Sculpture Park in the News

Posted on July 8, 2020 at 8:15 am, by

San Juan Island Sculpture Park is in the news – the National News on CNN.com. Check out this article on wild, weird, spectacular places… https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/best-outdoor-art-united-states/index.html And remember to go check the park out for yourself. You’ll likely be impressed if you haven’t been there in a while and it’s a great place to relax with  Continue Reading

Letter from Island Stage Left

Posted on July 8, 2020 at 8:08 am, by

In the mailbag this morning we have a note from Helen Machin-Smith of Island Stage Left… Hello from Island Stage Left, Apparently a rumor has been circulating that Island Stage Left has ceased operations. This is news to us! The rumor is untrue. At this point we have no idea what the future holds (nor  Continue Reading

Know Your Islanders: Life on Mars

Posted on July 7, 2020 at 6:30 am, by

John Rummel and Vicky Hipkin: Life on Mars: Past, Present, and Future? This July will see the launch of NASA’s Mars 2020 rover (Perseverance), a Chinese orbiter/lander (Tianwen-1), and the United Arab Emirates Mars orbiter (Hope). Our neighbors, former NASA and Canadian Space Agency personnel John Rummel and Vicky Hipkin–between them they have participated in  Continue Reading

Re-Naming ‘Round Towner Shuttle Service

Posted on July 7, 2020 at 6:23 am, by

The ‘RoundTowner has been on the road for more than 7 years, and provided over 25,000 free or low-cost rides! With service throughout San Juan Island via the grey Nissan Leaf, the service’s name needs to reflect more than Town service. And, there are plans in progress to create a similar door-to-door ride service on  Continue Reading

New Case on Orcas Island

Posted on July 7, 2020 at 6:15 am, by

July 6, 2020: Over the weekend, the San Juan County Health & Community Service Department was notified of a new positive test result from a resident of Orcas Island. The patient has been asymptomatic and was tested as part of a routine medical screening. The County team has been actively investigating over the holiday weekend,  Continue Reading

EDC announces Back-To-Business Grant awards

Posted on July 7, 2020 at 6:13 am, by

The San Juan County Economic Development Council (EDC) announces that the Back-To-Business Grant Fund has been funded in the amount of $300,000, in order to support San Juan Island businesses. This fund was created to address our business owners’ need to cover essential business expenses as they work to survive the economic downturn caused by  Continue Reading

Visitors Bureau Suspends Advertising

Posted on July 6, 2020 at 2:52 pm, by

The San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau resumed its regional advertising campaign when County officials anticipated that we would be moving to Phase 3 within a day or two. Many were surprised when the County Health officer postponed the original application to Phase 3, and then when the Governor paused all requests for phase changes, including  Continue Reading

San Juan County Real Estate Market Summary

Posted on July 6, 2020 at 2:49 pm, by

Merri Ann Simonson checks in with a Second Quarter Real Estate summary… The second quarter results, which complete the first half of the year, in San Juan County were extremely good when considering the virus impact.   Per the NWMLS, the dollar volume in San Juan County was $118,381,567 with a total of 201 transactions. The  Continue Reading

Call for Fair Performers

Posted on July 6, 2020 at 2:41 pm, by

Join the fun!!  San Juan County Virtual Fair call to action for performers to participate in “2020: A Fair Odyssey” August 12-15! This year has presented a unique opportunity to showcase your talent and celebrate the culture of the Islands. Help represent this region through music, dance, comedy, theater, improv, storytelling, poetry, visual artists, and  Continue Reading

Wildflowers in Bloom at the Gravel Pit

Posted on July 6, 2020 at 12:10 pm, by

By Louise Dustrude A number of people have been asking one another what those bright yellow flowers are that have appeared recently at Island Rec’s LaFarge Open Space, aka the gravel pit. So we checked with Eliza Habegger, the land steward at the Land Bank, whose responsibilities also include ecological assessment, monitoring, and restoration on  Continue Reading

Calling All Island Writers!

