Fire Commission Addresses, Tables Hot Topic

— by Lin McNulty — Orcas Fire Commissioners met at Eastsound Fire Station on Tuesday evening in a regularly-scheduled session. Two topics were included under Old Business: (1) Public comment guidelines during Commission meetings and (2) increasing the number of Commissioners to five, following the recent passage of Proposition 1. … Continue reading

Whidbey Airplane Noise Case Remanded Back to Trial Court

— by Lin McNulty — The Washington Court of Appeals, Division One, in a ruling on Tuesday, February 21, 2017 reversed a lower court ruling in Jonathan Deegan and Alice O’Grady v. Windermere, et. al and remanded the case back to the trial court. When Jonathan Deegan and Alice O’Grady purchased … Continue reading

Local Students Explore … Edible Insects

— from Russel Barsh — Are easily-grown insects such as crickets the sustainable food of the future? The United Nations Food & Agriculture Organization (FAO) thinks so, and promotes international research identifying edible insects and ways of raising them. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently granted hundreds of thousands … Continue reading

Getting the Job Done Without Trying Aging | Who, Me?

— from Rosie Kuhn — This week, my friend Marj had a second knee replaced, just ten months after her first knee operation. She is coming home today just two days after the surgery. Amazing. There is no dilly-dallying these days when it comes to hospital recuperation time. They expect … Continue reading

Shepler to Speak on Causes of Death Fire and Rescue Battalion Chief to address Sunrise Lions

Wednesday, Feb. 22 at 8 a.m. at the Skillet — from Chris White for Orcas Lions — Battalion Chief and Paramedic Patrick Shepler of Orcas Fire and Rescue will speak next Wednesday Feb 22 at 8 a.m. to the Orcas Lions and Sunrise Volunteer members regarding the four most common … Continue reading

Ranker Bill Gets Hearing in Senate Committee Regardless of U.S. Supreme Court, Washington must protect women's reproductive rights

— from Dave Pringle, Senate Democratic Communications — The Senate Commerce, Labor & Sports Committee held a hearing on Sen. Kevin Ranker’s Senate Bill 5760 to ensure employers cannot discriminate against women seeking full health care and access to contraception in response to the U.S. Supreme Court Hobby Lobby decision. … Continue reading

Orcas Fire Successfully Handles Three Rescues, Back-to-Back

— from Marla Johns, Orcas Fire — Crews from Orcas Island Fire & Rescue responded to multiple simultaneous calls for service Thursday evening, including an incident with an airplane. At 3:10 p.m., crews from OIFR responded to a medical aid call. A decision was made to transport the patient off … Continue reading

Votes Favor Passage of School Bond and Add’l Fire Commissioner Still a "nail-biter" for School District

— by Margie Doyle — As of 8 p.m. on Feb. 14 Election Day, both the School District’s $8M bond measure and the Orcas Fire District’s increase in commissioners measure were favored by Orcas voters. However, the Orcas School District bond requires 60 percent approval; as of last night’s tally, … Continue reading

Pending Legislation to Create Health, Safety Rules for Outdoor Based Early Learning

— from Andrew Youngren — A Bipartisan Bill, sponsored by Sen. Kevin Ranker (D-Orcas Island), SB 5357, will develop health and safety rules for the growing number of outdoor preschools in Washington. If passed by the legislature, the Department of Early Learning will manage a pilot project to license outdoor preschools, … Continue reading

NAS Whidbey Island SAR Conducts Three Medical Evacuations Within Two Days Includes Friday Harbor mom in labor

— from Naval Air Station, Whidbey Island — Search and Rescue (SAR) teams from Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island conducted three separate Medical Evacuations (MEDEVACs) between Thursday, Feb. 9, and Friday, Feb. 10, 2017. The first was from Friday Harbor Airport to Island Hospital in Anacortes, the second from … Continue reading

Valentine’s Day Dinner at Christian School Free for all

— from the Orcas Christian School — The second 2017 Community Dinner at Orcas Christian School is on Tuesday, February 14, from 5 – 7:30 pm.. This all-you-can-eat meal is free for all who come. On the menu is Mexican food which includes enchiladas, refried beans, burritos, black bean casserole, … Continue reading

Address Pain with Blended Eastern-Western Treatments

February 18, 2 to 4 pm at Orcas Public Library Integrated (Eastern and Western) Approaches in Managing Acute/Chronic Pain Syndrome Presented by Vincent Shu, MD, FCCP, Board Certified Internist/Geriatrist/Cardiologist Have you been suffering from headache, back/shoulder pain, fibromyalgia, menstrual cramps, arthritic pain, etc.? An estimated 5-8 million Americans use opioids … Continue reading

Farm to Cafeteria Program December-January 2017

— by Ashley Randall — K-5th grade Farm to Classroom: During the month of December, we practiced our cooking skills and discussed the importance of winter wellness. To start out the month, we made fresh applesauce from Orcas grown apples and pumpkin bread using pumpkins from our school garden. After … Continue reading

Orcas Lions Club Makes a Generous Donation Blaine Camp for Adults with Disabilities benefits

— by Carol Kulminski — Don Webster, an Orcas Island Lions Club member, has volunteered at the Lions Camp Horizon in Blaine, Washington, for 11 years. He has seen firsthand the needs of this unique camp and knew that the kitchen remodel would be costly, but was long overdue. A … Continue reading

Sen. Ranker Fights for Prescription Drug Cost Transparency

— from Dave Pringle, Senate Democratic Communications — Recognizing the real impact of prescription drug costs on Washington citizens’ pocket books and the state budget, Sen. Kevin Ranker, D-Orcas Island, introduced bipartisan legislation to bring transparency to prescription drug costs. Senate Bill 5586 was heard in the Senate Health Care Committee … Continue reading