Orcas Women and Children to March Across the Country on Saturday Details included if you want to march

— from Kristin Kolb — Numerous Orcas Island women and children are amassing in Washington, D.C., Seattle, Friday Harbor, and Eastsound, for the Women’s March on Washington this coming Saturday, January 21, the day after President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration. The D.C. protest, which originally was called the Million Women’s March, is … Continue reading

NAS Whidbey Island SAR Conducts Five Missions in Six Days Three on San Juan, one on Orcas

— from Mike Welding —  Search and Rescue (SAR) crews from Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island conducted five separate missions within a six day period, including one search and four Medical Evacuations (MEDEVACs). The first mission occurred during a daytime training flight on Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017. The morning … Continue reading

2017 Accessory Dwelling Unit Eligibility Deadline

— from San Juan County Communications — San Juan County Department of Community Development (DCD) is accepting applications for detached ADU permits proposed outside of urban growth areas and activity centers until 4:30 pm February 13 2017.  There are 8 permits for the construction of new ADUs and 2 permits … Continue reading

San Juan County Marchers Registered for Seattle March Contact local women to connect in Seattle

— from Mary Gropp — San Juan County will be well represented at the Womxns March in Seattle on Saturday January 21. With an expected attendance of 20 to 30,000, many islanders have expressed a desire to try to meet to walk together, in the spirit of unity and mutual … Continue reading

Filing Period to Be Open for Lopez Hospital District Commissioners File between Monday, February 13 and Friday, February 17

— from San Juan County Communications —   On February 10, the County Council will consider a request to form a hospital district on Lopez Island. Assuming Council approves the proposition, it will go to the voters for approval on the April 25 Special Election. Also on the April ballot … Continue reading

Annual Homeless Count to be Completed This Month

— from San Juan County Communications — San Juan County’s 2017 Point in Time Homeless Count will be conducted on Thursday, January 26th. Count organizers and volunteers work with local family resource centers, food banks, churches, healthcare providers, senior centers, libraries, the sheriff’s office, and many other community support service … Continue reading

Health and Community Services Urges Public Action to Prevent Spread of Influenza

— from San Juan County Communications — Flu cases are on the rise in San Juan County, although we are not currently seeing the epidemic levels reported in other parts of Washington state. San Juan County Health & Community Services urge flu vaccine as the first line of defense against … Continue reading

WSDOT Secretary Announces New Head of Ferries

— from WA Department of Transportation — Today, Roger Millar, secretary of the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT), announced the appointment of Amy Scarton as assistant secretary for the Washington State Ferries Division. She officially begins her leadership role next month with responsibilities including, guiding the ferries management team … Continue reading

Letter to Editor | On That OPALCO Rate Increase

— from Alex MacLeod — In what has become an annual event, OPALCO put out a news release the other day letting us know our electricity rates are increasing yet again, this time by another 5%, effective January 1. It said the increase is necessary “to meet OPALCO’s cost of service, … Continue reading

Breaking News | Orcas Medical Foundation Raises Necessary Funds

— by Lin McNulty — Orcas Issues reached out to the Orcas Medical Foundation to inquire about the status of the fundraising effort to bring University of Washington Neighborhood Clinics to Orcas. UW Medicine estimated the cost of transitioning OMC to a UW Neighborhood Clinic would be $750,000. To move … Continue reading

Rock of Orcas to Dive into the Music of the 80s Three Choirs and Dance Classes forming

— from Grace McCune — Orcas Island: We Will Rock You! You have been warned. Get your bangles and bandannas on: The creative team of Grace McCune and Jake Perrine, who brought you “Moulin Rouge” and “Across the Universe,” will serve up Orcas Center’s next musical extravaganza: ROCK OF ORCAS … Continue reading

Guest Column: “Letter from a Birmingham Jail” Early words from a non-violent Civil Rights Leader

— by Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. — 16 April 1963 My Dear Fellow Clergymen: While confined here in the Birmingham city jail, I came across your recent statement calling my present activities “unwise and untimely.” Seldom do I pause to answer criticism of my work and ideas. If … Continue reading