Topic: Community

Unemployment Fraud

Written on May 22, 2020 at 1:17 pm, by

As more unemployment fraud reports continue to come in, it may be helpful for our victims to have a greater understanding of the vastness of this.  Investigators from the U.S. Secret Service have information suggesting that the scheme is coming from a well-organized Nigerian fraud ring.  They are still working to pinpoint who is involved  Continue Reading

Thank You!

Written on May 20, 2020 at 10:53 am, by

The Town of Friday Harbor would like to thank the community for their generous donations during the month of April to the Harbor Life Ring program. A total of $14,441 was donated which was then matched with a $5,000 grant from the Town and a second $5,000 from King’s Market. The total amount collected was  Continue Reading

An American Red Cross Update for Islanders

Written on May 18, 2020 at 5:54 am, by

We have all had to adapt to the COVID-19 virus. It has changed how we interact with each other. Here in San Juan County the American Red Cross maintains an active local unit. We want to let our fellow residents know that if any of you face displacement from your home because of a personal  Continue Reading

Invitation from the EDC

Written on May 17, 2020 at 5:41 am, by

EDC invites all residents of San Juan County to a weekly Community Forum The EDC invites interested residents of San Juan County to join in a weekly San Juan Islands Community Forum starting Wednesday, May 20th, from 6-7pm via Zoom video conference. The event will be presented in partnership with San Juan County government and  Continue Reading

“COVID-19 Community Conversations” Round Six

Written on May 16, 2020 at 7:10 am, by

This week “COVID-19 Community Conversations” continues with another set of videos highlighting specific efforts from organizations and people in our community that provide key services and crucial leadership around the county. You can find our entire collection of videos on our YouTube channel “San Juan County COVID-19 Response” at www.sjccovid.com/conversations. This week we have two  Continue Reading

Emergency Fund and Grant Updates from SJICF

Written on May 13, 2020 at 7:46 pm, by

Understanding both the short- and long-term impacts of COVID-19 in our community is critical for making a sustainable plan. For more than 2 months, SJICF has continued to stay vigilant. San Juan County is experiencing a 27% unemployment rate and is expected to reach 30% very soon. This is twice the national and WA state  Continue Reading

Face Covering Signage For Businesses And Other Organizations

Written on May 12, 2020 at 5:42 am, by

In order to help San Juan County businesses and other organizations protect their employees and customers, the County COVID response team has produced printable posters to support their effort. Two versions are available, one that is 8.5” x 11” (available HERE), and the other is 11” x 17” (available HERE). As the world moves into  Continue Reading

Fireworks, but No Parade

Written on May 12, 2020 at 5:42 am, by

The San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce, a business community non-profit, has proudly produced the Town’s 4th of July celebration for over 35 years in cooperation with the Town of Friday Harbor, the Port of Friday Harbor and the whole island. The 2020 4th of July Parade has been cancelled. Becki Day, Executive Director stated  Continue Reading

“COVID-19 Community Conversations” Round Five

Written on May 8, 2020 at 6:53 am, by

This week “COVID-19 Community Conversations” continues with another three videos that highlight specific efforts from organizations and people in our community that provide key services and provide crucial leadership around the county. You can find our entire collection of videos on our YouTube channel “San Juan County COVID-19 Response” at www.sjccovid.com/conversations. We now have fifteen  Continue Reading

EDC Has a New PPP Survey

Written on May 7, 2020 at 8:30 am, by

EDC Survey to Determine San Juan County Impacts of Paycheck Protection Program The San Juan County Economic Development Council (EDC) is collecting data to learn how well the SBA’s Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) is working for islands businesses. Business owners are urged to participate in the EDC’s PPP survey here: https://forms.gle/DPxi4gUSpCtnKmDW6 For more information, please  Continue Reading

Know Your Islanders Talk:  Gail Richard, Humans of Christchurch

Written on May 4, 2020 at 8:30 am, by

Don’t forget – tonight’s  “Know Your Islanders Talk” is happening over Zoom… In 2011 Christchurch, New Zealand experienced a devastating earthquake that leveled the city.  In 2019 an attack on two mosques further shook the humans of Christchurch.  Gail Richard, who has strong ties to this community and is a team member of Humans of  Continue Reading

