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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

Calling all tree-loving, bunny-hugging, dirt worshipers!

February 6, 2020 at 5:46 am

Don’t forget — it’s award season here in the San Juans! The Oscars have nothing on the Finnies. Know someone who deserves to walk the stewardship red carpet? Nominate them for a Good Steward Award! Since 2008, the Good Steward Awards, affectionately known as “Finnies,” have been sponsored by the Stewardship Network of the San  Continue Reading

A 1912 Valentine’s Party at the Grange

February 5, 2020 at 5:49 am

  Here’s this month’s history column from the San Juan Historical Society and Museum… Since February is a month known for Valentine’s Day decorations in store windows and rows of sweetheart cards for sale, we thought we would see what has been preserved in the San Juan Historical Museum’s archives from festive holidays of yesteryear. The classic  Continue Reading

Tuesday Morning Snow

February 5, 2020 at 5:48 am

This is what the view looked like at the top of Hillview Terrace outside Dot Vandaveer’s window on Tuesday morning. Thanks for sharing the photo Dot!

Heavy Rain Forecast

February 5, 2020 at 5:46 am

Recent intense rains caused widespread impacts across the islands due to erosion, runoff, and blocked culverts and drains. Those who experienced damage should be aware that there’s more heavy rain in the forecast starting later Tuesday through Friday. It is almost impossible to forecast the sort of high intensity rainfall that we saw a few  Continue Reading

New Book from John Geyman, M.D.

February 5, 2020 at 5:45 am

John Geyman, M.D. announces publication of: Long-Term Care in America: The Crisis All of Us Will Face in Our Lifetimes. A long-time writer about U.S. health care, Dr. Geyman examines the problems which face persons needing long-term care, offers suggestions and resources for making decisions, describes available government and community programs, discusses the under-valuation of  Continue Reading

Chamber Featured Member of the Month – Alisha Merrick

February 5, 2020 at 5:44 am

Alisha Merrick moved to San Juan Island in the fall of 2012 with only a carload of her favorite most important things. Having no real studio, she painted watercolors, drew pictures and took photographs of all things that inspired her. Eventually she rented a space in a glass studio on her road in the woods  Continue Reading

Virtual Reality

February 4, 2020 at 5:48 am

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to swim with sharks, create a sculpture out of thin air, or fly through space?  Find out what all the VR buzz is about and head to the Marie Boe Building on Saturday, February 8th from 11am-6pm.  Spend the day with Bellingham’s Heady Virtual Reality and choose from  Continue Reading

Census Jobs

February 4, 2020 at 5:46 am

The U.S. Census Bureau is continuing it’s peak hiring efforts through February for the 2020 Census. A representative from the Census Bureau will be available at Skagit Valley College – San Juan Center 221 Weber Way Friday Harbor, WA on Tuesday February 11th from 10:30 AM – 1:30 PM.  Get information on how to become a  Continue Reading


February 4, 2020 at 5:44 am

In the mailbag this morning we find this letter from Martha Alvarado… Dear editor- On February 11th our community will be voting on a replacement capitol & technology levy for our schools. Vote YES for our schools! This is NOT a new tax, but a renewal of the one that has existed for many years.  Continue Reading

Rummage Sale for FHHS Senior Class 2020 Grad Night

February 3, 2020 at 12:20 pm

Now is your chance to pass along some of your lightly used treasures, and maybe find some new ones, as well! Drop off is Friday, 2/7 from 12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m. in the High School Commons. We welcome your quality donations; nothing the local thrift store would reject, please! Sale is Saturday, 2/8 –  Continue Reading

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