Letter to the Editor: Make a Difference, Mentor a Youth


— by Heather Dew Oaksen — Many thanks to David Turnoy for his Guest Opinion: Make a Difference in a Child’s Life explaining the very real need for additional youth mentoring on Orcas; as the filmmaker of MINOR DIFFERENCES, the documentary he mentioned, which follows five former juvenile offenders from … 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

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