Topic: Technology

Got an Old Computer Lying Around?

Written on June 12, 2017 at 5:43 am, by

Does your organization or business have computers to donate? We can also use computers that need new hard drives or Wi-Fi adapters, and working printers are also appreciated! Your benefits: your data will be safely removed, you won’t have to deal with disposal of the unit (and they won’t end up in a landfill), and  Continue Reading


Written on June 10, 2017 at 8:39 am, by

Opalco Community Solar Project Correction Last week OPALCO released information on its 2018 Community Solar project. We have an update to the amount of energy produced by the project. It will actually produce approximately 200,000 kilowatt hours annually (much higher than the 5,800 kWh that was printed last week). An average home uses 12,000 kilowatt  Continue Reading

Community Solar Survey

Written on June 3, 2017 at 5:43 am, by

(Editor’s note: This post has been corrected. A previous version listed the power generation incorrectly) Community Solar Gives Everyone A Chance To Generate Clean, Green Local Power OPALCO has more than 220 Co-op members who generate their own power. With Community Solar, the rest of us will get a chance to purchase a piece of  Continue Reading


Written on May 26, 2017 at 5:40 am, by

Wind Storm Takes Power Out For 6,000+ Co-Op Members: OPALCO Crews Resolve Outages Quickly Big winds hit the islands on Tuesday, May 23rd leading to a number of power outages in the islands. The largest outage occurred on San Juan Island when a tree was blown into the transmission lines near the Pear Point substation  Continue Reading

OPALCO will No Longer Accept Centurylink Payments

Written on May 13, 2017 at 5:30 am, by

Since 1994, OPALCO has been accepting CenturyLink payments in its office locations and in drop boxes throughout the County as a service to the Co-op membership. CenturyLink has informed OPALCO that this type of bill collection program is no longer cost-effective for their company. The last day that OPALCO and the county drop boxes that  Continue Reading


Written on May 9, 2017 at 5:38 am, by

Dauciunas And Madsen Win Opalco Election; 269 Attend 80th Annual Meeting On The Ferry OPALCO members boarded the ferry on Saturday, May 6th to participate in the 2017 Annual Meeting and learn the results of the Board of Directors’ election. Voter participation was lower than 2016 with 1,992 total ballots (1,114 online, 878 by mail)  Continue Reading

Automated Information Phone Line at the Library

Written on April 19, 2017 at 5:37 am, by

The SJI Library is introducing Telephony, a new Automated Information Phone Line Ever been heading away on vacation and wished you could renew your holiday reading but you have to catch the red-eye, your laptop is packed and the Library is not open? Well, now you can conveniently renew items by phone even when the  Continue Reading

SJ Aviation Museum honors Bob Jamieson

Written on April 17, 2017 at 5:55 am, by

A reception will be held at the Roy Franklin Terminal at Friday Harbor Airport on Sunday, April 23rd at 2:00 p.m. to honor the Featured Pilot for 2017: Bob Jamieson. Islanders are invited to celebrate the occasion of this annual addition to the San Juan Aviation Museum. This project, started in 2008, is jointly sponsored by  Continue Reading

3D Printing is now available at your Library!

Written on April 5, 2017 at 5:17 am, by

After a few months of staff experiments and training, the San Juan Island Library is now offering 3D printing for public use. We have created items ranging from semi-useful (soap dish, cardholder, plastic bag carrier, fly swatter, cookie cutter) to ridiculously cute (cat ring, gnomes, dragons and the ever-popular and much-needed cork pig).   To  Continue Reading

Another Aviation Field Trip

Written on April 4, 2017 at 4:47 pm, by

Mari Peterson, Assistant Chief Pilot at Westwind Aviation shares this with you… Hi San Juan Update, Took my students on another class trip on Sunday the 2nd, this time to the Whidbey Island Naval Air Station! Here’s the run down: Myself (in Westwind Aviation’s Cessna 172, donated by Westwind Aviation) and four volunteer pilots (Bob Tauscher  Continue Reading


Written on April 2, 2017 at 10:25 am, by

OPALCO Board Election Opens April 13 – Meet The Candidates OPALCO is a member-owned cooperative governed by a Board of Directors who are elected by the membership. Members will have a chance to vote for two open board positions in the election that opens on April 13th. There are three candidates for the two open positions  Continue Reading

Opalco Fiber Project

Written on March 17, 2017 at 5:44 am, by

Opalco Fiber Project Kicks Off On South San Juan Island Expect Some Traffic Delays Construction begins on March 20th to install fiber optic cables along Cattle Point Road from Eagle Cove Drive all the way through San Juan Island National Historical Park to the major road re-alignment project south of Jakle’s Lagoon. While OPALCO installs backbone infrastructure  Continue Reading

High School Aviation Field Trip

Written on March 14, 2017 at 5:59 am, by

A group of FHHS kids and their teachers had a fun field trip to Seattle on Sunday. Mari Peterson, Assistant Chief Pilot at Westwind Aviation is teaching an aviation class (sort of an “introduction to aviation” type course) along with Derek Smith this semester at Friday Harbor High School. She coordinated a visit for her students down to King  Continue Reading


Written on February 8, 2017 at 5:38 am, by

OPALCO Seeks Candidates For Board Election New Member Elections & Governance Committee Named The 2017 OPALCO Board election cycle is now open and nominations for board candidates in District 1 (San Juan, Brown, Henry, Pearl and Spieden islands) are being accepted. At the January meeting of the Board of Directors, the new member Elections &  Continue Reading

Luxel Sends Products into Space

Written on November 23, 2016 at 5:53 am, by

Travis Ayers, the president of Luxel Corporation shares this news with you… Dear Editor, I had the privilege of seeing the launch of the GOES-R satellite in person this past weekend! More products made in Friday Harbor are headed for geostationary orbit approximately 22,000 miles away from earth. From NOAA’s Next Generation of Geostationary  Continue Reading

3-D Printing at the Library

Written on November 11, 2016 at 5:46 am, by

In a world where doctors are printing new organs and prosthetics, the impact that 3-D printers are already having in our day-to-day lives is far-reaching. In keeping with the San Juan Island Library’s Mission to “pursue innovation in services and resources to meet the evolving needs of the Library and our patrons,” the Library strives  Continue Reading

Cyber Security Seminar

Written on October 10, 2016 at 5:48 am, by

Islanders Bank is pleased to offer a FREE Community Seminar on Cyber Security. Date & Time: October 28th, 2016 from 1:00 to 2:00 pm. Location: Gubelman Room, SJI Community Theatre Topics covered will include: Cyber Threats Cyber Security Computer & Mobile Device security Safe internet browsing and social media use Tips for parents & kids This  Continue Reading