I am writing to urge our community on Orcas to vote in favor of the Fire/EMS levy.
April is National Distracted Driving Month and I’d like to point out that we have a problem in our nation with how and when we use our cellphones.
With great joy we announce that the campaign to raise funds for a new projector is now closed. As of Friday, April 11, we raised a total of $56,000, and we were able to place the order for the new digital projector.
At the recent OPALCO “Town Hall Meetings” a few things were finally made clear. All costs of new fibre optic cable and all of the proposed wireless internet system will be charged to electricity customers.
Our Orcas Island community is blessed. When faced with a need, neighbors step up to help.
We at the Orcas Island Lions Club would like to thank all the participants of our 2014 Health Screening event held on March 31 and April 1 in front of Island Market. First, and foremost, we would like to thank those 114 islanders who chose to attend.
In the eyes of immigration law, Benjamin Nunez Marquez, whose case has been documented in several Sounder articles, is just another undocumented person about to be deported.
It is hard to see why someone would vote no on the OIFR levy. Perhaps a voter would feel their taxes would go down. That event would be a rarity, indeed.
We live in a remote part of Washington state, in a community of islands with limited transportation options and no critical/urgent/hospital care available on Orcas Island.
The proposed EMS/Fire Levy is a renewal of the Levy that is in place today. It is not a new tax and will not raise your annual bill from the county. For our family, the cost is less than $1 a day – quite a reasonable investment for the excellent 24/7 emergency service OIFR provides.
On Tuesday, April 1, I attended a Town Hall meeting at Fire Station 21 held by Orcas Fire and Rescue Fire Chief Kevin O’Brien and the Fire District Commissioners regarding the Fire/EMS Levy proposal to be voted on April 22.
Living on Orcas is a choice, a choice that I am so very glad to have been able to make. This is a special place, unlike any other.
After prudent review, We, Local 3911 (the Paramedics and Firefighters of Orcas Island Fire & Rescue), endorse the proposed Fire/EMS levy. We support the maintenance of the property tax levy because it is the most fiscally responsible use of public funds.
“9-1-1, what is your emergency?” Have you had that response to your call for assistance?
I would like to clarify that all expenses for the campaign for a “YES” vote on the Orcas Fire and Rescue levy renewal that will be on the April ballot are paid for by private donations and are managed by a committee of citizens supporting the passage of the levy.
We are proud to be part of the Orcas Island Fire and Rescue team. We represent the Orcas Island Volunteer Firefighter/EMT Association, and the 64 community members who serve as EMTs and Firefighters.
Recently, I was privileged to work with fellow residents in a comprehensive study of Orcas Island Fire and Rescue: its history, current practices, and future challenges. This effort, led by Art Lange, was thorough, objective, systematic.
Please join me in voting yes for the levy as proposed by Orcas Fire District 2.
With my attention and prayers focused on our neighbors in Snohomish County’s Oso community, I am urged to ask you to vote yes in supporting the fire levy.
One of the joys of living on Orcas Island is knowing that, in case of emergency, we have dedicated, hard working, experienced, community-minded, accountable OIFR!