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Lopez Center hosts an evening of healing music to benefit Iraqi children

In this time of war, amidst all the political debate and news reports, there is a sometimes-forgotten but heavily affected group: children.

  • Aug 14th, 2008
The crew. Back row (l-r):  Richard Campbell

The ‘Adventuress’ delivers environmental education with a smile

On a recent sunny Saturday in Friday Harbor, I was a guest on a public sail aboard the historic wooden sailboat, the Adventuress, now in its 95th year.

  • Aug 12th, 2008
The crew. Back row (l-r):  Richard Campbell
A beauty from last year’s Concours d’Elegance.

Concours d’Elegance – the Lopez way

Pebble Beach has nothing on Lopez.

  • Aug 12th, 2008
A beauty from last year’s Concours d’Elegance.

Melissa Ahneman makes the Dean’s List at CWU

Lopez graduate Melissa Ahneman is attending Central Washington University and was on the honor roll for the first two quarters of 2008, and for the spring quarter 2008 she made the Dean’s List.

  • Aug 12th, 2008

Worship Services in the Islands

Worship Services in the Islands

  • Aug 8th, 2008

“Musings of a Maritime Instructor: Beam Reach Research in the Spring of Aught-Eight” lecture

The Whale Museum’s lecture series continues with a talk by Jason Wood at the museum at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, August 6. Dr. Wood will be presenting “Musings of a Maritime Instructor: Beam Reach Research in the Spring of Aught-Eight,” which will summarize the latest research projects completed by Beam Reach students.

  • Aug 5th, 2008

Big fun at Lopez Historical Society’s “Big Event”

A large crowd turned out for Lopez Island Historical Society’s “Big Event” on Saturday, July 26, netting the non-profit just over $30,000 for its programs.

  • Aug 5th, 2008
Happy kids playing at the Children’s Center.

Lopez Children’s Center celebrating its 5th Anniversary

The Lopez Children’s Center will be celebrating its 5th year of providing early childhood education and care to the children of Lopez Island.

  • Aug 5th, 2008
Happy kids playing at the Children’s Center.

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  • Aug 4th, 2008
The class of 1988 during their 20-year reunion on July 26.

Orcas High class of 1988 celebrates 20-year reunion

Orcas Island High School class of 1988 celebrated its 20th class reunion on Saturday, July 26 on Orcas Island.

  • Aug 4th, 2008
The class of 1988 during their 20-year reunion on July 26.

VA begins once-a-month primary care on San Juan Island

The Veterans Administration has started once-a-month clinics at the Inter Island Medical Center on San Juan Island on the last Saturday of each month. The clinics are the result of longstanding efforts by San Juan County Council Member Kevin Ranker, working with “first gentleman” Mike Gregoire, State Washington Veterans Affairs Director, John Lee, and the Veterans Administration.

  • Aug 4th, 2008

Utility work to cause delays on Fisherman Bay Road

From August 4 through the end of September utility work will take place on Fisherman Bay Road on Lopez Island, from Military Road at the north end to Hummel Lake Road at the south end. During this phase of construction, OPALCO and CenturyTel will be relocating and installing utility lines underground. Some of the work will require trenching across the road, so motorists should expect delays, occasionally as long as 30 minutes.

  • Aug 4th, 2008

Islands Weekly Community Calendar | July 22

Lopez Senior Center presents beginning and advanced Tai Chi at Woodmen Hall every Wednesday. Both levels meet at 9 a.m. for a combined class. For more information, call Jerry at 468-4709.

  • Jul 31st, 2008
Bryce Jardine with some pint-sized baseball fans.

Lopez grad nabs coolest summer job: Mariner Moose

As an avid sports fan, it wasn’t too surprising that former Lopez student Bryce Jardine would look into a job with the Mariners. And since he was hired as the Mariner Moose, he’s been loving every minute.

  • Jul 31st, 2008
Bryce Jardine with some pint-sized baseball fans.
Ted with his wife Mary Jane.

Senior Profile: Ted Leche, San Juan Island

Karen Rogers interviews Ted Leche about his time in the Navy and later as a priest.

  • Jul 29th, 2008
Ted with his wife Mary Jane.

Learn compassionate communication during free workshop

What if there was a way for everyone to speak a language of understanding and foster more loving, open relationships? John Cunningham is offering a workshop to help foster compassionate communication.

  • Jul 22nd, 2008
Maria Mendez has undergone an amazing recovery since her stroke

One lap a time – Lopez Island Pool is making headway

The Lopez Island Pool project has gained momentum, and the dream of a community pool is getting closer everyday.

  • Jul 22nd, 2008
Maria Mendez has undergone an amazing recovery since her stroke

Lopez Golf Club fundraising event brought in thousands

The second annual Lopez Island Golf Club tournament, auction, and dinner on June 29 was a huge success. The auction brought in thousands of dollars – a 50 percent increase over last year. The event had 68 golfers and fed over 100 people. The evening’s great cooks, led by Ed Gutkowski and Ole Snoer, prepared a tasty seafood dinner.

  • Jul 18th, 2008

Lopez Island summer blood drive … with free ice cream!

A summer Lopez Island blood drive for the Puget Sound Blood Center will be held at Lopez Community Church on Tuesday, July 29, from noon to 6:00 p.m. The blood drive is sponsored by the Lopez Island Lion’s Club, and in keeping with the summer theme, blood donors at this drive will have the opportunity to enjoy free gourmet ice cream provided by Lopez Island Creamery.

  • Jul 18th, 2008

League of Women Voters election forum on Aug. 2

In advance of the August 19 primary election, the League of Women Voters of the San Juans has scheduled a public forum for candidates to meet the voters.

