Topic: Government

Citizen Volunteers Needed

Written on December 7, 2021 at 4:11 am, by

The County Council is searching for volunteers to fill two upcoming vacancies on the San Juan County Land Bank Commission. At large, Position 4 – four-year term expiring December 2025 (Orcas, Crane, Obstruction and Waldron Islands) At large, Position 5 – four-year term expiring December 2025 (San Juan, Brown, Henry and Stuart Islands) If you  Continue Reading

A Mayor’s Farewell

Written on December 4, 2021 at 4:21 am, by

A letter to the community from Friday Harbor Mayor Farhad Ghatan… As I reflect on my past eight years working for this council and the Town I so dearly love, I am filled with gratitude for those who have seen fit to allow me to represent their interests as well as those who have made  Continue Reading

Weekly Covid Case Update

Written on December 3, 2021 at 12:57 pm, by

Since the last update on Friday November 26th, there have been 6 new confirmed or probable cases in San Juan County. Current case count is now 437. There are approximately four unvaccinated close contacts of positive cases currently in quarantine in the islands. Lopez Island: There are no new cases on Lopez Island since the  Continue Reading

Town and Utility Customers Donate $3,292 to Food Bank

Written on December 3, 2021 at 4:03 am, by

The Town of Friday Harbor thanks the community for supporting the local food bank with their generous contributions to the Harbor Life Ring program this November. Town utility customer donations of $1,646 were matched with a $1,646 grant from the Town for a total donation of $3,292 to the Friday Harbor Food Bank. This is  Continue Reading

Partial Closure of Licensing and Recording Services on December 15

Written on December 3, 2021 at 3:15 am, by

The Auditor’s Customer Service division will be closed from noon to 1:30 pm on Wednesday, December 15, for the department’s annual meeting. Customer Service provides recording services, as well as licensing services for vehicles, vessels, marriages, and dogs.  Services will be available on December 15 from 10:00 am through noon, and again from 1:30 to  Continue Reading

San Juan County Public Hospital District #1 to Acquire The Village at the Harbor

Written on December 2, 2021 at 9:40 am, by

On November 2, 2021, San Juan County residents voted in favor of the District acquiring the Village at the Harbor. Integration of the Village into the Hospital District will begin in early March of 2022. The current administrator at the Village, Evan Perrollaz, has agreed to remain in his position indefinitely following the acquisition.  Part  Continue Reading

Conservation Land Bank Seeks Public Input on Coffelt Farm Study and Proposed Agricultural Policy

Written on November 30, 2021 at 8:54 am, by

After more than two years of research and community outreach, the San Juan County Conservation Land Bank has entered the final phase in planning future agricultural operations at Coffelt Farm Preserve. The Land Bank invites the public to submit written comments on a new Coffelt Farm study and to attend a Zoom meeting on December  Continue Reading

Laporte Road on Orcas Island Closed

Written on November 29, 2021 at 3:59 pm, by

A blocked culvert has created a dangerous situation on Laporte Road on Orcas Island. A large amount of water has built up on the uphill side of the road, and the roadway is in danger of failure, in particular with more rain in the forecast. The closure is on Laporte Road, just up from the  Continue Reading

Jensen’s Boatyard to Re-Open in January

Written on November 29, 2021 at 5:40 am, by

The Port of Friday Harbor will be reopening Jensen’s Boatyard on January 3, 2022. The new operations model will see Port staff scheduling and operating the boat lift and boat yard. Port crews will perform all boat lifting and launching, pressure washing, and blocking of vessels. Bottom painting, and vessel maintenance or repairs, may be  Continue Reading

Weekly Covid Case Update

Written on November 27, 2021 at 8:45 am, by

Since the last update on Friday November 18th, there have been 27 new confirmed or probable cases in San Juan County. Current case count is now 431. There are approximately eight unvaccinated close contacts of positive cases currently in quarantine in the islands. Lopez Island: There are fourteen new cases on Lopez Island since the  Continue Reading

San Juan EMS to Remain Under the Jurisdiction of San Juan County Public Hospital District No. 1

Written on November 26, 2021 at 5:45 am, by

On November 2, 2021, residents voted for San Juan Island EMS to remain under the jurisdiction of San Juan County Public Hospital District No. 1. The District will seek to renew its San Juan Island EMS levy in the upcoming February 8, 2022, election. Currently, San Juan Island EMS is at the end of a  Continue Reading

Town awarded Transportation Improvement Board grants to improve Marguerite Place and Nash Street

