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Right, the Olympic Mountains and Strait of Juan de Fuca are in full view on San Juan Island’s Mount Ben; contributed photo. Above, Bald Eagles are a familiar sight in the San Juans, home to 147 nesting pairs. Scott Rasmussen photo.


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Above, a weather-worn barn on Lopez Island; George Willis photo. Left the peaceful Hummel Lake on Lopez; contributed photo.

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At home in the heart of the Salish Sea By Scott Rasmussen


he scenic splendor and unique natural environment of the San Juan Islands, and its wildlife as well, draw thousands of visitors to this archipelago of islands each and every year. In fact, the islands’ reputation as a coveted tourist destination continues to grow. The New York Times rated the San Juans No. 2 on its worldwide list of “41 Places to Go in 2011”, and the islands weighed in as No. 3 on National Geographic Traveler’s worldwide list of “10 Best Summer Trips of 2011”. But for those who live here, there’s more to the islands’ allure than meets the eye. And most would probably agree that it’s the one-of-a-kind combination of rural character, laid-back lifestyle, and the many charms of its small-town atmosphere, that truly stand out as the hallmarks of the place that they call home. And what a home it is.

This publication, The Book of the San Juan Islands, now in its 26th edition, offers insight about the features, character and lifestyle on the San Juans four ferry-served islands, Lopez, Orcas, San Juan and Shaw, and Anacortes as well. It spotlights several of the San Juans signature attributes, such as conservation, wildlife and weather, and includes sources for online information, as well as notable statistics. Below are just a few to help get you started: Situated in the heart of the Salish Sea, the San Juan Islands are made up of 172 islands, rocks and reefs — at high tide, but that number jumps to no less than 743 at low tide. The tidal exchange can rise and fall by as much as seven feet at certain times of the year. The bulk of the islands that make up the San Juans are located within the borders of San Juan County, bounded by Rosario Strait to the east, and

Haro Strait and Boundary Pass to the west. In the 1990s, San Juan County had the second-highest rate of growth of Washington state’s 39 counties, at 44 percent. In 2010, it was home to 15,769 year-round residents, according to the U.S. Census. With only 180 square miles of land, it is the state’s smallest county but boasts its greatest amount of saltwater shoreline, totaling about 375 miles.

Above, a ferry glides through the San Juans, with snow-capped Mount Baker in the background; Journal file photo.

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Left, Sunset is a popular time for a stroll along Fisherman Bay; Lorna Reese photo. Above, Kayakers enjoy the southwest shore of Lopez; contributed photo.

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riving off the ferry and into Lopez Village your eyes will feast on gently rolling hills and lovely farm houses nestled into the landscape. And don’t forget to wave as you pass fellow drivers – it’s a long-standing tradition that will make you feel right at home on this island dubbed the “Friendly Isle.” The island is 15 miles long and 8 miles wide and is the closest of the ferry-served islands to Anacortes, making it a quick and convenient trip. Although Lopez Island’s population is small, around 2,400 people, it has a wide variety of community services and activities. Lopez Center for Community and the Arts opened 13 years ago, thanks to thousands of volunteer hours and more than $1 million in fundraising. It is the site of most island benefits, concerts and community events and even free events like “Community Performance Night,” highlighting local talent, which Lopez holds in abundance. The center’s property also hosts Sally’s Garden, Lopez Children’s Center - a preschool and day care, the skateboard park and Lopez Island Family Resource Center, which offers food and financial assistance and life skill classes and workshops. Another building that hosts music and other

fun-filled events is Woodmen Hall, has been the recipient of major restoration. Lopez Senior Services owns the building, and houses its senior center in the hall. They say one man’s trash is another man’s treasure - test out this theory with “Take it or Leave it” at the transfer station on Fisherman Bay Road, where islanders often score funky vintage clothing and unique home decor. Or visit the Lopez Thrift Store standing on the corner of Eads Lane and Tower Road. Purchases help support the annual spring grant program for businesses, nonprofits, and individuals in need of extra funds. Fundraisers and benefit concerts are a staple of the community — nonprofits rely on the everpresent generosity of islanders. Fourth of July on Lopez is known for its firstclass firework display put on by volunteers. The holiday is known on Lopez as not just “bombs bursting in air,” but a day full of events bringing folks together. The day begins with 5K and 10K fun runs and a quintessentially Lopez parade, followed by a barbecue at Lopez Center. The Lopez Island Chamber of Commerce sponsors a tree-lighting ceremony to kick off the winter holidays. Islanders gather in the village to sing carols and visit

