Eagle Forum Hosts Comp Plan Info Meeting

Saturday, September 23, 1 p.m., Eastsound Fire Station — from Cindy Carter for Eagle Forum — San Juan County Planner Erica Shook will be speaking about the upcoming Comprehensive Plan update on Orcas at the Eastsound Fire Station on Saturday, September 23 at 1 p.m. This is an excellent opportunity to … Continue reading

Ranker: Summer Ferry Breakdowns Had Dramatic Impact on Local Communities

— from Dave Pringle, Senate Democratic Communications — Today the Washington State Transportation Commission held a meeting to discuss summer ferry service disruptions and other transportation issues throughout the San Juan Islands. Sen. Kevin Ranker, D-Orcas Island, who met with the Washington State Secretary of Transportation and officials from Washington State … Continue reading

Fire Commission Meeting Monday: UPDATED Meeting now canceled

Monday, September 18, 5:30 p.m., Eastsound Fire Station — from Marla Johns for Orcas Fire & Rescue — UPDATED STORY, 10 p.m., Sunday, September 17: The Board of Fire Commissioners will be canceling the regularly scheduled meeting on September 18, 2017 due to lack of quorum. The public will be notified as … 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

Famed Pianist to Perform on Shaw Fundraiser for Shaw's Emergency Medical Services

— from Alex MacLeod — Well known pianist and composer Grisha Krivchenia will perform Sunday, September 24 at 4 p.m. at the Shaw Island Community Building. His performance will be a fundraiser for Shaw’s volunteer EMS team, which is raising money for a new ambulance. Grisha is well known in … Continue reading

Council to Hold Shoreline Plan Public Hearing Postponed to 2:15 p.m. Tuesday afternoon

— from Ingrid Gabriel, County Council Clerk — The SJC Council’s Tuesday, September 19 Public Hearing to Adopt a Shoreline Master Program Ordinance will be postponed from its originally published time. The Public Hearing on the Shoreline Master Program Ordinance will open as advertised at 9:15 AM on September 19, … 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

Top EPRC Recommendations for the Comprehensive Plan Update

— by Matt Willis — Over the last two months members of the Eastsound Planning and Review Committee (EPRC), business owners, and Orcas citizens have toiled diligently to begin the process of distilling the output from each of the four working groups tasked to make recommendations to County Council for … 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