Written on November 26, 2021 at 5:39 am, by

Marguerite Place and Nash Street will undergo major improvements in the next two years thanks to $1,469,783 in grant funding awarded to the Town by the state’s Transportation Improvement Board (TIB).  Both projects are expected to be completed by the end of 2023. In addition to rebuilding the existing roadway, sidewalks will be added to  Continue Reading

Disaster Cash Assistance Program

Written on November 26, 2021 at 5:34 am, by

The following was shared with you by Northwest Workforce Council… The Department of Social and Health Services has activated the Disaster Cash Assistance Program, or DCAP, to serve people affected by severe weather events. Households impacted by floods, landslides, mudslides and other hazardous events in the 14 counties included in Governor Inslee’s November 15, 2021,  Continue Reading

Expanded Booster Availability

Written on November 24, 2021 at 5:44 am, by

San Juan County Health & Community Services has just released 4,000 Moderna booster appointments for clinics occurring on Lopez, Orcas, and San Juan Islands the week of December 13th. Full details and links to register are available at: https://www.sanjuanco.com/1737/COVID-Vaccine-Info These boosters are available for any fully vaccinated islander age 18+ who received their last dose  Continue Reading

Quick Update on Point Lawrence Road Repairs

Written on November 22, 2021 at 9:30 pm, by

This is from the SJC Dept. of Emergency Management… Things are looking good for a potential opening tomorrow (Tuesday – knock on wood). Public Works is awaiting delivery of barriers for the road edge that are due to arrive on the 5:30am ferry on Tuesday from Anacortes. Once those are placed and final site work  Continue Reading

Weekly Covid Case Update

Written on November 18, 2021 at 4:15 pm, by

Since the last update on Friday November 12th, there have been 28 new confirmed or probable cases in San Juan County. Current case count is now 404. Of these twenty-eight new cases, initial investigations indicate that at least ten appear to have occurred in fully vaccinated individuals. There are approximately eight unvaccinated close contacts of  Continue Reading

San Juan County Land Bank November 2021 Meeting & Agenda

Written on November 17, 2021 at 11:06 am, by

The San Juan County Land Bank Commission will hold its monthly meeting on November 19, from 8:30am-11:30am via Zoom. The public is invited to attend. Click HERE to download the agenda (includes ZOOM link) and meeting materials, including the Coffelt Farm Lease Rate and Reserve Study. (PDF) To learn more about your Conservation Land Bank,  Continue Reading

Several State Highways in Whatcom and Skagit Counties Closed due to Flooding

Written on November 15, 2021 at 5:13 pm, by

BURLINGTON – Record rainfall caused flooding in several parts of Whatcom and Skagit counties, forcing closures of several state highways. Washington State Department of Transportation crews worked through the weekend and continue to work to clear fallen trees and rockslides, but in some areas such as along State Route 20 between Cascadia Farms (MP 98) to  Continue Reading

Emergency!

Written on November 15, 2021 at 5:08 pm, by

San Juan County Council Special Meeting – Declaring State of Emergency The San Juan County Council will hold a special meeting on Tuesday, November 16, 2021, at 8 am, to consider a Resolution declaring a State of Emergency.  The severe weather system that passed over San Juan County on November 14th and 15th, 2021, dropped a  Continue Reading

Government Contracting Essentials Workshop

Written on November 15, 2021 at 5:46 am, by

Washington PTAC, EDC offer workshop on Government Contracting Essentials Interested in doing business with the government?  Join Washington PTAC and the EDC for a workshop outlining the basics of government contracting and procurement.  The workshop will be held via Zoom on Monday, December 6th from 10-11a. The workshop will introduce participants to government procurement, including  Continue Reading

Weekly Covid Case Update

Written on November 12, 2021 at 10:53 am, by

Since the last update on Friday November 5, there have been 19 new confirmed or probable cases in San Juan County. Current case count is now 376. Of these 19 new cases, initial investigations indicate that 7 appear to have occurred in fully vaccinated individuals. There are approximately 29 unvaccinated close contacts of positive cases  Continue Reading

Vaccine Appointments Filling Quickly

Written on November 12, 2021 at 10:14 am, by

More than 2,500 islanders have made appointments to receive their COVID booster shots this coming week, and hundreds of island children are signed up for upcoming Pfizer pediatric vaccine clinics. While some offerings are filled completely, there is still room in some clinics – details and links to register may be found here:https://www.sanjuanco.com/…/211110-Vaccine-Registration… As a  Continue Reading