‘Tis the season

Posted May 6, 2022 at 7:53 pm by

SHIBA offering introduction to Medicare on May 12

Posted May 6, 2022 at 4:58 pm by

Local vol­un­teers for the Statewide Health Insur­ance Ben­e­fits Advi­sors (SHIBA) pro­gram are host­ing an online intro­duc­tion to Medicare for enrollees join­ing the pro­gram in 2022.

On Thurs­day, May 12 at 1 p.m., the pre­sen­ters will out­line how Medicare works, its dif­fer­ent cov­er­age options, and key pro­gram mile­stones and dates that must be met in order to avoid penalties.

To reg­is­ter, email shibasjco@yahoo.com or call 360–376-5892. You’ll need to pro­vide your first name, last name, and email address.

SHIBA is over­seen by the state’s Office of the Insur­ance Com­mis­sion­er to pro­vide free, unbi­ased, con­fi­den­tial coun­sel­ing in San Juan Coun­ty. The orga­ni­za­tion is spon­sored local­ly by the Inter Island Health­care Foun­da­tion.

Spring update from Fred Woods, San Juan Island School District superintendent

Posted May 6, 2022 at 3:26 pm by

The month of May is always a busy time in your school dis­trict. Each of your schools admin­is­ter the State exams, orga­nize year end field trips, and work dili­gent­ly to keep all stu­dents focused as the sun and warmth return. This is an excit­ing time of year as schools move toward that last day in June while at the same time prepar­ing for the fall of 2022 opening.

We have learned much over the last two years. The COVID pan­dem­ic cre­at­ed pres­sures not seen before and the stu­dents and staff in this dis­trict showed resilien­cy in the face of these chal­lenges. I can assure you this great staff is com­mit­ted to serv­ing these chil­dren and sup­port­ing their aca­d­e­m­ic, social, and emo­tion­al growth.

As we end one year and pre­pare for the next, there is some impor­tant infor­ma­tion that all of us in this com­mu­ni­ty should know. Con­tin­ue Reading

Island Jobs: San Juan Island Food Co-op is hiring an Assistant Manager

Posted May 6, 2022 at 12:57 pm by

The San Juan Island Food Co-op is look­ing for an Assis­tant Man­ag­er who is pas­sion­ate about organ­ic and nat­ur­al foods and prod­ucts. Learn more in the Island Jobs sec­tion of the San Juan Update.

COVID cases climbing quickly on San Juan Island

Posted May 6, 2022 at 9:18 am by

In a media release pub­lished yes­ter­day, San Juan Coun­ty offi­cials report­ed 18 active COVID cas­es on San Juan Island, in addi­tion to 17 on Lopez Island and 13 on Orcas Island. By 9 a.m. this morn­ing, active cas­es on San Juan Island had jumped to 29.

The Coun­ty also not­ed that they have rea­son to believe the actu­al num­ber of active cas­es is sub­stan­tial­ly high­er. “Many cas­es [are] going unre­port­ed as indi­vid­u­als uti­lize over-the-counter test kits (OTC),” the Coun­ty said in their media release. “The num­ber of cas­es that are report­ed and tracked is esti­mat­ed to account for only approx­i­mate­ly 20 per­cent of cas­es actu­al­ly present in the community.”

If that assess­ment is accu­rate, it means that San Juan Island’s true active case count is near­ly 150 cases.

Free COVID test­ing kits are still avail­able through the Wash­ing­ton State Depart­ment of Health’s Say Yes COVID test web­site. Islanders can order up to two test kits each month. Deliv­ery is cur­rent­ly esti­mat­ed to take one to two weeks.

Notes from the Island — May 6

Posted May 6, 2022 at 6:00 am by

  • Fri­day Har­bor High School base­ball and fast­pitch both had their Thurs­day games at Orcas Island can­celled due to rain. The games will not be resched­uled. Base­ball takes to the field for the league cham­pi­onship tiebreak­er against Coupeville next Thurs­day at 3 p.m. in LaConner.
  • All 50 of the sec­ond-run prints of Doug DeMeerleer’s paint­ing of the build­ings at the cor­ner of Spring and First Street sold last week, bring­ing the grand total of funds raised to help those impact­ed by the April 7 fire to $2,613.
  • The Amer­i­can Legion is host­ing a spaghet­ti feed and dessert auc­tion this evening from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. They’re rais­ing funds in sup­port of sum­mer tour­na­ments for the Babe Ruth base­ball team they spon­sor. It’s $25 per plate or $45 for two. Food and treats are pro­vid­ed by Stacey’s Cater­ing. Curb­side pick-up is available.
  • There’s a bake sale fundrais­er tomor­row from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. out­side the Mullis Cen­ter. The pro­ceeds go to Free Wheel­in’ Rides, who hope to pro­vide a mobil­i­ty van for island wheel­chair users and oth­ers who need spe­cial­ized transportation.
  • Tom­my Dale & the Dan­ger­fields are putting on a free street dance to ben­e­fit the fire relief fund next Sun­day, May 15, from 2 to 4 p.m. at Brickworks.
  • Island Rec is hold­ing a pick­le­ball tour­na­ment two weeks from now — on Sat­ur­day, May 21 and Sun­day, May 22 — at the Fair­grounds. It’s a dou­bles tour­na­ment and prizes will be award­ed to the win­ners in each brack­et. It’s $33 if you enter by May 12, $38 after that.

Have some­thing to share with the Island? Whether the news is big or small, let us know!

Spring flowers

Posted May 5, 2022 at 8:09 pm by

Pho­to cred­it: Brad Pillow

Year-over-year real estate market snapshot for April 2022

Posted May 5, 2022 at 3:57 pm by

Mer­ri Ann Simon­son sends along this year-over-year real estate mar­ket snap­shot for the San Juan Islands.

The medi­an sale price for homes on San Juan Island increased rough­ly 13 per­cent in 12 months — but it could have been worse. Dur­ing the same peri­od, the medi­an price rose 37 per­cent on Orcas Island and 46 per­cent on Lopez Island.