Scott Rasmussen

Scott posted 665 stories to The Journal of the San Juan Islands.
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WSDOT CEO Lynn Peterson and Lynne Griffith

Mostly positive reviews for ferry reservations in San Juan Island

Lynn Peterson, chief of Washington State Ferries and the secretary of the state Department of Transportation, came to San Juan Island to find out the state of the ferries reservation system.

  • Jun 23rd, 2015 5:43pm
WSDOT CEO Lynn Peterson and Lynne Griffith

Fireworks on the way – be safe | Editorial

We would like to remind everyone that personal fireworks are not allowed anywhere in our beautiful county. The use of any type of personal fireworks presents a real danger of injury and fire.

  • Jun 21st, 2015 8:00pm

Lawmakers should fund life sciences discovery | Don Brunell

Some may remember the infamous Seattle billboard: “Will the last person leaving Seattle turn out the lights?"

  • Jun 18th, 2015 6:32pm
The daughters of the First Family

New allies in killer whale recovery? Orcas adopted by Obama girls

Presented to the president as gifts for his daughters, the orca adoptions are intended to help raise the profile of the plight of the Southern resident killer whales and underscore how breaching four dams on the Lower Snake River is the swiftest course of action to provide the endangered population with a greater abundance of food, Chinook salmon.

  • Jun 9th, 2015 11:12pm
The daughters of the First Family
Poking out of a light haze on the horizon

Promise of would-be nature preserve glistens at campaign kick off

Flanked by Trout Lake to the south and Lawson’s Pond to the north, Mount Grant sits in between Cady Mountain and Mount Dallas. It’s craggily summit offers expansive views in all directions, for as far as the eye can see, and it's been a hidden favorite for hikers on clandestine excursions over the years; a series of hiking tails through the woodlands below is part of the plan.

  • Jun 4th, 2015 7:54pm
Poking out of a light haze on the horizon
2015 state 2B hurdles champ Willie Blackmon takes the lead in a 300-meter hurdle heat in 2014.

Big tumble followed by even bigger win at state championships | Track & Field

Willis Blackmon bounces back from a hard fall in a preliminary heat to run away with the 300-meter hurdle crown at the 2B state track and field championships.

  • Jun 1st, 2015 12:56am
2015 state 2B hurdles champ Willie Blackmon takes the lead in a 300-meter hurdle heat in 2014.
The Wolverines celebrate a home run by Lauren Ayers (far left) in their league title-clinching May 12 win at home over Darrington

Wolverines oust La Conner, clinch berth at State | Prep softball

Friday Harbor opens play in the 16-team, 2B state tournament May 29, in Yakima, on the heels of a 10-6 win over the Braves in the district championship game, May 21.

  • May 23rd, 2015 2:27am
The Wolverines celebrate a home run by Lauren Ayers (far left) in their league title-clinching May 12 win at home over Darrington
Dr. Christian Sidor

State’s first-ever dinosaur fossil unearthed on Sucia Island

Believed to be 80 million years old, the fossil was first sighted in mid-May 2012 near the shore of one of a number of Sucia Island marine state parks by a Burke Museum research team. And not just any park, but near one of the campsites by—get this—Sucia Island's Fossil Bay.

  • May 22nd, 2015 5:54pm
Dr. Christian Sidor
A portrait of the a Stubby Squid (Rossia Pacifica) is one of the many provocative photographs of creatures of the deep by Susan Middleton

‘Spineless’… sea creatures like you’ve never seen ’em before, at IMA

Beginning Saturday, May 23, San Juan Islands Art Museum will showcase the work of wildlife photographer extraordinaire Susan Middleton in an exhibit entitled, “Spineless: Portraits of Marine Invertebrates, the Backbone of Life.” The exhibit, which runs through Aug. 21, features many of the mesmerizing, provocative, almost other-worldly images contained in Middleton’s latest book by the same name.

