Letter to the Editor: Space Needle Climb for Joe’s Legacy


— from Elaine Goodrich — In honor of Joe Goodrich, Elaine Goodrich and Cassie Hayes have created a team called “Joe’s Legacy” to raise donations for cancer research in the the Base 2 Space Climb. The climb is on October 2nd. It is 832 steps to the top of the … Continue reading

Whidbey Naval Air Station Rescues Five in Olympic Mountains

— from Mike Welding, Public Affairs Officer — A Search and Rescue (SAR) team of five from Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island conducted a rescue mission near the High Steel Bridge in the Olympic Mountain Range on Thursday, 15 September, 2016. The SAR alert crew received a call on … Continue reading

Orcas Medical Foundation in Talks with UW Neighborhood Clinics Island Hospital will not renew contract expiring December 31

— from Ed Wilson — Orcas Medical Foundation (OMF) has announced that it is now in negotiations with UW (University of Washington) Neighborhood Clinics, following an announcement by Island Hospital that it would not extend its contract to manage Orcas Medical Center, effective December 31, 2016. “We’re very optimistic about … Continue reading

Cancer Survivorship Group Shares Support and Hope

Thursday, Sept. 8 at 5 p.m. at Orcas Island Community Church –by Sue Lewis– The Cancer Survivorship Group wants everyone to remember that together we can fan the flames of hope. The research shows that an individual’s outcomes are better with supportive persons/families and groups providing encouragement. We are a … Continue reading

Orcas Fire Chief Search Committee Outlines Process Final dead for application submission is Oct. 14

— from Barbara Bedell, Chair, Orcas Fire and Rescue Commission — The Search Committee for a new chief for Orcas Island Fire and Rescue has completed the first portion of its task. After writing and completing the application packets, the committee placed advertisements for the position on Monday, August 29, … Continue reading

OMC / Island Hospital Contract for Patient Care to Expire in December

— by Lin McNulty — With the contract to maintain patient services at Orcas Medical Center (OMC) set to expire on December 31, 2016, Orcas Medical Foundation Board (OMF) and Island Hospital have been in negotiations for close to a year. These negotiations continued this week in a closed-door Executive Session on … Continue reading

Orcas Fire and Rescue Joins Other Agencies to Rescue Two Boatloads of Kayakers

— from Orcas Island Fire and Rescue (OIFR)– Orcas Island Fire and Rescue, the U.S. Coast Guard, Customs and Border Patrol (Boat and Helicopter), YMCA Camp Orkila, Washington State Parks and Outer Island Excursions responded to an emergency call at 9:40 a.m. reporting five kayakers in the water south of … Continue reading

Rep. Larsen Tours District to Fight Opioid Epidemic

— from Douglas Wagoner — [Yesterday], Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-02) concluded an expansive tour of Washington’s 2nd Congressional District where he held a series of events with law enforcement, health officials, advocates, community leaders, and elected officials to discuss new tools made available by the recently passed bipartisan Comprehensive Addiction … Continue reading

Upcoming: Annual Steve Braun Triathlon Swim, bike, run


Sunday, September 4, Moran State Park Registration 7:30 a.m.; Pre Race meeting 8:30 a.m.; Race starts at 9 a.m. — from Michel Vekved | SMBT Race Director, Friends of Moran — It’s almost that time of year again. As we swiftly move through summer accumulating memories, we know some have been … Continue reading