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

NAS Whidbey Conducts Medical Evacuation for Lopez Resident

— from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island — A Search and Rescue (SAR) team of five from Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island conducted a medical evacuation (MEDEVAC) from Lopez Island Airport on Sunday, June 18, 2017, to Island Hospital in Anacortes, Wash. The SAR alert crew received an urgent … 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

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

Inslee Statement on GOP Efforts to Sabotage and Destabilize Health Insurance Markets

— from Tara Lee for Governor Inslee’s Office — “The chaos and uncertainty caused by President Trump and the Republicans in Congress with their efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act are sabotaging health insurance markets across the country. “This Administration is willfully destabilizing markets with their threats to withhold … Continue reading

Native Plants Find New Home in School Garden Grant from Garden Club nurtures school garden

— from Ashley Randall — Cascade Penstemon, Flowering Red Currant, Kinnikinnick, Sea Blush.  Do you know the three things all these plants have in common?  Go ahead, read ‘em again and think about it. You got all three? Okay, let’s see if we came up with the same answers: 1. … Continue reading