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Tim Dustrude

Just another part-timer - Part time photographer at and, part time graphic artist, part time blogger at Occasionally a New Photo and part time rhythm guitarist/vocalist. And now... full time editor to The San Juan Update! *phew* that's a mouthful!

Recent Posts by Tim


Pandora’s Promise – FHFF Tuesday Film

September 10, 2014 at 5:37 am

A film about the history and future of nuclear power, Pandora’s Promise explores how and why mankind’s most feared and controversial technological discovery is now passionately embraced by many of those who once led the charge against it. Presenting as history, cultural meditation and contemporary exploration, the film aims to inspire a serious and realistic  Continue Reading

Winnie Sundstrom's 1960-1961 3rd grade class - SJI Historical Museum photo

School Bells Are Ringing

September 3, 2014 at 5:49 am

Here’s this month’s history column, submitted by the SJI Historical Museum… School bells are ringing once again, just as they did in 1960 when teacher Winnie Sundstrom gathered her Friday Harbor third graders for their class photo. The San Juan Historical Museum hopes you can help identify all these smiling kids. Anyone see yourself here?


Movies in the Park – Ghostbusters!

September 2, 2014 at 11:27 am

Ghostbusters plays this week at Movies in the Park. Click the image above to enlarge.


School Tomorrow – No Strike

September 1, 2014 at 7:21 pm

San Juan Island teachers agree to two-year contract, avoid strike San Juan Education Association members and the San Juan School District have reached a Tentative Agreement avoiding a strike which was scheduled to begin Tuesday, Sept. 2. SJEA members signed off on the agreement this afternoon after hearing from the bargaining team. The two-year agreement  Continue Reading


Agreement Reached in Teacher Bargaining

September 1, 2014 at 6:54 pm

Here’s a note from the School District to the San Juan Island community: The San Juan Island School District is pleased to announced that a collective bargaining agreement was reached this evening with the San Juan Education Association (teacher’s union). The agreement was collaboratively developed over the last several months and provides for additional teacher  Continue Reading


Update from John McMain

September 1, 2014 at 11:32 am

While the San Juan Education Association and the San Juan Island School District initially made progress in Sunday’s negotiations over a new collective bargaining agreement, negotiations stalled and no settlement was reached this evening. “It looked like we were moving forward earlier today, but we were not able to come to an agreement. I am  Continue Reading


Bargaining Update

September 1, 2014 at 1:31 am

Community Message: SJISD and SJEA Bargaining 8/31/14 August 31, 2014 8:30 pm Dear San Juan Island Community Both the San Juan Island School District and the San Juan Education Association (teacher’s union) met Sunday afternoon and Sunday evening to work on a new collective bargaining agreement to replace the agreement which expires today. Both sides  Continue Reading


Guatemalan cooking on Lopez

August 31, 2014 at 5:47 am

It’s always good to hear about good things happening just across the water. On Lopez Island, they celebrated Guatemalan cooking with Chef Juan Carlos Mendoza. Here’s Barbara Keller with the story….” For years I have been excited about a wonderful community development program on the shores of Lake Atitlan in Guatemala. This week ten lucky  Continue Reading

Dr. Vincent Shu - SJ Update photo

New Use for Old Building?

August 30, 2014 at 3:57 pm

This is Dr. Vincent Shu and he would like your opinions on a project he is working on. He would like to bring a natural science college to Friday Harbor: The Washington Institute of Natural Sciences School of Acupuncture & Herbal Medicine and a Community Clinic Center for Integrative Medicine. And he would like to  Continue Reading

Poster submitted by Amy Hull - Click to enlarge

Notes from the SJEA

August 29, 2014 at 9:24 pm

Here is a statement from the San Juan Education Association… San Juan Education Association members are hopeful they can come to a fair and reasonable contract settlement with San Juan Island School District Sunday at their next scheduled bargaining session. The contract expires Aug. 31 and teachers and other school specialists voted last Monday to  Continue Reading

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