Topic: Government

San Juan County Council Preliminary Election Results

Written on November 3, 2020 at 8:16 pm, by

By Hayley Day Preliminary results for the local 2020 General Election are in as of 8 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 3. Christine Minney is in the lead for San Juan Council Residency District 1 with 51.34 percent of the vote. Cindy Wolf is in the lead for San Juan Council Residency District 2 with 53.09 percent  Continue Reading

Contact Tracing Finds Another COVID-19 Case On Orcas

Written on November 2, 2020 at 7:30 pm, by

By San Juan County One new positive COVID-19 test result has been reported in San Juan County, for an Orcas Island resident. This is the 37th case reported in San Juan County. Based on comprehensive interviews, it appears there is a connection between this test result and a previously confirmed case. Testing and monitoring are  Continue Reading

Letters for the November Election

Written on November 2, 2020 at 4:00 am, by

You can see letters from individuals at the links below. As more letters come in, this list will be updated so be sure to check back. Letters are posted in the order received in support of: Ryan Palmateer Winnie Adams and Bob Gamble Steve Ulvi and Lynette Roberts Christopher Minney Cindy Wolf Winnie Adams and  Continue Reading

How Sick Is Too Sick To Leave Home?

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

By San Juan County As we head into winter, sore throats, stuffy noses and fevers become far more common. This year, the risk of COVID heightens our awareness and concern. We’ve always been asked to stay home when sick, but what does that mean?

San Juan Hospital District Updates

Written on October 30, 2020 at 4:30 am, by

New Grant, Response Committee, COVID-19 Restrictions, Volunteer Resignations By San Juan County Public Hospital District 1 The San Juan Community Based Long Term Care Network was recently awarded a one-year $100,000 grant from the Federal Health Resources and Services Rural Network Planning Grant Program in October of 2020. The district was passed over for this  Continue Reading

Contact Of Orcas COVID-19 Case Tests Positive

Written on October 28, 2020 at 7:41 pm, by

By San Juan County One new positive COVID-19 test result has been reported in San Juan County, for an Orcas Island resident who is a close household contact of the Orcas resident reported as positive on Oct. 26. This is the 36th case reported in San Juan County. Given the close household proximity of the  Continue Reading

Online Port of Friday Harbor Meeting At Noon

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

The Port of Friday Harbor will host an online meeting at noon, today, Wednesday, Oct. 28 on Zoom. View the agenda and how to log into the meeting here. Commissioners will discuss possibly raising fees at Shipyard Cove over time. They will also discuss lease agreements with Saltwater Farm and Island Air, and possibly approve  Continue Reading

Today’s Online Hospital District Meeting

Written on October 28, 2020 at 4:00 am, by

The next San Juan County Public Hospital District No. 1 regular board meeting is at 5:30 p.m., today, Wednesday, Oct. 28. This meeting is fully online due to COVID-19, and members of the public may join by dialing 509-473-0276 and entering 279 885 068#. Note that the phone number has changed from previous board meetings.  Continue Reading

Two New COVID-19 Cases in San Juans

Written on October 26, 2020 at 6:13 am, by

By San Juan County Two new positive COVID-19 test results have been reported in San Juan County; one for an Orcas Island resident, and one for a resident of San Juan Island. Both cases appear to have come from off-island contact with infected individuals. These are the 34th and 35th cases in San Juan County.  Continue Reading

Food Bank Receives Town Utility Donations

Written on October 25, 2020 at 5:30 am, by

Town of Friday Harbor to Double Regular Match By Town of Friday Harbor All donations made in November to the Town of Friday Harbor’s Life Ring utility assistance fund will be forwarded to the Friday Harbor Food Bank. The town will match community donations up to a total of $2,000. This is twice the match  Continue Reading

How To Submit County Forms, Payments

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

By San Juan County The most efficient way to submit building applications to San Juan County is online at You can also use the dropbox at the entrance to the courthouse to submit forms and payments for burn permits, land use, building, right of way, water availability, birth and death certificates, and septic designs  Continue Reading

