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Posted on: February 26, 2024

Auditor Seeks Writers of Argument against San Juan County Fire Protection District No. 2

Election Information

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. February 26, 2024 – In order to ensure an informed electorate, and in accordance with state law, every district that places a measure on a ballot is responsible for appointing committees to write voters&...

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Posted on: February 26, 2024 | Last Modified on: January 10, 2024

March 12, 2024, Presidential Primary - Vote! Sign! Send!

Election Information

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. February 26, 2024 – All registered San Juan County voters will receive a ballot for the 2024 Presidential Primary. The 2024 Presidential Primary is a chance to participate in the nomination process for the office of U.S. Pre...

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Posted on: February 22, 2024

We Want to Hear from You: San Juan County Launches Communications Survey

San Juan County News (1)

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. February 22, 2024 – Have you ever said, “I didn’t hear about that” or “I wish I knew about it sooner” when it comes to County projects? In an effort to continuously improve c...

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Posted on: February 21, 2024

The Community Health Assessment Report Is Here!

Health and Community Services

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. February 14, 2023 (español) – The Community Health Assessment (CHA) is now available after months of work to better understand San Juan County residents’ health needs. San Juan County (SJC) partnered wit...

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Posted on: February 16, 2024

Community Health Assessment Presentation at Upcoming Board of Health Meeting

Health and Community Services

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. February 16, 2024 – San Juan County Health & Community Services will present on the 2023 Community Health Assessment (CHA) findings to the Board of Health in anticipation of the report’s publication next week. ...

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Posted on: February 16, 2024

San Juan County Thanks County Manager Mike Thomas for 10 Years of Public Service in the Islands

San Juan County News (1)

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA February 16, 2024 – San Juan County’s Manager, Mike Thomas, steps down this month after 10 years of public service in the islands. Thomas’ leadership helped the County navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, yearl...

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Posted on: February 13, 2024

County to Test Vote Counting Equipment in February

Election Information

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. February 13, 2024 – San Juan County’s Elections office will be holding a “Logic and Accuracy” test of ballot tabulating equipment used for the County’s March 12, 2024, Presidential Pri...

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Posted on: February 13, 2024 | Last Modified on: January 10, 2024

San Juan County Announces Interim Plan for Management While Search for New County Manager Continues

San Juan County News (1)

The County’s Health & Community Services Director, Mark Tompkins, will serve as the Interim County Manager with the County’s Parks and Fair Director, Brandon Andrews, serving as the interim Assistant County Manager.

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA February 13, 2024 – San Juan County’s manager, Mike Thomas, announced last November that he will be stepping down from his position after 10 years of public service in the islands.  The search for a new Cou...

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Posted on: February 8, 2024

San Juan County Publishes the ‘Budget in Brief’ to Summarize the 2024-25 Biennial Budget

Auditor News

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA February 8, 2024 – San Juan County is pleased to publish the 2024-2025 Budget in Brief, posted in tandem with the 24/25 biennial budget. Rich with graphics, photos, and expenditure highlights, the Budget in Brief pro...

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Posted on: February 7, 2024

San Juan County Fair Announces 2024 Theme, New Dates, & Calls on Community for Poster Art

County Fair News

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. February 7, 2024 – San Juan County Parks & Fair staff are hard at work preparing for the 2024 San Juan County Fair! Did you know the San Juan County Fair used to be held near the Cannery Building in downtown Friday Harbo...

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Posted on: February 6, 2024

SJC Awarded $190,000 to Support Affordable Housing Project on Orcas Island

Health and Community Services

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. February 6, 2024 (español) – San Juan County (SJC) is excited to announce that $190,000 has been awarded to provide affordable housing utility infrastructure to the Kidder Way Project on Orcas Island. SJC...

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Posted on: February 5, 2024

Land Bank and Orcas Island Fire & Rescue Partner for Structure Fire Training on North Shore Property

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SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. February 1, 2024 – San Juan County’s Conservation Land Bank is continuing preparations to open a new preserve on the former Glenwood Inn property on Orcas Island in late 2024. In support of this effort, Orcas Islan...

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Posted on: February 1, 2024

Lopez Families, We Want to Hear from You!

Health and Community Services

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. February 1, 2024 (español) – San Juan County Health & Community Services (HCS) wants to hear from Lopez Island families to understand their childcare needs. The Lopez Island Child Care Needs Assessment survey ...

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Posted on: February 1, 2024

Familias López, ¡queremos escuchar su opinión!

Health and Community Services

CONDADO DE SAN JUAN, WA. 1 de febrero de 2024 – Salud y servicios del condado de San Juan. departamento de servicios comunitarios (HCS) quiere escuchar a las familias de la isla de López para comprender sus necesidades de cuidado infantil en la i...

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Posted on: February 1, 2024

San Juan County Vessel Turn-In Recycling Day - April 2024

Environmental Stewardship

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. February 1, 2024 – Has your ‘dream boat’ become a ‘nightmare?’ You might qualify to dispose your old boat in a FREE Vessel Turn-In event hosted by the San Juan County Derelict Vessel P...

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Posted on: February 1, 2024

Fire Marshal: Structure Fire on Lopez Island Ruled Accidental

Fire Marshal News

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA.  February 1, 2024 – On Sunday January 14, 2024, Lopez Island Fire and EMS responded to a structure fire in the 500 block of Whiskey Hill Rd. The Fire Department arrived to a working structure fire ...

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Posted on: January 29, 2024 | Last Modified on: January 10, 2024

New Training ‘Stewards of Children’ Keeping Our Children Safe is Available in San Juan County

Superioir Court Services News

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA.  January 29, 2024 – San Juan County Superior Court Services is now offering “Stewards of Children” training to organizations within our community. This training was created by the non-pr...

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Posted on: January 25, 2024

February 13, 2024, Special Election - Vote! Sign! Send!

Election Information

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. January 25, 2024 – The San Juan County Elections Office has mailed ballots to all voters living in the San Juan Island School District No. 149 and Orcas Island School District No. 137 for the February 13 Special Election.

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Posted on: January 11, 2024

San Juan County Opens Resident Camping Reservations for 2024

Parks and Fair News

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA.  January 11, 2024 - San Juan County Parks, Recreation, and Fair Department is pleased to announce the Resident Reservation program will now be offered through the department’s reservation website.

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Posted on: January 10, 2024

San Juan County is Prepared for Inclement Weather – And You Should Be, Too

Public Works News

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. January 10, 2024 – San Juan County is pleased to provide the public with a reminder of Public Works services, priorities, and mission during inclement weather. Additionally, there are several ways in which the publi...

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Posted on: January 10, 2024

New State Building Codes Delayed Until March 2024

Community Development

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. January 10, 2024 – San Juan County’s Department of Community Development is alerting the public of a revised timeline for the implementation of new state building codes. The Washington State Building Code Council (...

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Posted on: January 9, 2024

SJC Council Calls for ‘Immediate and Permanent Ceasefire' During First Council Meeting of 2024

County Council News (1)

The proclamation affirms the Council’s full support for conflict resolution and peace among all parties to the war.

San Juan County Council Calls for ‘Immediate and Permanent Ceasefire in the War between Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories’ During First Council Meeting of 2024

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Posted on: January 9, 2024

Winter Storm Creates Hazardous Road Conditions on MacKaye Harbor Rd on Lopez Island

Public Works News

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. January 9, 2024 – Lopez Island residents and drivers are encouraged to exercise extreme caution and stay home as winter storm conditions create hazardous road conditions on MacKaye Harbor Road. 

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Posted on: January 5, 2024

San Juan County Publishes 2023 Year-In-Review

San Juan County News (1)

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. January 5, 2024 – San Juan County is proud to present the organization’s 2023 Year-In-Review, highlighting accomplishments, notable projects, and the breadth of programs and services provided to island communities....

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Posted on: January 4, 2024

Environmental Stewardship Department Requests Salmon Recovery Project Proposals

Environmental Stewardship

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA January 4, 2024 –San Juan County’s Environmental Stewardship Department is requesting Salmon Recovery project proposals for the Salmon Recovery Funding Board (SRFB) 2024 grant funding cycle. Private citizens, non-pr...

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Posted on: January 4, 2024

San Juan County Seeks Consultant for Comprehensive Plan Update

Community Development

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. January 4, 2024 – San Juan County’s Department of Community Development (DCD) seeks a qualified consultant to review and update the County’s Comprehensive Plan in accordance with the Washington S...

