Right of Way Driving School approaches one year!

Posted on July 3, 2012 at 9:21 am, by

Islanders finally have a choice when it comes to drivers’ education, and Sam Leigh is the reason for it. Her new business is off to a wonderful start and the community is a better place because of her hard work. When many people think back to the old days of driver’s ed, they think of  Continue Reading


“I’m on my way….”

Posted on July 2, 2012 at 10:36 am, by

Carl Sandburg once said, ” I’m an idealist. I don’t know where I’m going, but I’m on my way.” So, did Paul Simon:

Nurture and Nature all in one…

Posted on July 2, 2012 at 10:22 am, by

Talk about some eye candy for nature lovers. The boxes originally intended to house Western Bluebirds were vacant, so the Violet-Green Swallows decided to move in. The babies are now old enough to be fed from out the window by their parents…

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Joe is playing next week!

Posted on June 30, 2012 at 11:12 pm, by

It’s always good to hear live music…here’s a chance for July 6th (that’s a correction – I had originally put  June 6th!): My name is Joe Miller and I will be giving a concert of solo classical guitar music at The Grange, July 6 at 7:30pm. I am in collaboration with my grandfather Joe Miller  Continue Reading


Getting ready for the Fourth of July? Here’s a look back at last year….

Posted on June 29, 2012 at 7:24 am, by

You already know that the biggest day of the year on the island is the Fourth of July, with the parade, the picnic at the Historical Museum, all the activities at Roche Harbor, and barbecues going all over the island…wahoo! I hope you’re making your plans, too. Update reporter Rebecca Leff has just assembled a  Continue Reading


What’s up….

Posted on June 29, 2012 at 7:12 am, by

Hope you have a good & sunny weekend planned (remember, the sun is from you, not “out there”….) – let’s take a quick look: • I guess we’re getting kinda famous, here in our little islands….here’s what Sunset Magazine and the Huffington Post have to say about us… ++++++ • There’s also the issue: What  Continue Reading

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Missoula Children’s Theater unveils…the Tortoise VERSUS the Hare!

Posted on June 29, 2012 at 6:34 am, by

They’re back again! With a wonderful cast of 51 young actors and actresses, the Missoula Theater is ready to put on a very special and beloved production, “The Tortoise VERSUS the Hare.” They started out great, with a huge turnout of young islanders each vying for a piece of the spotlight. But the best part  Continue Reading



Posted on June 28, 2012 at 2:12 pm, by

Notes to keep you up to date: • Pat O’Day was scheduled for brain surgery today for that tumor that was discovered earlier this week…here’s more. (Good luck, Pat – cheering for you!) • Looks there’s a near-record run of sockeye salmon this year – here’s why, and more. • Tammy Cotton has a new  Continue Reading

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Tyler Ryan…theater happenings in Portland!

Posted on June 28, 2012 at 1:42 pm, by

It’s always good to hear from Tyler Ryan about what he’s up to as he & Bobby continue to make amazing things happen on stage in Portland….here’s a little update, along with a request for help to fund the project – pretty cool stuff. Here’s more: Greetings Ian! Bobby and I have started our newest  Continue Reading


Around the island…

Posted on June 28, 2012 at 8:22 am, by

The first week of summer had it all – wind & rain & sunny days to air it all out…hope you got outside for it all. Here’s more: • The County Democrats are opening their headquarters this weekend, and everyone is welcome to drop by – here’s more from chairwoman Sarah Crosby: Democracy Corner is  Continue Reading


Presentation: John Nance – Does everyone have a right to be well?

Posted on June 28, 2012 at 7:26 am, by

It’s on, tonight at Lavendera Massage Center – here’s more from Dayna: Thursday, June 28th 7-9pm 285 Spring Street DOES EVERYONE HAVE THE RIGHT TO BE WELL? What Would Thomas Jefferson say about the sorry state of American Health? We do not have a “system” of Healthcare in the United States. We have, instead, a massively  Continue Reading


Morning song: Give Yourself to Love, with Kathy Mattea

Posted on June 28, 2012 at 7:16 am, by

Kathy recorded this as part of a fundraiser for the Seva Foundation….beautiful version of Kate Wolf’s most well-known & beloved song. Turn it up, close your eyes, and remember….

