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More than 15 people turned out for the United Way Day of Caring on Lopez on Sept. 24. Volunteers raked

United Way Day of Caring

  • Oct 3rd, 2008
More than 15 people turned out for the United Way Day of Caring on Lopez on Sept. 24. Volunteers raked

Transportation Summit results available online

Close to 200 people attended the first-ever Transportation Summit on Sept. 17 at the San Juan County Fairgrounds.

  • Oct 3rd, 2008

All you need is LOVE

The people of Lopez Island have an extraordinary gift, a gift which they give very freely: caring. They give their time, their effort, their money, and their love.

  • Oct 3rd, 2008

Reader comments now featured on IslandsWeekly.net

Starting today, your community news site is adding a lot more community. Visitors to our site can now contribute their own comments to all of our news stories, editorials and letters to the editor. You are invited to participate.

  • Oct 3rd, 2008

Council approves water franchise on Lopez First step in permitting process cleared

Public works was front and center at the San Juan County Council meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 16 on Lopez as it unanimously approved a franchise agreement request that allows Lopez Island-based Utility Management Group Ltd (UMG), a privately owned drinking water systems management company specializing in small communities, the use of the public right-of-way for a water system on Lopez. The council also heard updates on the Fisherman Bay Road and Weeks Road pathway.

  • Sep 30th, 2008

Friday Harbor man dies from gunshot wound; brother held for questioning

A Friday Harbor man was reportedly shot to death on Sept. 29.…

  • Sep 30th, 2008

“Savory Farms and Healthy Habitats” fundraiser

Now celebrating its 14th year, the San Juan Nature Institute continues to offer science education through local schools, field workshops for youth and adults as well as cutting edge lectures and classes for the public.

  • Sep 30th, 2008
Ping-pong players enjoying a sunny day of table tennis at West Beach Resort.

Free ping-pong on Orcas

West Beach Resort on Orcas Island is offering free ping-pong every Sunday at 1 p.m. for players intermediate and above, weather permitting.

  • Sep 26th, 2008
Ping-pong players enjoying a sunny day of table tennis at West Beach Resort.

Thank you Lopez for rolling up your sleeves!

On behalf of the patients in our community’s hospitals, thank you! During the blood drive on Sept. 23, Puget Sound Blood Center registered 30 donors and collected 27 units of blood. This will benefit up to 51 patients.

  • Sep 26th, 2008
Jan and Bob today.

Spotlight on Seniors

Jan Sundquist

  • Sep 26th, 2008
Jan and Bob today.

Community Calendar

Lopez

  • Sep 26th, 2008

Lopez couple bringing group of Thai lawmakers to U.S. for energy discussion

A Lopez couple is hoping to make strides in Thailand’s energy policies through dialogue among government officials and journalists with U.S. experts in renewable energy.

  • Sep 26th, 2008

Fundraising for the Permanent Farmers’ Market a success

The San Juan Islands Agricultural Guild (Ag Guild) had a lively and successful Benefit Dinner and Auction on August 24 to raise funds for the Permanent Farmers’ Market.

  • Sep 23rd, 2008

Helping keep literature and learning at kids’ fingertips

Studies show that children who learn to enjoy reading at an early age continue to read throughout their lives. One way to foster a love of reading is to provide kids with access to exciting, high quality books.

  • Sep 23rd, 2008
Fadilla at her family’s food cart. Thai Pancakes are like crepes.

Lopez community helps Thai student Fadilla pay for school

“She is so appreciative of all of this. Every time she emails or we talk, she can’t express her appreciation enough. She feels so blessed that she’s been offered this opportunity that would never, ever have happened otherwise.”

  • Sep 22nd, 2008
Fadilla at her family’s food cart. Thai Pancakes are like crepes.

Register to vote!

The U.S. presidential election is just around the corner, and the deadline to register to vote is 30 days before Nov. 4, 2008.

  • Sep 22nd, 2008

Candidate forums on San Juan and Orcas

Meet the candidates who want your vote in November. Find out how they stand on the issues that matter to you. The League of Women Voters of the San Juans has scheduled two general election forums for Saturday, Oct. 11.

  • Sep 22nd, 2008

Hildegarde Goss at care center in Anacortes

Hildegarde Goss, a 30-year resident of Lopez Island, was recently moved to San Juan Rehab and Care Center in Anacortes to recuperate.

  • Sep 19th, 2008

Registration open for 2009 septic tank inspection classes

The San Juan County Health and Community Services Department is now accepting registrations for its 2009 septic tank inspection classes. Last year’s classes filled quickly and organizers maintained a lengthy waiting list for many sessions.

  • Sep 19th, 2008

Woodmen Hall update

The Water

  • Sep 19th, 2008

Community Calendar

Community Calendar

  • Sep 19th, 2008

SJC Economic Development Council awarded $30k grant

The San Juan County Economic Development Council (SJC-EDC) was awarded a $30,000 Rural Opportunity Fund (ROF) Grant from the Washington State Department of Community, Trade and Economic Development (CTED). 

