Opinion

Orcas Island TV: New Era

April 14, 2017
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After a scorching year of Facebook, Twitter, Google fake news, Orcas Island TV is open for news by Islanders for Islanders. Share via social networks. Tweet

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Islanders’ Version San Juan Islands Ferry Schedule

February 14, 2014
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Islanders’ Version San Juan Islands Ferry Schedule

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23 Northwest Lawmakers: The Bonneville Power Administration Must Remain Independent

November 8, 2013
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Bipartisan Group of Lawmakers Warns the Energy Department that Decisions Affecting Northwest Energy Supplies Must be Made in the Northwest Washington, D.C. –Every lawmaker representing Oregon, Washington and Idaho urged the U.S. Energy Department to maintain an independent Bonneville Power Administration that puts Northwest power users first, in a bipartisan letter to Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz sent today. Led by Senate Energy and Natural...

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Islander, Local Economy Evangelist Alex Huppenthal Launches Startup Weekend Aspen

August 7, 2013
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Islander, Local Economy Evangelist Alex Huppenthal Launches Startup Weekend Aspen

Since 2009, Orcas Islander and Aspen business owner Alex Huppenthal has volunteered time to design and develop online services for Islanders that build local community fabric, and strengthen the local economy. Teach by doing and experiential learning is precisely what the public benefit company Islanders Club offers. By reducing the outflow of capital from local communities and by building awareness of local products and...

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Hangar Talk: “Gloves for iPad”

May 11, 2013
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Podcast Number One.. From Orcas Island. recorded May 10, 2013, at Magic Air, Orcas Island Airport, Eastsound, WA. Review of Richard Bach’s new book “Travels with Puff”, talk of the downtown Putt-Putt golf course. More Billboards on the way, or are they, and the Atomic Clock train-whistle is back in action, more take offs and landings on this edition of “Hangar Talk” with Rod...

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Be Amazing Because You Are Beautiful

April 2, 2013
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I stumbled across this story set to stills and music. Its a great way to deliver a message of kindness, openness and beauty. You’ve noticed talking with someone that after a few minutes they become more and more beautiful? They pause, they listen, they are tickled by your response. They see you. You see them. Maybe it was a another life. Maybe it is...

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San Juan Islands: Access is a Broadband Right?

March 12, 2013
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San Juan Islands: Access is a Broadband Right?

Is Internet access a right? Is a Broadband Right even a human right? Do we live fundamentally better lives by communicating? Switzerland, Finland think so. Google offers 1 megabit free service. What will our local Broadband organization offer? If we to set an example, draw positive attention and promote the concept of egalitarian and positive access for *all* islanders, irrespective of their ability to...

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Google Glass FTC and Freedom of Speech

March 12, 2013
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Google Glass FTC and Freedom of Speech

“The Citizens United ruling did however remove the previous ban on corporations and organizations using their treasury funds for direct advocacy. These groups were freed to expressly endorse or call to vote for or against specific candidates, actions that were previously prohibited”. – wikipedia article on a Supreme Court decision clearing the way for Corporations to exercise political and other public influence under the new ‘Constitutional...

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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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BuzzFeed: New Journalism?

January 29, 2013
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BuzzFeed: New Journalism?

BuzzFeed. I’ve built a list of Internet sites that I find interesting. Most are the sites themselves, like Arstechnica, NY Times, The Verge, Science News, NASA and many career related professional journals. Some years ago, my list only included the sites themselves. A entirely new class of of sites has emerged over the past few years. The are sites which list other sites, and...

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