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What Would It Take to Switch to OPALCO Broadband

February 15, 2013
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What Would It Take to Switch to OPALCO Broadband

OPALCO Broadband plans have recently been published. A key part of any business plan is understanding the value of the product or service. Many organizations design their plans based on focus group input. A focus group is a selected group of potential purchase intenders that represent the overall market. Working with focus groups can provide the business planning process with product or service ideas...

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Opalco Educates County Council on Opalco Broadband Opportunity

February 12, 2013
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Opalco Educates County Council on Opalco Broadband Opportunity

OPALCO Broadband plans to become a retail Internet Service Provider and recently announced it will be educating the membership about their decision. Additionally, OPALCO has indicated this education process may take several months, but they are pressing on with spending money on the project in any case. It seems that a good number of OPALCO electricity users will need to signup before OPALCO’s Board...

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Lisa Byers for San Juan County Council

January 31, 2013
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Lisa Byers for San Juan County Council

This years election in San Juan County Washington brings a new face to politics – Lisa Byers. Lisa is a long time resident of Orcas Island. As the San Juan County charter has changed from 6 to 3 Council members, salaries have increased and with that I hope, less stress on the Council members to fulfill their responsibilities, and perhaps even introduce their own...

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Aaron Swartz is Dead

January 14, 2013
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Aaron Swartz is Dead

If you are aware of the slow erosion of person privacy on the Internet you likely know of Aaron Swartz. If you’ve watched the massive privatization of the Internet from mid 1990s through today, you probably wonder which young person is taking on the role of leader of Internet communications and services. Facebook and Google are massive businesses that attract billions from corporate interests...

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Freedom is Legal In My State: Norm Stamper Interview

December 8, 2012
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Freedom is Legal In My State: Norm Stamper Interview

Freedom is Legal in My State, An Unedited Interview with Norm Stamper. Norm Stamper is the former Chief of Police of Seattle. His distinguished career won him deep respect and understanding of the impact that law enforcement has on communities, individuals and health. He granted me a few minutes to talk about the Legalization of Marijuana recently at Enzo’s Caffe in Eastsound Washington. Many...

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Orcas Island Food Cooperative Nonprofit

November 27, 2012
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Orcas Island Food Cooperative Nonprofit

Getting ready for more activity next year, with Spring just 5 months away. Amazing how quickly 5 months disappears when planning with an all-volunteer army of unpaid Islanders. Unlike the recent Orcas Waste Management (ORS) service contract, funded by Islander taxes and on-site fees and reuse sales, Orcas Island’s Food Cooperative Nonprofit intends to move forward with a minimum amount of impact to taxes,...

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Orcas Island Maple Bacon Donuts

November 27, 2012
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Orcas Island Maple Bacon Donuts

“200 donuts in 2 hours”, Jami Plummer posted in San Juan Island’s Buy, Sell, Trade group. Her Popup donut shop was a great success and who could resist a Maple Bacon donut? The latest goodness to join the Orcas Island selection of deliciousness. Update: donuts are now pretty much only available on a regular basis at island market. Sadly, we bid the occasional bacon...

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San Juan Islands Emergency Readiness Network

November 27, 2012
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Facebook is home to several thousand Islanders. The largest membership group today is the San Juan Islands Buy, Sell, Trade group. But its not just Buy, Selling and Trading. Often items are posted for *free*, or to share. In an abundance economy, sharing just makes good sense. San Juan Islands Buy, Sell, Trade offers Islanders free postings and group benefits. Business owners in the...

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Election Over, Fiscal Cliff Sold as Top Issue

November 21, 2012
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Yes, the GOP Congress continues to complain that the uber-wealthy in the country aren’t going to get paid by the public if the public doesn’t stop borrowing from the uber-wealthy for military weapons and social programs. Its pretty clear we don’t need any more weapons and the public is tired of trading tax breaks for billionaires for good social stability programs. No amount of...

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Oil Consumption Resumes

November 10, 2012
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The issues in energy are clear. Fossil energy sources are short-term cheap, cheaper than short term nuclear. Nuclear manages to hide 300 million pounds of high-level radioactive waste across America in places we don’t know much about. We do know its not in a bunker someplace, safe and secure. It is, as it was at Fukushima in a ‘cooling pond’. It is a problem...

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