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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

San Juan Island Studio Tour Cancelled

May 3, 2020 at 5:30 am

The Orga­niz­ers of the San Juan Island Artists Stu­dio Tour regret­ful­ly wish to inform patrons and vis­i­tors that the June 6th & 7th event is can­celled. This deci­sion was made with sig­nif­i­cant con­cern for the safe­ty of both vis­i­tors and artists dur­ing this time of the CoV19 pan­dem­ic. We remain hope­ful for a pos­i­tive out­come  Con­tin­ue Reading

New Releases: COVID-19 Community Conversations Round 4

May 2, 2020 at 5:59 am

The “COVID-19 Com­mu­ni­ty Con­ver­sa­tions” series con­tin­ues this week with three short videos that high­light efforts from orga­ni­za­tions and peo­ple pro­vid­ing key ser­vices and cru­cial lead­er­ship in our com­mu­ni­ty. You can find these videos on our YouTube chan­nel “San Juan Coun­ty COVID-19 Response” at www.sjccovid.com/conversations. Jen­nifer Arm­strong: Arm­strong is the Direc­tor of the Joyce L. Sobel  Con­tin­ue Reading

Compass Health Bridge

May 2, 2020 at 5:55 am

Com­pass Health debuts rev­o­lu­tion­ary mobile tele­health sys­tem to pro­vide vital men­tal health and sub­stance abuse treat­ment dur­ing COVID-19 social dis­tanc­ing, and for future care Cloud-based Com­pass Health Bridge plat­form vir­tu­al­ly con­nects front-line behav­ioral health providers with clients in com­mu­ni­ty or home set­tings EVERETT – Com­pass Health has announced the orga­ni­za­­­tion-wide launch of its mobile tele­health sys­tem, Com­pass  Con­tin­ue Reading

National Tourism Week: Honoring the Spirit of Travel in the San Juan Islands

May 2, 2020 at 5:47 am

Fri­day Har­bor, WA…   Nation­al Trav­el and Tourism Week, May 3 — 9, is the annu­al salute to the pos­i­tive effects of trav­el in the U.S.  Now, more than ever, is a time to reflect on what vis­i­tors bring to the vital­i­ty and resilience of the San Juan Islands. Trav­el is in our DNA, and the  Con­tin­ue Reading

Stay at Home Order Extended

May 2, 2020 at 5:23 am

Here’s a note from Bren­dan Cow­an at SJ Dept. of Emer­gency Man­age­ment… On Fri­day Gov­er­nor Inslee extend­ed his Stay at Home Order through at least May 31st. Below is a chart high­light­ing the basics of his phased plan for reopen­ing. The dev­il is in the details of course, and the next few days will pro­vide  Con­tin­ue Reading

Congressman Rick Larsen to Speak at EDC Business Recovery Call May 6th

May 2, 2020 at 5:19 am

The San Juan Coun­ty Eco­nom­ic Devel­op­ment Coun­cil (EDC) invites com­mu­ni­ty lead­ers and busi­ness­peo­ple to join in a con­ver­sa­tion with Con­gress­man Rick Larsen on the econ­o­my, recov­ery and the news from Wash­ing­ton DC.   The meet­ing will be held on Wednes­day, May 6th from 10–11 a.m. via Zoom. For more infor­ma­tion, please vis­it https://www.sanjuansedc.org/business-call.

Rethink — Reopen — Rebound

May 1, 2020 at 7:00 am

The San Juan Island Cham­ber of Com­merce is here to help sup­port you and your busi­ness through these try­ing times. When vis­it­ing here begins again we will be ready to pro­vide a safe healthy envi­ron­ment for not only our com­mu­ni­ty but for all of our vis­i­tors. We are work­ing to pro­vide guide­lines and lay­outs for  Con­tin­ue Reading

Friday Harbor Film Festival Announces Virtual Festival May 8–23

May 1, 2020 at 6:58 am

The Fri­day Har­bor Film Fes­ti­val in coop­er­a­tion with Bull­frog Com­mu­ni­ties is proud to present a Vir­tu­al Film Fes­ti­val of cli­­mate-change-relat­ed films in cel­e­bra­tion of the 50th anniver­sary of Earth Day 2020. Begin­ning May 8th and con­tin­u­ing through May 23rd, FHFF will offer sev­en pow­er­ful, envi­ron­men­tal­ly focused doc­u­men­tary fea­ture films for online stream­ing.  View­ing costs only $1.99 per film or $7.99 for  Con­tin­ue Reading

San Juan Island Fire And Rescue Report To The Community

April 30, 2020 at 10:48 am

Update on our COVID-19 response and post pan­dem­ic response and ser­vice lessons learned By Bob Jar­man, Chair of Fire Dis­trict #3 Tim­ing is every­thing. More than one year ago, San Juan Island Fire and Res­cue (SJIF&R) and San Juan Island EMS began work­ing through rec­om­men­da­tions from the cit­i­zens to join emer­gency ser­vices togeth­er into one  Con­tin­ue Reading

Good News! New Forage Fish Spawning Beaches Found!

April 30, 2020 at 9:25 am

This win­ter, Friends of the San Juans staff and a team of trained cit­i­zen sci­en­tists, doc­u­ment­ed six new Pacif­ic sand lance spawn­ing beach­es. They also dis­cov­ered two pre­vi­ous­ly unknown surf smelt spawn­ing sites. Cou­pled with results from last win­ter, the num­ber of doc­u­ment­ed sand lance spawn­ing beach­es in San Juan Coun­ty more than dou­bled from 8 to 19.  Con­tin­ue Reading

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