Letter to the Editor: World-Class Response from Orcas Fire and Rescue

 — by Paul Sheridan, Director, Four Winds Camp — To the Editor: I want to take a moment out of the craziness of summer to publically thank Orcas Island Fire & Rescue. We had an injured camper here at Four Winds last week, and our team decided that we needed … Continue reading

Letter to the Editor: Choose Other than Violence

 — by Andy Wickstrand, Olga — I wept when I heard of the Charleston church shooting. Wept for the senseless loss of life. Wept for how we as a nation have become numb to these never-ending tragedies. And wept precisely for the frustration so many of us feel for seemingly … Continue reading

Letter to the Editor: Senior Center Thanks OICF and Volunteers

— from Jami Mitchell, Senior Center Manager — Thank you Orcas Island Community Foundation and everybody that supported their grant cycle. The Orcas Senior Center is extremely grateful for a grant of $6,160 to support the expansion of our weekly meal program. Beginning in July, the Senior Center will be … Continue reading

Letter to the Editor: OPALCO Members, Get Engaged

— by Alex MacLeod — There is growing unhappiness among many OPALCO member-customers following this year’s huge rate increase. OPALCO’s board raised the “facilities charge” to each customer by about 40% — this is a base charge, absent the delivery of any electricity — and raised electric rates by an … 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

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

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