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A bald eagle skims the water’s surface in search of prey; George Willis photo.

from Lopez, previous page with one another over bonfires while sipping hot cocoa. The chamber also sponsors the non-competitive cycling tour Tour de Lopez, which concludes in the Village Park with a barbecue lunch. On the center of the island, the Lopez Island School District offers individualized education for students in grades K-12. The school debuted its Lopez Island Farm Education Garden Program in 2006 to provide students with the opportunity to grow their own food and then serve it up as part of the cafeteria menu. The garden has 12,000 square feet to sprout a plentiful harvest, including three hoop houses, and an orchard. The LIFE program is supported by the Lopez Community Land Trust, S&S Center for Sustainable Agriculture, Lopez Island Education Foundation and the Heller Trust. The farming community on Lopez is continuing to be an important part of the island culture. Many of the island’s farms sell dairy products, fresh produce, island-raised meat, and jams at the Farmers’ Market. In addition, local grocery stores carry their products.

Check out the Great Island Grown Festival, which offers a rare glimpse inside the unique world of island food and farming throughout the month of October. Also look for some of the winter farm stands scattered throughout the island.

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he San Juan Islands are situated in the heart of the Pacific Northwest Flyway, which makes the archipelago a well-heeled rest-stop for a whole host of migratory birds. Birding is best in spring and autumn, also known in the islands as the “shoulder seasons”. An added bonus for birders is that the swarm of summer visitors drops by a noticeable amount when those two seasons roll around. The list of birds that trek Scott Rasmussen photo through the San Juans is both long and alluring. It includes: green and blue-winged teals, yellowrumped warblers, Rufous hummingbirds, snow geese, western sandpipers, the semi-palmated plover, lesser yellow-leg and water pipits. But if you’re a big fan of Trumpeter swans, winter is when you bundle up, grab the binoculars and camera, and heads outdoors. Still, you’ll find much more than the just the migratory kind in the islands. Shorebirds, songbirds, waterbirds and a variety of birds of prey make their home in the see Birding, next page


Welcome to the San Juan Islands from Birding, previous page

islands. In fact, the San Juans have long been known to have one of the oystercatcher, with its elongated colorful beak, stand out as signature species of the San Juans. The San Juan Islands chapter of the Audubon Society sponsors monthly birdwalks, which feature trips to various birding hot-spots across the islands.


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Orcas Island


Above, Swimmers enjoy summer splash in Cascade Lake on Orcas; contributed photo. Left, An island sunset; Matt Minnis photo.

County council Patty Miller (Orcas East) 378‑2898 (office) 376‑6840 (home) Rick Hughes (Orcas West) 378‑2898 (office) 376‑2500 (home) Fire Department Mike Harris, chief 376‑2331 Library 500 Rose St., Eastsound 376‑4985 Medical Clinics Orcas Family Health Center 1286 Mount Baker Road, Eastsound 376‑7778 Orcas Family Medicine 33 Urner St., Eastsound 376‑4949 Orcas Medical Center 7 Deye Lane, Eastsound 376‑2561 Emergency: 911 Senior Services Orcas Island Senior Center 376‑2677 Utilities/Services Orcas Power & Light 376‑3500 (office) 376‑3599 (outages)

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hether hiking to breath-taking views, perusing local hand-crafted merchandise, listening to local musicians or tasting fine culinary feats - Orcas Island has it all in a short distance. Jump in your car or rent a bike and get ready to explore. Moran State Park offers a wealth of intersecting trails that lead to crystal clear and quiet lakes or climb steeply and surely to Mount Constitution providing spectacular 360-degree ocean views. While you take a walk on the island’s wild and rustic side, you’ll probably run into a few docile deer or you might spot a bald eagle soaring above. The horseshoe-shaped island boasts 57 square miles and 70 miles of shoreline to admire. Among the roughly 5,000 year-round residents are life-long islanders, retirees and young families. Artists, CEOs, farmer, inventors, musicians, movie producers, actors, physicists — all call this jewel of an island home. You’ll bump into this diverse group of islanders in “town,” or Eastsound, the island’s business center. Eastsound is the island’s main center of commerce and home to numerous gourmet restaurants, most offering locally-grown, organic fare. Many buildings are heritage homes housing a bookstore, two groceries, a library, a movie the-

