Cali Bagby

Cali posted 282 stories to The Journal of the San Juan Islands.
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Winter gardens can provide bounty as well

The rain falls and the wind blows – it is winter in San Juan County. But don't let the bluster of colder weather stop you from putting on your gardening gloves and digging in the soil. Due to our temperate weather and low elevation, frost rarely occurs in our garden beds and a light mulch on the surface can easily solve that problem. So as long as you are willing, fall and winter gardens are a must for the island.

  • Dec 4th, 2015 9:41pm

Basking shark populations teeter on the brink of local extinction

The sharks were seen often twenty years go, but becoming entangled in fishing nets and their long gestation periods has resulted in their populations plummeted

  • Oct 24th, 2015 1:00am

Why do we write crime stories? | Editorial

We are the community paper of record and it is our responsibility to inform the public of all news, good and bad.

  • Oct 16th, 2015 11:03pm

U.S. Customs office relocates to downtown location

The new, larger facility, located at 100 First Street, will allow officers to more efficiently process the more than 37,000 individuals that come into the U.S.

  • Oct 15th, 2015 6:06pm

Schools prepare for earthquake by enrolling in awareness program

This October states across the nation will be participating in the Great Shake Out earthquake drill.

  • Oct 9th, 2015 1:41am

Our veterans deserve better | Editorial

Unfortunately, this lifesaver functions more like water wings rather than a durable life raft. The funds are for emergency short-term housing, leaving us to wonder: how helpful will such money be in our community? The answer is: not very.

  • Oct 1st, 2015 10:34pm

Federal funding for homeless vets to come to San Juan County

Federal funding for homeless veterans may be a step in the right direction for the state when it comes to supporting those who have served our country. In the islands, the funds may be more like a band-aid on a wound that continues to bleed.

  • Sep 29th, 2015 8:41pm

Girls soccer team gains momentum

The Wolverines faced the Vikings on Sept. 23 on Orcas Island and came out on top with of a 3-0 score.

  • Sep 24th, 2015 10:07pm

Rotary brings solar power to Haiti

With electricity comes power. Not only the power to connect computers to the Internet, but the power to learn and communicate. In the spirit of that power, last December the Rotary Club of San Juan Island awarded the Orcas nonprofit Helping Hands Noramise $8,300 for a solar project in Haiti.

  • Sep 25th, 2015 5:37pm

Polecat: in the house, on the loose

Award-winning Bellingham-based folk, bluegrass band lights up Rumor Mill, Friday, May 23 at 8:30 p.m. Formed in March 2010, the group is based out of Bellingham, Wash. and has been making a name for itself throughout the Northwest for its expressive roots tracks and explosive live shows.

  • May 21st, 2014 10:27pm

Wolf Hollow turns 30

Founders of the wildlife rehab center reflect on the past, prepare for the next 30 years.

  • Jul 23rd, 2013 11:21pm

Wounds often linger for military veterans, even back home

Many of the veterans who Veterans Advisory Board Chairman Michael Baker works with come in once and he never sees them again. Others have longer-term issues. “They [veterans] exist,” Baker said. “There are frustrations of not being able to offer a program that helps them more than just piecemeal.”

  • Jul 9th, 2013 3:58pm

Orcas man sentenced to nine years for Valentine’s Day assault, hit-and-run

According to court documents, Mobley and the two men, both of whom are from off-island, “smoked drugs” on the night of Feb. 14 and he then accused each of them throughout the night of having separate affairs with two women that he was dating. When one of the women got into a car with the two men, Mobley then pursued them in his vehicle and slammed into their car several times.

  • Jan 1st, 2013 6:00am

Ninja Theater

Somehow a group of performers have brought the elements of the big screen to the stage. While most theatre productions try to avoid replicating the cinema, Nanda has embraced special effects to enhance their performances.

  • Oct 23rd, 2012 10:34pm

When fires rage, there is a plan

The Wildfire Prevention Plan has projects ranging from better house fire protection to helping the Garry Oaks on Turtleback

  • May 30th, 2012 7:57pm

Obscene phone calls: annoying or dangerous?

Since the end of April, the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office has taken 20 calls reporting sexually explicit telephone calls in the middle of the night by a man, from a restricted or private number, who speaks to his female victims by their name.

  • May 11th, 2012 11:58pm

Petition circulating to ban Genetically Modified Organisms grown in San Juan County

A petition seeking to make San Juan County free of genetically modified organisms has hit the streets. Initiative Measure No. 2012-4 needs 1,560 signatures of registered voters in the county, validated by June, in order to be on the November ballot. The county council could also choose to enact it as a law. The measure would make it unlawful to propagate, cultivate, raise or grow plants, animals and other organisms that have been genetically modified and provides for penalties and destruction of such organisms.

  • Feb 28th, 2012 1:12am

From safaris to public service

A Friday Harbor resident travels to Tanzania and meets a man, who opens his eyes to another world

  • Feb 14th, 2012 6:48pm

Wetland dispute prompts viral video

Charles Dalton shares a four-acre property with another islander on Orcas Island, and said his troubles started because he made a mistake when he built a barn and a shed without a permit. The issue, according to the Friends of the San Juans, is not about farming, as the video suggests, but about following the rules and getting construction permits before developing.

