NAS Whidbey Island SAR Medically Evacuates Friday Harbor Resident

— from Michael Welding, NAS Public Affairs Officer — A Search and Rescue (SAR) team from Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island conducted an evening Medical Evacuation (MEDEVAC) on Friday, Feb. 5, 2016, from the San Juan Islands. The SAR crew of six took off around 7:30 in the evening and transited … Continue reading

New Head at Peace Island Hospital

Merry-Ann Keane named chief administrative officer for PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center in Friday Harbor Merry-Ann Keane, MSN, BSN, RN, has been named interim chief administrative officer for PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center, following the retirement last month of Jim Barnhart. Prior to joining PeaceHealth in 2012 as nurse manager … Continue reading

Letter to the Editor: Park and Rec and School Levies Serve Us All

— by Martha Farish– Dear Islanders I wanted to write this letter before I know the outcome of the Park and Rec and school levies. I am a Park and Rec commissioner and have served as commissioner since the inception of Orcas Park and Rec District. Taxes that pay for … Continue reading

Guest Opinion: Local Perspective on Water Issues in Flint


— from Paul Kamin, General Manager, Eastsound Water Users Association (EWUA) — It is hard to miss the distressing news of high lead concentrations found in the public water supply in Flint, Michigan. Unfortunately this will be one of the most significant public health system failures in American history, with children being … Continue reading

Our Representatives Report: Senate Hearing on Rising Drug Costs Hints at Worse Prices Ahead


Ranker bill would require pharmaceutical companies to make pricing transparent — from Rick Manugian, Senate Democratic Communications — It’s been clear for some time that the skyrocketing price of prescription drugs is a major problem for thousands of Washingtonians whom rely upon these drugs, we now understand it is an … Continue reading

Senior Center Forms Dementia / Alzheimer’s Support Group for Caregivers

Wednesday, February 24, noon-1:30 p.m., Senior Center — from Jami Mitchell, Senior Services Specialist, Orcas Island Senior Center — The Orcas Senior Center is pleased to announce the formation of a Dementia/Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Group to meet at the Senior Center. Facilitated by Larry Hughes, Aging & Family Case Coordinator, caregivers will have the opportunity to … Continue reading

Our Representatives Report: Ranker Bill Would Give Epi-pen Protection

— from Rick Manugian, Sen. Ranker’s Office — People at camps and other remote areas could gain access to epi-pens, under legislation heard [last] week by the Senate Health Care Committee. Epi-pens, or epinephrine autoinjectors, deliver a single dose of epinephrine or adrenalin to treat allergic reactions to prevent anaphylactic … Continue reading

Guest Editorial: Our Last Chance to “Just Say No” to the Kinder Morgan Pipeline

by Tuesday, February 2 — from Islanders for Safe Shipping — Remember the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion? This is the project that would increase Canadian crude oil tankers in the Salish Sea from 120 to 816 transits a year. Because this dramatic increase in shipping brings with it … Continue reading

Navigating the System to Foster a Child


— by Lin McNulty — A combination of curiosity, care, and concern brought approximately 25-30 islanders to the Eastsound Fire Station on a windy Wednesday night to learn how to become a foster parent. Christina Urtasun, Recruiter Liaison from Fostering Together, an organization dedicated to finding and supporting foster families in … Continue reading

Letter to the Editor: Citizens Review Orcas Park & Rec Levy


— from the Orcas Island Park and Recreation District Commissioners — Dear Orcas Island Citizens, We, the commissioners of the Orcas Island Park and Recreation District (OIPRD), take the stewardship of public funds as a critical component of our job as elected officials. As part of assuring the voters that … Continue reading

Ranker Bill Extends Protections for Firefighters, EMTs, Investigators

— from Rick Manugian, Senate Democratic Communications — Firefighters and others exposed to conditions that can lead to occupational disease would gain increased protections under legislation introduced today by Sen. Kevin Ranker, D-Orcas Island. “Firefighters and fire investigators, as well as EMTs and other first responders, constantly place themselves at risk … Continue reading

Ranker Pushes for Transparency on Prescription Drug Costs

— from Rick Manugian, Governor’s Office — Consumers could know the actual costs it takes to produce the prescription medicines they need, under legislation introduced today by Sen. Kevin Ranker, D-Orcas Island. “People who rely on prescription drugs for their health are finding them increasingly expensive to purchase, even with … Continue reading

Love in Action: Learn How You Can Be a Foster Parent

Wednesday, January 27, 6:30 – 8 p.m., EastsoundFire Station — from San Juan County Health and Human Services– Have you ever wondered what is involved in becoming a foster parent in Washington State? Join us to learn what it takes, who can foster and how else you can be involved. … Continue reading

Marine Mammal Stranding: How to Respond

Tuesday, Jan. 12 at 7 p.m. at Emmanuel Parish Hall — from The SeaDoc Society — Dr. Martin Haulena, the Staff Veterinarian at the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre will speak on Marine Mammal Stranding and Rehabilitation at 7pm on January 12, 2016. The lecture is free. The Vancouver Aquarium’s … Continue reading

Center Works Studio Holds Open House

Saturday January 9, 9:30am – 4pm at Center Works Studio on “A” Street — from Anne Marie Schultz– Start your year off right by dropping by the studio this coming Saturday to treat your self to a free class, nibble on food, meet our new teachers (Eric Underwood-pilates, Suzy Fraiser-Gyrotonic, … Continue reading

NAS Whidbey Island SAR Rescues Woman Near Mount Baker


— from Michael T. Welding, Public Affairs Officer — A Search and Rescue (SAR) team of five from Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island conducted a rescue mission near Mt. Baker on Saturday, January 2, 2016. Around 5 p.m., the crew received a call from the Whatcom County Sheriff’s department requesting assistance with the rescue … Continue reading

Sharon Abreu to Lead UU Service in “New Year”

Sunday, January 3 at 11:30 a.m. in Benson Hall at Emmanuel Episcopal Church The Orcas Unitarian Universalist Fellowship service, “The New Year”  will be lead by Sharon Abreu this Sunday. “We’ll have a brief service, including the sharing of joys and concerns, and everyone who wants to will have an … Continue reading

It’s Not Your Grandma’s Weight Watchers Anymore

Monday, Jan. 4 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Funhouse — by Carol Kulminski– Weight Watchers has knocked it out of the park with their new “Beyond the Scale” program for sustainable weight loss! It is no longer “your Grandma’s weight loss program”, but is appealing to younger people … Continue reading