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

Letter to the Editor: Vote for OPALCO Incumbents

— from Boyd and Lovel Pratt — Ballots for OPALCO have arrived by mail. We thank all the candidates running for OPALCO’s Board of Directors. We are grateful for the many years of service Randy Cornelius provided as General Manager of OPALCO and we believe he would make an excellent … Continue reading

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

Letter to the Editor: OPALCO Through the Recession

— by Chris Thomerson — Overall electric bills, adjusted for inflation, are now almost 15% lower than they were twenty years ago. During this recession, while the Board continued supporting community projects and programs, and held back on rate increases, electric bills did not keep pace with increasing costs. Remember … Continue reading

Open Letter to Rick Hughes Re: Orcas Road Project

— from Susan Fleischer and John Fleischer — Re: Orcas Road Project (Nordstrom Lane to McNallie Lane) Dear Rick, This is in regard to the San Juan County Orcas Road proposed realignment that runs along Carol Clark’s property from Swan Road to McNallie Lane. Walt and Carol Clark (Susan’s parents) … Continue reading

Letter to the Editor: Black Dog Farm Stand Broken Into, Closed

(Editor’s note: Since this letter was published, we learned from the owners that the clothing barn and donation box are the two portions of the farm stand that have been closed: owner Ian Harlow states: “We are just no longer accepting clothing donations at our thrift shack. An[d] yes our … Continue reading

Letter to the Editor: Islanders Send “Do Not Invest” Message

— from Nick Jones — Dear Editor, Watching the San Juan Sungrown debacle unfold has been like watching a slow-moving, entirely preventable car accident. This situation is a tragedy for the Rice family, their employees, our struggling island economy, a tragedy, ultimately, for their neighbors, who are going to have … Continue reading