Life

Kim Middleton with “Harpy Eagle.”

Biologist Kim Middleton’s art shown at “Birds in Art” exhibit

Local artist Kim Middleton of Orcas Island was jury-selected to exhibit her work, “Harpy Eagle,” in the prestigious 2008 Birds in Art exhibition at Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum in Wausau, Wisc. The show ran from Sept. 6 through Nov. 9.

  • Dec 2nd, 2008
Kim Middleton with “Harpy Eagle.”

Special holiday hours at The Whale Museum

The Whale Museum will be open extended hours for shopping and kids’ activities on Thursday, Dec. 4 and Friday, Dec. 5 until 8 p.m. Hosted kids’ activities will take place between the hours of 5 and 8. For more information, contact the museum at (360) 378-4710, ext. 30.

  • Nov 28th, 2008

Art in View

Lopez Island

  • Nov 28th, 2008
The “treasure” found last week.
The “treasure” found last week.

Look Skyward!

Look Skyward!

North takes second place in film competition

On Tuesday, Nov. 24, contractor Steve Orcutt was at a client’s home performing clean up at the work site, and he and a co-worker were getting ready to toss a few odds and ends into the back of their vehicle when, on a whim, one of the men unscrewed the caps on the end of a PVC pipe.

  • Nov 28th, 2008

Lopez Sound to share Christmas Memories

Lopez Sound a cappella octet will present their annual holiday concert series at Center Church on December 11, 12, and 13, 7:30 p.m., plus a Saturday matinee at 3 p.m. Admission is by donation, with a portion of proceeds going to the Lopez Community Food Bank. Non-perishable food items will also be collected. Seating is limited; free tickets are available at Islehaven Books, Blossom, and Paper Scissors on the Rock.

  • Nov 28th, 2008
Some of the offerings at the upcoming art sale.

Art, food, and music in the name of land preservation

Odlin South is getting a little help from some island friends.

  • Nov 28th, 2008
Some of the offerings at the upcoming art sale.

Lopez radio show focuses on island’s history

Lopez Island Community Radio – KLOI 102.9 FM and www.kloi.org – has a new show called Once Upon an Island: Tales From Lopez. It is hosted by Alie Smaalders and Lorrie Harrison and is broadcast on the last Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. with a rebroadcast the following Sunday at 4 p.m.

Dem bones, dem bones

No excitement or helicopter rides to report, just back-to-basics articles,– although I may let it slip that Dr. Bob has been dumpster diving at the pharmacy. I had a Vitamin D and calcium article written and ready for the November Health Matters column. Boy was I surprised when I saw his article on Vitamin D in the October issue! However, Vitamin D is still a hot topic; so I’ll try to build on Dr. Bob’s excellent article.

Seattle author to speak about his book “Emperors of the Ice”

It’s a compelling premise: three men on the search for a scientific discovery in the Antarctic at the turn of the century. What makes it even better: it’s a true story.

  • Nov 11th, 2008

Local cider: a perfect summer drink

Why am I writing about cider in May? Because, as Rich Anderson of Westcott Bay Cider explained to me, “It’s a perfect summer drink. It’s a little lighter than beer and has less alcohol than wine.”

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Aries (March 21- April 19): This week you feel an energetic burst, and at work you will gain a lot of ground. Your sector of intimacy/things shared is also very active now, so you have plenty of distractions to keep you from going crazy! Polish your sense of humor, keep that sparkle in your eye, and when you’re sufficiently worn out, flop down and pull up the blankies, hot cocoa in hand. While you’re doing that, think of innovative ways to have fun with your favorite people.

Art in View

Lopez Island

  • Nov 3rd, 2008
Above: Heather in her studio. Left: Journals made by Heather. Bottom left: Carved gourds.

Artist Profile: Heather Malone, Orcas Island

When asked what her greatest personal accomplishment has been as an artist, Heather Malone of Orcas Island, who is known by many as “July,” answered, “When I look back at a creation and say ‘wow, that is a really great piece.’” Going on, she explains that her art has always been a part of her, whether it has been in the building of her home or drawing and creating art as a child, and every piece, even one that doesn’t turn out so well, is a personal accomplishment.

  • Nov 3rd, 2008
Above: Heather in her studio. Left: Journals made by Heather. Bottom left: Carved gourds.
A beaver

Beavers begin cropping up again in San Juans

Buried in some of San Juan County’s wet woodlands are remnants of hundreds of beaver dams. Inconspicuous shallow berms of humus rich silt are all that remains of our original wetland engineers, who did not survive the establishment of fur trading posts at Fort Langley and San Juan Island in the 1820s to 1850s.

A beaver

Money and marriage

In these days of financial uncertainty, many couples are thinking about and disagreeing about money and financial management.

Virginia in the 1940s. Virginia Moore Lopez Island

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.

Virginia in the 1940s. Virginia Moore Lopez Island
Saint Helens String Quartet.

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
Saint Helens String Quartet.
'Goldengrove' by Francine Prose

BookBeat

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

  • Oct 24th, 2008
'Goldengrove' by Francine Prose

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.

Lopez beekeepers Mary Hayton and Kevin Murphy prepare to check a hive.

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.

Lopez beekeepers Mary Hayton and Kevin Murphy prepare to check a hive.

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.

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Lots to Talk About!

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

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

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How Goes It?

“Suddenly – all the Cheeks she had Ever Turned...”  color pencil.

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
“Suddenly – all the Cheeks she had Ever Turned...”  color pencil.

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

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
Movie shot on Orcas screened at film fest

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
Winners in the advanced category of the skateboard competition. Left to right: Jeff Burwash (fifth place)
Winners in the advanced category of the skateboard competition. Left to right: Jeff Burwash (fifth place)

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
The Little Brown Myotis bat

Natural History

Natural History

  • Sep 19th, 2008
The Little Brown Myotis bat
Men’s doubles players.

Lopez tennis tournament celebrated its eighth year

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

  • Sep 19th, 2008
Men’s doubles players.
Special event and book signing at The Whale Museum

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
Special event and book signing at The Whale Museum

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