  • Sep 19th, 2008

Coat drive for Lopez kids and Seattle teens

As summer turns to fall, many of us are cleaning out our closets and switching over to the warmer items in our wardrobe. Instead of shoving unwanted coats to the back of the closet, there might be a better use.

  • Sep 19th, 2008
Kathaleen Larsen (l) and Gale McCallum (r) in her new cottage at LOHO.

Lopez senior housing has hit the ground running

Apart from the landscaping currently underway at The Hamlet senior housing site, nearly all of the construction is done and several residents have been living in the buildings since this summer.

  • Sep 17th, 2008
Kathaleen Larsen (l) and Gale McCallum (r) in her new cottage at LOHO.
Poet Nancy Pagh is the focus of Lopez Library’s upcoming “Meet the Artist” evening.

Renowned poet to appear at Lopez Library

It’s been said that a poet is someone who is astonished by everything – and Washington poet Nancy Pagh has embodied that sentiment since a very young age.

  • Sep 17th, 2008
Poet Nancy Pagh is the focus of Lopez Library’s upcoming “Meet the Artist” evening.

No need to go hungry – there is help

Economic hard times, the high cost of food, and winter underemployment do not have to mean hunger for Lopez Islanders.

  • Sep 16th, 2008

Lopez Island Blood Drive on Sept. 23

On Tuesday, Sept. 23, the Puget Sound Blood Center, the primary provider of blood to hospitals throughout western Washington, will hold a blood drive on Lopez Island from 12 to 6 p.m. at the Community Church in Lopez Village. The blood drive is being sponsored by the Lopez Island Lions Club.

  • Sep 12th, 2008

Study locally with Skagit Valley College on San Juan

It’s not too late to register for Fall Quarter classes and workshops at Skagit Valley College San Juan Center. Fall Quarter begins Monday, September 22 at SVC San Juan Center in Friday Harbor.

  • Sep 12th, 2008

Marine Naturalist Training Program this fall

Time is running out to register for the Fall Marine Naturalist Training Program, presented by The Whale Museum. The program dates are Saturdays, Sept. 20, 27, Oct. 4, 11, 18, and 19. The object of this program is to provide a learning experience that assists adult graduates in becoming qualified regionally as professional or volunteer naturalists. This is also an excellent course for those who just want to learn more about their wildlife neighbors and find out how to become better stewards of their local environment.

  • Sep 12th, 2008

News from your local libraries

News from your local libraries

  • Sep 12th, 2008

Community Calendar

Lopez

  • Sep 12th, 2008

Soroptimists announce 4th Annual Harvest Fundraiser

Soroptimist International of Friday Harbor will hold its 4th Annual Harvest Fundraiser…

  • Sep 12th, 2008

Islands Weekly Community Calendar | Sept. 2

Lopez AA meetings at the Children’s Center: Monday, Big Book, 7:30 p.m.; Friday, 12x12, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, noon. Al-Anon family group meets every Friday morning at 9:00 a.m. in the Parish Hall of Grace Episcopal Church. Women’s meeting Wednesday, 4-5 p.m. (call 468-4648 or 468-0541 for location).

  • Sep 11th, 2008

Islands Weekly Community Calendar | Sept. 9

Lopez Island Master Gardener Debby Hatch will share her experience and knowledge of what works in her extraordinary garden during her acclaimed presentation “Beds, Barriers, and Black Hoses.”

  • Sep 11th, 2008
A sketch of the new thrift shop building

Lopez Thrift Shop to start new building construction by 2009

Have you been wondering when the new Lopez Thrift Shop will be built?

  • Sep 11th, 2008
A sketch of the new thrift shop building
Racing phenom Pancho Villa.

Lopez couples’ dog, Pancho Villa, places 3rd in national PETCO Unleashed Races

Dressed in black sashes and sombreros, “Team Pancho” cheered on their tiny canine competitor during the fourth annual PETCO Unleashed Races in San Diego, Calif.

  • Sep 11th, 2008
Racing phenom Pancho Villa.
Jan and Barbara with Josh when he was 10 years old.

Sept. 9 is Fetal Alcohol Disorders Awareness Day

Fetal alcohol disorders are considered the leading cause of mental retardation in western civilization – and it’s a problem that is entirely preventable.

  • Sep 9th, 2008
Jan and Barbara with Josh when he was 10 years old.

Islands Weekly’s historic archives to appear online

The entire historic archive of the Islands Weekly will be made freely available online.

  • Sep 8th, 2008

Lopez School Board appoints new board director

At its regular School Board meeting of August 27, the Lopez Island School District Board of Directors unanimously approved the appointment of Diane Dear to fill the unexpired term of Christa Campbell who resigned from the board, effective September 1.

  • Sep 5th, 2008

Small business class on Lopez open to all islands

For those who have an exciting business idea but need a little instruction on the basics of running a successful enterprise, the perfect class is coming up on Lopez this fall.

  • Sep 5th, 2008