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OPALCO's on the right track for getting rate-design right | Letters

  • May 29, 2015 at 7:35PM

Energy conservation and rooftop solar reduce energy consumption, but do nothing to impact fixed investment already made by the utility. Raising basic service or fixed charges is the correct way to recover fixed costs rather than through volumetric charges ($ per kWh).

On Screen: 'Coal Road to China'

  • May 29, 2015 at 3:48PM

"Coal Road to China" shines its spotlight on the plans of coal companies to strip mine the Powder River Basin, which straddles the Montana and Wyoming boarder, the transportation of coal by rail to Oregon and Washington state, where it would be loaded onto massive cargo ships bound for Asia.

Strong finish at nationals for FH regional champion Orca Bowl team

  • May 29, 2015 at 2:05PM

The Friday Harbor Orca Bowl squad snared third place in the Science Expert Briefing portion of the national meet and finished 18th out of 25 other regional champions competing at the National Ocean Sciences Bowl in Ocean Springs, Miss.

Me, you and a plant named bamboo | Guest column

  • May 29, 2015 at 8:00AM

I prepared a deep hole, meticulously planning to contain my yellow bamboo, and lined it with a thick rhizome barrier to keep the roots prisoner. No escapees... Now, all that digging, toiling and sweat has resulted in a sweet reward.

Photo of the Day: 'Indognito'

  • May 28, 2015 at 3:18PM

When riding shotgun, Lucy likes to feel the wind in her face. But sun in her eyes? Not so much.

Perch, herring, a three-spined stickleback, oh my!

  • May 28, 2015 at 3:03PM

“It was great to gather with neighbors, see the fish that are in our backyard, and learn how to be better stewards for this special place,” Lopez Island's Gary Bergren said.

Spotlight shines on regional economy at EDC annual luncheon

  • May 28, 2015 at 11:12AM

The past, present and future of the regional economy will be explored in presentations by Western Washington University's Dr. Hart Hodges and Washington state economist Vance-Sherman as part of the EDC's 6th annual "Noted Economists" luncheon.

Of bishops, candidates, taxes and medical care | Letters

  • May 28, 2015 at 10:31AM

People can differ on whether that’s a good or a bad thing, and whether or not it’s appropriate for a facility receiving public funds. Regardless, the Bishops Directives drive many of Peace Island’s policies regarding medical care.

Lights, camera, action: Friday Harbor 4th of July parade goes 'Hollywood'

  • May 28, 2015 at 10:07AM

The theme of the 2015 parade, which carries the distinction as one of the Top Ten "Small Town Parades in the U.S., is "Hooray for Hollywood." Special guests include "Blitz," mascot of the Seattle Seahawks, who will attend the Pig War Picnic for about one hour to pose for photographs, as well as the Keith Highlanders Pipe Band, a perennial parade favorite.

Human voice in harmony: The Barbershop Style | Guest column

  • May 27, 2015 at 4:37PM

Each annual Bonanza show is a joyous mix of the "Island Chordsmen Plus" and guest performers. "Sound Vibrations," our island all-women Barbershop group, returns again this June. You'll want to attend just to hear them, they're that good.

Time to support—not attack—your Co-op | Letters

  • May 27, 2015 at 2:19PM

The bottom line is that OPALCO has to do whatever it has to do to stay in loan compliance. Co-op or not, this should not be distorted into a political or personality issue; this direction is unproductive.

Hometown environmental advocate takes plunge into Seattle port commission race

  • May 27, 2015 at 2:05PM

Part-time San Juan Island resident and full-time environmental advocate Fred Felleman is one of nine candidates vying for an open seat on the Seattle Port Commission, which oversees the Port of Seattle, a $9 billion a year enterprise.

Wolverines square off against Pe Ell in state tourney opener | Prep softball

  • May 27, 2015 at 12:10PM

Tune into KMNT Radio, 104.3 FM or 1470 AM (or go to the station's website) to listen to a live broadcast of Friday Harbor's opening round contest.

