Scott Rasmussen

Scott posted 665 stories to The Journal of the San Juan Islands.
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Center for Whale research director featured in ‘gripping’ expose about navy sonar

Seven years in the making, "War of the Whales," a 420-page expose of the U.S. military's often secretive use of sonar and account of those, like marine biologist Ken Balcomb, who, through keen supposition and painstaking science, first connected the dots and then launched a courtroom campaign against the U.S. Navy and its perilous program, is due out July 1.

  • Jun 28th, 2014 2:10am

San Juan man cited for dumping tires on shoreline of westside preserve; penalties compound

A 33-year-old San Juan Island man, accused of dumping a mass of auto tires on the shoreline of a westside preserve, faces a $1,000 fine and a $4,700 cleanup bill, and possible prosecution on criminal charges. And, that's just the start.

  • Jun 26th, 2014 7:54pm

Each one on a course all their own

Road less traveled leads to degree for five Skagit Valley College graduates. Though small in number the graduating class, five in all, are “rich in background and in diversity.”

  • Jun 26th, 2014 7:42pm

Demolition marks debut of new twist on pollution prevention program

By all accounts, a new twist to a long-standing state pollution prevention program got off to a smashing success on the waterfront of Friday Harbor. Still, for Ken Norris, the launch signaled a most bittersweet goodbye.

  • Jun 24th, 2014 2:36am

San Juan County puts deep freeze on ICE ‘holds’

San Juan County Sheriff’s Department ended its long-standing policy of honoring a request by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, that anyone taken into custody, and who is suspected of being in the country illegally, be detained for up to 48 hours, long enough for immigration enforcement agents to presumably pick them up.

  • Jun 19th, 2014 3:00pm

On your mark, get set, solstice!

For the hard-core athletic enthusiast, this year's solstice marks a turning point, as the annual San Juan Island Marathon, with a brand new course lying in wait (for the half-marathon and 10K events as well), and the Three Lakes Triathlon all come together on the weekend that's also home to the longest day of the year.

  • Jun 17th, 2014 9:56pm

Bound for adventure beyond; Spring Street Class of 2014

Peppered with smiles and applause, the soon-to-be graduates were greeted by a warm welcome from family, friends and well-wishers as they passed by the church pews and stepped up onto the stage. They were swarmed by an even more enthusiastic embrace on stage after tassels had been turned and caps lofted ceremoniously into the air.

  • Jun 17th, 2014 6:13pm

Friday Harbor Class 2014: ‘…with the help of friends and a little magic’

From the opening “Welcome” address by ASB President Erin McCauley, to concluding speeches by class co-valedictorians Emily Guard and Libby Snow, representatives of the Friday Harbor High School Class of 2014 made it clear that high school graduation is a collective cause, and that Saturday’s commencement ceremony was as much about family, friends, supporters, mentors, employers and well-wishers, as it was about those donned that evening in the customary cap-and-gown.

  • Jun 11th, 2014 7:16pm

Sheriff’s new public safety boat in port, ready for duty

Funded by a $600,000-plus federal grant and built by Burlington-based Munson Boats, the Sentinel and its arrival in Friday Harbor signal an end to a two-year bureaucratic odyssey for the Sheriff’s Department and the beginning of a new era of public safety out on the water.

  • Jun 10th, 2014 4:57pm

Death toll mounts at water’s edge for harbor porpoises

A spike in strandings of harbor porpoise has biologists unsettled. A total of eight harbor porpoise carcasses were recovered from beaches on the westside of San Juan Island between May 19 and May 29.

  • Jun 4th, 2014 2:00am

Plans for ‘community’ dock surface at former Mar Vista Resort

As proposed, the dock would measure 271-feet (10 yards shy of the length of football field) accommodate up to six boats, 20-30 feet in length, and be located a stone's throw from San Juan Island's False Bay.

  • Jun 2nd, 2014 4:52pm

Reporter’s Notebook: Hello digital, so long sheriff’s log | Opinion

It would seem the sheriff's log is now a relic of a bygone era, like the Pony Express, a casualty of progress, rendered obsolete, or, in this case, dislodged and displaced by the much sought-after efficiencies of the digital age. That's a shame.

