Topic: Government

Video Q&A With County Health Director Tompkins

Written on February 5, 2021 at 5:00 am, by

From San Juan County Watch a Q&A by San Juan Health and Community Services Director Mark Tompkins, below.   

County Updates Online Vaccine Registration System

Written on February 4, 2021 at 8:20 pm, by

From San Juan County As San Juan County Health & Community Services continues to provide vaccines to the islands (many other local providers are also now delivering vaccines!) the registration process has been frustrating for many. While those who can secure an appointment have had a smooth experience, those who have not are left wishing  Continue Reading

San Juan Health Department, Lopez Pharmacy Offer COVID Vaccine

Written on February 1, 2021 at 5:30 am, by

From San Juan County With the governor’s recent authorization to deliver vaccines to those in the Phase 1b Tier 1 eligibility group, the level of questions and concerns from the community has understandably increased.  This situation is inherently unsatisfying and challenging. There is no perfect approach to many of the decisions being made, and the  Continue Reading

County Says Most COVID Cases In Last Two Months From Travel, Hosting Guests

Written on February 1, 2021 at 5:00 am, by

From San Juan County Since the last update on Friday, Jan. 22, total cases in San Juan County have increased from 97 to 102. Three new cases are on San Juan Island, and two on Orcas. Approximately 53 individuals who are close contacts of positive cases are currently in quarantine. Orcas Island There are two  Continue Reading

New Radar Signs Measure Speeds From County To Town Roads

Written on January 31, 2021 at 5:30 am, by

From the Town of Friday Harbor Friday Harbor has installed five new electronic speed measuring signs at main entrances to town. Based on the success of the solar-powered speed reminders on Grover Street installed near Friday Harbor Elementary School, the new signs are to help remind drivers to slow down as they transition from county  Continue Reading

Charter Review Committee Meets Today

Written on January 28, 2021 at 4:30 am, by

From San Juan County The San Juan County Charter Review Committee will hold its next meeting at 4 p.m., today, Thursday, Jan. 28, online. The committee will consider amendments to the County Home Rule Charter. The meeting is expected to last about two hours. Join the Zoom meeting at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87303483778. Meeting ID: 873 0348 3778  Continue Reading

Public Hospital District Meets Today

Written on January 27, 2021 at 4:30 am, by

From San Juan County Public Hospital District No. 1 San Juan County Public Hospital District No. 1 will hold a meeting at 5:30 p.m., today, Wednesday, Jan. 27. The meeting will be held remotely due to COVID-19. Call 509-473-0276 and enter 637 502 786#. The draft agenda includes discussions on the integration of EMS and  Continue Reading

Join Business PPP and EIDL Webinars Online

Written on January 26, 2021 at 5:00 am, by

From San Juan County Economic Development Council The U.S. Small Business Administration and Small Business Development Centers have scheduled upcoming webinars on the new Paycheck Protection Program and Emergency Injury Disaster Loan programs. The PPP provides loans to help businesses keep their workforce employed during the Coronavirus crisis. The EIDL program is designed to provide  Continue Reading

Learn About Lopez Village Stormwater Project

Written on January 24, 2021 at 4:30 am, by

From San Juan County Join San Juan County’s Environmental Resources Division for the event “Community Virtual Gathering: Stormwater Projects in Lopez Village.” This virtual gathering will update the community on the long-awaited stormwater projects scheduled for 2021. These projects help improve water quality draining from the Village and entering Fisherman Bay. See the project plans  Continue Reading

County Updates Shoreline Master Program

Written on January 22, 2021 at 4:00 am, by

From San Juan County The San Juan County Council adopted the Shoreline Master Program periodic review with Ordinance 08-2020 on Oct. 27, 2020. Ordinance 08-2020 is effective 14 days after the Washington State Department of Ecology approves the proposed amendments. They approved the proposed amendments on Jan. 19, 2021, so the ordinance will be effective  Continue Reading

County Explains Expanded Eligibility for COVID-19 Vaccine

Written on January 18, 2021 at 8:18 pm, by

From San Juan County On Monday, Jan. 18, Governor Inslee and the Washington State Department of Health have opened vaccine eligibility to Phase 1b Tier 1. San Juan County will begin delivering Phase 1b Tier 1 immunization on Wednesday, Jan. 20. Q: Who is Eligible for 1b – Tier 1? Anyone over the age of  Continue Reading

