Scott Rasmussen

Scott posted 665 stories to The Journal of the San Juan Islands.
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Clash over coal hits close to home

Battle lines were drawn early on as more than 450 people crowded into Friday Harbor High School, Saturday, Nov. 3, to learn more about the Gateway Terminal Project or to ensure that their opinion will be considered in “the scope” of impacts that the controversial Gateway Terminal Project might have, and just how far a mandatory environmental review should go in addressing them.

  • Nov 6th, 2012 8:44pm

Congressional campaign heats up with clash over coal

Matthews knocks Larsen over coal port plan. With results of a full-blown environmental review yet to come, it could be months before a verdict is handed down on the giant export facility proposed to be built at Cherry Point, just north of Bellingham.

  • Oct 25th, 2012 11:04pm

Wolverines fall in heartbreaker; 26-19 | Football

Comeback bid doomed by 4th quarter fumble, questionable call at goal line

  • Oct 9th, 2012 4:27pm

Back where they belong

Wolf Hollow perfect in 2012 Harbor seal rehab, 10-for-10

  • Oct 3rd, 2012 7:23pm

FH nets victory over winless Pioneers, 5-1 | Girls Soccer

The Wolverines put the brakes on a four-game scoreless losing skid and improved to 4-5 overall, 3-2 in league, with the victory over the winless Pioneers.

  • Oct 2nd, 2012 9:01pm

‘Gypsy Jazz’

Pearl Django returns. Cut from the same musical cloth featured by the band since its inception, “Eleven” blends original tunes and adaptations of jazz standards, from the likes of Count Basie and Thelonius Monk, all spiced by the group’s distinctive toe-tapping, string-centered, rhythmic style of music.

  • Sep 18th, 2012 10:01pm

Wolverines reclaim Island Cup, crush Orcas; 41-0 | Football

In addition to laying claim to the trophy, the Wolverines improved to 3-0 on the year and posted their second shutout of the season. In a battle of unbeatens, they face Northwest 1A/2B League rival La Conner, undefeated, at 3-0, and a 42-20 winner over previously unbeaten Concrete, this coming Friday, at La Conner.

  • Sep 17th, 2012 1:42am

SJ teen suffers severe injuries in single-car collision

The car struck the tree with such force that the tree “protruded into the front passenger seat,” Sheriff Rob Nous said, trapping the young man inside. It took two hours before emergency responders were able to remove the injured man from the wreckage, he said.

  • Sep 11th, 2012 2:48am

Family matters; Brewer’s brush with Olympic gold

San Juan Island's Lee Brewer is a man of action, a quintessential Renaissance man, and perhaps the last person on the planet that one would expect to find living vicariously through the achievements of others. Unless, that is, a family member is in a race for Olympic gold.

  • Sep 4th, 2012 4:43pm

Labor Day water leak disrupts otherwise brilliant holiday weekend

San Juan County Sheriff's deputies, firefighters and town workers converged on the scene shortly after water began flooding down the south side of the street, outside of Haley's Bait Shop and Grill, at about 7 p.m. That section of street was cordoned off and traffic re-directed as town workers began shutting off pressure to the waterline and searching for the source of the leak.

  • Sep 4th, 2012 2:36am

Permit in hand, Ag Guild readies for Brickworks remodel

Dubbed “Brickworks” because of its ties to Friday Harbor Brick and Tile, which manufactured blocks used in the construction of various Friday Harbor buildings, including Town Hall, the interior of the historic building is expected to serve as the home of a year-round farmers’ market, a venue for events, and contain a certified commercial kitchen and storefront once its remodel and “enhancements” are complete.

  • Aug 30th, 2012 1:26am

Wolverines open 2012 season in Anacortes, Friday | Football

“We’re starting off the season with a bang, no doubt about it,” Head Coach Darrin Scheffer said of squaring off against a bigger school, on the road, in the team's opening game of the 2012 season. “We’re going to go out there and play our hearts out. The kids are excited.”

  • Aug 28th, 2012 7:08pm

Twice as nice: trio revives tribute to Hendrix, Saturday, SJCT

Purple Haze? You bet. Guitarist Carl Blake and company return to the San Juan Community Theatre spotlight Saturday, Aug. 25, breathing life back into the man and the music that turned pop music on its head 40-plus years ago.

  • Aug 23rd, 2012 7:39pm

Bellevue teen tops the field in 2012 ‘Loop Run’

With the sound of footsteps closing in, Bellevue 17-year-old Jordan Harris switched on the afterburners and left "the elder" Thomsen in the dust, finishing his first-ever Loop Run in first place overall and, with a time of 34:08, eclipsing his previous "personal best" by a full 30 seconds.

