Posted September 9, 2022 at 3:19 pm by San Juan Update
The Town of Friday Harbor sends along notice about an upcoming construction project off Tucker Ave.
Local access to McDonald St. will be disrupted beginning Monday, Sept. 12 into early October while Richard Lawson Construction installs a water main and reconstructs a portion of the street. Although the contractor has been asked to expedite the project with as little disruption to the neighborhood as possible, residents should expect short delays during certain phases of the work.
The project consists of installing approximately 240 linear feet of 4‑inch and 8‑inch AWWA C900 water main on McDonald St. from Friday Ave. to Beach Ct., water services, and fire hydrants. The McDonald St. roadway will also be reconstructed with new pavement. The work is estimated to be substantially completed by Oct. 15.
Local access will remain open at all times. Flaggers will be on site as needed. Pedestrians and motorists should exercise common sense and caution. Be aware of equipment, construction workers, trucks, and construction materials. Make sure you are seen while moving within the job site and abide by flagger instructions.
Posted September 9, 2022 at 2:08 pm by San Juan Update
Scouts of San Juan share news about their fall fundraiser.
Roche Harbor has graciously offered the use of their mausoleum cemetery to the Scouts of San Juan to run a fundraising haunted experience.
From approximately 6–11 p.m. Friday and Saturday nights from Oct. 14–29, weather permitting, the San Juan Sea Scouts, Scout Troop, and Wolf Hollow Wildlife Rehabilitation Center will be offering tarot readings and haunted tours of the cemetery. From 6–7 p.m. the event will be child friendly, but as the evening wears on it will become more and more frightening.
The entry free is $5 per person until the last night, which will be pay-what-you-can.
All proceeds to go to the Scouts of San Juan and Wolf Hollow.
Posted September 9, 2022 at 10:19 am by Jeff Arnim
The commissioners of the Port of Friday Harbor voted last month to perform a comprehensive energy assessment at Friday Harbor Airport, the results from which will guide enhancements to the facility’s energy efficiency and resiliency.
The assessment – part of the Port’s five-year capital improvement plan with the Federal Aviation Administration – will take place early next year, according to Port Commissioner Victoria Compton. “During that process, we’ll be able to determine what the best steps for efficiencies will be, including solar, which is of particular interest to the Commission from a standpoint of sustainability and cost savings,” Victoria says.
Project funding comes from the FAA by way of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act that was signed into law last November. The IIJA provides $550 billion in new federal investment in infrastructure between 2022 and 2026, including roads, bridges, mass transit, water infrastructure, and broadband.
“Keeping our operations sustainable and our infrastructure resilient are top priorities of the Port Commission,” Victoria explains. “Investments in solar and other energy efficiencies check both of those boxes, and save the Port – and taxpayers – money.”
The Port is receiving more than $1 million in federal funds, which will also support moving and replacing an old fuel tank and the construction of new hangars. The latter project will allow the airport to break even on its revenue and expenses.
Posted September 9, 2022 at 9:42 am by Jeff Arnim
The University of Washington’s Friday Harbor Laboratories is looking for a half-time Marine Operations Supervisor to provide waterfront support to all of its research and academic endeavors. Learn more in the Island Jobs section of the San Juan Update.
Posted September 8, 2022 at 3:49 pm by San Juan Update
San Juan County shares information about potential health risks associated with wildfire smoke that is expected to reach the islands Friday through Sunday.
Smoke from nearby wildfires is predicted to make its way to San Juan County this weekend, Sept. 9–11. Take precautions to protect yourself and family members if smoke reaches unhealthy levels.
“We have three air quality monitors one on each of the three largest islands,” said County Health Officer Dr. Frank James. “The Purple Air system collects individual monitoring data and can be very useful to see what air quality is like in real time locally.”
Smoke contains very small particles and gases. These particles can get into your eyes and lungs where they can cause health problems. Inhaling smoke is not good for anyone, however, people most likely to have health problems from breathing smoke include people with heart and lung diseases, people with respiratory infections, people with diabetes, stroke survivors, infants, children, pregnant people, and people over 65 years of age.
To reduce smoke exposure:
- Limit time outside and avoid strenuous outdoor activity
- Close windows and doors unless it is too hot to maintain safe temperatures
- Don’t add to indoor air pollution (e.g., cigarette smoking, burning candles)
- Filter indoor air (HVAC system, HEPA portable air cleaner, box fan filter)
- Set air conditioner to circulate
- Seek cleaner air elsewhere if needed and possible
- If you must go outside, wear a properly fitted particle respirator, like a N95 mask
It is important to monitor symptoms of smoke exposure. Symptoms include burning eyes, coughing, throat and nose irritation, headaches, fatigue, wheezing and shortness of breath, irregular heartbeat, and chest pain. If your symptoms become serious, seek medical attention immediately.
Posted September 8, 2022 at 1:47 pm by San Juan Update
The Sailing Foundation shares the latest news about their after-school sailing program.
The San Juan Island Sailing Foundation is again sponsoring low-cost after-school sailing for middle and high school students with any amount of sailing experience — from complete novice to experienced racer. Younger students will be considered based on their maturity and their own passion for sailing, as well as their size and weight. Interested sailors should go ahead and register and the program leaders will be in touch.
The program takes places Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:15–5:30 p.m. for all of September and October, depending on weather and tides, starting immediately. It’s okay to start at a later session, even for beginners. All classes take place at the far end of the road at Jackson Beach. Instruction and practice in sailing techniques and racing will be provided. Boats used include RS Teras, Lasers, RS Fevas, and V15s.
Racing is the best way for sailors to assess their sailing ability. Interested sailors will be coached to compete in the multiple regional regattas available; participation in races is optional.
The cost is $100 per season. Full aid is available, generously provided by the SJI Community Foundation and multiple donors. Just ask. Continue Reading