Update on Reservations System Breakdown

— from Lynne Griffith, Assistant Secretary WSDOT/Ferries Division — On Tuesday, our ferry reservations system experienced technical difficulties. As of now, we are unable to accept reservations for summer travel on the Anacortes/San Juan Islands, Port Townsend/Coupeville and Anacortes/Sidney, B.C. routes until further notice. Our IT staff is trying to … Continue reading

EPRC Follow-up on Seaview Street Gas Spill

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 — by Margie Doyle – At the April 16 meeting of the Eastsound Planning Review Committee, members of the public, County Councilman Rick Hughes, the county advisors on the EPRC, and property owners Brian and Mary Vanderyacht reviewed the recent gasoline fuel spill at the property owned by Vanderyacht Propane, … Continue reading

Sheriff’s Report: April 10 – 14, 2015

– from Sheriff Ron Krebs – April 10, 2015 15-001724 Citizen Dispute 10:45:29 04/10/15: On Friday, April 10, 2015, a Lopez deputy was dispatched to a citizen dispute involving telephone harassment. Suspect was contacted and advised of the possible criminal nature of his actions. Suspect stated he would not call again and apologized to … Continue reading

Letter to the Editor: Change Needed at OPALCO

— from Lois Ludwig, Lopez Island — Thank you for publishing Chom Greacen’s excellent article about OPALCO. Her facts on the rate increases are correct. Her questions are valid. OPALCO board members insist their facility increase is the best plan to offset unforeseen expenses. I’m saddened that the Board is … Continue reading

Ranker Criticizes Oil Train Bill’s Shortcomings

— from Washington State Democrats — Sen. Kevin Ranker, D-Orcas Island, released the statement below following Wednesday’s [April 15] passage of an oil train safety bill that falls short of critical protections for communities and valuable information for first responders: “Someone said that Washingtonians will be safer under this bill. … Continue reading

Get Your Spring off to a Healing Start

Saturday and Sunday April 25–26, Healing Arts Center – from Orcas Healing Arts – The Healing Arts Center welcomes the community to attend their Spring Healing Arts Fair, on Saturday and Sunday April 25–26. For this fundraiser, offered twice a year, practitioners donate their services; all proceeds support the nonprofit organization that maintains … Continue reading

Letter to the Editor: 2015 OPALCO Voting Recommendation

– by Chom Greacen, Eric Youngren and Sandy Bishop – We recommend voting for Randy J. Cornelius and Winnie Adams (incumbent). (You can find out more about the full slate of candidates and their bio’s by following this link:http://www.opalco.com/news_article/opalco-board-candidates-announced/). OPALCO is going through rapid changes and many issues have risen … Continue reading