Topic: Around Here

San Juan County Departments Service Status is Now Online

Written on March 31, 2020 at 5:27 am, by

A list of San Juan County Government Departments, their status during the COVID-19 crisis, and info on how to access services has been posted online at:   This resource will be updated going forward, and is intended to help citizens utilize vital San Juan County functions in a safe and accessible way. If you have  Continue Reading

Island Rec – Fit and Over 50! Live With Zoom

Written on March 28, 2020 at 5:24 am, by

Are you missing your morning fitness class routine? Try a safe, heart healthy exercise class to energize your active lifestyle from the comfort of your own home with Jacquelyn Reiff. This class will use easy to follow low-impact movements, increase core and muscular strength, while working on balance and stretching to enhance your daily living.  Continue Reading

April Special Election is Cancelled

Written on March 27, 2020 at 6:41 pm, by

A message from F. Milene Henley, County Auditor… On March 17, Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman formally asked Governor Jay Inslee to cancel the April special election.  On March 26, the Governor made the decision not to cancel the election. The only measure on San Juan County’s ballot was the annexation of the Town  Continue Reading

Land Bank COVID-19 Update

Written on March 26, 2020 at 5:15 am, by

San Juan County Health and Community Services is monitoring the spread of COVID-19 in the islands. The health and safety of our Land Bank staff, volunteers, supporters and partners is paramount, as is the public health of our community, particularly those most vulnerable to this illness. Following the guidance of our county public health staff,  Continue Reading

San Juan County Health Officer: Issues Order to Prevent Spread of COVID-19

Written on March 25, 2020 at 6:15 pm, by

Today, Wednesday March 25, 2020, San Juan County Health Officer, Dr. Frank James, MD, issued an immediate order to restrict non-essential travel to San Juan County, control contact with playgrounds and playground equipment, and limit transient accommodations and camping. Travel and lodging for individuals engaged in essential activities or providing essential services may continue. The  Continue Reading

From Camas to Oysters (and “Please pass the peas.”)

Written on March 25, 2020 at 5:45 am, by

Here’s this month’s history column from the San Juan Historical Society and Museum… Here’s a little trivia question for you: When did farming first begin on San Juan Island? If you said “about 1850” or “with Hudson Bay Company’s Belle Vue Sheep Farm” you would not be alone, but that’s not quite early enough.  Too  Continue Reading

Islanders Find Creative Solutions

Written on March 25, 2020 at 5:37 am, by

A message from Dr. House… Huge thank you to patients that have reached out to request telemedicine. Out of my 18 visits Tuesday 6 of those were via telemedicine. We’re scheduling more every day and we’re working with other providers both in our office and outside our walls to expand this service. We had planned  Continue Reading

Hunkering Down: From the Desk of Jay Inslee

Written on March 24, 2020 at 11:57 am, by

To defeat COVID-19, we’re hunkering down. Last night, I issued an order to every Washingtonian: “Stay home, stay healthy” for at least the next two weeks. Let me take a moment to explain to you why and what it means. Washingtonians are required to stay home unless they need to pursue an essential activity. All  Continue Reading

Art is Essential! Alchemy Art Center Offers New Zoom Classes, Community Mural

Written on March 24, 2020 at 5:55 am, by

A message from Alchemy Arts… At Alchemy Art Center we believe that art is essential, especially in times of crisis. That’s why we are redirecting our resources into free online art classes, as well as an ambitious community mural project, in order to best serve our community during this challenging time Just because our physical  Continue Reading

San Juan County Superior and District Courts Amended Emergency Orders

Written on March 24, 2020 at 5:05 am, by

On Friday, March 20, the Washington Supreme Court issued a new emergency order outlining required procedures in response to the COVID-19 public health emergency. As our state’s highest court, the Washington Supreme Court’s order is binding on San Juan County courts. In response to this new directive, San Juan County Superior and District Courts have  Continue Reading

