Topic: Safety

Now Open – Killebrew Lake Road

Written on December 2, 2021 at 12:21 am, by

UPDATE – Killebrew Lake Road on Orcas Island is now open. Public Works completed their assessment Thursday morning and have determined that the road is safe to open. Laporte Road remains closed just past the intersection with John Jones Road.

Laporte Road on Orcas Island Closed

Written on November 29, 2021 at 3:59 pm, by

A blocked culvert has created a dangerous situation on Laporte Road on Orcas Island. A large amount of water has built up on the uphill side of the road, and the roadway is in danger of failure, in particular with more rain in the forecast. The closure is on Laporte Road, just up from the  Continue Reading

San Juan EMS to Remain Under the Jurisdiction of San Juan County Public Hospital District No. 1

Written on November 26, 2021 at 5:45 am, by

On November 2, 2021, residents voted for San Juan Island EMS to remain under the jurisdiction of San Juan County Public Hospital District No. 1. The District will seek to renew its San Juan Island EMS levy in the upcoming February 8, 2022, election. Currently, San Juan Island EMS is at the end of a  Continue Reading

Disaster Cash Assistance Program

Written on November 26, 2021 at 5:34 am, by

The following was shared with you by Northwest Workforce Council… The Department of Social and Health Services has activated the Disaster Cash Assistance Program, or DCAP, to serve people affected by severe weather events. Households impacted by floods, landslides, mudslides and other hazardous events in the 14 counties included in Governor Inslee’s November 15, 2021,  Continue Reading

Prepare Your Property for the Next Big Rain Event

Written on November 24, 2021 at 5:47 am, by

The massive rain event last week caused a wide range of impacts in the county and caught many islanders off-guard. The severe weather was caused by an atmospheric river: a long, narrow band of water vapor that often is released as rain or snow when it makes landfall. While the scope and damage may be  Continue Reading

San Juan EMS Hosts a Traditional “Push-In” Ceremony

Written on November 23, 2021 at 5:45 am, by

On November 10th, 2021, San Juan Island Emergency Medical Services celebrated the addition of a new ambulance to their fleet by hosting a push-in ceremony. Members of the public, press, and Hospital District Board were invited to assist EMS employees and volunteers in a traditional “push-in” ceremony and celebrate the benefits the new ambulance will  Continue Reading

Quick Update on Point Lawrence Road Repairs

Written on November 22, 2021 at 9:30 pm, by

This is from the SJC Dept. of Emergency Management… Things are looking good for a potential opening tomorrow (Tuesday – knock on wood). Public Works is awaiting delivery of barriers for the road edge that are due to arrive on the 5:30am ferry on Tuesday from Anacortes. Once those are placed and final site work  Continue Reading

Updated Salish Sea Vessel Traffic Projections Released

Written on November 18, 2021 at 5:54 am, by

San Juan County, WA, USA. – The recently updated Salish Sea Vessel Traffic Projections (PDF – Nov. 2021) provided by Friends of the San Juans shows that at least a 25% increase in large, ocean-going commercial vessel traffic could occur if all of the proposed new and expanding terminal and refinery projects are permitted and  Continue Reading

Land Bank Preserves Closed due to Severe Weather

Written on November 16, 2021 at 11:05 am, by

The Conservation Land Bank’s Turtleback Mountain, Judd Cove and Coho Preserves on Orcas Island sustained heavy damage from last weekend’s record rainfall. Although staff are prioritizing safety-related repairs to roads and trails, please expect minor disruptions. Some repairs may take months and some impacts will be lasting. In particular, the culvert under Wildrose Lane just  Continue Reading

Several State Highways in Whatcom and Skagit Counties Closed due to Flooding

Written on November 15, 2021 at 5:13 pm, by

BURLINGTON – Record rainfall caused flooding in several parts of Whatcom and Skagit counties, forcing closures of several state highways. Washington State Department of Transportation crews worked through the weekend and continue to work to clear fallen trees and rockslides, but in some areas such as along State Route 20 between Cascadia Farms (MP 98) to  Continue Reading


Written on November 15, 2021 at 5:08 pm, by

San Juan County Council Special Meeting – Declaring State of Emergency The San Juan County Council will hold a special meeting on Tuesday, November 16, 2021, at 8 am, to consider a Resolution declaring a State of Emergency.  The severe weather system that passed over San Juan County on November 14th and 15th, 2021, dropped a  Continue Reading

Road Conditions Update

Written on November 15, 2021 at 12:53 pm, by

Extremely heavy rains have fallen across the islands over the last 24 hours, causing a wide range of impacts to San Juan County roads and infrastructure. Public Works crews from both the County and the Town of Friday Harbor have been responding since late last night. Orcas Island in particular has experienced a number of  Continue Reading

Be Careful Out There!

