NAS Whidbey Island SAR Conducts Five Missions in Six Days Three on San Juan, one on Orcas

— from Mike Welding —  Search and Rescue (SAR) crews from Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island conducted five separate missions within a six day period, including one search and four Medical Evacuations (MEDEVACs). The first mission occurred during a daytime training flight on Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017. The morning … Continue reading

Annual Homeless Count to be Completed This Month

— from San Juan County Communications — San Juan County’s 2017 Point in Time Homeless Count will be conducted on Thursday, January 26th. Count organizers and volunteers work with local family resource centers, food banks, churches, healthcare providers, senior centers, libraries, the sheriff’s office, and many other community support service … Continue reading

Health and Community Services Urges Public Action to Prevent Spread of Influenza

— from San Juan County Communications — Flu cases are on the rise in San Juan County, although we are not currently seeing the epidemic levels reported in other parts of Washington state. San Juan County Health & Community Services urge flu vaccine as the first line of defense against … Continue reading

Breaking News | Orcas Medical Foundation Raises Necessary Funds

— by Lin McNulty — Orcas Issues reached out to the Orcas Medical Foundation to inquire about the status of the fundraising effort to bring University of Washington Neighborhood Clinics to Orcas. UW Medicine estimated the cost of transitioning OMC to a UW Neighborhood Clinic would be $750,000. To move … Continue reading

Invasive Species Could Cost Washington Businesses, Agencies $1.3 Billion

— from Susan Zemek, WA Recreation & Conservation — A new report released today pegs the economic impact of 23 of the most damaging invasive species in Washington at $1.3 billion a year and a loss of 8,000 jobs, if there’s no prevention, according to the Washington Invasive Species Council. … Continue reading

PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center Welcomes New Oncologist

— from Lori Polevoi — Robert Raish, MD, has joined PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center. Beginning Tuesday, January 17, he will be available one day per week, typically Mondays, to treat cancer patients on the island. Dr. Raish is board certified in internal medicine, medical oncology and hematology. He has … Continue reading

Navy Releases Additional Water Test Findings

— from Mike Welding — The following update is provided as part of the Navy’s ongoing community drinking water testing for the emerging, national environmental issue of PFAS (perfluoroalkyl substances). As of Jan. 6, 2017, the Navy has now received preliminary results for samples of all the wells it has … Continue reading

Larsen Urges San Juan County Residents to Share Affordable Care Act Stories

— from Douglas Wagoner — Facing a Republican-led White House, Senate and House seeking to dismantle the Affordable Care Act with no plan to replace it, Rep.Rick Larsen (WA-02) is urging San Juan County residents to share their stories about how the Affordable Care Act has helped them or someone … Continue reading

Letter to Editor | A UW Clinic Accessible to All

— from Bob Waunch — Merchants, tradesmen, teachers, students, parents, real estate agents, restaurant staff, business owners, lawyers, contractors, heavy-equipment operators, arborists, consultants, retirees: All of us are likely to have medical issues at some time – hopefully minor, but some will be serious. Even when our outstanding Orcas Island … Continue reading

Guest Opinion | UWNC and Orcas Island Healthcare

— from Dick and BJ Arnold, Carol Boring, Dale Heisinger, JoEllen Moldoff, Patsy and Stu Stephens (reprinted from Dec. 22) — In our opinion piece published the week of December 11, we expressed our desire to integrate our three Orcas Island practices into the Medical Center with UWNC as the administrator. … Continue reading

Navy Releases Preliminary Drinking Water Test Results Near NAS

— from Mike Welding — The following update is provided as part of the Navy’s ongoing community drinking water testing for the emerging, national environmental issue of PFAS (perfluoroalkyl substances). As of Dec. 23, the Navy has received 100 preliminary lab results from drinking water sampling at private residence wells … Continue reading