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Tim Dustrude

Just another part-timer - Part time photographer at ThisIsOurTown.com and Dustrude.com, part time graphic artist, part time blogger at Occasionally a New Photo . And now... full time editor at The San Juan Update.

Recent Posts by Tim


New Licensing System Coming

December 2, 2016 at 9:12 am

Washington State residents with vehicle and vessel transactions due in December are urged to complete them by Friday, December 9. On Monday, December 12, the Washington State Department of Licensing will implement, statewide, a new state-of-the-art computer system for vehicle and vessel title and registration transactions. The new system will replace a 30-year-old, text-based system  Continue Reading


Cattle Point Light Repair Project: Information Update

December 2, 2016 at 9:01 am

Heads up to island contractors – this is from the Coast Guard about upcoming improvements to Cattle Point Light… The Coast Guard is preparing to contract work to correct foundation deficiencies at the Cattle Point Light using our established Regional Multiple Award Construction Contractors including a number from Washington State. A pre-proposal information meeting and  Continue Reading

Sam Sr. and Barbara Buck - Contributed photo

Sam’s Books

December 2, 2016 at 5:46 am

From the SJ Update mailbag this morning, Emily Geyman shares this with you… Sam R. Buck II, who recently passed away, lived almost all of his 89 years on San Juan Island and wrote a trilogy of books which give a unique perspective of life in the islands from the 1920s to today. The Bucks Stopped  Continue Reading



December 2, 2016 at 5:40 am

OPALCO Board to Host Tea Talk At San Juan Library OPALCO Board members Vince Dauciunas, Mark Madsen and Winnie Adams are hosting a Tea Talk event on Tuesday, December 6th at the San Juan Island Library from 5:30 to 6:30 pm. Bring your questions and enjoy tea and conversation. There will not be a formal presentation, but Board  Continue Reading

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Free Tax Presentation

December 2, 2016 at 5:39 am

There will be a Free Tax Presentation sponsored by the Washington State Department of Revenue which is targeted to companies in the Building Trades. This event is scheduled for Friday December 9, 2016 from 9:00 to noon at the Islanders Bank Administration Building Community Room. Auditors from DOR will be discussing charging retail sales and use  Continue Reading

Beauty and the Beast - Contributed photos

Work Party on Cady Mountain Preserve

December 1, 2016 at 4:07 pm

Hello Oakies! It’s hard to believe we’re entering into our last work month of 2016 – thank you for all the pruning, limbing, hauling, and camaraderie this year. Your support is greatly appreciated! The next couple work parties will focus on protecting our little dears from those browsing big deers. When? Sundays, December 11 &  Continue Reading

Nana's Holiday House at 165 First Street - Contributed photo

Nana’s Holiday House

December 1, 2016 at 5:45 am

Nana’s Holiday House is opening for the 4th year in the same location as last year, next door to the Rumor Mill. For those who haven’t shopped here before, we welcome all kids under 18 to shop for their families for the holidays. All items are $1.00 to $10.00 and are new or handmade items.  Continue Reading


Street and Sidewalk Improvements Coming Soon

December 1, 2016 at 5:42 am

Town of Friday Harbor Receives Two Grants totaling $1.2 Million for Rebuild of Web Street and A Street and for sidewalk on Nichols The Town of Friday Harbor is pleased to announce that it has received two grant awards in the total amount of $1,200,000 from the Washington State Transportation Improvement Board. The first grant  Continue Reading

Help Wanted Chief Scientist Dec16

Help Wanted

December 1, 2016 at 5:40 am

We have an immediate opening for a Chief Scientist. The Chief Scientist is responsible for the technical direction of Luxel’s ultra-thin film deposition processes. The position is hands-on in the lab, while also including extensive customer contact and sales support. Domestic and international travel is required several times per year. The ability to juggle multiple  Continue Reading

Andrea Hampton in her Salty Fox Coffee  - Tim Dustrude photo

Salty Fox Coffee

November 30, 2016 at 4:43 pm

Andrea Hampton is the new owner of the coffee shop down there by the ferry landing. It used to be Far North Cafe owned by Eric Bienenstock and The Doctor’s Office owned by Mary Nash before that. Andrea, who worked for Eric for about a year and half, and who you may also know from  Continue Reading

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