  • May 28th, 2014 7:20pm

Building castles in the sky

William Wallace is not among the hundreds of thousands of U.S. military men, and women, that we pay tribute to on Memorial Day, those who died in the line of duty. But just barely.

  • May 27th, 2014 10:55pm

Theatre spring musical ‘Annie’ opens, ‘Tomorrow, tomorrow,’ as in Friday

The heart-warming story of the little girl who wins over the worldly and streetwise of New York City with her sunny disposition takes center stage, as San Juan Community Theatre revives its first-ever musical production, “Annie,” as part of its 25th anniversary celebration. Admission, $20 adults, $10 students.

  • May 8th, 2014 7:54pm

Wolverines thrash Nooksack Valley, 7-3; advance to District 1 semis

Hitting ninth in the batting order, senior Elliott Garl snapped a scoreless tie and sparked a third inning, 5-run score-fest with a well-placed base hit into shallow centerfield that scored freshman Kai Herko form third. The Wolverines were just getting started.

  • May 8th, 2014 12:06am

One hundred years of ‘Honor’; WWII war hero Matsumoto dead, at age 100

Roy Matsumoto bested the Great Depression and discrimination of his day only to find himself branded an "enemy alien" by the country of his birth, and then banished to an internment camp alongside so many other Americans of Japanese ancestry after the attack on Pearl Harbor. But at age 29, time was on his side, and Matsumoto would make the most of it.

  • Apr 24th, 2014 10:52pm

Wilson Derby crowns first-ever female champion

Brenda Schmidt's 21.33-pound salmon isn't the largest Wilson Derby winner, but it proved big enough to earn her first place at the conclusion of the 10-week long fishing competition, and to land her a place in the record books as the derby's first-ever female champ.

  • Apr 15th, 2014 1:50am

San Juan Singers: Songs of the Silver Screen

“Silver Screen Serenades—Hollywood’s Hits” will showcase a celebrated collection of songs written specifically for movies and others popularized thanks to the silver screen.

  • Apr 8th, 2014 10:21pm

San Juan hit by measles outbreak

The public health department circulated an “exposure alert” March 31 after confirming that a San Juan Island man had the measles.

  • Apr 8th, 2014 9:24pm

Cooper-West notches eight Ks in one-run win | Baseball

Friday Harbor snapped a scoreless tie and grabbed a 1-0 lead in the third inning after Cooper-West and junior Peter Holt swatted back-to-back singles, and Gabe Lawson and Amer Melic each drew a walk to send Cooper-West across home plate with the Wolverines first run of the contest. But that narrow lead wouldn't last...

  • Apr 6th, 2014 8:21pm

San Juan schools superintendent nearly nets new job in Port Angeles

Superintendent Rick Thompson was one of two finalist chosen from 36 applicants vying for an upcoming vacancy in nearby Port Angeles school district, which boasts an enrollment of roughly 3,700 students. His rival? The superintendent of a school district east of Barstow, Calif.

  • Apr 2nd, 2014 9:45pm

Dolphin discovered on Lime Kiln waterfront; cause of death undetermined

The presence of Pacific white-sides in local waters, even if sporadic, may account for the body of the one discovered on the rocks of Lime Kiln State Park, Wednesday, March 26, near the lighthouse. About six feet long, the dolphin had a large gash near its dorsal fin but the cause of death has yet to be determined. "It's a pretty big wound," Olson said. "But we don't know yet if it happened before or after it died."

  • Mar 27th, 2014 11:52pm

Former owner of Criminal Coffee convicted in federal court of fraud

Ramona Hayes, who pleaded guilty Feb. 27 to one count of wire fraud, was sentenced to 366 days in federal prison and ordered to pay a total of $58,350 in restitution. The case against Hayes' fellow coffee-shop co-owner, Cory Eglash, has yet to be resolved.

  • Mar 27th, 2014 9:25pm

WSF chief calls it quits; Moseley hands in resignation

In a statement about his pending departure, Ferries' chief David Moseley, who inherited an agency awash in financial struggles and facing uncertainty of how to maintain or replace a fleet of aging boats, said Washington State Ferries is positioned better than it was when his tenure began in 2008.

