The Islands’ Weekly was founded in 1982 as a free-distribution shopper on Lopez Island in the San Juans. After purchase by Sound Publishing in 2001, it was changed to a community newspaper format. Today, the newspaper serves a Lopez community known as “the friendly isle,” and don’t be surprised when passing motorists wave – it’s a longstanding tradition. The island is also known for its gently rolling hills, bucolic farmlands, plenty of beaches to dig your toes into and an abundance of vistas to marvel. The spectacular beaches and views are a must in every visitor’s itinerary. It only takes a 45-minute ferry ride from Anacortes to get to Lopez Island, then it’s just a four-mile drive to the village, the hub of the island.