Topic: Government

Long Term Care Solutions Committee

Written on September 7, 2021 at 9:12 am, by

Residents of San Juan Island have an incredible opportunity to create a unique package of choices for our parents, grandparents — and ourselves, as we age— by voting for the proposed levy lid lift for the Public Hospital District. The centerpiece of this package would be two-fold: greatly expanded care-at-home services, including chore services, assistance  Continue Reading

Vacancies on Historic Preservation Review Board

Written on September 4, 2021 at 9:30 am, by

Change is inevitable. But some things are worth preserving because they tell a story. Our story. The Town of Friday Harbor is looking for islanders who appreciate Friday Harbor’s history and historic sites, who value Friday Harbor’s unique sense of place, and who enjoy architecture and public service. The Historic Preservation Review Board (HPRB) currently  Continue Reading

Weekly Covid Case Update

Written on August 27, 2021 at 4:31 pm, by

Important Note: A total of 17 previous cases have been removed from the list of confirmed cases in San Juan County. These are cases that occurred after June 1, 2021 and were first identified by a positive over-the-counter COVID test result, but were not confirmed in a subsequent PCR lab test. This adjustment brings San  Continue Reading

San Juan County Charter Amendment Discussion

Written on August 23, 2021 at 5:36 am, by

Did you know that out of 39 counties in the state of Washington, only 7 have a Home Rule Charter including San Juan County? 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  Continue Reading

Weekly Case Update

Written on August 22, 2021 at 8:46 pm, by

Weekly Case Update – Friday, Aug 20, 2021 Note: Current positive case numbers are available online at the County Case Data Dashboard. Since the last update on Friday August 8th, total cases in San Juan County have increased from 237 to 264. Of these twenty-seven new cases, initial investigations indicate that at least seven appear  Continue Reading

County to Host COVID Vaccine Clinics Next Week

Written on August 18, 2021 at 5:39 am, by

As COVID case numbers continue their dramatic increase in the islands and beyond, there is an upcoming easy no-cost opportunity for those not yet vaccinated to get their shots. San Juan County Health & Community Services will be hosting Pfizer vaccine clinics on Lopez, Orcas, and San Juan Islands. Any unvaccinated individual age 12 or  Continue Reading

Town Administrator Duncan Wilson Receives WCMA 2021 Excellence Award

Written on August 17, 2021 at 5:52 am, by

The Town is pleased to announce that Town Administrator Duncan Wilson was presented the 2021 Excellence Award from the Washington City Management Association (WCMA). This annual award recognizes the outstanding administrator or manager who has enhanced the effectiveness of local elected officials and consistently initiated creative and successful programs. The award was presented August 12,  Continue Reading

Weekly Case Update

Written on August 14, 2021 at 5:46 am, by

Note: Current positive case numbers are available online at the County Case Data Dashboard. Since the last update on Thursday August 5th, total cases in San Juan County have increased from 213 to 237. Of these 24 new cases, nine appear to have occurred in fully vaccinated individuals- a number that is expected given the  Continue Reading

County expected to be impacted by wildfire smoke through the weekend

Written on August 14, 2021 at 5:41 am, by

Wildfire smoke from fires in British Columbia and Eastern Washington has settled over the County and is expected to be here through the weekend.   Limit your time and activity level outdoors to limit your exposure to harmful particulate matter.  Some air quality monitors in the County are currently detecting levels that are both unhealthy,  Continue Reading

Brushfire at Mount Grant Preserve Averted

Written on August 13, 2021 at 10:15 am, by

This story is shared with you from the SJC Land Bank… Wednesday afternoon, August 11, 2021, San Juan Island Fire & Rescue responded to an isolated brush fire adjacent to the Land Bank’s Mount Grant Preserve. The fire charred approximately one quarter acre of grass and brush before being extinguished. After visiting the site, Land  Continue Reading

San Juan County Health Officer Reinstates Masking Requirements

Written on August 13, 2021 at 10:15 am, by

As per a recent Health Officer order, all customers entering businesses in San Juan County will be required to mask up beginning at 5pm on Friday August 13th. San Juan County Health Officer Dr. Frank James highlights his thinking, “First off, I want to say that I truly hoped that vaccination rates in our nation  Continue Reading

