Public Hearing on County’s 2018 Budget this Monday

Monday, Nov. 20 at 9 a.m. in the Legislative Hearing Room, at 55 Second Street, in Friday Harbor At its regular meeting on Monday, Nov. 20 the County Council will hold a public hearing on adoption of an Annual Budget. Estimated revenues and appropriations will be set forth and Public … Continue reading

First Town Hall Meeting – Public Hospital District

— from Alison Shaw for the Coalition for Orcas Health Care — The Coalition for Orcas Health Care (COHC) wants to hear from as many folks in the community as possible. Toward that goal, it has planned four Town Hall-style meetings over the next few months to hold a community … Continue reading

New Task Force Looks Into Community Long-Term Care Options

— from Beth Helstien — Over the last few weeks, many of you have shown concern about the limited availability of long-term care, rehabilitation and housing for our county’s aging and at-risk, or complex-care populations. This subject has reached crisis-level with the closure of Life Care Center of the San Juan Islands; … Continue reading

Whidbey Conducts Friday Harbor Medevac During Windstorm

— from Whidbey Island Naval Air Station — A Search and Rescue (SAR) team from Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island conducted a medical evacuation (MEDEVAC) from Friday Harbor to PeaceHealth St. Joseph Hospital in Bellingham, Wash., on Wednesday, November 14, 2017. The SAR alert crew received an urgent call … Continue reading

Guest Opinion: Senator Ranker Hopes to Move Forward on Many Fronts Concerns include voting rights, equal pay, protections for immigrants and minorities, women’s reproductive rights, oil spills, climate change.

— from State Senator Kevin Ranker — Last week, with the election of Manka Dhingra, Democrats gained control of the Washington State Senate and we finished building the west coast Blue Wall along with Oregon and California. Now, we begin implementing an agenda that truly represents our core values. We … Continue reading

Passing the Torch: Sara Boyle, New Lead at Orcas Senior Center New survey, new challenge grant, new programs "We have a lot of potential"

(This is the second in a series of articles about new leadership at Orcas Island institutions) –by Margie Doyle, updated Nov. 15 at 10 a.m. — Sara Boyle brings new enthusiasm and direction as she joins the leadership team at the Senior Center as Executive Director of the Orcas Senior … Continue reading

Eastsound Vision Survey Closed; Full Results Due Soon

— from Paul Kamin for Eastsound Planning Review Committee — The online survey “closed” on Monday November 5. A committee of volunteers have been working on processing the results for public distribution. The Eastsound Planning and Review Committee and the Survey Team would like to thank those who invested … Continue reading

Sheriff’s Report | November 1 – 7, 2017

November 1, 2017 17-007698 Juvenile Problem 11:07:02 11/01/17 A Deputy responded to the Lopez Island School regarding a juvenile complaint. It was determined a distressed elementary student was attempting to leave the school campus without permission. School administration took appropriate measures to keep the juvenile safe. 17-007700 Suspicious Person/Circumstance 13:35:50 … Continue reading

New Emergency Doctor at Peace Island Medical Center

–from Peace Health communications — PeaceHealth welcomes a new emergency medicine provider to PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center: Krishnaraj “Raj” Jayarama, DO. Dr. Jayarama earned his degree in Osteopathic Medicine from the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine in Old Westbury, New York. He completed an Internship in Emergency Medicine … Continue reading

Election Final: Orcas Bond and Levy Pass Bedell retains Fire Commission seat

–by Margie Doyle, updated at 6:30 p.m. — UPDATE: Nov. 8 at 7 p.m. With 6,799 ballots counted, and an estimated 200 ballots left to count in the general election: The Orcas Island School District Bond Proposition to Construct, Renovate and Improve School Facilities for $10,800,000 had been approved by … Continue reading

New Exchange to Open November 24th, The Day After Thanksgiving New pricing, access and tax-deduction policies

— from Pete Moe, General Manager ORS/The Exchange — The new Exchange reuse facility on Orcas Island will re-open November 24th, ‘Black Friday’, at 10 a.m. This will kick-off a Grand-Opening Weekend, that will run through Sunday the 26th. Hot dogs and cider will be served at lunch, and The … Continue reading

Veterans Get Help Through Larsen’s Office Veterans, call direct line for assistance

— from U.S. Representative Rick Larsen — A better deal for our veterans starts with listening – and that is exactly what I had a chance to do last month. I held six Veterans Forums in San Juan, Snohomish, Skagit, Whatcom and Island counties. These forums were opportunities for veterans … Continue reading

Guest Opinion: Beyond the Eastsound Vision Survey Directing future efforts

— by B. Sadie Bailey — I just took the Eastsound Vision survey on Saturday, November 4, a day before the Nov. 5 deadline; primarily because, as a gardener, I had no large chunk of time or mental energy to devote to it until it snowed the other day. When … Continue reading

Park and Ride with Rural Character Eases Ferry Commutes "A proud achievement for a lot of people"

— by Margie Doyle — The Orcas Village Park and Ride project was formally opened on Tuesday, Oct. 31 with islanders, elected officials, county staff and State Ferries directors on hand. It was a snapshot of what islanders have done and can do when faced with a problem — congested … Continue reading

Hearing on Proposed Expansion to Xylene at Anacortes Refinery Tesoro now called Andeavor

— from Katie Fleming for Friends of the San Juans — Community activists and representatives from many environmental organizations including, RE Sources for Sustainable Communities, Evergreen Islands, and Friends of the San Juans will testify at an upcoming public hearing on a Shoreline Substantial Development Permit for the Andeavor … Continue reading