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Ian Byington

I’ve been writing this & adding to it since 1997, and it has morphed into what you see now during that time – a collaborative effort between our community and me to tell the story of what makes an island tick, and to celebrate the cool things that happen.

Recent Posts by Ian

Dateline Victoria: The ferry to Sidney is running again!

April 7, 2014 at 6:02 am

Victoria, BC – OK, we’ll admit it: it’s been tough not having the easy ride to the island, the last three months. Josie & I think of things to do, plays to see, people to hug, and the Sidney/Anacortes/Friday Harbor ferry hasn’t been scheduled since early January…but now it’s back. One of the parts I  Continue Reading

Dateline: Victoria – ho, ho, ho

December 17, 2013 at 6:07 am

This is part of a continuing series by Update reporter Ian Byington to explain the ways of Canadians to my brother & sister San Juan Islanders, so that you think it’s a good idea to get on the ferry, ride for an hour & ten minutes, and wahoo! you’re in a cool new place that’s  Continue Reading

Review: Jill’s “Two Room Flat” is a winner!

November 18, 2013 at 5:50 am

It’s always fun to read someone’s first novel, if only because you feel you know them a little better after finishing it. Islander Jill Urbach has put together a sweet story called Two Room Flat which spotlights two people who know each other’s losses too well, and are thrown together by fate and opportunity. She tells  Continue Reading

Islanders in stories from around the ‘Net….

November 17, 2013 at 12:38 pm

It’s fun to see friends from the island pop up in stories – let’s check them out: You know how Jessica Oldwyn has been wrestling (and winning!) with that brain toomah for the past three years (check her incredibly well written blog for the latest). Well, last week, she had the Buddha statue from her  Continue Reading

Herbicide to be Used to Benefit Rare Butterfly

October 30, 2013 at 7:56 am

The National Park Service plans to apply herbicide to Canada thistle infesting critical habitat for the island marble butterfly at American Camp, an area of critical importance to the island marble butterfly, announced Superintendent Lee Taylor . The treatment will target 1.5 acres east of Pickett’s Lane and one acre south of the Redoubt Road.  Continue Reading

Free Willy, twenty years ago this year! What have we discovered, what have we learned, what’s left….

October 2, 2013 at 4:32 am

Do you remember where you were, the first time you saw Free Willy? For me, it was in a movie theatre in Eugene, OR, with a packed house that screamed & cheered & clapped when Willy gets away at the end (see the poster at right, for spoiler). It was a football game where the  Continue Reading

Former islander Joe Bongiorno’s new album – it’s out!

October 2, 2013 at 4:24 am

When I first heard Joe Bongiorno‘s new release, The Flight of a Dream earlier this month, I knew that he had a winner on his hands. I’ve listened to it now maybe six million times…but that’s been a couple of weeks, so I had time. It’s great! (Click here to hear samples – you’ll get it!)  Continue Reading

Dateline: Victoria…check our neighbour out in the fall!

September 12, 2013 at 1:19 pm

I was hoping to impress on you how autumn-like it was in Victoria, so I chose the warmest week of the year – this week it hit over 80 degrees Fahrenheit (27 C.), with people I meet in the streets saying, “Is it like this all the time, here?” Since I want them to know  Continue Reading

Gearing up for the next 40 years – Go, Wolverine football!

September 10, 2013 at 6:09 am

  Saturday afternoon brought sunshine, a football game with Anacortes High, and a flood of memories as the Wolverines celebrated 40 years of football at Friday Harbor High School. It was great to see the guys who helped get the program going & cheer for them, and see the Wolverines come oh-so-close as they dropped  Continue Reading

Around the island

August 15, 2013 at 8:40 pm

It was cool to get a chance to drop by the island for the past few days – during the visit, I ran into folks who had stories to share. Here’s a quick rundown: Last month, Merritt & Janet Olsen came back to the island to visit, so it wasn’t too surprising to run into  Continue Reading

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