San Juan County Retires Solid Waste Debt Early

– from San Juan County Communications — The San Juan County Council authorized the re-payment of a limited tax general obligation bond at its February 24, 2015 meeting. The bond, secured in 2012, in the amount of $810,000, was necessary to provide operational funding for the solid waste utility, and … Continue reading

Marine Science Lecture: Shorebirds, Predators, and the Role of Fear

Tuesday, March 10, 7 p.m., Emmanuel Episcopal Parish Hall – from Jean Lyle, The SeaDoc Society – Dr. Rob Butler, president of the Pacific WildLife Foundation, will speak on shorebirds at the next Marine Science Lecture. Butler, an internationally renowned ornithologist, is recognized for his distinguished work at the Canadian … Continue reading

Guest Column: Winds Make Cherry Point a Terrible Place for a Coal Terminal

– by Michael Riordan for Whatcomwatch.org – From a meteorologist’s perspective, Cherry Point is a terrible site for a coal terminal, for it endures some of the fiercest winds in Washington state. These wintry gales out of the northeast have been obvious to my wife and me ever since we … Continue reading

DNR Says “No” to Navy Electronic Warfare

– by Nicholas Johnson, Port Townsend Leader – In a Friday, Feb. 27 letter, Washington’s Department of Natural Resources (DNR) told the U.S. Navy it won’t participate in a plan to train fighter jet pilots in detecting enemy electronic signals over the Olympic National Forest. “The Department of Natural Resources … Continue reading

From EWUA: Guest House Upgrade Initiative Progress Report

— from the Eastsound Water Users Association (EWUA) – In 2015 EWUA will begin the process of developing our next Water System Plan, which is required by the State Department of Health every 6 years. Foundational to this process is documenting EWUA’s service commitments to insure that we have the … Continue reading

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

OPALCO and Rock Island Join Internet Forces

— from Rock Island Communications and OPALCO — General Manager Foster Hildreth announced today that Orcas Power and Light Cooperative (OPALCO) has acquired Rock Island Communications. Rock Island will merge its staff, infrastructure and operations with OPALCO to deliver modern, scalable and reliable broadband services for homes and businesses in … Continue reading

Editorial: Do Our Little Growls Have Any Effect?

– by Lin McNulty – Where does your Growler fly? If it’s flying into or out of the NOLF (outlying field) just North of Coupeville, then you can read that flight schedule each week on Orcas Issues, as released by the Public Affairs Office at NAS Whidbey. Often, however, these … Continue reading

Flight Operations Schedule at OLF Coupeville the Week of Feb. 22-28, 2015

– from Mike Welding, Public Affairs Officer, NAS Whidbey – No Field Carrier Landing Practice (FCLP) operations for aircraft stationed at NAS Whidbey Island are scheduled to occur at the Outlying Field (OLF) in Coupeville, Wash., the week of Jan. Feb. 22 -28, 2015. The FCLP tempo is driven by … Continue reading