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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
Jim Rohrssen with children in the Bagan region of Burma in a happier time.

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
Jim Rohrssen with children in the Bagan region of Burma in a happier time.
Left to right - John Severa

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
Left to right - John Severa
Indigo Luckhurst was fishing at Hummel Lake with his step-dad
Indigo Luckhurst was fishing at Hummel Lake with his step-dad
L-R: Maria Armstrong

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
L-R: Maria Armstrong
The cover of George and Anne Willis’s new book. Although  the book only features Anne’s name on the cover

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
The cover of George and Anne Willis’s new book. Although  the book only features Anne’s name on the cover

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
Co-valedictorians Arielle Wilson and Terrell Carter

Lopez graduates raise the bar

The Lopez Island School District has a lot to be proud of. In this year’s senior class, 10 of the 22 graduates (over 45 percent) rank among the top 10 percent of 2008 graduates from Washington high schools.

  • Jun 17th, 2008
Co-valedictorians Arielle Wilson and Terrell Carter

News from Lopez Library

News from Lopez Library

  • Jun 14th, 2008

Friends of Lopez Island Pool to host potluck and auction

SPLASH, a fundraiser and informational gathering about the Friends of Lopez Island Pool (FLIP) is scheduled for June 21, 5:30 p.m. at Lopez Center.

  • Jun 14th, 2008

Come one, come all to the Lopez Community Fireworks Salmon Barbecue

The Lopez Community Fireworks Salmon Barbecue is one of the ways that this all-volunteer organization raises funds for the community’s wonderful fireworks display. We would like to thank Ed Seifert and his wife Joyce for their dedicated service doing a wonderful job organizing this event for many years. We would also like to thank Denise McIntosh for her great job in assisting Ed in this event for the last few years.

  • Jun 14th, 2008

Brooks Brady makes the Dean’s List

Brooks Brady, a 2007 graduate of Lopez High School, made the Dean’s List with a 3.68 GPA for the second semester at Gonzaga University. She is majoring in Political Science and minoring in Criminal Justice.

  • Jun 10th, 2008

What’s new at KLOI

Several new shows have popped up on the KLOI FM program schedule:

  • Jun 10th, 2008

Local resident graduates from Macalester College

Joshua Marshak, the son of Laurie Teichroew and Jerome Marshak of Lopez, graduated from Macalester during the college’s 119th exercises on the lawn outside Old Main on May 17. Marshak received a liberal arts degree in Biology. Marshak is a graduate of Lopez High School.

  • Jun 6th, 2008

July 15 due date for conservation program

Washington’s most popular agricultural conservation program, the Environmental Quality Incentive Program (EQIP), now has a new application ranking cut-off date: July 15.

  • Jun 6th, 2008

Lopez fireworks show: what to expect

Obtaining large caliber shells is continuing to be difficult due to shipping complications from China, as has been the case for the last two years.

  • Jun 6th, 2008

Orcas Is. Youth delegation fundraiser presentation

The Orcas Island Youth Delegation (OIYD) is a group of students from Orcas Island High School who traveled to the United Nations for the Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD) in May.

  • Jun 6th, 2008

Get busy, get muddy

Get muddy while making friends and restoring salmon streams, planting native trees and doing battle with invasive plants, all in the name of helping Puget Sound. You just need boots, gloves, rain gear (depending on weather), a bagged lunch, a water bottle and a great attitude. Events take place around the region. Check dates at EarthCorps.org and MudUp.org.

  • Jun 6th, 2008

What to do if you find a Harbor seal pup

Once again, harbor seal pupping season in San Juan County is fast approaching. The San Juan County Marine Mammal Stranding Network (the Stranding Network) depends on private citizens to help by reporting stranded animals – both dead and alive – in San Juan County.

  • Jun 6th, 2008
Students and faculty of Spring Street School in 2007.

Spring Street International School still going strong

Since it opened in 1995, Spring Street International School has aimed to provide innovative, inspiring education to local kids. It has continued to grow, expanding its curriculum choices and number of international high school students.

  • Jun 6th, 2008
Students and faculty of Spring Street School in 2007.

Community Calendar

Laura Daugereau, Washington’s first woman to compete in the Iditarod Sled Dog Race, is coming to San Juan Island for a presentation about her rookie run this year. She will be speaking and showing slides at the San Juan Island Library on Saturday, June 7 at 7:00 p.m. The presentation at the library is a rare opportunity to meet a seasoned musher, and see first hand her love for her dogs and their love for her. This fascinating presentation is free and open to all ages.

  • Jun 6th, 2008
Betty in her home on Lopez Island today.

