Scott Rasmussen

Scott posted 665 stories to The Journal of the San Juan Islands.
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Annual avian tally: for the benefit of birds, and fun for you, too

Christmas Bird Count 2014: Don't take the title too literally, because the Christmas Bird Count, sponsored by the San Juan Islands Chapter of the Audubon Society, won't take place on Christmas Day.

  • Nov 30th, 2014 9:21pm

Pinching pennies, pay cuts, draw down in reserves in store for SJ EMS

The 2015 EMS budget calls for cost-cutting, including salary reductions for administrative staff, and tapping reserves to shore up revenue, but change in "zero-balance" billing policy for district residents.

  • Nov 25th, 2014 10:42pm

Top awards trail in season of success

Fall 2014 turned out to be a blockbuster sports season for the Wolverines; the trophy case may need a new wing.

  • Nov 22nd, 2014 2:22am

Ferry reservations in San Juans built around ‘staggered release’

Ninety percent of a boat’s auto-deck will be available for reservations up to two days prior to any sailing; 30 percent with release of a new schedule, 30 percent more two weeks before a sailing and another 30 percent two days prior to any sailing.

  • Nov 19th, 2014 2:05am

Orcas man killed in Deer Harbor motorcycle crash

Shannon E. Andersen was entering an S-turn just below Deer Harbor Inn, and less than a mile from home, when he lost control of the motorcycle early Saturday and struck an alder tree. He died of injuries suffered from the collision with the tree.

  • Nov 18th, 2014 2:53am

Error by assessor creates budget blues for Island Rec; high school sports at risk

Island Rec received a total of $377,192 in excess revenue because the assessor adjusted its levy rate to a mark above the maximum amount approved by voters, which escalated over three year’s time to 24 cents per $1,000 of assessed value instead of staying fixed at its 17-cent ceiling.

  • Nov 11th, 2014 3:35am

Year after assault conviction, Orcas man charged with meth possession

Stanley Vincent Sing pleaded not guilty in San Juan County Superior Court to one count of possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine, and was released on $10,000 bail pending trial.

  • Nov 5th, 2014 6:31pm

Election 2014: Krebs earns decisive win in sheriff’s race

In a first-ever bid for public office, deputy Ron Krebs grabbed an insurmountable lead in a hotly contested 2014 sheriff's race. Krebs, an eight-year veteran of the force and former deputy guild president, collected 3,372 votes of 5,244 ballots tallied on election night, earning 64 percent of the Nov. 4 early election returns.

  • Nov 5th, 2014 4:50am

Sales-tax hike for streets? Friday Harbor voters will decide

While the fate of the ballot measure rests solely in the hands of the town’s 1,354 registered voters, the increase would apply to anyone that, for lack of a better term, shops in Friday Harbor, visitors and islanders alike. That’s part of the equity of the proposal, billed on the ballot as Town Proposition No. 1, according to town officials.

  • Oct 28th, 2014 6:08pm

Payback: Wolverines dispatch Darrington in post-season preview

With the victory, the Wolverines (9-3) avenged a hard-fought early season loss on the Loggers home court and secured the No. 2 seed for the upcoming Northwest 2B Division playoffs, Oct. 30, at Mount Vernon Christian.

  • Oct 25th, 2014 12:11am

Soroptimist: united in a common cause | Women in Business

Founded 18 years ago to help better the cause of women in the community, Soroptimist International of Friday Harbor doesn’t necessarily immerse itself in the world of business.

  • Oct 24th, 2014 3:12pm

Lawsuit over road could put kibosh on San Juan Island pot farm

The contested use of Fieldstone Road is the latest in a series of legal entanglements facing the west side marijuana operation. Neighbors are also contesting a decision by San Juan County that the Sun Grown San Juan operation will have no adverse environmental impact on the area's natural resources.

  • Oct 23rd, 2014 1:21am

Baby killer whale, first in two years, goes missing, presumed dead

The Center for Whale Research confirmed that the baby, L-120, first identified Sept. 6 off the west side of San Juan Island, was nowhere to be seen when its mother, L-86, along with other members of L-pod, were recently photographed in the waters of Juan de Fuca Strait.

