Spotlight on Seniors

We islanders are fortunate to have a delightful, new Lopezian residing in the village. Her name is Virginia Moore and she is the mother of Lopezians Michael and Pat Moore. Virginia moved to Lopez in 1992 after having visited her children here for 20 years.

Saint Helens String Quartet and Jovino Santos Neto to perform

You don’t have to be a classical music fan to enjoy the concert by Saint Helens String Quartet, joined by brilliant Brazilian pianist Jovino Santos Neto, on Sunday, Nov. 2, 4 p.m. at Lopez Center.

  • Oct 24th, 2008


Goldengroveby Francine ProseHarperCollins, $24.95“We lived on the shore of Mirror Lake, and…

  • Oct 24th, 2008

In changing health care world, you’ve gotta help yourself | Column

Here’s a revelation: the picture of healthcare is changing. Modern advances in medicine have brought about a quicker and more accurate diagnosis of many of the diseases and health-related problems that we face each day.

Bees and beekeeping

Honeybees are a presence in many Lopez gardens. I’d noticed them most recently in my mid-September garden, busy on the purple blooms of anise hyssop and summer savory. Wanting to know more about bees and beekeeping, I called Kevin Murphy and Mary Hayton, whose hives I’d noticed in their garden off Farm Road.

Drive-thru influenza vaccination at Lopez School

As part of their emergency preparedness planning, the San Juan County Health and Community Services Department will be conducting a drive-thru influenza vaccination clinic at Lopez School on Saturday, Oct. 18, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. The clinic will be set up to test drive-thru capabilities, such as traffic flow and service directly to each vehicle. Planning involves personnel from the Lopez School District, Lopez Fire Department Emergency Responders, San Juan County Public Works, San Juan County Sheriff and Department of Emergency Management. Workers will handle traffic control, check medical information and administer the vaccinations without the recipients ever leaving their vehicles.

  • Oct 10th, 2008

Health Matters

It’s an epidemic on Lopez, probably throughout all of Washington, and probably throughout our country.


Lots to Talk About!

Lopez’s Sally J to get a fresh coat of paint

The Sally J, on display in front of the museum, is getting a fresh coat of paint – and the project has attracted lots of attention. People love this boat, and an amazing number of Lopezians have dropped by to share their own fishing stories.

  • Oct 6th, 2008


How Goes It?

Artist Profile: Kate Scott, Lopez Island

“I always drew secretly. I kept it under wraps, except in school. In fifth and sixth grade I got to paint big murals at the back of the classroom while the other kids did schoolwork. That was really the only encouragement I ever got.”

  • Oct 6th, 2008

Trail of terror is back

Once again a group of Lopezians are putting on the Trail of Terror, an haunted path full of spooks and freaks this Halloween season on the 700 block of Vista Rd, Lopez Island.

  • Oct 3rd, 2008

Movie shot on Orcas screened at film fest

When Tyson Balcomb and Chapin Hemmingway met at Orcas Island’s Camp Four Winds in the summer of 1999, the young boys instantly shared an interest in cinema. Unbeknownst to them, they would continue their friendship for the next ten years, founding their own film company during their college years. In the summer of 2007, the young men returned to Orcas Island along with a small cast and crew to film the majority of their first feature film, Last September.

  • Oct 3rd, 2008

Lopez Island

Lopez Island

  • Oct 3rd, 2008

Iranian film course at Lopez Library

Enjoy ten recent Iranian films in eight weeks at Lopez Library as a student in the Skagit Valley Community College course, “Contemporary Iranian Cinema,” which begins the evening of October 7 with Lopez instructors Russel Barsh and Madrona Murphy.

  • Sep 26th, 2008

Orca Network, Whale Museum offer special tribute to K7 ‘Lummi’

She was believed to be the oldest whale in the Southern Resident Killer Whale community. The Center for Whale Research, who estimates her birth year as 1910, designated her K7. She was given the name “Lummi” through The Whale Museum’s Orca Adoption Program. Lummi was a great-great grandmother – the leader of a five-generation intact family. Sadly, she did not return to the Salish Sea with her Kpod family this year.

  • Sep 22nd, 2008

Savor the San Juans

“Savor the San Juans – A Medley of Food, Art and Culture” will take place during the month of October on Lopez, Orcas and San Juan Islands, thanks to the Cultural Tourism Committee of the San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau.

  • Sep 19th, 2008

American Life in Poetry

American Life in Poetry

  • Sep 19th, 2008

Natural History

Natural History

  • Sep 19th, 2008

Lopez tennis tournament celebrated its eighth year

The eighth annual Lopez Island Tennis Open was held August 22 through 24.

  • Sep 19th, 2008

Special event and book signing at The Whale Museum

Please join The Whale Museum in welcoming Thomas White for a special lecture and book signing on Friday, Oct. 17 at 7 p.m.

  • Sep 19th, 2008

Willis photographers release second book

Lopez photographers Anne and George Willis have just released their second book of the summer: “Under The Influence: Life on Lopez Island.”

  • Sep 19th, 2008

‘Robbing the Bees’ follows beekeeper’s year | BookBeat

Robbing the Bees reads like a novel, a memoir, a history and biography of bees. The author backed into beekeeping with no previous experience with bees or even honey. Her obsession and reverence for the bee may have required professional assistance, but her lyrical style and passionate research shine through every fascinating page of this celebration of the world’s most delectable food.

