Citizens Ask Federal Court for Injunction to Halt Growlers


— from Citizens of Ebey’s Reserve — The US Navy is being taken back into federal court by citizens seeking an injunction to halt the “ongoing and irreparable injury” from the “noise assault” created by the EA-18G Growler attack jets based at Whidbey Naval Air Station. The controversial Growlers are … Continue reading

PeaceHealth Discusses Medicare Wellness

Wednesday, April 29 at 5:30 in Friday Harbor — from PeaceHealthv– You’ve reached age 65 and are eligible for Medicare, or you’re approaching this milestone. What you may have come to expect from a visit with your primary care provider could look different now. Cheryl Kubisty, MD, will discuss your … Continue reading

BirdFest: All Things Bird and Beautiful

Kim Middleton with her fine-feathered friend

Orcas Island Chamber of Commerce ramps up the 2nd Annual BirdFest, April 30 to May 3  — by Margie Doyle — Lovers of all things “bird” and beautiful can indulge their passion in a multitude of events at the second annual Orcas Island Birdfest – All Things Bird and Beautiful. … Continue reading

Guest Column: Larsen Asked to Witness Growler Impacts

— from the Citizens of Ebey’s Reserve — Congressman Rick Larsen is being called on by his constituents to come to their homes and experience the hazardous noise that he is largely responsible for bringing to their communities. Larsen, who boasts of his role in bringing controversial ‘Growler’ Navy Jets … Continue reading

Get Your Spring off to a Healing Start

Saturday and Sunday April 25–26, Healing Arts Center — from Orcas Healing Arts — The Healing Arts Center welcomes the community to attend their Spring Healing Arts Fair, on Saturday and Sunday April 25–26. For this fundraiser, offered twice a year, practitioners donate their services; all proceeds support the nonprofit organization that maintains … Continue reading

Congressman Rick Larsen’s Proposals Criticized as “Non-­Solutions”

— from the Citizens of the Ebey Reserve [Whidbey Island] — Congressman Rick Larsen, who boasts of his role in bringing controversial ‘Growler’ Navy Jets to Washington’s Whidbey Island Naval Air Station, is being criticized for the noise reduction plans he announced at his March 30 standing-­‐room only Coupeville ‘Town … Continue reading

The Road Ahead for the EA-18G Growler EIS

— from Capt. Mike Nortier, NAS Whidbey Commanding Officer — With the official scoping public comment period for the U.S. Navy Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the EA-18G Growler Airfield Operations at Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island now complete, I wanted to take this opportunity to discuss how the EIS will … Continue reading

Cancer Support Group Meeting Fosters Communication

Thursday, April 9 at 5  p.m. at Community Church The Cancer Support Group provides group support and encouragement, as well as a safe place to explore feelings and issues that face persons and families dealing with cancer and its treatment.  After almost four years, we have found that cancer survivors have … Continue reading

Larsen Improves Health Care Access for Veterans By Helping VA Understand Unique PNW Geography

— from Ingrid Stegemoeller — Reforms to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will work better for Pacific Northwest veterans as a result of efforts by Rep. Rick Larsen, WA-02. Larsen successfully pressed the VA to improve access to care for veterans in Northwest Washington who face geographical barriers because … Continue reading

Authors Present New “Bible” of the Salish Sea

Joe Gaydos, photo by Janna Nichols

Tuesday, April 7, 5:30 p.m. at Emmanuel Parish Hall followed by Book Signing at Darvill’s — by Margie Doyle — Dr. Joe Gaydos and Audrey D. Benedict have co-authored a book of captivating narrative and stunning photography through which readers can explore the wonders of the Salish Sea, our home. … Continue reading

Navy Explains Electronic Warfare Training

— from Capt. Mike Nortier, Commanding Officer, NAS Whidbey Island — The Navy has clearly and consistently explained that the introduction of mobile and fixed transmitters to enhance already-occurring training will not harm people, animals, or the environment. The following information is provided to explain the facts and counter false … Continue reading

Guest Column: Earth Day Blighted by Dirty Fuels

— by Fred Felleman for — Some hailed President Barack Obama’s recent veto of the Keystone pipeline authorization legislation as an early Earth Day gift, spelling the project’s death knell. However, his decision was actually based on process, not policy. While Obama has articulated the science behind climate change … Continue reading