Life

Pest control chemicals can quickly pollute Puget Sound

Garden and yard chemicals used by San Juan Islanders are likely to reach some water body in the islands within 48 hours due to our geology of thin soils over rock.

  • Jul 16th, 2008

Everyone should have oxen

Drive along Baker View Road on Lopez toward Spencer Spit and it’s likely that you’ll see a car or two pulled over and people taking pictures of Ken Akopiantz leading a team of oxen yoked to a cultivator and Kathryn Thomas sitting on the cultivator guiding it through the rows of vegetables.

Men less likely to seek help for depression | Column

Each year depression affects about six million American men and the number may be much higher, as men seem more reluctant than women to seek help with this condition. There are several varieties of male depression: major depressive episodes, chronic, less severe on-going depression, and bipolar or manic-depressive illness. All of these conditions are highly treatable though many men don’t recognize or acknowledge the symptoms.

  • Jul 16th, 2008

San Juan Island ecosystem protection efforts working

A new report points to the progress the residents of the San Juan Islands have made in ecosystem protection efforts – and how those efforts can be a model for the restoration of the entire Puget Sound ecosystem.

  • Jul 15th, 2008

Alternative country singer Idgy Vaughn to perform

Coming up on Saturday, July 19, 7:30 p.m. at the Lopez Grange is Austin alt-country, honky-tonkin singer-songwriter Idgy Vaughn accompanied by guitar legend Will Sexton.

  • Jul 11th, 2008

Abbey Road Live! on Lopez

Imagine experiencing some of The Beatles’ most monumental and complex compositions live.

  • Jul 11th, 2008

Splash of summer color on San Juan Island

July 19 and 20 is the Splash of Summer Color weekend, a time for everyone to celebrate the fragrant harvest at the San Juan Island Lavender Festival, the fine art and crafts at the San Juan Island Summer Arts Fair and special guests, the Lummi Indian Artists.

  • Jul 11th, 2008

Upcoming newspaper insert full of practical tips

Many say that the San Juans are paradise – so how do we keep them that way? An eight page full color insert coming out July 15 and 16 in all three local papers gives actions we can all take to help. Make sure you get a copy of “Caring for our natural resources … a way of life in the San Juans.”

  • Jul 4th, 2008

Lopez Island nonprofit looks to bring musicians to schools

Another great summer concert season is upon us, and one local organization is doing its best to bring some of the best jazz and blues acts to the island. Dean Jacobsen and his non-profit the Lopez School Music Advocacy Foundation have a series of music events coming up. All of the proceeds support the music program at Lopez School and help bring musicians for in-school sessions with the students.

  • Jul 1st, 2008

Art in View

Lopez Island

  • Jun 27th, 2008

Artist Profile: Peter Fisher, Orcas Island

From the time Peter Fisher of Orcas Island was a child, he knew he wanted to share his love of nature and become an artist.

  • Jun 27th, 2008

Children of the Revolution return to Lopez

The popular world music band Children of the Revolution returns to Lopez Center Saturday, July 5 at 7:30 p.m. after a two-year absence. The group will perform in the Outdoor Pavilion.

  • Jun 27th, 2008

BookBeat

Colleen Smith Armstrong reviews Jennie Shortridge's new novel, "Love and Biology at the Center of the Universe."

  • Jun 25th, 2008

Purchase of Coffelt’s Farm provides for future of local agriculture

The San Juan County Land Bank’s recent purchase of Vern and Sidney Coffelt’s Farm on Orcas Island has helped ensure a future for local agriculture. The 185-acre working farm spans Crow Valley, connecting Fowler’s Pond and Turtleback Mountain Preserve, and encompassing an expanse of scenic open-space, habitat resources, and productive agricultural land.

  • Jun 24th, 2008

Lopez Island resident finds inspiration in hand-carved linoleum

Diana Bower’s hands tell of 50 years of using ancient techniques to create words and images. She’s carved over 100 linoleum blocks, spending thousands of hours working with X-acto and gouging knives. Many four-inch by six-inch blocks convey pastoral scenes. Others are half that size, including a series of six she carved in intricate detail in 1981 to depict the jail cell of a fellow nuclear weapons resister.

  • Jun 20th, 2008

New summer schedule for ferries

WSDOT Ferries Division launched its summer 2008 ferry schedule on Sunday, June 22, with additional vessels, sailings and service hours on the more popular tourism routes. The increased service levels will help locals and tourists alike take summer trips to the San Juan Islands, Whidbey Island, and Vashon Island. The summer schedule runs through Sept. 27.

  • Jun 20th, 2008

To the morbidly curious: Here’s how you die | Dr. Bob Wilson

Have you ever wondered about the details of the death process? Of course you haven’t! That kind of thinking is left for disturbed people, the sort that slow down on the freeway hoping to see the details of a car wreck. You spend your day reflecting upon the beauty and wonder of the world while leaving the sadistic and morose details of life to the sick and morbid ... your doctor. On the other hand, if you happen to be a connoisseur of highway carnage, read on.

