Let’s Keep Our Bees!

Saturday, May 9 from 2 to 4 p.m. at w p.m. Farming and Gardening with Native Pollinators will be the subject of a free presentation by Eric Lee-Mader at the Episcopal Church. Eric will be discussing habitat restoration for bees, farming and gardening practices, economics of insect pollination and more. Please … Continue reading

County’s Economic Assistance Offers FREE Business Workshop

Tuesday, May 5 from 8 to 11 a.m. on Lopez Island — from the San Juan County Economic Development Council — The San Juan County Economic Development Council will present a FREE half-day workshop for small businesses and entrepreneurs on Lopez Island, on Tuesday, May 5th from 8-11 a.m. Advance … Continue reading

Guest Opinion: OPALCO’s Anti-Robin Hood Rate Design

–by Chris Greacen, Ph.D.– OPALCO plans to meet its burgeoning operating costs and debt payments through a new tariff structure with unprecedented increases in fixed charges. By 2019 the base rate will rise to nearly $78 per month before any electricity is used. This is particularly punitive to small users, … Continue reading

Letter to the Editor: Conservation District Salutes OPALCO

— from Ron Zee, Chair, Board of Supervisors. San Juan Conservation District — Many thanks to everyone who has supported Community Solar for Our Schools! We have completed the solar array installation on Orcas High School, and installations are scheduled for Lopez, San Juan, and Shaw schools in the next … Continue reading

BirdFest: All Things Bird and Beautiful

Kim Middleton with her fine-feathered friend

Orcas Island Chamber of Commerce ramps up the 2nd Annual BirdFest, April 30 to May 3  — by Margie Doyle — Lovers of all things “bird” and beautiful can indulge their passion in a multitude of events at the second annual Orcas Island Birdfest – All Things Bird and Beautiful. … Continue reading

Chamber Music Festival Kick-off April 30th!

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4 p.m. Ticket Sales Open at Orcas Center 5:30 p.m. Volunteer Reception – Toast 2015 Festival and New Executive Director — from the Chamber Music Festival — Opening day of ticket sales for the 2015 Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival is Thursday, April 30th. The traditional “Early Birds” will start … Continue reading

WSF Reservations System Simply on Overload

— from Washington State Ferries — WSF introduces “staggered” release dates April 28- May 19 for summer reservations A team of information technology specialists determined the Washington State Ferries’ online vehicle reservations system stopped working last Tuesday, April 14, because it was unable handle the large volume of customers that … Continue reading

Guest Column: LWV Sums up Legislature’s Work on Education and Budget

State Legislature still at work in last week of session — from the League of Women Voters of Washington State LWVwa.org— The regular Legislative session end is fast approaching, on Sunday, April 26. The Supreme Court hearing is scheduled the next day to consider possible sanctions related to the contempt … Continue reading

Jordan Griffin Inspires Friends to Design Paraplegic Bikes

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Fundraising campaign to design and build a bike for Orcas’ own Jordan Griffin Jordan Griffin, a paraplegic since a snowboarding accident on Orcas Island in 2007, loves extreme sports. Spencer Sare, an Orcas friend of Jordan’s, has started a fundraising campaign, “along with a team of four Washington State University … 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