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Posted on: January 4, 2024

Stay Safe from Respiratory Illness This Winter

Health and Community Services

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. January 4, 2024 – Winter is here, and that means respiratory illness season is here too. Health & Community Services (HCS) wants to remind everyone of five simple ways that can help protect you and your loved ones from g...

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Posted on: January 2, 2024

County to Test Vote Counting Equipment in January

Election Information

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. January 2, 2024 – San Juan County’s Elections office will be holding a “Logic and Accuracy” test of ballot tabulating equipment used for the County’s February 13, 2024, Special electio...

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Posted on: December 27, 2023

Don’t Forget – Take the Land Bank’s Strategic Plan Survey by January 6

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SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. December 27, 2023 – Land Bank staff and commissioners are seeking broad community input by hosting a month-long, anonymous survey. Click here to begin the survey or visit the Engage platformhttps:...

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Posted on: December 27, 2023

Investigation of Hunting Accident on Lopez Island Concludes

Sheriffs Office News

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA December 27, 2023 – The San Juan County Sheriff’s Office is sharing an update regarding the completed investigation of the November 18 hunting accident on Lopez Island. The evidence gathered lead to the determinatio...

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Posted on: December 21, 2023

Free Course for Caregivers in 2024

Health and Community Services

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. December 21, 2023 – San Juan County and Northwest Regional Council are offering a free six-week course for unpaid family caregivers of San Juan County. This course, Powerful Tools for Caregivers, is an evidenced-based, self-...

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Posted on: December 20, 2023

New Shark Reef Sanctuary Toilets Open to the Public

Parks and Fair News

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. December 20, 2023 – San Juan County’s Parks, Recreation, and Fair Department is pleased to announce the opening of new restroom facilities at Shark Reef Sanctuary on Lopez Island. This upgrade provides year-round, ...

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Posted on: December 20, 2023

Public Works Mobilizes Response to Stabilize MacKaye Harbor Rd on Lopez Island

Public Works News

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. December 20, 2023 – San Juan County’s Public Works Department is mobilizing a response to protect the traveling public and maintain access to homes threatened by coastal erosion near MacKaye Harbor Road on...

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Posted on: December 18, 2023

Auditor Seeks Writers of Argument against SJI School District No. 149 and OI School District No. 137

Auditor News

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. December 18, 2023 – San Juan County Auditor, Natasha Warmenhoven, is seeking people interested in writing arguments against the San Juan Island School District No. 149 and Orcas Island School District No. 137 ballot measures...

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Posted on: December 14, 2023

2024 Annual Docket: Public Invited to Submit Requests for Amendments to the SJC Comp. Plan & Codes

Community Development

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. December 14, 2023 – San Juan County Council is beginning the “Annual Docket of Comprehensive Plan Amendments” or “Docket” process where the public is invited to propose changes, update...

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Posted on: December 13, 2023

San Juan Island Plastic Film Recycling Program Needs Your Help

Environmental Stewardship

San Juan County, December 13, 2023 — San Juan County encourages the public to be careful and thoughtful when utilizing the plastic film recycling program. The first batch of plastic film since the recycling drop-off location at Marketplace was a...

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Posted on: December 11, 2023

Attention Farmers and Ranchers – Land Bank Farmland Lease Opportunities on San Juan Island

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SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. December 11, 2023 – The San Juan County Land Bank requests proposals from farmers or agricultural/food systems organizations interested in a long-term agricultural lease of its Frazer Homestead and/or Beaverton Marsh Preserv...

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Posted on: December 7, 2023

Update Regarding Hunting Accident on Lopez Island

Sheriffs Office News

San Juan County, WA December 7, 2023 – The San Juan County Sheriff’s Office would like to acknowledge the community’s questions and continued interest in the November 18 hunting accident on Lopez Island. This is still an acti...

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Posted on: December 6, 2023

Make Your Voice Heard: Conservation Land Bank Embarks on Strategic Planning Efforts

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SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. December 6, 2023 – The San Juan County Conservation Land Bank is pleased to invite the community to participate in shaping its emerging Strategic Plan. This document will guide the Land Bank in conservation efforts, stewards...

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Posted on: December 5, 2023

County Council Member Jane Fuller and Senator Liz Lovelett to Host Public Meeting on Lopez

San Juan County News

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. December 5, 2023 - On Monday, December 11, 2023, San Juan County Council Member Jane Fuller and fellow Lopezians are pleased to welcome Senator Liz Lovelett to Lopez Island. From 3:30 – 4:30pm, Senator Love...

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Posted on: December 1, 2023

2024 Dog Licenses Now on Sale

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SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. December 1, 2023 - The San Juan County Auditor’s office is ready for the 2024 dog licensing season! Each year, the department has the pleasure of recognizing a ‘Celebrity Dog.’ San Juan County has had the...

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Posted on: November 29, 2023

San Juan County Health & Community Services Launches New Program, Growing Families

Health and Community Services

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. November 29, 2023 – Growing Families San Juan Islands (“Growing Families”) is San Juan County Health & Community Services’ (HCS) local, public health home- and community-visiting service off...

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Posted on: November 28, 2023

Last Chance to Take the Community Health Survey

Health and Community Services

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. November 28, 2023 – San Juan County Health & Community Services wants to hear from you! The Community Health Survey is collecting responses through Friday, Dec. 1 to include in the Community Health Assessment Report, whi...

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Posted on: November 28, 2023

November 28 Council Meeting Delayed until 10am

County Council News (1)

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. November 28, 2023 – Today’s regularly scheduled 9:00am San Juan County Council meeting is delayed until 10am. The meeting will be accessible via all regular channels including the County website’...

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Posted on: November 27, 2023

Repeated Vandalism Forces Land Bank to Remove Toilet at Zylstra Lake Preserve

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SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. November 27, 2023 – The Conservation Land Bank made the difficult decision to close and remove the public restroom at Zylstra Lake Preserve due to excessive vandalism. Facing repetitive repair costs and continued misuse, the...

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Posted on: November 20, 2023

Sheriff's Office Activity on Lopez Island

Sheriffs Office News

San Juan County, WA, November 20, 2023 – The San Juan County Sheriff’s Office is actively investigating a hunting accident on Lopez Island that occurred over the weekend.

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Posted on: November 17, 2023

San Juan County Sheriff’s Office Accredited for Highest Professional Standards of Policing

Sheriffs Office News

San Juan County, WA, November 17, 2023 - The San Juan County Sheriff’s Office has successfully completed a rigorous accreditation program that certifies it is operating under best practices and standards for law enforcement.  The progra...

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Posted on: November 16, 2023

San Juan County Responds to Public’s Feedback on Destination Management Plan

San Juan County News (1)

SAN JUAN COUNTY. WA November 16, 2023 - San Juan County would like to acknowledge the public response to the Preliminary Draft San Juan Islands Destination Management Plan (SDMP) and thank those community members who have taken the time to submit feedback...

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Posted on: November 16, 2023

San Juan County Moves to .gov Domain for Enhanced Cybersecurity

San Juan County News (1)

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. November 16, 2023 – To enhance the County’s cybersecurity systems, the County’s website domain will be transitioning to .gov along with an updated name. The County will be trading ‘www.sanjuanco...

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Posted on: November 13, 2023

County Manager Mike Thomas Stepping Down After 10 Years of Public Service in the Islands

San Juan County News

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA – County Manager Mike Thomas recently announced that he is stepping down from his position after 10 years with San Juan County.  He has worked in local government in Washington State for over 33 years.

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Posted on: November 9, 2023

We Want To Hear From You: Take the Community Health Survey

Health and Community Services

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. November 9, 2023 – San Juan County Health & Community Services (HCS) wants to hear from all County residents in its Community Health Survey. The anonymous survey takes only eight to ten minutes and will help HCS better u...

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Posted on: November 7, 2023

UPDATE: San Juan County Sheriff's Office: Missing Person

Sheriffs Office News

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. November 7, 2023 - 

2:20PM: At 2:00pm, the San Juan County Sheriff's Office was contacted by a shelter in Seattle that has located the missing person. They were taken into protective custody this afternoon. Thank you t...

