Candidates for Orcas Hospital District — File Soon Candidate filing now, online filing scheduled February 5 through February 9

— from Milene Henley, San Juan County Auditor — The San Juan County Council has approved, based on petitions submitted last summer, a proposition for the formation of a public hospital district on Orcas Island. The question of formation will go to the voters of Orcas Island in the April … Continue reading

Letter to Editor | Why Orcas Needs Health Commissioners

— from Norm Zimlich — The proposed Orcas Public Hospital District presents many issues for consideration, but none as significant as the election of PHD Commissioners. Orcas residents already pay taxes for Orcas Island Fire and Rescue, and they have also donated generously to build the Orcas Medical Center facility and … Continue reading

Annual Homeless Count Scheduled for January 25 Volunteer training scheduled

— from San Juan County Communications — San Juan County’s 2018 Point in Time Homeless Count will be conducted on Thursday, January 25. Count organizers and volunteers work with local family resource centers, food banks, emergency cold weather shelters, churches, healthcare providers, senior centers, libraries, the sheriff’s office, and many … Continue reading

Town Hall Meeting Will Address Public Hospital District, What it Might Cost

Wednesday, January 24, 5:30 – 7 p.m., Eastsound Fire Station — from Alison Shaw for Coalition for Orcas Health Care — The Coalition for Orcas Health Care is pleased to announce its third Town Hall Meeting on Wednesday, January 24, from 5:30- 7 p.m., in the Eastsound Fire Station. Residents … Continue reading

Alzheimer’s Association Recruiting Volunteer Facilitators in San Juan County

— from Linda Whiteside, Alzheimer’s Association Washington State Chapter — Make a difference in the life of a family caregiver. The Alzheimer’s Association is currently recruiting local volunteers to facilitate Family Caregiver Support Groups in San Juan County, including Orcas Island and Friday Harbor. Family Caregiver Support Groups provide a consistent … Continue reading

Eastsound Water Users Propose Rate Changes New rate structure means about half will pay less; half will pay more

Mon. Jan 15, 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Eastsound Fire Hall — from Paul Kamin, Eastsound Water Users Association (EWUA) General Manager — At the Dec 14th annual meeting there was a presentation and discussion of a new rate structure proposal. Unfortunately, the attendance at the Annual Meeting was low. Through the … Continue reading

Letter to Editor | Eggs May Be Cheaper in the Country, But Not Healthcare

— from Tom Eversole — The Public Hospital District won’t build a hospital on Orcas. Rather, it will support and stabilize local practices to provide ongoing access to primary, urgent, and after-hours medical care. Sustaining local healthcare access begs the question: Why is it harder for a medical practice (doctor’s office) … Continue reading

Letter to Editor | Thank you as Orcas Family Health Continues Financial Drive

— from Ken Speck, President, Orcas Family Health Center — This is a huge “thank you” to the many people who have responded to our request for funds to support the continuation of Orcas Family Health Center (OFHC). I am very pleased to tell you OFHC has received $145,000 to … Continue reading

Cancer Survivorship Group Meeting Thursday, January 11, 5 p.m. at Orcas Community Church

— from Sue Lewis — The Cancer Survivorship Group meets on the second Thursday of each month at 5 p.m. in the Fireside Room of Orcas Island Community Church. We are a no cost, confidential support group for anyone touched by cancer. If it has touched you personally, as a … Continue reading

San Juan Islands License Plate Petition Needs Your Signature

— from San Juan Islands Conservation District — We need your help! We are almost there. The San Juan Islands License Plate will raise money for local organizations’ conservation projects. We just need a few more signatures. If you have not yet signed the petition, please go to www.madrona.org/, scroll down … Continue reading

Gov. Inslee Responds to Federal Justice Dept. Crackdown on State Cannabis Laws Cole Memorandum has allowed states' "common sense" marijuana laws

— from the office of Washington State Governor Jay Inslee — Gov. Jay Inslee issued the following statement today upon news that the U.S. Department of Justice would announce its decision to rescind the Cole Memorandum that has allowed Washington and other states to implement common-sense marijuana laws: “If news … Continue reading

Winter Nutrition Class at Orcas Food Co-op Prepare your meals in harmony with the season

Sunday, Jan.7 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. — from the Orcas Food Co-op — Join Wellness Specialist Stephanie Rosenblatt as she explains the importance of infusing your recipes with body-nurturing Macrobiotic cooking tips for this winter season. For 35 years Stephanie has created workshops, motivational lectures, and interactive programs helping … Continue reading

NAS Whidbey Island SAR Transports Cardiac Patient from Port Angeles

— from Michael Welding for NAS Whidbey — A Search and Rescue (SAR) team of six from Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island conducted a medical evacuation (MEDEVAC) from Olympic Medical Center in Port Angeles, Wash. to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle on Friday, Dec. 29, 2017. The SAR alert … Continue reading

Eastsound Water Users Propose Rate Changes New rate structure means about half will pay less; half will pay more

— from Paul Kamin, Eastsound Water Users Association (EWUA) General Manager — At the Dec 14th annual meeting there was a presentation and discussion of a new rate structure proposal. Unfortunately, the attendance at the Annual Meeting was low. Through the below link members who were unable to attend the … Continue reading