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An island icon comes down….

Posted on June 28, 2012 at 6:53 am, by

On Wednesday, June 20th we lost a beloved friend. It was nameless, but we’ll always remember and treasure all the wonderful memories created with the huge bigleaf maple at English Camp.  Sad but true, the 300 year old tree at English Camp was cut down a few days ago. Park rangers said the tree was  Continue Reading

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A smattering of what’s happening around the island…

Posted on June 27, 2012 at 8:40 am, by

Let’s take a quick look at what’s going on: • Fourth of July Parade – reserved seating for those with special needs is available! Here’s more from Torrey: The Friday Harbor Presbyterian Church deacons will set up reserved seating in front of the church for seniors and those with special needs. The restroom facilities inside  Continue Reading

Politics and the San Juans: Meet Republican Candidates!

Posted on June 25, 2012 at 10:16 pm, by

If you’re interested in getting some face time in with Republican candidates this weekend, look no further! Here’s more from GOP County Chair Michelle Loftus: Prominent names such as Kirby Wilbur, the Washington State Republican Party Chair, Rob McKenna, Atty General, Dan Matthews, candidate for US Congress, and John Swapp, candidate for Washington State Senate,


Long dawn….

Posted on June 25, 2012 at 4:55 pm, by

Beautiful sunny days begin early ’round here….here’s the view from Wildwood Manor, before you & I got up this morning. Well, me, anyway….

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Miscellany, assortment, and compilation: What’s happening around the island…

Posted on June 24, 2012 at 10:06 pm, by

Check it out: • Always wanted to learn to sail but never had the chance?  Island Rec and the San Juan Sailing Foundation have teamed up to provide a Learn to Sail program designed for adults and teens.  Taught by Certified U.S. Sailing Instructors, the participants will learn to operate solo in El Toro and  Continue Reading

“Connar Smith, Marne’ Cook, Cameron Schuh, Paige Carlson, Joe
O’Bryant and Me’Taire Kilpatrick-Boe will represent OPALCO at the Youth Rally
leadership camp at the College of Idaho this summer.”

Six young islanders represent San Juans at Co-op Leadership Camp in Idaho…

Posted on June 24, 2012 at 9:39 pm, by

OPALCO is sending six great high school students from Orcas, San Juan, and Lopez to attend a Co-op Youth Rally at the College of Idaho this summer to learn about energy efficiency. Three of the scholarship winners will receive a check and all will have the ability to earn more scholarships at the rally. Here’s  Continue Reading

Opinions needed on draft Community Wildfire Plan…

Posted on June 24, 2012 at 9:38 pm, by

Democracy can only happen when citizens are informed and responsive. In this case, democracy is referring to a community plan about wildfire and what measures can be taken to prevent it.Here’s more from Brendan Cowan: The County needs your input on the draft Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP) which will be released for viewing from  Continue Reading


Griffin Bay Bookstore and the Public Library present…

Posted on June 24, 2012 at 9:34 pm, by

Harold Taw is an accomplished attorney, screenwriter, and, most importantly for us, author! He and his new book, Adventures of the Karaoke King, will be at the Griffin Bay Bookstore at 7pm on Saturday the 30th. Want to find out more about the book? Here’s the scoop from Nancy Larsen: Adventures of the Karaoke King  Continue Reading

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Harmony on the water…

Posted on June 24, 2012 at 9:28 pm, by

I usually think of ferry rides as a vortex of time between one reality and another. But who says there can’t be music in limbo? The Island Chordsmen Plus are having their free annual barbershop ferry sing for your listening pleasure. Here’s more from long time member (and my dear ol’ Dad) Don Leff: The Island  Continue Reading


Around the island…

Posted on June 22, 2012 at 6:29 am, by

Let’s take a quick look… • This weekend, the Jesus Chords are playing in town, and are asking for a hand….good music AND you can help out – Juniper sent this over, from them: On the night of May 7 our practice space in Seattle burned to the ground, taking with it $7000 worth of  Continue Reading

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