Anna V. Smith

Anna V. posted 115 stories to The Journal of the San Juan Islands.
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San Juan County sued for alleged withholding of public record files

A lawsuit filed Oct. 9 against San Juan County and county prosecutor Randall Gaylord alleges that the county and its employees violated Washington State’s Public Records Act.

  • Oct 27th, 2015 5:55pm

From hobby to career — M&W Auto |Women in Business

When Wendy Pinnow was a kid, some of her favorite toys were Matchbox and Hot Wheels cars. She would spend hours delicately parking, driving and re-parking her cars.

  • Oct 25th, 2015 4:00pm

Homecoming 2015: Zombies, pirates, patriots and a battle for the crown | Slideshow

The 2015 homecoming parade featured the four grades at Friday Harbor High School.

  • Oct 24th, 2015 12:59am

Artwork at Arctic Raven has sense of place, heritage | Women in Business

Many pieces have a story attached to them whether it’s from the artist, the tribe or the medium, like the fossilized woolly mammoth tooth pendants or whale bone sculptures.

  • Oct 23rd, 2015 3:37pm

Summer real estate summary shows a buyers market

A look at recent reports by the Northwest Multiple Listing Service and local real estate numbers

  • Oct 20th, 2015 10:11pm

Ferry reservation system open to public comment

A meeting with Washington State Ferry personnel discussed the trials and tribulations of creating a reservation system to best meet the needs of visitors, residents and commercial traffic to the San Juan Islands.

  • Oct 16th, 2015 4:53pm

League of Women Voters hosts second candidate forum at the Grange | Slideshow

The forum focused on races within the San Juan Island School District and San Juan County Public Hospital District.

  • Oct 9th, 2015 8:56pm

‘The Glass Menagerie’ exposes the fragility in us all

Director Fred Yockers describes Tennessee Williams as a master of words who creates despairing situations of great angst, balanced with laughter.

  • Oct 8th, 2015 4:00pm

Hospital district responds to ACLU letter

The letter stated that the district is in compliance with law and that it will not change its policies. ACLU is currently reviewing the letter.

  • Oct 7th, 2015 9:19pm

Farm Parade fun kicks off the fall season | Slideshow

This year's farm parade started off with a farmer's market and activities like scare-crow making

  • Oct 7th, 2015 4:40pm

Leave No Trace updates County Council on seven new principles and one-year progress

It’s been one year since San Juan County became the first county in the U.S. to voluntarily adopt the Leave No Trace Guiding Principles and Ethic to support stewardship on the San Juan Islands.

  • Oct 6th, 2015 6:28pm

Friday Harbor football loses to Bellingham; Induction ceremony brings five more to hall of fame | Slideshow

Friday Harbor football team suffered a hard loss against Bellingham on Oct. 2, losing 54-8. At half time, five past football players were inducted in the Wolverine Football Hall of Fame to join 13 others.

  • Oct 6th, 2015 12:31am

Fifth annual farm parade with apples, amaranth and more

Saturday’s Farm Parade marked another indication that fall has arrived to the islands.

  • Oct 5th, 2015 7:24pm

Hospital board candidate forum draws crowd at Mullis Center

All six candidates for three different positions on the San Juan County Public Hospital District #1 board gathered Sept. 30 to answer questions submitted by the community.

  • Oct 2nd, 2015 6:37pm

Friday football game to feature Hall of Fame inductees

Friday Harbor High School's football team will play a home game against Bellingham Oct. 2 at 6:30 p.m. and feature five new inductees to the Wolverine Hall of Fame.

  • Sep 30th, 2015 7:03pm

Lopez man convicted of attempted assault in the second degree with a deadly weapon

Christopher D. Stovall will serve four months total, two months of work crew and two months of electronic home detention.

  • Sep 30th, 2015 6:13pm

Panel seeks to quantify county-wide housing crisis

The League of Women Voters panel discussion “Gimme Shelter” delved into the affordable housing issue in San Juan County and tried to answer some lingering questions: Is there a crisis here in the county? What is the risk to the community if we don’t solve the crisis? What factors make this issue so difficult to resolve?

  • Sep 29th, 2015 9:37pm

Mysteries uncovered in old San Juan Island photograph

According to Alric Tuck, the photo was taken during a San Juan Island Fourth of July pulling contest.

  • Sep 28th, 2015 11:55pm

Volleyball team continues winning streak | Slideshow

Friday Harbor Volleyball Varsity won their game against Orcas Island and Darrington this week with a 3-0 win and 3-1 win, respectively.

  • Sep 28th, 2015 11:13pm

Neighbors concerned over move of Orcas Island marijuana grow facility

Marijuana producer and processor NW Connoisseurs have begun the permitting process to move from their current facilities in Deer Harbor to Hope Lane in Eastsound.

  • Sep 25th, 2015 9:12pm

Strong offensive, new system leads boys soccer to a two-win week | Slideshow

Friday Harbor boys soccer team had two wins this week, Sept. 17 against La Conner with a 8-0 victory, and Sept. 19 against Shoreline Christian at 7-1.

  • Sep 23rd, 2015 11:41pm

Canaan the wonder dog to compete in Nationals

So far Canaan has taken first-place in 84 agility trials and 15 titles around the country since Anderson and Canaan first began running trials in December 2014.

