About the Author
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

The “Idaho Stop” is Now Legal For Bikes in Washington

December 3, 2020 at 4:45 am

Vehi­cle dri­vers may not be aware of a recent law that allows bicy­clists to treat a stop sign as a yield sign in some instances – and may be cyn­i­cal­ly assum­ing that the cyclists they see are break­ing the law. The so-called “Ida­ho stop” (also known as the “safe­ty stop”) became law in Wash­ing­ton State in  Con­tin­ue Reading

A Safe Adventure for the Holidays

December 2, 2020 at 4:12 am

Dur­ing these dif­fi­cult times, the San Juan Islands Sculp­ture Park, with 20 acres of out­door trails, is a safe and fun expe­ri­ence for all the fam­i­ly (includ­ing the dog). We now have a flock of “Fish­net Sheep”, a new toad chang­ing into a Prince, a won­der­ful “Whim­sy Woods” trail with shoes climb­ing trees and over 30  Con­tin­ue Reading

Leslie Allen Dean

November 25, 2020 at 5:30 am

Leslie Allen Dean, age 76, died at St. Mary’s Hos­pi­tal in Wal­la Wal­la, Wash­ing­ton on Octo­ber 10th, 2020. He was born in Bis­mar­ck, North Dako­ta on Novem­ber 25th, 1943 to Ronald and Frie­da Dean.  He moved to Col­lege Place, Wash­ing­ton with his wife Leo­ra Dean and two daugh­ters, Shan­non and Marnie Dean in 1972. Les was a  Con­tin­ue Reading

Possible Hospice Sale Sparks Concerns in San Juans about Changes in End-of-Life Care

November 21, 2020 at 8:50 am

The San Juan Update appre­ci­ates the oppor­tu­ni­ty to reprint this sto­ry about Hos­pice North­west, writ­ten by Hay­ley Day for the Sal­ish Cur­rent. We also refer you to a recent sto­ry about Hos­pice San Juan at this link in the San Juan Update. These two Hos­pice groups fre­quent­ly col­lab­o­rate in serv­ing the needs of their patients…  Con­tin­ue Reading

Cotton Cotton Cotton has Moved to a New Location

November 9, 2020 at 5:46 am

Gail and Randy share this loca­tion update with you… We are now at 300 Spring Street! (for­mer­ly Christy’s Island Salon)  We are right next to Mys­ti­cal Mer­maid.  We are also clos­er to the pub­lic park­ing lot so nev­er have to wor­ry about find­ing a park­ing space! We are all moved in and can’t wait for you to  Con­tin­ue Reading

Local Nonprofit News Platform Moves Forward with Two-Month Fundraising Challenge

November 9, 2020 at 5:41 am

(Belling­ham WA) Sal­ish Cur­rent (salish-current.org), a local non­prof­it, inde­pen­dent news plat­form ded­i­cat­ed to report­ing news for the civic good in What­com, San Juan and Skag­it coun­ties, today announced its par­tic­i­pa­tion in the nation­al News­Match giv­ing cam­paign. “Dona­tions made to Sal­ish Cur­rent in Novem­ber and Decem­ber will be dou­bled by News­Match and applied direct­ly to pay­ing  Con­tin­ue Reading

After 36 Years, Local Hospice Continues Its Caring Work

November 6, 2020 at 5:45 am

By Louise Dus­trude The threat to Hos­pice of the North­west has been cov­ered exten­sive­ly in the press, most recent­ly in the Jour­nal. Briefly, this nation­al-award-win­n­ing hos­pice orga­ni­za­tion is under threat of being sold to a for-prof­it invest­ment firm, and its scope of oper­a­tions reduced sub­stan­tial­ly. At the same time, the risks of close human con­tact  Con­tin­ue Reading

Hometrust: It’s Annual Meeting Time!

November 2, 2020 at 5:45 am

Please join us for a cel­e­bra­tion of the com­ple­tion of the Sun Rise II neigh­bor­hood, to review the past year, to elect new board mem­bers, AND to pre­view the next devel­op­ment of per­ma­nent­ly afford­able homes, Hol­li­Walk. Date: Thurs­day, Novem­ber 19th  Time: 5:30pm to 6:30pm Place: Vir­tu­al meet­ing via Zoom Alas, no piz­za this year, nor Lori’s won­der­ful  Con­tin­ue Reading

Letters for the November Election

November 2, 2020 at 4:00 am

You can see let­ters from indi­vid­u­als at the links below. As more let­ters come in, this list will be updat­ed so be sure to check back. Let­ters are post­ed in the order received in sup­port of: Ryan Palma­teer Win­nie Adams and Bob Gam­ble Steve Ulvi and Lynette Roberts Christo­pher Min­ney Cindy Wolf Win­nie Adams and Bob Gam­ble  Con­tin­ue Reading

“Return to Saigon” by Larry Duthie

November 1, 2020 at 5:43 am

by Louise Dus­trude Lar­ry Duthie has pub­lished a mem­oir of his years as a Navy pilot dur­ing the Viet­nam war, titled Return to Saigon. The book is a com­bi­na­tion of day-by-day details of fly­ing bomb­ing runs, the ter­ri­fy­ing expe­ri­ence of being shot down and quick­ly res­cued, and an extend­ed love let­ter to all the young men  Con­tin­ue Reading

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