Topic: Around Here

Pet of the Week

Written on May 2, 2016 at 5:45 am, by

That’s me – Ricky. I’m the handsome tabby fellow shown here with Nanette, one of my many girlfriends at the animal shelter. I suppose I’m what you might call a “chick magnet”. I don’t know how to explain it – they just can’t get enough of me. I guess it might be because of my  Continue Reading

A Therapist and a Minister Walk into a Church…

Written on May 1, 2016 at 10:18 am, by

SJ Island photographer John Miller shares this photo of Dave Eden and Elizabeth Purdum at their wedding… I had the honor and privilege of photographing the wedding ceremony of Reverend Elizabeth Purdum and Dr. David Eden at St Davids on Saturdey. Attached find an image taken in the church, commemorating the wonderful occasion. John

Battle of the Bands

Written on April 30, 2016 at 10:43 am, by

San Juan Update high school intern Brook Ashcraft shares this report on last week’s event at Brickworks… The witty and humble Eric Sable hosted the first annual Battle of the Bands at Brickworks on April 22nd. The event featured music by Monkeys Like Bananas, the FHHS Combo Band, Funksgiving, and others. There was dancing, a beat-box  Continue Reading


Written on April 30, 2016 at 10:32 am, by

After months of grueling night work, most often in harsh conditions, the road gang has restored the infrastructure under Spring Street.  A welcome sight to all on the island as the new paving goes down.

Litter Free By the Sea

Written on April 29, 2016 at 11:53 am, by

Lori Stokes shares this recap of last week’s clean up event on the islands… Co-organizers of the sixth annual Great Islands Clean-Up on San Juan Island — Lori Stokes, Jana Marks, and David Dehlendorf — would like to thank our island’s approximately 300 volunteers who participated this year, helping to make San Juan Island “litter-free  Continue Reading

Let’s Talk Tourism

Written on April 29, 2016 at 5:37 am, by

The following is a Guest Editorial by Barbara Marrett of the visitor’s bureau… The first week in May is National Travel & Tourism Week, created to champion the power of travel to enhance communities across the country by contributing to the local economy and overall quality of life. In the past, I’ve used this opportunity  Continue Reading

Car Wash Saturday

Written on April 29, 2016 at 5:32 am, by

Boy Scout Troop 4090 will be holding a car wash this Saturday, April 30th, from 10:00-2:00 in the Heritage Bank parking lot. The car wash is a fundraiser to help the boys pay for a trip to Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico this summer. Philmont is the Boy Scout’s largest national high adventure base  Continue Reading

EDC presents Advanced Multitasking Workshop

Written on April 28, 2016 at 5:39 am, by

Do more, work less, and be happy by learning how multitasking wisely can streamline your life and business during this FREE workshop taught by noted management consultant and author Mike Sanders. Participants will learn how judicious multitasking can protect us from brain overload and help us to be happier doing what we love. Included will  Continue Reading

$8k Contribution to Local Non-profits from Amerigroup Washington

Written on April 27, 2016 at 5:30 am, by

The following is a press release contributed by Amerigroup Washington… San Juan County Non Profit Organizations, Amerigroup Washington Help Address Residents’ Health Needs $8,000 contribution supports innovative programs aimed at helping improve the health of local residents Everyday countless organizations in San Juan County work to improve the health of our communities and empower residents  Continue Reading

News from OPALCO

Written on April 26, 2016 at 4:42 pm, by

Opalco Leadership Afffirms April 30, 2016 Election; New Policy On Election Neutrality In The Works At the regular meeting of OPALCO’s Board on Lopez Island last Thursday, General Manager Foster Hildreth apologized to the six candidates running for board positions and the membership as a whole for the inappropriate campaign endorsement sent by Rock Island Communications  Continue Reading

Pet of the Week

Written on April 25, 2016 at 5:47 am, by

  That does it. I’m unfriending all of you on Facebook. I’ve been here at the animal shelter for months and yet nobody has come in to adopt me. My name is Murphy and I’m not just a good-looking cat; I’m also very dignified and intelligent, if I do say so myself. The Sunday New  Continue Reading

