Plastic problem and youthful solutions featured in award-winning documentary by Orcas teen

Walking on a California beach, Dylan D'Haeze was worried and scared about the amount of plastic polluting the ocean. Deciding to do more than worry, the 13-year-old Orcas Island filmmaker put together a documentary, Plastic is Forever. The award-winning 20-minute film covers the history of plastic, its myriad uses and the big problem with it - it doesn't go away.


Motion to dismiss Orcas teacher's sexual misconduct case in court April 21

Will the case against former Orcas Island teacher Gerald Grellet-Tinner be dismissed in San Juan County Superior Court tomorrow (April 21, 2017) or will it proceed to trial? County Prosecutor Randy Gaylord's response to the defendant's  motion to dismiss doesn't include much in the way of arguments against it.


Elwha's hard landing at Lopez closed terminal for hours Sunday

A hard landing by Washington State Ferry Elwha at the Lopez Island terminal stopped ferry service to the island for several hours Easter Sunday, April 16, 2016. Damage to a wingwall had to be inspected by the U.S. Coast Guard before the dock could be reopened. The ferry Elwha was taken out of service. The incident happened around 9:30 a.m. The Lopez terminal was reopened around 3 p.m. Full service was restored to the San Juan Islands route by 7:35 p.m. when the Samish replaced the Elwha. 

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April 16 is designated National Healthcare Decisions Day

The National Healthcare Decisions Day Initiative is a collaborative effort of national, state and community organizations committed to ensuring that all adults with decision-making capacity in the United States have the information and opportunity to communicate and document their healthcare decisions. The objectives of NHDD are to provide much-needed information to the public, reduce the number of tragedies that occur when a person’s wishes are unknown, and improve the ability of healthcare facilities and providers to offer informed and thoughtful guidance about advance healthcare planning to their patients.

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