OPALCO lays out islands’ energy future

  • Today at 1:30AM

Orcas Power and Light Cooperative board members spoke with citizens at the Grange to discuss the future of the co-op on July 12. Topics included how they are updating and maintaining the islands' electrical infrastructure to prepare for planned changes made to the northwest power grid that are meant to help reduce wasted electricity, and how homeowners can maximize personal energy resources, such as solar panels and wind turbines.

46th Annual Shaw Island Classic Race

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Sponsored by the San Juan Island Yacht Club, the 46th Shaw Island Classic Sailboat Race will be Saturday, Aug. 6. Eligible boats and crews can participate. The race starts from Friday Harbor and circumnavigates Shaw in either a clockwise or counterclockwise direction, arriving back in Friday Harbor for dinner and an awards presentation. The race is a navigational challenge as currents, wind and projected boat speed must be considered to determine which way to 'round the island. The race is open to registered PHRF boats and cruising sailboats of all sizes and rigs, as well as multihulls and unballasted centerboards. Trophies will be awarded for the first three finishers in each class based on corrected time, adjusted for PHRF or committee-assigned ratings. More info at www.sjiyc.com.

Small Spills, Big Problems, Sound Solutions

  • Jul 23, 2016 at 1:30AM

The the biggest source of spills so far in the Sound has not been tankers and freighters, but small recreational and commercial vessels. Small spills, such as oily bilge discharge, account for 75 percent of the oil dumped into local waters over the last 10 years.

Bernie K. Day: 1944 – 2016 | Obituary

  • Jul 23, 2016 at 1:30AM

Bernie Day 71, a resident of Friday Harbor for 26 years, passed unexpectedly on July 3, 2016 during a five-week cruise to Desolation Sound and the Broughton Islands, British Columbia, Canada. She was born in Walsenburg, Colo. on Aug. 28, 1944. The daughter of Julia and Charles John Simansky. Bernie grew up in Erie and Westminster Colorado and graduated from Westminster High School in Colorado. Following high school, she started a career in various administration roles at several technology companies and later as a senior administrator at Western Electric and AT&T Bell Laboratories. In New Jersey, she started a technology value-added reseller (VAR) company D&D CompuTech, Inc. and enjoyed its rise in the AT&T VAR program ranks.

Know your island walk

  • Jul 23, 2016 at 1:30AM

Saturday, July 23, from 1-4 p.m. Roche Harbor Trails: Mike Buettell, volunteer trail builder and mountain climber, will lead us on a hike through the extensive trail system next to the Roche Harbor Resort. Buettell and his group of volunteers are proud of the trail building and maintenance, and you will want to return and explore on your own. Meet and park at the intersection of Roche Harbor and West Valley Roads. Distance: 3.5 miles. Rating: Moderate on gentle trails. Dogs on leashes are welcome. For more information: info@sanjuanislandtrails.org

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