Overnight Shelter Opens for Cold Nights Ahead

— from Janine Heimerich for the Orcas Interfaith Council of Churches — The churches here on Orcas have gotten together to provide an overnight Severe Weather Shelter. In a nutshell, the shelter will be: Located in the basement fellowship hall at Orcas Island Community Church, with Benson Hall at Emmanuel … Continue reading

Letter to the Editor: Thanks, Kiwanians and Volunteers for New Playground

funhouse playgroundkids feature

— from Krista Bouchey, Funhouse Commons Executive Director — To Members of the Orcas Kiwanis Club, This past summer you gave a very generous contribution in support of a new playground for the Funhouse. Over the weekend 37 volunteers installed the structure and the base chips. Yesterday [Nov. 18] was … Continue reading

NAS Whidbey Medically Evacuates Lopez Resident

On deck St Joseph

— from Anthony Popp, Assistant Public Affairs Officer — A Search and Rescue (SAR) team from Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island conducted a Medical Evacuation (MEDEVAC) on the afternoon of November 12, 2015, for a man with a heart condition from Lopez Island. The SAR crew of five took off just … Continue reading

Guest Opinion: Orcas Boosters Support Sare & Griffin

Jordan Griffin feature

— by Justin Paulson for the Orcas Booster Club — Sometimes our athletes shine well after their time in our program. In fact, isn’t that is kind of the point of it all? We have a lot of pretty fantastic success stories, but I think this one may be one … Continue reading

PeaceHealth Peace Island Recognized for Excellence in Rural Health


  — from  Lori Polevoi, senior communication specialist for PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center –– PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center in Friday Harbor has received recognition for overall excellence in all four hospital performance categories assessed by the National Organization of State Office of Rural Health (NOSORH), using data from public data sources. This … Continue reading

Winter Preparedness Potluck at San Juan Grange

Wednesday, Nov. 18 potluck at 6, program at 7 p.m. at San Juan Island Grange Hall — from Boyd Pratt– San Juan Island Grange #966 continues its fall evening program series with Winter Preparedness on Wednesday November 18, 2015 at the Grange Hall. The program begins at 7pm preceded by … Continue reading

Whidbey Search and Rescue Evacuates Friday Harbor Man

— from Mike Wilding of NAS Whidbey Island — A Search and Rescue (SAR) team from Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island conducted a Medical Evacuation (MEDEVAC) early Saturday morning, October 31, 2015, for a man in critical condition from Friday Harbor. The SAR crew of five took off shortly … Continue reading

OMF Medical Needs Assessment Results Available

— by the Orcas Medical Foundation — In the spring of 2015, the Orcas Medical Foundation (OMF) sponsored a survey of Orcas Islanders’ views of their medical needs. The survey asked detailed questions about respondents’ medical experiences and health care needs, as well as questions intended to help the Orcas … Continue reading

NAS Whidbey Island SAR Medically Evacuates Local Man

— from Michael T. Welding, Public Affairs Officer — A Search and Rescue (SAR) team from Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island conducted a Medical Evacuation (MEDEVAC) early Saturday morning, October 24, 2015, for a man in critical condition from Friday Harbor. The SAR crew of five took off at shortly after midnight on Friday, … Continue reading

Staying on the Island We Love

Senior Center photo

Wednesday, Oct. 28 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Orcas Island Senior Center –from Orcas Island Senior Center — How do I apply for Medicare or Medicaid? How do I find and hire Caregivers on the island? These and many other questions about aging on Orcas will be … Continue reading

Schedule Now for Healing Arts Fair

Saturday-Sunday, November 7-8 — from Anita Holliday — The Healing Arts Center welcomes the community to attend their Fall Healing Arts Fair, on Saturday and Sunday November 7–8. For this fundraiser, offered twice a year, practitioners donate their services; all proceeds support the nonprofit organization that maintains the historic Eastsound building. The greatly … Continue reading

Peace Island to Present Advance Directives for End-of-Life Care

Wednesday, Oct. 21 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. t Peace Island Medical Center in Friday Harbor — from Lori Polevoi, for PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center — Ross Fewing, director of the Center for Mission at PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center in Bellingham, will discuss “Advance Directives for End-of-Life Care” … Continue reading

Love and Rockets: Healthy Teen Relationships

Six Wednesdays 7-9 pm, starting October 28, Camp Orkila Alumni House — from Rebecca DeMeritt, Funhouse Commons — Join Beth Jensen, LMHC, for a six-week workshop: Love and Rockets: Teen Relationships that Feel Good. This workshop is for High School Teens, Wednesdays 7-9 pm, starting October 28, at Camp Orkila … Continue reading

Celebrity Chef Is Back…And So Is Charles!

Charles Dalton teaching students how to make tasty tamales.

— from Madie Murray — Mark your calendar and prepare your taste buds, the Farm to Cafeteria Program’s Celebrity Chef at School event is back. On Wednesday, October 21, Charles Dalton, owner of The Kitchen, will be this school year’s first Island chef to participate in the event. This will … Continue reading

Flu Vaccinations at Orcas Medical Center

— from the Orcas Medical Center — Schedule flu shots now for you and your family at the Orcas Medical Center! For adults, flu shots will be administered by appointment beginning at 8:30 a.m. on October 22 and October 29 by calling the Medical Center at 376-2561. Or, if you … Continue reading

Fall Festival and Hay Rides: Orkila Traditions

Pumpkin Carving -- an Orkila Fall Fest tradition!

— from Haley Winchell for YMCA Camp Orkila — Camp Orkila’s Fall Festival and Haunted Hay Ride are on Saturday, October 17th, 2015. Our Fall Festival will be from 1:00-5:30pm. We’ll have hot dogs, soup, chili and cider to warm you up. You’ll be able to participate in pumpkin carving, … Continue reading

Guest Column: The Cancer of Global Warming (cont’d.)

(This is part two of a 2 part commentary. See yesterday’s Orcas Issues for part one) — by Joe Symons of NegawattMedia.com — There is only one question that needs to be asked, regardless of your age or occupation. Whether you are a school teacher or administrator, an employee, a … Continue reading