Anna V. Smith

Anna V. posted 115 stories to The Journal of the San Juan Islands.
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ACLU calls on hospital district to comply with state law

In a recent article posted on the blog of American Civil Liberties Union of Washington State, ACLU has reiterated its stance to San Juan County Public Hospital District No. 1, saying the district is not in compliance with Washington State's Reproductive Privacy Act in its contract to PeaceHealth.

  • Aug 17th, 2015 7:27pm

15th annual Jazz at the Labs

A night at the Friday Harbor labs celebrates curious minds through music, food and fundraising

  • Aug 12th, 2015 10:07pm

Q&A with Bluesmaster Bromberg

Bromberg played a sold-out show in Friday Harbor in 2011, and is returning to Friday Harbor Aug. 8 at San Juan Community Theatre.

  • Aug 7th, 2015 4:16pm

Sale of old Inter Island Medical Center debated

According to Pamela Hutchins, superintendent and secretary to the board, the resolution from the board to sell or lease the building was in March 20, 2013. The asking price for the building is $1.25 million.

  • Aug 4th, 2015 6:48pm

Lopez man convicted of residential burglary and assault

A 46-year-old Lopez man has been found guilty of residential burglary and assault in the fourth degree.

  • Aug 3rd, 2015 9:16pm

Orcas man charged with assault with a deadly weapon

Orcas Island resident Peter William Sherman, 27, has been charged with assault with a deadly weapon in the second degree for an incident on July 4 in Eastsound, Orcas Island. Bail was set at $10,000. Sherman is awaiting a trial set for Sept. 21.

  • Jul 31st, 2015 11:47pm

Storm drain mural highlights art and environmental issues

The sea creature glides over the pavement, its red and pink tentacles splayed out and reaching, one of its eight arms curling over the curb. An octopus on the run in Friday Harbor? Close, but not quite.

  • Jul 30th, 2015 4:23pm

Orcas man charged with identity theft and trafficking stolen property

An Orcas man has been charged with trafficking in stolen property in the first degree, identity theft in the first degree and identity theft in the second degree.

  • Jul 28th, 2015 11:00pm

Hospital commissioner hopefuls debate the issues

The three candidates running for Public Hospital District Commissioner Position No. 2 answered questions from the public at a forum hosted by the San Juan Public Library on July 7.

  • Jul 28th, 2015 10:59pm

Feast and Famine: a tourist economy

June’s unemployment rate in San Juan County was at 4.3 percent, compared with Washington state’s 5.3 percent, according to a preliminary report by Washington State Employment Security Department’s Labor Market and Performance Branch.

  • Jul 28th, 2015 10:38pm

Rental scarcity impacts islanders | Part II

The unemployment charts look like a heartbeat monitor keeping a pulse on the seasonal tourism economy in San Juan Islands year after year. In January, it skyrockets, and in August it plunges.

  • Jul 28th, 2015 10:34pm

Mural ordinance passed by Town of Friday Harbor

The Town of Friday Harbor repealed an ordinance that previously placed a moratorium on murals, and instated an ordinance detailing rules and regulations for permitted murals on July 16.

  • Jul 28th, 2015 4:34pm

Judge rules in Community Treasures case

A judge has made a decision in the case of Community Treasures versus San Juan County, granting a motion for partial judgement in favor of the defendants, meaning that the ball is in the plaintiff's court as how to proceed.

  • Jul 27th, 2015 7:18pm

Climate workshop delves into the psychology of climate change

A free workshop hosted by the San Juan Island National Park Service will look into the psychology of climate change, and how educators can engage in useful, positive dialogue about climate change.

  • Jul 23rd, 2015 4:34pm

Wetlands permit resolved on San Juan Island property

The San Juan County Council issued a statement that Manager Mike Thomas was not in the wrong in reference to a wetlands evaluation on a San Juan property.

  • Jul 21st, 2015 11:53pm

Orcas Island burglary at Golf Course

An Orcas Island man is charged with burglary in the second degree after allegedly stealing $150-200 dollars and merchandise from Orcas Island Golf Course.

  • Jul 21st, 2015 6:37pm

Housing issues in San Juan County wear on

The County Council requested the Housing Bank Commission look into county statistics to gather a working plan addressing the critical needs of affordable long-term rentals, affordable home ownership opportunities and affordable seasonal worker housing.

  • Jul 21st, 2015 5:42pm

Lavender scones with lemon curd | Recipe

Recipes for lavender scones and home made lemon curd

  • Jul 20th, 2015 3:41pm

Breaking ground on Spring Street Landing

According to Hertel, there was some concern amongst the commissioners about choosing Wellman and Zuck, a construction company from Bellingham, because of delays in other construction they’ve done on the island such as San Juan Island Museum of Art and Island Inn at 123 West.

