On the morning of December first, OPALCO cleared the lines so that a 1912 Craftsman bungalow, originally from the Seattle area, could make the last leg of its journey to Olga where Fiona and Eddie Stone plan to restore it and call it home. Ironically, Fiona Stone has been working as a temporary employee at OPALCO for the past six weeks.
The Stones worked with Nickel Brothers to salvage the home that was slated for demolition. The home was transported by barge to Obstruction Pass, loaded onto a trailer and delivered. The OPALCO crew came out and dropped some lines, then pulled – or raised – lines out of the way along its route. There were no power outages taken. Steve Eyler, OPALCO Foreman says “It’s not the first time we’ve helped to move a house – but it doesn’t happen very often.”
OPALCO is a member-owned cooperative electrical utility serving more than 11,000 members on 20 islands in San Juan County. OPALCO provides electricity that is 95% greenhouse-gas free and is predominately generated by hydroelectric plants. OPALCO was founded in 1937 to bring electricity to rural islanders.