San Juan Island PHD to hold special meeting Feb. 5

San Juan County Public Hospital District #1 Board of Commissioners will hold a special meeting at 1 p.m. Tuesday, February 5 in the Frank Wilson Memorial EMS Building 1079 Spring Street in Friday Harbor. The purpose of the meeting is to finalize the interim EMS Chief contract. The board selected Karl Kuetzing as interim chief in January. Chief Jerry Martin handed in his resignation effective April 1, 2019.



What does the community know about Kratom and should the county consider enacting regulations limiting the sale of the natural product?

County Health Officer Dr. Frank James presented   you know about Kratom?



I suggest a public hearing. The genesis  of the  public hearing is to learn more about this product with potential consideration for local ordinance that would at least address the issues of age and information access and disclosure of potential  harmful effects," said Rick Hughes.  Provide a buffer, not saying outlaw, but consider putting warning signs up and having an age reuierment."


Noel Monin, have dialog with local provider. 


"Remember DARE, it increased drug use it did not decrease drug use by teacning people about things they didn't know about." 

adult may pain relief without being aware or risks. 


Instruct health officer to contact Prosecutor. Potential in future to have a public hearing. 



Measles State of Emergency issued for Washington State

Governor Jay Inslee has issued a public health state of emergency based on 31 confirmed cases in the Vancouver area of Clark County, and one confirmed case in Seattle & King County. There have been multiple exposure locations in the Portland, Oregon; Vancouver and Seattle-King County area. The Washington State Department of Health Measles 2019 website is being updated daily with details on the current status of the outbreak, which includes an extensive list of exposure locations based in the Portland, Vancouver and Seattle-King County regions.


Annual Homeless Count January 24 in the San Juan Islands

San Juan County’s 2019 Point in Time Homeless Count will be conducted on Thursday, January 24, 2019. Count organizers and volunteers work with local family resource centers, food banks, emergency cold weather shelters, churches, healthcare providers, senior centers, libraries, the sheriff’s office, and many other community support service providers to conduct the count. The count, initiated by the State of Washington in 2005 (RCW43.185C.030), is conducted annually at the end of January.