Public Informs Advisors and Officials

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March 26 Town Hall hears (mostly) from Orcas Islanders. Another meeting planned for Thursday, April 2. – by Margie Doyle – The Orcas Public — breast-feeding mothers, business owners, proud, self-identifying tree-huggers, official skeptics and impatient elders — spoke to local officials and advisors to voice their praise and criticisms … Continue reading

Chelsea Leaves the School Garden for Adventure and Education

Colleen Stewart steps into her boots — by Madie Murray – We are saddened by Chelsea Cates leaving us, but so excited about the future she is planning for herself. She will soon be hiking the Pacific Crest Trail with her partner, Evan Allred, then returning to school to study … Continue reading

Guest Column: Coping with Dementia

— by Didier Gincig — Last Saturday, March 14th, Shelly Zylstra, from the Northwest Regional Council, visited the Orcas Island Senior Center to offer a wealth of information and insight to members of the Orcas community for a training about coping with dementia. There were thirty-four people in attendance during … Continue reading

Harvard Professor Naomi Oreskes to Speak About Climate Change

Sunday, March 15 at 4 p.m. in Orcas Island Community Church — by Michael Riordan —  A world-renowned science historian, Naomi Oreskes recently wrote a landmark book, Merchants of Doubt, revealing how a small, industry-financed group of spin-doctors has been repeatedly trying to muddle the public discourse on phenomena ranging … Continue reading

PeaceHealth Fireside Chat Focus: Alcohol and Drug Poisoning Treatment in the ER

Wednesday, March 18, 4 – 5 p.m., PeaceIsland Medical Center – from Amy Cloud – 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 “Healthy You” program. The next Fireside Chat … Continue reading

Five Years Post-explosion, Tesoro Strikers Still Push for Safety Measures

— by J.M. Wong for Seattle Globalist — Five years ago, seven workers were killed in an explosion at the Tesoro oil refinery in Anacortes, Wash., triggered by a faulty heat exchanger. The U.S. Chemical Safety Board has since determined that the incident was preventable, caused by “a deficient refinery … Continue reading

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