Topic: Around Here

Last Day of San Juan County’s Virtual Fair!

Written on August 15, 2020 at 1:40 pm, by

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San Juan County Seeks “Con” Committee Members for Voters’ Guide Statements

Written on August 15, 2020 at 5:01 am, by

San Juan County is seeking volunteers to create opposing statements to place in the Voters’ Pamphlet for two measures on the ballot in the upcoming November 2020 General Election. San Juan County Fire Protection District #3 approved sending Resolution 2020-08 to voters. If approved, the measure would authorize the annexation of Henry, Johns, and Stuart  Continue Reading

Land Bank Seeks Public Input on Agricultural Activities

Written on August 14, 2020 at 10:47 am, by

The Conservation Agriculture Resource Team (CART-Coffelt) was formed at the request of the San Juan County Land Bank Commission to assess and develop recommendations for future farm operations at Coffelt Farm Preserve. The team consists of thirteen members including representatives from local agricultural agencies, stakeholders, and members of the farming community.  Currently Coffelt Farm Preserve  Continue Reading

Summary of Recent Cases in San Juan County

Written on August 13, 2020 at 4:31 pm, by

Update from from the County… There has been one new confirmed positive test result in San Juan County since the last case summary on August 3rd. The case investigation was completed today (Thursday, August 13th). This is the 31st case in San Juan County and the 12th on Orcas Island. The case occurred in an Orcas Island  Continue Reading

San Juan Historical Museum Joins Virtual Fair Fundraiser

Written on August 13, 2020 at 1:40 pm, by

Since 2017, the Historical Museum has added nearly 3,000 historical images to our photographic collection, through gifts, acquisitions and found treasures. The number of digitally scanned, researched and catalogued images illustrating the history of San Juan Island, now tallies 5,500. As a result, we have outgrown our existing capacity to safely and securely store the  Continue Reading

HOT TOPIC #29: Guidelines for Parents Considering Home Based Group Learning

Written on August 13, 2020 at 1:14 pm, by

COVID-19 updates from San Juan County around subjects on the minds of islanders As we head into the second half of August, local public and private schools are pursuing a range of options for the start of the school year. This article will not be addressing the specifics of school reopening plans-that will come directly  Continue Reading

Alchemy Art Center Joins Virtual Fair Fundraiser

Written on August 12, 2020 at 1:59 pm, by

This 2020 Fair season, Alchemy Art Center is grateful to be featured in the San Juan Island Community Foundation’s Matching Grant Program!  We are raising funds for the free kids arts programming we are currently offering in partnership with Island Rec and the Family Resource Center, as well as for the Kid Pod Classes we  Continue Reading

San Juan Community Theatre Joins Virtual Fair Fundraiser

Written on August 12, 2020 at 1:41 pm, by

AND WE’RE LIVE! We are SO very honored to be featured in the SJICF Matching Grant Program! The catalog is now open, today through Saturday the 15th, which means it’s time to show our support for the 30 amazing local nonprofits that are being featured!   *The catalog will be active during the days of  Continue Reading

Help Feed 500 Hungry Mouths! Animal Shelter Joins Virtual Fair Grant Program

Written on August 12, 2020 at 1:01 am, by

The Animal Shelter (AP-FH) is participating in this year’s San Juan Island Community Fair’s “Virtual Fair”  August 12-15.  It is a fund-raiding opportunity for us, one of very few this year, unfortunately. Your help is needed to feed our 4-legged friends! COVID has hit us hard but homeless dogs and cats continue to need our care.   Think about  Continue Reading

SJI Community Foundation to Launch Virtual Fair Matching Grant Program August 12th

Written on August 11, 2020 at 5:45 am, by

Excerpted from the SJI Community Foundation website… Each year, the San Juan Island Community Foundation hosts an exciting matching grant program in their booth at the San Juan County Fair. This tradition gives local nonprofits heightened visibility in the community and a chance to raise funds for current projects. More than $65k was awarded to  Continue Reading

PeaceHealth Medical Group Family Medicine Welcomes Jesse L. Nye, DO

Written on August 10, 2020 at 12:31 pm, by

We are pleased to announce that Jesse Nye, DO, has joined PeaceHealth Medical Group Friday Harbor in the Family Medicine clinic. He is an experienced physician who will provide comprehensive acute, chronic and preventive medical care services for his patients. Nye grew up in Washington state and graduated from Central Washington University (CWU) in Ellensburg  Continue Reading

Coming into the Country

Written on August 10, 2020 at 5:05 am, by

Click to enlarge photo. FREEZER BURNED: Tales of Interior Alaska is a regular column on the San Juan Update written by Steve Ulvi… During the summers of the 1970s, a trickle of newcomers of disparate backgrounds, wheeled into the timeworn town of Eagle, Alaska.    Less than twenty years prior, a seasonal road had been blasted  Continue Reading

Waterworks Gallery Features Artists Robin and John Gumaelius and Michael Dickter

Written on August 8, 2020 at 4:35 pm, by

Waterworks gallery presents The Nature of Dreams featuring the work of artists Robin and John Gumaelius and Michael Dickter. “The gallery comes alive with kinetic ceramic creatures from Robin and John that cavort and play in an imaginary world created by this wife and husband team. The gallery walls reverberate with beautiful flowers and flying  Continue Reading

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