  • Feb 15th, 2012 2:28am

San Juan Islands push for statewide plastic bag ban

While many cities have banned plastic grocery bags, Washington may become the first state in the nation to outlaw these consumables. House Bill 1877 and Senate Bill 5780, both bills to ban plastic bags and promote reusable bags, were introduced last year and both failed to pass. Similar bills House Bill 2404 and Senate Bill 5780 were reintroduced again this year by Rep. Joe Fitzgibbon and Rep. Marko Liias. The legislation is aimed at protecting Puget Sound wildlife and the environment from plastic bag debris. Both bills would allow plastic bags for fresh meat, fruits, vegetables, nuts or other bulk items, dairy products, ice and cooked foods.

  • Feb 7th, 2012 7:53pm

12-minute celebrations at the 2012 Islands Playwrights Festival

Six plays were selected out of 13 entries for the upcoming 2012 Islands Playwrights Festival running at various times from Feb. 3 - 18 at the Gubleman Theatre.

  • Jan 31st, 2012 5:44pm

Lime Kiln’s newest endangered species: staff

For Christmas, state parks handed out pink slips instead of presents — cutting 16 full-time permanent construction and maintenance staff and 66 full-time rangers from the payroll. The rangers will be given options for seasonal employment, with the aim of keeping staffing in parks from May through September similar to current year-round levels.

  • Jan 24th, 2012 8:34pm

How a dream and a boat equals bliss

The book “Stone Boat Odyssey,” chronicles the Nansens’ 14-year journey of not only having, but fulfilling a dream to take to the seas in a sailboat. Meet the Nansens and listen to their adventures on Saturday, Jan. 21, 7 p.m. at the library.

  • Jan 18th, 2012 5:23am

Retail sales up 6 percent on San Juan

Nationally, retail sales for the week before Christmas rose 14.8 percent, compared with the same period a year ago, according to the research firm ShopperTrak. Holiday shopping in San Juan is matching nation wide trends, said Victoria Compton, executive director of San Juan County Economic Development Council.

  • Jan 10th, 2012 2:38am

Snowy owls confirmed on San Juan

Two snowy owls have been confirmed on the San Juan Islands by local bird experts. And one was caught by a camera lens.

  • Jan 13th, 2012 12:47am

Snowy owls on the San Juan Islands?

The majority of San Juan county residents have never seen a snowy owl in their neighborhood, but as more of these birds are spotted in the region, it may be possible to see white wings gliding through the air.

  • Jan 5th, 2012 7:46pm

Bringing free jazz music to the people

Matt Bachmann is a practical composer — writing songs with the intent that they will be heard by an audience. That’s why over the last year he has been creating music for his own group — the JEM Jazz Trio.

  • Dec 30th, 2011 9:24pm

Citizen of the Year: Lilo Rustmann

Because of her motivation, dedication and optimism — Lilo Rustmann has made a difference in the community

  • Dec 30th, 2011 9:17pm

Open season on traffic signs?

Each island tends to have a signature, when it comes to traffic sign damage. On Lopez, vandalism typically involves bullet holes, but on San Juan the incline is simply to pull signs out of the ground and leave them on the side of the road. On all three islands, San Juan County Public Works has had to clean signs shot with paintball guns.

  • Dec 30th, 2011 9:47pm

‘Rise Up’ with Beau Borrero

Borrero visited the Occupy Wall Street movement in September and returned to his home in Friday Harbor inspired to write the song “Rise Up.” Within a few weeks of its inception, the song was recorded with local musicians Teddy Deane, Jonathan Piff, Benj Ross, and Borrero’s mom Gretchen Gubelman.

  • Dec 27th, 2011 4:00am

Ring in the New Year with family fun

SJ Prevention Coalition and Island Rec host a healthy, happy party

  • Dec 24th, 2011 5:02am

Times are tough for pets too

Poor economy puts people and their cats and dogs out of homes

  • Dec 23rd, 2011 2:29am

‘Drive by Christmas Carols’ | Multi media

It was six nights before Christmas, at 6:30 p.m., on the corner of Front and Spring Street when two islanders danced in the glow of holiday lights to songs played on saxophone and upright bass.

  • Dec 22nd, 2011 4:34pm

Harper Poesy Hair Salon celebrates one year

“It all happened really fast,” said Quinn, who celebrated the salon's first year anniversary this month. “It’s all very breath-taking, it has been a fast first year it has been a lot busier than I expected.”

  • Dec 13th, 2011 6:52pm

Songs of tragedy, friendship and world cultures

Shocked by the sudden passing of two members in his small island community, Stanley Greenthal started writing down wishes he imagined one might experience before dying — and words just started to tumble from his pen. It was like trying to catch someone else’s words running around in his head.

  • Dec 13th, 2011 5:02pm

Spike in fraud reports on SJ

Police say beware of anything involving cash transfers

  • Dec 13th, 2011 4:56pm

Island Artisans Holiday Marketplace — a quieter, friendlier Black Friday | Multi media

Over 50 vendors from all four islands gathered at the Artisans Holiday Market on San Juan Island to offer an array of items including jewelry, sweets, bodycare products, art and more.

  • Nov 27th, 2011 3:16am

Let the holidays begin — festivities begin Dec. 1

What do train sets, apple cider, strings of colored lights, music, an auction and fishing all have in common? They are just a few things to look for in the wide array of events starting Thursday to kick off the month of December.

  • Nov 25th, 2011 12:00am

Food Bank wins big at annual shopping spree

Barbara Cable - this year’s winner of King’s Market annual four-minute shopping spree sponsored by the San Juan Island Lions Club - collected a total of $736.33. And all of the merchandise will go to the Friday Harbor Food Bank.

  • Nov 24th, 2011 12:18am

Federal trial ends in $1 fine

Islander, arrested at American Camp, found guilty of ‘inteference’

  • Nov 15th, 2011 5:27pm