ater, a pharmacy, realty offices, and shops selling arts and crafts, kids’ toys, handmade jewelry, home decor, thrift items and more. The Village Green, complete with a grassy knoll and an outdoor stage, hosts the weekly summer Farmers’ Market and Sunday evening Music on the Green events where local artists share their talents. Eastsound is also home to the Funhouse Commons, a spot for kids and teens to work on art projects, conduct science experiments, work on computers and more. Children’s House and Kaleidoscope day care facilities both offer drop-in childcare on a space available basis. Just outside Eastsound is Buck Park, home to the world-renowned Orcas Skate Park, tennis courts, soccer fields and a playground. Also on the borders are two waterfront parks: Crescent Beach, a long narrow swath edging Crescent Beach Road, and North Beach, a short strip of sandy beach at the end of North Beach Road, where you can sit back against a driftwood log and view the Canadian coastline while the sunset kindles the ocean flame-colored. Eastsound is located at the bend in the island’s “horseshoe,” with main roads running from it in both directions: southwest to the ferry landing and Deer Harbor, and southeast to Olga, Doe Bay and beyond.

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from Orcas, previous page Island hamlets include Orcas Village, where you’ll stumble upon the ferry landing, a gourmet grocery, a post office and specialty shops. Deer Harbor, on the sunny west side - yes the weather often differs on that part of the island - is home to quaint lodging, a restaurant, a marina where boats can be rented, and more. Deer Harbor is so-called because Hudson Bay Co. hunters came to hunt deer in the late 1800s to supply the company’s post in Victoria. Olga is a tiny town perched on the east shore, with an eclectic art gallery and cafe, post office, and a few homes. If you venture out along the island’s main road even further, you will come to Doe Bay Resort, which features a restaurant with open mike nights and other musical performances, including a popular summertime festival, a general store, lodging, and a clothing-optional hot tub. Moran State Park, nestled between Eastsound and Olga, is home to Cascade, Mountain and Twin Lakes, numerous tent and RV campsites, and hiking trails. Cascade Lake has a fishing dock, swimming area, and pedal-boat rentals in the summer. Campsites fill up quickly during busy summer months, so reserve your spot ahead of time. If you find you forgot any gear, Eastsound has a sporting goods store carrying a good selection of outdoor adventure and sports supplies. Orcas Island has it all. For more information, visit Orcas Island Chamber of Commerce online; www.orcasislandchamber.com

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LOPEZ ISLAND Public: • Lopez School District. Grades K-12; lopezislandschool.org, 468-2202. Columbia Virtual Academy. Grades K-12, 11 students; cva.org., 468-2212. ORCAS ISLAND Public: • Orcas Island School District. K-12; orcasislandschools.org, 376-2287. OASIS Alternative Learning: Online & Classroom, Grades K-12.

• Waldron Island School: Grades K-8, 14 students, 360-588-3383. Private: • Orcas Christian School, Eastsound. Grades K-12, oics.org. 376-6683. • Funhouse Commons, 376-7177, funhousecommons.org/ • Kaleidoscope, Eastsound, 376-2484, ourkaleidoscopekids.org • Orcas Montessori School, 376-5350, orcasmontessori.org • Orcas Island Children’s House, Eastsound, 376-4744, ages 1-6, OICH.org • School of the Salish Sea - Waldorf Initiative, 376-4552, schoolofthesalishsea.org • Salmonberry School, Eastsound.

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paideiaclassicalschool.com. Grades K-8. Early Childhood Education: • Alphabet Soup. Ages 1-6; 378-9166, www.alphabetsouppreschool.com. • Children’s House Montessori. Ages 3-6; 378-5255, fridayharbormontessori.org. • San Juan Head Start. Ages 3-5, 378-6030, skagit.edu. • Lighthouse Preschool. Ages 3-5, 378-4885, fridayharborpresbyterian.org. • Stepping Stones Early Learning Center, 378-4455. SHAW ISLAND • Shaw Island School. 468-2570, shaw. k12.wa.us.

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Above, Natural and cultural history merge near Egg Lake Road; Scott Herning photo. Left, Lime Kiln State Park features a historic lighthouse; Cali Bagby photo.

