Anna V. Smith

Anna V. posted 115 stories to The Journal of the San Juan Islands.
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Lopez oil leak hazard

Contaminated soil found in Lopez Village causes concern for water quality

  • Feb 9th, 2016 6:36pm

Anna V. Smith says farewell to the Journal | Editorial

If you haven’t already heard the rumblings, or even if you have, I can confirm them for you here: this will be my last edition with the Journal of the San Juans.

  • Feb 8th, 2016 10:47pm

Howard Schonberger is Citizen of the Year

Howard was involved with a number of service groups, and was the very definition of an engaged citizen.

  • Feb 5th, 2016 11:56pm

Basketball teams head towards district tournaments, wrestling to sub-regional competition

A series of wins in basketball and wrestling has set the teams up for next-level competition

  • Feb 2nd, 2016 9:42pm

Public hospital board chooses new chair, examines subsidy agreement and EMS policy

The meeting was the first with the three new members, and also the first with new EMS Chief Jerry Martin.

  • Feb 2nd, 2016 7:02pm

Boys basketball scores consistently through game, gaining a 60-11 win | Slideshow

Friday Harbor Wolverine's faced Mt. Vernon Christian Jan. 29 in a boys basketball home game, winning 60 to 11.

  • Feb 1st, 2016 11:45pm

“Prosperity Project” looks at problems facing low-income househoulds in three counties

Few living-wage jobs, transportation challenges, low availability of affordable housing, difficulties of finding affordable medical care or not being insured were some top issues that the study addressed.

  • Jan 29th, 2016 12:59am

Another world lies under the sea – explore it in Whiteley lecture series

Arthur Whiteley Lecture Series features researchers looking into ocean voyages, sharks, shoreline armoring and more.

  • Jan 28th, 2016 4:00pm

Lawsuit against county dismissed; plaintiffs look to appeal

Judge Eaton has dismissed a class action lawsuit against San Juan County that alleges the county over-billed for building and land-use fees, and for misusing the fees after collection.

  • Jan 26th, 2016 8:41pm

Art installation inspires hope, levity and action

Sometimes the most effective ways to make change in the world is not to focus on problems across the world, but rather the ones closest to home.

  • Jan 22nd, 2016 1:16am

School’s community projects solve problems at home and afar

This year’s Friday Harbor High School’s Community Service-Learning Class went as far as Papua New Guinea and Romania, and as close as the high school itself.

  • Jan 21st, 2016 4:00pm

The power of mentorship – local stories during National Mentor Month

A myriad of issues stack up against parents who are trying to make it by in the San Juan Islands, including a small stock of affordable housing, high rental prices and the financial difficulties that come with seasonal jobs and, sometimes, seasonal unemployment. Despite the islands being an outdoor vacation destination for many people, some parents have difficulties finding time to spend time with their children outside of home.

  • Jan 20th, 2016 12:34am

Summer camping reservations are now available for locals

San Juan County Parks and Fairgrounds is offering early camping reservations at any of county campgrounds for year-round residents.

  • Jan 19th, 2016 9:50pm

Special council meetings on Shoreline Master Program commence on each island

The legislative hearing room was full of concerned citizens at a special council meeting on the Shoreline Master Program Tuesday, Jan. 12.

  • Jan 15th, 2016 6:54pm

Enter a fantastic world in high school production of “The NeverEnding Story”

Have you ever gotten lost in a book, and never wanted it to end?

  • Jan 14th, 2016 4:00pm

Last hospital district board meeting of the year covers old business and new

The last San Juan County Public Hospital District Board meeting of the year looked back on issues from 2015, and forward to opportunities of 2016, with an update on the Civil Investigative Demand from the Attorney General’s office and welcoming two new commissioners including the new EMS Chief Jerry Martin.

  • Jan 8th, 2016 6:07pm

Elwha still in disrepair for the fourth time this year

The Elwha Washington state ferry, servicing routes from San Juan Island to Anacortes, was out of commission again this past week, causing route cancellations and delayed ferry times.

  • Jan 5th, 2016 11:33pm

Earthquake wake up call on San Juan Islands

It was cold, crisp night, just before midnight, and Scott Damon had settled down to watch a movie on his boat, docked at West Sound Marina on Orcas Island.

  • Jan 5th, 2016 10:51pm

New public hospital board commissioners sworn into office

Commissioners Monica Harrington and Bill Williams were sworn in today by Judge Donald E. Eaton in San Juan County Superior Court.

  • Jan 5th, 2016 1:01am

Celebrate New Year’s 2016 safely with a party hosted by Island Rec

An alternative to the usual drinking and revelling is Island Rec’s New Year’s Eve Community Celebration.

  • Dec 30th, 2015 12:49am

Elwha out of service due to “necessary repairs” | Updated

The Washington State Ferries has issued a travel alert that the Elwha is out ofservice for repairs, affecting ferry travel. The Hyak will be replacing the Elwha routes for Dec. 30 service.