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Posted on: November 2, 2023

County and Town Send Open Letter to State Officials Regarding Impacts of Poor Ferry Service

Ferry Information

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. November 2, 2023 – The San Juan County and Town of Friday Harbor Councils are publishing an open letter sent to Washington State Governor Jay Inslee and Washington State Department of Transportation Secretary Roger ...

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Posted on: November 1, 2023

San Juan County Bat Tests Positive for Rabies

Health and Community Services

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. November 1, 2023 – A bat collected in San Juan County was recently sent for testing to the Washington State Public Health Lab and was determined to be positive for rabies. Treatment to prevent rabies was recommended for two ...

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Posted on: October 30, 2023

Building For the Next Generation: San Juan County Explores Development of New Public Services Center

San Juan County News (1)

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. October 23, 2023 – As San Juan County celebrates its 150th anniversary as an organization, this milestone brings the responsibility to prepare for the next 150 years of providing the services, programs, and community assets ...

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Posted on: October 30, 2023

[DRAFT] Assessor Sends 2023 Change of Value Notices

Assessors Office News

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. October 30, 2023 – The Assessor’s Office mailed the 2023 Change of Value Notices on October 27, 2023. If your appraised value did not change from the prior year, you will not receive a Change of Value Notice. Tax r...

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Posted on: October 26, 2023

It’s Time to Schedule Your Child’s Flu Shot!

Health and Community Services

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. October 26, 2023 – Registration is now open for San Juan County’s school-based flu vaccine clinics. These clinics will be available on Lopez, Orcas, and San Juan Islands in November and will provide free influenza ...

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Posted on: October 23, 2023

Oct. 23 Council Meeting Delayed Due to Technical Difficulties & Accessible Via Microsoft Teams

County Council News (1)

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. October 23, 2023 – Today’s 9:00am San Juan County Council meeting workshop is delayed due to technical difficulties. The County is working as quickly as possible to fix the issues.

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Posted on: October 20, 2023

Creosote Pilings Removed from Jackson Beach, Improving Habitat and Shoreline

Environmental Stewardship

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA October 20, 2023 – San Juan County and the Marine Resources Committee is pleased to announce the successful removal of the derelict pier at Jackson Beach. This October, 117 creosote pilings were pulled from the water. The der...

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Posted on: October 20, 2023

San Juan County Celebrates 150 Years of Service

Anniversary News

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. October 20, 2023 – On October 31, 2023, San Juan County turns 150 years old – giving us all a reason to celebrate our community, our islands, and our County. After all, celebrating 150 years only happens o...

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Posted on: October 20, 2023

County and WSF Complete Orcas Ferry Terminal Updates, Paving the Way for Greater Accessibility

Public Works Update

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. October 20, 2023 – The latest phase of accessibility improvements at the Orcas Ferry Landing is now complete. The project added ADA-compliant parking spaces, updated stormwater infrastructure, provided additional sidewalks a...

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Posted on: October 11, 2023

Fall 2023 Great Islands Clean-up Successfully Removes 1,800lbs of Litter

Environmental Stewardship

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. October 09, 2023 – In an inspiring display of community unity and environmental stewardship, 164 dedicated volunteers came together to participate in the Fall Great Islands Clean-up on Orcas, San Juan, Shaw...

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Posted on: October 11, 2023

Make Your Voice Heard: Community Health Survey Postcards on Their Way to You

Health and Community Services

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. October 11, 2023 – San Juan County Health & Community Services wants to hear from as many people as possible in the Community Health Survey. We are sending a postcard to all San Juan County residents inviting everyone to...

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Posted on: October 4, 2023

Registration Opens for Pediatric COVID-19 Vaccine Appointments

Health and Community Services

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. October 4, 2023 – Registration for the new pediatric 23-24 COVID-19 vaccine is now open, with limited availability for children under 19 years of age. Our first clinics will be held Oct. 18 on Orcas Island and Oct. 19 on San Juan Isla...

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Posted on: October 10, 2023

2023 General Election

Election Information

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. October 10, 2023 - All registered San Juan County voters will receive ballots for this election.  

 San Juan County Fire Protection District No. 2 (Orcas Island Fire & Rescue) is running a property tax le...

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Posted on: October 10, 2023

Road Work on Cattle Point Road Begins

Public Works

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. October 10, 2023 – San Juan County’s Public Works Department is beginning maintenance on Cattle Point Road this week. The road will remain open to traffic, though drivers may experience traffic delays.&...

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Posted on: October 9, 2023

Orca Recovery Day 2023

Southern Resident Orca Community Coffee Round Table

Join local and regional scientists and policymakers working for the recovery of the endangered Southern Resident Orca as they come together over a cup of coffee to discuss some of the successes of the past year and the challenges that still lie ahead for ...

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Posted on: October 5, 2023

San Juan County Adopts 1/10th of 1% Sales Tax for Affordable Housing

Affordable Housing News

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. October 5, 2023. The San Juan County Council unanimously voted to approve an ordinance to adopt a new 1/10th of 1% sales and use tax for affordable housing and related services. This vote followed a public hearing at their Oc...

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Posted on: October 2, 2023

Fire Danger Downgraded to Low

Fire Marshal News

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. October 2, 2023 - Effective today, Monday, October 2, 2023, the San Juan County fire danger level has been downgraded to the LOW level. This change in fire danger level lifts the burning restrictions as outlined in the burn p...

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Posted on: October 2, 2023

Conservation Land Bank Announces Special Meeting to Discuss Watmought Bay Preserve Addition

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SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. October 2, 2023 - The San Juan County Conservation Land Bank Commission will hold a special meeting on Friday, October 6, from 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM to discuss and determine retaining the Watmough Bay addition (formerly Higgins...

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Posted on: September 27, 2023

COVID-19 Rapid Test Kits Available Again for Online Ordering

Health and Community Services

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. September 27, 2023 – On Monday, Sept. 25, 2023, the federal government opened online orders for every U.S. household to place an order for four free COVID-19 rapid tests. Go online to covid.gov/tests to place your order or y...

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Posted on: September 22, 2023

Seasonal Changes to Public Access at Land Bank Preserves

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SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. September 22, 2023 – Last week we celebrated the Autumn Equinox, a signal that our daylight hours are waning. It also signals seasonal changes to public access at your Conservation Land Bank’s Zylstra Lake and Moun...

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Posted on: September 20, 2023

Public Works to Install Stop Signs on Orcas Island

Public Works News

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. September 20 - The San Juan County Public Works Department will be installing new stop signs on Orcas Island. The new stop signs will be located on A Street and Prune Alley, in Eastsound Village.  

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Posted on: September 20, 2023

Auto-Pay Tax Enrollment Program Now Online

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SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. September 20, 2023 - The San Juan County Treasurer's Office is happy to announce that their Auto-Pay Tax Enrollment Program is now available on their website. This program allows tax payers to automatically pay their...

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Posted on: September 19, 2023

New Public Trail Opens on Lopez Island

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SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. September 19, 2023 - The San Juan County Conservation Land Bank and Washington State Parks are pleased to announce a new opportunity for a forest stroll - a 0.75-mile hiking trail through your Conservation Land Bank&rsquo...

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Posted on: September 19, 2023

San Juan County Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory Report Released

Environmental Stewardship

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. September 19, 2023 - San Juan County has committed to reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from community sources and municipal operations to reduce the County’s carbon footprint. As a baseline step in this proce...

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Posted on: September 14, 2023

Reward Offered for Information Regarding Recent Vandalisms in Friday Harbor

Sheriffs Office News

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. September 14, 2023 - The Town of Friday Harbor is offering up to a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of the person, or people, responsible for a series of incidents of graffiti in Friday Harb...

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Posted on: September 13, 2023

Fall COVID-19 Booster Vaccines: What We Know Now

Health and Community Services

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. September 13, 2023 – When the public health emergency declaration ended on May 11, 2023, that marked the shift in the COVID-19 response from a public health response effort to a privatized medical management model. The 2023-...

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Posted on: September 12, 2023

Fall 2023 Great Islands Clean-Up

Environmental Stewardship

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. September 12, 2023 - Join your fellow islanders for the 2023 Fall Great Islands Clean-up, happening on Saturday, September 30. This bi-annual event invites participants of all ages to make a positive impact on our environment...

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Posted on: September 8, 2023

SJI Destination Management Plan Public Review Period Extended and FAQs Shared

Environmental Stewardship

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. September 8, 2023 - The preliminary draft of the San Juan Islands Destination Management Plan (SDMP) is currently available for public review and comment. The draft Plan is built off the feedback and recommendations received ...

