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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 3, 2022

Affordable Housing: A Foundation for San Juan’s Future

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Take a stroll through Friday Harbor’s neighborhoods and you’ll find the next wave of affordable housing. On Price Street, passersby will see walls being framed in, hear the hum of compressors hard at work, and feel the excitement in th...

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Posted on: November 3, 2022

Affordable Housing: Lopez’s Community-Driven Solutions

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Leyna Lavinthal and her family of three are about to celebrate a major milestone – one year in secure, affordable housing. The Lavinthal family left Seattle behind and moved to Lopez Island in 2018 in search of a safe community to raise their so...

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Posted on: November 3, 2022

Affordable Housing: Providing Opportunity on Orcas

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To some, the term ‘affordable housing’ means nothing more than a low monthly payment. But to Stephanie Nouvel and her family of four, ‘affordable housing’ means so much more. For the Orcas Island family, it means co...

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Posted on: January 24, 2023

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

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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

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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 4, 2023

San Juan County's 2022 Year-In-Review

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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 22, 2022

San Juan County Swears-in Eight Elected Officials

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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

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 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 23, 2022

San Juan County Council Briefed on Ferry Updates

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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 18, 2022

San Juan Island Library Board of Trustees Meeting

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The San Juan Island Library Board of Trustees is holding a special meeting on Friday, November 18, 2022 at 1pm. 

The special meeting is being held for the purposes of a Budget Work Session and Trustee Interviews. The meeting will be held in-person...

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Posted on: November 8, 2022

San Juan County Courts Update Community Service Program

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SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA.  November 8, 2022 – The courts of San Juan County are updating their community service program and are looking to add more local organizations to the roster. 

Please help the courts update the list with any ...

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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

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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 29, 2022

2023 Annual Docket: Public Invited to Submit Requests for Amendments to the SJC Comp. Plan & Codes

SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. December 30, 2022 – 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: November 14, 2022

San Juan County’s Comprehensive Plan Update Nears Completion

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SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. November 14, 2022 – San Juan County Council is expected to adopt the 2036 Comprehensive Plan Update by the end of the year. With a County Council public hearing on November 29, the exciting finale to a six-year proj...

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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: January 20, 2023

County Corner - January

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This column is part of a series detailing San Juan County’s recent news. Follow along each month to learn about important County projects, Council initiatives, department news, and more. 

In January, the County swore-in eight elected off...

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Posted on: January 11, 2023

Council Meeting Review: January 10, 2023

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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: November 30, 2022

Council Meeting Review: November 30, 2022

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Comp. Plan is officially adopted.

This document is a review of the County Council meeting, Wednesday, November 30, 2022. Information related to agenda changes, Consent Agenda, and Public Comment are on the County website.

PUBLIC HEARING: To Adopt an Ordinance Updating the San Juan County C...

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Posted on: November 30, 2022

Council Meeting Review: November 29, 2022

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This meeting included adopting the TIP, the ROSS Plan, multiple levy rates, and more.

This document is a review of the County Council meeting, Tuesday, November 29, 2022. Information related to agenda changes, Consent Agenda, and Public Comment are on the County website.

ACTION: To Approve a Resolution Adopting the 2023 Annual Construction ...

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Posted on: November 30, 2022

Council Meeting Review: November 8, 2022

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This meeting covered multiple public hearings, financial policies, PFFAP Awards, and more.

This document is a review of the County Council meeting, Tuesday, November 8, 2022. Information related to agenda changes, Consent Agenda, and Public Comment are on the County website.

PUBLIC HEARING: To Approve Six-Year Transportation Improvement Plan (TI...

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Posted on: November 30, 2022

COUNCIL MEETING REVIEW: NOVEMBER 7, 2022

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The ROSS Plan and Comp Plan discussions continue.

This document is a review of the County Council meeting, Monday, November 7, 2022. Information related to agenda changes, Consent Agenda, and Public Comment are on the County website.

DISCUSSION: Recreation, Open Space, and Stewardship Plan Update for 2023...

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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.

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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: December 7, 2022

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

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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

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: November 30, 2022

Hot Topic 62: Influenza Treatments

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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 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 16, 2022

Hot Topic 61: Best Practices for COVID, Cold, and Flu Season

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SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. November 16, 2022 – You’ve always been asked to stay home when you’re sick, but it’s not always that simple. This year, more than ever, it’s important to stay home when you have cold o...

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Posted on: November 3, 2022

More Bivalent COVID-19 Booster Clinics Scheduled for Next Week

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SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. November 3, 2022 – San Juan County Health & Community Services is hosting additional, large-scale bivalent COVID-19 booster vaccine clinics November 7th to November 10th. There are many additional appoi...

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Posted on: January 25, 2023

JURY DUTY: JANUARY 30 - FEBRUARY 3, 2023

For the jury term that begins on Monday January 30th and ends on Friday February 3rd, all jurors are excused.  

Thank you.

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Posted on: November 14, 2022

Notice of Scheduled Prescribed Burn at Turtleback Mountain Preserve

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SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. November 14, 2022 – The Land Bank will begin burning small piles on Turtleback Mountain Preserve this week under a permit from the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). This work follows strict protocols designed t...

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Posted on: January 3, 2023

San Juan County Opens Resident Camping Reservations for 2023

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SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA.  January 3, 2023 - San Juan County Parks, Recreation, and Fair Department is offering advanced camping reservations for San Juan County year-round residents beginning January 25 at 6:00 am until February 8 at 4:00 pm. This tw...

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Posted on: December 14, 2022

San Juan County Fair Seeks Artists for 2023 Poster

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SAN JUAN COUNTY, WA. December 14, 2022 – San Juan County Parks and Fair staff are already planning for the 2023 Fair! It is with great excitement that San Juan County announces the theme: “Dancing with the Steers,” a play on ...

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Posted on: December 23, 2022

Melting Snow is Stormwater – Protect Your Property and Drains

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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 16, 2022

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

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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 5, 2022

Project Update: Lopez Village Stormwater Improvement Project

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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: November 21, 2022

San Juan County Considers Relocating Lopez’s Public Works Facility

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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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