Topic: Government

Medicare Open Enrollment is Coming, be Prepared

Written on October 5, 2021 at 10:11 am, by

Medicare enrollees have an oppor­tu­ni­ty every year between Octo­ber 15 and Decem­ber 7th to review their Medicare Part D drug plans and their Medicare Advan­tage plans to see if they want to make changes that will be effec­tive in the new year.  Medicare ben­e­fi­cia­ries can change from one Medi­gap plan to anoth­er at any time  Con­tin­ue Reading

Letter about Redistricting

Written on October 5, 2021 at 9:35 am, by

In the Update mail­bag this morn­ing we have this let­ter from San Juan Coun­ty Coun­cil mem­ber Cindy Wolf… Hel­lo Edi­tor, Cen­sus num­bers are in and the pro­posed redis­trict­ing maps are out. You can see them at In my opin­ion, the strongest move we can make this week for the future of our fer­ry sys­tem is  Con­tin­ue Reading

Weekly Covid Case Update

Written on October 2, 2021 at 9:35 am, by

Since the last update on Fri­day Sep­tem­ber 24th, there have been nine new con­firmed or prob­a­ble cas­es in San Juan Coun­ty. Cur­rent total case count is now 309. Of these nine new cas­es, ini­tial inves­ti­ga­tions indi­cate that six appear to have occurred in ful­ly vac­ci­nat­ed indi­vid­u­als. Please note that if the vac­ci­na­tion rates in San Juan  Con­tin­ue Reading

Washington’s Plastic Bag Ban Goes Into Effect October 1st

Written on October 1, 2021 at 5:41 am, by

Fol­low­ing a delay due to Covid-19, the Wash­ing­ton Plas­tic Bag Ban (RCW 70A.530) will go into effect statewide on Octo­ber 1, 2021. This means that retail­ers and restau­rants through­out the state will be pro­hib­it­ed from pro­vid­ing sin­­gle-use plas­tic car­ry­out bags. As Wash­ing­ton pre­pares for the statewide plas­tic bag ban to take effect, San Juan Coun­ty  Con­tin­ue Reading

Vaccine Clinics Coming Soon

Written on September 29, 2021 at 5:48 am, by

San Juan Coun­ty will be host­ing anoth­er round of COVID-19 vac­cine clin­ics Octo­ber 5th through 7th. Both first and sec­ond dos­es of Pfiz­er will be avail­able as well as the one-shot John­son & John­son series.  Reg­is­tra­tion is required.  More infor­ma­tion can be found on the coun­ty’s web­site at this link.

New Plastic Recycling Coming Soon

Written on September 28, 2021 at 10:36 am, by

Fri­day Har­bor announces pilot pro­gram for res­i­den­tial curb­side plas­tic film recy­cling FRIDAY HARBOR – The Town of Fri­day Har­bor, in part­ner­ship with SC John­son, a man­u­fac­tur­er of house­hold con­sumer brands, is kick­ing off a pilot pro­gram to offer curb­side col­lec­tion and recy­cling of plas­tic film to its res­i­dents, the sec­ond pro­gram to launch in Wash­ing­ton.  Con­tin­ue Reading

Home Rule Charter Review Forum

Written on September 28, 2021 at 5:41 am, by

The League of Women Vot­ers is host­ing a Vot­er Forum to high­light the six pro­posed amend­ments to the Home Rule Char­ter. The coun­ty char­ter is like our con­sti­tu­tion and spec­i­fies how our coun­ty con­ducts its busi­ness. Every 10 years our coun­ty reviews our char­ter and sug­gests amend­ments. These amend­ments are put to a pub­lic vote.  Con­tin­ue Reading

HOT TOPIC #55: September 25, 2021

Written on September 25, 2021 at 8:56 pm, by

COVID-19 updates from San Juan Coun­ty around sub­jects on the minds of islanders FAQ on Boost­er Dos­es  The CDC and FDA recent­ly grant­ed approval for the deliv­ery of boost­er dos­es of the Pfiz­er vac­cine to cer­tain ful­ly vac­ci­nat­ed indi­vid­u­als. This Hot Top­ic will attempt to answer some of the most com­mon ques­tions about this new devel­op­ment.  Con­tin­ue Reading