The Rock

Written on March 23, 2020 at 5:46 am, by

Thanks to Brooks Munro for this photo of the Beaverton Valley Rock… 

Kings Market Offers Online Grocery Shopping

Written on March 22, 2020 at 5:30 am, by

We are taking credit card payments over the phone once your order is received, assembled, and ready for pick up. As soon as your order is put together and ready for pickup, we will contact you to take payment by credit card over the phone. Please be patient as this service is growing in popularity.  Continue Reading

SJCT Box Office Closure Announcement

Written on March 21, 2020 at 5:05 am, by

Dear SJCT Community,   For the health and safety of our employees, volunteers, and the community in general, we have decided for the time being to close our box office. We will still be responding to voicemails and emails.   For questions and concerns regarding tickets and other box office matters, please contact our Front  Continue Reading

An Announcement From The Little Store

Written on March 20, 2020 at 11:47 am, by

The Little Store announces COVID-19 options for our customers… First: @Christi Napier with You Buy I’ll Fly is delivering for The Little Store. She charges 15% for deliveries AND she will be placing us on her website. To get a delivery through You Buy We’ll Fly, contact @Christi Napier. Second: From 6am to 2pm only  Continue Reading

Census and Impact to San Juan County

Written on March 20, 2020 at 5:15 am, by

An important message from Merri Ann Simonson… It is imperative that you complete the 2020 census report as it aids in improving the quality of life in San Juan County.   Our County needs federal funding.  Do your part, be counted! The request for information will be either mailed as a letter or post card on  Continue Reading

Career Center Job Fair Postponed

Written on March 20, 2020 at 5:01 am, by

A message from Minnie Knych… The Career Center Job Fair scheduled for April 11 will be postponed until social distancing is no longer advised.  However,  the Career Center is still available to assist Job Seekers and Employers.  Regular office hours are Monday, Wednesday and Friday.  Due to social distancing, business will be conducted via phone/email  Continue Reading

WSF Offering Ticket Refunds and Suspending No-Show Fees

Written on March 19, 2020 at 1:46 pm, by

While WSF cannot extend the 90-day period for tickets and travel passes, customers who are unable to use tickets or travel passes because of COVID-19 concerns may be eligible for a refund for the unused portion of their fare. All refund requests can be submitted online. Please note that it may take longer than the typical  Continue Reading

Griffin Bay Bookstore Remains Open For Business Online, By Email, Or By Phone

Written on March 18, 2020 at 2:22 pm, by

In the wake of newly announced statewide regulations designed to slow the spread of the coronavirus, we are temporarily closing Griffin Bay Bookstore and Café to in-store shopping, events, and meetings beginning Tuesday, March 17 and continuing until further notice. The store is closed but we are open for orders on our website——and by email  Continue Reading

EDC Board of Directors Urges Property Owners To Offer Leniency To Tenants

Written on March 18, 2020 at 1:07 pm, by

The San Juan County Economic Development Council (EDC) Board of Directors would like to urge commercial and residential property owners to extend extraordinary leniency to tenants during this financial downturn. Extending repayment times, halting payments during enforced closure times, waiving penalty clauses, and offering rent forgiveness during this time are all ways to ensure that  Continue Reading

April Special Election Expected to be Cancelled

Written on March 18, 2020 at 10:53 am, by

The long-awaited proposal to annex the Town of Friday Harbor into San Juan Island Fire & Rescue will have to wait a bit longer.  It had been slated to be on the April 28 special election ballot.  Unfortunately, on Tuesday, March 17, Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman formally asked Governor Jay Inslee to cancel  Continue Reading

Food Bank Will Be Open

Written on March 18, 2020 at 10:45 am, by

The Friday Harbor Food Bank will continue to be open every Wednesday and Saturday 1130AM to 2PM to all residents of San Juan Island. We have instituted some new procedures designed to minimize contact between volunteer staff and citizens wishing to access our food supplies.  Citizens are asked to maintain 6 feet of space between  Continue Reading

Cask and Schooner Now Offering Take-Out

Written on March 18, 2020 at 10:33 am, by

We hear from Boo Boo at Cask and Schooner. They are currently open for take-out from 11:30am to 8pm. Cask and Schooner 360.378.2922