  • Jul 17th, 2015 5:23pm

Long lasting impacts on nesting birds on Goose Island uncertain

Green noted in an email that, “The pelagic cormorant colony appears intact, there are dozens of glaucous-winged gull chicks, and many more glaucous-winged gulls are sitting on nests. The bad news is that the double-crested cormorant colony was abandoned except for one nest. All-in-all I find this very positive given the situation.”

  • Jul 14th, 2015 5:13pm

Elwha out of service, replaced by Chelan | Updated

Ian Sterling, spokesperson for WSDOT Ferry Divisions, says the problem is a complicated electrical issue, but replacement parts are on hand and repairs are being made as quickly as possible.

  • Jul 13th, 2015 3:33pm

Intertwined history of a San Juan Island family and the Palace Theatre

The Journal would like to make a correction to the July 1 story “Royal Treatment for Palace Theatre,” which detailed the history of the Palace Theatre since it was built in 1915. We found that it was in fact Alfred Middleton who built and first owned the theater, not Peter Kirk.

  • Jul 9th, 2015 10:56pm

Fireworks suspected in Goose Island blaze

A grass fire allegedly caused by a homemade firecracker started on Goose Island at 6 p.m. Friday, June 26 and is still smoldering. Goose Island is located off of Cape San Juan, between San Juan Island and Lopez Island.

  • Jul 9th, 2015 4:18pm

New trail signs at Mitchell Hill

The Mitchell Hill trails were known for being difficult to navigate, with locals and visitors alike getting lost. The new signs designate two different loops, one longer and steeper than the other shorter and easier loop, and every sign points which way back to the Horse Trail Road parking lot.

  • Jul 7th, 2015 7:13pm

Orca’s mans death ruled as drowning

The autopsy of an Orcas Island man found off of a North Whidbey beach June 24 showed he died of saltwater drowning, according to Island County coroner Robert Bishop.

  • Jul 7th, 2015 5:21pm

Goose Island left to burn itself out

According to the press release there are “fifty or more pelagic cormorants still on their nests, and some gulls will be successful. Other nesting birds will return to the island once the fire is gone.”

  • Jul 7th, 2015 4:41pm

Fire on Goose Island continues to burn

The fire on Goose Island that began Friday, June 26, is still smoldering after a second attempt to put it out. San Juan Fire and Rescue spent approximately 6 hours Monday and around 100,000 gallons of seawater on the fire, according to Steve Marler, fire chief.

  • Jun 30th, 2015 11:46pm

Easy Flag Cake | Recipes

This simple flag cake is a festive recipe for the Fourth, with fruit and cream cheese frosting to give the classic yellowcake a sweet and fresh finish.

  • Jun 30th, 2015 7:55pm

Community art exhibit calls for empathy with marine life

“Liminal Currents: Exploration of an Empathetic Umwelt” is the first major community collaboration at IMA, as well as the first conceptual installation.

  • Jun 30th, 2015 7:29pm

Progress at Museum of History and Industry

Driftwood from Jackson Beach, an old limestone quarry cart from Roche Harbor, and a replica of the 1800s era kiln furnaces using authentic bricks and metal — these are just a few of the accents going into the Museum of History and Industry at San Juan Historical Museum.

  • Jun 30th, 2015 7:05pm

Survivor of sex trafficking speaks out at San Juan Island event

Under the stage lights in the San Juan Community Theatre, a survivor of sex trafficking told the audience her story for the first time. A resident of Orcas Island for the past 11 years, she was forced into the sex trade by members of her family from the time she was 3 until she was 23.

  • Jun 30th, 2015 4:56pm

Shakespeare Under the Stars

A spoonful of Macbeth, a sprinkling of Twelfth Night, a dash of Midsummer Night Dream, and you have a taste of Cymbeline being performed this summer in Shakespeare Under the Stars by Island Stage Left.

  • Jun 30th, 2015 4:26pm

Rules of the road for whale watching in San Juan County

Local islanders at Lime Kiln State Park watched from the shore as a kayaker got out of his craft, put on snorkel gear and got into the water when orcas were nearby June 7. According to the Marine Mammal Protection Act, there are civil penalties up to $11,000 and other repercussions for feeding, harassing, or approaching orca whales within 200 yards.

  • Jun 25th, 2015 3:54pm

Skagit Community College students celebrate graduation

The seven graduates came from all walks of life. Some recent graduates of high school, some finishing a GED years after leaving high school, and some continuing higher education they never pursued in their youth.

  • Jun 23rd, 2015 7:18pm

Dry spell drags on in San Juan County

The dry spell on San Juan Island has continued as the tone of urgency toward the drought in Washington state has increased.

  • Jun 18th, 2015 4:27pm