No New Vacation Rental Permits Until July

Written on January 15, 2021 at 6:52 am, by

By Hayley Day, San Juan Update The San Juan County Council approved a six-month moratorium on vacation rental permits from Jan. 13 through July 13. The resolution states that “while this moratorium is in effect, no new applications for a vacation rental permit shall be accepted as complete by any county department, and no currently  Continue Reading

EDC Hosts Paycheck Protection Program Webinar

Written on January 12, 2021 at 5:00 am, by

From San Juan County Economic Development Council On Thursday, Jan. 14, the San Juan County Economic Development Council will host a Zoom webinar on the upcoming Paycheck Protection Program, or PPP, loan application process. The event will be presented by Janie Sacco and Steve Burke from the Washington Small Business Development Center from 2-3:30 p.m.  Continue Reading

County Council To Review Vacation Rental Moratorium on January 12

Written on January 11, 2021 at 8:44 pm, by

By Hayley Day, San Juan Update At the Tuesday, Jan. 12 San Juan County Council meeting, councilmembers will discuss a moratorium on vacation rental permit applications. The agenda for the meeting also states that the council may take action. Councilmembers will also review the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine; approve a resolution for their state  Continue Reading

San Juan County Vaccine Q&A

Written on January 8, 2021 at 4:30 am, by

Who Is Eligible Now, Who Is Next In Line and Where Can You Get Vaccinated? From San Juan County This week, Washington State Governor Jay Inslee released details on a new two-phase plan for the limited reopening of some businesses and a return of some activities. The details are found here.  All counties begin in  Continue Reading

Apply For Lottery To Build Detached Guest Houses

Written on January 7, 2021 at 4:30 am, by

From San Juan County Community Development is now accepting Accessory Dwelling Unit eligibility applications. Applications are due Feb. 8. The drawing will be held on March 1. ADUs, commonly called guest houses, are defined in the San Juan County Code as:    “Accessory dwelling unit (ADU) means a living area that is accessory to the  Continue Reading

Town To Flush Fire Hydrants

Written on January 5, 2021 at 5:30 am, by

From Town Of Friday Harbor The Town of Friday Harbor will be flushing fire hydrants from Thursday, Jan. 7 through Friday, Jan. 8. Homes and businesses nearby may be affected with brief water discoloration, cloudiness or slight pressure fluctuations. The town crew will do everything in their power to keep these conditions to a minimum.  Continue Reading

CARES Act Supports San Juan Islands Arts

Written on January 5, 2021 at 4:30 am, by

By Diane Martindale, ArtsWA Commissioner From San Juan County  The CARES Act funding brings much-needed assistance to the state’s cultural sector and San Juan County organizations. Nearly 390 nonprofit arts and culture organizations serving 32 Washington counties received funding in recent rounds of CARES Act funding in Washington state. The state’s creative economy supports more  Continue Reading

Join A San Juan County Board

Written on January 3, 2021 at 4:30 am, by

Openings with Ag Resources, Libraries, Fair and More From San Juan County The San 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 at http://sanjuanco.com/641/Board-Committee-Vacancies. Persons interested in serving on a board or advisory committee should fill out  Continue Reading

County Council To Hold Virtual Retreat

Written on January 2, 2021 at 5:00 am, by

By Hayley Day, San Juan Update The San Juan County Council will hold their virtual retreat at 9 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 5. View the agenda and watch the live stream here. According to the agenda, “the January retreat is intended to accomplish several tasks necessary to establish structure and function and to complete a high-level  Continue Reading

One New COVID Case On Orcas

Written on January 1, 2021 at 4:30 am, by

From San Juan County Since the last update on Friday, Dec. 25, the total cases in San Juan County have increased from 78 to 79. The new case is on Orcas Island. Current positive case numbers are available online at the San Juan County Case Count page. As indicated on that page, these numbers are  Continue Reading

County Planning Commission To Review Land Use

Written on December 30, 2020 at 5:00 am, by

By San Juan County The San Juan County Planning Commission will have an online meeting at 8:30 a.m., Friday, Jan. 15. Learn how to join the meeting here. You can join on your computer or mobile app by clicking here. Use the phone number 360-726-3293 and conference ID 613 618 865#. The meeting will also  Continue Reading