Journal political cartoon, June 17 edition | Opinion

Cartoonist Rob Pudim's view on local news and events are published weekly in the Journal of the San Juan Islands and on SanJuanJournal.com as well.

  • Jun 17th, 2015

Journal political cartoon, June 10 edition | Opinion

Cartoonist Rob Pudim's view on local news and events are published weekly in the Journal of the San Juan Islands and on SanJuanJournal.com as well.

  • Jun 11th, 2015

Revenue problem? It’s debt and spending driving OPALCO rate hikes | As I See It

OPALCO’s debt has more than doubled, to $25 million, including an increase of $7.5 million last year. Its operating expenses have increased by nearly 30 percent (despite the pledge that the “electric-grid” investments would produce operating savings). Annual interest on the debt has increased 85 perecent to $1 million. (And OPALCO has yet to begin serious borrowing—$15-17 million—to replace the underwater cable between Lopez and San Juan islands).

  • Jun 6th, 2015

Journal political cartoon, June 3 edition | Opinion

Cartoonist Rob Pudim's artistic interpretation of local news, issues and events are published weekly in the Journal and periodically on SanJuanJournal.com as well.

  • Jun 3rd, 2015

More questions for hospital district candidates | As I See It

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?

  • May 23rd, 2015

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

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.

  • May 23rd, 2015

Wouldn’t you think they’d know better by now? | Guest column

It turns out next Thursday’s special board meeting is to discuss rates, but you had to first spot the meeting notice and then contact OPALCO directly to find that out. And yes, the meeting is open to the membership.

  • May 22nd, 2015

Journal political cartoon, May 20 edition | Opinion

Cartoonist Rob Pudim's views on local news and events are published weekly in the Journal of the San Juan Islands and on SanJuanJournal.com as well.

  • May 19th, 2015

Journal political cartoon, May 6 edition | Opinion

Cartoonist Rob Pudim's views on local news and events are published weekly in the Journal of the San Juan Islands and on SanJuanJournal.com as well.

  • May 7th, 2015

Museum or gallery? One is not the other in world of art | As I See It

IMA is at a crossroad this moment and needs to make some decisions. They can continue as an art center or actually commit to becoming a museum. Either road is possible, but they must now make a choice.

  • May 5th, 2015

Giddy up… and heave-ho to all those hazards | Editorial

Over the past 25 years, almost 400 tons—yes, tons—of pollutants have been disposed of safely, efficiently and economically: up to 25 gallons of your hazardous stuff can be jettisoned for free. So, get ready for hazardous waste round-up No. 26.

  • May 1st, 2015

In Olympia: State lawmakers in line for double-digit pay hike

On May 13, the Washington Citizens’ Commission on Salaries for Elected Officials is set to vote to give lawmakers an 11 percent raise. That would be more than double the percentage increase that those same legislators are considering for state workers and teachers.

  • Apr 29th, 2015

OPALCO had no choice but to raise its rates | As I See It

No matter how folksy a co-op may be, its fundamental obligation is to stay in business. It must charge whatever it takes in order to cover costs.

  • Apr 22nd, 2015

Island Rec levy? More, more, more is a poor solution | As I See It

Why look to government to supply our every want and need? Particularly since that always means agreeing to higher and higher taxes. Here is my suggestion...

  • Apr 20th, 2015

What do farmers and power utilities have in common? More than you might think | Letters

OPALCO can negotiate for materials and salaries, and seek to negotiate with BPA on rates at long intervals, but neither BPA nor OPALCO can control the cost of power when OPALCO’s members’ power needs exceed the fixed-price contracted amount under the OPALCO-BPA power purchase contract. BPA’s reliance on hydropower makes it a farmer too.

  • Apr 16th, 2015

When it comes to U.S. elections, Einstein may have said it best | Guest column

If we choose to continue to believe that doing the same thing over and over again with the expectation of different results, then the 2016 election results are predictable.

  • Apr 16th, 2015

Confusion has its costs; co-op can do better | Editorial

The powers that be at OPALCO say they are listening to your concerns. While there's nothing wrong that, we’ll suggest a bit more dialogue would prove beneficial for all.

  • Apr 14th, 2015

Key to salmon recovery? Demolition | Guest Column

Breaching dams shows much promise for salmon recovery in the Pacific Northwest. The removal of the Elwha and Glines Canyon dams in the Olympic National Park were the largest in U.S. history. This shows that Washington state can lead the country in habitat restoration.

  • Apr 10th, 2015

Investment in broadband grows, electrical rates rise—coincidence?

What else lies behind OPALCO's rate increases? The answer, I believe, is “grid control backbone,” the co-op’s code word for fiber-optics infrastructure.

  • Apr 7th, 2015

Island Rec fills the void when others are unable | Guest column

From school sports to dog parks, from trails committees to children's festivals to ball fields, Island Rec has proven up to the challenge and worthy of helping to maintain, and to enhance, our quality of life.

