Guest Column: OPALCO’s Price Increases Are Shocking

— by Chom Graecen — Be warned. Some of us, particularly small electricity users, might be in for an electrifying shock treatment. Electricity prices are going up to the point where some may no long be able to afford this supposedly basic necessity. Despite OPALCO’s effort to educate its members … 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

Larsen Addresses Drone (UAS) Regulations

— from Rick Larsen, 2nd District Representative, U.S. Congress – Rep. Rick Larsen, WA-02, released the following statement after the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released draft rules regarding the use of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) for commercial purposes. “Safety is, and must be, the FAA’s number-one priority. I know … Continue reading

Guest Editorial: SJ Grange Supports Marijuana Production

— by the San Juan Island Grange Executive Committee – At its January 7th, 2015 business meeting San Juan Island Grange #966 resolved to oppose the Proposed Moratorium on Marijuana Production. Even though the San Juan County Council has withdrawn the proposal, San Juan Island Grange #966 would like to … Continue reading

New Congress, Ongoing Commitment to the Pacific Northwest Economy

By Rep. Rick Larsen, Washington 2nd District We in the Pacific Northwest know that our part of the country is second to none. Our mountains and waters offer plentiful outdoor opportunities. Our local economy is fueled by innovative businesses and manufacturers in a variety of industries. And our communities include … Continue reading

Guest Column: Economic Impacts of an Oil Spill

– by Lovel Pratt , originally published in Whatcom Watch — Lovel Pratt is a former member of the San Juan County Council. While in office she served on the Puget Sound Partnership Oil Spill Work Group, the Oil Spill Rule Advisory Committee and the Vessel Traffic Risk Assessment Update … Continue reading

Guest Column: “The Barefoot Bandit” from the Film Maker’s View

– by Carly Bodmer, Director of “The Barefoot Bandit” Documentary — [In light of comments to the recent article about the Jan. 15 screening of “The Barefoot Bandit,”] I think that something to remember is that documentaries do not necessarily celebrate the subject matter. When I first set out to … Continue reading

Letter to the Editor: The Right to Farm in SJ County

 — from Jenny Rice – (Editor’s note: the San Juan County Council is holding a Workshop regarding Land Use Regulation of Marijuana Producers and Processors on Monday, Jan. 12 from 9 a.m. to noon in Council Chambers in Friday Harbor. Citizen access is welcome, but limited to the workshop topic … Continue reading

Letter to Editor: Keep The Exchange at the Transfer Station

– from Kyle Carver, Orcas Island – We’re all ready for a new Exchange. It’s been a vital part of our community moving towards a zero waste goal. But the current relocation plan doesn’t add up. The Exchange should remain where it is. The transfer station is zoned “Rural Industrial” … Continue reading