Lopez Island’s Mr. Clean

It was a beautiful summer day in July 2009. Claver Bundac, CEO and Founder of California-based biotech firm, Biomedix, decided to take his boat for a short cruise from his moorage in La Conner, WA. After an afternoon enjoying the water, Claver realized he was dangerously low on gas. He was unfamiliar with the area,…

The Reinvention Studio

In the mid-90s, Chimera, the art gallery that sits next to Lopez Coffee Shop and Holly B’s Bakery in Lopez Village, almost closed its doors. The artist cooperative was created in 1987 with what some members refer to as an “informal” approach to doing business. This, very Lopezian, invention needed to be re-invented if it was to survive.…

Taking the Hill

In 1974, Ann Palmer and her sister, Virginia, purchased property in the heart of Lopez Island – a densely forested piece of land nestled next to Lopez Hill. If you’ve ever been to Lopez Hill, you’ll understand what attracted Ann and her sister to this place – hundreds of acres of forestland, blanked by a…

A Good Fit

In December 2014, Aaron Dye decided to close down Island Body and Fitness, much to the chagrin of the loyal followers of fitness class instructor, Heidi Strong. It’s not like they could simply switch over to the local Gold’s Gym or 24 Hour Fitness. Not willing to leave these fitness-minded Lopezians in the cold, the…

Bond, School Bond

Bond. In most places, this term conjures up images of top secret missions, evil villains and martinis. On Lopez, the word has nothing to do with martinis. Unless you’ve been living under The Rock, you’ve heard something about the $9.6 million bond that was passed last year to renovate the Lopez Island School District. I attended…