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Flippers for Feet: Pinnipeds of the Northwest lecture on Orcas

On Tuesday, April 8 at 7:00 p.m. Dr. Peter Olesiuk of the…

  • Jun 17th, 2008

Lopez Fire Department looking for volunteers

The Lopez Fire and EMS Department, which is staffed almost entirely by a hardworking crew of volunteers, is in need of firefighters.

  • Jun 17th, 2008

Woodmen Hall Memorial Day weekend auction

Where can you find antique furniture, jewelry, and artwork, all at a bargain price?

  • Jun 17th, 2008

Fun was had by all at Lopez chess tournament

The Lopez chess group held a tournament on Saturday, March 22 at the Lopez Library.

  • Jun 17th, 2008

Friends of Lopez Library: enriching our community one event at a time

From movie nights to storytelling to reading programs, the Lopez Library is a hub of activity for community members of all ages.

  • Jun 17th, 2008

Tenth year of writers reads at Lopez Center SHARK REEF authors featured at April 11 event

Lopez writers have been reading their work on the stage of Lopez Center since its grand opening in October of 1999.

  • Jun 17th, 2008

Clarification to Hamlet House story

The following is a clarification for the story about LOHO that ran in The Islands’ Weekly on March 25, 2008.

  • Jun 17th, 2008

Tour de Lopez: cycling its way into summer

The 2008 Tour de Lopez sold out a month before its event date.

  • Jun 17th, 2008

Skagit Hospice comes to San Juan County

Hospice care in the San Juans is getting a boost from an established Mt. Vernon program.

  • Jun 17th, 2008

Lopez Superintendent contract renewed for 2008-09

At their regularly scheduled public Board meeting of March 26, the Lopez Island School District Board of Directors conducted an annual performance evaluation of Superintendent Bill Evans, and renewed his contract for school year 2008-09.

  • Jun 17th, 2008

SJC Democrats elect delegates

San Juan County Democrats caucused in Friday Harbor on Saturday, April 5 to elect eight delegates and four alternates to represent San Juan County at the Democratic State Convention and the 2nd Congressional District Caucuses. Over 150 delegates and alternates, elected at the precinct caucuses, showed almost the same preferences as they did in February. Seven delegates were apportioned to Barack Obama and one delegate to Hillary Clinton. After spirited short speeches by the nominees the following people were elected:

  • Jun 17th, 2008

Protect the amphibians: it could save your life

With their sensitive skin and aquatic habitats, amphibians are some of the first creatures to feel pollution and environment change.

  • Jun 17th, 2008

Elementary art show on display at LCCA

For the next month, Lopez Center is home to a vibrant collection of art created by Lopez Elementary students.

  • Jun 17th, 2008

Lopez Land Trust receives grant from Paul Allen Foundation

The diversity of organizations benefiting from the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation’s latest round of grants represent the educational, technological, and social areas it strives to impact.

  • Jun 17th, 2008

KLOI community radio: live from Lopez Island

KLOI-FM 102.9 community radio station is on the air! Eight years after the concept of creating a local community radio station on Lopez Island was developed, the station went live on the airways on April 13.

  • Jun 17th, 2008

Western Bluebirds flying free on San Juan

The San Juan Islands Western Bluebird Reintroduction Project announced the release of six Western bluebirds into the San Juan Valley area on San Juan Island.

  • Jun 17th, 2008

SJC Democrats elect delegates

San Juan County Democrats caucused in Friday Harbor on Saturday, April 5 to elect eight delegates and four alternates to represent San Juan County at the Democratic State Convention and the 2nd Congressional District Caucuses. Over 150 delegates and alternates, elected at the precinct caucuses, showed almost the same preferences as they did in February. Seven delegates were apportioned to Barack Obama and one delegate to Hillary Clinton. After spirited short speeches by the nominees the following people were elected:

  • Jun 17th, 2008

Property tax reminder!

The first half of the 2008 property tax is due by Wed. April 30.

  • Jun 17th, 2008

The bird flu

The most important thing to understand about the type A H5N1 avian flu (the “bird flu”) is that eventually it will mutate and create a pandemic. Now it only infects humans via poultry.

  • Jun 17th, 2008

Request for Salmon Recovery project proposals

The San Juan County Lead Entity is requesting project proposals for the San Juan Islands for the Salmon Recovery Funding Board’s (SRFB) ninth round grant cycle.

  • Jun 17th, 2008

Enchanted Quilters to host gathering for SJC quilters

The Enchanted Quilters of Lopez Island are offering a chance for all San Juan County quilters to get together for a day of sharing, talking about their craft, and socializing.

  • Jun 17th, 2008

San Juan Conservation Summit a success

Bringing 15 different local conservation organizations together in a summit in celebration of Earth Day proved to be beneficial to all. “We all have similar goals,” said Lincoln Bormann, director of the San Juan County Land Bank. “It is helpful to meet like this to avoid working on cross purposes.”

