Cali Bagby

Cali posted 282 stories to The Journal of the San Juan Islands.
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Letting go, saying goodbye | Editorial

The human spirit yearns to forgo the inevitable: the closing of books, the shutting of doors and that bitter dying of the light. Eternal darkness or even the afterlife can fill us with dread, so when one individual steps up and lights an orange torch in a landscape of black, we, too, take heart.

  • Oct 12th, 2016 7:01pm

Southern resident orcas spotted in Puget Sound

Submitted by Susan Berta and Howard Garrett

  • Oct 11th, 2016 8:55pm

Orcas School says there are no claims that Wolverines were too aggressive at recent game | Update

The lady Wolverines faced the Orcas Vikings two weeks ago winning 9 - 0. The game resulted in injury to two Viking players, according to Viking Coach Chris Doherty. One girl has a cracked tibia and another has a cracked ankle.

  • Oct 17th, 2016 11:31pm

A Canadian necropsy reveals more info about a Southern resident orca

A Canadian necropsy revealed that a Southern resident orca was killed by a fungal infection possibly caused by a satellite tag.

  • Oct 7th, 2016 8:52pm

Woman who wanted open road instead of a hospital bed passes away on Friday Harbor

A woman defied traditional cancer treatment by heading out on a cross-country trip instead of wasting away in a hospital bed. She passed away on San Juan Island last Friday, according to San Juan County Coroner Randy Gaylord.

  • Oct 6th, 2016 11:20pm

Arraignment set for suspect in Tukwila stabbing | Update

A 29-year-old Friday Harbor man was fatally stabbed Sunday night at a link light rail station in Tukwila, Wash. The victim has been identified as Jesse L. Goncalves.

  • Oct 11th, 2016 12:25am

Four survive Kenmore plane crash in Cattle Pass, San Juan Island

At 8:45 this morning, a Kenmore plane with four passengers went down in Cattle Pass off the shore of San Juan Island.

  • Sep 30th, 2016 9:37pm

Finding a long-lost daughter

When Mona Bradford saw him in the airport she did not recognize his face, but there was something familiar in his presence. Bradford was meeting her foster father Steven King, whom she hadn't seen for more than 44 years.

  • Sep 30th, 2016 8:30am

Vote counting equipment testing

A "Logic and Accuracy" test of ballot tabulating equipment used in San Juan County for the Nov. 8 General Election is scheduled for Oct. 6 at 11 a.m. The test works by tallying the results of a prepared set of ballots to see if the results match the votes cast. The test will take place in the Elections Office located at 55 Second Street, Suite A, in Friday Harbor.

  • Sep 29th, 2016 9:31pm

Hike Young Hill

Check out the upcoming "Know Your Island Walk."

  • Sep 20th, 2016 8:30am

Coast Guard to renovate Cattle Point Lighthouse

The U.S. Coast Guard is in the final stages of planning for performing repairs to the foundation of the Cattle Point Lighthouse. Since 2010 the Coast Guard has been concerned about stability of the lighthouse foundation which has been progressively eroded by winds and foot traffic. The Coast Guard has worked with appropriate environmental agencies to consider possible impacts of the planned work on the lighthouse parcel and on Bureau of Land Management property the Coast Guard must cross to access the lighthouse. Tentative funding has been secured with construction work possibly starting early next year. The Coast Guard and Bureau of Land Management are hosting a public information sharing meeting on Oct. 12 to solicit community interest and concerns associated with the lighthouse and foundation repair work. The Bureau of Land Management is also considering formation of a community partnering group for the lighthouse if there is interest. Coast Guard and Bureau of Land Management personnel will be available on Wednesday, Oct. 12 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the San Juan Island Grange #966, 152 First Street North, Friday Harbor, Washington. Everyone is welcome to stop by to see the plans and provide their thoughts.

  • Sep 19th, 2016 10:52pm

Canadian Comedy Star in Friday Harbor

Aptly described as the love child of Jack Black and Bette Midler, Sharron Matthews brings her one-woman show to San Juan Community Theatre on Sunday, Sept. 18 at 7:30 p.m.

  • Sep 14th, 2016 4:34pm

Girls’ soccer team hopeful for state

by Michael Bunnell

  • Sep 14th, 2016 4:48pm

Thanks for supporting education – letter

With another school year about to begin, I'd like to acknowledge the important work that United Way of San Juan County does to ensure that all children in our community have the support they need to thrive in the classroom.

