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Dear San Juan Singers: Last night I really enjoyed your presentation of music from the Celtic Isles. So much talent and energy! You lifted my spirit, warmed my heart, and touched my soul. You all are a special gift to our community…Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!!! Waiting for you next program.
by Alex MacLeod
A quiet, early morning ferry ride with a fresh blueberry muffin and a hot cup of coffee turns the trip from a necessary commute into an enjoyable, peaceful boat ride. So the ferry's attempt to make food service on the boats more consistent is a welcome plan. But their choice to go with Connecticut-based food vendor Centerplate, Inc. is a bad one.
By Bonnie Hendrickson
Recently, constituents have raged online toward Rep Larsen for his endorsement for Hillary Clinton as president when Bernie Sanders reigned supreme at Democratic caucuses across the state. And we want to know, why Larsen is swimming upstream.
I am writing this letter to all OPALCO members to discuss my support of Brian Silverstein for one of the District 3 Director positions. Brian's résume, which you can read of on the OPALCO website, speaks for itself. I think it is fortunate for us that someone with his work experience with OPALCO's provider of energy is not only willing but eager to put his experience to work in helping solve the issues that confront us. Difficult challenges are now the norm for OPALCO, and every co-op, PUD and utility company. I observe these challenges and opportunities through the lens of my involvement with renewable energy, both at home and in the county at large.
Many people are surprised and upset to learn of a new ferry system policy from articles recently printed in the local press. It is disturbing that the ferry system has changed its policy regarding when a person with a reservation needs to show up. You now have get to the ticket booth 30 minutes prior to sailing or your reservation will be cancelled, as opposed to previously needing to get in line 30 minutes early.
We have all been touched by Kathleen Zuidema's story and her successful quest for homes for her Aussie Posse: Autumn, Mona and Finnegan. Many of you have asked how to help as Danielle Cochran welcomes them into her home. Donations details are listed below for veterinarian care, food, fencing and medical expenses. You can drop donations off at Browne's Home Center, Harbor Veterinary Services and Friday Harbor Pets.
The new 30 minute rule from Washington State Ferries requires riders to be past the tollbooth in order to not lose their reservations.
For the animals
Kudos for Spring Street work
by Bruce Williams
It is increasingly difficult to remember that the "C" in OPALCO stands for "cooperative." No one is having a harder time doing so than its management and board. Remember when the annual meetings allowed members to stand up and ask questions of management and the board?
Our local member-owned electric cooperative, Orcas Power & Light Co-op, announces the slate of candidates for its Board of Directors.
St. Pat success
In all of the hundreds of articles from the various bloggers, pundits, and news sources that I've read to date reflecting on this year's democrat presidential candidates the following stands out in my mind the most:
My sister has stage four breast cancer. She was able to enroll in a health insurance program this past year even with this serious preexisting condition. We have friends that have chronic diseases that prior to the Affordable Care Act could not obtain health insurance due to their pre-existing health conditions.
Submitted by Bill Watson
Submitted by Sasha Seiden
Hummingbird season is upon us. The little migratory Rufous Hummingbird has returned from its usual wintering grounds in Mexico. Hordes of Rufous Hummingbirds will pass through our area on their way north to Southeast Alaska, but many will stay here to breed and raise young. The Annas Hummingbird is the second hummingbird species that frequent our islands. They are not migratory and they will hang around all winter, especially if fed at feeders.
By Bruce Williams
A Friday Harbor woman's Facebook request went viral, reaching more than 30,000 eyes.
Stop by the main lobby of PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center on Friday, March 18, when Easter baskets will be on sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Peace Island Volunteers have been busy assembling the baskets, which feature such themes as Kids, Baby, Pets, Gardening, Spa, Get Well, Hostess Gifts, and Cancer Care. Each basket is chock full of donated goods that are sure to delight.
Grandparent alert! Someone called us this morning impersonating our grandson.
Future of fish | Letters
Clarity after Larsen meeting | Letters
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When a mistake is made, the best thing to do is take full responsibility, look at why it happened and implement changes to prevent it from occurring again.
Sen. Kevin Ranker, D-Orcas Island, issued the following statement today following the Senate’s passage of the 2016 supplemental operating budget.
There has been some more information released by the state Democratic Party about the Democratic caucus on March 26 at 10 a.m.
The first in a series of articles about elections in Washington State by San Juan County Auditor.
The San Juan Island community has made it clear that programs like this are important to our community by last week’s passing of the public school’s Capitol Projects and Technology Levy.
If you haven’t already heard the rumblings, or even if you have, I can confirm them for you here: this will be my last edition with the Journal of the San Juans.
Did you notice the new line item on your January bill from OPALCO? All co-op members began paying about 45 cents per month to fund the new Energy Assistance Credit.
As a part of its coverage expansion, T-Mobile launched Extended Range LTE, using the same type of 700 MHz spectrum that OPALCO purchased in 2014.