Topic: Safety

San Juan County Leaders URGE Residents to Restrict Off-Island Travel and Follow Strict Health Guidelines Upon Returning

Written on April 3, 2020 at 8:13 am, by

As Washington State approaches the anticipated peak of COVID-19 medical surge cases, San Juan County urges everyone to take more aggressive precautions to protect their families and neighbors when coming to the islands from the mainland. “As cases multiply throughout the state, including Skagit, Island, and Whatcom Counties, islanders traveling back to the islands from  Continue Reading

HOT TOPIC #11: April 1st An Interview with SJC Patient #4

Written on April 3, 2020 at 5:46 am, by

COVID-19 updates from San Juan County around subjects on the minds of islanders We had the opportunity to talk with the fourth San Juan County resident who tested positive and is currently recovering at home from COVID-19. The patient has worked as a firefighter/ EMT for 25 years and has called San Juan Island home  Continue Reading

San Juan County Fire District 3 Commissioners Request Annexation Election Postponement

Written on April 1, 2020 at 5:15 am, by

FRIDAY HARBOR, WA – San Juan Island County Fire District #3 Commissioners joined the Town of Friday Harbor requesting postponement of the scheduled April 28, 2020 election asking voters to annex the Town into the Fire District. Fire District #3 Commissioners requested the postponement due to the impacts of the global COVID-19 pandemic. The scheduled  Continue Reading

San Juan Island Fire & Rescue Temporarily Implements 24/7 On-Duty Staffing

Written on March 28, 2020 at 5:13 am, by

FRIDAY HARBOR, WA – San Juan Island Fire and Rescue (SJIF&R) continues to adjust emergency operations and preparations needed during the global COVID-19 pandemic. “During the current health crisis emergency SJIF&R continues adapting our emergency response capabilities to meet the needs of our residents and responders,” said SJIF&R Chief Norvin Collins. Within less than 24-hours  Continue Reading

Auditor Seeks “Con” Committee Members for Voters’ Guide Statement

Written on March 14, 2020 at 5:15 am, by

The San Juan County Auditor is seeking volunteers to write an argument against the annexation of the Town of Friday Harbor into San Juan Island Fire & Rescue.  The argument will appear in the Online Voters’ Guide for the upcoming April 2020 Special Election. Both the Town and SJI Fire & Rescue approved resolutions to  Continue Reading

Emergency Preparedness for Business

Written on February 26, 2020 at 5:49 am, by

The San Juan County/Town of Friday Harbor Department of Emergency Management is hosting a no-cost, 8 hour training for island businesses to learn more about how to prepare for emergencies and disruption to their business. When: Tuesday March 31st, 8:30am – 5:00pm Where: Friday Harbor (exact location is to be determined) To Register: CLICK HERE  Continue Reading

Adventures In Boating Class

Written on February 17, 2020 at 5:45 am, by

The US Coast Guard Auxiliary will offer the Washington Basic Boater Education Course. Everyone wishing to learn or share their safe boating skills as well as review our local boating regulations is invited to attend. Upon successful completion of the course, attendees may submit a copy of their individual “Certificate of Accomplishment” with $10 to  Continue Reading

SJIEMS 2019 Year-End Statistics

Written on February 14, 2020 at 5:46 am, by

Friday Harbor, WA – Chances are you’ve had it happen to you a few times. First a siren in the distance, and cars start pulling over. You copy them. Soon you see the lights and strain to see what’s happening. It’s an ambulance. You turn to the person next to you and say, “Someone is  Continue Reading

Stairclimb Challenge Fundraiser

Written on February 13, 2020 at 5:43 am, by

San Juan Island Firefighters Participate in Challenging Fundraiser to Fight Leukemia and Lymphoma FRIDAY HARBOR, WA — On Saturday, February 22, 2020 at Friday Harbor Marketplace from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., four San Juan Island Fire and Rescue firefighters (SJIF&R) will be out in front of the store training and raising funds for the  Continue Reading

2019 Year-End Awards Banquet

Written on February 6, 2020 at 5:50 am, by

On January 25, 2020, SJI Emergency Medical Services (“SJIEMS”) gathered to celebrate the achievements and service of staff and its approximately sixty volunteer EMTs. Interim Chief Karl Kuetzing said “Our volunteers work really hard and enable us to perform far beyond what our budget would otherwise allow. Each volunteer deserves recognition. We try to highlight  Continue Reading