  • Sep 8th, 2016 8:30am

Friday Harbor woman hits patrol car, charged with vehicular assault

Jessica Lynne Whitis, 25, of Friday Harbor, is charged with: vehicular assault; assault in the third degree; two counts of reckless endangerment; violating a no-contact/protect order for domestic violence; driving under the influence ;and resisting arrest. Her arraignment is set for Sept. 2 in San Juan Superior Court.

  • Sep 2nd, 2016 8:30am

Blues muse comes to town

Curtis Salgado was living in Eugene when he heard a movie was being filmed in town. It was the 1970s and the night scene was hoppin'. Salgado was playing in a band and in the middle of the song, he heard the fated words, "Belushi wants to meet you."

  • Sep 1st, 2016 8:30am

Local diver dies near Johns Island

A local diver died after experiencing medical complications near Johns Island on Tuesday afternoon.

  • Aug 31st, 2016 7:55pm

Leave No Trace training

Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers will be visiting Orcas, San Juan, and Lopez Islands for three days of Leave No Trace training for hiking, camping, kayaking and star gazing. Join us as we raise awareness about minimizing our impact on wild places.

  • Aug 31st, 2016 8:33am

The first ones, a vital part of history – Editorial

The Spanish founded the island and named it Isla y Archipelago de San Juan. That is our history. We speak the words almost every day, "The San Juans." But the first ones did not come in a ship from Europe. They were an ancient people who traveled here on foot after the great ice sheet thawed. More than 8,000 years ago they made their homes on the shores of the islands. They fished for salmon off the coast and gathered oysters and mussels. If you have ever appreciated the pretty purple flowers that bloom in the San Juan national park, then you have seen a primary food source for the islands' early people. They picked the camas bulbs and cooked them in the earth like potatoes.

  • Aug 31st, 2016 8:33am

Two Minnesota men found in apparent murder-suicide on Lopez were part of sexual assault investigation

Two Minnesota men were found dead on a beach on Lopez Island last week. In the wake of their murder-suicide an even darker story has emerged: the couple were allegedly involved in the sexual abuse of a 16-year-old-boy.

  • Sep 1st, 2016 12:25am

‘Romeo and Juliet’ last shows this week

It is your final chance to see "Romeo and Juliet" this Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 8 p.m. at 1062 Wold Rd, Friday Harbor.

  • Aug 24th, 2016 8:30am

Malicious mischief on Lopez

Megan Christine Mackinnon, 27, of Arlington, Wash., is charged with malicious mischief in the first degree.

  • Aug 23rd, 2016 4:18pm

Vandalism at Republican booth at fair

The Republican National Party booth at the San Juan County Fair was vandalized last night. When Volunteers Carl and Alison Jablonski showed up for this shift on Saturday morning they were shocked to find signs ripped up into small pieces, remnants of several eggs thrown around the area and a sign that read, "Screw Donald Trump."

  • Aug 21st, 2016 8:30am

8.8k fair run results

Chauncey Cox placed first in Island Rec's 8.8k Fair Fun Run on Saturday, Aug. 20 with a time of 35 minutes and 16 seconds. He was followed by Max Haenel at 36:19 and then Andrew Moffatt at 38:13.

  • Aug 21st, 2016 8:30am

Thanks to Tucker Street crew – Letter

As residents of the McDonald Street neighborhood in Friday Harbor, we would like to congratulate the Friday Harbor Town Council, Town Manager Duncan Wilson, Public Works Director Wayne Haefele, and the entire crew of Mike Carlson Construction on the completion of the Tucker Phase l Project.

  • Aug 17th, 2016 11:09pm

Francis Mainard Skidmore – Obituary

Francis Mainard Skidmore, 95, went to be with his Lord and Savior on July 21, 2016 at Aegis of Lynnwood in Lynnwood, Washington. He was born May 5, 1921 in Seattle, WA to Mainard and Catherine (Woods) Skidmore. He had a long career as a fire fighter, based at the Fire Department Headquarters in Seattle. He was the driver for Chief Vickery in the 1960s. "Skid," as he was known, was also a veteran of WWII and the Korean War, spending the majority of his service in the Aleutian Islands as a radioman in the Coast Guard and the Navy. He graduated from Queen Anne High School and spent one year at the UW before enlisting in the Coast Guard in 1942.

  • Aug 17th, 2016 5:08pm

Barker trial set

(Warning: This story contains disturbing details about alleged sexual assault against a child.)