HOT TOPIC #54: August 12, 2021

Written on August 13, 2021 at 10:15 am, by

COVID-19 updates from San Juan County around subjects on the minds of islanders Surging Cases: The Islands’ New Reality Fourteen new COVID cases were reported in San Juan County on August 10th. While 11 of these cases were tied to two household clusters, this is still an alarming number. The number of hospital beds devoted  Continue Reading

Help Wanted

Written on August 12, 2021 at 5:45 am, by

Change is inevitable, but some things are worth preserving because they tell a story, our story. The Town of Friday Harbor is looking for an islander who appreciates Friday Harbor’s history and historic sites, values Friday Harbor’s unique sense of place, has experience and skills related to preservation, and who enjoys public service. Five citizen  Continue Reading

Auditor Warns of Incorrect Letters regarding Personalized License Plates

Written on August 11, 2021 at 8:32 am, by

County Auditor Milene Henley is warning San Juan County residents about letters incorrectly generated on August 4 by the Washington State Department of Licensing.  The letters tell vehicle owners that their personalized plates have been cancelled.  The Department of Licensing sent out “thousands” of these letters in error.  They went only to vehicle owners who  Continue Reading

Port Commission Meeting

Written on August 11, 2021 at 5:45 am, by

San Juan Island Yacht Club Wednesday August 11, 2021 at 12:00 PM Regular Meeting Agenda With Covid-19 restrictions lifted, the public is now able to attend the meeting in person. You may also dial into the meeting via the link listed below. Please note that if you are attending via the link, it will be  Continue Reading

San Juan Island EMS Signs Agreement with Fire District Regarding Integration

Written on August 8, 2021 at 5:58 am, by

The hospital district is happy to announce that it has reached agreement with San Juan Island Fire and Rescue to take over Emergency Medical Services on our behalf in 2023, pending voter approval. “It’s been a long process, but we’re ready to support the Fire District taking this to the public,” said hospital district commissioner  Continue Reading

Doe Bay Water Users Association Joins Forces with Eastsound Water to Operate and Maintain the Doe Bay Water System in 2022

Written on August 8, 2021 at 5:45 am, by

On August 6, 2021, Eastsound Water Users Association (EWUA) and the Doe Bay Water Users Association (DBWUA) signed an agreement to work in partnership to manage the Doe Bay Water system. Eastsound Water will take over operations in Q2 of 2022 and perform all daily tasks including testing, monitoring and maintaining the Doe Bay Water  Continue Reading

Zylstra Lake Preserve Closed for Maintenance

Written on August 6, 2021 at 5:49 am, by

Please excuse our dust while your Conservation Land Bank completes maintenance on the Zylstra Lake Preserve dam. Friday, August 5th, the Preserve will be closed to public access to complete a siphon installation.

County Covid-19 Update

Written on August 6, 2021 at 5:43 am, by

Orcas Case Cluster Update San Juan County has been aggressively investigating a recent COVID outbreak on Orcas Island. Since the source case was identified, San Juan County has identified nine additional linked positive cases. Of the ten outbreak cases, five are confirmed to be unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated, one’s vaccination status is unknown and  Continue Reading

Health & Community Services Office Closed Friday

Written on August 5, 2021 at 5:36 am, by

San Juan County Health & Community Services staff will be unavailable on Friday August 6th, as we will be attending an All Staff Meeting. Staff will be available again on Monday August 9th. The Department drop box outside the Courthouse is available for document drop-off. Thank you for your understanding.

Covid Case Cluster Investigation Underway

Written on August 4, 2021 at 5:39 am, by

Since Friday’s Weekly Case Update, San Juan County has confirmed four new positive COVID-19 cases. This brings the total number of cases in San Juan County to 201. Three of these new cases are on Orcas Island. San Juan County is currently investigating this case cluster to determine the source and scope of disease transmission.  Continue Reading

Auditor Seeks “Con” Writers for Voters’ Pamphlet Statements

Written on August 4, 2021 at 5:38 am, by

The San Juan County Auditor is seeking volunteers to write opposing arguments to ballot measures in the November 2021 General Election.  The arguments will be published in print and online versions of the Voters’ Pamphlet. Lopez Solid Waste Disposal District is proposing a tax levy of $.081201 cents per $1,000 assessed value to generate $105,000  Continue Reading