  • Sep 17th, 2008

Lopez’s Horse Drawn Farm teaches farming apprentices

How do you learn to farm? If you didn’t grow up with farmers, you could apprentice yourself to some. That’s what Eleanor Burke and Andre Entermann have been doing with Ken Akopiantz and Kathryn Thomas at Horse Drawn Farm on Lopez since March and plan to continue doing for another year and a half.

Lopez emergency responders help resident through heart scare | Column

Have you ever seen the San Juan Islands from the air? They really are beautiful. It’s almost like flying around in a postcard. I recently took in the panorama from an Airlift NW helicopter. It probably would be more relaxing to view it from an airplane, but if you are in the middle of an emergency, Airlift NW is the way to go.

San Juan Islands Art in View

Chimera Cooperative Art Gallery – Chimera Gallery presents new work by Linda Rose – weaving, especially new placemats, and Shelia Simpson Creps – paintings and ceramics.

  • Sep 11th, 2008

Artist Profile: Peter Fromm, San Juan Island

A life-long outdoorsman, photographer Peter Fromm has explored caves, climbed rocks and mountains, rafted white water rivers, sea kayaked, ski toured and sailed aboard many vessels. He makes his home aboard his floating gallery and the sailing vessel “Uwila,” mooring in Friday Harbor over the winters and often in Reid Harbor at Sucia Island over the summer or anywhere else his imagination takes him.

Bleeding: A guide to what should be investigated | Health Matters

When blood comes out of the wrong places, people get upset. And really, why shouldn’t they? Blood belongs on the inside. Not all bleeding needs to be investigated, but some does. Here is a brief guide for the evaluation of dripping, seeping, oozing, leaking, flowing, spurting, gushing red stuff.

Steve Braun Triathlon fun for all

The 10th Annual Steve Braun Memorial Triathlon in Moran State Park on Orcas over Labor Day Weekend was fun, comfortable, and had lots of positive energy.

  • Sep 5th, 2008

Philip Roth live at Griffin Bay Bookstore on Sept. 16

Griffin Bay Bookstore is one of 60 selected bookstores across the nation to participate in a live interview on Tuesday, Sept. 16 with noted author Philip Roth on “Indignation Day,” when his latest novel – Indignation – is released.

  • Sep 5th, 2008

Recent Sitar concert available on CD Proceeds benefit Indian music school in Varanasi

In mid-August the San Juans played host to masters of the sitar, Pandit Shivnath Mishra, his son, Deobrat Mishra, and Marco Zonka on tabla.

  • Aug 29th, 2008

Islands Weekly Art Calendar | Aug. 5

Chimera Cooperative Art Gallery – August is group show month at Chimera. New work from our members will be highlighted. Join us for our energetic opening from 5-7 p.m. on August 9 in the gallery, located in Lopez Village.

  • Aug 14th, 2008

Food allergies: What to do and what to avoid | Health Matters

Are you allergic to a food? And if you are, is it actually an allergy or is it an intolerance? Are food allergies dangerous? Are your kids allergic to foods? Do you need testing or can you figure it out yourself? What happens if you keep eating a food that you are allergic or intolerant to? The answers are I don’t know, maybe, yes, I don’t know that either, yes and no, and I’m not going to tell you.

Lopez resident Christine Langley keeps greens growing into winter

“I know it’s spring when I can buy Christine’s greens again,” a friend said at the end of last winter. The self-serve bins of Christine Langley’s Local Harvest Lettuce Blend and Island Greens appear in early April at Blossom and Lopez Village Market, and the greens keep coming until November.

Susan Carnes releases children’s book

Gather the family at Pelindaba Downtown on August 21, 5 p.m. to celebrate a brand new picture book about kids, horses, and the magnificent San Juan Islands.

  • Aug 13th, 2008

Cultivating happiness in everyday life | Column

For 60 years the model used for psychology and psychotherapy was a disease model. It asked: What’s wrong with me? Some positive outcomes came from the disease model: a science of classifiable mental illnesses was developed; previously non-treatable illnesses became treatable or sometimes curable; drug and psychological treatments were designed and tested; miserable people became less miserable. There are also costs to this model. Sufferers of mental illness can feel they are victims of their pathology. The disease model forgot the improvement of quality of life for normal and high talent people.

  • Aug 12th, 2008

San Juan artist Bryn Barnard’s illustrations on display at Island Museum of Art

Island Museum of Art presents illustrations from The Land of Smaerd, a newly published children’s book by authors Angela Russell and Andrea von Botefuhr, painted by San Juan Island artist Bryn Barnard.

  • Aug 12th, 2008

Artist Profile: Riki Shumacher, San Juan Island

Riki Shumacher of San Juan Island says, “I’ve always done some kind of art since I was a teenager.” Shumacher started out painting and drawing as an art major in high school. Later she worked with stained glass and pottery. She attended Western Washington University, majoring in graphic arts and communications. After careers as radio advertising executives in Seattle, Shumacher and her husband Fred retired to San Juan Island 10 years ago.

  • Aug 5th, 2008