Topic: Community

Surplus Vehicle Auction

Written on September 25, 2020 at 5:29 am, by

PUBLIC NOTICE: San Juan Island Fire and Rescue Surplus Vehicle Auction San Juan Island Fire and Rescue is offering a surplus vehicle for sale by a sealed bid process: 2008 Chevy Trailblazer 4X4, Gasoline Engine, White SUV 164,000 +/- miles. VIN: 1GNDT13S682221234 Minimum Bid on this vehicle is $4,200 Bids will be accepted starting September 21,  Continue Reading

Zylstra Lake Preserve Opens for Public Access

Written on September 22, 2020 at 8:30 am, by

The timing couldn’t be more perfect: This Saturday, September 26, 2020, on National Public Lands Day, Zylstra Lake Preserve officially opens for day-use public access. National Public Lands Day embodies the same values that inspired your Conservation Land Bank and the San Juan Preservation Trust to form a public-private partnership in 2015 to preserve the  Continue Reading

Community Media New Channel

Written on September 21, 2020 at 5:49 am, by

San Juan Islands Community Network (SJICN) launches online solutions news channel spotlighting island community members and organizations building a more resilient and thriving San Juans On Monday, September 21, San Juan Islands Community Network (SJICN) launched to the public, publishing its website and initial video news stories created to inform and engage islanders around the  Continue Reading

Story #2: Eat, Shop, Stay, Play Locally!

Written on September 18, 2020 at 5:49 am, by

Small businesses are relying more than ever on your support as they creatively cope with COVID.  Here’s the second of a series of stories about their survival. When COVID-19 became a global pandemic in March, all of us were suddenly navigating uncharted waters. However, San Juan Islands businesses have responded with compassion and ingenuity during these tough times.  Continue Reading

New Assistant Director and Adult Services Manager at the Library

Written on September 16, 2020 at 1:53 pm, by

San Juan Island Library announced today that it has welcomed its new Assistant Director and Adult Services Manager, Lisa Buckton. Lisa moved to San Juan Island from Vermont and holds over ten years of librarian experience across Vermont and New York State. In the last five years, Lisa co-created and hosted Vermont’s first-ever teen literary  Continue Reading

New Greenhouse for Canoe Island French Camp

Written on September 15, 2020 at 11:03 am, by

Canoe Island French Camp is celebrating the erection of a greenhouse to complement their recently established garden. This project was made possible thanks to generous donations from community members as well as support from the San Juan Island Community Foundation. The frame for the structure was constructed entirely with wood milled on Canoe Island from  Continue Reading

Flu Shots at Eventide Health

Written on September 13, 2020 at 12:29 pm, by

Flu shots are now available at Eventide Health. It’s important to get yours early this year. We will be hosting a few flu clinics this year and carrying on the tradition of San Juan Healthcare and offering the service as public health to the community. We will also be participating in joint flu clinics with  Continue Reading

Survey Says: Island Rides

Written on September 7, 2020 at 12:28 pm, by

We hear from Curt Van Hyning… The response to the survey from San Juan Islands Shuttle Service is clear. The RoundTowner free ride service which operates on San Juan Island will now be called IslandRides. The more inclusive name corresponds to expanded service. Rides are now available throughout San Juan Island and will soon be  Continue Reading

This Labor Day, A Special Thank You to Our Essential Workers!

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

This Labor Day while you enjoy a socially distant backyard BBQ, beach picnic with family or some peaceful solitude, please take a moment to give a special thanks to the essential workers of our community who have kept us safe, healthy, fed, informed, and transported here and there throughout these trying times.  THANK YOU!

Winners Selected in “Let’s Face it! Wear a Mask!” Contest

Written on September 3, 2020 at 10:31 am, by

Prevention Coalition selects WINNERS for the “Let’s Face It! Wear A Mask!” Contest!      We want to thank our prevention partners: San Juan Island Community Foundation, Coalition for Orcas Youth, Lopez Island Prevention Coalition, and Kings Market for supporting these efforts!   Our Rock Solid youth stepped up to help encourage their peers to  Continue Reading

San Juan Community Theatre News

Written on September 3, 2020 at 9:33 am, by

Theatre News from Executive Director Nathan Kessler-Jeffery… Link to: San Juan Community Theatre 

