34 reported active COVID cases on San Juan Island

Posted May 28, 2022 at 12:04 pm by

The San Juan Coun­ty Depart­ment of Emer­gency Man­age­ment reports 34 active COVID cas­es on San Juan Island as of Fri­day, down sharply from the 82 cas­es report­ed on the Coun­ty’s COVID dash­board at the same time last week. Orcas Island has 20 active cas­es, up from 18 last week. Lopez Island has just two active cas­es, down from 10 last week.

“These num­bers do not include sus­pect cas­es (e.g., pos­i­tive over-the-counter tests),” the Coun­ty not­ed in their media release. “Even though sus­pect cas­es are not reportable by State guide­lines, they do pro­vide a more com­plete pic­ture of infec­tion rates in our Coun­ty. There are almost as many sus­pect cas­es that we know about this week as con­firmed or prob­a­ble cases.”

The Coun­ty also stat­ed that they are con­tin­u­ing to mon­i­tor sev­er­al out­breaks with­in the islands — and they urged islanders to adjust their actions accord­ing­ly. “Even though case counts decreased slight­ly this week, please remain cau­tious when think­ing about inter­act­ing with any­one out­side your household.”

A hand­ful of appoint­ments remain avail­able for the May 31 vac­ci­na­tion clin­ic on San Juan Island for chil­dren ages five to 11. The Coun­ty is also hold­ing a vac­ci­na­tion clin­ic on June 7 for peo­ple age 50 and old­er and cer­tain immuno­com­pro­mised indi­vid­u­als 18 and old­er.

Notes from the Island — May 28

Posted May 28, 2022 at 6:00 am by

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At Cecil’s

Posted May 27, 2022 at 6:29 pm by

Ag Guild’s FARM Fund provides more than $72,000 in grants to farms in San Juan County

Posted May 27, 2022 at 4:05 pm by

Horse Drawn Farm on Lopez Island — Contributed photo

The Ag Guild sends along news about their recent FARM Fund grants.

The San Juan Islands Agri­cul­tur­al Guild FARM Fund is excit­ed to announce the dis­tri­b­u­tion of $72,048 in grants to San Juan Coun­ty farms.

The 2022 FARM Fund grants will sup­port projects that strength­en and devel­op regen­er­a­tive agri­cul­ture in San Juan Coun­ty while increas­ing the sup­ply and avail­abil­i­ty of local food. The FARM Fund is com­mit­ted to pur­su­ing inno­v­a­tive ways to cre­ate a more resilient local food sys­tem while pro­mot­ing the eco­nom­ic growth and via­bil­i­ty of San Juan Coun­ty farmers.

These grants were made pos­si­ble by gen­er­ous gifts from Orca­song Insti­tute, Orcas Food Co-op, Regen Fund, San Juan Islands Grange #966, and two anony­mous donors.

“We start­ed the FARM Fund with less than $3,000 in 2015, award­ing a hand­ful of grants to Orcas Island farms. Those funds were derived from 0.5% of all Orcas Food Co-op pro­duce sales, which con­tin­ues to make up part of the annu­al funds,” said FARM Fund Advi­so­ry Chair Learn­er Lim­bach. “It has been remark­able to watch the fund grow expo­nen­tial­ly as a coun­ty­wide pro­gram of the Ag Guild, and we are thrilled to part­ner with the many amaz­ing farms on Orcas, Lopez and San Juan Island that are receiv­ing grants this year. Strength­en­ing our local food sys­tem and regen­er­at­ing island soils is more impor­tant than ever, and we are grate­ful to all the FARM Fund part­ners and sup­port­ers who have helped grow the fund and make these grants pos­si­ble.” Con­tin­ue Reading

Town launches water meter replacement project

Posted May 27, 2022 at 11:33 am by

The Town of Fri­day Har­bor shares an update about their upcom­ing water meter mod­ern­iza­tion project.

In an effort to improve ser­vice for its water cus­tomers, the Town of Fri­day Har­bor is replac­ing the cur­rent water meters with meters that have radio-read capa­bil­i­ties. These new meters will cre­ate a more effi­cient sys­tem, reduc­ing the time employ­ees spend in the field read­ing meters and instead allow­ing them more time for main­te­nance and to respond to emer­gen­cies such as water line breaks. The improve­ment project start­ed this week and will take sev­er­al months to complete.

We were able to test a few loca­tions around Town start­ing in Jan­u­ary 2021, and deter­mined that this new sys­tem is a bet­ter option for the Town citizens.

Cus­tomers will be noti­fied by the Town of a replace­ment in their neigh­bor­hood via door hang­ers or phone calls. Town employ­ees do not need to enter res­i­dences to replace meters; the Water Crew will access the area where the meter is locat­ed. Water ser­vice is inter­rupt­ed for approx­i­mate­ly 10 to 15 min­utes at each customer’s loca­tion dur­ing instal­la­tion and test­ing. Going for­ward with this new sys­tem, the Water Crew will still require access to all meter box­es at any time pur­suant to Fri­day Har­bor Munic­i­pal Code. Please do not cov­er meter box­es or block them off from Water Crew access.

