Topic: Safety

Stark-Wickman Earns Lifetime Achievement Award

Written on November 15, 2020 at 4:30 am, by

By San Juan Island Prevention Coalition The 2020 Washington State Prevention Summit’s Award of Excellence for Lifetime Achievement goes to San Juan Island Prevention Coalition’s own dedicated and caring Executive Coordinator Cynthia Stark-Wickman. Cynthia has cultivated an uplifting and inclusive environment so our community can grow in hope, science, and positive outcomes.

Two more COVID Cases on Orcas, San Juan

Written on November 13, 2020 at 8:09 pm, by

By San Juan County Two new positive COVID-19 test results have been reported for San Juan County. One each was found on Orcas and San Juan. The total case count for the islands is now 49. Both cases are close contacts of previous cases. If we change our behavior, we can stop this recent surge  Continue Reading

How To Play Youth Sports During COVID

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

By San Juan County As anyone who has interacted with island kids of late can tell you, COVID-19 is taking a toll on the mental and physical health of our children. While that’s true for all of us, many younger islanders are really struggling. Opportunities for our youth to engage in physical activities can be  Continue Reading

Four New COVID-19 Cases in San Juans

Written on November 9, 2020 at 6:00 am, by

By San Juan County Four new positive COVID-19 test results have been reported for San Juan County, as of Nov. 9. Three of these cases are on San Juan Island, and one is on Lopez. Though investigations are ongoing, early results suggest that these cases are not related.

Friday Harbor Elementary School Reopens

Written on November 4, 2020 at 2:58 pm, by

By Fred Woods, Superintendent, San Juan Island School District On Thursday, Nov. 5, Friday Harbor Elementary School begins in-person instruction for kindergarten students. One week later, the first-grade students will join them. Then on Nov. 19, the second grade will begin. We are excited and look forward to seeing the faces of young children in  Continue Reading

COVID-19 Cases Increase Across State

Written on November 4, 2020 at 5:00 am, by

By Washington State Department of Health The Washington State Department of Health released the latest statewide situation report on COVID-19 transmission, which shows a general rise in the intensity of the epidemic in both western and eastern Washington. Report findings include:

Forum to Cover County COVID-19 School Responses

Written on November 3, 2020 at 5:00 am, by

By San Juan Islands Community Network Join San Juan County school leaders to discuss responses to the COVID-19 crisis and address questions about students, staff and community safety at 1 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 8, online via Zoom and YouTube. Register at www.SJICN.org. Submit your questions via email to info@sjicn.org. The forum is capped at 100  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

Community Fund COVID Donations In Action

Written on October 31, 2020 at 5:00 am, by

By San Juan Island Community Fund As we enter the eighth month of helping to measure and offset the impact of COVID-19 in our community, the San Juan Island Community Foundation remains focused on bringing ideas and funding together to meet the needs of San Juan islanders. Looking ahead to the fall, SJICF is anticipating  Continue Reading

Providers Enroll To Dispense COVID Vaccine

Written on October 31, 2020 at 4:00 am, by

By Washington State Department of Health The Washington State Department of Health continues to make progress with our COVID-19 vaccine distribution planning efforts. This week, DOH is encouraging healthcare providers to prepare to enroll as approved COVID-19 vaccine providers, and we sent an official letter to them with information on how to enroll. Provider enrollment is  Continue Reading

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

Purple Lights Honor Domestic Violence Victims

Written on October 21, 2020 at 5:00 am, by

By SAFE San Juans For the month of October, SAFE San Juans hopes to make the islands glow purple in honor of the victims of domestic violence. The tradition of using Purple Night Lights to honor those who have (or are) suffering from domestic violence began in Covington, Washington in 2006. Since purple is the  Continue Reading

Scammers Call PeaceHealth Patients

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

PeaceHealth has received reports of recent phone scams – or “vishing” scams – impacting patients in the Whatcom, Skagit and San Juan areas. Scammers are pretending to be from PeaceHealth or other health agencies and attempting to steal personal information or private health details over the phone.

Low Visibility

Written on October 4, 2020 at 9:47 am, by

Ever wonder why fog makes the ferries late? Art Smith shares this photo taken from the car deck in his vehicle (that’s his dashboard at bottom of the photo)on Saturday afternoon. – A ferry crew member on fog watch for any potential obstacles that radar won’t pick up. Thanks for sharing Art!

Burn Ban In San Juan County Lifted

Written on September 21, 2020 at 8:51 pm, by

As of Sunday, September 20th, the Burn Ban in San Juan County is lifted. Please be safe when enjoying recreational campfires. A reminder that campfires are limited to 3’x3’ in size and are for burning only clean split firewood.  Permitted residential burning is scheduled to reopen on October 5th. Weather permitting.  https://www.sanjuanco.com/1096/Open-Burn-Info  Please follow the  Continue Reading

Special Deliveries – Baby Deliveries

Written on September 17, 2020 at 5:49 am, by

Special Deliveries: On One Morning, San Juan Island Fire & Rescue Joins Partner Agencies With Two Baby Deliveries This time, it wasn’t the stork who made the middle of the night call to assist two pregnant mothers. Just before 3:00 a.m. on Sunday, September 13, pagers beeped throughout San Juan Island announcing an urgent need  Continue Reading

OPALCO News

Written on September 17, 2020 at 5:46 am, by

OPALCO is Prepared for Wildfire Prevention – Are You? Safety is the primary objective at the core of everything OPALCO does. OPALCO continues to use an aggressive Right-of-Way Program (tree and brush trimming along power lines) and the latest technologies to reduce flammable material and mitigate fire risk. The long-term investment is key to the  Continue Reading

How to Breathe Easy in Wildfire Smoke

Written on September 15, 2020 at 11:02 am, by

Deanna from PeaceHealth shares this informative article from their blog with some steps you can take to protect your health when the air quality is poor… When wildfires create smoky conditions, it’s important to take extra steps to protect your health. Wildfire smoke can irritate your eyes, nose, throat and lungs. It can make it  Continue Reading

Burn Ban Extended Until Further Notice

Written on September 13, 2020 at 12:23 pm, by

Due to fire danger and stretched resources, San Juan County is extending the current burn ban to prohibit all outdoor fires (including charcoal), effective immediately and until further notice.  This change is prompted by several factors. Hot and dry weather has made conditions ripe for ignition and fast fire spread, and forecasts predict more of  Continue Reading

Burn Ban Extended

Written on September 10, 2020 at 5:20 pm, by

Due to fire danger and stretched resources, the San Juan County is extending the current burn ban to prohibit all outdoor fires, effective immediately and until further notice. This change is prompted by several factors. Hot and dry weather has made conditions ripe for ignition and fast fire spread, and forecasts predict more of the  Continue Reading

A Smokey Morning on San Juan Island

Written on September 8, 2020 at 10:08 am, by

From San Juan Island Fire and Rescue… As you have seen already, it is a poor day for air quality throughout the San Juan Islands and Western Washington State.   There is no wildland fire in San Juan County at this time. 9-1-1 Dispatch received several calls from concerned residents overnight due to the strong  Continue Reading

Update on Fire Ban: Temporary Fire Ban in Effect

Written on September 7, 2020 at 12:49 pm, by

Just a reminder that the San Juan County Fire Chiefs, in coordination with the San Juan County Fire Marshall and San Juan County Department of Emergency Management have issued a temporary, short-term fire ban for all activities beginning today, Monday, September 7, 2020 through to 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, September 9, 2020. The burn ban  Continue Reading