Betty Bliven – still in love after over 80 years

Betty Bliven - still in love after over 80 years

  • Jun 2nd, 2008
Betty in her home on Lopez Island today.

Community Calendar

An Introduction to Skagit Hospice Services

  • Jun 2nd, 2008

Fish for free weekend

Washingtonians who are interested in fishing but haven’t tried it have a perfect chance to do so during Free Fishing Weekend, scheduled June 7-8.

  • May 30th, 2008
Pancho Villa at his home on Lopez.

Go doggy, go!

Racing Chihuahua phenom, Pancho Villa, owned by Samantha and Mike Patrick of Lopez Island, beat out 188 tiny dogs at the Regional Petco Chihuahua Races in Seattle on April 26. As regional winner of the fourth annual event, the puppy will represent the Pacific Northwest at the National Chihuahua Races in San Diego, Calif. August 31.

  • May 30th, 2008
Pancho Villa at his home on Lopez.

KLOI 102.9FM community radio schedule

“We are filling out the schedule with more local programs,” says KLOI Board Member Ron Metcalf. “We are looking for additional local programing and DJs. It’s fun. Give us a call at 468-3656. The KLOI Board welcomes input from the Lopez Community. The next meeting is June 10 at 1951 Center Road at 7 p.m.

  • May 30th, 2008
History Corner

History Corner

I WOULD RATHER BE A BOY...

  • May 30th, 2008
History Corner

Ellen Goodman

BOSTON -- Somewhere in the waning hours of this interminable primary, I found myself channeling Barack Obama as he began a long overdue and eagerly anticipated conversation ... on gender.

  • May 30th, 2008

Get your 2008 Lopez fireworks t-shirt

The Lopez Fireworks organization is now in its 22nd year of providing the fourth of July fireworks to the Lopez community, friends, family and visitors. It is an all volunteer organization which is very unique in the pyrotechnic industry.

  • May 30th, 2008

Family art days at Westcott Institute

Every Saturday through Labor Day, the Westcott Bay Institute presents Family Art Days at the Westcott Bay Sculpture Park. Drop in any Saturday between 11 am and 4 pm for a free, family-oriented art activity led by a local artist. Materials are provided, unless otherwise specified. The Sculpture Park is located at the entrance to Roche Harbor Resort and is open from dawn to dusk, 365 days a year. Paint, print, bubble, build, bead - and much, much more!

  • May 26th, 2008

McFeron Home on the Grange

The Ian McFeron Band will appear at the Lopez Grange on Friday, June 7 at 7:30 p.m. in the next of the Home on the Grange concert series sponsored by radiofreelopez.com.

  • May 26th, 2008

FEAST brings solutions to hungry teenagers

Editor, Islands’ Sounder

  • May 26th, 2008

Ellen Goodman

BOSTON -- Is there anyone who still remembers the folksy winter tableau? Eight Democratic candidates against the picturesque backdrop of Iowa and New Hampshire. It was a feel-good photo-op of diversity. The Democratic Party was black and white and Hispanic, male and female and proud. Our party, its leaders said, looks like America.

  • May 26th, 2008
Vilina Sanburn-Bill

Community Calender

On Tuesday June 3 from 11 a.m to 1 p.m. the Washington Liquor Control Board and Orcas Island Prevention Partnership will be offering the annual summer training on alcohol and tobacco laws at the Orcas Island Fire Hall Conference Room. The training reviews the Washington state laws regarding the sale of alcohol and tobacco to minors and places a special emphasis on checking IDs accurately, refusing sales to intoxicated customers, and promoting increased comfort in knowing when to ask for identification. This training does not qualify the restaurant and bar staff for their Mandatory Alcohol Servers Training (MAST) but does increase employee and business skills in accurately reading identification and refusing sales as needed.

  • May 26th, 2008
Vilina Sanburn-Bill

¡Fiesta time !

It’s time for a fiesta! The Lopez Community Center is hosting Ballet Folklórico Monarca de Friday Harbor on Sunday, June 1 beginning at 5 p.m.

  • May 20th, 2008
Kids on last year’s “Seafaring

Water sports, performing arts, and outdoor activities – it must be time for the summer workshops

The Lopez Island Family Resource Center’s summer workshops just keep getting better.

  • May 20th, 2008
Kids on last year’s “Seafaring

Wolf Hollow takes a ‘Bite of Orcas’

Wolf Hollow Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Friday Harbor has been serving the wild animal rehabilitation needs of all of the San Juan Islands and seven northwest Washington counties for 25 years. Its major function is to care for animals hurt or impacted from human-related causes. “We’ve treated more than 12,000 animals and 220 native species since we were founded,” said Julie Knight, President of the Wolf Hollow Board.

  • May 20th, 2008