Guest Opinion | What Really Powers Your Electric Car?


— from Tom Owens — OPALCO held a meeting (July 12) to examine future of energy for the Co-Op. Mr. Dauciunas is reported to have stated that since San Juan County gets 98% of its electricity from Canada (hydro, solar and wind) new electric cars here run on hydro. This … Continue reading

Medical Provider Joins Orcas Medical Center

— from the Orcas Medical Foundation Board — We are pleased to announce that Kirsten Pickard, ARNP, FNP-BC, has joined Orcas Medical Center (OMC) in Eastsound and is now seeing patients. Pickard earned her Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth, North Dartmouth, MA in 2004. … Continue reading

Summertime, and Eastsound Water Use Down by 17%


— from Paul Kamin, Manager, Eastsound Water Users Association — The summer of 2016 has been markedly different than last summer. In a good way, at least water-wise. This summer (starting in the middle of May) water use has been more “normal.”  Last summer the Pacific Northwest experienced the most significant … Continue reading

Register for Komen Seattle 20-mile Walker You can do this

— from Dottie Cornelius — I am very excited to tell you The Susan G. Komen 3-Day has opened registration for the Seattle “20-mile walker.” This year, Komen is offering an opportunity on Sunday, September 18 for people who have never participated in the 3-Day, but would like to experience … Continue reading

Janice Wiemeyer Pens Book on Spousal Loss

Janice Wiemeyer feature

Wednesday, July 27 at 6 p.m. at Darvill’s Bookstore — by Margie Doyle — Janice Wiemeyer, retired psychologist, will be giving a reading from her newly-published book, Loving Again: After a Spouse Has Died at Darvill’s Bookstore on July 27 at 6 p.m. The now-retired psychologist says the seed for … Continue reading

Washington Boaters Reminded to Clean, Drain, Dry Boats to Stop Invasive Species

— from Susan Zemek, Recreation & Conservation Department — As summer weather heats up in Washington and boaters prepare for more adventures on the water, the Washington Invasive Species Council would like you to remember: Clean. Drain. Dry. Invasive species are non-native animals, plants, microorganisms and pathogens that can out-compete or prey … Continue reading

Editorial: Join the Movement to Keep Ferry Food Local!

— by Margie Doyle — A petition by Susan Meyers to maintain local vendors for ferry and ferry terminal food services is circulated through a campaign. The petition will be delivered to Governor Jay Inslee. Orcas Issues readers are encouraged to sign the petition and circulate it. Earlier this … Continue reading

Peace Island Medical Offers No-cost Well-child Checks and Sports Physicals Call 360-378- 2141 to schedule an appointment


Wednesday, August 10 and Thursday, August 11 — from Lori Polevoi — PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center to offer no-cost well-child checks and sports physicals to school-aged children To ensure students get a healthy start to their school year, PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center is offering no-cost immunizations, well-child checks and sports physicals on an … Continue reading

Celebrate with Cancer Survivors as They Start Their 7th Year

Thursday, July 14 at 5 p.m. at the Community Church –by Sue Lewis — The Cancer Survivorship Group will celebrate its 6th anniversary on Thursday, July 14. We are excited to begin our seventh year of providing support, friendship, and resource information with our members and guests. Our celebration will … Continue reading

Shibori in the School Garden: Indigo and Imagination

— by Ashley Randall — On July 2nd the Farm to Cafeteria Program hosted its first of three summer workshops in the school garden. Our incredible garden keeper, Colleen Stewart, led a Shibori workshop in which friends of the garden played with indigo dye and their imagination to create astonishing … Continue reading

Guest Opinion | How Can Islanders Save 77 Million Gallons of Water this Year?


— from Lauren Platman, Friends of the San Juans — With summer underway, some islanders are already feeling the heat-and the drought. Some wells are already being starved of fresh water, which makes the rainy autumn season seem a long way off. As climate change affects our region, including our … Continue reading

House Party to Feature Film Premiere

Thursday, July 14, 7 – 9 p.m., Heartwood on Orcas — from Gretchen Krampf — Join filmmaker Nic Askew for the premier of this short film that sets out to capture the vast and meaningful depth of two lives facing the unexpected and devastating effects of ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease). The two … Continue reading

Environmental Protection Rulings Upheld in B.C. Pipeline Project

 — by Nadia Prupis for Common Dreams — Environmentalists and Indigenous rights advocates celebrated on Thursday [June 30] after a judge struck down the Canadian government’s 2014 approval of a controversial pipeline project in a landmark ruling. The court found (pdf) that the government had not done enough to consult … Continue reading

DVSAS Asking for Yoga Supplies for Domestic Violence Survivors


— from Eve Batchelder — Calling all Yogis: Do you have any unused yoga mats sitting in the back of your closet? Dusty bolsters or blocks boxed away in your garage? DVSAS of the San Juans is gearing up to offer free yoga classes to survivors of domestic violence and abuse, and is … Continue reading

Emergency Doc Joins Team at Peace Island Medical Center


— from Lori Polevoi — Jim Perez, MD, has joined the medical staff at PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center in Friday Harbor. A board certified emergency medicine physician, Perez becomes the tenth member of Peace Island’s team of emergency medicine physicians, which staffs the Emergency department around the clock, seven … Continue reading

Inslee Statement on U.S. Supreme Court Decision on Plan B Case

— from Office of the Governor — Gov. Jay Inslee today released a statement on the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to not hear Stormans Inc. v. Wiesman, 15-862, which affirms pharmacists must dispense Plan B and other emergency contraceptives. “The health care that a woman in Washington receives should come down … Continue reading

Peace Island Receives Award for High-value Health Care


— from Lori Polevoi — PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center was recognized this week with the 2016 QUEST® Award for High-value Healthcare from Premier Inc., a leading nationwide health care improvement company, for providing outstanding patient care. The medical center was honored at Premier’s annual Breakthroughs Conference and Exhibition on … Continue reading

Discover How to Discover Your Roots in Upcoming Genealogy Class

Saturday, June 25,12:30 – 4:30 p.m., Orcas Library — from Kathy Ciskowski — Do you want to find out if you come from kings or scoundrels? Was your family on the Mayflower? Are you related to the person sitting next to you at the Genealogy class? Explore these questions and others … Continue reading

Noise Victims Criticize Navy’s Response to Complaints

— from Ken Pickard, Citizens of Ebey Reserve — The Navy’s response to complaints of health harms caused by its EA-18G Growler jets has brought criticism and a challenge from noise victims on Whidbey Island. The Navy’s U.S. Fleet Forces Command responded after noise victims complained to the Washington State Board … Continue reading