Heather Spaulding

Heather posted 254 stories to The Journal of the San Juan Islands.
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Watch award-winning flick by island filmmakers in Friday Harbor

With the success of their film “High Note,” Great Gus Productions has…

  • Sep 22nd, 2018 8:30am
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Staff photo/Heather Spaulding. Nick Herko steals the ball from La Conner.

Friday Harbor boys win first home soccer game

The Friday Harbor Wolverines boys soccer team shut down the La Conner…

  • Sep 20th, 2018 9:24am
Staff photo/Heather Spaulding. Nick Herko steals the ball from La Conner.
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Wolverines beat La Conner in first home girls soccer game

The Friday Harbor lady Wolverines soccer team beat La Conner in their…

  • Sep 17th, 2018 12:34pm
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Public calls for NOAA to take action to save Southern resident orcas

A missing adolescent orca has likely lost her fight against illness and…

  • Sep 17th, 2018 11:19am

Big team could mean big wins for Friday Harbor boys soccer | Sports preview

With a total of 22 athletes, this year’s Friday Harbor High School…

  • Sep 16th, 2018 1:30am

Contra and waltzing, Celtic style

The love of contra dancing, a folk dance originating in Scotland, has…

  • Sep 13th, 2018 1:30am

Wisdom, stories of elders | Q&A with composer and musician Grisha Krivchenia

Local composer and musician Grisha Krivchenia has worked with elders and those…

  • Sep 12th, 2018 7:43am

Research submarine arrives at Friday Harbor

Often called Earth’s final frontier, the darkest depths of the ocean contain…

  • Sep 11th, 2018 1:30am

Friday Harbor girls soccer takes over center field | Sports preview

The girls’ soccer team had a stellar season last year, making it…

  • Sep 10th, 2018 1:23pm

How the call for red coats turned a county into a cactus

Australia was in a pickle. Once excited to have their first export,…

  • Sep 7th, 2018 11:31am

What will it take to save the Chinook?

Once weighing approximately 120 pounds, Chinook salmon reach only half that size…

  • Sep 4th, 2018 10:51am

Orca Survey Outreach and Education Center’s grand opening

In an effort to educate and give back to the public, the…

  • Aug 22nd, 2018 12:00pm

Trashion Fashion faces its finale | Photos | Update

Editor’s note: An earlier version of this story spelled Eric Sable and…

  • Aug 21st, 2018 9:31am

In the arms of an octopus

Enormous tentacled legs emerging from the deep dark depths of the sea,…

  • Aug 19th, 2018 1:30am
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                                Aerial images of Southern Resident killer whale juvenile J50, taken in 2017 (left) and August 1st 2018 (right) for comparison. Note in the recent image she has lost body condition revealing a very thin profile, and noticeable loss of fat behind the head creating a “peanut head” appearance. Images obtained with an unmanned drone, piloted non-invasively 100ft above the whales under NMFS research permit #19091. SR3

Orca mother releases baby after 17 days, rescue efforts reach young whale | Videos and photos | Update

Federal agencies are working together to save a young orca, J50, and…

  • Aug 16th, 2018 8:41am
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                                Aerial images of Southern Resident killer whale juvenile J50, taken in 2017 (left) and August 1st 2018 (right) for comparison. Note in the recent image she has lost body condition revealing a very thin profile, and noticeable loss of fat behind the head creating a “peanut head” appearance. Images obtained with an unmanned drone, piloted non-invasively 100ft above the whales under NMFS research permit #19091. SR3
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                                The 2018 poster for the San Juan County Fair was designed by Grace and Kristine Brown.

San Juan County Fair theme honors Salish Sea

This Aug. 15-18, the San Juan County Fair is bound to be…

  • Aug 13th, 2018 3:14pm
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                                The 2018 poster for the San Juan County Fair was designed by Grace and Kristine Brown.

Community honors longtime volunteer Lilo Rustman

In the dead of winter with roads covered in snow, 86-year-old Lilo…

  • Aug 7th, 2018 7:00am

Save the world, plant a garden | Recap of permaculture lecture at the Grange

A canal cleared of hundreds of thousands of gallons of raw sewage,…

  • Aug 5th, 2018 7:00am
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                                A scene from the Power Paddle to Puyallup.

