Opinion

Nuclear Disaster in Japan

March 13, 2011
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Radiation is leaking in at least one nuclear power plant in Japan as a result of the failure of electric back up systems, designed to operate in the case of electric failure in the nuclear plant. For unknown reasons, an immediate emergency was not declared and emergency power equipment wasn’t applied. NY Times reports that the basement of the facility was flooded with water,...

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Mandatory Vehicle Permits on Orcas Island

March 7, 2011
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Mandatory Vehicle Permits on Orcas Island

Orcas Island suffers the same problems as many highly popular tourist destinations. It attracts huge numbers of tourists. With tourists come the tourist spending – about 130 million a year in San Juan County as a whole. Its the single largest income to the Islands. So making decisions about how to alter tourism instantly sends shockwaves around politicians and business leaders. One of the...

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San Juan Island Ferry Funding

March 7, 2011
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San Juan Island Ferry Funding

There’s really nothing quite like a ferry ride from Anacortes to Friday Harbor, Orcas, Lopez, Shaw Islands. The Anacortes – San Juan Islands ferry ride has magnificent views of Mt. Baker on the mainland, and is simply one of the most beautiful ferry rides any where in the world. Its also a commercial travel service for 1,000s of Islanders that travel from home to...

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Photo Tips Blog

March 2, 2011
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I’ve enjoyed photographer for many years, and occasionally, I’ll find a source of information and tips that are entertaining and informative. Video blogging is hot. Mostly Lisa’s video blog is an example of how the Internet is changing. See here site here: http://mostlylisa.com/ Share via social networks. Tweet

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Rural San Juan County Gets Shot a Broadband

March 2, 2011
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For every dollar in taxes paid in Washington State, the State receives less than 90 cents back. Every Federal program that will help San Juan County raise the average wage, improve our environment and benefit the commonwealth should be applied for in earnest. The USDA has announced that OPALCO can apply for help in the built out of the OPALCO member owned Fiber Optic...

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Orcas Island Food Cooperative

February 20, 2011
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San Juan County residents are intelligent and in touch with the world. Recently San Juan Island opened its Food Cooperative and Orcas Island’s budding effort is Share via social networks. Tweet

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Orcas Island History: Orcas Island Airport

February 20, 2011
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I’ve just learned that historylink.org have developed a historical perspective on the Orcas Island Airport. John Caldbick, published this article under creative commons license which allows any reproduction, so long as both the author and the organization are named. February 13, 2011 Orcas Island TV is considering adding this to the KORS Book developed for pilots. This historical perspective is informative and adds elements...

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San Juan County Gigabit Fiber to the Home: Open Letter to Opalco Board

February 17, 2011
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Dear Opalco Board Members, Privatizing the Opalco membership owned Fiber Optic Network is not recommended. Privatization will lead to narrow choices, higher prices and poor performance due to capital service requirements. Opalco’s Board should take the following steps. Establish a transparent, membership based team to produce a business, technology and operations plan to deliver Fiber to the Home for all San Juan Island residents,...

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Fiber to the Home: Recommendations to San Juan County Commissioners

February 17, 2011
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Local Road Construction Requirements City-sponsored road construction projects that involve tearing up streets should include the requirement that underground conduit, for future use, be installed at the same time. We concur with Google’s recommendation Share via social networks. Tweet

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Flying Today – Right Now, Right Here

February 16, 2011
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One of the best recreational activities in the Islands area is taking a ride in an airplane. Sure the San Juan Islands ferry feels the equivalent of a paid cruise in the Bahamas, with more stunning sunsets, islands and wildlife that you ever see out in the middle of the Atlantic. But there’s another way to see the Islands, and its the Eagle’s Eye...

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