  • May 20th, 2015 6:02pm
A portrait of the a Stubby Squid (Rossia Pacifica) is one of the many provocative photographs of creatures of the deep by Susan Middleton
A cleanup crew relies on a sheriff's boat to remove a mass of tires dumped on the waterfront of the Land Bank's Deadman Bay preserve in mid-March

San Juan man cleared of dumping mass amount of tires at Deadman Bay

In a decision handed down March 11, San Juan County Hearings Examiner Phil Olbrechts ruled the county lacked sufficient evidence to tie 34-year-old Richard Morgan Foley to the pile of tires discarded on the waterfront of Deadman Bay a year ago in mid-March and dismissed one of two notices of violation leveled against him.

  • May 16th, 2015 3:39am
A cleanup crew relies on a sheriff's boat to remove a mass of tires dumped on the waterfront of the Land Bank's Deadman Bay preserve in mid-March
The Wolverines converge at home plate to celebrate teammate Lauren Ayers and her fifth-inning solo home run in the Wolverines league title clinching victory at home over Darrington

Wolverines dispatch Darrington, 6-1, seal first-place finish in league | Prep softball

Caitlyn Domenech swatted a solo home run to lead off the opening inning, a first-ever for the four-year veteran, and Lauren Ayers crossed home plate in the first frame as well, giving the Wolverines an early 2-0 advantage and all the offense they would need to seal both the victory at home and no less than a share of the 2015 Northwest 2B/1B League title.

  • May 13th, 2015 9:56pm
The Wolverines converge at home plate to celebrate teammate Lauren Ayers and her fifth-inning solo home run in the Wolverines league title clinching victory at home over Darrington
Far right; Raena Parsons

On Stage: ‘9 to 5: The Musical,’ What a way to make a living

While the title tune is no doubt familiar, if you think you know "9 to 5," well, think again, because the musical, with 16 different songs, adds a new, hilarious dimension to the story as told on film.

  • May 12th, 2015 9:30pm
Far right; Raena Parsons
Construction crews rely on heavy equipment and earth movers to carve out a corridor and build a reinforcement berm on Mount Finlayson in the early phase of realignment and relocation of Cattle Point Road

Mt Finlayson gets a face-lift to make way for new roadway

Starting at the north side of the bluff, at Pickett’s Lane, the stretch of road that now winds along the base of Mount Finlayson will be moved 300 feet uphill from its current location. The right-of-way will pass about 150 feet below the 1.5-mile ridge trail that traverses its summit.

  • Apr 30th, 2015 7:35pm
Construction crews rely on heavy equipment and earth movers to carve out a corridor and build a reinforcement berm on Mount Finlayson in the early phase of realignment and relocation of Cattle Point Road

It’s a landslide; voters endorse new Island Rec levy in a big way

"We couldn't be happier," Island Rec Commission Chairman Bill Cumming said. "We're very appreciative with what happened with the voters and with their support for our activities, and delighted and very happy that all our hard work and the hard work of the campaign committee paid off."

  • Apr 29th, 2015 7:38pm
Pedal power: bicyclists disembark a ferry at Lopez Island on the morning of the 2014 Tour de Lopez.

Pedal power: Good times, good cause, good reason to get in gear

It may well be the “make-it-up-as-you-go” nature of the annual bicycle tour hosted by Lopez Island, the Tour de Lopez, that makes this springtime event the true kick-off to the tourist season in the San Juans. It's Saturday, April 25; get a head start on the festivities at the 2nd Annual Bite of Lopez, Friday, the day before the ride.

  • Apr 22nd, 2015 4:24pm
Pedal power: bicyclists disembark a ferry at Lopez Island on the morning of the 2014 Tour de Lopez.
Monica Harrington

Election 2015: Harrington to run for hospital commission

Three positions on the 5-person San Juan Island hospital district commission will be up for grabs in the Nov. 3 general election. Monica Harrington, a self-described former technology executive turned patient-rights advocate, has her sights set on one of those posts.

