Inslee Praises Oil Transportation Act Passage, But What About our Salish Sea?

Statement by Gov. Jay Inslee on legislative passage of the Oil Transportation Safety Act (HB 1449) — from Jaime Smith — “Today, legislators did the right thing and approved a much-needed bill to improve the oversight of crude oil being transported through Washington and our ability to prevent and respond to … 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

Guest Column: Larsen Asked to Witness Growler Impacts

— from the Citizens of Ebey’s Reserve — Congressman Rick Larsen is being called on by his constituents to come to their homes and experience the hazardous noise that he is largely responsible for bringing to their communities. Larsen, who boasts of his role in bringing controversial ‘Growler’ Navy Jets … Continue reading

Ranker Criticizes Oil Train Bill’s Shortcomings

— from Washington State Democrats — Sen. Kevin Ranker, D-Orcas Island, released the statement below following Wednesday’s [April 15] passage of an oil train safety bill that falls short of critical protections for communities and valuable information for first responders: “Someone said that Washingtonians will be safer under this bill. … 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