Written on November 15, 2021 at 9:11 am, by

This just came in from SJC Dept. of Emergency Management… Heavy rain is causing challenging conditions on island roads. Drive with extreme caution and expect water and/or debris in roads. Point Lawrence Road on Orcas is washed out just past Doe Bay Resort (picture above). Public Works, Emergency Management, and Orcas Island Fire & Rescue  Continue Reading

Severe Weather Shelter Orientation/Training

Written on November 8, 2021 at 5:44 am, by

Friends, it’s that time of year, where the “suggestion” of very cold weather is loud and clear! We are hoping to put together a team of volunteers to open the Severe Weather Shelter this year. Can you come to an Orientation/Training? It’s on Saturday, N0vember 13 from 9am to 11am at Islands Community Church. (that’s  Continue Reading

Lifesaving Effort by Members of the Public on October 11th

Written on November 3, 2021 at 5:52 am, by

Congratulations to Dave Kinnaman and Joe Davis for their lifesaving efforts on October 11, 2021. When a visitor to the store collapsed outside Marketplace in Friday Harbor their quick action to initiate CPR helped save a life. Medical Program Director Joshua Corsa, M.D., along with crews from San Juan Island Fire and Rescue and San  Continue Reading

SJI Fire & Rescue is Seeking Volunteers

Written on November 3, 2021 at 5:38 am, by

Become a Volunteer Emergency Responder with San Juan Island Fire and Rescue San Juan Island Fire and Rescue (SJIF&R) is seeking volunteers to join our comprehensive emergency services agency, in a number of roles to serve our islands’ communities. Become part of an emergency services organization with a culture of teamwork and camaraderie, focused on  Continue Reading

EMS and Fire Integration

Written on October 10, 2021 at 5:43 am, by

The following is a press release from SJC Public Hospital District and SJI EMS… In July 2021 the elected Board of the hospital district voted to move forward with the integration of EMS under San Juan Island Fire and Rescue. This requires a new EMS levy under the Fire District to replace ours. There have  Continue Reading

Are you ready for power outage season? Winter is coming!

Written on October 4, 2021 at 9:41 am, by

OPALCO can help you prepare As we approach the winter storm season, it is a good time to think about being ready for potential power outages: replenish your battery supply, fill up your gas tank (or charge up your EV) and make sure your phones and computers are fully charged – and you should know  Continue Reading

Annual Community Survey is OPEN – Wellness Promotion

Written on September 16, 2021 at 5:42 am, by

This survey provides the San Juan Island Prevention Coalition (SJIPC) with some local information about community perceptions and to look at it as one point of data reference. We use this along with the Healthy Youth Survey, school intervention data that the Student Assistant Professional collects, and the program assessments for the programs that the  Continue Reading

Need A Washington State Boating Education Card?

Written on September 14, 2021 at 9:28 am, by

Sign up for an upcoming, on-line U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Course Bellingham, Wash. – This fall, the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Bellingham and San Juan Islands Flotilla is providing boaters on-line, Washington State Basic Boater Education Course. All Washington state residents must carry a Boater Education Card while on the water operating a power-boat greater  Continue Reading

San Juan County Fire Districts Approve  Recreational Fires

Written on September 11, 2021 at 9:10 am, by

With changing weather conditions, as of Friday September 10, 2021, the San Juan County Fire Districts are allowing recreational fires including charcoal, wood burning, and recreational campfires. Permit Burning is still banned and not allowed until further notice. If you have a recreational fire, always remain present and have water available. When you are finished,  Continue Reading

Islands’ Oil Spill Association Offering Spill Response Training This Fall

Written on September 8, 2021 at 4:51 am, by

The Islands’ Oil Spill Association (IOSA) is offering free oil spill response training for interested islanders in October. Sessions will be held on Lopez, Orcas, and San Juan Island. This half-day hands-on training is intended to give both new and existing volunteers an introduction to basic response strategies and provide a general overview of the  Continue Reading