  • Apr 20th, 2015 2:33am
Monica Harrington
Mark Mourang shows off the treasure chest of prizes that await participants the 'Pet Pirate Booty Treasure Hunt

Hidden Treasure? High-prized pursuit parlayed for pets

When it came time to dream up a community service project, Mark Morang combined his two favorite pastimes and came up with one grand fundraiser. Join in the "Pet Pirate Booty Treasure Hunt," Saturday, at Friday Harbor animal shelter.

  • Apr 15th, 2015 11:03pm
Mark Mourang shows off the treasure chest of prizes that await participants the 'Pet Pirate Booty Treasure Hunt
Washington State Ferries Brian Churchwell

Ruckus over reservations; islanders unleash litany of complaints

Few seemed swayed by results of a recent "reservation-holder" survey, in which more than 75 percent of 4,248 respondents said WSF's reservation website is "easy to use" and more than 80 percent described the terminal "check-in" system as either "good" or "excellent."

  • Apr 13th, 2015 12:23am
Washington State Ferries Brian Churchwell
The realignment of a 1.3-mile section of Cattle Point Road

Green light: breaking ground on realignment of Cattle Point Road

Construction, surveying and the breaking of ground on the much-debated, long-awaited realignment of Cattle Point Road is slated to begin the week of April 13.

  • Apr 7th, 2015 2:02am
The realignment of a 1.3-mile section of Cattle Point Road
Above; the lobby of Hotel de Haro hosts an impromptu jam session during the annual Irish Music Retreat

Pluck of the Irish; musical festival reborn

Billed nowadays as a retreat, the weeklong annual Irish music extravaganza hosted by Roche Harbor Resort, the first week of March, might just as easily be called a revival. In either case, it remains a most hearty celebration and one that not so long ago seemed to be headed into the abyss.

  • Mar 10th, 2015 7:27pm
Above; the lobby of Hotel de Haro hosts an impromptu jam session during the annual Irish Music Retreat

Bad egg? Retaliation against whistleblower? Building official sidelined in ‘conduct’ dispute

Escorted out of his office two weeks ago, San Juan County's building official remains on administrative leave pending the outcome of a disciplinary review. He contends in a "whistleblower" report filed one week prior to the dismissal that revenue from permit fees has been improperly shuffled around in the department in which he works.

  • Mar 1st, 2015 8:34pm
Smiles and squeals of laughter highlight the ever-popular three-legged race

Island Rec proposed levy increase endorsed by town council

With its property tax levy slated to expire at the end of the year, San Juan Island Park & Recreation District is doubling down, seeking a 21-cent levy increase for continued funding of its recreational programs and parks, and high school sports, and to offset the cost of operating the 30-acre community park on Carter Avenue.

  • Feb 23rd, 2015 1:51am
Smiles and squeals of laughter highlight the ever-popular three-legged race
Kyle Jangard elevates for a shot over the Falcons Sheldon Seui in Friday Harbor's regular-season contest against Auburn Adventist at home Jan. 31. Jangard scored a team-high 18 points in a loss to the Falcons Feb. 17

Wolverines falter in OT playoff loss to Falcons; 58-49 | Boys basketball

With only four seconds remaining in regulation Falcons senior Charlie Fletcher buried a three-point shot from the corner to tie the score at 47 points apiece and send the game into overtime.

  • Feb 19th, 2015 12:22am
Kyle Jangard elevates for a shot over the Falcons Sheldon Seui in Friday Harbor's regular-season contest against Auburn Adventist at home Jan. 31. Jangard scored a team-high 18 points in a loss to the Falcons Feb. 17
Newborn J-51 swims along its mother

Baby boom? J-pod buoyed by another newborn, second in two months time

The Center believes J-19 is the mother of new calf sighted off the west side of San Juan Island in mid-morning of Feb. 12.

