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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.

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“COVID-19 Community Conversations” Round Two

April 17, 2020 at 6:51 am

This week “COVID-19 Community Conversations” continues with three short videos that highlight efforts from organizations and people peoviding key services and crucial leadership in our community. You can find these videos on our YouTube channel at  San Juan County COVID-19 Response. Or click on the videos below: Norvin Collins, Chief of San Juan Island Fire  Continue Reading

This negative is a positive for island and community health

April 16, 2020 at 11:04 am

FRIDAY HARBOR, Wash., April 16, 2020 – With shared purpose, PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center and San Juan County Health and Community Services continue to work together to control the spread of novel coronavirus and ensure the health of island communities. On Tuesday, April 14, both organizations were informed of COVID-19 test results performed for  Continue Reading

SJI Community Foundation Raises $145k for COVID-19 Response

April 16, 2020 at 10:56 am

In the last three weeks, SJICF has raised $145k for the newly established SJICF Community Emergency Response Fund. The fund was created to meet the increasing community needs as a result of COVID-19 response. In March, a goal was set to raise $100k in the first few weeks and an additional $150k to continue to  Continue Reading

Skagit Valley College Continuing and Community Education announces new online programming

April 16, 2020 at 10:53 am

Skagit Valley College’s Continuing and Community Education department (CCE) is pleased to announce new online workshop programming that is starting at the end of April. The new format is called eCCE and is designed for people who would like to enjoy online non-credit workshops outside of the traditional classroom setting while they build career skills,  Continue Reading

Letter from Eileen Drath

April 16, 2020 at 9:23 am

In the Mailbag this morning we find this letter from Eileen Drath… Dear Editor, During this time of coronavirus unrest, there are some particularly comforting aspects of living in San Juan County.  Right at the top is our San Juan County Land Bank. We are fortunate to have land set aside in perpetuity.  We have  Continue Reading

HOT TOPIC #16: April 15th An Insider’s Look at the San Juan County COVID Response Team

April 16, 2020 at 9:18 am

COVID-19 updates from San Juan County around subjects on the minds of islanders The first thing you need to know is that there are abbreviations for everything. From EOC (Emergency Operations Center) to PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) to IC (Incident Commander), everything this team does is designed to make the most of every resource, down  Continue Reading

San Juan County Land Bank April Commission Meeting Cancelled

April 16, 2020 at 9:14 am

Due to concern for public safety, as well as the extended orders from Governor Inslee and guidelines from the federal government, the April 17, 2020 Land Bank Commission meeting on Lopez Island is cancelled. The next scheduled Land Bank Commission meeting is Friday, May 15, 2020 on San Juan Island at the San Juan Island  Continue Reading

Vehicle Reservations Postponed

April 16, 2020 at 9:09 am

WSF is postponing its 2-month advance release of vehicle reservations on the Anacortes/San Juan Islands and Port Townsend/Coupeville routes, which was originally scheduled for Tuesday, April 21. While WSF’s winter sailing season has been extended through June 20, sailing schedules beyond this date have not been finalized and will be dependent on ridership and traffic  Continue Reading

Remaining Rooted: A Sense of Place

April 15, 2020 at 11:38 am

In the San Juan Update mailbag today we have this letter from Brandon Cadwell and Erin Wygant… When we’re faced with uncertainty, we seek a sense of rootedness. How do we ground ourselves? We might ask, “What is it that gives me a sense of place?” For some, it’s the sweeping views of the Olympic  Continue Reading

2020: A Fair Odyssey

April 15, 2020 at 6:56 am

Planning for the San Juan County Fair occurs year round.  As planning continues for the 2020 San Juan County Fair, each day presents new situations, issues to explore, and opportunities for creative problem solving.  In case you haven’t heard, the San Juan County Fair Board selected a futuristic theme for this year – “2020: A  Continue Reading

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