Canoe journey rerouted from San Juan Islands on July 20

As the sun set, over 100 islanders shared laughs and broke bread…

  • Jul 31st, 2018 7:00am
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                                A scene from the Power Paddle to Puyallup.

San Juan Summer Arts Festival features music, food, art and more

A blend of earthy reggae and jazz melodies from Seattle-based The High…

  • Jul 28th, 2018 8:33am

San Juan County Fairgrounds master plan update begins

Islanders are being asked how they envision the San Juan County Fairground’s…

  • Jul 22nd, 2018 7:00am
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Twenty years of Shakespeare under the stars on San Juan Island

Panicked orange-vested ferry workers struggle to keep the boat afloat through an…

  • Jul 18th, 2018 4:12pm
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The Whale Museum turns 39 | Photos

Friday Harbor’s iconic Whale Museum opened its doors to the public 39…

  • Jul 14th, 2018 10:10am

Animal Protection Society’s wine and chair fundraiser

Take a stand for animals by sitting down during Friday Harbor Animal…

  • Jul 12th, 2018 12:03pm

Rusty Zippers | Helping the world one cup of coffee at a time

Vic’s Dive-In hasn’t opened yet. In the early hours of the morning,…

  • Jul 5th, 2018 7:00am

Volunteers against Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Pipeline honored on Greenpeace vessel in Friday Harbor

To emphasize the impacts of the proposed Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Pipeline,…

  • Jul 2nd, 2018 10:18am

Center for Whale Research opens learning venue in Friday Harbor

The skull of a transient orca will be one of the first…

  • Jul 2nd, 2018 10:04am

Fourth of July events on San Juan Island | Calendar | Update

Editor’s note: An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated the town…

  • Jun 28th, 2018 3:06pm
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                                Students doing field work.

Friday Habor Labs’ annual jazz concert funds local schools

Surrounded by pristine waters and home to a vast array of marine…

  • Jun 27th, 2018 1:47pm
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                                Students doing field work.

Race to Alaska boat runs aground on San Juan Island

A combination of wind and tidal currents pushed a 26-foot Haida sailboat…

  • Jun 21st, 2018 12:34pm

Skagit Valley College graduation on San Juan | Photos

By Heather Spaulding Reporter Friends and families gathered to honor three students…

  • Jun 18th, 2018 1:55pm

A Father’s Day Tribute to Bill Ament takes place on Saturday, June 16

Correction: In a previous version of this article, it stated that Bill…

  • Jun 15th, 2018 12:02pm
Staff photo/Heather Spaulding. Tenly Nelson receives her diploma.

Friday Harbor High School graduation | Photos

The community tipped their hats to the 55 graduates who tossed their…

  • Jun 12th, 2018 10:41am
Staff photo/Heather Spaulding. Tenly Nelson receives her diploma.

Washington state Sen. Kevin Ranker discusses the evolution of the alternative-right

Domestic terrorism and militia-style white supremacist groups have been on the rise…

  • Jun 7th, 2018 7:00am

‘Adrift’ | Local author’s book hits big screen

Local author hits the big screen

  • May 31st, 2018 10:31am

San Juan Island Artists Studio Tour returns with three new stops

New faces are joining a longtime art event on San Juan Island,…

  • May 31st, 2018 9:44am

The legacy of former Friday Harbor Mayor David Jones

Many islanders may remember David Jones walking about town with his black…

  • May 26th, 2018 8:59am
Staff photo Heather Spaulding. Eric Kulp talks with his council, Colleen Kenimond.

Kulp charged with murder; arraignment set for May 31 | Update

A courtroom full of more than 50 family and friends of Abigail…

  • May 22nd, 2018 2:16pm
Staff photo Heather Spaulding. Eric Kulp talks with his council, Colleen Kenimond.

Friday Harbor Elementary Students learn to grow beans

Teaching children how to grow food and garden has been a master…

  • May 20th, 2018 12:53pm

San Juan Islanders rally for local mother

Islander Cynthia Elliott has dedicated her life to healing and helping others…

  • May 16th, 2018 7:00am