  • Dec 30th, 2015 1:09am

Q&A with Rod Kulbach and his new book “Seventeen Stories… and more”

Local author Rod Kulbach has come out with a collection of short stories and poems from a lifetime of travels. "Seventeen Stories… and more" includes stowing away on a ship, facing loss and love, and quiet life observations. The Journal sat down with Kulbach to ask him some questions about the book, his process and life through the lens of writing.

  • Dec 23rd, 2015 5:15pm

Winter weather on San Juan Island makes for high winds and stormy seas

The beginning of this winter has been a blustery one to say the least, with frequent wind advisories and storm warnings as weather fronts batter the Pacific Northwest up and down the coast. A dry summer that created a state of emergency of drought in parts of Washington and raging wildfires turned into a winter of wind and rain, causing flooding in a number of cities in Washington and Oregon. Here on the islands trees have blown over, the power has gone out a few times and the ferry rides have gotten rougher.

  • Dec 23rd, 2015 5:14pm

Upcoming school levy for technology and capital

– Submitted by San Juan Island School District

  • Dec 20th, 2015 4:00pm

Island Community Church welcomes new pastor

– Submitted by Islands Community Church

  • Dec 19th, 2015 4:00pm

DSHS names behavioral health official

Carla Reyes has been named the new assistant secretary for the Department of Social and Health Services' Behavioral Health Administration.

  • Dec 19th, 2015 4:00pm

Orcas Dreams hazardous tree removal approved

San Juan County Hearing Examiner Sharon Rice has reversed a decision made by the county on a request to remove hazardous trees off of a 38-acre parcel owned by Dave and Nancy Honeywell.

  • Dec 19th, 2015 12:34am

A new year brings new EMS chief to San Juans

By Anna V. Smith

  • Dec 18th, 2015 4:00pm

Hanging by a thread – secrets of mussel’s attachment

By Elizabeth Cooney

  • Dec 18th, 2015 4:00pm

Lucky 13 for this year’s Wolverine wrestling team | Winter Sports Preview 2015

The number thirteen might be unlucky for some, but the thirteen-member Wolverine wrestling team at Friday Harbor High School have high hopes of making it to state at the Tacoma Dome again this year for the 2015-2016 season. The squad sent three of their teammates James Guard (120), Sara Rist (155) and Haley Pyle (145) to the 2014-2015 championships.

  • Dec 17th, 2015 4:30pm

Solstice celebration at the Grange this week

— San Juan Island Grange #966 and 3rd Saturday Contra Dance

  • Dec 17th, 2015 12:16am

Elementary schoolers raise funds for diabetes Type 1 research and education

"This is 28 carbs," Sara Jensen said, handing an ice cream cone to her son Henry as he pulled his blood sugar test kit out of a silver iridescent fanny pack. You don't often hear parents talking to their kids about watching their carb count, unless they're a parent like Jensen with a child who has diabetes.

  • Dec 16th, 2015 4:52pm

Journal welcomes new office manager and reporter

The Journal is happy to announce that Heather Spaulding is joining the Journal as a part-time reporter and office manager.

  • Dec 16th, 2015 4:00pm

Wolverine sports update: basketball and wrestling

By A.J. Kurtz

  • Dec 15th, 2015 10:26pm

New grief specialist on San Juan Island

Deb Langhans, owner of Wholistic Health Options, has just become a Certified Grief Specialist in "The Grief Recovery Method," a comprehensive method of grief recovery created 35 years ago by the internationally-respected Grief Recovery Institute. This certification allows Langhans to work with groups and individuals to help them recover from all kinds of personal loss. 8-week workshops and 7-week one-on-one sessions provide time-tested curriculum to help participants heal from loss due to death, divorce, illness, unemployment, pet loss and many other significant life changes.

  • Dec 15th, 2015 10:26pm

Mount Baker ski bus rides again this January

Starting Saturday Jan. 9 the "Ski Bus" will leave Friday Harbor on the 8:05 a.m. ferry, headed to Mt. Baker Ski Resort.

  • Dec 9th, 2015 4:00pm

High winds on San Juan Island until at least 7 p.m.

The National Weather Service in Seattle has issued a high wind warning is in effect for San Juan Island until 7 p.m. this evening.

  • Dec 7th, 2015 11:30pm

Land Bank seeks acquisition of 300 acre Zylstra Lake property

Swimming, hiking and boating may be in the future for the 50 acre Zylstra Lake off San Juan Valley Road. The lake has found a buyer in a joint venture of the San Juan County Land Bank and San Juan Preservation Trust, which has proposed to buy the property that includes 312 acres of farmland for a purchasing price of $3 million dollars.

  • Dec 4th, 2015 10:02pm

Life, love and surviving breast cancer

When Roxanna Zalmanek was diagnosed with breast cancer and began chemotherapy treatment, the San Juan Island community did what it does best: supported her in a time of need.

  • Oct 28th, 2015 10:26pm

Remembering Gene Knapp

Gene Knapp passed away Oct. 18 at his home on Orcas Island. Knapp was a San Juan County Prosecuting Attorney and involved with the Land Bank, county council, Orcas Medical Center, and more.

  • Oct 28th, 2015 7:18pm