  • Aug 2nd, 2016 10:23pm

Orcas teacher sentencing moved to Aug. 10

A jury found 59-year-old Orcas Island High School teacher Gerald Grellet-Tinner guilty of two counts of Sexual Misconduct in the First Degree.

  • Aug 1st, 2016 8:30am

Celebrate farming – Editorial

The San Juan County Fair, Aug. 17 – 20, is not only a fun event, but a celebration of agriculture and islanders who are maintaining practices of the past. Why is that important? The short answer is farming makes for better communities. But a life of toiling in the soil is not always easy.

  • Jul 26th, 2016 11:11pm

Bernie K. Day: 1944 – 2016 | Obituary

Bernie Day 71, a resident of Friday Harbor for 26 years, passed unexpectedly on July 3, 2016 during a five-week cruise to Desolation Sound and the Broughton Islands, British Columbia, Canada. She was born in Walsenburg, Colo. on Aug. 28, 1944. The daughter of Julia and Charles John Simansky. Bernie grew up in Erie and Westminster Colorado and graduated from Westminster High School in Colorado. Following high school, she started a career in various administration roles at several technology companies and later as a senior administrator at Western Electric and AT&T Bell Laboratories. In New Jersey, she started a technology value-added reseller (VAR) company D&D CompuTech, Inc. and enjoyed its rise in the AT&T VAR program ranks.

  • Jul 23rd, 2016 8:30am

Lessons from Goose Island

(Editor's note: A grass fire allegedly caused by a homemade firecracker started on Goose Island June 26 and smoldered for many days. The island is located off of Cape San Juan, between San Juan and Lopez.)

  • Jul 21st, 2016 8:30am

Medicare 101: Your Questions Answered

Are you confused by Medicare?

  • Jul 20th, 2016 3:58pm

Beyond the summit | Editorial

This past weekend I climbed Mt. Adams, a peak I aspired to summit more than seven years ago.

  • Jul 20th, 2016 8:30pm

Six figure embezzlement case reaches superior court

A civil case in San Juan Superior Court alleges that Sarah and John Coffelt of Orcas Island embezzled at least $580,297 from William and Valerie Anders.

  • Jul 17th, 2016 8:30am

Friday Harbor student given academic honors

William Blackmon, of Friday Harbor, made the dean's list for the spring 2016 quarter (which ended June 10 ) at Eastern Washington University. For more info, go to

  • Jul 17th, 2016 8:30am

Yes for EMS levy | Editorial

Imagine your 80-year-old great grandmother awoke one night with chest pains and was worried it was a heart attack. Her 85-year-old husband, who suffers from a shattered vertebra in his neck, was unable to drive her to the emergency room. She called 911 and minutes later a volunteer EMT was at her door and began basic life-saving protocols. Minutes later an ambulance arrived with two paramedics who stabilized her and transported her safely to Peace Island Hospital for further care. What if when she dialed 911 there were no EMTs? No paramedics? No ambulance?

  • Jul 14th, 2016 8:30am

Library Board of Trustees meeting cancelled

The special work session of the San Juan Island Library Board of Trustees scheduled for July 19 has been cancelled. The board plans to reschedule this session at a later date.

  • Jul 13th, 2016 4:18pm

Get involved – Letter

We all look forward to summer, but it's easy to forget that it can be a time of stress for young families. Many parents are working long hours while school is out and their childcare options may be limited. United Way of San Juan County recognizes the importance of providing safe, structured activities for children and working parents in our community during the summer months. United Way's support of our Youth Mentoring Program enables school-aged kids – mostly from single-parent families – to be paired one-on-one with an adult mentor. Together, Mentor and Mentee meet weekly to do everything from hiking to summer reading, as well as getting involved in wonderful 4-H activities. Likewise, United Way funding enables our center to offer free parent-child playgroups four mornings a week through our Family Support Program, providing valuable time for new parents (and grandparents!) to connect with one another while their infants and preschoolers build social skills through cooperative play and group activities. It's a terrific way for families to stay connected even when schools are closed for the summer. We encourage community members to support United Way of San Juan County and the efforts they make to ensure that local families have access to active, healthy summer activities.

  • Jul 13th, 2016 8:30am

Tucker Avenue Reconstruction Project – Phase 1 – Construction Update

Tucker Avenue Reconstruction Project – Phase 1

  • Jul 24th, 2016 8:30am

Sheriff responds to Dallas shootings

By Sheriff Ron Krebs

  • Jul 9th, 2016 6:05pm