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Posted on: September 6, 2023

Dangers of Digging When Beaches Are Closed to Recreational Shellfish Harvesting

Health and Community Services

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. September 6, 2023 – San Juan County beaches remain closed to recreational shellfish harvesting due to unsafe levels of Paralytic Shellfish Poison (PSP). This closure includes all species of molluscan shellfish including clam...

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Posted on: September 1, 2023

Recreational Campfires Allowed in San Juan County

Fire Marshal News

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. September 1st, 2023 –The San Juan County Fire Marshal in conjunction with the San Juan County Fire Chiefs are allowing recreational campfires as of 12pm noon, September 1, 2023. 

Recreational and cooking fires, limited to 3 fe...

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Posted on: August 30, 2023

San Juan County Parks and Fair Department to Break Ground on Capital Projects

Parks and Fair

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. August 30, 2023 – The San Juan County Parks and Fair Department has several capital improvement projects slated to begin in September and be completed by late fall.

New Shark Reef Sanctuary Waterless Vault Toilets on Lopez Is...

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Posted on: September 14, 2023

County to Test Vote Counting Equipment in October

Election Information

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. September 14, 2023 – San Juan County’s Elections office will be holding a “Logic and Accuracy” test of ballot tabulating equipment used for the County’s November 7, 2023, General election. The test is scheduled for October 3 at 11:00 ...

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Posted on: August 28, 2023

Black-tail deer Hunting Season Opens September 1 at Lopez Hill and Mount Grant Preserves

Conservation Landbank News w Logo

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. August 28, 2023 – Deer hunting is open for a limited season at Lopez Hill and Mount Grant Preserves. Specific dates for 2023 are as follows:

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Posted on: August 28, 2023

DCD News: New Building Official, New State Building Codes & Website Updates

Community Development

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. August 28, 2023 – San Juan County’s Department of Community Development (DCD) is pleased to share a series of department updates as staff continue to address issues identified at recent community meetings. DCD is c...

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Posted on: August 25, 2023

Lodging Tax Grant Applications Now Open

San Juan County News (1)

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. August 25, 2023 – San Juan County is pleased to announce the 2023 Lodging Tax Grant Application is now live. Applications are due by September 29, 2023 at 5:00pm. 

San Juan County has established a tourism facilities...

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Posted on: August 23, 2023

Conservation Land Bank Announces Special Meeting to Discuss Watmough Bay Preserve Addition

Conservation Landbank News w Logo

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. August 23, 2023 – The San Juan County Conservation Land Bank Commission seeks input regarding future plans for the Watmough Bay Preserve Addition (formerly the Higgins property) located on Lopez Island. The meeting will be h...

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Posted on: August 23, 2023

San Juan County Closed to Recreational Shellfish Harvesting

Health and Community Services

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. August 23, 2023 – As of August 22, 2023, the Washington State Department of Health has closed recreational shellfish harvesting in San Juan County due to unsafe levels of Paralytic Shellfish Poison (PSP). This closure includ...

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Posted on: August 23, 2023

An open letter to the San Juan County community about wildfire risk and preparedness in the islands

San Juan County News (1)

Fellow islanders,

Following the catastrophic Maui fires earlier this month, there has been an understandably heightened level of concern about fire risk in the San Juan Islands. This includes what steps we can take to protect ourselves and what plans and s...

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Posted on: August 23, 2023

San Juan County's Land Bank Announces 2023 Fall Native Wildflower Sale

Conservation Landbank News w Logo

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. August 23, 2023 – The Salish Seeds Project announces its annual Fall Native Wildflower Sale, with more plants to choose from than ever.  Buyers can reserve plants online September 12 – 17 and pick them up ...

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Posted on: August 30, 2023

Marine Resources Committee & County Marine Program remove derelict creosote pier on San Juan Island

Environmental Stewardship

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA August 30, 2023 – The San Juan County Marine Resources Committee (MRC) is working with the County’s Environmental Stewardship Marine Program to remove the derelict pier at Jackson Beach this fall. Construct...

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Posted on: August 23, 2023

Preliminary Draft of San Juan Islands Destination Management Plan Now Available for Public Review

Environmental Stewardship

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. August 23, 2023 – San Juan County is creating the San Juan Islands Destination Management Plan (SDMP) to thoughtfully guide visitation that both supports and enhances the unique quality of life, environment, and cul...

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Posted on: August 22, 2023

San Juan County Sheriff’s Office Responds to Single Vehicle, Double Fatality on Orcas Island

Sheriffs Office News

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. August 22, 2023 - On August 22, 2023, around 5:41 AM, the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a single vehicle accident, possibly involving a fatality on Crow Valley Rd near the intersection of Pleasure Hor...

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Posted on: August 18, 2023

Wildfire Smoke Forecasted in San Juan County

Health and Community Services

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. August 18, 2023 – Smoke from wildfires in British Columbia and Eastern Washington is predicted to make its way to Western Washington this weekend, based on forecasted overnight shifts in wind patterns. San Juan County’s Health & C...

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Posted on: October 9, 2023

Real and Personal Property Taxes Due October 31

Notice of Taxes Due

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. October 09, 2023 – San Juan County Treasurer, Rhonda Pederson, would like to remind county property owners that the second half property taxes and personal property taxes are due Tuesday, October 31.  

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Posted on: August 14, 2023

Burn Ban on Recreational Fires in San Juan County

Fire Marshal News

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. August 14, 2023 –The San Juan County Fire Marshal has declared a ban on all recreational fires effective 12pm Noon on August 14, 2023. Due to current atmospheric and field conditions, this ban on all recreational fires appli...

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Posted on: August 30, 2023

County Council Travels to Lopez Island for Upcoming September 12 Meeting

County Council News (1)

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. August 30, 2023 – San Juan County Council will hold its next regularly scheduled, September 12 meeting on Lopez Island. The public is invited to join the three councilmembers and County staff at the meeting at the L...

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Posted on: August 11, 2023

Permits Required for Building, Grading, and Other Construction Activities in San Juan County

Community Development

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. August 11, 2023 – The San Juan County Department of Community Development (DCD) reminds the public that permits are essential to ensuring safe building practices and the long-term safety of buildings and property. O...

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Posted on: August 11, 2023

Auditor Seeks Writers of Argument for and against SJC Fire Protection District No. 2 Ballot Measure

Election Information

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. August 11, 2023 – San Juan County Auditor, Natasha Warmenhoven, is seeking people interested in writing arguments for and against the San Juan County Fire Protection District No. 2  ballot measure for the voters’ guide.

To ens...

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Posted on: August 11, 2023

COVID Doesn’t Take a Summer Vacation

Health and Community Services

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. August 11, 2023 – The San Juan County Health & Community Services (HCS) Department wants you to make the most out of this summer, and part of that is continuing to keep you safe from COVID-19. The CDC has reported an inc...

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Posted on: August 11, 2023

County Barge Landings at Griffin Bay and MacKaye Harbor

Public Works Update

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. August 11, 2023– San Juan County Public Works will be unloading several thousand tons of material onto San Juan and Lopez Island on Tuesday, August 22 and Wednesday, August 23. The barge landing area will be closed to the pu...

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Posted on: August 9, 2023

Modified Burn Ban in San Juan County

Fire Marshal News

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. August 9, 2023 –The San Juan County Fire Marshal, in conjunction with the San Juan County Fire Chiefs, have modified the BURN BAN posted from July 21st, 2023. (View previous burn ban notice by clicking here.)

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Posted on: August 7, 2023

Auditor Seeks Writers of Argument for and against Lopez Solid Waste Disposal District Ballot Measure

Election Information

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. August 7, 2023 – San Juan County Auditor, Natasha Warmenhoven, is seeking people interested in writing arguments for and against the Lopez Solid Waste Disposal District ballot measure for the voters’ guide.

To ensur...

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Posted on: August 7, 2023

Fun In the Sun for Families: ‘Seed to Sprout’ Classes Offered This Summer

Health and Community Services

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. August 7, 2023 - San Juan County’s Department of Health & Community is proud to offer hands-on learning opportunities in the garden this summer! Families are welcome to join the fun and learn about vegetable gardening th...

