Topic: Government

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  Continue Reading

EDC invites input from businesses, residents, on WSF service disruptions

Written on September 25, 2021 at 7:45 am, by

  The EDC invites island business owners, workers and residents to participate in a survey regarding Washington State Ferries service disruptions this past summer.  Islanders are invited to participate in the survey here:  https://forms.gle/uzXU6vy3tujUyuSR9 Anecdotal information and data derived from the survey will be used to better understand economic and other impacts from ferry service  Continue Reading

CMS Will Pay for COVID-19 Booster Shots, Eligible Consumers Can Receive at No Cost

Written on September 25, 2021 at 7:36 am, by

Coverage without cost-sharing available for eligible people with Medicare, Medicaid, CHIP, and Most Commercial Health Insurance Coverage Following the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) recent action that authorized a booster dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for certain high-risk populations and a recommendation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Centers for  Continue Reading

Weekly Covid Case Update

Written on September 24, 2021 at 12:25 pm, by

Since the last update on Friday September 17th, there have been eight new confirmed or probable cases in San Juan County. Current total case count is now 300. Of these eight new cases, initial investigations indicate that three appear to have occurred in fully vaccinated individuals. There are approximately nine unvaccinated close contacts of positive  Continue Reading

State Board Awards $21 Million in Grants to Aid Salmon Recovery

Written on September 24, 2021 at 5:45 am, by

OLYMPIA–The Washington State Salmon Recovery Funding Board today announced the award of $21 million in grants across the state to aid in salmon recovery. The grants, given annually, went to 105 projects in 29 of the state’s 39 counties. The grants will pay for work to restore salmon habitat, including repairing degraded habitat in rivers,  Continue Reading

San Juan County Seeks Proposals for an Affordable Housing Development on Lopez Island

Written on September 22, 2021 at 10:11 am, by

At their September 21, 2021 meeting the San Juan County Council officially released a Request for Proposals (RFP) to purchase 5 acres of land on Lopez Island for the development of affordable housing. San Juan County seeks an experienced developer to purchase the parcel located on Fisherman Bay Road just outside of Lopez Village. The  Continue Reading

EDC to offer free Tree Worker Basics Course on Orcas Island

Written on September 22, 2021 at 10:10 am, by

People who want to make a living working with trees or forests are invited to a free, hands-on, outdoor course offered by the Economic Development Council of San Juan County (EDC).  The course will be taught by Carson Sprenger, proprietor of Rain Shadow Consulting at their Orcas Island facilities, Saturdays Oct. 30th – Nov. 20th,  Continue Reading

San Juan Island National Historical Park Hit with Vandalism 

Written on September 21, 2021 at 9:59 am, by

Friday Harbor, WA – On September 4, 2021 unknown individuals damaged public lands and destroyed public property at the American Camp Unit of San Juan Island National Historical Park. The park needs your help to identify and apprehend these lawbreakers. Any tips will be treated as confidential. The damage to the park was extensive including  Continue Reading

First Street Pocket Park

Written on September 20, 2021 at 5:46 am, by

Construction will begin on Monday, September 20, 2021. Construction for the First Street Pocket Park at the corner of Court and First Streets (near the San Juan Island Grange and American Legion) is about to begin. Work will include demolition of existing sidewalk, upgrade of existing sewer service line, installation of a new fire hydrant  Continue Reading

Logic and Accuracy Test

Written on September 20, 2021 at 5:44 am, by

A “Logic and Accuracy” test of ballot tabulating equipment used in San Juan County for the November 2, General election is scheduled for September 28, at 11:00 am. The test works by tallying the results of a prepared set of test ballots to see if the results match the votes cast. The test will take  Continue Reading

Weekly Covid Case Update

Written on September 17, 2021 at 2:29 pm, by

Since the last update on Friday September 10th, there have been four new confirmed or probable cases in San Juan County. Current total case count is now 292. Of these four new cases, initial investigations indicate that two appear to have occurred in fully vaccinated individuals. There are approximately three unvaccinated close contacts of positive  Continue Reading

San Juan County Land Bank September 2021 Meeting & Agenda

Written on September 15, 2021 at 5:52 am, by

The San Juan County Land Bank Commission will hold its monthly meeting on September 17, from 8:30am-11:15am via Zoom. The public is invited to attend. Click HERE to download the agenda (includes ZOOM link) and meeting materials. To learn more about your Conservation Land Bank, visit sjclandbank.org. If you’re interested in volunteering and/or joining our  Continue Reading

Town Lodging Tax grant application deadline September 27th

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

The Town of Friday Harbor’s Lodging Tax Advisory Committee (LTAC) is accepting applications up until 4:30 pm Monday, September 27, 2021, for grants to fund tourism promotion of events and activities taking place within the town in 2022. Preference will be given to those operations and activities that encourage tourists to visit during the shoulder  Continue Reading

Elections FAQs

Written on September 14, 2021 at 6:38 pm, by

It’s that time again, Islanders! With the 2021 General Election just around the corner, and the heightened focus on our electoral process, your Elections Team wanted to take a moment to share some frequently asked questions: Q:  When will my ballot arrive? A:   Ballots are mailed about 20 days prior to the Election. If you  Continue Reading

Governor Appoints Former State Agency Director to Salmon Recovery Funding Board

Written on September 14, 2021 at 10:01 am, by

Olympia – Gov. Jay Inslee today announced the appointment of Kaleen Cottingham, a life-long Washington resident, to serve on the Salmon Recovery Funding Board. Cottingham, of Olympia, recently retired as the director of the Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office, which provides support to the Governor-appointed Salmon Recovery Funding Board and the Governor’s Salmon Recovery  Continue Reading

News from NPS

Written on September 13, 2021 at 9:41 am, by

Greetings! I am writing to keep you informed about the accessibility planning process at San Juan Island National Historical Park. Our Self-Evaluation Transition Plan is still available for comment until the end of September 2021 at this link. We also will be hosting an open house to explain the planning process and answer questions from  Continue Reading

EDC weekly Business Resilience Call resumes

Written on September 12, 2021 at 5:41 am, by

The EDC has resumed their weekly Business Resilience Call, as a means to bring legislators and business resilience experts together with local business owners, managers, and community leaders.  The first meeting this fall will be held online via Zoom, on Thursday, September 16th, 2021, from 9-10a.  Subsequent meetings will be held at the same time  Continue Reading

San Juan County Fire Districts Approve  Recreational Fires

Written on September 11, 2021 at 9:10 am, by

With changing weather conditions, as of Friday September 10, 2021, the San Juan County Fire Districts are allowing recreational fires including charcoal, wood burning, and recreational campfires. Permit Burning is still banned and not allowed until further notice. If you have a recreational fire, always remain present and have water available. When you are finished,  Continue Reading

Weekly Case Update

Written on September 11, 2021 at 8:25 am, by

Since the last update on Friday September 3rd, there have been twenty-two new confirmed cases in San Juan County. Current total case count is now 288. Of these twenty-two new cases, initial investigations indicate that eight appear to have occurred in fully vaccinated individuals. The number continue to show clearly that being vaccinated reduces the  Continue Reading