Know Your Island Walk

Written on April 20, 2016 at 5:49 am, by

Spring is in bloom and it’s a perfect time to enjoy the wildflowers of Mount Grant with San Juan Preservation Trust’s Kathleen Foley. Kathleen will be pointing out flowers as she leads us on a hike up the mountain. She will also discuss the future trail potential of this spectacular destination. Dogs on leash are  Continue Reading

Pet of the Week

Written on April 19, 2016 at 6:16 pm, by

So, here’s what happened. I used my one phone call to call my attorney in Bellevue. Turns out he’s in Tahiti vacationing with his third wife. Now I’m in a bit of a bind here at the animal shelter and the warden refuses to believe me when I tell her I was framed. I’m completely  Continue Reading

Opalco And Rock Island Offer Retraction, Confirm Election Neutrality

Written on April 19, 2016 at 4:32 pm, by

April 18, 2016 – Last Friday, OPALCO’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Rock Island Communications, sent an email to its customer list referencing a specific slate of candidates for OPALCO’s upcoming board election. Today, Gerry Lawlor, EVP of Rock Island issued a retraction of that email stating, “The opinions stated in that email are my own and were  Continue Reading

Not Pot Day

Written on April 19, 2016 at 7:36 am, by

The San Juan Island Prevention Coalition shares this notice with you… Recently, Governor Jay Inslee proclaimed April 20th to be Talk to Your Kids about NOT using Marijuana Day, as you may know, the pro-pot culture has often referred to 4.20 as “Weed Day”. We would like to change that conversation with our young people and give them  Continue Reading

Happy Spring from the San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce!

Written on April 18, 2016 at 5:52 am, by

It’s time for the April 2016 edition of news from your local Chamber of Commerce, written by Lauren Cohen, Co-Owner of San Juan Canvas & Chamber Board President… Chamber Quarterly Luncheon On April 11 the Chamber of Commerce held our second quarterly luncheon of the year at Brickworks. It was very well attended with over  Continue Reading

Fragile Waters

Written on April 17, 2016 at 9:41 am, by

Coming up next weekend, Fragile Waters calls attention to water, our most critical resource, presenting iconic work of three renowned photographers and lifelong environmentalists: Ansel Adams, Ernest H. Brooks II, and Dorothy Kerper Monnelly. The 117 black-and-white photographs present a powerful collective statement. These artists communicate the beauty and vitality of water. The exhibition was curated  Continue Reading

Al-Anon Speaker Meeting

Written on April 17, 2016 at 5:44 am, by

Al-Anon Speaker Meeting  w/AA participation Is there an alcohol problem in your life? On Saturday there will be a free meeting and potluck at the Presbyterian Church you may want to consider. A couple of speakers will be there, Magdalena E. from Renton to speak about Alcoholics Anonymous and Ernesto, also from Renton to talk  Continue Reading

“A Minister and a Therapist walk into a bar ….”

Written on April 16, 2016 at 10:23 am, by

So begins the invitation to the wedding of Beth Purdum and Dave Eden. The two met through the Kiwanis Club, where Dave has given himself responsibility for “member retention.” So when he invited her to have a drink with him at the American Legion and a friend asked her, “Is this a date?” her response  Continue Reading

New Website for SJ County

Written on April 15, 2016 at 9:57 am, by

New San Juan County Website Goes Live San Juan County’s new website went live on April 11th. The new website makes it easier to navigate and find information, conduct business on-line, and be kept abreast of news and alerts affecting county residents and businesses. Check it out! Visit

Congratulations to San Juan County’s newest EMT’s!

Written on April 14, 2016 at 1:00 pm, by

San Juan Island EMS is proud to introduce the county’s newest EMT students. They graduated on April 2nd after attending the program for five months, putting in a total of 190 classroom hours. Students are from Shaw, Lopez and San Juan Island. They are, in the photo: Back row left to right: Kati English, Erin Graham, Isla  Continue Reading

OPALCO Energy Assist

Written on April 13, 2016 at 5:49 am, by

Energy Assist Providing Monthly Bill Credits To 108 Opalco Members Funds Still Available For Low-Income Households OPALCO announced that 108 co-op members have applied for and received a monthly credit on their power bill since the new Energy Assist program began in February. The monthly bill credit ranges from $10/month (one person household) to $25/month  Continue Reading