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Orcas Island TV coverage of businesses and business related events.

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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San Juan Islands and Google Gigabit Fiber Update

February 16, 2011
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Last year, I delivered the San Juan Islands Gigabit Survey to Google in Mountain View. After a wonderful tour of their area, they explained that over 1100 communities had applied. Between 50,000 and 500,000 homes were to get Gigabit Fiber optic connections to their homes at prices that were comparable to other services, both demonstrating that the United States could have services on par...

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3D Printing

February 13, 2011
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It started a few years ago. About 10 as I recall. My first exposure to 3D printing was a seminar about 3D lithography. In this case an ultraviolet laser scans out a layer of an object on top of a liquid plastic resin. The UV light hardens the resin and a plate moves the layer down. The laser scans out the next layer and...

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Eastsound Instruments

February 13, 2011
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Eastsound Instruments

Little known outside of local residents is in the heart of Eastound next to the Post Office. You’ll have to scramble a bit to find it but it’s worth it. I spoke with the owner for a while this week. Charle’s left the Island and I for one will miss her entertaining style and comedic wit. That lead us to the topic of ukelel...

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About Orcas Island

February 2, 2011
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I’m always on the lookout for the latest technology – and research tools. Information is the core of economic development. Understanding the resources communities have and their interests helps to define the kinds of information leaders can use to help develop common wealth, preserve history, improve overall quality of life and reduce risks. Qwiki is a fast and easy way to Share via social...

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Aspen Green TV Receives Endorsement from Transportation

January 3, 2011
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The major issues facing most communities as the work to raise their standards in clean air, water, transportation, medicines is how to pay for them. How does a community ordinarily pay for it these days? Over the last decade, more and more pressure has been placed on Share via social networks. Tweet

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Orcas Island Applies to FCC as Test Bed for Cellular and Broadband

December 29, 2010
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This is awesome. “Test-Beds for Developmental Purposes. One idea for enabling further development and deployment opportunities for dynamic radios is to create one or more test-beds where such radios can operate subject to real world conditions. Share via social networks. Tweet

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State Ferry Service Losing Money

December 22, 2010
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The State known for unlimited income without taxes, announced on Monday that the State Transportation Commission no longer is authorized to raise ferry rates. Voters approved initiative 1053, which transferred that authority to the Legislature. The State Ferry system had hoped for a 2.5% fare increase, and so far reports $550,000 loss due to the delay. Currently no other option for raising Ferry revenues...

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