First Town Hall Meeting – Public Hospital District

— from Alison Shaw for the Coalition for Orcas Health Care — The Coalition for Orcas Health Care (COHC) wants to hear from as many folks in the community as possible. Toward that goal, it has planned four Town Hall-style meetings over the next few months to hold a community … Continue reading

New Task Force Looks Into Community Long-Term Care Options

— from Beth Helstien — Over the last few weeks, many of you have shown concern about the limited availability of long-term care, rehabilitation and housing for our county’s aging and at-risk, or complex-care populations. This subject has reached crisis-level with the closure of Life Care Center of the San Juan Islands; … Continue reading

Whidbey Conducts Friday Harbor Medevac During Windstorm

— from Whidbey Island Naval Air Station — A Search and Rescue (SAR) team from Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island conducted a medical evacuation (MEDEVAC) from Friday Harbor to PeaceHealth St. Joseph Hospital in Bellingham, Wash., on Wednesday, November 14, 2017. The SAR alert crew received an urgent call … Continue reading

“Out” is Now “In” at the Orcas Waste Transfer Site New traffic flow pattern starts Thurs. Nov. 16

— from Orcas Recycling Services — One of the most notable changes coming this month will be a completely revised traffic pattern. This change, mandated by San Juan County, will keep vehicles from circling on and off Orcas Road. Most importantly: EVERY driver will enter at the western gate, and … Continue reading

Passing the Torch: Sara Boyle, New Lead at Orcas Senior Center New survey, new challenge grant, new programs "We have a lot of potential"

(This is the second in a series of articles about new leadership at Orcas Island institutions) –by Margie Doyle, updated Nov. 15 at 10 a.m. — Sara Boyle brings new enthusiasm and direction as she joins the leadership team at the Senior Center as Executive Director of the Orcas Senior … Continue reading

Additional Flu Vaccination Clinics Scheduled

Wednesday, November 15, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Orcas Senior Center — from San Juan County Communications — San Juan County Health and Community Services has scheduled additional flu vaccination clinics for the month of November. Walk-in clinic: no appointment necessary: Orcas Senior Center | 62 Henry Rd, Eastsound November … Continue reading

New Emergency Doctor at Peace Island Medical Center

–from Peace Health communications — PeaceHealth welcomes a new emergency medicine provider to PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center: Krishnaraj “Raj” Jayarama, DO. Dr. Jayarama earned his degree in Osteopathic Medicine from the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine in Old Westbury, New York. He completed an Internship in Emergency Medicine … Continue reading

Veterans Get Help Through Larsen’s Office Veterans, call direct line for assistance

— from U.S. Representative Rick Larsen — A better deal for our veterans starts with listening – and that is exactly what I had a chance to do last month. I held six Veterans Forums in San Juan, Snohomish, Skagit, Whatcom and Island counties. These forums were opportunities for veterans … Continue reading

Kwiaht Annual Gathering to Discuss Future of Indian Island Good news and bad will be presented. More volunteers needed to preserve habitat.

Thursday, November 16, 5:30 p.m., Emmanuel Episcopal Parish Hall — from Russel Barsh for Kwiaht — Kwiaht and community scientists of the Indian Island Marine Health Observatory invite the public to the eighth annual celebration of Indian Island and Fishing Bay, Eastsound’s window on the sea, at the Episcopal Parish … Continue reading

Dottie Cornelius to be Guest Speaker at Cancer Survivors Group Thursday, November 9, 5:00 p.m. Community Church Fireside Room

Thursday, Nov. 9 at 5 p.m. at the Community Church — by Sue Lewis — Dottie Cornelius is a local gal. She is a breast cancer survivor who donates a lot of her time to the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, which is one of the world’s largest … Continue reading

Hearing on Proposed Expansion to Xylene at Anacortes Refinery Tesoro now called Andeavor

— from Katie Fleming for Friends of the San Juans — Community activists and representatives from many environmental organizations including Stand.earth, RE Sources for Sustainable Communities, Evergreen Islands, and Friends of the San Juans will testify at an upcoming public hearing on a Shoreline Substantial Development Permit for the Andeavor … Continue reading

Need Teeth Pulled? Extraction Clinic Upcoming

Monday, November 13, Dr. Triplett’s Office — from Terri Triplett — Dr. Triplett’s dental office at 445 Madrona Street in Eastsound is reserving Monday, November 13 for free tooth extractions for our Orcas and Shaw residents in need. Services are limited to both routine and surgical extractions (including wisdom teeth). … Continue reading