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A view from outside the new building - Click to see more photos - Tim Dustrude photo

IMA Grand Opening – “Illuminated”

Posted on February 21, 2015 at 5:46 am, by

As promised last week, here are a few more photos which were shot at the grand opening of the new Islands Museum of Art last week.

One of six new Fire Engines - Lt. Tom Eades photo

Meet Your Volunteer Firefighter

Posted on February 20, 2015 at 2:35 pm, by

This month, Sheila Harley, the public information officer of San Juan Island Fire Rescue, shares the “Meet Your Volunteer Firefighter” column, only this time it’s about the New Fire Engines… Six new engines are all here now and ready to go! Actually they have been in service for several months. They are replacing the fire  Continue Reading

Western Bluebird - Photo used with permission from photographer Dave Johnson

Western Bluebirds

Posted on February 20, 2015 at 5:50 am, by

[Note: This story has been updated to include info on building and donating a birdhouse] Here’s a message from Kathleen Foley of the San Juan Preservation Trust about the first bluebirds on San Juan… Northern shrikes, tree swallows… and Western Bluebirds in San Juan Valley this morning! My, spring has sprung. Any idea what our  Continue Reading


EDC Offers Business Boot Camp for Women

Posted on February 20, 2015 at 5:44 am, by

Women entrepreneurs are invited to attend the EDC’s Women’s Business Boot Camp, an all-day workshop specifically designed to tune up or start-up businesses. Participants will learn how to write or revamp a business plan, find funding, learn about marketing and crowdfunding, learn how to get lucrative government contracts, how to network for business growth, and  Continue Reading


Island Rec Levy

Posted on February 20, 2015 at 5:28 am, by

This note is from Sally Thomsen, program director at Island Rec… Island Rec’s 6-Year Levy Expires; Levy Renewal in April San Juan Island Park and Recreation District, better known as Island Rec, is funded through a property tax approved by voters every six years. The current levy which expires this year has funded school sports  Continue Reading


Opalco and Rock Island Join Forces

Posted on February 19, 2015 at 10:38 am, by

Here’s a news bit right off the OPALCO website today… OPALCO and Rock Island Join Forces to Deliver Internet Services to San Juan County Thursday, February 19th, 2015 General Manager Foster Hildreth announced today that Orcas Power and Light Cooperative (OPALCO) has acquired Rock Island Communications. Rock Island will merge its staff, infrastructure and operations  Continue Reading

The Enchanted Forest at Mitchell Hill - Tim Dustrude photo

The Enchanted Forest

Posted on February 19, 2015 at 9:18 am, by

A beautiful February hike out on the Mitchell Hill portion of the National Park near English Camp can yield some spectacular scenery. This was one of the views in the thick, lush forest last Sunday.

Oil Tanker at anchor near the March Point refineries - Tim Dustrude photo

Oil Spill Preparedness and Response Workshop

Posted on February 19, 2015 at 5:44 am, by

March 7 Community Engagement in Oil Spill Preparedness and Response Workshop Residents of the San Juan Islands who are concerned about oil spills along the coastline are invited to a community workshop on oil spill response and readiness sponsored by the Northwest Straits Foundation and the San Juan County Marine Resources Committee. A free workshop  Continue Reading

Iolanta - Contributed photo

Double Bill at The Met: Live in HD

Posted on February 19, 2015 at 5:40 am, by

An enchanting fairy tale and an erotic psychological thriller highlight the next The Met: Live in HD at San Juan Community Theatre on Monday, February 23 at 7:00 p.m. On the heels of her triumphant Met performances in Eugene Onegin, soprano Anna Netrebko takes on another Tchaikovsky heroine in Iolanta. She stars as the beautiful  Continue Reading

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Our Common Bond – A Cancer Care Support Group

Posted on February 19, 2015 at 5:39 am, by

Dawn Alger, head oncology nurse at PIMC, and Bonnie Oak Boesky have teamed up to put together a cancer care support group over a 4 week period, consisting of 4 meals – each centered on a theme: Trust, Gratitude, Sorrow and Comfort/Joy. The program is sponsored by Peace Island and has been funded by the  Continue Reading


Call for Poetry Submissions

Posted on February 18, 2015 at 3:28 pm, by

Don’t forget – the deadline for submissions is this coming Saturday… San Juan County Land Bank Celebrates 25th Anniversary What inspires you to get outside? In celebration of its 25th Anniversary, as well as National Poetry Month, the Land Bank invites the community to submit nature themed poems for a poetry trail! The Land Bank,  Continue Reading

