Topic: Government

New Restrictions From Governor Inslee

Written on July 24, 2020 at 9:12 am, by

On July 23, Governor Inslee issued new requirements for all of Washington State in response to increasing infections. In addition, Washington Secretary of Health Wiesman added additional requirements to the existing face covering order. Below is some preliminary information on what the new requirements mean for San Juan County. This summary is based on initial  Continue Reading

New Case on San Juan Island

Written on July 23, 2020 at 4:52 pm, by

One new positive COVID-19 case has been reported on San Juan Island, which brings the total number of cases in San Juan County to date to 26. The initial case investigation is complete. A small number of close contacts have been identified and are in quarantine and the patient is isolating. The findings from the  Continue Reading

New Case on Orcas Island, Update on Recent San Juan Cases

Written on July 23, 2020 at 6:23 am, by

One new positive COVID-19 case has been reported on Orcas Island, which brings the total number of cases in San Juan County to date to 25. The initial case investigation is complete. Close contacts are in quarantine and the patient is isolating. The findings from the case investigation suggest the transmission source was a large  Continue Reading

Letter in Support of Ryan Palmateer

Written on July 22, 2020 at 6:40 am, by

In the San Juan Update mailbag this morning we find this letter from Karin Agosta… A friend asked me yesterday about Ryan Palmateer’s strengths as a candidate for San Juan County Council District 1. This is a great question in today’s confusing, demanding world. Here’s what I wrote her: First, his work in sustainable construction  Continue Reading

Port Meeting Today

Written on July 22, 2020 at 6:23 am, by

The Port of Friday Harbor will hold a Port Commission Meeting (Call in Information Below) Wednesday July 22, 2020 at 12pm Special Meeting Agenda The public is prohibited from attending in person due to COVID-19 restrictions but may dial into the meeting via the link listed below. Comments can be e-mailed to the Port or  Continue Reading

New Cases on San Juan Island

Written on July 17, 2020 at 5:11 am, by

Two new positive COVID-19 cases have been reported on San Juan Island. These cases were identified through testing of close contacts of a previous case. All three individuals are self-isolating at home. Total number of cases in San Juan County to date is now 24. This is a good opportunity to emphasize the following critical  Continue Reading

Orcas Women Coalition Endorses Christine Minney for County Council Seat #1

Written on July 17, 2020 at 5:11 am, by

The Orcas Women’s Coalition (OWC) announced their endorsement of Christine Minney for San Juan County Council (District #1, San Juan Island seat). Christine went through the OWC endorsement process and attended two ZOOM teleconference interviews with members. In an email to OWC members shared with Christine, they reported, “The strong majority of votes submitted were  Continue Reading

SJCPHD1 Special Board Meeting

Written on July 17, 2020 at 5:10 am, by

San Juan County Public Hospital District No. 1 is giving formal notice of a Special Board Meeting on July 18th, 2020, at 9:00 am, via MS Teams. Members of the public should call 509-824-1884 and enter 588 227 188# in order to attend. An Agenda is attached. This meeting on July 18th is for strategic  Continue Reading

HOT TOPIC #26: July 15, 2020 COVID-19 updates from San Juan County around subjects on the minds of islanders

Written on July 15, 2020 at 9:29 am, by

Digging Deeper into Contact Tracing A more detailed look at how public health staff work to limit the spread of COVID in our community. This is by no means our most concise Hot Topic, but does contain useful info for those looking to understand a bit more about the public health response. As of July  Continue Reading

FAQ for Employers/Businesses Regarding Positive COVID Test Results

Written on July 15, 2020 at 8:44 am, by

As the islands enter the 6th month of the COVID crisis, the likelihood of local families, individuals, and businesses being connected to someone with a confirmed positive test result continues to increase. We created this FAQ to highlight answers to likely questions in the event of a positive test result in either an employee, or  Continue Reading

Letter in Support of Ryan Palmateer

Written on July 15, 2020 at 8:42 am, by

In the mailbag this morning we have this letter from Katie Fleming… Dear Editor, I support Ryan Palmateer for the County Council District 1 position. I have worked with Ryan for 3 years on energy conservation, renewable energy promotion, and climate action programs in the San Juan Islands. Ryan is very committed to the resiliency  Continue Reading

