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– 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

Celebrate Money Smart Week at the Library!


April 21-30 at the Orcas Island Public Library – from Phil Heikkinen, Director, Orcas Island Public Library A national partnership between the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and the American Library Association, Money Smart Week brings to the Library local experts to help consumers learn to better manage their personal … 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

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

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: 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

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: 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

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

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

Guest Column: Rates and Revenue Stability for Sustainability

– by Foster Hildreth, General Manager, OPALCO – Despite real hardships across the membership, this rate structure is the right thing to do for our Co-op. The rate increase took effect in February and we are fielding questions and hearing about concerns from our membership. The rate increase is necessary … Continue reading

OPALCO Candidates: From the Voters’ Brochure

OPALCO’s governing board consists of seven directors from four districts who are elected for three-year terms, with the elections staggered. Each director is elected by a vote of OPALCO members, or appointed by the Board to fill out vacancies. All members may vote in every election, regardless of their home … Continue reading

Letter to the Editor: OPALCO Through the Recession

— by Chris Thomerson – Overall electric bills, adjusted for inflation, are now almost 15% lower than they were twenty years ago. During this recession, while the Board continued supporting community projects and programs, and held back on rate increases, electric bills did not keep pace with increasing costs. Remember … Continue reading