Guest Opinion: Sea Star “Near Extinction” Claim Disputed

— from Russel Barsh — The massive Heterosigma bloom around Orcas was still going strong twelve days since it was first observed on June 7. When local volunteers seined in the eelgrass meadow around Indian Island on June 16 they saw only a handful of distressed fish, however. Overall, fish … Continue reading

Letter to the Editor: OPALCO 2014 Election

 – from Islands Energy Coalition – Dear OPALCO members, We, the undersigned, are members of the Islands Energy Coalition (IEC), a coalition of individuals from throughout the San Juan’s. Our primary goal is to bring awareness to energy issues ranging from the global to the local. On April 14th we hosted … Continue reading

Letter to Editor: Sustainable Funding for First Responders

– from Rick Hughes – We live in a remote part of Washington State, in a community of islands with limited transportation options and no critical/urgent/hospital care available on Orcas Island. What we do have is an amazing group of locally trained volunteers and professional fire fighters and paramedics. Living … Continue reading