County Council Richard Peterson Bob Jarman Marc Forlenza 378-2898 (office) Friday Harbor Mayor: Carrie Lacher Town Hall: 60 Second St., 378‑2390 Fire Department Steve Marler, chief Fire District 3, 378‑5334 Library, 1010 Guard St., FH, 378‑2798 Medical Center 550 Spring St., FH, 378-2141 Sheriff's DepT. Rob Nou, sheriff 378‑4151 (main) Emergency: 911 Senior Services Mullis Center 589 Nash St., FH 378‑2677 Utilities/Services Orcas Power and Light Coop., 376-3500 (office) 376-3599 (outages)

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an Juan Island is home to two U.S. ports of entry, one world-class marine research institute, San Juan County’s only incorporated town and, among many other notable items, a camel. Her name is Mona. Oh yeah, it’s also home to a sculpture park and to a one-eyed harbor seal affectionately known as “Popeye”. Plump, yet graceful, Popeye has for years been an unofficial mascot of Friday Harbor, the marina, that is, not so much for the town. Speaking of the town, Friday Harbor remains the only incorporated town in San Juan County and, as such, it is the seat of county government, as well as home of a government entity entirely of its own, which is run by a mayor, an administrator, a treasurer and a council of five elected officials, and about 32 employees. In 2011, the town budget totaled $11.4 million overall. Founded in 1909, Friday Harbor spans just over one-square mile of territory and is home to about 2,000 year-round residents. The year of its centennial celebration, the town ushered in its first-ever female mayor, as voters backed Carrie Lacher in the race for the town’s highest elected office. Friday Harbor is the commercial core and cultural hub of San Juan Island. It’s home to

an airport, a public library, the county fair, a 285-seat community theater, four banks, a fitness center, a bowling alley, a movie theater, scores of quality restaurants, a multitude of art galleries and no less than six separate museums: historical, art, maritime, veterans, aviation and The Whale Museum. It’s also home to a newly constructed medical facility, Peace Island Medical Center, a $30 million critical access hospital operated by Vancouver-based PeaceHealth, a regional medical center and hospital conglomerate, that opened its doors in late 2012. Situated closer to Canada than mainland U.S.A., San Juan Island and its 55 square miles rest in the westerly rain shadow of the Olympic Mountains and British Columbia’s Vancouver Island. It gets an average of 29 inches of rainfall a year. That’s nearly half the amount of precipitation that falls on Seattle, which lies about 65 miles to the south. At 1,090 feet, Mount Dallas is its tallest peak. The island features a patchwork of state, federal and local parks that together attract thousands of visitors each year. Most notably, perhaps, the island is the home of San Juan Island National Historical Park, established in 1966 and managed by the National Parks Service in commemoration

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Welcome to the San Juan Islands from San Juan, previous page of the peaceful settlement of an international boundary dispute between Great Britain and the U.S., which began in 1859 over the shooting of a British-owned pig by a U.S. settler. Commonly referred to as the Pig War, that boundary clash featured a 12-year standoff and joint-occupation of the island by British and U.S. troops. The matter was resolved through arbitration, when Kaiser Wilhelm I of Germany determined the San Juan Islands belonged to the U.S. And the rest, as they say, is history. One that islanders tend to be quite proud of. As for history, San Juan and its sister islands were at one time a traditional fishing, hunting, trading and gathering place for many of the region’s Coast Salish people, such as the Lummi, Samish and Sooke. The cornerstone of its more modern history is linked to Roche Har-

bor, which now boasts a seaside village and resort, but was home to one of the island’s first major industries, the mining and export of lime, more than a century ago. In its heyday, Roche Harbor Lime Co., founded by enterprising Tacoma attorney John S. McMillin in 1886, was the largest lime-mining operation west of the Mississippi. San Juan Island is the most populous of all the islands, home to nearly half the population of San Juan County, which, of Washington state’s 39 counties, ranks 32nd in population. In 2010, the county population totaled 15,844 year-round residents, according to the U.S. Census, of which 6,894 lived on San Juan, 2,162 of those in the town. — For more information, San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce, 360378-5240, www.sanjuanisland.org.