  • Apr 7th, 2015

Journal political cartoon, April 1 edition | Opinion

The lighter side of local news, information and events, by cartoonist Rob Pudim.

  • Apr 4th, 2015

Parks & Recreation: Ties that bind | Guest Column

Rich and varied recreational opportunities for islanders and visitors alike are part of what makes San Juan Island a great place to live and visit.

  • Apr 4th, 2015

Spotlight on screen: ‘Years of Living Dangerously’ | Guest Column

The 2014 Emmy Award winning film series, "Outstanding Non-fiction Series" category, begins April 2, at the Grange Hall in Friday Harbor. Hosted by Grange No. 966, the series is co-sponsored by San Juan Island's recently formed grassroots advocacy group, Islands Climate Resilience.

  • Mar 30th, 2015

Better than the alternative | Editorial

Sure, it’s a well-worn cliche, but participating in elections is the cornerstone of any well-functioning democratic society and seems a small price to pay for the many freedoms that we enjoy here in the San Juans and across the nation.

  • Mar 26th, 2015

Lifeblood of Pacific Northwest imperiled | As I See It

Now, at the eleventh hour, we scramble to save salmon stocks at great cost, spawning a mind-boggling array of organizations. Why do salmon anglers, orca lovers, “mossbacks” and conservationists—people who should know better—settle for living on with the ghosts of abundant salmon and imminent ecological collapse?

  • Mar 24th, 2015

Low-end users of electricity in for a shock? | Guest Column

With 6-percent increases waiting in the wings in each of the next four years, this year’s 12 percent rate hike is just the beginning, and bigger users will get a break. What do the OPALCO board of directors candidates have to say about that?

  • Mar 23rd, 2015

Spotlight falls on ‘Death with Dignity’ in SJ Hospice ‘Coping with Change’ series | Guest column

Everything I was taught focused on cure, so I cannot begin to describe how difficult it was to face another human being whose physical existence steadily eroded while their awareness remained intact, and to have no source of medical solace to offer.

  • Mar 14th, 2015

This land is your land | Editorial

The Land Bank is the only one of its kind in Washington state and you can bask in its uniqueness on all the ferry-served islands.

  • Mar 11th, 2015

It’s an art ‘museum’ in name only | As I See It

My concerns involve: transparency and appropriate levels of responsibility to donors and the general public in fundraising, tax status, mission statement, strategic planning, capital campaigning, architecture that cannot support the stated mission and equality of representation for local artists.

  • Mar 10th, 2015

‘Monumental’ opportunity | Editorial

The Bureau of Land Management is beginning a 30-day scoping period on the monument’s resource management plan, and not only are you invited, but the BLM encourages you to offer up your thoughts at the public scoping meetings.

  • Mar 6th, 2015

Transition at the top ahead at BLM | Letters

Many of you have come to know Daniel Picard, BLM Spokane District Manager.

  • Feb 26th, 2015

Journal political cartoon, Feb. 25 edition | Opinion

Cartoonist Rob Pudim's views on local news and events are published weekly in the Journal of the San Juan Islands and on SanJuanJournal.com as well.

  • Feb 24th, 2015

Assessment of local health needs turns blind eye to ‘thorny issues’ | As I See It

The report has unconscionably ignored, and therefore omitted, topics that were not only of considerable discussion during the process but are being held up to serious scrutiny by the ACLU and legislators in Olympia.

  • Feb 19th, 2015

Journal political cartoon; February 18 edition | Opinion

Cartoonist Rob Pudim's views on local news and events are published weekly in the Journal of the San Juan Islands and on SanJuanJournal.com as well.

  • Feb 17th, 2015

Long may she wave | Ferry home companion

Congratulations, town council, on reversing your decision to deny the designed decor on the American Legion wall.

  • Feb 13th, 2015

Return of Lolita to Pacific Northwest waters? Long overdue | Editorial

As of last week, Lolita is officially on the endangered species list. But that doesn’t mean she will leave the Miami Seaquarium and return to her native Washington waters.

  • Feb 13th, 2015

A call to arms in battle vs anti-vaccine ignorance | As I See It

The tipping point for measles again becoming endemic in North America is approaching, requiring expanded efforts against anti-vaccine ignorance. If we are not prepared to sacrifice time and money—lost clientele and friends—who are we?

  • Feb 10th, 2015

Ferry reservations? What’s not to like? | As I See It

My belief is that the system will be a fantastic benefit to all of us going to and from the “mainland” and we will look back with only one complaint.... "why wasn’t this done earlier?"

  • Feb 5th, 2015

County should allow cannabis production | Colleen Armstrong

Here at the Journal, we are disappointed with the direction that San Juan County is taking in regards to cannabis farming.

OPALCO explains energy rate hike

OPALCO leadership has approved a new rate structure and 2015 budget that include rate increases for all members.

  • Jan 22nd, 2015