Former OPALCO GM honored with lifetime achievement award

  • May 27, 2015 at 11:06AM

Randy Cornelius, who stepped down from the local power Co-op's top administrative post a year ago and was recently elected to the OPALCO board of directors, was recognized for 40 years of service in the electric utility industry and his effort on behalf of public power.

Almost ready to go 'postal' over junk mail | Letters

  • May 26, 2015 at 4:58PM

The only positives to junk mail are that apparently thousands of low-level jobs are being created and the post office is being kept alive. The political parties and the "causes" —who even opens the envelopes?

Revision to state law allows county to use road fund for marine-related projects

  • May 26, 2015 at 4:49PM

In practice, the change in definition will allow the county to spend money from its road fund on maintaining, improving and replacing a variety of marine-related facilities, including Odlin dock (No. 14 on Public Works' 2015-20 transportation improvement program, Obstruction Pass boat launch, and Hunter Bay dock and boat ramp (No. 6 on the transportation improvement program).

Hebert makes the cut, clinches berth at state 2B championship | Prep golf

  • May 26, 2015 at 2:46PM

The Friday Harbor High School junior put an end to a five-year drought by becoming the first player on the men's team to qualify for a state championship since Tyler McKee, in 2010.

The club next door | Guest column

  • May 23, 2015 at 3:59PM

Interesting folks make for an interesting club, like a commodore who appears in the local community theater, a world-traveled sailor who plays a mean accordion, a jazz pianist, a retired economics professor who volunteers for hospice, artists, realtors, ex-pats from other states and homegrown islanders as well.

San Juan men take lead role in campaign against domestic violence

  • May 25, 2015 at 8:00AM

Getting men involved in the violence against women discussion has become a national trend. Groups like A Call to Men, Coaching Boys Into Men, Men Can Stop Rape and MenEngage promote building relationships based on respect and equality.

Celebration of Life: Bill LaPorte

  • May 25, 2015 at 10:00AM

Born in Bay City, Mich., second in a family of nine children, LaPorte migrated to San Juan Island more than 30 years ago. The father of three daughters and a foster son, and grandfather of six, he made a living in a variety of occupations over the years and gravitated with ease into the arena of local politics.

Sharon Marie Maya: 1945—2015 | Passages

  • May 24, 2015 at 3:00PM

During her time on the island, Sharon additionally served as a teen mentor, judged 4H sewing and appeared in a small role in “Fiddler on the Roof.” She also sewed for many shows at the community theater. In 2014, her dog, Bogey, was asked to play the part of Sandy the Dog in Annie.

How are we doing? Gains in revenue clouded by rising costs | Guest column

  • May 25, 2015 at 12:00PM

For the first quarter of 2015, after years of recession reporting, I can truly say that the county, as a whole, has recovered to pre-recession levels of cash. Of course, general fund expenditures have gone up almost 30 percent since 2007, but at least we’re close to being back on par.

More questions for hospital district candidates | As I See It

  • May 24, 2015 at 7:00AM

Critical questions that should be put to candidates are, “What outcomes are you aiming for that could or would be served by your election?” What problem(s) might be solved? If you see problems, how—specifically—would you make things better?

From 30 to zero: crush on kilowatts, Part II | Guest column

  • May 23, 2015 at 3:29PM

In 2015, the average monthly bill from Orcas Power & Light Cooperative increased to $125 per household, due to new rates and facility charges. Imagine reducing that in half just by increasing insulation, thereby eliminating wasted leaks, and by installing solar hot water.

Island Rec bids adieu to director, welcomes another, at open house

  • May 25, 2015 at 8:00AM

Island Rec will host an open house to honor departing director Sally Thomsen and welcome interim director Maddie Ovenell, Wednesday, June 3, 4-6 p.m. at the Island Office on Guard Street.

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