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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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Friday Harbor Poet Wins Contest

September 13, 2020 at 12:39 pm

Open Country Press is proud to announce the winner of the 2020 Open Country Chapbook Contest. Khaty Xiong chose Barefoot Up the Mountain by Tara Mesalik MacMahon of Friday Harbor, Washington. Tara Mesalik MacMahon, a graduate of Pomona College and Harvard Business School, is an emerging poet. Her poems appear or are forthcoming in Rhino,  Continue Reading

Flu Shots at Eventide Health

September 13, 2020 at 12:29 pm

Flu shots are now available at Eventide Health. It’s important to get yours early this year. We will be hosting a few flu clinics this year and carrying on the tradition of San Juan Healthcare and offering the service as public health to the community. We will also be participating in joint flu clinics with  Continue Reading

Burn Ban Extended Until Further Notice

September 13, 2020 at 12:23 pm

Due to fire danger and stretched resources, San Juan County is extending the current burn ban to prohibit all outdoor fires (including charcoal), effective immediately and until further notice.  This change is prompted by several factors. Hot and dry weather has made conditions ripe for ignition and fast fire spread, and forecasts predict more of  Continue Reading

Growing a Year-Round Hummingbird Habitat Garden

September 12, 2020 at 5:45 am

San Juan County Master Gardeners welcome keynote speaker Robin Haglund to the Annual Gardening Workshop Series. Robin’s presentation, Growing a Year-Round Hummingbird Habitat Garden, guides you through crafting and maintaining a gorgeous year-round garden that provides habitat for our resident hummingbirds. You will learn the vital elements needed for food and nesting, while enjoying the  Continue Reading

Great Islands Clean-Up

September 12, 2020 at 5:40 am

Be a Superhero for Planet Earth! 2020 Fall Great Islands Clean-up September 28 – October 4 We’re asking Superheroes of all ages to unite and help us clean-up our islands during this year’s Fall Great Islands Clean-up! The event will be a week-long household/individual effort beginning September 28 and running through October 4, 2020. This  Continue Reading

Opportunity to Help Protect and Restore Eelgrass, Herring, & Salmon in the San Juans

September 11, 2020 at 5:53 am

Pacific herring – also known as forage fish – play a key role in marine food webs as food for out-migrating juvenile salmon, seabirds, and even marine mammals. Herring rely on sensitive eelgrass meadows found along our tidelands to spawn and incubate their eggs. Herring spawning populations in the San Juans are classified by the  Continue Reading

Stella’s Kitchen

September 11, 2020 at 5:50 am

Stella’s Kitchen is a small, one-cook venue serving delicious, nutritious meals for lunch and dinner. From spicy Korean noodles and Bulgogi to Curry and Dumplings, meals are varied each day and made from scratch, each with an emphasis on using fresh, organic ingredients. Currently located at Friday Harbor’s Brickworks (service via the back door toward  Continue Reading

Food for Thought

September 10, 2020 at 7:12 pm

The San Juan Island School District’s Food for Thought Program is back at it! Though most of the staff was furloughed, Chef Andy, Ashley Spendiff and Kerri Starr are working hard to provide healthful FROM SCRATCH meals to all children in San Juan County ages 1-18 FOR FREE. Check out the school website for current  Continue Reading

More Wildfire Smoke Impacts Expected through the Weekend

September 10, 2020 at 6:17 pm

A mass of smoke is currently sitting over Southwestern Washington.  This smoke, from wildfires in Washington, Oregon and California is expected to move north starting tomorrow and likely impact much of Western Washington through the weekend as it is pushed by southerly winds.   The Department of Ecology smoke forecast for tomorrow predicts that air  Continue Reading

New Health Officer Order Lifts Limits on Lodging/Camping & Playgrounds

September 10, 2020 at 5:44 pm

Effective September 10, San Juan County Health Officer Dr. Frank James has signed Order No. 2020-9, lifting the 50% capacity restrictions on transient lodging. Operating at 100% capacity is allowed immediately. This order also immediately lifts the closure of all public playgrounds and playground equipment. Dr. James explains, “Island residents and visitors have done an  Continue Reading

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