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Posted on: August 3, 2023

County to Remove A-Frame Signs in Unpermitted Areas of Eastsound

Community Development

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. August 3, 2023 – San Juan County reminds businesses and event organizers of important ordinances regarding signage – particularly signs placed alongside the road in the County right-of-way. During the week of Monda...

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Posted on: August 1, 2023

Health & Community Services Launches County-wide Survey About Community Health

Health and Community Services

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. August 1, 2023 – On Monday, July 31, 2023, San Juan County Health & Community Services (HCS) launched its county-wide survey as a part of the Community Health Assessment process which is underway. This survey is...

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Posted on: August 18, 2023

San Juan County Begins Road Striping in September

Public Works

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. August 1, 2023 – San Juan County’s Public Works Department is announcing its annual summer road striping schedule beginning on Monday, September 11 and lasting approximately several weeks. Pavemen...

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Posted on: August 1, 2023

Planting the Seeds with ‘Grow Your Own Food’ and ‘Seed to Sprout’

Health and Community Services

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. August 1, 2023 – This Spring San Juan County Health & Community Services (HCS) and WSU Extension Master Gardeners hosted a free four-week program for families with preschool-age children to learn about vegetable gardenin...

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Posted on: July 31, 2023

Deputies Arrest Alleged Sex Offender on Orcas Island

Sheriffs Office News

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. July 31, 2023 – The San Juan County Sheriff’s Office reports that on July 30, 2023, deputies on Orcas Island responded to a sex offense call on Orcas Island and arrested the alleged suspect.

Deputies quickl...

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Posted on: July 27, 2023

County’s Ferry Advisory Committee Holds Community Outreach Meeting August 2

Ferry Advisory Committee News

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. July 27, 2023– San Juan County’s Ferry Advisory Committee (FAC) is holding a special community outreach meeting on August 2 to share information about its advocacy efforts with Washington State Ferries (WSF), answe...

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Posted on: July 20, 2023

County Announces Ban on Recreational Fires in Unincorporated Areas of San Juan County

Fire Marshal News

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. July 20, 2023 –The San Juan County Fire Marshal has declared a ban on all recreational fires after consultation with the San Juan County Fire Chiefs. Due to current atmospheric and field conditions, this ban applies througho...

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Posted on: July 20, 2023

County Launches Pilot Program to Expand Plastic Film Recycling for San Juan Island

Environmental Stewardship

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. July 20, 2023 - San Juan County, in partnership with SC Johnson, a manufacturer of household consumer brands, is kicking off a pilot program to recycle plastic film. This is the fourth program of its kind to launch in Washing...

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Posted on: July 20, 2023

Elections Ballot Box on Lopez Island Remains Open to Voters Despite Construction

Election Information

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. July 20, 2023 – The San Juan County Elections Ballot Box on Lopez Island, located near the fire station, is open and available to voters despite construction.

Due to a Lopez Fire & EMS construction project behind...

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Posted on: July 19, 2023

County Council Meeting on Decatur Island July 25

County Council News (1)

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. July 19, 2023 – San Juan County Council will hold its next regularly scheduled July 25 meeting on Decatur Island. The public is invited to join the three councilmembers and County staff at the meeting at the Decatur...

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Posted on: July 19, 2023

Eastsound Planning Review Committee Holds Public Brainstorming Meeting to Discuss Parking Issues

Share Your Feedback

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. July 19, 2023 – San Juan County’s Eastsound Planning Review Committee (EPRC) is holding a public brainstorming meeting on Thursday, August 3 to contribute to a future Eastsound Parking Study. The public is...

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Posted on: July 12, 2023

County-wide Creosote Piling Assessment Underway This July

Environmental Stewardship

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. July 12, 2023 – San Juan County is contracting with Environmental Science Associates (ESA) to complete a county-wide assessment of creosote pilings. Addressing creosote treated materials in the marine environment is a priority for the...

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Posted on: June 29, 2023

Department of Community Development Publishes Community Meeting Recaps and Resulting Next Steps

News Flash_Community Development

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. June 29, 2023 – San Juan County’s Department of Community Development shares next steps as the result of organizational change and feedback from a series of community meetings. 

County officials including c...

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Posted on: June 27, 2023

County Unveils New Program to Improve Access to Agendas and Live-Streamed and Recorded Meetings

San Juan County News (1)

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. June 27, 2023 – San Juan County is proud to unveil new software to streamline its meetings and agenda management processes. The software, called Civic Clerk, integrates seamlessly into the County’s Civic Plus website and allo...

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Posted on: June 27, 2023

Public Works Survey Data Released: Results Emphasize Safety

Public Works Survey

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. June 27, 2023 – San Juan County's Public Works Department published a community survey that posed the question, “How should your roads work for you?” After collecting responses and analyzing the ...

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Posted on: June 23, 2023

County’s Derelict Vessel Program Seeks Community Support to Minimize Impacts of Neglected Boats

Environmental Stewardship

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. June 23, 2023 – San Juan County’s Derelict Vessel Program strives to minimize the impacts of derelict vessels throughout the county. By working closely with the public, local authorities, and the Washingto...

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Posted on: June 22, 2023

County to Test Vote Counting Equipment in July

Election Information

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. June 22, 2023 – San Juan County’s Elections office will be holding a “Logic and Accuracy” test of ballot tabulating equipment used for the County’s August 1, 2023, Primary election. Th...

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Posted on: June 20, 2023

County Halts Bayhead Creek Culvert Replacement Project on Killebrew Lake Road

Public Works Update 2

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. June 20, 2023 – San Juan County Council held a special meeting on Tuesday, June 20 to discuss the Bayhead Creek Culvert Replacement Project that necessitates the closure of Killebrew Lake Road. During this meeting, Council v...

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Posted on: June 20, 2023

San Juan County Courts Announce New Online Jury Portal

San Juan County News

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. June 20, 2023 – San Juan County Superior Court and District Court are implementing a new online portal to communicate with potential jurors. San Juan County is pleased to announce this improved access to the judicial system....

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Posted on: June 20, 2023

County to Share Community Development Updates at Lopez Island Meeting

News Flash_Community Development

 SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. June 20, 2023 – The public is invited to join County officials on June 28 at the Lopez Community Center for a discussion about the Department of Community Development. The meeting will be held from 4:30pm-5:30pm and...

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Posted on: June 16, 2023

County Council Announces Special Meeting to Discuss Orcas Island’s Bayhead Creek Culvert Replacement

County Council News

Previously, the Council was scheduled to address this project at the June 27 meeting. Due to project time constraints, the Council felt it necessary to discuss the project sooner than the 27. The public is invited to provide comment during the public acce...

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Posted on: June 15, 2023

Turtleback Mountain Preserve Temporary Trail Closures

Land Bank News Flash (2)

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. June 15, 2023 – San Juan County's Conservation Land Bank will implement temporary trail closures on Turtleback Mountain Preserve during June and July to accommodate the installation of nineteen road culverts. In res...

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Posted on: June 14, 2023

New State Building Codes Delayed Until October

News Flash_Community Development

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. June 14, 2023 – San Juan County’s Department of Community Development is alerting the public of a revised timeline for the implementation of new state building codes. The Washington State Building Code Council (SBC...

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Posted on: June 9, 2023

County Publishes Answers to Frequently Asked Questions About the Killebrew Lake Road Closure

Public Works Update 2

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. June 9, 2023 – San Juan County’s Public Works Department will be replacing a culvert for Bayhead Creek on Killebrew Lake Road.  

What is this project? 

The County will replace a culvert on ...

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Posted on: June 9, 2023

County Celebrates HolliWalk Neighborhood, the Latest Affordable Housing Project

General Housing

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. June 9, 2023 – San Juan County is celebrating the completion of the HolliWalk Neighborhood in Friday Harbor – a project that received over $1.5 million of County funding. This is the County's second larges...

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Posted on: June 8, 2023

San Juan County Names Interim Director of Department of Community Development

News Flash_Community Development

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. June 8, 2023 – San Juan County has named Norm Gollub as Interim Director of the Department of Community Development (DCD).  Gollub has extensive experience throughout Washington State in the areas of land use and co...

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Posted on: June 7, 2023

County to Share Community Development Updates at Orcas Island Meeting

News Flash_Community Development

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. June 7, 2023 – The public is invited to join County staff, including County Manager Mike Thomas and Council Chair Cindy Wolf, at a Community Development-focused meeting on June 13 at the Orcas Center. The meeting wi...