Rep. Larsen Visits San Juans On Oct. 23

Written on October 22, 2020 at 7:04 pm, by

Larsen to Meet with Marine Resource Committee, Friends of the San Juans, County Transportation Staff, Port Leaders By Rep. Rick Larsen’s Office On Friday, Oct. 23, Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-02) will meet with the San Juan County Marine Resources Committee at Cattle Point to discuss the MRC’s efforts to reduce vessel traffic on endangered Southern  Continue Reading

Town Continues Business Rent Relief Grants

Written on October 17, 2020 at 5:30 am, by

By Town of Friday Harbor Friday Harbor business owners are once again encouraged to apply to the Town of Friday Harbor for assistance with business rent and mortgage payments to be awarded through the Friday Harbor Business Rent Relief Grant II Program. Grant awards of $500 to $2,000 per business will be funded with monies  Continue Reading

Part-time, Outer Islander Contracts COVID

Written on October 14, 2020 at 6:23 pm, by

By San Juan County Government One new positive COVID-19 case has been attributed to San Juan County, which brings the total number of cases in San Juan County to date to 33. This new case was reported in a part-time resident of a non-ferry served island. The initial case investigation is complete. No close contacts  Continue Reading

Governor Loosens Limits on Indoor Dining

Written on October 14, 2020 at 5:45 am, by

By Barbara Marrett, San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau As many local restaurants are losing their outside seating options due to inclement weather, they received good news from Governor Jay Inslee’s office last week. Table occupancy has been expanded from allowing five individuals from the same household per table, to six individuals per table who may  Continue Reading

OPALCO Questions San Juan County Council Candidates

Written on October 14, 2020 at 5:30 am, by

With the energy world changing dramatically, OPALCO leadership invited San Juan County Council candidates to state their positions on key issues affecting the co-op members. Climate change, carbon legislation and the transition to renewable power are all affecting energy for the region. OPALCO has a plan to meet these new challenges but OPALCO will need  Continue Reading

League of Women Voters Recorded Candidate Forums

Written on October 12, 2020 at 5:00 am, by

Watch recordings of online forums featuring candidates that will be on San Juan County ballots this November. Below are links to the recordings of the League of Women Voters of the San Juans forums held from Oct. 6-8. To view the recordings, click each link, register and enter each forum’s unique passcode.

San Juan County Council Candidates Q&A

Written on October 11, 2020 at 5:00 am, by

Priorities Differ on Governance, Economy, Environment   Four San Juan County Council candidates set themselves apart by offering different experiences, visions and priorities to voters in their responses to a new candidate questionnaire. Community Rights San Juan Islands, Friends of the San Juans and the Madrona Institute put together a list of six questions for  Continue Reading

Remaining San Juan Property Taxes Due Nov 2

Written on October 10, 2020 at 5:00 am, by

San Juan County Treasurer Rhonda Pederson would like to remind taxpayers that the second installment of property taxes will be due Monday, Nov. 2, 2020. Typically, the second installment is due Oct. 31. However, because the statutory due date falls over the weekend, payments will be considered timely if postmarked or dropped off by Nov.  Continue Reading

County Halts Lodging Tax Funding Proposals

Written on October 9, 2020 at 5:15 am, by

The San Juan County Lodging Tax Committee is not requesting lodging tax funding proposals this year. The pandemic has severely reduced lodging tax revenue, and funds are not sufficient for new tourism-related projects in the coming year. However, available funds will be distributed to the recurring entities: theaters, museums and San Juan County parks. Also,  Continue Reading

Dental Therapy on the Swinomish Reservation

Written on October 8, 2020 at 5:30 am, by

Asiah Gonzalez, a dental therapist, shares her views on the advantages of dental therapy. Growing up on the Swinomish reservation, I never imagined that I could have a career in medicine. I tried hard in school, but I never saw dentists or doctors who looked like the people I grew up with. That all changed  Continue Reading

San Juan County Business Grant Extended

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

San Juan County has extended its Small Business Relief Grant program that launched on Sept. 1, 2020, to assist for-profit businesses impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak, and opened eligibility to more organizations. Awards will range up to $5,000 for eligible San Juan County businesses to help them to remain open, retain jobs, and comply with  Continue Reading