New San Juan Island Cases

Written on July 13, 2020 at 4:44 pm, by

July 13, 2020: Over the weekend of July 11th-12th, three new positive COVID cases were reported on San Juan Island. Two of these cases were close contacts of each other. In total, over 20 close contacts of those two positive individuals have been identified and contacted by the San Juan County Health Department surveillance team.  Continue Reading

EDC Analysis of PPP Loan Data for San Juan County Businesses

Written on July 13, 2020 at 5:50 am, by

On Monday July 6 ,2020, the U.S. Small Business Association (SBA) announced the release of detailed loan-level data regarding the loans made under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).  This program was launched as a way to retain workers by providing funding to businesses impacted by the Covid-19 downturn.  Our local banks, the EDC and other entities worked  Continue Reading

Town to provide rent relief grant money to Friday Harbor businesses

Written on July 8, 2020 at 1:18 pm, by

Friday Harbor business owners are encouraged to apply to the Town for assistance with business rent and mortgage payments to be awarded through the Friday Harbor Business Rent Relief Grant Program. Grant requests of up to $2000 per business will be funded with monies received from the state under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic  Continue Reading

Sharon Kivisto Runs for County Council, District 1

Written on July 4, 2020 at 7:51 am, by

I’m Sharon Kivisto and I’m campaigning to be the council member representing Residency District 1 on the San Juan County Council. My 20+ years of experience as a journalist in the islands has provided me with insight about the needs of islanders and the workings of county government. I’d like to use the knowledge I’ve  Continue Reading

A Note from SJC Public Hospital District One

Written on July 3, 2020 at 5:58 am, by

Update to District Residents Your local hospital district is committed to making sure that island residents have resources available to them to ensure care for their health. In an era where rural healthcare is under pressure nationwide, our innovative public-private partnership with PeaceHealth provides high-quality care to the public that is financially sustainable. Our Emergency  Continue Reading

Governor Inslee Puts Hold on All Phase Advancing

Written on July 2, 2020 at 7:30 pm, by

July 2, 2020: Today Governor Inslee announced that a minimum of a two week hold will be placed on all current applications to advance through the Governor’s four phase plan. This decision applies to San Juan County’s application to Phase 3 submitted to the State on June 25th, in addition to current applications from a  Continue Reading

All Personal Fireworks Are Illegal In San Juan County

Written on July 2, 2020 at 9:23 am, by

A friendly reminder that all personal fireworks are prohibited in San Juan County. This includes firecrackers, mortars, sparklers, and bottle rockets. Personal firework discharge is a crime punishable by fines from the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office. Furthermore any fires linked to the use of personal fireworks are subject to billing from all agencies that  Continue Reading

Vacancies on Various County Boards & Commissions

Written on July 2, 2020 at 9:13 am, by

The County Council is searching for San Juan County citizens to fill current and upcoming vacancies on various boards and commissions. Additional information about each committee is available on the County’s website at: http://sanjuanco.com/641/Board-Committee-Vacancies. Persons interested in serving on a board or advisory committee should fill out an Advisory Committee Application or Contact the Council  Continue Reading

Logic and Accuracy

Written on July 1, 2020 at 7:15 am, by

2020 Primary Vote counting equipment testing July 20 at 11:00 a.m. A “Logic and Accuracy” test of ballot tabulating equipment used in San Juan County for the August 4, 2020 Primary election is scheduled for July 20 at 11:00 a.m. The test works by tallying the results of a prepared set of ballots to see  Continue Reading

Keep your child safe by staying up to date on vaccinations during COVID-19

Written on June 29, 2020 at 8:34 am, by

While there isn’t a vaccine against COVID-19 yet, the good news is that vaccines can protect children from 14 other serious diseases. Delaying or missing vaccines could put your child, your family and your community at risk for these diseases. Vaccinating children on time is the best way to protect them. Talk with your child’s  Continue Reading

Business Assistance Deadline June 30th, 2020

Written on June 26, 2020 at 10:29 am, by

The last day to apply for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) is June 30th, 2020. As of today, June 26th, there is plenty of money in the program, and restrictions which may have deterred some businesses have been loosened. To apply for this program, contact your banker. If your bank is no longer offering these  Continue Reading