scope of disease transmission.  Continue Reading

Auditor Seeks “Con” Writers for Voters’ Pamphlet Statements

August 4, 2021 at 5:38 am

The San Juan County Auditor is seeking volunteers to write opposing arguments to ballot measures in the November 2021 General Election.  The arguments will be published in print and online versions of the Voters’ Pamphlet. Lopez Solid Waste Disposal District is proposing a tax levy of $.081201 cents per $1,000 assessed value to generate $105,000  Continue Reading

New Executive Director for Home Trust

August 3, 2021 at 5:47 am

The San Juan Community Home Trust is pleased to announce the appointment of Amanda Eichelberger as their new Executive Director, effective August 2, 2021.  Eichelberger joins the Home Trust at a critical time as they launch their new development, HolliWalk, scheduled to break ground in early 2022.   Grant writing, advocacy and experience in the Affordable  Continue Reading

Electric Vehicle (EV) Jamboree

August 3, 2021 at 5:45 am

FUN for Everyone at the Electric Vehicle (EV) Jamboree! Test drive an EV, ride an electric bike, check out electric garden tools and an electric UTV! Free hot dogs and popcorn, great Island Way swag – and small kids can take the Island Way electric jeep for spin (with parental supervision). EV dealers will have  Continue Reading

Mayor Proposes Financial Assistance Package to Support Family Resource Center Programs

August 3, 2021 at 5:40 am

Town of Friday Harbor Mayor, Farhad Ghatan, has sent a financial assistance package in support of the Joyce L. Sobel Family Resource Center to the Town Council for their consideration at the August 5th council meeting. The Town recently received $357,589 as a first distribution from the federal American Rescue Plan Act. The monies allocated  Continue Reading

Intent to Acquire The Village at the Harbor

August 2, 2021 at 5:52 am

The skilled nursing facility owned by Life Care Centers of America closed at the end of 2017. It had more than seventy beds and held the majority of the Medicaid patients in San Juan County. It left one assisted living facility on San Juan Island: the Village at the Harbor, a private pay institution with  Continue Reading

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