Topic: Around Here

Library Building Project Update

Written on August 8, 2020 at 4:18 pm, by

We hear from Leslie Baker with the SJI Library… Your New Library Needs Your Help Now! 2020 Virtual County Fair Donations Needed. Donate online August 12 – 15, 2020. A lot has happened since our last update in October 2019, and we are asking for your help now to fill an urgent need to prurchase the  Continue Reading

Friday Harbor’s Animal Protection Society To The Rescue!

Written on August 7, 2020 at 5:30 am, by

On Sunday, August 2, five North Carolina hound-dog mixes arrived at Animal Protection Society – Friday Harbor where they will be cared for until adopted. Landing in their “forever homes” will be an incredible end to an epic journey for these dogs. The story begins with a kind and generous gentleman bringing a stray dog  Continue Reading

Primary Election Results – This Story Has Been Updated.

Written on August 6, 2020 at 12:36 am, by

Election results thanks to Louise Dustrude… The five-person county council primary race on San Juan produced two clear leaders for the November general election: Christine Minney with 1978 votes and Ryan Palmateer with 1458. Others in that race were Sharon Kivisto, 812, Steve Wehrly, 295, and Daniel Miller, 289. The incumbent, Bill Watson, chose not  Continue Reading

New School Reopening Guidance Announced Today

Written on August 5, 2020 at 6:19 pm, by

Governor Inslee announces education recommendations for 2020-2021 school year… San Juan County is among 5 counties in Washington State that are considered “Low Risk” for COVID-19. Plans regarding school reopening are made by the local health jurisdiction and school district. Gov. Jay Inslee, Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal and DOH’s state health officer, Dr.  Continue Reading

San Juan County Courts Prepare to Resume Jury Trials Come Fall

Written on August 5, 2020 at 10:43 am, by

San Juan County Courts prepare to resume jury trials come fall – you will start seeing juror summonses again soon. The San Juan County Superior Court and District Court are taking steps to resume conducting jury trials for the first time since early March, when the COVID-19 global pandemic hit Washington State. Although it is  Continue Reading

State Broadband Survey Requests Your Participation

Written on August 4, 2020 at 12:23 pm, by

State launches access and speed test survey to document service gaps, prioritize expansion needs and investments…   OLYMPIA, WA — The Washington State Broadband Office and state Public Works Board have launched a mapping initiative to identify gaps in high-speed internet service and areas of broadband infrastructure needs in order to advance the state’s goal  Continue Reading

Corner Stakes and Purchasing Property

Written on August 3, 2020 at 2:24 pm, by

We hear from Merri Ann Simonson…   Corner stakes are one of the most important components of purchasing real estate, I have learned this over 25 years of selling real estate on San Juan. For the properties that transacted years ago, corner stakes were not a big issue; of course, nor was a water source,  Continue Reading

9 days until Virtual Fair! August 12 – 15, 2020

Written on August 3, 2020 at 5:01 am, by

San Juan County residents! There is still time to make the fair entry deadline of August 8th! Visit the SJC Fair web page for information on how to participate in this year’s virtual Fair. Check out Online Entry by Department rules and to upload photos of all the awesome things you have made, created, grown, or  Continue Reading

Attention Photographers!

Written on August 2, 2020 at 1:30 pm, by

We hear from Miles Crossen, San Juan County Fair Photography Co-Superintendent… Attention all you photographers out there! You have about 10 days left to enter your pictures in the First Ever San Juan County Virtual Fair. Link to: Virtual Fair Online Entry

Vote! Washington Primary Election August 4

Written on August 1, 2020 at 5:15 am, by

Be sure to get your ballot in the mail by August 4. You can also pop it in the ballot box by the courthouse by 8 pm August 4. Better yet, get your ballot in early. No postage is necessary. Need help? Link to the online Voters pamphlet (see link below) or to register go  Continue Reading

Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office Guide

Written on August 1, 2020 at 5:05 am, by

Below are Washington State guidelines for safely recreating outdoors…

State Launches New Grant Program to Conserve Community Forests

Written on July 30, 2020 at 5:30 am, by

OLYMPIA–Communities wanting to conserve forestlands now have a state grant program to help, the Recreation and Conservation Office announced today. Beginning September 1, communities can apply for grants of up to $3 million in the newly created Community Forests Program. The grants must be used to buy at least 5 acres of forestland and the  Continue Reading

Letter About The Joint Meeting Of The Public Hospital District And Fire District 3

Written on July 29, 2020 at 5:31 pm, by

Editor: Something shameful happened Tuesday afternoon.  The San Juan County Public Hospital District Commissioners (PHD) and the San Juan County Fire District 3 (FD3) Commissioners held a virtual joint public meeting to discuss the possibility of resuming discussion of integrating San Juan Island Emergency Medical Service (EMS) and FD3. The meeting was progressing with some  Continue Reading

Library Presents: Know Your Islanders Talk – Brady Ryan On Sea Salt

Written on July 28, 2020 at 5:02 am, by

This Know Your islanders Talk will be available via ZOOM on August 3, 2020 at 7:00 pm Brady Ryan will be discussing the science and practice of sea salt production along with some interesting things he has learned about running a small business–San Juan Sea Salt–for the last nine years.  Bring your curiosity! Join Zoom  Continue Reading

Public Asked to Check Trees for Invasive Species in August

Written on July 27, 2020 at 7:50 pm, by

Olympia—Throughout August, the Washington Invasive Species Council and the Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR) are asking the public to take 10 minutes to check trees in their communities for invasive insects. August is the peak time of year that wood-boring insects are most often spotted outside of trees. “State and federal agencies do a  Continue Reading

Re-Naming ‘Round Towner Shuttle Service

Written on July 7, 2020 at 6:23 am, by

The ‘RoundTowner has been on the road for more than 7 years, and provided over 25,000 free or low-cost rides! With service throughout San Juan Island via the grey Nissan Leaf, the service’s name needs to reflect more than Town service. And, there are plans in progress to create a similar door-to-door ride service on  Continue Reading

Island Senior: Coping With Coronavirus, How Is Your Mental Health?

Written on June 30, 2020 at 11:49 am, by

Island Senior is a regular column on the San Juan Update written by Peggy Sue McRae… With the pressure and stress of opening up our destination vacation island only to then slow the opening back down, the arrival of visitors with and without masks, spiking COVID numbers across the nation, not to mention prolonged isolation,  Continue Reading

Island Senior: Town Installs Poetry Gardens

Written on June 17, 2020 at 7:35 am, by

Island Senior is a regular column on the San Juan Update written by Peggy Sue McRae… It’s June and gardens on the island are burgeoning with new life. At the Mullis Center more than foliage and flowers has sprung up. Among the greenery on the east side of the building you will now find poems  Continue Reading

Island Rec – Virtual Wiggle, Wiggle, and Stretch class

Written on June 11, 2020 at 2:15 pm, by

Our virtual Wiggle, Wiggle, and Stretch class was designed in collaboration with Katerina Wen, M.Ed to bring a smart, fun and somatic experience for young children over Zoom on a weekly basis. Parents are encouraged to join us for this class that will guide children through songs, verses, and movements that will stimulate them physically  Continue Reading

Triple Impact Coaching Virtual Basketball Training

Written on June 10, 2020 at 4:51 pm, by

Join former college coach and CEO & Founder of Triple Impact Coaching Arvin Mosley Jr. for a 5-week program to keep basketball on the mind! Run virtually, this program is designed to introduce basketball skills to children in Kindergarten-4th grade with a weekly emphasis on basketball skills and social emotional development. This program is ideal  Continue Reading

Merri Ann’s Real Estate News

Written on April 7, 2020 at 2:14 pm, by

San Juan County Real Estate Market Summary The first quarter results for San Juan County maintained the momentum that was present during the last quarter of 2019. As compared to the first quarter in 2019; the data for San Juan Island, Orcas and Lopez all reflected an increase in volume and transaction numbers for the  Continue Reading

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