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

Winter Reading: What the White House is Reading Journalist's classic, ironically titled The Best and the Brightest

–by Marc Tracy of the New York Times — On the day after Christmas, I was walking through Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport when I caught sight of a slightly rumpled man waiting for a flight. He seemed familiar, the way figures in dreams do. It was, I thought, Stephen K. … Continue reading

Guest Opinion: County Comprehensive Plan Guides Growth

— by Joe Symons — You may have heard that San Juan County has embarked on an update to the county’s Comprehensive Plan. What you may not know is what a Comprehensive Plan (CP) is and how it impacts your life and the life of the community. Short answer—the CP … Continue reading

Guest Opinion | Something to Be Proud Of and Fight Against

— from David Kobrin — Last week, at the Eastsound Post Office, I asked for American Flag stamps. I said aloud, “Now, there’s something to be proud of. There’s something worth fighting against.” Judging by looks on the faces of some patrons near enough to hear my comment, I realized … Continue reading

Letter to the Editor: School’s Vitality Depends on Rejecting Bond

–by April and Clyde Duke — We had three children go through the Orcas public school system. Two graduated conventionally and one through the OASIS program. We want to support the ongoing viability of this important institution therefore we will be voting NO on the school bond measure. When our … Continue reading

Guest Column: How to Communicate with Congress Two actions suggested by high level staffer

— by Pat Reuss, National Action Vice President for the National Organization of Women — What I have been preaching since I came to DC to lobby for women’s rights 38 years ago: Get to know the staff person for your Senators and Rep.  Even though their boss may be … Continue reading

Guest Opinion | School Bond Needed for Whole School Community

— from Orcas Island School Board and Superintendent Webb — Soon you will be voting on a new school bond. The bond corrects safety issues and makes essential repairs or improvements to OISD facilities that were not included in previous bonds. Several meetings/surveys determined the content of this bond. Everything … Continue reading

Editorial | The Morning After — Women March to Make a Difference Children, dogs, men and others join in solidarity

— by Margie Doyle — Here I am in Port Townsend, two ferry rides off Orcas Island, joining a line of resisters to the new administration. I held hands with a homeless man and a Vietnam veteran, on  my way to look after my grandsons so my daughter-in-law could march … Continue reading

Guest Column: “Letter from a Birmingham Jail” Early words from a non-violent Civil Rights Leader

— by Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. — 16 April 1963 My Dear Fellow Clergymen: While confined here in the Birmingham city jail, I came across your recent statement calling my present activities “unwise and untimely.” Seldom do I pause to answer criticism of my work and ideas. If … Continue reading

“Growler” Draft Environmental Impact Statement: The Emperor Has No Clothes Deadline for comments on Jan. 25

–from Chom Greacen, Member, Quiet Skies over San Juan County– The Navy plans to add 36 EA-18G “Growler” fighter jets and roughly double the number of Growler flight operations out of Whidbey Island Naval Air Station. The only thing standing in its way is completion of the Environmental Impact Statement … Continue reading

Orcas Issues Predicts: Expect the Unexpected in 2017 Go ahead! Add your predictions!

Orcas Medical Center will receive the necessary donations by the January 15 date to proceed with the agreement with University of Washington Neighborhood Clinics to assume operations at OMC. Growlers will soon be practicing landings on the numerous oil tankers puffing their way through Puget Sound. Hillary Clinton will soon … 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