Fall Farm Tours Upcoming for Orcas, San Juan, Lopez Celebrating farms, food, and community

Sunday, October 1 for Orcas Island — from San Juan Islands Conservation District — Join us in October for the San Juan Islands Fall Farm Tours. There will be fun for everyone. Come meet local farmers and feast on the bounty of local harvest. Tickets are now on sale: October … Continue reading

Report to the Community: First Day as a UW Medicine Clinic from the Orcas Medical Foundation

The OMF Board received the following in an email note from Debra Gussin, Executive Director of UW Neighborhood Clinics, on Tuesday morning regarding how things went at the Clinic on its opening day as a UW Medicine Clinic. The Board felt they should share it with you, the community: Day … Continue reading

Editorial: Turn Concerns into Solutions Public Health Initiative is a starting point for sustainable health care

— by Margie Doyle — When presented with the petition circulated by the Coalition for Orcas Health Care (COHC), an initiative to form a public health taxing district, I was put off by its legal title: a Public Hospital Taxing District. Would I support another taxing district to build a … Continue reading

Who Is the Coalition for Orcas Healthcare?

— by Art Lange — Several writers of comments to Orcas Issues letters have asked: who are the members of the Coalition for Orcas Healthcare? The following members of our community are members: BJ Arnold*, Dick Arnold*, Carol Boring*, Hilary Canty*, Joanne Cundy, Camille Fleming*, Martha Farish, Richard Fralick, Julie … Continue reading

Letter to Editor | Please Sign Hospital District Petition

— from Art Lange — I am writing to encourage everyone in our community who is a registered voter to sign the petition that is being circulated over the next few weeks regarding placing a Public Hospital District for Orcas Island on the April 2018 ballot. I am signing this … 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 Editor | Sign the Petition, Then Let’s Discuss

— from JoEllen Moldoff — I offer the following to support the Coalition for Orcas Health Care petition: There is a lot of work to be accomplished before we can ask members of our community to vote in April, 2018 on whether or not to approve a Public Hospital District. … Continue reading

Cancer Survivorship Group to Meet Thursday, September 14 at the Community Church at 5 p.m.

–by Sue Lewis — The Cancer Survivorship Group will meet at the Community Church Fireside Room on September 14 at 5 p.m. This is a monthly, no cost, confidential support group for anyone touched by cancer whether personally, as a family member, friend, caregiver or in any other capacity. If … 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

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