  • Oct 22nd, 2014 3:29pm

Group claims imperiled animals get short shrift, seek support for animal control officer

Citing indifference of local law enforcement in cases of possible animal abuse, the Animal Task Force called on the County Council to lend support for funding an animal control officer or better training for deputies.

  • Oct 7th, 2014 2:26am

Let’s hear from you | Editorial

Will ferry travel be more convenient with a reservation system in place? Are you well-served by your public agencies? Can the Town of Friday Harbor “brand” itself in such a way that creates a rising tide that lifts all boats? What do you think?

  • Oct 3rd, 2014 3:00pm

Money matters energize election

With three contested county office races, including sheriff, and no fewer than six local property tax or bond measures on the Nov. 4 election ballot, San Juan County voters have plenty to pay attention to in the run-up to the 2014 general election.

  • Sep 23rd, 2014 6:38pm

Friday Harbor topples Loggers in a rout; 43-6

With a decisive win over Darrington, the Wolverines (2-1) will have momentum on their side when they face league-leading La Conner, at home, Friday, Sept. 26; kick off is 6:30 p.m.

  • Sep 21st, 2014 10:30pm

Lack of supply puts delay on pot shop debut

If you’re looking to score some weed in the San Juan Islands, legally, that is, don’t hold your breath. It could take awhile.

  • Sep 18th, 2014 5:31pm

Work crew vanishing act prompts 17-month sentence | Crime Brief

Robert Thomas Speers was assigned to work crew as part of a sentence handed down for violating court orders on back-to-back convictions in 2011 for bail jumping and for escape from community custody.

  • Sep 18th, 2014 3:31pm

Size, experience on their side | Fall Sports Preview Boys’ Soccer

With experience, size, numbers (30 players turned out for the team) and perhaps the most well-conditioned squad in the league, the stars are aligned for the 2014 Wolverines.

  • Sep 10th, 2014 11:26pm

Battle-tested, ready to soar | Fall Sports Preview Girls’ Volleyball

First-year coach Nadine Varsovia has about a dozen players on the junior varsity squad who, with a little time, attention and fine-tuning, will help keep the program at its elevated pitch.

  • Sep 10th, 2014 11:25pm

Game, set, no more match? | Fall Sports Preview Boys’ Tennis

On the eve of competition, prospective opponents shied away from putting the Wolverines on their calendar because of the absence of bodies on the Friday Harbor roster

  • Sep 10th, 2014 11:22pm

Mystery surrounds discovery of body at Moran State Park

A Texas driver's license provides local authorities with a clue, but "extensive" decay will delay identification of a male body discovered Saturday, Sept. 5, near Cascade Lagoon.

  • Sep 9th, 2014 3:14am

Acclaimed film director, Andrew McLaglen, dead at 94

Born into a theatrical family with a rich cinematic history, Andrew V. McLaglen became a film industry luminary in his own right, directing 28 full-length feature films, largely Western and action-adventure movies, many of which featured John Wayne ("Cahill U.S. Marshal," "McLintock!") or James Stewart ("Shenandoah," "Rare Breed") in the lead role.

  • Sep 3rd, 2014 12:31am

The bell tolls for back to school | San Juan School District

The bell tolls for the first day of class, Aug. 28 (that’s right, a pre-Labor Day start of school is now the norm) the reconstruction of Blair Avenue, which will deliver new curbs, gutters and sidewalks as well as a new road surface, will still be in progress.

  • Aug 25th, 2014 11:53pm

American Legion Post 163 files suit over mural decision by Friday Harbor Town Council

The Friday Harbor Town Council may have expected to see a second attempt at creating a very large mural, toned down and with perhaps a little less personality.

  • Aug 25th, 2014 11:46pm

Decade of Dominance

Whether Island Towing returns next season, either as a shadow of itself, or at all, remains to be seen. But with a 88-5 won-loss record and 10 consecutive league championships, and two off-island tournament titles and one second-place finish, the Towing team carries a record and legacy that speaks for itself.

  • Aug 21st, 2014 1:02am

CenturyLink faces $173K in fines for November outage

Following an eight-month investigation, staff of the Washington State Utilities and Transportation Commission cited 15,935 violations of UTC rules and laws governing "major outages" in a report released Tuesday, Aug. 19, and recommend that the commission issue a formal complaint and $173,210 in fines against the company, the single-largest provider of telecomm services in the San Juans.