  • Feb 13th, 2015 11:39pm
Newborn J-51 swims along its mother
Wolverines point-guard Bill Revercomb

Wolverines await likely rematch vs Auburn Adventist in post-season opener | Boys basektball

The Friday Harbor boys basketball team tumbled into a first-place tie in the league standings following a three-point loss on the road Feb. 6 at La Conner. The Wolverines will likely face a formidable and now-familiar foe, Auburn Adventist, in its post-season opener as a result.

  • Feb 11th, 2015 9:07pm
Wolverines point-guard Bill Revercomb
A 40-foot tall reinforced

Lofty dome signals pending return of ‘transfer station’ status

While the height of the dome, roughly 40-feet from floor to ceiling, may be an eye-opener in itself, it’s all just part of the plan and foundation for unfettered use of the tipping floor at Sutton Road.

  • Feb 10th, 2015 9:33pm
A 40-foot tall reinforced
Director Angel Michaels and the Islands Chordsmen Plus deliver a singing Valentine's Day surprise at the Friday Harbor branch of Islanders Bank.

Human voice in harmony: in flight on Cupid’s golden arrow

A year ago, the band of bustling barbershoppers fulfilled no fewer than 30 Valentine’s Day requests, singing from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and, as Dan Drath of Island Chordsmen Plus recalls, all the while entertaining an audience that totaled 400 or more, if you count the legion of unwitting spectators who just happened to be at the right place at the right time.

  • Feb 10th, 2015 6:28pm
Director Angel Michaels and the Islands Chordsmen Plus deliver a singing Valentine's Day surprise at the Friday Harbor branch of Islanders Bank.
The photo above is an artist rendition of the mural that will be painted on the concrete retaining wall of the American Legion hall in Friday Harbor.

Town, Legion strike agreement, controversial mural gets green light

In a unanimous decision, the town Council Feb. 5 overturned an earlier denial of a conditional-use permit as part of a negotiated settlement that will allow American Legion Post 163 to proceed with painting its weather-worn retention wall in the colors of red, white and blue, and to be executed as first conceived.

  • Feb 7th, 2015 3:40am
The photo above is an artist rendition of the mural that will be painted on the concrete retaining wall of the American Legion hall in Friday Harbor.
Friday Harbor's Gabe Lawson

Friday Harbor falls to free-throw savvy Falcons; 60-53 | Boys basketball

Over the course of the 32-minute game, the Wolverines knocked down six of only 10 attempts at the free-throw line. The Falcons buried 29 attempts in 34 trips to the charity stripe.

  • Feb 2nd, 2015 4:17pm
Friday Harbor's Gabe Lawson
Friday Harbor Village

Friday Harbor Village fetches $940K at foreclosure sale

Carson Rasmussen of Fairview Investment Fund said the firm's intent for the apartments is to "rent them" and that he and his partners have no immediate plan to alter the rent restrictions on the 26 units that have historically made them affordable for low to moderate income households.

  • Feb 1st, 2015 12:55am
Friday Harbor Village
Newly elected San Juan County Sheriff Ron Krebs takes the oath of office

Goals vary as first-time office holders take charge; sheriff foresees swift change ahead

Although change often proceeds at a glacial pace within the halls of government, islanders may expect nothing less from newly elected Sheriff Ron Krebs after handing him the election with a 64-percent margin of victory.

  • Jan 13th, 2015 3:39am
Newly elected San Juan County Sheriff Ron Krebs takes the oath of office
Friday Harbor's Lili Wood battles for rebounding position against Tiah Irons of Australia's Mornington Breakers Jan. 3 in Friday Harbor.

Touring ‘Aussie’ team rides second-half rally in win over Wolverines | Girls basketball

On the heels of five games in six days, the Mornington Breakers saved their legs for the second half and turned a 10-point deficit into a 39-34 come-from-behind victory in the final minutes of an international clash Jan. 3 in Friday Harbor.

