Topic: Government

Larsen Votes to Override Trump’s Veto On Military Act

Written on December 29, 2020 at 5:00 am, by

By Rick Larsen’s Office On Dec. 28, Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-02) voted to override President Trump’s veto of the annual National Defense Authorization Act. Larsen, a senior member of the House Armed Services Committee, voted by proxy after testing positive for the COVID-19 virus last week. “I voted to override the president’s veto to support  Continue Reading

Councilwomen To Be Sworn In Tuesday

Written on December 28, 2020 at 6:50 pm, by

Two new San Juan County Councilwomen will be sworn in at 11 a.m., Tuesday, Dec. 29. Christine Minney and Cindy Wolf will both take the oath in person with San Juan County Superior Court Judge Katheryn Loring. However, guests must view the ceremony virtually thanks to COVID-19 restrictions. Wolf shared instructions to join, below. Join  Continue Reading

State Provides Pandemic Unemployment Assistance

Written on December 28, 2020 at 5:00 am, by

By Governor Inslee’s Office On Dec. 27, Gov. Jay Inslee announced the state will provide funding for almost 100,000 Washingtonians who will lose federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance benefits following President Trump’s refusal to act on the federal coronavirus relief package. The president had until midnight on Dec. 26 to sign the sweeping relief bill to  Continue Reading

New COVID Cases on San Juan Island

Written on December 27, 2020 at 9:53 am, by

By San Juan County Since the last update on Friday, Dec. 18, the total cases in San Juan County have increased from 75 to 78. All of the three new cases are on San Juan Island. Current positive case numbers are available online at the county case count page. As indicated on that page, these  Continue Reading

Recycle Christmas Trees In Town

Written on December 26, 2020 at 5:00 am, by

By Town of Friday Harbor The Town of Friday Harbor will collect Christmas trees for residents inside town limits on Friday, Jan. 8, 2021.  Trees must be placed at the curb no later than 9 a.m. and must be separate from other unbundled trash and woody waste.  To ensure the success of the tree recycling  Continue Reading

County Finds Lax COVID Safety On Job Sites

Written on December 26, 2020 at 4:30 am, by

By San Juan County Recent San Juan County COVID-19 case investigations have revealed a trend of lax COVID safety protocols on various construction and building sites across the islands. As in any workplace, consistent masking is a critical tool for preventing disease transmission. Work done alone or outside with greater than six feet of separation  Continue Reading

Congressman Rick Larsen Tests Positive for COVID-19

Written on December 24, 2020 at 8:14 pm, by

In his post on Facebook on Wednesday, December 23rd, Washington State Congressman Rick Larsen has said that he received a positive test result for COVID-19. Here’s what he said: Yesterday, I received a positive test result for the COVID-19 virus. I am quarantining in accordance with CDC guidelines and am not experiencing any symptoms. I  Continue Reading

Moderna COVID Vaccine Arrives to San Juans

Written on December 24, 2020 at 2:30 pm, by

High-risk Health Workers, First Responders First In Line By San Juan County San Juan County Department of Health and Community Services has just received a shipment of 600 doses of the recently approved Moderna COVID-19 vaccine from the Washington State Department of Health. Department staff is actively completing the recently released vaccine-specific training, and these  Continue Reading

Library Plans Move to Former Life Care Site

Written on December 24, 2020 at 5:30 am, by

By San Juan Island Library The San Juan Island Library District has completed the purchase of 660 Spring St. in Friday Harbor for the future library building site. The site is the location of the former Life Care Center. The district considered alternative locations for a library for several years given the limitations of the  Continue Reading

Inslee Announces Eviction Moratorium Extension

Written on December 24, 2020 at 4:30 am, by

By Governor Inslee’s Office On Dec. 23, Gov. Jay Inslee announced he will extend the eviction moratorium to March 31, 2021. The current eviction moratorium was set to expire on Dec. 31. “COVID-19 has had a significant financial impact on Washingtonians over the last nine months,” Inslee said. “I know this moratorium has been critical  Continue Reading

Larsen Votes For Pandemic Relief

Written on December 22, 2020 at 4:30 am, by

By Rep. Rick Larsen’s Office On Dec. 21, Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-02) voted to deliver much-needed relief to families and small businesses in Northwest Washington who continue to struggle from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. “With a third wave of COVID-19 spreading across the country, this long-overdue pandemic relief package addresses the continued public  Continue Reading