Heavy Rain Forecast

Written on February 5, 2020 at 5:46 am, by

Recent intense rains caused widespread impacts across the islands due to erosion, runoff, and blocked culverts and drains. Those who experienced damage should be aware that there’s more heavy rain in the forecast starting later Tuesday through Friday. It is almost impossible to forecast the sort of high intensity rainfall that we saw a few  Continue Reading

Transition San Juan Island

Written on February 3, 2020 at 5:44 am, by

Mission Statement: Creating conditions for community resilience and regeneration in a rapidly changing world We have set the next meeting of Transition San Juan Island for Sunday, March 1, 2020 from 3-6 PM at the Mullis Center. The purpose is for each action group to complete their Vision Statement. So when you arrive at 3,  Continue Reading

Open House on Proposition 1

Written on February 1, 2020 at 6:50 pm, by

Fire District #3 will hold an open house this Sunday, February 2, at noon to give voters the opportunity to learn more about Prop 1, the proposed sales tax to help fund an upgrade of San Juan County’s  Emergency Communication System.  This will be at the Fire Station at 1011 Mullis Street. Citizens will have  Continue Reading

San Juan Island Fire & Rescue Honored for 2019 Service

Written on January 31, 2020 at 5:46 am, by

Fire District Commissioners and honored guests recently attended an annual awards dinner and ceremony recognizing San Juan Island Fire & Rescue (SJF&R) members for their service during 2019. Kathleen Salinas was presented with 2019 Firefighter of the Year award for her outstanding contributions on a number of initiatives and her commitment to her community and  Continue Reading

Letters

Written on January 29, 2020 at 5:40 am, by

Patti Wickham and Dave Robison write to share this info with you about why Proposition 1 is so important for islanders… As peaceful and serene as our island living is, there is a disaster looming right under our noses. The EMS radio communication system is limited, archaic and highly vulnerable to failure. This is the  Continue Reading

Transition San Juan Island: An Update

Written on January 24, 2020 at 5:44 am, by

First, we extend our sincere appreciation for the attentive and engaged turnout at the Mullis Center on January 12!  A quiet Sunday afternoon among busy families, threats of snowy roads and of course the Seahawks playoff game notwithstanding, about 65 of you responded to our invitations.  We were enthused by our smiling friends from Lopez  Continue Reading

Wilderness First Responder Training

Written on January 21, 2020 at 7:10 am, by

San Juan Island EMS is offering Wilderness First Responder Training (WFR), February 10 – 19 at Camp Orkila on Orcas Island. This training is the perfect course for anyone working in a position of leadership in an outdoor setting or for individuals who want a high level of wilderness medical training for extended personal backcountry  Continue Reading

Strong Winds Today

Written on January 15, 2020 at 7:22 am, by

Here’s some news from SJI Fire & Rescue… Plenty of snow fell overnight – if you don’t need to be on the road, please stay home until road conditions improve. Besides the snow, remember there are plenty of icy patches under the snow too. Good news today is that temperatures will be rising. Bad new  Continue Reading

Island Senior: Surviving Winter Storms

Written on January 15, 2020 at 5:47 am, by

Island Senior is a regular column on the San Juan Update written by Peggy Sue McRae… We islanders enjoy what is normally a mild climate but every once in a while we get blasted with a winter storm. If you’ve lived here for a while you have stories to tell of power outages, frozen pipes,  Continue Reading

Continuity and Emergency Planning

Written on January 14, 2020 at 5:46 am, by

San Juan County DEM is hosting a one day no-cost training on continuity and emergency planning for small businesses. When disasters strike, small and medium sized businesses often endure the worst of the impacts. In the islands, our geographic isolation and economic reliance on a few key industries make the challenge even greater. This no-cost  Continue Reading

Winter Storm Coming

Written on January 13, 2020 at 5:45 am, by

This just in from OPALCO… Are you ready for the winter storm blowing in? We are looking at some some serious cold coming our way this week. Please be prepared and look out for your neighbors! Make sure you have your phone charged up, fill up your gas tank in your car, and if you  Continue Reading

Mt. Grant Driving Access Closed this Sunday

Written on January 11, 2020 at 2:32 pm, by