Soroptimists Give $10,000 in Educational Awards

Written on September 1, 2020 at 2:34 pm, by

Soroptimist International of Friday Harbor is pleased to announce its 2020 educational award winners.    The Live Your Dream Award, a worldwide signature Soroptimist program, is given to a woman who is the primary wage earner in her household and enrolled in an undergraduate degree or vocational skills program.  This year’s recipient is Maricela Lomeli. Maricela  Continue Reading

San Juan County Announces CARES Small Business Relief Grant

Written on September 1, 2020 at 11:45 am, by

September 1, 2020 — San Juan County has created a Small Business Relief Grant program that will launch on September 1, 2020, to assist for-profit businesses impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak.  Funding for this program comes from CARES Act money received by the County.  Awards will range up to $5,000 for eligible San Juan County  Continue Reading

Applications Being Accepted for Grants to Conserve Forests

Written on August 31, 2020 at 1:11 pm, by

OLYMPIA–On Sept.1, eligible organizations may begin applying for grants to conserve community forests, the Recreation and Conservation Office announced today. The new state Community Forests Program will offer grants of up to $3 million. But organizations need to hurry. Applications are due Oct. 1. The grants must be used to buy at least 5 acres  Continue Reading

SHIBA Presentation: Medicare 101 on September 16

Written on August 29, 2020 at 6:05 pm, by

Do you find Medicare a mystery? Are you unsure which Medicare plan is best for you? Join SHIBA online for a virtual Medicare 101 class where we will cover the “A, B, C, Ds” of Medicare. Our certified SHIBA volunteers will be available to answer all of your questions! Wednesday, September 16, 2020 @ 1PM PST To  Continue Reading

San Juan Community Theatre: Auditions For Virtual Musical

Written on August 29, 2020 at 11:23 am, by

  Auditions for Super Happy Awesome News, this year’s Family Theatre production, will be open to all students grades K-8. Auditions will be held the week of September 14 with both in-person and Zoom options. Please stay tuned for sign ups!   Rehearsals will begin the week of September 28 and run through November 11  Continue Reading

Working Washington Small Business Emergency Grant Program – Round 2

Written on August 28, 2020 at 8:03 am, by

August 26, 2020 – The Washington State Department of Commerce is offering a second Working Washington Small Business Emergency Grant (WWSBEG) program to assist small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. Businesses which qualify for the grant program and are located within San Juan County can go to the San Juan County Economic Development Council  Continue Reading

SJI Museum of Art: Family Art Days Resume

Written on August 28, 2020 at 5:15 am, by

Family Art Days at SJIMA celebrate community and creativity… With the San Juan Islands Museum of Art (SJIMA) scheduled to reopen, Family Art Days (FAD) will again offer onsite Saturday sessions in the orchard adjacent to the museum at 540 Spring Street. Starting on September 5th, families will have the opportunity to join in the  Continue Reading

Sundance Short Film Tour Available In September At FHFF Virtual Cinema

Written on August 26, 2020 at 9:05 am, by

Friday Harbor Film Festival’s Summer 2020 Virtual Cinema will provide access to the Sundance Film Festival’s Short Film Tour throughout September. This 80-minute theatrical program of 6 short films selected from this year’s Sundance Film Festival is available for $10 at  Once you order your ticket, you will receive an email from Vimeo with a link to  Continue Reading

San Juan Island Fire & Rescue Announces WSRB Insurance Rating Changes

Written on August 25, 2020 at 6:19 pm, by

San Juan Island Fire & Rescue (SJIF&R) announced receiving notification by the Washington State Rating Bureau (WSRB) of a significant change to their evaluation of San Juan Island’s property underwriting and rating information for the insurance industry following its re-rating review that occurs approximately every 5 years. WSRB issued the updated rating: The WSRB rating  Continue Reading

How Are We Doing: The Economics of a Pandemic

Written on August 25, 2020 at 5:08 am, by

County Auditor F. Milene Henley on the County’s economic condition through the 2nd quarter of 2020… I like horror films. I enjoy them, knowing that they’re not real.  Monsters can’t really hurt you, and zombies don’t really exist. Right now, I feel like I’m living in a real-life horror film, one about a global pandemic with  Continue Reading

San Juan County Organization Receives $750,000 Grant For Long-term Care Solutions

Written on August 24, 2020 at 3:42 pm, by

From Evan Perrollaz for SJC Long-Term Care Coordination Network… The San Juan County LTC Care Coordination Network (Network) is pleased to announce a $750,000 three-year grant from the federal Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) for the purpose of implementing a suite of solutions for long-term care in San Juan County.  This grant is intended to  Continue Reading