Gov. Inslee Comments on Historic Health Care Vote Statement issued in advance of the Senate vote

— from Washington State Governor Jay Inslee — “It’s inconceivable that any of our nation’s leaders think our health care system will be improved by ripping away health care from 22 million Americans and vastly increasing the costs for millions more. “President Trump promised Americans he would improve our health … Continue reading

North Sound Accountable Community of Health Informational Meeting in Friday Harbor

Wednesday, July 26, 3 – 5 p.m., Legislative Hearing Room — from San Juan County Communications — Representatives from the North Sound Accountable Community of Health will be visiting San Juan County on Wednesday, July 26, 2017, to host public informational sessions on state, regional, and county-level efforts to improve … Continue reading

Summer in the School Garden Farm to Cafeteria Program

— by Ashley Randall — The Orcas Island Farm to Cafeteria program invites you to join us in the school garden this summer for Calendula salve making workshops and work-trade Wednesdays! Our first salve making workshop of the season is Saturday, July 15th at 11 am in the public school … Continue reading

Editorial: Safeguard the Seaview Neighborhood Families, OPAL's first neighborhood put at risk

— by Margie Doyle — (Disclosure: I live across the street from 27 Aeroview in a lot also zoned Service/Light Industrial. My husband has lived on the island since 1982 and in this house since 1989). I’ve always loved living on Orcas, because for good or ill, you know most … Continue reading

PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center Recognized With National Quality Award

— from Bev Mayhew for PeaceHealth — PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center in Friday Harbor, Wash. was recognized with a Premier, Inc. QUEST® High-value Citation of Merit for 2017 at Premier’s annual Breakthroughs Conference and Exhibition on June 27, 2017. QUEST is a national quality improvement collaborative of approximately 350 hospitals … Continue reading

Lahari Launches Transportation Program Orcas Door to Door is now enrolling members, accepting volunteer drivers, and providing rides

— from Lahari — Have you ever thought about what would happen if driving yourself around the Island is no longer an option? How would you continue to maintain your independence so that you could continue with your daily routines? Who would you turn to for assistance? People often look to friends or relatives … Continue reading

County Health Dept. to Present at Community Meeting What is the future of health care in the San Juan Islands?

Thursday, June 29, 6 p.m., Senior Center — from Mark Mayer — What is the future of healthcare in the San Juan Islands? Director of San Juan County Health and Community Services, Mark Tompkins, and Ellen Wilcox, Community Health Services Manager, will be detailing the mission, responsibilities, programs and efforts … Continue reading

County Health Dept. to Present at Community Meeting What is the future of health care in the San Juan Islands?

Thursday, June 29, 6 p.m., Senior Center — from Mark Mayer — What is the future of healthcare in the San Juan Islands? Director of San Juan County Health and Community Services, Mark Tompkins, and Ellen Wilcox, Community Health Services Manager, will be detailing the mission, responsibilities, programs and efforts … Continue reading

Hazardous Waste Round-Up This Weekend Saturday on Orcas, Sunday on Lopez

— from San Juan County Public Works/Environmental Resources — Many household items may be harmful to you, your family, animals, and the environment. San Juan County and the Washington Department of Ecology conduct annual Hazardous Waste Round-Ups to remove these toxic materials from our islands and maintain a healthy environment. … Continue reading

Local Doctor Pens Health Care Reform Pamphlet Based on Thomas Paine's "Common Sense"

— from Emily Reed Geyman — John Geyman, M.D. of Friday Harbor, a writer about national health care policy since 1990, has published a new 28 page pamphlet: “Common Sense about Health Care Reform in America.” It takes an approach  similar to Thomas Paine who in 1775-76  wrote a pamphlet, … Continue reading

Propane Tank and Delivery Service Planned for Residential Area Comments need to be submitted by June 21

— by Margie Doyle, updated June 17 at 4:30 p.m. — County officials are considering the application for InterIsland Propane to place a 30,000-gallon propane tank and distribution center on a lot just west of the airport, adjacent to residential homes on Seaview Street and within 300 feet of Opal … Continue reading

New “Market Bucks” Program to Promote Locally Grown Foods Program will benefit WIC and Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program

— from San Juan County Communications — San Juan County Health and Community Services has partnered with Soroptimist International of Friday Harbor, Orcas Island Community Foundation, the Lopez Locavores, and the Honeywell Foundation, to offer Market Bucks at Farmers Markets on Orcas, Lopez, and San Juan Islands. The Market Bucks … Continue reading