  • Jun 17th, 2008

SJI sea and land routes become scenic byway

Washington State’s newest Scenic Byway is also the state’s first scenic route to include a “marine highway,” which is an historic canoe route of the Coast Salish peoples.

  • Jun 17th, 2008

Lopez students write and perform musical

Given the setting of Ireland by English/drama teacher Richard Carter and a few traditional Irish tunes by music teacher Ann-Marie Fischer, the Lopez middle and high school drama class was charged with writing, directing and staging a musical production from scratch.

  • Jun 17th, 2008

Outlaw Social to play at Lopez Center

Back by popular demand, Outlaw Social will make its third appearance at the Lopez Community Center on Saturday, May 24 at 7:30 p.m.

  • Jun 17th, 2008

Chip seal work began on Orcas May 12

Weather permitting, the San Juan County Public Works department was set to begin resurfacing nearly 27 miles of roads on Orcas Island beginning on Monday, May 12.

  • Jun 17th, 2008

Renowned Celtic instrumentalist began career in the San Juans

Now an international touring performer, Jamie Laval was a struggling musician living in a farmhouse in the Skagit Valley in 2001. With the artistic guidance of two widely known Lopez Island residents, Mark Minkler and Stanley Greenthal, Laval found the musical voice he was seeking by creating a new style of playing traditional Scottish dance music.

  • Jun 17th, 2008

Stroll through spring gardens and admire local sculpture

This year’s Sculpture in the Garden is “really going to be special,” according to its organizers.

  • Jun 17th, 2008

Second Annual Golf Club auction, dinner, and tournament

Come join friends and fellow golfers for a day of fun!

  • Jun 17th, 2008

Cutest dog and cat photo contest Cutest dog and cat photo contest

The Washington State Chapter of Dog and Cat Lovers of America in partnership with CutestPetContest.com is proud to announce that many cash and prizes are up for grabs including a $1000 cash grand prize in the 2008 Summer Cutest Pet Photo Contest. Ten lucky entrants will also be selected to have their photos grace the cover of an internationally distributed pet book.

  • Jun 17th, 2008

Leadership San Juan Islands class graduates

Leadership San Juan Islands announces graduation for Class IV from 3 to 5 p.m. on Friday May 30 at Skagit Valley College in Friday Harbor. Graduates David Bentley, Carrie Burke, Georgeana Cook, Anna Maria deFreitas, Grisha Krivchenia, Christine Miller, Gail Leschine-Seitz, Kyle Loring, Paul King, Tracie Red Elk, Anji Ringzin and Amy Windrope will present their proposed service projects and receive certificates of completion.

  • Jun 17th, 2008

Ninety-five percent of Lopez grads to attend college

Lopez Island School District officials have announced the list of colleges and universities to which the class of 2008 graduates have been accepted.

  • Jun 17th, 2008

Memorial Day marks the start of summer season for ferries

Memorial Day traditionally means the arrival of summer crowds desiring to board…

  • Jun 17th, 2008

F.E.A.S.T kick off

The FEAST program, the Farm Education And Sustainability for Teens, is kicking…

  • Jun 17th, 2008

Lopez Island resident sponsoring benefits for Myanmar cyclone victims

Jim Rohrssen, of Lopez Island, returned from a trip to Asia this spring with a new found love of Myanmar (Burma). The people have been living under the control of a military junta for nearly 20 years. “After the cyclone devastated much of the country on May 2-3, I felt compelled to do something,” said Rohrssen. On June 11, he will sponsor a dinner and benefit auction for the victims of the cyclone at the Galley Restaurant with seatings at 5:30 and 7 p.m. On June 15 he will hold an afternoon potluck and band concert at the Lopez Center.

  • Jun 17th, 2008

Lopez Island Lions’ trout program is paying off by the pound

Judging from the trophy-sized trout being caught in Hummel Lake recently, the Lopez Lions community service project to enhance trout fishing in the lake is beginning to payoff big-time. Catches of rainbow trout of 20 inches in length, and weighing over three pounds, are delighting Lopez anglers young and old – especially the youngsters.

  • Jun 17th, 2008

Yum, yum! Lopez Island Thrift Shop to hold Asian Fusion Dinner

In an ongoing effort to raise funds for its new building in the village, Lopez Island Thrift Shop is hosting an Asian Fusion Dinner on Wednesday, June 18 at the Love Dog Cafe.

  • Jun 17th, 2008

Couple releases photo book inspired by Lopez Island images

George and Anne Willis have been viewing the world behind their camera lens as long as they can remember. Known locally for their island images of birds, sunsets, landscapes, and everything in between, the husband and wife photography team has released their first book, “Under the Rainbow.”

  • Jun 17th, 2008

Lopez Chamber to provide free shuttle service July 3-5

Visitors to Lopez Island will get a break this Fourth of July.

  • Jun 17th, 2008