Posted on July 5, 2020 at 5:53 am, by

Time for all Island Writers to get ready to launch your entries for the “2020: A Fair Odyssey” Virtual San Juan County Fair! But, you say, the Fair is over a month away—August 12-15. True, but the deadline for the Written Word entries is July 17th— just weeks away! So, prepare those writings for takeoff—Prose, Poetry,  Continue Reading

Sharon Kivisto Runs for County Council, District 1

Posted on July 4, 2020 at 7:51 am, by

I’m Sharon Kivisto and I’m campaigning to be the council member representing Residency District 1 on the San Juan County Council. My 20+ years of experience as a journalist in the islands has provided me with insight about the needs of islanders and the workings of county government. I’d like to use the knowledge I’ve  Continue Reading

San Juan Island Prevention Coalition

Posted on July 4, 2020 at 5:52 am, by

Hi Prevention Advocates! Have you seen this yet? We just launched it on our @sjipreventioncoalition Instagram page! Please share with your circle of influence. We always need a “first” person to post! (Rock Solid is on the flyer in their face masks and can’t enter the contest) Will it be you or someone you can  Continue Reading

Virtual Hoop Camp

Posted on July 4, 2020 at 5:32 am, by

Skagit Valley College Continuing and Community Education to offer virtual Hoop Camp for youth This summer, area youth can improve their basketball fundamentals and skills with virtual Hoop Camps taught via Zoom by Skagit Valley College Men’s Basketball Head Coach, Carl Howell. The camp will be offered via Zoom on July 21 and 22 from  Continue Reading

Good News on Covid Testing

Posted on July 3, 2020 at 6:06 am, by

Free Home Kits Now Available for Those Who Qualify Dr. Gulla and Living Medical Arts PLLC wants the community to know that Labcorp is now offering testing that you can do in the comfort of your own home, without needing a doctors orders. All you have to do is go online to this link and  Continue Reading

A Note from SJC Public Hospital District One

Posted on July 3, 2020 at 5:58 am, by

Update to District Residents Your local hospital district is committed to making sure that island residents have resources available to them to ensure care for their health. In an era where rural healthcare is under pressure nationwide, our innovative public-private partnership with PeaceHealth provides high-quality care to the public that is financially sustainable. Our Emergency  Continue Reading

Governor Inslee Puts Hold on All Phase Advancing

Posted on July 2, 2020 at 7:30 pm, by

July 2, 2020: Today Governor Inslee announced that a minimum of a two week hold will be placed on all current applications to advance through the Governor’s four phase plan. This decision applies to San Juan County’s application to Phase 3 submitted to the State on June 25th, in addition to current applications from a  Continue Reading

Public Asked to Protect Honey Bees by Reporting Sightings of the Invasive Asian Giant Hornet

Posted on July 2, 2020 at 9:35 am, by

OLYMPIA—As summer gets into full swing and people spend more time outside, state and federal officials and local beekeepers hope the public will keep their eyes open and report any sightings of Asian giant hornet. “When it comes to preventing and stopping a new invasive species, we all have a role to play and this  Continue Reading

Paying It Forward

Posted on July 2, 2020 at 9:28 am, by

This FHL Tide Bite was written by Jen Burnaford… My first trip to UW Friday Harbor Labs was in 1995. After completing my undergraduate thesis on freshwater zooplankton and spending a post-bac year chasing primates through the jungles of Borneo, I had been accepted into the PhD program at Oregon State University in the Menge/Lubchenco  Continue Reading

All Personal Fireworks Are Illegal In San Juan County

Posted on July 2, 2020 at 9:23 am, by

A friendly reminder that all personal fireworks are prohibited in San Juan County. This includes firecrackers, mortars, sparklers, and bottle rockets. Personal firework discharge is a crime punishable by fines from the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office. Furthermore any fires linked to the use of personal fireworks are subject to billing from all agencies that  Continue Reading

Vacancies on Various County Boards & Commissions

Posted on July 2, 2020 at 9:13 am, by

The County Council is searching for San Juan County citizens to fill current and upcoming vacancies on various boards and commissions. Additional information about each committee is available on the County’s website at: http://sanjuanco.com/641/Board-Committee-Vacancies. Persons interested in serving on a board or advisory committee should fill out an Advisory Committee Application or Contact the Council  Continue Reading

Missing Mountain Road is Officially Open

Posted on July 1, 2020 at 3:59 pm, by

By Louise Dustrude A small crowd of supporters wearing masks and socially distancing from one another celebrated the opening of the new Missing Mountain Road on Wednesday at 1 pm. Several of those who spoke pointed out that it had taken some 25 years since the road was first proposed, by the town planning commission,  Continue Reading