  • Jul 18th, 2008
John Deere tractor parade to roll through Lopez Island

John Deere tractor parade to roll through Lopez Island

The July 4th parade isn’t the only place to see cool tractors. Every other year since 2004, the Cascade Two-Cylinder Club has sponsored an Antique Two-Cylinder John Deere Tractor Tour of Lopez Island. On Saturday, July 19, starting around 10:30 a.m., a long line of tractors from off-island plus a slew of local beauties can be seen caravanning through our roads.

  • Jul 16th, 2008
John Deere tractor parade to roll through Lopez Island

Get ready to vote!

Voting is both a right and a duty of citizenship. Be sure you can cast your vote by registering as a voter in advance of the August 19 primary election.

  • Jul 11th, 2008

Where to find out about salmon restoration projects

Have you ever wondered about salmon restoration in your watershed? What’s going on, who’s doing the work, where the projects are located, and how you can get involved or coordinate with these efforts?

  • Jul 11th, 2008
Wedding Announcement

Wedding Announcement

Wedding Announcement

  • Jul 11th, 2008
Wedding Announcement

Local man to swim for breast cancer awareness

Orcas Island resident and photojournalist Damien Stark will swim a 19.5-mile route from the Anacortes ferry terminal to Orcas Island and then Orcas Island to San Juan Island over the weekend of July 26 and 27 to raise awareness and funds for the Breast Cancer Treatment Support Mission Project.

  • Jul 11th, 2008
Top: Fun run participants (George Willis photo) Above: Grand Marshal Daren Holscher (Colleen Armstrong photo).

July 4th parade and fun run results

It was another fun-filled fourth on Lopez with high attendance at the Lions’ Club Fun Run (308 participants) and Friends of the Lopez Library book sale, plenty of unique floats, and an outstanding fireworks show. See below for run results and award winners.

  • Jul 11th, 2008
Top: Fun run participants (George Willis photo) Above: Grand Marshal Daren Holscher (Colleen Armstrong photo).

Lopez Island Community Calendar | July 8

The next San Juan Islands Conservation District meeting will be on July 8 from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Lopez Library meeting room. For more information and directions see www.sanjuanislandscd.org or call the Conservation District at 378-6621

  • Jul 8th, 2008

San Juan County Fair announces writing contest

If you are a writer in San Juan County, the San Juan County Fair needs YOU!

  • Jul 8th, 2008

Lopez Island writer releases book and hosts poetry night

“Poetry gives you another way of seeing the world,” says Lopez writer John Sangster.

  • Jul 8th, 2008
Kai Burleson (bottom) with Roger Sandwith (top) on the job.

Orcas Power & Light gradutes three apprentices

Four years and 8,000-plus hours on the job later, three of Orcas Power & Light Cooperative (OPALCO) Apprentice Linemen – Kai Burleson from Lopez; Roger Sandwith from San Juan Island; and Dan Watters on Orcas (all native islanders) – are “topping out,” which is lineman lingo for completing the apprentice program and reaching the 100 percent mark on the union wage scale as Journeymen Linemen.

  • Jul 8th, 2008
Kai Burleson (bottom) with Roger Sandwith (top) on the job.

Bill Gates Sr. speaks on San Juan

We are born wired to learn. By age three, our brains have one trillion synapses — more than we’ll have in adulthood. By age six, our brains are 95 percent the size of mom’s and dad’s.  We’ll spend 13 years in school preparing for college or the workplace. But it’s our first five years of life — those years before we ever set foot in a classroom — that have the most impact on our ability to learn, control our behavior and build relationships. By age five, we have the building blocks for success, or we have a tough road to hoe. 

  • Jul 2nd, 2008

Extra ferry service on July 4th weekend

The Anacortes/San Juan Islands ferry routes will have extra 4th of July…

  • Jul 1st, 2008

Lopez Island Community Calendar | July 1

A list of community happenings on Lopez Island.

  • Jun 30th, 2008

Theatre company to tour San Juans with Shakespeare’s ‘The Tempest’

Island Stage Left, the islands’ only professional theatre company, celebrates its 10th anniversary of “Shakespeare Under the Stars” by mounting Shakespeare’s glorious swansong “The Tempest.”

  • Jun 30th, 2008
LIFRC Board Member Don Smith and Kiki Martin selling duck sponsorships.

Lopez Island nonprofit organizes rubber duck race fund-raiser

They’re rubber, yellow, fit in the palm on your hand, and have been helping a local non-profit raise funds for its programs. The Lopez Island Family Resource Center (LIFRC) has been busy selling sponsorships for its Amazing Rubber Duck Race, enticing folks with the lure of an “edge of your seat” racing competition on Saturday, July 12, starting at 2:15 p.m. (right after the farmers’ market).

  • Jun 30th, 2008
LIFRC Board Member Don Smith and Kiki Martin selling duck sponsorships.
Last year’s fireworks show.

Lopez July Fourth festivities to begin soon

Many years ago, Jim Scripps celebrated the Fourth of July by shooting off fireworks from a “rock” just off Charles Island.

  • Jun 25th, 2008
Last year’s fireworks show.

Free chartered bus for visitors to Lopez

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

  • Jun 25th, 2008

Coast Guard and WSF assist in rescue after schooner runs aground near Shaw

Two vessels operated by WSDOT Ferries Division were diverted from service on…

  • Jun 24th, 2008

Missing dog

Have you seen “Lilly”? She is a tall, thin yellow lab. She may be limping on her hind leg. Please call Adam or Brandie at 468-4417. The family desperately wants her home.

  • Jun 20th, 2008

Island Hospital to dedicate facility

Island Hospital invites the public to the dedication celebration for its completed renovation and expansion project from 5:30 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, July 1. The event will be held adjacent to the reopened hospital main entrance at 1211 24th St.

  • Jun 20th, 2008