The new mod­el is enabled with smart meter tech­nol­o­gy — the capa­bil­i­ty to use oth­er remote devices to reg­u­lar­ly trans­mit read­ings. These meters will start off by allow­ing dri­ve-by read­ings col­lect­ed by our Water Crew. The final goal for this tech­nol­o­gy is to allow for the wire­less trans­mis­sion of cus­tomers’ water meter read­ings direct­ly to Town Hall via base sta­tions locat­ed on exist­ing water tanks and oth­er struc­tures. The meters can col­lect mul­ti­ple reads per day as deter­mined by a set sched­ule, allow­ing for bet­ter leak detec­tion and improved cus­tomer service.

“The new sys­tem will help Town effi­cient­ly detect and min­i­mize water loss,” said Town Admin­is­tra­tor Denice Kulseth. “Smart meters also sup­port our com­mit­ment to pre­serv­ing and pro­tect­ing our envi­ron­ment by enhanc­ing our abil­i­ty to detect and stop leaks quick­ly, reduc­ing car­bon emis­sions by elim­i­nat­ing the need to trav­el to read meters, and pro­vid­ing cus­tomers with up-to-date water usage data so they can improve their efforts to conserve.”

Dur­ing future phas­es of the project, Town will pro­vide a wide range of ben­e­fits for cus­tomers, includ­ing an online por­tal for view­ing usage and oth­er infor­ma­tion, near real-time meter read­ing, and even­tu­al­ly the abil­i­ty to auto­mat­i­cal­ly alert cus­tomers for leak detec­tion or unusu­al­ly high usage.

All new meters will begin work­ing imme­di­ate­ly, though online capa­bil­i­ties will not be func­tion­al until the Town is near­ly com­plete with the project.

Notes from the Island — May 27

Posted May 27, 2022 at 8:15 am by

  • Despite being out­bid back in March, the San Juan Preser­va­tion Trust are now the suc­cess­ful bid­ders for the 58-acre Glen­wood Inn prop­er­ty on Orcas Island. The trans­ac­tion is expect­ed to close at the end of June.
  • This week the EDC received a $6,000 dona­tion to their fire recov­ery grant fund from a fundrais­er orga­nized by Worth Avenue Yachts of Seat­tle.
  • 17 new hires com­plet­ed Wash­ing­ton State Fer­ries’ ori­en­ta­tion for new deck employ­ees last week and are now work­ing through­out the WSF fleet.
  • Check out the pro­file of Alche­my Art Cen­ter by the San Juan Island Com­mu­ni­ty Foundation.
  • Tina’s Place is now open for din­ner until 7 p.m., Mon­day through Saturday.
  • The Stand cof­fee cart will be at the Port of Fri­day Har­bor’s main dock tomor­row from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., or until sup­plies run out. They’re donat­ing ten per­cent of all sales to the fire recov­ery grant fund.
  • Tom­my Dale & the Dan­ger­fields will be live at Brick­works from 6 to 9 p.m. tonight for a free street dance. They’ll also be at San Juan Brew­ing Co. tomor­row from noon to 3 p.m.

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Keep out

Posted May 26, 2022 at 10:03 pm by

Ultimate frisbee pick-up games and camps taking place this spring and summer

Posted May 26, 2022 at 12:30 pm by

Seth Bundy shares news about the ulti­mate fris­bee scene on San Juan Island.

Right here in town, at Linde Com­mu­ni­ty Park, some­thing is hap­pen­ing. A new sport is blos­som­ing on the Island — ulti­mate fris­bee. Played in more than 40 coun­tries by hun­dreds of thou­sands of peo­ple, ulti­mate com­bines the move­ment skills of soc­cer, bas­ket­ball, and foot­ball in a non-con­tact field team sport involv­ing a fly­ing plas­tic disc.

Ulti­mate is unique among com­pet­i­tive sports in that games are gov­erned by the Spir­it of the Game, a tra­di­tion of sportsper­son­ship that places the respon­si­bil­i­ty for fair play on the play­ers rather than ref­er­ees. This requires team­work, open com­mu­ni­ca­tion, respect for oppo­nents, and coop­er­a­tion – all impor­tant social and emo­tion­al learn­ing skills.

Ulti­mate gained pop­u­lar­i­ty as a com­pet­i­tive sport at col­leges and uni­ver­si­ties in the ear­ly 1980s and has steadi­ly grown ever since. Now, kids as young as fourth grade play on school teams and par­tic­i­pate in ulti­mate camps. If you live on the island, enjoy team sports, and have nev­er tried ulti­mate, you need to check it out.

At Linde we have pick-up ulti­mate for all ages and gen­ders on Mon­day evenings, and Spring Street Inter­na­tion­al School has been play­ing on Fri­day after­noons. This sum­mer, dur­ing the week of June 27 to July 1, Seth Bundy is run­ning an ulti­mate fris­bee camp for youth aged 10–15. The camp is from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Mon­day through Fri­day. Advance reg­is­tra­tion is required. This is an oppor­tu­ni­ty to get some exer­cise, meet friends, and learn a new sport.