Editorial: Do Our Little Growls Have Any Effect?

– by Lin McNulty – Where does your Growler fly? If it’s flying into or out of the NOLF (outlying field) just North of Coupeville, then you can read that flight schedule each week on Orcas Issues, as released by the Public Affairs Office at NAS Whidbey. Often, however, these … Continue reading

What Do Residents of Orcas Island Think of our Medical Care System?

– By the Orcas Medical Foundation — “Nobody really knows,” says Dr. Julie Gottman, well-known psychologist and researcher, and board member of the Orcas Medical Foundation (OMF), “because nobody’s ever asked the residents before—not in a detailed, systematic way that provides data we can analyze. There have been lots of … Continue reading

Health Department Urges SJC Residents to Confirm Their Immunizations

– from San Juan County Communications – The U.S. is currently experiencing outbreaks of measles, mumps and pertussis (whooping cough), including cases reported in Washington State. While no cases related to the current outbreaks have been reported in San Juan County, San Juan County Health & Community Services encourages individuals and … Continue reading

Fireside Chat at Peace Island Medical Center: Diabetes

Wednesday, Feb. 18 from 4-5 p.m. at Peace Island Medical Center, Friday Harbor — from Amy Cloud for Peace Health — PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center (PIMC), at 1117 Spring St. in Friday Harbor, is hosting a series of free, public community education “Fireside Chats” as part of its new … Continue reading

Letter to the Editor: The Kids Are Leading the Way

– by Adrienne Reed, of Plant for the Planet – Plant for the Planet is coming to Orcas Island on Saturday, February 14th for a free Climate Ambassador training of youth ages 8-14,  from 9 a.m. until 5:30.at Orcas Island Elementary School in the Gymnasium. Parents are optional and welcome, but … Continue reading

State Health Services Van Coming to Orcas

Tuesday/Wednesday, February 10/11 from 9 am – 5 pm at Community Church The Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) Mobile Community Service Office is coming to Eastsound on Tuesday and Wednesday. The DSHS van includes a reception area, interview stations, a sun shade for protection from the elements … Continue reading

Cancer Support Group Meets Thursday

Thursday, February 12 at 5 p.m. at Orcas Island Community Church – by Carol Kulminski – The Cancer Support Group wants everyone to remember that together we can fan the flames of hope. The research shows that an individual’s outcomes are better with supportive persons/families and groups providing encouragement.  We are … Continue reading

Lahari Kicks Off 2015 Caregiver Training Series

Free Training on Thursday, February 12, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Eastsound Fire Hall – from Dennis King, Lahari – Caregivers are the bedrock of delivering services that foster “aging in community”. Lahari believes that Orcas residents who require caregiver assistance with daily living deserve well-trained caregivers. We also … Continue reading

Guest Column: Economic Impacts of an Oil Spill

– by Lovel Pratt , originally published in Whatcom Watch — Lovel Pratt is a former member of the San Juan County Council. While in office she served on the Puget Sound Partnership Oil Spill Work Group, the Oil Spill Rule Advisory Committee and the Vessel Traffic Risk Assessment Update … Continue reading