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Posted on: June 7, 2023

County Hosts Project Information Meeting Re: Killebrew Lake Rd Closure & Bayhead Creek Culvert

Public Works Update 2

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. June 7, 2023 – The County’s Public Works Department is hosting a project information meeting to discuss questions and concerns regarding the Bayhead Creek Culvert Replacement project which necessitates the...

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Posted on: June 6, 2023

County Council Travels to Orcas Island for Upcoming June 13 Meeting

San Juan County News

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. June 6, 2023 – San Juan County Council will hold its next regularly scheduled, June 13 meeting on Orcas Island. The public is invited to join the three councilmembers and County staff at the meeting at the Orcas Cen...

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Posted on: June 6, 2023

San Juan County's Fire Danger Level Increases to MODERATE

Fire Marshal News

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. June 6, 2023 – Effective Monday June 5, 2023, San Juan County, WA fire danger level increases to MODERATE as fuels continue to dry out. 

Moderate fire danger means that all fine dead fuels like dried grasses ignite re...

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Posted on: June 1, 2023

San Juan County Celebrates New Protections for Endangered Orca During Orca Action Month

Environmental Stewardship Update (2)

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. June 1, 2023 – June is Orca Action Month, and this year, San Juan County is joining partners around the Salish Sea to celebrate the Lasting Legacies of these sentinel animals. This month, the County’s Marine Progra...

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Posted on: June 1, 2023

San Juan County Citizen Input Needed: Do You Have Waste Tires?

Environmental Stewardship Update (1)

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. June 1, 2023 - Do you have old tires you’d like to dispose of? Let the County know! San Juan County’s Solid Waste Program is assessing the waste tire disposal needs of local citizens in an effort to provid...

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Posted on: May 30, 2023

County to Begin Work on Orcas Island’s Bayhead Creek Culvert Replacement

Public Works Update 2

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. May 31, 2023 – The County will begin a project to replace a culvert on Killebrew Lake Road, just east of Laporte Road. The FEMA-funded project will install a 12-foot-wide box culvert, specially designed to improve f...

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Posted on: May 26, 2023

New Legislation Increases Senior and Disabled Persons Income Limits for Tax Purposes

San Juan County News

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. May 26, 2023 – San Juan County’s Assessor’s Office is alerting the public of new income limits that affect taxes for senior citizens and people with disabilities in San Juan County. 

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Posted on: May 25, 2023

San Juan County Shares Draft Report of Shoreline Cumulative Effects Evaluation

News Flash_Community Development

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. May 25, 2023 – San Juan County is conducting a Cumulative Effects Evaluation of its shorelines for the Department of Ecology. A virtual public meeting to review the draft report is scheduled for Wednesday, June 7, 2...

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Posted on: May 25, 2023

Recap of Lopez Neighborhood Meeting Regarding the Relocation of Public Works Facilities

Public Works Update 2

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. May 25, 2023 – On Monday, May 15, 2023 County Council Member Jane Fuller (District 3), County Manager Mike Thomas, and the Director of Public Works Colin Huntemer, convened a meeting with the neighbors of the MacKaye Harbor ...

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Posted on: May 25, 2023

Please Don’t Pick the Field Mustard! Help the Endangered Island Marble Butterfly Thrive

Environmental Stewardship Update (2)

SAN JUAN ISLAND, WA. May 25, 2023 – The San Juan County Department of Environmental Stewardship asks the local community to refrain from picking field mustard (Brassica rapa), a critical plant for the survival of the endangered Island Marble Butterfly (Eu...

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Posted on: May 23, 2023

District 3 Councilmember Jane Fuller Opens Office on Lopez and Hosts Community Conversation

County Council News

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. May 23, 2023 – San Juan County Councilmember Jane Fuller (District 3) announces the opening of a ground floor office in Lopez Village. Located at 262 Weeks Rd., Unit D (on the other side of the building where Blossom Grocery...

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Posted on: May 23, 2023

San Juan County Holds Special Three-day Filing Period in June

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SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. May 23, 2023 – San Juan County's Elections Office is opening a special three-day filing period in June for those offices where no candidates filed during the regular candidate filing week. The special three...

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Posted on: May 22, 2023

WSF Announces Orcas Road Reduced to One Lane Near Ferry Terminal the Week of May 23

Public Works Update 2

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. May 22, 2023 – Washington State Ferries (WSF) announced the beginning of paving activity for a portion of Orcas Road, adjacent to the Orcas Island Ferry Terminal. This paving effort is part of the current constructi...

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Posted on: May 22, 2023

Seeking Argument Against San Juan County Fire Protection Dist. No. 2 (Orcas Island Fire & Rescue)

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SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. May 22, 2023 – San Juan County Auditor, Natasha Warmenhoven, is seeking people interested in writing arguments against the San Juan County Fire Protection District No. 2 ballot measure for the voters’ guide.

In orde...

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Posted on: May 18, 2023

Law Enforcement Joint Search & Rescue Training with Orcas Island Fire & Rescue and WA State Parks

Sheriff's Office News Flash

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. May 18, 2023 – The San Juan County Sheriff’s Office is pleased to announce a training on Orcas Island occurring May 18, 2023. In the interest of information sharing and trying to minimize the potential of alarm of Orcas resid...

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Posted on: May 12, 2023

Public Health Clinic Fees Resume on June 1

News Flash_Health Dept (2)

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. May 12, 2023 – On June 1, 2023, San Juan County Health & Community Services (HCS) will begin collecting fees for some public health services again. HCS will also be rolling out their new sliding fee scale. This ...

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Posted on: May 10, 2023

The Public Health Emergency Declaration Ends on May 11 – What Does This Mean?

News Flash_Health Dept (4)

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. May 10, 2023 – On May 11, 2023, the public health emergency (PHE) declaration will end. What does that mean for folks in San Juan County? Let’s take a look.

Is COVID-19 gone? No. The virus is still present in Washin...

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Posted on: May 9, 2023

San Juan County Announces Departure of Community Development Director

San Juan County News

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. May 9, 2023 – As of Friday, May 5, 2023, San Juan County’s Director of Community Development, David Williams, is no longer employed at San Juan County. The County is appreciative of the contributions David has made...

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Posted on: May 8, 2023

A Second Generation of Coho Salmon Found at the Land Bank’s Coho Preserve on Orcas Island!

Land Bank News Flash (1)

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. May 8, 2023 – Local Fisheries Biologist, Jenny De Groot, shares an update on the emergence of Coho salmon at Coho Preserve on Orcas Island. 

"Spring is a time for optimism and hope. A time for rebirth. ...

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Posted on: May 8, 2023

County Hosts Lopez Neighborhood Meeting Regarding Public Works Facilities Relocation

Public Works Update 2

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. May 5, 20232 – San Juan County is in the process of relocating its Public Works facilities on Lopez Island to the MacKaye Harbor area. In advance of this move, the County is holding a community meeting on Monday, Ma...

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Posted on: May 5, 2023

County Council Meeting on Shaw Island May 9

County Council News

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. May 5, 20232 – San Juan County Council will hold its first meeting outside of the Friday Harbor council chambers for the year. The three councilmembers, accompanied by County staff, will travel to Shaw Island to hol...

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Posted on: May 4, 2023

San Juan County Resurfaces Over 14 Miles of Roads this Summer

Public Works Update 2

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. May 4, 2023 – San Juan County’s Public Works Department is announcing its annual summer road resurfacing schedule to chip seal over 14 miles of roads on San Juan, Orcas, and Lopez Island. Chip sealing is a pavement...

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Posted on: May 4, 2023

Conservation Land Bank Events – May Round Up!

Land Bank News Flash (2)

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. May 4, 2023 – San Juan County’s Conservation Land Bank is excited to share a series of events throughout May. From guided walks to habitat tours, there’s something for everyone!

North Shore Property Guided Tours | Orcas Island | May 5,...

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Posted on: May 2, 2023

301 Volunteers Made the Spring Great Islands Clean-up a Success!

Environmental Stewardship Update (1)

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. May 2, 2023 - San Juan County would like to thank the 301 dedicated volunteers who collected 4,574 pounds of litter on Shaw, Orcas, San Juan, Stuart, Decatur, Sucia, and Lopez Islands during this year’s Spring Great...