San Juan Island Studio Tour Cancelled

Written on May 3, 2020 at 5:30 am, by

The Organizers of the San Juan Island Artists Studio Tour regretfully wish to inform patrons and visitors that the June 6th & 7th event is cancelled. This decision was made with significant concern for the safety of both visitors and artists during this time of the CoV19 pandemic. We remain hopeful for a positive outcome  Continue Reading

New Releases: COVID-19 Community Conversations Round 4

Written on May 2, 2020 at 5:59 am, by

The “COVID-19 Community Conversations” series continues this week with three short videos that highlight efforts from organizations and people providing key services and crucial leadership in our community. You can find these videos on our YouTube channel “San Juan County COVID-19 Response” at www.sjccovid.com/conversations. Jennifer Armstrong: Armstrong is the Director of the Joyce L. Sobel  Continue Reading

National Tourism Week: Honoring the Spirit of Travel in the San Juan Islands

Written on May 2, 2020 at 5:47 am, by

Friday Harbor, WA…   National Travel and Tourism Week, May 3 — 9, is the annual salute to the positive effects of travel in the U.S.  Now, more than ever, is a time to reflect on what visitors bring to the vitality and resilience of the San Juan Islands. Travel is in our DNA, and the  Continue Reading

Island Senior: Local Artist’s T-Shirt Sales Support Local Seniors

Written on May 1, 2020 at 7:04 am, by

Island Senior is a regular column on the San Juan Update written by Peggy Sue McRae… With community lunches on hold due to COVID-19 it may seem like not much is happening these days at the Mullis Center. However, since the lockdown, the number of meals delivered to local seniors by our Meals on Wheels  Continue Reading

Local Farms Directory for San Juan Islands Farms

Written on April 30, 2020 at 9:20 am, by

An initiative to connect local farms with consumers has been coordinated by the following organizations: San Juan Islands Agricultural Guild (Ag Guild) San Juan County Economic Development Council (EDC) WSU San Juan County Extension San Juan County Agricultural Resources As part of that effort, they have created a survey to gather data on farms’ open  Continue Reading

Community Response Hub

Written on April 27, 2020 at 11:21 am, by

SJICF Launches Community Response Hub, Distributes $70k in Grants The SJI Community Foundation continues to work closely with nonprofits and other county services to ensure a coordinated response to the COVID-19 crisis. To create a publicly accessible resource for both residents and nonprofit services, SJICF has launched the San Juan Island Community Response Hub website:  Continue Reading

Hire Local

Written on April 27, 2020 at 9:16 am, by

EDC urges businesses and residents to “Hire Local”, presents Virtual Job Fair The San Juan County Economic Development Council (EDC) urges businesses and residents to hire local workers and contractors as the economy starts to reopen.  In an effort to connect island workers with local businesses, the EDC has created a Virtual Job Fair on  Continue Reading

A Note from the Library

Written on April 27, 2020 at 9:01 am, by

Library staff are working hard, albeit remotely, to serve the community in new ways to meet your changing needs.   We’ve heard that many of you miss our Staff Picks book recommendations in the Library; these are now available online in our new and improved Reading Room.   Staff members have answered questions about reading interests and are  Continue Reading

“COVID-19 Community Conversations” Round Three

Written on April 24, 2020 at 8:43 am, by

This week “COVID-19 Community Conversations” continues with three short videos that highlight efforts from organizations and people providing key services and crucial leadership in our community. You can find these videos on our YouTube channel “San Juan County COVID-19 Response” at www.sjccovid.com/conversations. Jamie Stephens, San Juan County Council Member (Lopez and Shaw): Stephens takes a  Continue Reading

Spend a Dollar, Donate a Dollar, Volunteer an Hour!

Written on April 23, 2020 at 1:17 pm, by

Stimulus Checks for Local Recovery— Since government stimulus checks have started to arrive in bank accounts, many of our most vulnerable islanders have already spent their funds, need to hold onto their checks, or are not receiving any stimulus funds. We fully support everyone who needs to spend or hold on to their stimulus checks  Continue Reading

Our Islands Together Posters

Written on April 22, 2020 at 7:25 am, by

Celebrate those in the islands working on the front lines of the COVID-19 response with these posters. Anyone in community who wants to print and hang one can feel free to do so.  Click here or on the image above to see the posters available online and then click any one you like to download  Continue Reading