Letter to Editor | Sign the Petition, Then Let’s Discuss

— from JoEllen Moldoff — I offer the following to support the Coalition for Orcas Health Care petition: There is a lot of work to be accomplished before we can ask members of our community to vote in April, 2018 on whether or not to approve a Public Hospital District. … Continue reading

Letter to the Editor: UW Medicine on Orcas

— by Joe Cohen — Along with 200+ other Orcas residents, I attended the UW Medicine briefing at Orcas Center of Thursday September 7th. My take away from the conversation is simply this: As a community we have finally started down a path that will ultimately serve our collective ‘heath … Continue reading

Letter to the Editor: Public Hospital District Petition Now Circulating

— by Tom Ritter — The people of Orcas Island need your assistance. If you are a registered voter please sign the petition to ensure that a Healthcare Service District is on the ballot in April 2018. This petition is circulated this week at various locations. A Washington state law … Continue reading

Guest Opinion | Women Under-represented on Planning Commission Open letter to County Council

— from The SJI Women’s Group — To the San Juan County Council: The San Juan County (SJC) Planning Commission is comprised of nine men even though the majority of our county’s population is female. SJC has one of the few Planning Commissions in Washington State comprised entirely of men. … Continue reading

Letter to the Editor: Rental Housing at Risk Due to Legislature’s Failure to Adopt Capital Budget With no capital budget, prospects of OPAL's affordable housing project dim

— from Lisa Byers, Executive Director, OPAL Community Land Trust — The Washington State legislature adjourned last week without adopting a capital budget. There is no timeline for the legislature to reconvene. That means there may be no capital budget adopted this year. This is bad news for the Orcas … Continue reading

Letter to Editor | Special Thanks for Sunday Music on the Green

— from Kathryn Hansen for San Juan County Parks — The San Juan County Parks & Recreation Commission and Parks Department staff commend Leslie Seaman for her 18 years of dedication to bringing delightful music to the Eastsound Village Green. Leslie’s enthusiasm and ability to organize and produce the summer Sunday … Continue reading

Letter to Editor | It’s Time to Deal With This Gentle-eyed Island Menace

— from Emery Rhodes — Deer. They are here, there, and everywhere. Day and night these normally nocturnal animals are now out searching for anything tasty and tender. After dusk their numbers increase, they veritably turn the San Juan Islands into Deer Zombie Islands, wreaking havoc and occasionally attacking innocent … Continue reading

Letter to Editor | Big Thanks for Blood Drive Support Way to go, Orcas

— from Jim Biddick for Orcas Blood Drive — On Thursday, Jun. 8, your community blood drive registered a total of 84 donors. We welcomed eight first-time-donors. The blood donations collected at the blood drive are critical to maintain a stable blood supply for surgeries, medical emergencies, and for supporting … Continue reading