Topic: Health & Wellness

County Medication Take Back Program Removes 600 lbs. Annually

Written on February 22, 2018 at 5:44 am, by

Wondering how to safely dispose of expired and unused medications? Take the medications to one of the five permanent Drop Off Bins located throughout the County for free disposal. The Drop Off bins are located at: San Juan Island Sheriff’s Office (Available 24/7) Lopez Island Sheriff’s Substation Orcas Island Sheriff’s Substation Ray’s Pharmacy on Orcas  Continue Reading

March for Our Lives – Friday Harbor

Written on February 21, 2018 at 5:18 pm, by

As a caring community that jumps at the chance to help those in need, we would like to make some time to reach out to the students from Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, by making them a banner to hang in the hallway of their school. We want to extend a hand as  Continue Reading

Shelter Open Tonight

Written on February 21, 2018 at 4:18 pm, by

Intro to Mat Pilates

Written on February 20, 2018 at 5:44 am, by

Interested in learning more about Pilates or immersing yourself deeper in your current practice? The Studio has the perfect workshop for you! Join Jacquelyn Reiff for an intensive Intro to Mat Pilates at The Studio March 3rd and 4th from 10:30 am to 1:00 pm. This session will detail Joseph Pilates classic mat exercises and prepare  Continue Reading

Severe Weather Shelter Open Tonight

Written on February 18, 2018 at 8:29 am, by

United Way of San Juan County, and the “Out of the Cold” Severe Weather Shelter program have enjoyed amazing community support in the shape of donations and volunteer commitments, and as the cold weather sets in tonight the Shelter will open once again. The Shelter location for the predicted cold weather will be at the  Continue Reading

Cari Matthews, MD, joins medical team at PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center

Written on February 16, 2018 at 5:45 am, by

Cari Matthews, MD, has joined the staff at PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center. Matthews is a seasoned Emergency physician with special interests in remote care, aeromedical evacuation and travel medicine. She and her fellow Peace Island emergency medicine providers offer around-the-clock care, seven days a week. Matthews comes to PeaceHealth from Benefis Health System in  Continue Reading

Island Senior: It’s Flu Season!

Written on February 16, 2018 at 5:30 am, by

Island Senior is a regular column written by Peggy Sue McRae… I was not planning to write about the flu this week but the flu chose me and according to my informal social media commiserations I am not alone. This is turning out to be one of the worst flu seasons in years. I was  Continue Reading

Local Firefighter Ben Waldron to Climb Building For Blood Cancer Cure

Written on February 13, 2018 at 5:45 am, by

Local firefighter Ben Waldron will be participating in the Scott Firefighter Stairclimb on Sunday, March 11th in support of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Says Ben, “For those that don’t know me personally. I’m a firefighter with the Seattle fire department, I am married with 4 kids, and make my home on Beautiful San Juan  Continue Reading

Creating A Safe Home Environment For Seniors

Written on February 4, 2018 at 8:45 am, by

Especially now with the Life Care Center closed, there may be many islanders caring for elderly parents or relatives, and even sharing their homes with them. This article written by freelance writer Jane Campbell outlines some simple but powerful steps we can take to make our homes and theirs much safer. Did you know that  Continue Reading

Mission Blue

Written on January 29, 2018 at 5:50 am, by

Friday Harbor Film Festival’s “Best of the Fest” presents: “Mission Blue” – a film about legendary oceanographer, Sylvia Earle. She is on a personal mission to save our oceans. Mission Blue is part oceanic road trip, part biography, part action adventure story, and part expose of an eco-disaster. The film deftly weaves her unique personal  Continue Reading


Written on January 29, 2018 at 5:40 am, by

San Juan County Public Hospital District No. 1 is soliciting applications for Position 3 and Position 5 Board of Commissioners through February 7, 2018.  Please submit your Letter of Interest and your CV to the District Superintendent, Pamela Hutchins, at  You can call (360) 378-2857 (District Office) for additional information if necessary.  A Special  Continue Reading

SJIFD Banquet and Awards

Written on January 25, 2018 at 5:50 am, by

The San Juan Island Fire Department celebrated another year of service at their annual banquet at Downriggers, Saturday, January 20. As part of the festivities, Chief Brad Creesy presented many members with awards and recognition for their dedication to the department.  Among the awards (left to right in picture): Assistant Chief Noel Monin for 20  Continue Reading

