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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


Corrected Numbers from OPALCO

May 3, 2016 at 4:35 pm

Member-Initiated Bylaw Amendment Failed; Results Were Announced In Error At Annual Meeting May 2, 2016 – OPALCO’s Tally Chairman, Doug Pearson, made his first-ever mistake in about 30 years of serving our Co-op as the official vote counter on the ferry for OPALCO’s election finale at the annual meeting. “The official SBS election results were  Continue Reading

Left to right, Tyler Ryan, Bobby Ryan, Danna Diaz, Madeline Busse, Mary Blevins, and Jack McKenna - Contributed photo

School News

May 3, 2016 at 5:50 am

San Juan Island School District Honors Partnership with San Juan Community Theater In recognition of the long-standing partnership between San Juan Island School District and San Juan Community Theatre, SJISD Superintendent Danna Diaz invited representatives of the theater to a Washington Association of School Administrators (WASA) Region 108 luncheon banquet to honor the theater’s long-standing interest  Continue Reading

Stop Paddle Law

May 3, 2016 at 5:47 am

Kris DayVincent shares this with you… Did you know we have six stoplights on San Juan Island? They are all perfectly legal; in fact there is up to a $394 (RCW 46.61.372) fine if you run one of them. What you say? True! The catch is these stop lights are attached to school buses, those  Continue Reading

Deadline Monday for Sunken Park Poetry Contest

May 2, 2016 at 10:01 am

Town of Friday Harbor Arts Commission sponsors poetry contest Local writers are invited to submit poems inspired by the natural beauty of San Juan Island for the Sunken Park Poetry Contest sponsored by the Friday Harbor Arts Commission. The winner will read the selected poem at the unveiling of a Town of Friday Harbor mural  Continue Reading


OPALCO News – Member-Initiated Bylaw Amendment Fails

May 2, 2016 at 9:48 am

Lett, Silverstein And Whitfield Win Opalco Election; Member-Initiated Bylaw Amendment Fails OPALCO members boarded the ferry on Saturday, April 30th to participate in the 2016 (79th) Annual Meeting and Board of Directors’ election. Voter participation was slightly lower than 2015 with 2,397 total ballots (2,316 absentee, plus 81 on the ferry) representing about 21% of the  Continue Reading

Christopher Burke and friend - Cynthia Burke photo

The Avian Visitor

May 2, 2016 at 5:51 am

Cynthia Burke shares this cool story of a pigeon that came to visit… Recently, on a sunny day, a beautiful bird decided to check out my husband’s custom woodworking shop.  The bird flew into his shop, walked about on the saw table, proceeded to hop on to our Golden Retriever’s back and carry on with a  Continue Reading

Ricky is this week's Pet of the Week -

Pet of the Week

May 2, 2016 at 5:45 am

That’s me – Ricky. I’m the handsome tabby fellow shown here with Nanette, one of my many girlfriends at the animal shelter. I suppose I’m what you might call a “chick magnet”. I don’t know how to explain it – they just can’t get enough of me. I guess it might be because of my  Continue Reading


Garden Club: Salish Seeds Project

May 2, 2016 at 5:45 am

Please join us to hear Eliza describe the Salish Seeds Project which produces plants and seeds of native island wildflowers and grasses for local restoration projects. Learn how the seeds are collected, tended in the nursery, and eventually planted in restoration zones on preserves. It will be a fascinating and worthwhile program! At every San  Continue Reading

Patterns of Snow on a Pond -

Monnelly Releases For My Daughters in Time for Mother’s Day

May 2, 2016 at 5:42 am

Renowned landscape photographer Dorothy Kerper Monnelly (currently on exhibit at SJI Museum of Art) has paired her large-format black and white images with poems to create a book, “For My Daughters.” The poetry that inspired the book was written by the photographer’s mother, Dorothy Darling Kerper between 1920 and 1945, the year she died. “I  Continue Reading

Opening Day Boat Parade

A Community Afloat

May 1, 2016 at 4:34 pm

Today the San Juan Island Yacht Club held the annual Opening Day Boat Parade to commemorate the beginning of the boating season for this year. The theme for the parade was “A Community Afloat” and over 30 boats participated. You really couldn’t have asked for better weather for an event like this. A pretty good  Continue Reading

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