Topic: Government

Update on Recent San Juan County Cases

Written on June 24, 2020 at 9:13 am, by

June 24, 2020: Over the past week, San Juan County reported three new COVID-19 cases. Two were on San Juan Island and one on Lopez Island. The County Health & Community Service Department’s surveillance team has performed initial investigation, contact tracing, and testing for each of these cases. It is important to know that monitoring  Continue Reading

New Positive Test Result Reported on Lopez Island

Written on June 22, 2020 at 7:16 am, by

June 21, 2020: San Juan County Health and Community Services staff have been notified of a new positive COVID-19 test result in San Juan County, from a resident of Lopez Island. This brings the total number of cases in San Juan County to 18. This is the first confirmed case on Lopez Island since April  Continue Reading

New Positive Test Result Reported on San Juan Island

Written on June 20, 2020 at 12:44 pm, by

June 20, 2020: San Juan County Health and Community Services staff have been notified of a new positive COVID-19 test result in San Juan County, on San Juan Island. This brings the total number of cases in San Juan County to 17. This is the second positive case of COVID-19 on San Juan Island in  Continue Reading

HOT TOPIC #25: June 18, 2020 – Helping Businesses, their Employees, and their Customers Stay Safe

Written on June 20, 2020 at 6:59 am, by

COVID-19 updates from San Juan County around subjects on the minds of islanders There are some relatively simple best practices that our local businesses and community organizations should be following to ensure the safety of employees and volunteers, the safety of customers, and the ability to remain open and providing service. These are unusual times  Continue Reading

Second Street Chip Sealing Starting Monday, June 22nd

Written on June 19, 2020 at 12:59 pm, by

Drivers and pedestrians are urged to exercise patience and safety. San Juan County Public Works (SJCPW) will chip seal Second Street in the Town of Friday Harbor starting the week of June 22nd. The exact date for resurfacing depends on the County’s ability to complete other sections of roadway on San Juan Island that week.  Continue Reading

San Juan County Announces 2020 Funding Round for Home Fund Program

Written on June 19, 2020 at 8:06 am, by

San Juan County Health & Community Services wishes to announce to eligible organizations the County’s intention to release a Notice of Funds Available (NOFA) for a 2020 funding round for the Home Fund program. The County intends to release this NOFA on July 1, 2020 with responses being accepted through August 5, 2020. Applications will  Continue Reading

Department of Health situation report shows increased virus activity

Written on June 18, 2020 at 11:45 am, by

Significant increases seen in Eastern Washington, some milder spikes noted in Western Washington. The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) released its latest statewide COVID-19 situation report. The report shows a significant increase in viral activity in Eastern Washington with concentrated spikes in Yakima, Spokane, Benton and Franklin counties. A rising positive test rate means  Continue Reading

New Positive Test Result Reported on San Juan Island

Written on June 15, 2020 at 6:17 pm, by

June 15, 2020: San Juan County Health and Community Services staff have been notified of a new positive COVID-19 test result in San Juan County, on San Juan Island. This brings the total number of cases in San Juan County to 16. This is the first positive case of COVID-19 in nearly six weeks and  Continue Reading

Community Service Program Calling All Non-Profits

Written on June 14, 2020 at 7:43 pm, by

The courts of San Juan County are updating and improving their community service program. In many cases, criminal defendants have the opportunity to volunteer at non-profit organizations to work off court fees or in lieu of imposed jail time. To allow this, the courts must be able to confirm an organization’s non-profit status and verify  Continue Reading

Update to PHD Meeting Notice

Written on June 9, 2020 at 11:47 am, by

San Juan County Public Hospital District No. 1, has previously given public notice of a special meeting, to be held on Wednesday June 10, 2020 at 4:30 p.m. to be held remotely under COVID-19 emergency rules. Attached is an agenda, and additional information. Call-In Number for the Public (509) 824-1884 Conference ID: enter 731 543  Continue Reading