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Posted on: May 2, 2023

San Juan County Seeks Consultant for Updating the Critical Areas Ordinance

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SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. May 2, 2023 – San Juan County’s Department of Community Development (DCD) seeks a qualified consultant to review and update Best Available Science (BAS) and write an update of the Critical Areas Ordinances...

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Posted on: April 25, 2023

“What’s Important to You?” Deadline Approaches for County Public Works Survey

Share your Feedback

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. April 26, 2023 – You have a chance to impact future projects around the County! Do you want more slip space at County docks? Are you passionate about building new bike trails? Have you experienced a road washout or culvert f...

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Posted on: April 24, 2023

Real and Personal Property Taxes Due May 1

Taxes Due

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. April 24, 2023 – San Juan County Treasurer, Rhonda Pederson, would like to remind county property owners that the first half property taxes and personal property taxes are due May 1.  Since the due date falls on a w...

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Posted on: April 21, 2023

San Juan County Sheriff’s Office Publishes Safe Shooting Tips

Sheriff's Office News Flash

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. April 21, 2023 – As sunnier, warmer days facilitate outdoor activities, the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office is sharing friendly reminders about gun safety. Whether at target practice or shooting ...

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Posted on: April 20, 2023

San Juan County’s Annual Hazardous Waste Round-Ups this Spring

Environmental Stewardship Update (1)

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. April 20, 2023 - San Juan County’s hazardous waste round-up collection event is our community’s once-yearly opportunity to legally and responsibly dispose of poisonous, flammable, corrosive or other hazard...

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Posted on: April 18, 2023

Council Takes Next Step in Argyle Lots Housing Project by Selecting San Juan Community Home Trust

Affordable Housing News

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. April 18, 2023 – During the April 18 meeting, Council members voted to accept the Housing Advisory Committee’s recommendation of selecting the San Juan Community Home Trust as the chosen applicant from the...

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Posted on: April 18, 2023

Candidate Filing Week – May 15 through May 19

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SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. April 18, 2023 – If you have ever wanted to be an elected official, now is your chance. Candidates looking to run for office this year will have the opportunity to put their name on the ballot during the upcoming fi...

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Posted on: April 15, 2023

Hannah Heights Water System Tests Positive for PFAS

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SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. April 15, 2023 – San Juan County Health and Community Services (HCS) received confirmed test results on Friday April 14th indicating that a well belonging to the Hannah Heights Water System on San Juan Island tested positive...

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Posted on: April 10, 2023

‘How should San Juan County prioritize Public Works projects?’ Asks New Survey

Public Works Survey

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. April 10, 2023 – San Juan County's Public Works wants to hear from YOU! How often do you use marine facilities? Do you feel safe driving, biking, or walking on County roads? How should funding be prioritized into th...

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Posted on: April 6, 2023

Invest in Your Planet! The Great Islands Clean-up is on Earth Day, April 22!

Environmental Stewardship Update (2)

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. April 6, 2023 - Join your fellow islanders for the 2023 Spring Great Islands Clean-up on Earth Day, Saturday, April 22. During this event, participants of all ages can sign-up to collect trash on a designated beach or road, t...

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Posted on: April 4, 2023

Fact vs Fiction – Learn What $15 Gets You with the Land Bank

Land Bank News Flash (2)

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. April 4, 2023 – Join the San Juan County Conservation Land Bank on Zoom OR in person for our Spring Community Conversation series. The Land Bank will host public meetings on Wednesdays - April 12, April 19, and Tuesday, Apri...

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Posted on: April 4, 2023

Concern For San Juan County’s Most Vulnerable Prompts Latest Health Officer Order

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SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. April 4, 2023 – On Apr. 3, 2023, San Juan County Health Officer Order 2023-1 went into effect which continues the masking requirements in patient-facing healthcare facilities. The order excludes dental offices, optometry off...

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Posted on: April 3, 2023

Sheriff’s Office Launches New Drone Program and Policy

Sheriff's Office News Flash

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. April 3, 2023 – The San Juan County Sheriff’s Office is introducing a new resource to assist in better serving and protecting community members. The agency now has two Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) (commonly referr...

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Posted on: March 30, 2023

UPDATE: Law Enforcement Presence at Spring Street School, March 30, 2023

Sheriff's Office News Flash

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. March 30, 2023 The San Juan County Sheriff’s Office provided an additional update regarding the Law Enforcement Presence at Spring Street School. After working in cooperation with officials at the school...

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Posted on: March 29, 2023

San Juan County Sheriff’s Office Launches New tip411 Tool

Sheriff's Office News Flash

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. March 29, 2023 – The San Juan County Sheriff’s Office is pleased to announce the implementation of a cell phone and web-based application which will help the public connect with deputies to find informatio...

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Posted on: March 24, 2023

Breaking Ground at the Fairgrounds – New Projects Underway

Parks & Fair News

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. March 24, 2023 – The San Juan County Fairgrounds is beginning a series of projects beginning in late March. Projects will enhance the annual County Fair and year-round use of the Fairgrounds.

Fairgrounds Updates

In late March,...

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Posted on: March 17, 2023

Work to complete ADA upgrades at Orcas Ferry Terminal Begins

Public Works Update 2

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. March 17, 2023 – San Juan County (SJC) and the Washington State Ferries (WSF) are eager to announce a public access upgrade for the Orcas Island Ferry Terminal. Thanks to this partnership, the project will provide improved A...

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Posted on: March 16, 2023

Land Bank Requests Seasonal Sheep Grazing Lease Proposals for 2023-2024

Land Bank News Flash (2)

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. March 16, 2023 – The San Juan County Conservation Land Bank is requesting proposals from anyone interested in a short-term seasonal sheep grazing lease on areas of the Fowler’s Pond Preserve Property, on Orcas Isla...

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Posted on: March 15, 2023

San Juan County Seeks Ferry Advisory Committee Member from San Juan Island

FAC News

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. March 15, 2023 – San Juan County Council is soliciting volunteers to serve on the San Juan County Ferry Advisory Committee (FAC). The Ferry Advisory Committee (FAC) studies and recommends resolutions on ferry transp...

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Posted on: March 15, 2023

San Juan County Parks and Fair Readied to Respond to Opioid Overdose

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SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. March 10, 2023 – Staff at San Juan County Parks are now better equipped to respond to opioid overdoses, thanks to a partnership with the Health & Community Services Department (HCS). Parks staff now have access to Naloxo...

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Posted on: March 10, 2023

San Juan County Honors Lucinda Elizabeth Stewart Boyce’s Legacy of Care with Community Health Van

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SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. March 10, 2023 – Lucinda Elizabeth Stewart Boyce lived on San Juan Island in the late 1800s and, through radical acts of public service, cultivated a legacy of care. She was known to travel by horseback, buggy, and canoe to ...

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Posted on: March 9, 2023

County Hosts “Meet Your Elected Officials” Event on Lopez Island

Meet your Electeds

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. March 9, 2023 - San Juan County is pleased to host its final “Meet Your Elected Officials” event of the series on Lopez Island. After two previous meetings on Orcas and San Juan Islands, the group of elected offici...

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Posted on: March 7, 2023

Planning Commission Volunteers Needed for San Juan and Lopez Islands

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SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. March 7, 2023 – San Juan County is looking for interested volunteers to fill two vacancies on the Planning Commission. Position #5 representing San Juan Island will serve until December of 2024. Position #3 representing Lope...

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Posted on: March 2, 2023

You’re Invited: Luci B Community Wellness Van Launch Party on March 15

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SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. March 2, 2023 – San Juan County Health & Community Services (HCS) is hosting a launch party for the new Luci B Community Wellness Van at the San Juan County Fairgrounds main building from 12:30 to 1:30 pm. Light refreshm...

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Posted on: February 16, 2023

County Answers FAQs About Proposed Public Works Relocation on Lopez Island

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SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. February 16, 2023 – San Juan County is in the process of exploring the possibility of relocating its Public Works facilities on Lopez Island to the MacKaye Harbor area. This multi-year process has included ...

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Posted on: February 15, 2023

Update: Orcas Island’s Fish Trap Culvert Replacement Enters Second Phase

Public Works Update 2

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. April 10, 2023 – The County’s Public Works Department is entering phase two of a project to replace a culvert and repair a section of Cormorant Bay Road near Deer Harbor. The FEMA-funded project is installing a ten...

