Ranker: Summer Ferry Breakdowns Had Dramatic Impact on Local Communities

— from Dave Pringle, Senate Democratic Communications — Today the Washington State Transportation Commission held a meeting to discuss summer ferry service disruptions and other transportation issues throughout the San Juan Islands. Sen. Kevin Ranker, D-Orcas Island, who met with the Washington State Secretary of Transportation and officials from Washington State … Continue reading

Guest Opinion: Protect Your Credit in Equifax Breach Island professional gives step-by-step instructions

— by Cathy Vierthaler, Island Business Services — You have probably heard by now about the Equifax data breach affecting more than half the US population. Here are some concrete steps to protect your credit.  It is important for all of us to protect our credit, not just the wealthy. … Continue reading

Orcas Women’s Coalition Hosts Rep. Lytton at Quarterly Meeting Participate in Action and Development Teams

Sunday, Sept. 17 from 4-6 p.m. at the Orcas Public School Cafeteria — from Gretchen Krampf for Orcas Women’s Coalition — Orcas Women’s Coalition (OWC) is a vibrant, energetic network of women and transgender people on Orcas Island, working together to create positive change through progressive reform. We believe in … Continue reading

Council to Hold Shoreline Plan Public Hearing Postponed to 2:15 p.m. Tuesday afternoon

— from Ingrid Gabriel, County Council Clerk — The SJC Council’s Tuesday, September 19 Public Hearing to Adopt a Shoreline Master Program Ordinance will be postponed from its originally published time. The Public Hearing on the Shoreline Master Program Ordinance will open as advertised at 9:15 AM on September 19, … Continue reading

5th Annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival: At the Edge Co-hosted by Orcas Center and San Juan Preservation Trust

Friday, Sept. 22 at 7:30 p.m.at Orcas Center; refreshments from Cocina Latina served at 6:30 p.m. — from Susannah Weaver for Orcas Center — Celebrate the equinox with the Wild & Scenic Film Festival, an evening of inspiring documentaries about young people who are healing the earth,on September 22, 7:30 … Continue reading

Top EPRC Recommendations for the Comprehensive Plan Update

— by Matt Willis — Over the last two months members of the Eastsound Planning and Review Committee (EPRC), business owners, and Orcas citizens have toiled diligently to begin the process of distilling the output from each of the four working groups tasked to make recommendations to County Council for … Continue reading

UW Medicine Signs Agreements for Orcas Clinic Website with clinic information online

— by Margie Doyle — Director of Rural Primary Care and Operations for UW Medicine Jay Priebe announced on Tuesday, Sept. 12, that the website for the UW Medicine Orcas Clinic is now online. Also, as announced at the Town Hall meeting hosted by UW Medicine Orcas Clinic on Thursday, … 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

State Transportation Awards $1M for Electric Car Charging

— from the office of Gov. Jay Inslee — For many people, the idea of driving a car powered by a battery seems a little risky. While the traditional gasoline and diesel powered vehicle can travel hundreds of miles before requiring a quick stop at a gas station, electric vehicles … Continue reading

Dr. Russell, Nurse Practioner Pickard Hired at UW Medicine Orcas Clinic They will join Dr. Alperin at Orcas Medical Center practice

— from UW Medicine — UW Medicine is pleased to announce that Dr. David Russell and Kirsten Pickard, ARNP, will be joining the UW Medicine Orcas Island Clinic effective November 1, 2017. Russell, who has been an Orcas Island resident since 2003, started the Orcas Island Family Medicine clinic in … Continue reading

ImagineFest Unfolds Reality and Vision Third Annual Festival this weekend at Doe Bay

Sept. 8 – 10 at Doe Bay Resort — from imagineorcasisland.com  —  The Third Annual Imagine Music & Arts Festival comes to Doe Bay Resort this weekend —  a showcase of some of the finest music, art and thinkers of our time. Reality unfolds and is guided by the vision … Continue reading

Eastsound Planners Review Development Proposals

Thursday, Sept. 7 at 3 p.m. at the Eastsound Fire Hall — by Margie Doyle — At its regular monthly meeting tomorrow, the Eastsound Planning Review Committee will hear a County Council update from Council Chair Rick Hughes before discussing its main topics: 1. EPRC Ranking and Prioritizing of Work … Continue reading