Overnight Tsunami Watch…And Wait

Written on January 24, 2018 at 5:53 am, by

This article was shared by Dave Holloran of the SJC Department of Emergency Management… If you are like me, you woke up in the early morning hours yesterday to a phone call, text or other notification of a potential tsunami stemming from the 7.9 magnitude earthquake in the Gulf of Alaska. A flurry of activity  Continue Reading

Candidate Filing Week for Proposed Orcas Island Hospital District

Written on January 23, 2018 at 5:43 am, by

The San Juan County Council has approved, based on petitions submitted last summer, a proposition for the formation of a public hospital district on Orcas Island. The question of formation will go to the voters of Orcas Island in the April 24, 2018, election. Also on the ballot will be the election of five commissioners  Continue Reading

January EMT of the Month – Kyle Davies

Written on January 22, 2018 at 5:46 am, by

Kyle Davies began with San Juan Island EMS in Fall of 1999, first training as a volunteer EMT. In 2011, he left a full-time position with San Juan Island Fire and Rescue to expand his emergency service knowledge and skills in an opportunity with Seattle Medic One to train as a Paramedic. Since completion of  Continue Reading

Fish Tacos Are Back!

Written on January 19, 2018 at 9:01 am, by

Don’t forget – this is today! Fish for Teeth is pleased to announce we will be making fish tacos on Friday, January 19, at Friday Harbor Ace Hardware, starting at 11:00 a.m. Tacos will be available for a $7.00 donation. All proceeds go to fund the Medical Teams International Mobile Dental Van, which comes to  Continue Reading

Healthy Desk Workshop

Written on January 19, 2018 at 5:47 am, by

EDC offers free Healthy Desk workshop Working an office job can be hard on healthy bodies; learn how business owners and employees can use “Healthy Desk” techniques to improve comfort – and even productivity – in an office setting.  Join the EDC to learn more about methods to help keep office workers more comfortable working  Continue Reading

Rock Solid in DC

Written on January 18, 2018 at 5:48 am, by

Rock Solid Youth presents at National Leadership Forum in DC The San Juan Island Prevention Coalition is excited to share that Zach Fincher will be presenting at CADCA’s 28th National Leadership Forum, the nation’s premier and largest training event for community prevention leaders, treatment professionals and researchers, and SAMHSA’s 14th Prevention Day. Held Feb. 5-8,  Continue Reading

New Adult Fitness Programs

Written on January 17, 2018 at 5:48 am, by

Island Rec has 2 new programs this winter… Beginner Yoga Yoga is commonly recognized as a tool for stress relief, metabolic stimulation, mental clarity and joint mobility. Many recent medical studies have shown that practicing yoga also improves immune health and boosts brain function. Join us for a fun and rejuvenating morning practice! Two, 2-month session  Continue Reading

Flu Activity Increasing In Our Region

Written on January 15, 2018 at 5:50 am, by

Flu activity and hospital visits for flu-like symptoms are rapidly increasing in Washington. “While flu cases are on the rise in San Juan County, we are not currently seeing the levels reported in the state and region,” says Dr. Frank James, Health Officer for San Juan County. “However, we can reasonably expect our county to  Continue Reading

Alzheimer’s Association Recruiting Volunteers

Written on January 15, 2018 at 5:42 am, by

Make a difference in the life of a family caregiver! The Alzheimer’s Association is currently recruiting local volunteers to facilitate Family Caregiver Support Groups in San Juan County, including Orcas Island and Friday Harbor. Family Caregiver Support Groups provide a consistent and caring place for caregivers to learn, share, and gain emotional support from others  Continue Reading

Yi Renâ Qigong Class at SVC

Written on January 12, 2018 at 11:14 am, by

Islanders looking for an alternative approach to stress reduction and life-long vibrant health will be pleased to hear about the new class at Skagit Valley College (SVC) this Winter 2018 quarter. Randy Martin, SVC Director, is excited to bring in visiting qigong instructor, Jan Weedman, certified by the Institute of Qigong and Integrative Medicine (IQ&IM)  Continue Reading