A Note from PIMC

Posted on April 29, 2020 at 8:00 am, by

Don’t Delay Necessary Care As the island communities continue to focus on social distancing, hand-washing and masking to flatten the curve, PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center is beginning to plan for the future with a focus on safely returning to care and reopening services. While the medical center and clinics are not easing current practices  Continue Reading

Update: Second Street Repair Project

Posted on April 28, 2020 at 3:05 pm, by

Repairs to Second Street are progressing as anticipated. Asphalt is being laid at the intersection of Second Street and Blair Avenue. The Contractor will begin roadwork from Reed Street to the Court Street intersections later in the week. Focus will then shift south to the portion of Second Street between West Street and Court Street  Continue Reading

How to Drop Off Documents at San Juan County Courthouse

Posted on April 28, 2020 at 11:10 am, by

If you have business at the San Juan County Courthouse, please STOP before you go inside the building! Many county departments now have drop boxes just outside the courthouse doors. Because of the COVID-19 public health crisis, the county courthouse is only open for essential business, and several county departments have closed their physical doors  Continue Reading

Stay Home, Sip ‘n Shop!

Posted on April 28, 2020 at 8:48 am, by

This post has been updated with additional information… Island Retail Businesses Create a Virtual Experience for a night of shopping and fun. The first San Juan Island Virtual Sip ‘n Shop will take place on Thursday, April 30th, from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. Retailers will post to Facebook, Instagram or their YouTube channel during that  Continue Reading

Community Response Hub

Posted on April 27, 2020 at 11:21 am, by

SJICF Launches Community Response Hub, Distributes $70k in Grants The SJI Community Foundation continues to work closely with nonprofits and other county services to ensure a coordinated response to the COVID-19 crisis. To create a publicly accessible resource for both residents and nonprofit services, SJICF has launched the San Juan Island Community Response Hub website:  Continue Reading


Posted on April 27, 2020 at 11:14 am, by

Opalco Board Approves Additional Covid-19 Relief Measures Commercial members in need can apply for base fee waiver We are all in this together. OPALCO is very concerned about how its members are getting along during this pandemic and is digging deep to put any and all available resources into helping members to pay their power  Continue Reading

Hire Local

Posted on April 27, 2020 at 9:16 am, by

EDC urges businesses and residents to “Hire Local”, presents Virtual Job Fair The San Juan County Economic Development Council (EDC) urges businesses and residents to hire local workers and contractors as the economy starts to reopen.  In an effort to connect island workers with local businesses, the EDC has created a Virtual Job Fair on  Continue Reading

A Note from the Library

Posted on April 27, 2020 at 9:01 am, by

Library staff are working hard, albeit remotely, to serve the community in new ways to meet your changing needs.   We’ve heard that many of you miss our Staff Picks book recommendations in the Library; these are now available online in our new and improved Reading Room.   Staff members have answered questions about reading interests and are  Continue Reading

Governor Allows Some Low-Risk Construction to Resume

Posted on April 25, 2020 at 12:58 pm, by

Governor Inslee Allows Some Low-Risk Construction to Resume As of Friday April 24, Washington State Governor Jay Inslee has allowed some construction activities to resume across the state, including in San Juan County. The Governor’s announcement of the decision is available HERE. Specific requirements established to ensure the safety of both workers and the community  Continue Reading

Island Rec – May Fitness via ZOOM

Posted on April 25, 2020 at 5:56 am, by

  Are you missing your morning fitness class routine? Island Rec is continuing to carry classes with Jacquelyn Reiff and Katerina Wen through the end of May via Zoom. All classes will be accessed through a live Zoom video link that is sent to you each morning of class. Sign up for the whole month,  Continue Reading

“Running Start” Online

Posted on April 24, 2020 at 12:11 pm, by

Skagit Valley College’s San Juan Center Hosts Online “Running Start” Info Nights Via Zoom If you are an academically motivated high school junior or senior, Running Start may be of interest to you and your family! Registration for fall quarter 2020 starts very soon!  The Running Start program at Skagit Valley College of San Juan  Continue Reading

Working Washington Small Business Grant program gets additional $5 million infusion