Tom Kirschner and Becky Day - Contributed photo

Chamber Chat

Posted on February 18, 2015 at 12:57 pm, by

Chamber Chat is a new monthly series written by Lauren Cohen, Co-Owner of San Juan Canvas & Chamber Board President, to keep you up to date with the Chamber of Commerce… Becki Takes The Helm Your Chamber of Commerce is thrilled to welcome Becki Day as our new Executive Director. She will officially take over  Continue Reading

2015 Shaw Island Winter Classic - John Miller photo

Shaw Island Winter Classic

Posted on February 18, 2015 at 10:57 am, by

John Miller shares this note and photo of the sailboat race from last weekend… Tim, Sunday was the kick off day for the 2015 racing season – better known as the “Shaw Island Winter Classic” hosted by the Orcas island Yacht Club. Nineteen boats crossed the start line after the 10 AM ferry left Orcas.  Continue Reading


The Jimmy Moe Show

Posted on February 18, 2015 at 10:50 am, by

Jim Moe is kicking off his 2015 season by opening at the Rumor Mill this Friday at 6:30. His 2014 show packed the house and was great entertainment.

Scott Mapstead and Amy Hull - Contributed photo

Romantic Comedy at SJCT

Posted on February 18, 2015 at 5:45 am, by

What better way to brighten up our Northwest February than a romantic comedy the New York Post calls a “breath of fresh air” offering “a sweetness and decency that’s become rare at the theater.” Almost, Maine, written by John Cariani and directed by Carol Hooper, starts with a “Sneak Preview*” THIS Thursday, February 19 at  Continue Reading

A good turnout at the SJI Prevention Luncheon - Tim Dustrude photo

Prevention Coalition Celebration Luncheon

Posted on February 17, 2015 at 5:27 am, by

The San Juan Island Prevention Coalition held their Annual Celebration Luncheon on Friday and had a very good turnout with about 53 people representing various organizations in the community. The event opened with FHHS Juniors Echo Wood and Samantha Finch presenting their community service project entitled appropriately: “Project Prevention” wherein they surveyed other high school  Continue Reading

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2nd Annual Oscar Party

Posted on February 16, 2015 at 2:20 pm, by

Here’s a note from Courtney Oldwyn regarding the upcoming 2nd Annual Oscar Party for MS Research… Hi Tim, I want to spread the word that I only have ONE table left to reserve for the 2nd Annual Red Carpet Oscar Party coming up at Tops’l on Sunday, February 22nd. While planning this event over the  Continue Reading

Charlie Bodenstab reacts as Mayor Carrie Lacher cuts the ribbon to mark the grand opening of the Islands Museum of Art - Tim Dustrude

IMA Grand Opening

Posted on February 16, 2015 at 5:58 am, by

The Islands Museum of Art held their grand opening ceremony on Saturday, February 14th with the show “Illuminated” showing off the glass art of world renowned artist William Morris, as well as works by Shelley Muzylowski, Ross Richmond and Raven Skyriver. It is incredible what these artists can do with glass. More photos coming soon…

2014 EMS Banquet Award Winners - Contributed photo

EMS Recognizes Excellence at Annual Banquet

Posted on February 16, 2015 at 5:49 am, by

San Juan Island Emergency Medical Services and Medevac completed another successful year serving the community with 1399 emergency calls. In recognition of this community’s medical responders, the annual San Juan Island EMS Awards Banquet was held on January 10, 2015 at the San Juan Island Yacht Club. The EMT of the Year Award for 2014  Continue Reading


School District Superintendent Search Update

Posted on February 16, 2015 at 5:41 am, by

San Juan Island School District Board of Directors Chair Jack McKenna today provided an update on the process for hiring a new superintendent of schools. “We have a strong pool of candidates, and will now begin the process of selecting our next superintendent,” Mr. McKenna noted. The process is designed to include broad participation by  Continue Reading

Marguerite Street as viewed from Guard Street - Tim Dustrude photo

Marguerite Place water line replacement project begins March 2nd, 2015

Posted on February 16, 2015 at 5:37 am, by

The Marguerite Place water line replacement is the Town’s next utility improvement project. Construction will take place between Park and Guard Streets. The project should commence on or near March 2nd and is expected to be completed within 60 calendar days. Travelers should expect delays and limited or no access during certain phases of the  Continue Reading

Lilly is this week's Pet of the Week - Contributed photo

Pet of the Week

Posted on February 16, 2015 at 5:31 am, by

Hello. I’m Lilly. Don’t you just hate it when someone takes your picture on a bad hair day? Let me explain… I had been taking a lovely nap, snuggled deep under some blankets when the paparazzi arrived to take my photo. Normally, I would look much more “put together”, but you know how it is  Continue Reading

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