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

Guest Editorial: The Little Building That Could…

–by Madie Murray, Olga Strawberry Council Board Member– There’s no time like the present when the present is all you have. It’s a horrible time to be asking for money with Holiday and year-end expenses and obligations still lingering, tax-deductible requirements not needing to be made until the end of … Continue reading

Guest Editorial: SJ Grange Supports Marijuana Production

— by the San Juan Island Grange Executive Committee – At its January 7th, 2015 business meeting San Juan Island Grange #966 resolved to oppose the Proposed Moratorium on Marijuana Production. Even though the San Juan County Council has withdrawn the proposal, San Juan Island Grange #966 would like to … Continue reading

Letter to Editor: Keep The Exchange at the Transfer Station

– from Kyle Carver, Orcas Island – We’re all ready for a new Exchange. It’s been a vital part of our community moving towards a zero waste goal. But the current relocation plan doesn’t add up. The Exchange should remain where it is. The transfer station is zoned “Rural Industrial” … Continue reading

Have Yourself a Merry Christmas — Traditional or Otherwise!

 — by Margie Doyle – Those of us Boomers, born 1946-1964, can’t help but have had an “ideal”, Norman Rockwell-Donna Reed Christmas image burnished in our memory of what Christmas celebration is all about – family, faith, and festivities. But for my family, Christmas is different every year, and the … Continue reading

Guest Opinion: Small Change Provides Improvement to Navy Capabilities

– from Captain Michael Nortier, Commanding Officer, NAS Whidbey – Many people may be unaware that our service members – our sons, daughters, friends, and neighbors – are training in the skies above the Olympic Mountains to take the fight to the enemy on our behalf. The Navy recently proposed … Continue reading

Guest Opinion: Why Should EWUA Charge Higher Fees for Guest Houses?

– from Michael Riordan – What some people seem to be missing in the current debate over EWUA policies is recognition of the many beneficial impacts this water system has on Eastsound and surrounding areas. We take it for granted that the system will always work fine, but without frequent … Continue reading

Guest Opinion: EWUA Meeting / One Member Perspective

– from Lesley Liddle – [Monday]’s EWUA meeting was a good informative meeting overall; Paul Kamin put together a well-organized presentation, some of it heavily weighted to impress on certain points of current policy with regard to the guest house bylaw and recent “initiative”, which I don’t necessarily or entirely … Continue reading

Guest Opinion: Navy Jets Will Bring More Noise, Electromagnetic Radiation

– from John Titus – The Naval Air Base at Whidbey Island is proposing to add another 36 Growler jets to the existing 82 jets currently based there. This is part of a sweeping new plan by the Navy to increase the electronic warfare training taking place in northwest Washington. … Continue reading

Guest Editorial: A New Exchange — What If?

– from Tim Blanchard, ORS Board President and Pete Moe, Executive Director – Ever since we lost The Exchange to fire, everyone’s wondering, “When will it re-open?” It’s an important question. Every day our community is losing economic and social value as useful goods are shipped off island, sit in … Continue reading

Editorial: Support Orcas Issues on Small Business Saturday

— by Margie Doyle — Sometimes, because Orcas Issues is an information service, it seems to fail to register as a business. But that’s what we are: a small, local (in modern parlance “hyper-local”), news and information business. We’ve been established as such for seven years now, and as a … Continue reading