Lopez chicken farmers show reporter the ropes

Have you ever thought about raising a few chickens in your backyard? Talking with Todd Goldsmith and Diane Dear of T&D Farms, who have 88 Barred Rock laying hens, I learned that raising chickens is one part worry, one part daily chores and one part entertainment.

American Life in Poetry

David Tucker is deputy managing editor of the New Jersey “Star-Ledger” and has been a reporter and editor at the “Toronto Star” and the “Philadelphia Inquirer.” He was on the “Star-Ledger” team that won the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for breaking news. Mr. Tucker was awarded a Witter-Bynner fellowship for poetry in 2007 by former U. S. Poet Laureate, Donald Hall.

  • Jun 17th, 2008

Artist Profile: Marlyn Munter, Lopez Island

Marlyn Munter has spent most of her life on Lopez Island, working, gardening, raising a daughter, and making art in spare moments. In recent years her work has begun to get more time and attention, both from Marlyn and the world at large. Her art can be seen at Gallery 10 in Lopez Village, and her studio will be featured on the 2008 Annual Studio Tour, Labor Day weekend.

  • Jun 17th, 2008

Accomplished organist in concert at Grace Church

Carole Terry’s career as a renowned performer and pedagogue of the organ and harpsichord has taken her to many cities and universities throughout the United States, Europe and the Far East.

  • Jun 17th, 2008

Nursery rhymes come to life during puppet show

Young audiences will delight in an interactive puppet show coming to Lopez Library.

  • Jun 17th, 2008

Artist Profile: Steve Ruegge, Lopez Island

It’s a time-honored tradition to chuck the rat race, move to the islands and become an artist. Steve Ruegge, a former computer network support technician, seized the opportunity to do just that, fulfilling a dream by moving from Renton to Lopez in 2005. Since then he’s been developing both his artistic abilities and a place to work on his woodsy south-end property.

  • Jun 17th, 2008

Art in View

Lopez Island

  • Jun 17th, 2008

Orcas a Cappella to give choral music concert

This Memorial Day weekend, Orcas a Cappella will give a concert of choral music featuring three American composers who have made their homes in the Northwest.

  • Jun 17th, 2008

News from Lopez Library

Summer Reading Program begins June 16

  • Jun 17th, 2008

Literary Moments

Lopez

  • Jun 17th, 2008

BookBeat

The Book of Fire

  • Jun 17th, 2008

American Life in Poetry

In this endearing short poem by Californian Trish Dugger, we can imagine “what if?” What if we had been given “a baker’s dozen of hearts?” I imagine many more and various love poems would be written. Here Ms. Dugger, Poet Laureate of the City of Encinitas, makes fine use of the one patched but good heart she has.

  • Jun 17th, 2008

Artist Profile: Richard Singer, Lopez Island

When he was young and considering careers, Richard Singer thought he wanted to be a dentist.

  • Jun 17th, 2008

Acclaimed farming documentary to be screened on Lopez Island

In celebration of our local, organic farmers, a community screening of the documentary “The Real Dirt on Farmer John” will be shown Saturday, June 14, 7-9:00 p.m. at Lopez Center. A dessert from “Farmer John’s Cookbook” will be served; the 83-minute film begins at 7:30 p.m.

  • Jun 17th, 2008

Lopez Library welcomes author Deb Caletti

National Book Award finalist Deb Caletti will visit the Lopez Library on Saturday, June 28 at 11:00 a.m. to talk about her latest book, “The Fortunes of Indigo Skye.”

  • Jun 17th, 2008

Spotlight on Seniors

With his infectious, youthful enthusiasm, you might never guess that Chuck Pope is an eminent physician, researcher, and educator. He’s a Professor Emeritus of Medicine at the University of Washington, internationally known and respected for his expertise. To chat with him about his specialty, the esophagus, is to gain a new appreciation for that part of our anatomy.

  • Jun 17th, 2008

LOHO adult family home: care with a difference

“Come to the Open House on Sunday, March 30 from 1 to 4 p.m. and see our gorgeous facility,” said Lopez Housing Options (LOHO) Adult Family Home (AFH) Committee President Nancy Luebke. “There’s nothing else like it in the State of Washington.”

  • Jun 17th, 2008

Sugar, my love

Have you ever wondered where this magnificently beloved, highly addictive substance called “refined sugar” came from and how it came to be so much a part of our everyday consumption?

  • Jun 17th, 2008

Raising kids 101

Baby goats, baby animals of any kind, are so cute. Watching them frolic about this time of year, it’s easy to assume that everything else about them is just as carefree.

Health Matters

Throw up

April 28 farm walk at Sweet Grass Beef Farm

Discover innovative farm management practices that have produced positive environmental and financial results for the owners of Sweet Grass Beef Farm on Lopez Island.

  • Jun 17th, 2008

News from Lopez Library

Spring is in the air and new growth is all around. Check out the latest gardening and tax books available on our “Spring, Sprang, Sprung!” display. The library is also looking for new growth ideas for the library from our patrons. Please complete the library survey so we can better meet your needs. Copies of the survey are in this newspaper, in the library, on our web page (www.lopezlibrary.org) and at various locations around the village. A completed, signed survey enters you for a prize drawing (local merchant gift cards, mugs, t-shirts, etc.).