Thomerson Addresses OPALCO Candidacy, Rock Island Merger


— from Chris Thomerson, OPALCO Board Candidate (Incumbent) — In running to retain my OPALCO Board seat, my goal, apart from getting us reliable high speed internet, emergency and cell phone coverage, is to ensure OPALCO continues to deliver the cleanest electricity, at lowest cost, when you need it, and, fairly … Continue reading

Editorial Update: The Girl Who Was Hit and a Softer Society

— by Margie Doyle — Update: Since publishing this editorial, a fund-raising effort has been launched online. Please consider helping Emily Foster out by going to By now, most islanders have heard that 17-year-old Emily Foster, an Orcas High School Senior, was hit at the intersection of Main Street … Continue reading

Guest Editorial: OPALCO’s Commitment Justified

— by David Mieland — [In the recent conversation about the ”morphing” of OPALCO], maybe I’m missing something, but I’m not under the impression that OPALCO’s venture into broadband is impacting electric rates much at all. We have seen small increases in kilowatthour rates related mostly to wholesale increases from … Continue reading