Update on Reservations System Breakdown

— from Lynne Griffith, Assistant Secretary WSDOT/Ferries Division — On Tuesday, our ferry reservations system experienced technical difficulties. As of now, we are unable to accept reservations for summer travel on the Anacortes/San Juan Islands, Port Townsend/Coupeville and Anacortes/Sidney, B.C. routes until further notice. Our IT staff is trying to … Continue reading

EPRC Follow-up on Seaview Street Gas Spill

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 — by Margie Doyle – At the April 16 meeting of the Eastsound Planning Review Committee, members of the public, County Councilman Rick Hughes, the county advisors on the EPRC, and property owners Brian and Mary Vanderyacht reviewed the recent gasoline fuel spill at the property owned by Vanderyacht Propane, … 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

Summer Ferries Reservations Start Tomorrow

 — from Lance Evans, Director, Orcas Chamber of Commerce – EDITORS UPDATE: At 9:31 a.m. according to Orcas Issues reader Janet Brownell, the internet system appears to have crashed; the phone. Calling reservation system’s phone number 1-888-808-7977 results in a message saying the system is “experiencing technical” problems. Holding to … Continue reading

OPALCO Forum: Hearing Unpleasant Truths, Making Necessary Changes

– by Margie Doyle – With OPALCO Board of Director candidates Ed Sutton and incumbent Winnie Adams showing up, the April 9 forum for the four candidates to fill the two board openings on the OPALCO board took some turns from the typical election forum. But the conversation on Thursday … Continue reading

Congressman Rick Larsen’s Proposals Criticized as “Non-­Solutions”

— from the Citizens of the Ebey Reserve [Whidbey Island] – Congressman Rick Larsen, who boasts of his role in bringing controversial ‘Growler’ Navy Jets to Washington’s Whidbey Island Naval Air Station, is being criticized for the noise reduction plans he announced at his March 30 standing-­‐room only Coupeville ‘Town … Continue reading