Learn What to do in an Earthquake; Participate in Great WA Shakeout Drill

— from County Department of Emergency Management — The 2017 Great Washington Shakeout Drill is coming soon. On October 19, 2017 you can join thousands of Washingtonians and millions of people worldwide and participate in this community awareness earthquake drill. At 10:19 a.m. you’ll get the message to “Drop, Cover, … Continue reading

Sheriff’s Report | September 6 – 12, 2017

— from San Juan County Sheriff’s Office — September 6, 2017 17-006290 Sick or Injured Animal 09:14:42 09/06/17 A deputy investigated a report of animal neglect on San Juan Island. Investigation continues. 17-006296 Malicious Mischief 12:49:04 09/06/17 A deputy investigated a vehicle being tampered with in the town of Friday … 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

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

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

County Comp Plan Topic for League of Women Voters

Monday, September 11, Noon, San Juan Island Library — from League of Women Voters — The League of Women Voters of the San Juans (LWVSJ) announces a community program “Our County Comp Plan Update: Shaping the Future.” This program will be held in Friday Harbor at the San Juan Island … Continue reading

Sheriff’s Report | August 30 – September 5, 2017

— from San Juan County Sheriff’s Office — August 30, 2017 17-006029 Parking Problem 11:08:58 08/30/17 A Deputy responded to a report of an abandoned vehicle. Vehicle was later impounded as abandoned. 17-006031 Unwanted Person 11:52:11 08/30/17 A Deputy responded to a Lopez Island business for an unwanted person complaint. … Continue reading

Letter to the Editor: Public Hospital District Petition Now Circulating

— by Tom Ritter — The people of Orcas Island need your assistance. If you are a registered voter please sign the petition to ensure that a Healthcare Service District is on the ballot in April 2018. This petition is circulated this week at various locations. A Washington state law … Continue reading

State Transportation Awards $1M for Electric Car Charging

— from the office of Gov. Jay Inslee — For many people, the idea of driving a car powered by a battery seems a little risky. While the traditional gasoline and diesel powered vehicle can travel hundreds of miles before requiring a quick stop at a gas station, electric vehicles … Continue reading