  • Mar 19th, 2014 11:18pm

Rise in ranks for well-seasoned squad | Tennis

That’s because a total of 22 girls turned out to participate on the 2014 team; only a dozen turned out a year ago.

  • Mar 18th, 2014 7:04pm

Tough test awaits title team | Baseball

With only four seniors on the squad, the Friday Harbor baseball team will start the 2014 season with a lot less experience than it has in the past.

  • Mar 18th, 2014 6:58pm

Roster re-tooled, new lineup ready to roll | Softball

With only two seniors returning to the roster, first-year Head Coach Brian Lambright knows there are challenges to be met.

  • Mar 18th, 2014 6:25pm

Monument: premium placed on partnerships

The amount of acreage in the newly created San Juan Islands national monument totals just about 1,000.

  • Mar 18th, 2014 5:15pm

Of plants, birds and the coming of spring

The best way to attract birds to your yard is by the decisions you make about plants.

  • Mar 11th, 2014 9:20pm

‘Lilies on the Land’; spotlight falls on unsung heroes of WWII

Opening Friday, Feb. 27, Lilies on the Land, part memoir, part musical, part period piece, features WWII-era costumes and special effects, and, with nine different songs, including Silent Night, in German, Italian and English, showcases the vocal talents of its veteran cast.

  • Feb 28th, 2014 5:24pm

Lawsuit over charter changes resurfaces at state appellate court

San Juan County was back in court this week to defend its unequal-sized residency districts and handling of the three Charter Review Commission-backed ballot propositions that, among other items, reshaped the county council and the manner by which council candidates are elected.

  • Feb 28th, 2014 5:24pm

Wilson Derby, Week 3: Ladies in the lead

Along with the top spot on the derby leader-board, Brenda Schmidt pocketed $75 for landing the biggest of the week. She hooked the burly behemoth Sunday morning, somewhere (she won’t say where) off the north side of San Juan Island. “The big boy fought me for about 20 minutes,” she said. “He was all about trying to get away.”

  • Feb 26th, 2014 12:15am

Defense pays dividends in decisive 63-56 win | Boys basketball

The Wolverines, winners of six of their last seven games, will open post-season play at home, Monday, Feb. 10, in a rematch against Northwest Conference 1A rival Blaine

  • Feb 4th, 2014 10:56pm

La Danse et La Musique: State of grace

After its successful premiere in 2013 an evening of live dance performances returns with a mesmerizing mix of island and professional talents.

  • Feb 4th, 2014 7:47pm

Weapons training on Whidbey draws rebuke from whale-watch association

Believing that the U.S. military was conducting "war games" off the west side of Whidbey Island Tuesday morning, Jan. 21, with members of the Southern residents killer whales in the area, a commercial whale-watch operator sounded the alarm.

  • Jan 23rd, 2014 3:32am

A coastline of ‘critical’ habitat? Petition seeks to expand protection for endangered orcas

In addition to Puget Sound and the Salish Sea, the Center for Biological Diversity is calling for the boundaries of the killer whales' critical habitat to extend from Cape Flattery to Point Reyes, Calif.

  • Jan 22nd, 2014 2:00pm

Back on track: Wolverines outpace Meridian; 48-33 | Girls basketball

Tabatha Keane scored 22 points, her second 20-plus point game in a row, to lead all scorers. Sophomore Maddie Kincaid tossed in 18 points, 10 in the first half, and Allie Galt had six.

  • Jan 15th, 2014 11:00pm

Through the Looking Glass

Prepare to be bedazzled and entertained, as the Friday Harbor High School Drama Group pulls out all the stops and puts its own whimsical, almost cartoon-like twist on Lewis Carroll’s classic tale

  • Jan 14th, 2014 8:40pm

First Baby of 2014: Michael Victor Coddington

After a dozen years together, James and Nicole Coddington decided about a year ago that having children of their own really wasn't in the cards. End of story? Not by a long shot. Evidently, the universe had something else in mind.

  • Jan 14th, 2014 3:09am

Orcas Island man contests criminal convictions for land-use violations

Recently featured in a video by the Freedom Foundation, "Tales of Tyranny", Errol Speed is seeking to overturn a pair of convictions for use of a building without proper permits.

  • Jan 14th, 2014 2:50am