Editorial: Make Your Support of ORS/The Exchange Known

Persuade Council to Add Funding for Site Road — by Margie Doyle — This is a call to action from those who support The Exchange and Orcas Recycling Services (ORS) in its mission to ““Build a zero-waste community through service, education and stewardship of Orcas Island’s waste and resource streams.” … Continue reading

Guest Editorial: Good People Grace Our Garden

Colleen and our water guru, Craig

— by Madie Murray for the Orcas Island Farm to Cafeteria Program — There are so many unsung heroes on our Island. It would take a novel to laud them all. But I’d like to mention three that have given so much to our Public School Garden over the past … Continue reading

Guest Opinion: Resolution Needed from Council for Safe Shipping


— from Islanders for Safe Shipping — A growing number of communities in Washington State have been voicing their concerns over the increase of fossil fuel rail transport. When this volatile danger travels right past their front yards, waterfront parks, their places of business, and their children’s schools, people speak … Continue reading

Guest Editorial: Gov. Inslee Applauds “Obamacare” Decision

— from the office of Governor Jay Inslee — Washington Governor Jay Inslee issued the following comment regarding the U.S. Supreme Court ruling to uphold the Affordable Care Act [Obamacare]: “I applaud the Supreme Court for upholding this landmark law that is helping so many people here in Washington state … Continue reading

Letter to Editor: Thanks for 20 Years of Project PAL

— from Madeline Danielson, Project PAL Coordinator — Twenty years ago, Project PAL was started by Beth Anderson of OPALCO and a few community volunteers so Co-op members could give each other a hand up with electric bills in tough times. This gets done by rounding up the power bills to the next whole dollar … Continue reading

Editorial: Reality Check – We Rely on Outside Help When Disaster Strikes

— by Lin McNulty — Whaddaya mean we don’t have a bomb squad? Whaddaya mean we don’t have a HazMat unit? Two recent incidents have brought this reality to light in our neighborhoods. On Friday, April 10, a gas spill on Seaview Street on Orcas at 2:49 p.m. prompted a neighborhood evacuation of one-half … Continue reading