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Unvaccinated person was San Juan County's 1st COVID-19 death

San Juan County Media Release: First COVID-19 related death in County A San Juan County resident has recently died, and the cause of death has been attributed to COVID-19. This was an unvaccinated islander who recently contracted COVID, was hospitalized and unfortunately passed away due to the illness.

This is the first recorded COVID-19 death in San Juan County. We are all saddened by this news and share our condolences with the family.

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The Simple Act of Being Together

One day in early December just before Orcas schools went on winter break, our new Board President, Maia Vechey, spent an afternoon at The Funhouse making hot apple cider with the kids.

“It was a nice break between playing tag and making crafts,” said Liz Doane, Program Director, for The Funhouse. “We had kids from Orcas Christian School, Salmonberry, and the public school all here that day so it was great fun having all of our friends together!”

Ballots for Feb. 8 Special Election to be mailed out Jan. 18

Ballots for the February 8 Special Election will be mailed to voters on January 18, 2022. There are two levy resolutions on the ballot, both measures are for levies that replace existing levies expiring at the end of 2022. 50% approval is required for passage. VOTERS GUIDE

San Juan Island School District is asking voters to approve the Resolution No. 21-010 Replacement Education Programs and Operations Levy. 

San Juan Island Emergency Medical Services is seeking voter approval for  Resolution-No-21-562---Renew-Six-Year-EMS-Levy.

WA Baby Bond Program Aims to Address Wealth Gap

Washington News Service: Washington state lawmakers are considering a policy which could help close the wealth gap for future generations.

The Washington Future Fund is a policy typically known as "baby bonds" and would allocate $3,200 to children born under the state's Medicaid program Apple Health. They would have access to it between the ages of 18 and 30.

Committee against SJ EMS levy renewal formed

Black and white political signs have been seen on San Juan Island opposing the renewal of San Juan Emergency Medical Services levy. Some have been removed because they were posted on private property without the property owner's permission.

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