The Life, the Library, the Legend How Orcas Island Public Library came to be

— by Emma Heikkinen — REPRINTED FROM JULY 19, 2016 Let’s start in 1949, glossing over the bit where the Madrona Club hosted a small library in their clubhouse in 1909. Sally Ployart had books. Hundreds of brand new books. She didn’t know what to do with them — a … 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

Guest Column: The Graduation Tradition Continues Islanders welcome graduating seniors with full hearts, scholarships and laughter

— by Kathi Ciskowski — Cheering crowds, 28 elated graduates, music, officials, awards (both monetary and academic), caps and gowns, adoring teachers, and a surprise visit from the recently departed Orcas Island renegade bear, all were present at the Graduation Ceremony for the Orcas Island High School class of 2017 … Continue reading

Over 550 State Legislators Oppose Paris Climate Agreement Withdrawal More than 40 states commit to state action

— from Dave Pringle for State Legislature — Washington State Senator Kevin Ranker, California State Senator Kevin de León, Massachusetts State Senator Michael Barrett, and over 550 state legislators from across the country issued a statement [June 21, 2017} committed to maintaining U.S. leadership on fighting climate change and adhering … Continue reading

Library Closure Extended Library to be closed until Friday, June 23

— from Martin Arnold — We need more time! The addition to the Library is taking longer than expected to complete. The Library will be closed until Friday, June 23. The Library is expected to open its normal time – 10 a.m. – on Friday. Thanks for your continued patience. … Continue reading

A Brand New Chapter Opens at the Library Friday, June 23 from 5 to 8 p.m.

— by Margie Doyle — Late notice: Library will be closed for collection moving and painting until Friday June 23. Friday is the long-awaited day for the opening of the expanded Orcas Island Public Library. the completion of the project is a triumph of planning, design, participation and execution befitting … 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

CenturyLink Outage Hits Land Lines on Father’s Day Orcas Island experiences 12-hour outage for land line service customers

— by Orcas Issues staff — Telephone land lines for CenturyLink customers were out on Orcas Island yesterday, [Sunday, June 18] although internet and cell phone coverage was not affected. Jeff Larsen, manning the Eastsound Fire Station, said that its land lines were out at the Station from about 5 … Continue reading

Abreu and Limbach Come Back from People’s Summit Galvanized "You can build a lot of positive momentum by doing one thing at a time"

— by Margie Doyle, updated June 20 at 3 p.m. — Sharon Abreu and Learner Limbach returned this week from the second “People’s Summit” held last weekend in Chicago with a rekindled passion to build a new peoples’ movement to give power back to the people so that they may … Continue reading

Upcoming Bond: Needs Over Wants School Board Special Meeting

–by Ayn Gailey — After months of collecting community feedback, the School Board held a special meeting on Wednesday, June 14, to hear more input and make a decision on what to do about the bond that did not pass in February. The Board heard from bond consultant Trevor Carlson, … Continue reading

Guest Opinion: French Elections Have Lessons for U.S. Inclusive politics on the rise

— by Tom Owens — France has just seen a revolution in their political landscape. The old guard is out. Emmanuel Macron, a new, little known politician started a new party and went on to win the Presidency.  He now faces parliamentary elections to gain seats and legislative influence.  He … Continue reading