The Governor’s “Safe Start” Plan and What it Means for San Juan County

Written on June 8, 2020 at 1:41 pm, by

On May 29th, Governor Inslee released further details on his “Safe Start” plan, a phased approach to re-opening Washington’s economy. Safe Start lays out a measured approach to moving forward through the COVID-19 pandemic by modifying physical distancing measures and allowing businesses and other activities to slowly resume. This article will answer some common questions  Continue Reading

Big Changes to the Paycheck Protection Program

Written on June 8, 2020 at 1:39 pm, by

Businesses should take a second look at the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) in light of substantial revisions signed into law on Friday June 5th. The Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act makes several major changes to the PPP. These changes may make the program more attractive to businesses that had decided against using it and more  Continue Reading


Written on June 7, 2020 at 4:56 pm, by

Fact Check of Whalen Petition Dear Editor and Community, We recently received in the mail Mr. Ron Whalen’s request to have us sign a petition to eliminate the Land Bank by December 2020. The request was loaded with falsehoods and outrageously attempted to dupe our community into thinking that a yes or no answer meant  Continue Reading

PHD Meeting

Written on June 6, 2020 at 5:49 am, by

San Juan County Public Hospital District No. 1 will be having a Special Meeting on June 10, 2020, at 4:30 pm. We will release an Agenda on Monday, along with the remote dial-in directions. We are still operating under emergency COVID-19 rules, so there will be no physical attendance option. Some members of the audience  Continue Reading

Mask Distribution to San Juan County Businesses

Written on June 4, 2020 at 5:22 pm, by

In order to help support the business community, San Juan County has acquired a stockpile of more than 7,000 simple face coverings to distribute to local businesses. The intent is for small quantities to be on hand in the event customers or clients forget their face covering or otherwise arrive without one. County staff and  Continue Reading

How Are We Doing: A Year Like No Other

Written on June 4, 2020 at 5:43 am, by

This year began like any other – a little too cold, a little too wet; but quiet, mostly devoid of tourists, and still the sleepy little island community we are used to. Then news spread of a virus on the other side of the world. In late January, the disease hit the US, in Washington  Continue Reading

Town Delays 2021 LTAC Tourism Grant Application Process

Written on June 4, 2020 at 5:41 am, by

The Town of Friday Harbor’s Lodging Tax Advisory Committee (LTAC) is delaying the application process for 2021 tourism promotion grants until later this year. Normally, the application period is open from June through August. Due to current uncertainty regarding this year’s lodging tax revenue, the Town is unable to estimate the amount of funds that  Continue Reading

Updated Health Officer Order on Transient Lodging

Written on June 3, 2020 at 1:47 pm, by

On Wednesday June 3rd, San Juan County Health Officer Dr. Frank James signed a new order (June 3rd, Order 2020-7) that modifies the previous limits on transient lodging in San Juan County. What are the Details? All transient lodging operators are allowed to operate at 50% capacity, provided they adhere to specific safety guidelines released  Continue Reading

County Board and Advisory Committee Vacancies and Positions with terms ending within 45 days of 06/02/2020

Written on June 3, 2020 at 11:25 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: Persons interested in serving on a board or advisory committee should fill out an Advisory Committee Application or Contact the Council  Continue Reading

Positive COVID-19 Case with Ties to San Juan Island

Written on May 30, 2020 at 12:09 pm, by

The San Juan County Health & Community Services surveillance and contact tracing team is actively investigating a positive COVID-19 case with ties to San Juan Island. The case technically belongs to another county due to both the patient’s residence and the testing location being on the mainland, however the patient had recently worked in San  Continue Reading

Letter from the Sheriff

Written on May 30, 2020 at 10:26 am, by

Over the last few days we have all witnessed the unfolding events in Minnesota, and around the country, spurred by a tragic death that occurred in Minneapolis involving the police and a black male who was in custody. The actions that resulted in the death of George Floyd are disturbing and saddening. When these events  Continue Reading

Residential And Commercial Burning Closed

Written on May 29, 2020 at 5:36 pm, by

All permits issued for burning commercial or residential burns are expiring as the burn season has come to a close. Campfires, burning charcoal or firewood, remain allowed in contained campfire bowls, stoves, or rings remain allowed in sizes up to 3 foot in diameter.  Please check burning rules frequently for burn risk notifications and burn  Continue Reading