Posted on April 24, 2020 at 12:02 pm, by

$10 million now available to address some of estimated 25,000 applications from businesses up to 10 employees OLYMPIA, WA – The Washington State Department of Commerce today announced a doubling of funds available to very small businesses impacted by COVID-19 through the Working Washington Small Business emergency grant program. The program launched April 7 with $5 million from  Continue Reading

WSF Seasonal Fare Increase

Posted on April 24, 2020 at 11:57 am, by

Several fare changes will go into effect beginning Friday, May 1. The annual peak season surcharge for single vehicle fares is scheduled to begin. Peak season runs from May 1 through September 30. Passenger fares and multi-ride products are not affected by the peak season changes. In addition, general fare increases and policy changes will also  Continue Reading

Unemployment Benefits Information

Posted on April 24, 2020 at 11:46 am, by

Minnie Knych from the NW Workforce Career Center shares this information with you about Unemployment Insurance… The Career Center is open for business.  However in order to protect your health and limit the spread of the virus, we are conducting business by phone and email.  If you have questions about employment or if you are  Continue Reading

HOT TOPIC #19: April 24 Why Covering our Faces Matters So Much

Posted on April 24, 2020 at 10:44 am, by

COVID-19 updates from San Juan County around subjects on the minds of islanders On April 5th, following guidance from the Centers For Disease Control and the Washington State Department of Health, we asked islanders to cover their faces when in close proximity to people from outside their household. San Juan County residents listened and for  Continue Reading

“COVID-19 Community Conversations” Round Three

Posted on April 24, 2020 at 8:43 am, by

This week “COVID-19 Community Conversations” continues with three short videos that highlight efforts from organizations and people providing key services and crucial leadership in our community. You can find these videos on our YouTube channel “San Juan County COVID-19 Response” at www.sjccovid.com/conversations. Jamie Stephens, San Juan County Council Member (Lopez and Shaw): Stephens takes a  Continue Reading

Grow with Google

Posted on April 23, 2020 at 1:31 pm, by

The Grow with Google team will be hosting a live, virtual event on May 6, 2020 at 9AM PT. As a Grow with Google Partner, the San Juan Island Library, the San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce and the San Juan Islands Economic Development Council would like to invite you to tune in to a  Continue Reading

Food to Go

Posted on April 23, 2020 at 1:27 pm, by

Here’s a note to you from Cynthia Burke… Hello Everyone – We miss seeing you at the Farmer’s Market so we put together some prepackaged items from both Cynthia’s Bistro and Felicitations Bakery for you to pre-order & drive by for pick up. Or just stop by and see what we are offering – Cynthia  Continue Reading

Spend a Dollar, Donate a Dollar, Volunteer an Hour!

Posted on April 23, 2020 at 1:17 pm, by

Stimulus Checks for Local Recovery— Since government stimulus checks have started to arrive in bank accounts, many of our most vulnerable islanders have already spent their funds, need to hold onto their checks, or are not receiving any stimulus funds. We fully support everyone who needs to spend or hold on to their stimulus checks  Continue Reading

Honors for San Juan Island School District Schools

Posted on April 23, 2020 at 1:12 pm, by

Just in time for Washington School Recognition Week (April 27 – May 1) comes good news for San Juan Island School District! All three of our schools Friday Harbor Elementary School Friday Harbor Middle School and Friday Harbor High School have been selected for honors through either the State Board of Education (SBE) or U.S  Continue Reading

HOT TOPIC #18: April 23 How to Access Mental Health Resources

Posted on April 23, 2020 at 8:42 am, by

COVID-19 updates from San Juan County around subjects on the minds of islanders It is a time of so much stress and worry. Now more than ever, in this time of social distancing and with so many unknowns – please know this: You are NOT alone   Stress about COVID-19, the economy, families living in  Continue Reading

Nature Notes – Never Underestimate A Salmon

Posted on April 22, 2020 at 7:36 pm, by

Contributed by Jenny De Groot, MSc., Speckled Trout Consulting, LLC One lesson learned is that you should never underestimate salmon. They find ways to get up waterfalls, slip through nets too small to do so, and apparently, spawn when you never imagined they would. Nearly five months since the first sighting of spawners, coho fry  Continue Reading