Guest Opinion: Election Review Committee Process Free of OPALCO Mgmt/Board Input Recommendations made by committee members to be explained in community forums


— by Terry O’Sullivan — [In response to recent opinions expressed in Orcas Issues,] and as one co-chair of the Election Review Committee, I want to ensure that everyone understands that OPALCO’s Board and Management are the wrong ones to ask why our Committee recommended what it did. Our Committee … Continue reading

Guest Opinion | To Bernie Supporters, From a Bernie Supporter


— from David Turnoy — Back in the early 1990s, when I learned that there was a socialist Congressman from Vermont named Bernie Sanders, I was thrilled. Finally, I thought, a person with my political views is in somewhat of a position of power. I began contributing small amounts of … Continue reading

Guest Opinion: OPALCO’s Proposed Election Changes Significant


–by Alex MacLeod– If you were paying attention, you might recall that the last OPALCO election was fraught with controversy, miscues and mismanagement. It began in January when Gerry Lawlor, the No. 2 guy at OPALCO’s subsidiary, Rock Island Communications, posted notes encouraging members to sign petitions to change the … Continue reading

Letter to Editor | Open Letter to OPALCO


— from Michael Karp — To: OPALCO Board of Directors General Manager Re: Member Review Committee on Elections I am compelled to communicate my views regarding the recent report from the Member Review Committee on elections and feel I would be remiss to not do so. I am very interested … Continue reading

Guest Opinion: Proposed OPALCO Election Changes Dilute Member Input a letter to OPALCO Board of Directors

 — by Chom Graecen — To: OPALCO Board of Directors and General Manager Foster Hildreth, Firstly I would like to commend the board for engaging members to provide inputs and recommendations to OPALCO on important matters such as the elections. The Member Review Committee on Elections and the planned Open Houses on different … Continue reading

Letter to Editor | An Easy Solution for the Orcas Medical Foundation


— from Ken Speck — Last week it was announced that Island Hospital would no longer be providing management services for the Orcas Medical Center practice and Orcas Medical Foundation (OMF). It was also reported that OMF is having discussions with the UW Neighborhood Clinics to take over management of … Continue reading

Letter to the Editor: Lessons Learned from School’s Community Forum

— by Maggie Schuler — Thanks to all who came [to the school-sponsored Community Forum on Sept. 21], shared their beliefs and therefore furthered MY education. I came thinking I was adamantly opposed to building a track– mainly because I knew there are so many other, and to me, more … Continue reading

Letter to the Editor: Track Donation Brings Problems

— by Bea vonTobel — Updated Sept. 20: I would like to offer a couple revisions to my original letter. (Editor’s note: revisions are in italics) Sometime when you look a gift horse in the mouth you may need to say, “Thanks but no thanks.” The extreme generosity of a … Continue reading

Guest Opinion: Broad Public Input Needed in School’s Bond Discussion Wednesday, Sept. 21 at 5:30 p.m. in the School Cafeteria is the next opportunity

— by Martha Farish — The issue [of the School’s Phase III bond proposal] needs broad public input. Everyone involved is trying to do the “right” thing. A historical note: before Orcas Park and Rec was formed the school board took on responsibility for (donated) Buck Park largely because they … Continue reading

U.S. Rep Challenger Henneman to Debate Green Party’s Vega "Berniecrat" mounts write-in campaign as candidate for office held now by Incumbent Rick Larsen

Saturday Sept. 24th at 5 p.m. in Everett –from the office of Marc Hennemann — Marc Hennemann, [Republican challenger to U.S. Congressional Representative Rick Larsen], will debate Green Party Write-in Candidate Tyler Vega on Saturday Sept. 24. “Bring It On”, says Hennemann, to the congressional race surprise entrant. Tyler Vega … Continue reading

Letter to Editor | Café Olga to Close

— from Bobby Olmsted — It is with disappointment and sadness that we tell you Café Olga will be closing in mid-October. The building on Urner Street in Eastsound has been sold, and Bev and I have lost our lease. Since the arson fire at the Artworks three years ago, … Continue reading

Public Hears School Bond Proposals, Asks Questions Next public meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 21

— by Margie Doyle — At the Sept. 13 community meeting regarding the Orcas Island School District (OISD) Phase III bond proposal, Superintendent Eric Webb, project manager Liz LeRoy and OISD Board President Tony Ghazel, reviewed the updated draft proposal for a new bond, first presented to the public on … Continue reading

San Juan County Democrats Endorse Candidates

— from David Dehlendorf, Chair, San Juan County Democrats — The San Juan County Democrats are pleased to announce that at its special endorsement meeting on September 10 in Friday Harbor, it voted to endorse various candidates and ballot measures in the Washington State general election on November 8, 2016. … Continue reading

LWV SJs to Host Meeting on Moderating Monday Meeting in Friday Harbor Features Diane Berreth as Presenter

Monday, Sept. 19 from noon to 2 p.m. at the San Juan Island Public Library — by Clare Kelm for the League of Women Voters of the San Juans — The League of Women Voters of the San Juans is pleased to bring Diane Berreth, professional moderator and facilitator, from … Continue reading

Guest Opinion: Include School Music Programs’ Success in Phase III Bond

— by Jim Shaffer-Bauck — It’s time to complete the second half of the school music building program. I vividly recall the valiant first effort of a string performance at a MAG concert years ago, and I marvel at the remarkable achievements since. Our school groups have performed extraordinarily well … Continue reading

Orcas Sends a Troubadour for Our Times to the Big Apple Call to Action: See "The Climate Monologues" and Spread the Word


— a review of “The Climate Monologues” by Margie Doyle — Update: Repeat performance on Thursday, Sept. 15 at Random Howse — Sharon Abreu is an inspired listener. She listens to the stories of West Virginian coal mining families, NW activists, Tribal leaders, Mississippi teachers, a Colorado cowgirl and Orcas’ … Continue reading

Orcas Voters to Hold Meeting for Candidate for Public Lands Commissioner Meet and Greet scheduled for Tuesday afternoon

— from Joe Symons — Lynn Bahrych, Joe Symons, and Irmgard Conley invite you to meet and support Hilary Franz for Commissioner of Public Lands on Tuesday, Sept. 6th from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Orcas Hotel, 18 Orcas Hill Rd, Orcas WA 98280. Donations will be gratefully accepted. … Continue reading

Allegations Against Elementary Teacher Resolved

— from Eric Webb, Superintendent, Orcas Island School District — The district utilized the law firm of Patterson Buchanan Fobes & Leitch Inc. and an outside investigator to conduct a thorough and extensive investigation into the alleged allegations involving the [elemenatry grade] teacher. The teacher in question was placed on … Continue reading