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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

Winter Storm Coming

January 13, 2020 at 5:45 am

This just in from OPALCO… Are you ready for the winter storm blowing in? We are looking at some some serious cold coming our way this week. Please be prepared and look out for your neighbors! Make sure you have your phone charged up, fill up your gas tank in your car, and if you  Continue Reading

Pet of the Week

January 13, 2020 at 5:44 am

Did you hear that it’s going to snow? Me too! And do you know the number one best thing in the whole wide world to do when it snows? Go sledding with a long-legged black dog of course! Just think about it – throw a red scarf round my neck and you’ve got next Christmas’  Continue Reading

Third Saturday Contra Dance

January 12, 2020 at 5:47 am

Our caller this month is Amy Wimmer from Seattle. Amy and her husband Tom run the weekly dance at the Phinney Ridge Community Center, and Amy is a master at providing folks with a good time! The band this month is our own Spuds, who you’ve seen playing at the farmers market and other local  Continue Reading

Ocean Cleanup Interceptor

January 12, 2020 at 5:46 am

Here’s some good news – check out the video above and this accompanying story from Good News Network…

Mt. Grant Driving Access Closed this Sunday

January 11, 2020 at 2:32 pm

Diane Martindale – Champion for the Arts

January 11, 2020 at 5:46 am

Diane has volunteered in the arts for more than a decade. She is the board president of the San Juan Islands Museum of Art (SJIMA). She has served as co-president and worked on fundraising and writing grants for the organization. Diane serves on the exhibition committee where she works on the team which creates the  Continue Reading


January 11, 2020 at 5:44 am

In the SJ Update mailbag this morning we find this letter from Dwight Ware of Community Treasures… Greetings CT supporters, For all of you CT supporters who were unable to attend our “Crossroads” meeting at the Grange on December 19th, here is a summary of the issues at hand and the goals of that meeting.  Continue Reading

Economy, Environment and Health Benefit from Trails, Two New Studies Show

January 10, 2020 at 5:49 am

This just in from the Washington State Recreation & Conservation Office… Executive Summary OLYMPIA–Trails contribute more than $8.2 billion to the state’s economy, according to companion studies released today by the Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office. Done in collaboration with Washington Trails Association, Washington Bikes, and the University of Washington, the studies look at  Continue Reading

Bringing Color to Life

January 10, 2020 at 5:45 am

EnChroma Colorblind Glasses to be available for loan in January 2020 at the San Juan Island Library In addition to patrons being able to borrow their favorite books, DVDs and magazines, the Library is pleased to announce that colorblind corrective glasses will soon be available to borrow. The glasses can fit over prescription glasses so  Continue Reading


January 10, 2020 at 5:44 am

Let’s see what’s in the mailbag this morning. Here’s a letter from Travis and Jennifer Ayers… Dear Editor, We encourage all eligible voters to join us and vote YES for our children, schools, and community in the upcoming election on February 11th. The renewal of the Capital and Technology Levy will help ensure that our  Continue Reading

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