Local Nonprofit Hospice Won’t Be Sold to For-Profit

Written on December 18, 2020 at 8:44 pm, by

By Skagit Regional Health and United General District 304 Board members of Skagit County Public Hospital District No. 1 (Skagit Regional Health) and Public Hospital District No. 304 (United General District 304) each voted on Friday, Dec. 18 to discontinue further consideration of a potential purchase agreement for Hospice of the Northwest. The two public  Continue Reading

Make Changes to County Maps, Polices

Written on December 18, 2020 at 4:30 am, by

By San Juan County The deadline for proposed amendments to the San Juan County Comprehensive Plan and Unified Development Code is 4:30 p.m. March 1, 2021.   The “Annual Docket of Comprehensive Plan Amendments” or “Docket” process allows interested persons, citizens, hearing examiners, and staff of other agencies to request amendments to the San Juan  Continue Reading

Port Holds Online Meeting On Proposed Marine Technical Center

Written on December 15, 2020 at 6:28 pm, by

By Port of Friday Harbor A special Port of Friday Harbor meeting will be held at noon, Wednesday, Dec. 16 via Zoom. Visit https://www.portfridayharbor.org/december-16-2020-special-meeting-documents/ for instructions on how to log into the meeting. The Port of Friday Harbor has completed a conceptual design for a 15,000 sq. ft. Marine Technical Center and Island Oil Spill  Continue Reading

Orcas Recount Results Match Original Count

Written on December 14, 2020 at 5:00 am, by

By San Juan County A recount of votes cast for governor in San Juan County’s Orcas East precinct matched exactly the original vote count in the race. The recount, which had been requested by a representative of a political party, was conducted Thursday by two teams of election workers.  The teams included Republican and Democratic  Continue Reading

Five New COVID Cases In San Juans

Written on December 13, 2020 at 5:00 am, by

By San Juan County Since the last update on Friday, Dec. 4, the total cases in San Juan County have increased from 66 to 71. One of these new cases is on Orcas Island, and four are on San Juan Island. Current positive case numbers are available online at the San Juan County Case count  Continue Reading

Orcas Recount Starts December 10

Written on December 10, 2020 at 4:30 am, by

By San Juan County San Juan County Elections will be conducting a recount of the votes cast in Precinct 25, Orcas East, for the Office of Governor. The recount was requested by a representative of a political party.   The San Juan County Canvassing Board has scheduled the recount to begin at 9 a.m., Thursday,  Continue Reading

How Has The Pandemic Affected County Jobs?

Written on December 8, 2020 at 5:00 am, by

By Minnie Knych, NW Workforce Career Center In San Juan County, by far most businesses are seasonal and thrive during the summer but start to lay off employees in the fall. With the COVID-19 shutdown, the summer season has been difficult for the tourism industry everywhere, but especially here in San Juan County. Since March,  Continue Reading

Join A San Juan County Board

Written on December 8, 2020 at 4:30 am, by

By 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 an Advisory Committee Application or contact the  Continue Reading

Preservation Trust Acquires Reef Island

Written on December 7, 2020 at 5:30 am, by

Island Near Deer Harbor Now Permanently Conserved By San Juan Preservation Trust Earlier this fall, the San Juan Preservation Trust received a $4 million donation that enabled the Preservation Trust to purchase Reef Island, which lies just outside of Deer Harbor near Orcas Island’s Spring Point. The donor who made the acquisition possible is Malcolm  Continue Reading

COVID-19 Protocols In The Workplace

Written on December 7, 2020 at 5:00 am, by

Public and Nonpublic Employees Must Wear Masks By San Juan County As cases rise, it is worth taking another look at what employers and employees can do to protect themselves and their businesses from COVID-19 impacts. The basics are nothing new: cover our faces, wash our hands, stay home when sick. That said, it is  Continue Reading

Join Zoom Meeting With State Rep Ramel

Written on December 6, 2020 at 5:00 am, by

By EDC The San Juan County EDC will host a listening session with State Representative Alex Ramel (WA-4o) from 5-6 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 10. The event will be held via Zoom and pre-registration is required. Representative Ramel hopes to hear from you about the challenges you’re facing throughout fall and winter, what successes you had  Continue Reading