On behalf of the San Juan County Noxious Weed Control Board, tremendous thanks go to Bill Buchan for his on-going efforts in removing Scotch broom from Orcas roadsides.
Orcas, you are now a TON more beautiful than before! On Saturday, April 18, the Great Islands Cleanup returned to the island, and we collected 2,400 pounds of litter (and 320 pounds of recycling) in three hours!
On Earth Day our congressman, Rick Larsen, sent out a message touting his support for efforts to protect our environment, including the laudable statement that “Our focus on keeping our local environment healthy must also include efforts to curb the devastating effects of climate change.”
Several weeks ago I was visiting your beautiful island when I had a paragliding accident in which I fractured my patella (kneecap) and separated the patellar tendon. Needless to say I was in a bit of pain and needed help.
Please return my “Goats at Work” sign to Deer Harbor Boatworks. Thank you.
In light of the conversations going on regarding Orcas Power and Light and the recent acquisition of Rock Island I personally would like to thank Foster Hildreth and the current OPALCO board for having the foresight to make this very difficult decision to move forward with providing broadband service to San Juan County.
Recent OPALCO announcements on the need to increase customers’ rates in order to recoup a $1.4 million revenue shortfall in 2014 and to plan for future capital improvements raise fundamental policy questions.
We members of the OPALCO electric coop are fortunate that retired General Manager Randy Cornelius stands willing to volunteer for the OPALCO board, to help us enjoy a safe, satisfying and productive future in the San Juans.
Thank you for the great report on Orcas Island’s director candidate meeting and also for publishing Chom Greacen’s excellent article about OPALCO.
We recommend voting for Randy J. Cornelius and Winnie Adams (incumbent).
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 member of the board, but at a future date.
The SeaDoc Society and YMCA Camp Orkila would like to give a BIG shout of gratitude to the businesses and individuals who made our “2014-2015 Marine Science Lecture Series” possible.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank all the many individuals who contributed their time and effort to make the Lions Health Screening on April 6 and 7 possible. More than 161 man-hours went into this project.
At this time we are preparing an exhibit to be displayed at our Orcas Island American Legion, Post 93, located at 793 Crescent Beach Road, Eastsound
I agree with Senator Kevin Ranker’s frustration resulting from inaction by the Washington State Legislature to pass an anti-discrimination statute.
The Scotch broom is again in bloom. As the wicked wolf said, “The better to see you with, my dear."
In any small community personal judgments and personalities arise in disagreements and obscure the issues. But no matter how strongly we feel, in the case of OPALCO, the rules of economics are inexorable:
OPALCO’s board of directors has voted to implement a new rate structure that has never been tried before. They plan to increase the cost of electrical service by over 40 percent in the next four years.
Overall electric bills, adjusted for inflation, are now almost 15 percent lower than they were 20 years ago.
Nobody wants OPALCO bills to go up. But the new rates are the right decision. Utilities recover costs from three rate components: facility, energy and demand charges. Each member pays the same facility charge, intended to cover costs to build, maintain and replace equipment such as cables.