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f summer days seem longer and the weather just a bit more pleasant — dare we say, spectacular? — there’s good reason for it. The San Juans get about onethird less rainfall each year on average than does the Seattle area, located just 65 miles due south, A rainbow follows in the wake of a rare summer storm; contributed photo. as the seaplane flies. Microclimates prevail across the islands, so precipitation varies a bit from place to place. As far as the sun, well, it shines on the San Juans some 247 days a year, on average. And on June 21, the summer solstice, there’s almost 16 hours and 30 minutes of daylight. Credit the islands’ drier-than-average Pacific Northwest weather on the Olympic Mountain Range, a jagged cluster of snow-capped peaks located about 40 miles south and west of the San Juans. While not exceedingly tall (the highest peak, Mount Olympus, is 7,962 feet), the Olympics, in tandem with Vancouver Island to the north and west, create a rain shadow, forcing rain-swollen weather fronts headed in from the Pacific Ocean to drop their load before they reach the islands. That rain shadow gives rise to one of the nicknames by which the San Juans have long been known: The Banana Belt. — Scott Rasmussen

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RETIREMENT Hidden gem of the San Juans By Steve Wehrly



haw Island is the jewel in the ring of the San Juan Islands, surrounded by San Juan to the west, Orcas to the north and Lopez to the south. At 7.7 square miles, Shaw is one-fourth the size of Lopez, oneseventh the size of San Juan (55 sq. miles) and Orcas (57 sq. miles). Its population of 240 is a 10th of Lopez (2,200), a 20th of Orcas (4,400) and a 30th of San Juan (7,000). You probably get the idea: Shaw is small, and it’s a jewel even without the spaciousness of the other three islands. Shaw General Store, at the ferry landing, is the hub of the island and the location of its only restaurant (the Silver Bay Cafe, which serves many island-grown products) and overnight accommodations. Owners Steve and Terri Mason also operate the ferry landing and a marina. Two historic structures on Shaw Island house both the Shaw Island School, a schoolhouse built in 1887 that boasts that it is the oldest continuously operated school in the state, and the Shaw Island Library and Historical Society, a museum constructed with logs from the original island post office. The library, adjacent to the historical museum, founded, stocked and maintained by islanders, boasts a substantial, diverse, collection. Biking, boating and hiking are popular with visitors and islanders alike. Many camp at the 60-acre county park, about two miles away from the ferry dock on sandy South Beach at Indian Cove, which features the county’s longest stretch of sandy white beach. Shaw Island community center, owned and run by the non-profit Shaw Islanders, Inc., hosts numerous community activities, including tai chi and yoga, and is the venue for island concerts, including music by Island Sinfonia, founded on Shaw and conducted by Shaw islander Ned Griffin.

Orcas Power & Light 376‑3500 (office) 376‑3599 (outages)

— For more information visit Shaw Islanders, Inc., www.shawislanders.org.

Low tide on sandy South Beach at Indian Cove; photo courtesy of SJC Parks.

County council Jamie Stephens 468-4408 (home) Fire Department Brud Joslin, chief 468-2908 Library 468-4068 Medical Airlift Northwest 800-426-2430 SHERIFF’S DEPT. Houston Taylor, deputy 298-4002 (cell) 378‑4151 (main) Emergency: 911



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Welcome to the San Juan Islands

By Steve Wehrly

A Anacortes, with Cap Sante Marina in the foreground and the hills of the San Juan Islands beyond; Journal file photo.

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nacortes isn’t cutesy, like, say Leavenworth is, but it’s nestled in one of the most picturesque spots in Washington; it’s always bustling, and it’s a place that would make early settler Anna Curtis proud to be its namesake. The city mixes oil and water, with a touch of Native American cultural spice. The Tesoro refinery at March Point employs 360 full time workers and refines about 120,000 barrels of crude oil per day; the Shell Puget Sound refinery, formerly owned by Chevron, has about 400 employees and refines some 145,000 barrels per day. Water defines Anacortes. More than 20 miles of shore-

line and five freshwater lakes provide settings for 3,000 acres of parks and forestland, five marinas, two ferry docks, numerous boatyards, and waterfront and waterview neighborhoods throughout the city. The Samish Indian Nation tribal headquarters is in Anacortes, and tribal participation in city events and cultural life - including the Samish Gallery of Native Art - enriches the Anacortes culture. The Samish Nation’s heritage on Fidalgo Island provides a link to the past and its tribal environmental stewardship efforts are a nod to the future. Anacortes occupies 14.2 square miles of Fidalgo Island’s