  • Sep 23rd, 2015 4:26pm

Malicious mischief conviction on Lopez

A Lopez man was convicted of malicious mischief in the third degree on Sept. 4, a gross misdemeanor requiring six months of time served and $3,011 in restitution fees.

  • Sep 22nd, 2015 9:40pm

League of Women Voters affordable housing panel discusses county issues

The League of Women Voters of San Juan Island held a panel discussing affordable housing in the county and featured speakers from the community with hands-on experience. The panel drew in around 50 people to the Grange Hall Sept. 21.

  • Sep 22nd, 2015 9:26pm

TEDx talk on San Juan delves into impacting communities locally and globally

A riveting conference of 13 speakers and a host of volunteers came together at San Juan Community Theatre to present the first TEDxSanJuanIsland Sept. 20.

  • Sep 21st, 2015 5:08pm

Ode to Terry Ogle, craftsman and friend

A recent fundraiser for Ogle proved just what sort of support he has in the community. The volunteer-run fundraiser sold out all 500 tickets and was “beyond their expectations and greatly appreciated,” according to organizer and friend Marie DiCristina.

  • Sep 19th, 2015 11:18pm

Draft horses on San Juans: A continuation of island heritage | Slideshow

Though Lange is new to the island, draft horses are most certainly not. According to Kevin Loftus of the San Juan Island Historical Museum, draft horses were regularly used for heavy duty work on the island for plowing and logging.

  • Sep 16th, 2015 5:26pm

Fall Sports Preview 2015: A new coach and a young team look forward to the season ahead

The team also has a new coach, Garrett Holmes, who has replaced Richard Ledford. Holmes has been the assistant coach for the past two years at Friday Harbor High School, giving him familiarity with the football program.

  • Sep 16th, 2015 5:23pm

9/11 ceremony at Memorial Park remembers fallen Americans | Slideshow

A small gathering of people met at Memorial Park at 9 a.m. for a remembrance ceremony of the lives lost and affected by the events on Sept. 11, 2001.

  • Sep 11th, 2015 5:38pm

Local firefighters and Red Cross volunteers join wildfire efforts in Eastern Washington

There are 11 large-scale fires in Washington burning 904,300 acres as of Sept. 4, according to the National Interagency Fire Center, which gives daily updates. Nationwide from the beginning of the year, fires have burned over 8,995,000 acres, more than any year in the past 10 years.

  • Sep 9th, 2015 4:40pm

The San Juan Islands at dusk | Featured photo

The view from Mt. Finlayson after a hike at Jakle's Lagoon, looking east to Lopez Island and Orcas Island.

  • Sep 5th, 2015 11:51pm

Heavy rains flood Friday Harbor downtown | Slideshow

Extreme rains Sept. 3 gushed down sidewalks, keeping patrons inside and flooding businesses on Spring Street and Front Street.

  • Sep 5th, 2015 12:24am

Sealing the deal on a new lease on life: Wolf Hollow releases four seal pups | Slideshow

Four harbor seal pups were released at Turn Point Beach this past Saturday by Wolf Hollow Wildlife Rehabilitation Center. The pups had been either orphaned or separated from their mother, and were brought to Wolf Hollow for treatment and rehabilitation.

  • Sep 4th, 2015 3:57pm

Rep. Larsen shucks oysters, talks transportation and veterans access in San Juan Islands

Rep. Rick Larsen visited San Juan Island and Lopez Island last week to hold round table discussions and visit local sites.

  • Sep 1st, 2015 6:49pm

Alleged assault and car pursuit in Friday Harbor | Update

A report of domestic incident on Kanaka Bay Road led to a pursuit on car and foot through Friday Harbor that ended behind the baseball fields on Spring Street Aug. 24.

  • Sep 1st, 2015 6:01pm

Local girl raises funds for Mount Grant through art

Raylee Miniken, 12, is selling her art on cards in order to raise money to help the Campaign to Save Mount Grant

  • Aug 30th, 2015 9:13pm

Opening reception for new exhibits at IMA | Slideshow

Three new artists are showcasing their work at San Juan Island Museum of Art through the fall

  • Aug 30th, 2015 8:11pm

Rep. Rick Larsen visits the San Juans | Slideshow

Rep. Rick Larsen visited San Juan Island and Lopez Island this week to hold round table discussions and visit locally important sites.

  • Aug 27th, 2015 6:19pm

What to know about local pharmacies and medication costs

In some cases there are cheaper alternatives to the price of a patient’s medication. According to Cristina DuVall, pharmacy manager at Friday Harbor Drug, pharmacists cannot offer these cheaper options unless a patient inquires, because limitations put on them by contracts and laws. Their intent, said DuVall, is to keep pharmacists by being influenced by drug companies and choosing a medication for a patient that might not be the right fit.

  • Aug 25th, 2015 5:42pm

Home Trust houses barged in through Jackson Beach | Slideshow

Three houses bound for settlement in the Phase 2 of Sun Rise neighborhood built by San Juan Community Home Trust were barged in late Wednesday, Aug. 19, through Jackson Beach.

  • Aug 20th, 2015 10:45pm