  • Jan 5th, 2015 4:02am
Friday Harbor's Lili Wood battles for rebounding position against Tiah Irons of Australia's Mornington Breakers Jan. 3 in Friday Harbor.
A crop of cannabis plants flourish and grow inside a greenhouse on a state-licensed San Juan Island marijuana farm.

Permits for pot farm rejected

The ruling stands as yet another legal hurdle faced by Sweet Water Farm's Jenny Rice and brother David, owner and operator of San Juan Sun Grown.

  • Dec 22nd, 2014 6:22pm
A crop of cannabis plants flourish and grow inside a greenhouse on a state-licensed San Juan Island marijuana farm.

Passion at play in “Prince of the Rain Realm”

“This ballet is all about what makes ‘Grimm’s Fairy Tales’ so wonderful, with a good prince versus a dark lord theme. If you like Tolkien’s ‘Ring,’ ‘Harry Potter,’ or even Wagner’s ‘Ring,’ you’ll love this fantastical production.”

  • Dec 19th, 2014 11:23pm
Heavy equipment assists in the dismantling of a fiberglass sailboat at Deer Harbor Boat Works

San Juan tops in state demolition ‘turn-in’ program; five dismantled in two days time

Four made of fiberglass, measuring 21 to 27 feet in length, respectively, proved rather routine and crumbled quickly, but even the old-hands at Deer Harbor winced a bit when it came time to gut and disassemble a 38-foot wooden Owens cabin cruiser, its former glory only faintly eclipsed by the passing of time.

  • Dec 12th, 2014 6:29pm
Heavy equipment assists in the dismantling of a fiberglass sailboat at Deer Harbor Boat Works
Friday Harbor's Madi Kincaid

Wolverines prevail over Shoreline in O.T.; Wood to the rescue | Girls basketball

Early on, Friday Harbor rode the hot hand of junior Madi Kincaid, who scored 16 of the Wolverines first 20 points, before Wood tallied eight straight in a pivotal run to end the third period, and that carried over into the fourth.

  • Dec 11th, 2014 1:11am
Friday Harbor's Madi Kincaid
Known for a frequent propensity to 'breach

Corpse of killer whale recovered; failed pregnancy likely cause of death

The death of J-32, also known as Rhapsody, stands as the second loss for the "endangered" population in about a month, and the fourth in 2014. Equally alarming for many killer whale advocates is that the Southern residents have not had a newborn in more than two years that has survived for more than two months.

  • Dec 8th, 2014 3:32am
Known for a frequent propensity to 'breach
Shorewood Christian's NIkko Morris finds little room to maneuver against the Wolverines Peter Strasser

FH boys fall to Overlake in Classic title bout; girls rebound to claim third

Friday Harbor picked off enough passes and parlayed those into a steady diet of break-away lay-ins to remain within striking distance, trailing 38-27, at the start of the second half. But even after draining four 3-pointers in the opening half, Overlake's Katon Minhas had more in store from beyond the third-point arc and for the Wolverines.

  • Dec 8th, 2014 3:31am
Shorewood Christian's NIkko Morris finds little room to maneuver against the Wolverines Peter Strasser
A crop of cannabis plants flourish and grow inside a greenhouse on a state-licensed San Juan Island marijuana farm.

Divide surfaces over pot farms

The County Council will host two workshops on the topic of local marijuana cultivation, regulations on its impact, and a possible moratorium on future marijuana-related development permits, Jan. 12 and Jan. 26

  • Dec 3rd, 2014 6:29pm
A crop of cannabis plants flourish and grow inside a greenhouse on a state-licensed San Juan Island marijuana farm.

Next stop for lawsuit over long-gone council subcommittees? State supreme court

Twice rejected in earlier legal rulings, a lawsuit alleging San Juan County violated the state open public meetings act as part of its critical areas ordinance update will be argued before the state Supreme Court.

  • Dec 2nd, 2014 6:36pm