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Posted on: February 15, 2023

County Begins Planning for Zylstra Lake Trail and Answers FAQs

Town to Zylstra Lake Updates

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. February 15, 2023 – San Juan County is eager to begin developing a plan for a multi-use trail connecting the Town of Friday Harbor to the Zylstra Lake Preserve. Recently awarded $5.28 million in federal transportati...

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Posted on: February 10, 2023

County Council Awards Five Year Lease at Coffelt Farm Preserve

Land Bank News Flash (1)

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. 10 February, 2023 – San Juan County is pleased to announce Lum Farm has been awarded a long-term lease at Coffelt Farm on Orcas Island.  

Eric and Amy Lum have been stalwart stewards of Coffelt Farm since 20...

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Posted on: February 3, 2023

Open House for Three Lopez Island Preserves

Land Bank News Flash (2)

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. February 3, 2023 – Join the San Juan County Conservation Land Bank for an open house meeting to provide input on three Lopez Preserves: Spencer Spit, Richardson Marsh, and Lopez Hill.

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Posted on: January 26, 2023

Washington State Department of Health Approves Use of Expired COVID-19 Tests

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SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. Jan. 26, 2023 – If you have a stockpile of expired at-home COVID-19 tests, don’t throw them out. You can still use them! The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) approved the use of expired at-home COVID-19 tests.

At-home COVID-...

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Posted on: January 24, 2023

Early Bird Registration now open for the San Juan Islands Agricultural Summit March 3 & 4

WSU extension news

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. January 24, 2023 – Early Bird Registration is now open for the 11th Annual San Juan Islands Agricultural Summit March 3 & 4, 2023 through 5pm January 29. The Summit will be held on San Juan Island, and ...

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Posted on: January 13, 2023

County Invites the Public to “Meet Your Elected Officials” Events

Meet your Electeds

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. January 13, 2023 – San Juan County is pleased to host a series of “Meet Your Elected Officials” events. Scheduled during the first three months of the year, these events will offer the public an ...

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Posted on: January 11, 2023

Council Meeting Review: January 10, 2023

County Council News

This meeting included adopting legislative priorities, setting public hearings, and more.

This document is a review of the County Council meeting, Tuesday, January 10, 2023. Information related to agenda changes, Consent Agenda, and Public Comment are on the County website.

DISCUSSION/ACTION: Approve a Resolution Declaring an Emergency and Waiv...

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Posted on: January 11, 2023

San Juan County Launches New Oral Health Program for School-age Children

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SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. January 11, 2023 – San Juan County Health and Community Services will be providing “Smile Checks” as part of an oral health prevention program. Healthy teeth are part of overall health and wellness. In pa...

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Posted on: January 4, 2023

San Juan County's 2022 Year-In-Review

2022 Year in Review

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. January 4, 2023 – San Juan County releases a recap of 2022, highlighting accomplishments, favorite projects, and notable statistics. The public is encouraged to access the document on the County website by scrolling the PDF below, cli...

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Posted on: December 28, 2022

Rescheduled: Retirement Send-off for San Juan County’s Auditor, Milene Henley

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SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA December 28, 2022 – The retirement send-off for San Juan County’s Auditor, Milene Henley, has been rescheduled for Thursday, December 29 from 11am-12pm at the San Juan County Courthouse. As warmer weather permits sa...

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Posted on: December 28, 2022

2023 Dog Licenses Now on Sale

Dog Licenses

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. December 28, 2022 - The San Juan County Auditor’s office is ready for the 2023 dog licensing season! Each year, the department has the pleasure of recognizing a ‘Celebrity Dog’ and issuing them the first dog tag. Competition in 2023 w...

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Posted on: December 23, 2022

Melting Snow is Stormwater – Protect Your Property and Drains

Inclement Weather Updates

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. December 23, 2022 – With high levels of expected snow melt (stormwater), San Juan County’s Public Works Department encourages residents to be proactive in monitoring and reporting potential blockages to culverts an...

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Posted on: December 22, 2022

San Juan County Swears-in Eight Elected Officials

County Council News

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. December 22, 2022 – San Juan County is pleased to announce the swearing-in of eight elected officials on Thursday, January 5, 2022. The ceremony will take place in the Superior Court Courtroom with Superior Court Judge Kathry...

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Posted on: December 16, 2022

San Juan County is Prepared for Inclement Weather – And You Should Be, Too

Inclement Weather Updates

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. December 16, 2022 – San Juan County is pleased to provide the public with a reminder of Public Works services, priorities, and mission during inclement weather. Additionally, there are several ways in which the public can su...

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Posted on: December 16, 2022

County Asks Residents to Help Secure Broadband Funding

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SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. December 16, 2022 – San Juan County urges residents to check Federal Communications Commission (FCC) data to help secure future broadband funding before January 13, 2023. This effort to address broadband deficiencies could b...

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Posted on: December 16, 2022

San Juan County Launches “Text-to-911” for Emergency Response

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SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. December 16, 2022 – San Juan County is pleased to announce that cellular phone users in the county can now send text messages to 911 in an emergency. This new feature increases accessibility to emergency services and helps San Juan Co...

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Posted on: December 9, 2022

Postponed: San Juan County’s Auditor, Milene Henley's, Retirement Party

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SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA December 20, 2022 – UPDATE: Retirement party postponed due to inclement weather. San Juan County is grateful for Milene Henley's 16 years of service and hopes to be able to celebrate her when the we...

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Posted on: December 7, 2022

San Juan County Seeks San Juan Island Member for Housing Advisory Committee

Committee Vacancy

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. December 7, 2022 – Are you a San Juan Island resident who is passionate and knowledgeable about affordable housing in San Juan County? The County is seeking a new member for the Housing Advisory Committee (HAC) to fill the S...

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Posted on: December 5, 2022

Project Update: Lopez Village Stormwater Improvement Project

Lopez Village SIP update

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. December 5, 2022– San Juan County Public Works is pleased to provide the public with updates on the Lopez Village Stormwater Improvement Project.  The Public Works crew has completed the new stormwater channel which...

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Posted on: December 5, 2022

Hot Topic 63: Changes to COVID-19 Data Reporting

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SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. December 5, 2022 – Key changes in COVID-19 data reporting that everyone should be aware of.

As of December 1, 2022, Washington State Department of Health (DOH) has decommissioned the Washington State Coronavirus Response (COV...

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Posted on: December 1, 2022

Councilmember Jamie Stephens Retires, Leaving a Legacy for Lopez

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SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA December 1, 2022 – San Juan County’s most senior council member, Jamie Stephens, retires this month after 12 years of public service. They say good things come in threes, and after three terms on the Council, Stephe...

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Posted on: November 30, 2022

Hot Topic 62: Influenza Treatments

Health Hot Topic

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. November 30, 2022 – With influenza spreading rapidly throughout Washington and our own community, it is important to be aware of treatment options.

Rates of influenza in our community and throughout Washington state are very high, with...

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Posted on: November 30, 2022

Newly Adopted Comprehensive Plan Will Serve as the County’s Road Map for Next 20 Years

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County Council officially adopted the Plan on November 30 – marking the culmination of six years of work

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. November 30, 2022 – San Juan County Council adopted the 2036 Comprehensive Plan Update today after six years of meetings, public hearings, and input. The several-hundred-page document will serve as the road map for future de...

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Posted on: November 23, 2022

Sharing is caring—except when it comes to viruses

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SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. November 23, 2022 – Washington state is seeing an increase in cases of RSV (respiratory syncytial virus). RSV is a common respiratory virus that causes cold and COVID-like symptoms, including runny nose, coughing, sneezing, ...

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Posted on: November 23, 2022

San Juan County Council Briefed on Ferry Updates

Ferry Information

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. November 23, 2022 – Ahead of the busy, upcoming holiday season, members of San Juan County’s Council met with Washington State officials and representatives from the Washington State Ferries (WSF) to express island...

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Posted on: November 23, 2022

Affordable Housing: The Future of Affordability

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The need for affordable housing is a widespread and growing issue – not just in the Islands, but throughout the region and nation. The San Juan Islands are home to multiple organizations working to create long-term affordable housing opportuniti...

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Posted on: November 21, 2022

San Juan County Considers Relocating Lopez’s Public Works Facility

Public Works Update 2

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. November 21, 2022– San Juan County is entering the planning stages of an exciting project on Lopez Island. County Council has directed staff to develop a plan to relocate Public Works operations from Fisherman Bay Rd to the ...

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