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Welcome to the San Juan Islands from Anacortes, previous page 41 square miles, and has a population of just un- Festival on April 13 coincides with the Skagit der 16,000. Across Guemes Channel to the north Valley Tulip Festival; the Waterfront Festival on is Guemes Island, and to the west is Rosario Strait June 1 and 2, 2013, is the opening of the summer and the San Juan Islands. To the east are Fidalgo season; the Anacortes Arts Festival in August attracts artists and art lovers from the northwest and Padilla bays. Incorporated in 1891, neighborhoods to the and across the country; the Oyster Run in Sepwest of Commercial Street, the Main Street of tember is the largest motorcycle “fair” in WashAnacortes, are neat and well-tended, with a smat- ington; and Octoberfest closes out the tourist tering of late 19th and early 20th century Victo- season with music, beer and food galore. rian and craftsman homes. Further west are post—For more information, Anacortes Chamber of war neighborhoods, and nearer to the airport and the San Juan Island ferry dock, surrounding the Commerce, (360) 293-7911, www.anacortes.org. Skyline Marina, are more recent houses filled with families HOME • AUTO and a growing population of reBUSINESS • YACHT tired folk. CONTrACTOrS Befitting its place as a tourist stopover and terminus of ferLIfE • BONDING ries to the San Juan Islands and COMMErCIAL BUILDINGS Vancouver Island, Anacortes “Welcome to the San Juans!” boasts a plethora of festivals and events from March to No360-378-8933 • fax 360-378-8938 vember. PO Box 2718, 849 Spring St. Friday Harbor, WA 98250 Ellen Johnson-CIC It starts with the Unknown “Certified Insurance Counselor” Music Series, March 23. After ellen@harborinsurance.us Agent/Owner www.harborinsurance.us that, take your pick: the Spring

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WEB AND GRAPHIC DESIGN SilverLining is a web & graphic design studio located on Orcas Island offering creative services for small businesses & individuals.

Above, a young couple strolls the shoreline of South Beach; Cali Bagby photo. Left, the Easter egg hunt at Jackson’s Beach is always a popular event; inset photo, California Poppies are a signature flower of San Juan Island; Scott Rasmussen photos.

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Watch the splendid birds, whales & wildlife of the Islands New! Painted by Lanny Little, the front of the store features the interior of the original pharmacy based on photos from Al Nash Jr. Art donated by A&H Stores, owners.

Prescriptions • Souvenirs T Shirts & Sweatshirts • Cosmetics Hallmark Cards & Gifts, Gift Wrap Candy • Party Ware Art, Office & School Supplies

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Fishing Tackle and Licenses Current and Tide Guides Gear for all your outdoor adventures

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Center for health & wellness for West Skagit & the San Juan Islands! Island Hospital is one of the most innovative and recognized small hospitals in the U.S. Island offers a Level III Emergency Department, state-of-the-art Diagnostic Imaging and a full range of high-quality services from the Birth Center to Home Healthcare.

• Aesthetic, Reconstructive & Hand Surgery


(360) 588-2081 • Birth Center

(360) 299-1331

• Physical, Occupational & Speech Therapy

(360) 299-1328

• Psychiatry & Behavioral Health

Free round-trip transport is available from the Anacortes Ferry Terminal for San Juan County residents who are using Island Hospital or IH clinics. For info visit islandhospital.org; for reservations call:

• Cancer Care Center

(360) 299-4200 • Diagnostic Services, including Mammography, DEXA

(360) 708-6358

(360) 299-1315

(360) 299-4297 • Sleep Wellness Center

(360) 299-8676 • Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine

(360) 899-4600

Main Switchboard (360) 468-3185

• Home Health Services

(360) 299-1302

Call main toll-free and ask for connection to any department

• Island Surgeons

(360) 293-5142 • Outpatient & Inpatient Surgery Center

(360) 299-1300


Your best healthcare experience begins at Island Hospital. We always place your emotional and medical needs first and foremost.

1211 24th Street / Anacortes • islandhospital.org

Lopez Island Medical Clinic

High-Quality, Comprehensive Healthcare

(360) 468-2245

Located in Lopez Island Village Mon – Fri • 9am – 5pm

Family Care Clinic of Island Hospital Supported by Catherine Washburn Medical Assn

Working Together with Island Hospital for Quality Medical Care on Orcas Island

(360) 376-2561

7 Deye Lane, Eastsound Mon - Fri • 8:30am – 5pm

Doctor on call 24/7 • www.orcasmedicalcenter.com

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Almanacs - 2013 Book of the San Juan Islands  


Almanacs - 2013 Book of the San Juan Islands