Topic: Government

Council To Hold Vacation Rental Moratorium Public Hearing Tuesday

Written on February 22, 2021 at 5:00 am, by

By Hayley Day, San Juan Update At 9:15 a.m., Tuesday, Feb. 23, the San Juan County Council is scheduled to hold a public hearing on its vacation rental permit application moratorium. The council approved a six-month moratorium on vacation rental permit applications from Jan. 13 through July 13. The resolution states that “while this moratorium  Continue Reading

County Asks Those Not Eligible For COVID Vaccines Not To Schedule Appointments

Written on February 21, 2021 at 4:30 am, by

From San Juan County Though the number of vaccine doses available is slowly increasing, it is still important that our community members do all they can to follow vaccine eligibility guidance. While the system isn’t perfect, it is a necessary tool that helps ensure those who are highest at risk receive the vaccine first. While  Continue Reading

Virtual Forum On Islands Schools’ COVID Response

Written on February 18, 2021 at 5:30 am, by

From San Juan Islands Community Network At 7 p.m., Feb. 23, San Juan Islands Community Network will host its second virtual forum exploring how our islands’ schools are responding to the health and educational challenges posed by COVID-19. Islanders can register for free at SJICN’s website: www.sjicn.org. Featured forum panelists will include: Amber Paulson, Director  Continue Reading

San Juan County Land Bank Meeting Friday

Written on February 17, 2021 at 5:00 am, by

From San Juan Land Bank The San Juan County Land Bank Commission will hold its monthly meeting from 8:30-11:30 a.m., Friday, Feb. 19 via Zoom. The public is invited to attend. Click here to download the agenda, including the ZOOM link and meeting materials. To learn more about your Conservation Land Bank, visit sjclandbank.org. If  Continue Reading

Islands’ Oil Spill Association Welcomes New Director

Written on February 15, 2021 at 5:30 am, by

From Islands’ Oil Spill Association Tony Parkin has been hired as the new executive director of the Islands’ Oil Spill Association. Hailing from the UK, Tony used his degree in Geology and Oceanography to launch an international career in marine science, remote-sensing, and over the past 30 years, oil spill response and planning. Tony and  Continue Reading

Two New COVID cases On Lopez, One On Orcas

Written on February 12, 2021 at 10:00 pm, by

From San Juan County Since the last update on Friday, Feb. 8, the total cases in San Juan County have increased from 123 to 126. Two of these new cases are on Lopez Island and the third is on Orcas Island.     Approximately 43 close contacts of positive cases are currently in active quarantine. Orcas  Continue Reading

San Juans Move To Phase 2 Of State Reopening Plan

Written on February 12, 2021 at 7:16 am, by

Restaurants, Gyms Open at 25% Capacity On Feb. 14 From Washington State Gov. Jay Inslee’s Office Gov. Jay Inslee announced Feb. 11 five new regions have met the metric requirements to progress to Phase 2 of the Healthy Washington reopening plan, starting this weekend. The West and Puget Sound regions have maintained their metric requirements  Continue Reading

COVID Vaccine Appointments Open February 10

Written on February 9, 2021 at 3:47 pm, by

From San Juan County In the good news department, a joint effort between San Juan County, the Washington National Guard, and the Washington Department of Health is planning to deliver 1,900 first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine from Feb. 15–19. The team will return 28 days later to deliver the second dose. Registration for these  Continue Reading

San Juans Has 12 New COVID Cases

Written on February 8, 2021 at 6:51 pm, by

From San Juan County Given the recent spike in cases, this update is being provided ahead of the standard reporting schedule. The regular report will be released on Friday, Feb. 12 as usual. Since the last update on Friday, Feb. 5, total cases in San Juan County have increased from 111 to 123. Four new  Continue Reading

Update: COVID Vaccine Appointments Not Available This Week

Written on February 8, 2021 at 8:16 am, by

From San Juan County San Juan County Health and Community Services has received confirmation that San Juan County will not receive the first doses for the COVID-19 vaccine this week. This is due to a state-wide disruption to the supply chain. Reservations will NOT be available at 9 a.m., today, Feb. 8.  Read the first  Continue Reading

Town Adds Fire Annexation To April Ballot

Written on February 7, 2021 at 5:30 am, by

From the Town of Friday Harbor On Feb. 4, the Friday Harbor Town Council adopted an ordinance sending the proposition of town annexation into San Juan Island Fire District 3 to its voters on April 27. Currently, all properties on San Juan Island are part of District 3 with the exception of those in town.  Continue Reading

County Asks Residents To Not Travel, Host To Protect From COVID

Written on February 6, 2021 at 4:30 am, by

From San Juan County As was seen in the islands over the holidays and throughout this crisis, island residents traveling off-island or hosting guests from off-island is far and away from the most likely source of COVID transmission in San Juan County. As most are aware, several new variants of COVID are spreading rapidly across  Continue Reading

Update: COVID Vaccine Appointments Not Available This Week

Written on February 5, 2021 at 9:56 pm, by

Update: San Juan County Health and Community Services has received confirmation that San Juan County will not receive the first doses this week. This is due to a state-wide disruption to the supply chain. Reservations will NOT be available at 9 a.m., today, Feb. 8.  From San Juan County The Washington State Department of Health  Continue Reading

Nine New COVID Cases In San Juans

Written on February 5, 2021 at 9:47 pm, by

From San Juan County Since the last update on Friday, Jan. 29, total cases in San Juan County have increased from 102 to 111. Three new cases are on Lopez Island, four on Orcas, and two on San Juan Island. Approximately 44 close contacts of positive cases are currently in active quarantine. Orcas Island There  Continue Reading

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