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Close to 200 people attended the first-ever Transportation Summit on Sept. 17 at the San Juan County Fairgrounds.
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.
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.
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.
A Friday Harbor man was reportedly shot to death on Sept. 29.…
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.
West Beach Resort on Orcas Island is offering free ping-pong every Sunday at 1 p.m. for players intermediate and above, weather permitting.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.”
The U.S. presidential election is just around the corner, and the deadline to register to vote is 30 days before Nov. 4, 2008.
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.
Hildegarde Goss, a 30-year resident of Lopez Island, was recently moved to San Juan Rehab and Care Center in Anacortes to recuperate.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
Economic hard times, the high cost of food, and winter underemployment do not have to mean hunger for Lopez Islanders.
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.
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.
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.
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Soroptimist International of Friday Harbor will hold its 4th Annual Harvest Fundraiser…
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).
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.”
Have you been wondering when the new Lopez Thrift Shop will be built?
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.
Fetal alcohol disorders are considered the leading cause of mental retardation in western civilization – and it’s a problem that is entirely preventable.
The entire historic archive of the Islands Weekly will be made freely available online.
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.
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.