Topic: Safety

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

Boaters Play Critical Role in Protecting Endangered Whales

Written on August 24, 2021 at 4:01 pm, by

FRIDAY HARBOR, WA. – Labor Day weekend is approaching, the last hurrah for many summer boaters before buckling down for the fall. As scores of vessels take to local waterways over the holiday, it’s an important time to stay vigilant and keep safe on the water. San Juan County’s Department of Environmental Stewardship calls on  Continue Reading

Resiliency Fair is Postponed

Written on August 19, 2021 at 5:36 am, by

We really thought we were through with Covid-19 on San Juan Island, however it has spiked here worse than ever. Resiliency is all about staying healthy, and we want to help the community fight this so we are going to reschedule this event to when things improve. So, we hope this attempt has sparked ideas  Continue Reading

County expected to be impacted by wildfire smoke through the weekend

Written on August 14, 2021 at 5:41 am, by

Wildfire smoke from fires in British Columbia and Eastern Washington has settled over the County and is expected to be here through the weekend.   Limit your time and activity level outdoors to limit your exposure to harmful particulate matter.  Some air quality monitors in the County are currently detecting levels that are both unhealthy,  Continue Reading

Brushfire at Mount Grant Preserve Averted

Written on August 13, 2021 at 10:15 am, by

This story is shared with you from the SJC Land Bank… Wednesday afternoon, August 11, 2021, San Juan Island Fire & Rescue responded to an isolated brush fire adjacent to the Land Bank’s Mount Grant Preserve. The fire charred approximately one quarter acre of grass and brush before being extinguished. After visiting the site, Land  Continue Reading

San Juan Island EMS Signs Agreement with Fire District Regarding Integration

Written on August 8, 2021 at 5:58 am, by

The hospital district is happy to announce that it has reached agreement with San Juan Island Fire and Rescue to take over Emergency Medical Services on our behalf in 2023, pending voter approval. “It’s been a long process, but we’re ready to support the Fire District taking this to the public,” said hospital district commissioner  Continue Reading

County Investigates if COVID Breakout Cases were caused by Delta Variant

Written on August 1, 2021 at 5:00 am, by

From San Juan County Since the last update on July 22, total cases in San Juan County have increased from 195 to 197. There are approximately 25 close contacts of positive cases currently in active quarantine in San Juan County. Some of these are close contacts of locally confirmed cases, others are close contacts of  Continue Reading

County, National Park Burn Bans follow Thursday Wildfire on San Juan

Written on July 31, 2021 at 10:07 am, by

Hayley Day, San Juan Island Update Helicopters doused and extinguished a roughly 3 acre wildfire likely started by yardwork on San Juan Island Thursday. Since the incident, the county and National Park Service have declared local burn bans.  Fire No one was injured, but two small outbuildings were damaged by Thursday’s fire. Crews received a  Continue Reading

Friday Harbor Officials Help Sheriff’s Office Prosecute Trout Lake Trespassers

Written on July 30, 2021 at 5:30 am, by

From the Town of Friday Harbor There is a growing number of people trespassing in the Trout Lake Watershed. The town of Friday Harbor will assist the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office in the identification and prosecution of these individuals. Cameras located throughout the watershed have taken photos of dozens of people walking through the  Continue Reading

State Returns to Mask Mandate in Schools

Written on July 30, 2021 at 5:00 am, by

From the Washington State Department of Health Safely returning to the classroom for fulltime in-person instruction this school year is important for students, teachers and staff. July 28, the Washington State Department of Health released updated guidance for the 2021-22 school year. DOH’s guidance aims to minimize transmission and maximize in-person instruction and is informed  Continue Reading

San Juan is One of Eight Washington Counties to Re-start Mask Recommendations

Written on July 26, 2021 at 6:25 pm, by

Businesses Encouraged, not Mandated to ask Customers to Mask Up From San Juan County As a part of a regional effort to curb the rising infection rates in Washington, San Juan County Health Officer Dr. Frank James recommends that islanders mask up when entering an indoor public space, including businesses, whether vaccinated or not. Local  Continue Reading

Canada to Open Border to Fully Vaccinated Americans August 9

Written on July 25, 2021 at 5:30 am, by

Travelers Must Register Online and May be Randomly Tested for COVID-19 From the Public Health Agency of Canada The Government of Canada is prioritizing the health and safety of everyone in Canada by taking a risk-based and measured approach to re-opening our borders. Thanks to the hard work of Canadians, rising vaccination rates and declining  Continue Reading

County Warns Unvaccinated are at Highest Risk of Contracting Delta COVID Variant

Written on July 23, 2021 at 5:30 am, by

Delta Variant is 225% More Infectious, Says County From San Juan County In the past week, total cases in San Juan County have increased from 191 to 195. Each of the recent cases is a breakthrough case, meaning the infected person is fully vaccinated. There are eight close contacts of positive cases. Five are currently  Continue Reading

San Juan EMS to add Fifth Paramedic by sending Longtime EMT to Training

Written on July 22, 2021 at 7:59 am, by

From San Juan Island EMS  Longtime San Juan EMT Margaret Longley will attend paramedic school at the Seattle area Medic One Foundation program. This is one of the best-respected paramedic programs in the nation. The Medic One Foundation will pay for the training, and the San Juan Island EMS will pay a stipend to help  Continue Reading

Flushed Toxic Chemicals Left Town Water Treatment Plant’s pH Level ‘Dangerously Low’

Written on July 22, 2021 at 7:53 am, by

Nearby RV Dump Station Temporarily Closed as a Result From the town of Friday Harbor The town of Friday Harbor urgently requests that all users of its sewer system refrain from adding toxic fluids and nondegradable items into the waste stream. “A properly functioning sewer system is absolutely critical for the health of coastal communities,”  Continue Reading

Three Fully Vaccinated People in the San Juan Islands Contract COVID-19

Written on July 21, 2021 at 5:30 am, by

From San Juan County After more than a month of no new cases locally, San Juan County has three new breakthrough cases of COVID-19. This means that each person is fully vaccinated and it has been more than two weeks since the vaccine series was completed. There is one case each on Lopez, Orcas and  Continue Reading

First San Juan Drug Court Graduate Leaves with ‘Tools to Maintain Sobriety’

Written on July 14, 2021 at 5:30 am, by

From San Juan County Adult Drug Court The San Juan County Adult Drug Court awarded its first certificate of graduation to Jordan Lynn-Jefferson of Orcas Island July 7. After 697 days or almost 24 months in the county’s therapeutic program, Jordan emerges a more self-confident and mature young man with goals for his life and  Continue Reading

San Juan County Fire Districts Warn of High Fire Risk in Islands

Written on July 13, 2021 at 5:30 am, by

From San Juan Fire and Rescue, Orcas Island Fire and Rescue, Lopez Fire and EMS and Shaw Island fire department Throughout the San Juan Islands, the fire danger level is high as of July 12. The following burn status applies only to privately owned properties in San Juan County. Other restrictions and guidelines are in  Continue Reading

League of Women Voters Reviews what if Islands were hit by Earthquake

Written on July 12, 2021 at 10:32 am, by

By Audra Adelberger, League of Women Voters of the San Juans The June 14 League of Women Voters membership program on emergency preparedness was presented by Brendan Cowan, San Juan County director of emergency management, and Bill Severson, county unit lead for the American Red Cross. Emergency Management Brendan gave an overview of the many  Continue Reading