  • Aug 21st, 2014 12:50am

Convicted sex offender back behind bars 24 hours after release

On Aug. 6, Troy Fitzgerald Niebling was taken into custody by the San Juan County Sheriff’s Department on the heels of a complaint about the 49-year-old spending time with the woman and her child. Convicted in February of one count of voyeurism, a Class C felony, Niebling turned himself into the Sheriff’s Department upon learning that a warrant had been issued for his arrest, according to Undersheriff Bruce Distler.

  • Aug 20th, 2014 4:37pm

Boston couple make good on wedding gift, finish first in annual Loop Run

While Lexi Abel completed the 5.4-mile course in 36 minutes, 47 seconds, and well ahead of her closest competitor, two-time reigning Loop Run women’s champ Laura Newcomb, at 38:02, boyfriend Joshua Accomando kept up his end of the bargain with a desperate last-second dash, crossing the finish line only three seconds ahead of second-place finisher Chris Kamykowski, in 33 minutes flat.

  • Aug 19th, 2014 7:09pm

Featured at the Fair: Egg Roll Booth revival

A six-year hiatus comes to an end with the revival of the much-beloved, long-esteemed, uniquely inspired and unquestionably affordable Egg Roll Booth.

  • Aug 13th, 2014 8:56pm

Shaw Island struck by postal budget blues

In a Aug. 7 letter to Post Master General Patrick Donaho, Larsen called on the Postal Service to classify the Shaw Island post office as a “Part-Time Post Office,” a designation under which the office would be allowed to operate six hours a day.

  • Aug 12th, 2014 6:03pm

The Good Lovelies return to San Juan

The Good Lovelies burst onto the musical scene with a self-titled album in 2009, which garnered the group headlines as “New Emerging Artist”

  • Jul 29th, 2014 10:15pm

Town gives thumbs up; Spring Street Landing project good to go

The Town Council, prompted by concerns of the buildings height and impact on waterfront views, requested late last month that the Port of Friday Harbor offer up a modification to the roofline, with a slightly lower pitch. Although the Port honored the request, the council passed on the alteration, in favor of original design, gabled roof and all.

  • Jul 29th, 2014 3:10am

On guard over greenhouse rules

A total of 18 “marijuana producer” license applications from San Juan County are on file with the state Liquor Control Board, only one of which, belonging to Aqua Organics, has so far been approved.

  • Jul 22nd, 2014 10:32pm

Another new patrol boat? Sheriff gets green light on purchase

The final cost of the newly acquired "Sentinel" was about $96,000 less than had been allotted for by a federal Homeland Security grant, and the department will be able to use the remainder, along with a separate $100,000 federal "Stone Garden" grant, to cover the bulk of the department's newest boat acquisition, Sheriff Rob Nou said.

  • Jul 22nd, 2014 2:54am

Friday Harbor’s only commercial laundry shutdown by fire

The blaze either destroyed or significantly damaged numerous items of equipment, parts of the Web Street building, left a large stockpile of laundry with smoke damage and, according to business owner Robert Kolowitz, could not have come at a worse time of the year.

  • Jul 16th, 2014 6:20pm

B & B owner pays $100K for shoreline clearcut; Preservation Trust drops lawsuit

Accused in a Skagit County court of "timber trespass" and of illegally clear-cutting a portion of a waterfront nature preserve, a Anacortes B & B owner agreed to pay $100K to the Preservation Trust to settle the matter before it went to trial.

  • Jul 8th, 2014 5:47pm

‘Queen of the Northern Fleet’ bids adieu, legacy lingers

Sunday, July 29, marked the final sailing of the oldest boat in Washington State Ferries’ fleet, and state and local officials memorialized the event with photos, gifts and speeches onboard her deck.

  • Jul 1st, 2014 11:00pm

Stars shine at SJCT silver anniversary

San Juan Community Theatre marks 25 years with tribute to founders as well as encore performances. The July 28 anniversary extravaganza drew a standing-room-only crowd.

  • Jul 1st, 2014 5:21pm