  • Aug 21st, 2012 2:18am

Proposition 1 rides narrow margin to victory

Backed by a 312-vote advantage and with only 600 ballots or so left to count, Auditor Milene Henley said that Proposition 1, which will increase the sales tax paid in San Juan County by three-tenths of 1 percent, is headed to victory.

  • Aug 9th, 2012 2:02am

Step in the right direction… 2012 Relay For Life

No, you haven't missed it, and it's not too late to participate. Opening ceremonies for San Juan Island's 2012 Relay For Life begin at 3 p.m., at the Friday Harbor High School track.

  • Jul 26th, 2012 12:04am

Sneak peak of film sensation, ‘Old Goats’, at SJCT summer fundraiser

“Old Goats” doesn't just pick up where "Grumpy Old Men" left off, it carves out a whole new territory for those who refuse to go quietly into their golden years.

  • Jul 17th, 2012 3:59am

History, present converge at Fly-In III

A celebration of the history of flight in the islands will be among the many activities, displays, demonstrations and events featured as part of the third annual Friday Harbor Airport Fly In and Open House House, July 21.

  • Jul 14th, 2012 1:34am

Shakespeare’s ‘Summer of Love’

Island Stage Left puts a '60s spin on "A Midsummer Night's Dream"

  • Jul 10th, 2012 5:53pm

Friendly roast for Fitch as town bids farewell to Mr. ‘Meat & Potatoes’

King Fitch, who turned 65 in January, walks away from the post as the longest-serving city administrator in Washington state, if not the nation. He presided over the town during an era of unprecedented growth. In 1980, a total of 1,200 people called the town of Friday Harbor. By 2010, the population, at 2,162, had nearly doubled.

  • Jul 3rd, 2012 11:38pm

Friday Harbor Airport fuels ‘major’ reconstruction with $3.3 M in federal funds

Taxiway to get a new home — six feet to the west — as part of the pending reconstruction project, which is slated to begin July 25.

  • Jun 26th, 2012 2:08am

Homeward bound: fit, fat and back to sea

As it turns out, Mojo rebounded like a NBA all-star in a 14-week convalescence at the wildlife rehab center. After two weeks in intensive care, the pup had regained enough strength to be moved into an outdoor enclosure where it could swim in a pool, lounge in the sun and eat, eat, and eat. Which it did.

  • Jun 21st, 2012 5:23pm

Wolverines reap harvest of spring post-season awards | Prep sports

One the heels of the Friday Harbor softball team's championship season, its second in a row, pitcher Jean Melborne and first-year coach Nickie Davis earned top post-seasons awards. Melborne was named Northwest 1A/2B League MVP; Davis was selected league Coach of the Year.

  • Jun 12th, 2012 1:47am

Cool temps make for swift times at SJ Island marathon

Perhaps no one benefitted more from Sunday's "ideal" conditions than Bothell's Greg Poffenroth, who finished the half-marathon portion of the 10th annual Kings Market San Juan Island Marathon/Half Marathon and 10K run in first place—for the second year in a row.

  • Jun 10th, 2012 8:48pm

Newborn bolsters depleted L-pod ranks

With two females missing, and another dead of unknown causes, the losses may outweigh gains in L-pod despite a newly born calf

  • Jun 5th, 2012 4:03pm

A quiet glide into fame

Frank Brame left home at the age of 17 with $5 tucked in his pocket and instructions from his father to hop the train to Edmonton and go make his mark on the world.

  • May 31st, 2012 5:18pm

Boating mishap proves fatal for Bellingham man

According the San Juan County Sheriff's Department, James Ableman was one of three men thrown into the water when the 17-foot boat they were using as a platform to pull up shrimp pots capsized southwest of Sucia Island, at about 2:30 p.m.

  • May 21st, 2012 4:51pm

Discovery Day: science on display at UW Labs Open House, Saturday

What's up at the Labs? Find out Saturday, when the docks, grounds, research vessels, classrooms and the doors to the laboratories (the Labs has 10) will be open wide, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., at UW Friday Harbor Labs annual Open House (there’s free popcorn, too).

  • May 16th, 2012 11:21pm

Lambright notches 10 K’s in win over Lynden Christian | Baseball

With the win, Friday Harbor boosted its stature in the post-season District 1A playoff brackets, which begin Saturday, at Pipeline Fields in Blaine, and will face Lynden Christian in a rematch in the opening round. Game time is noon.

  • May 1st, 2012 6:36pm

Ballot measure for sales-tax hike gathers support

With voter approval, state law allows counties to ratchet up their respective sales tax ceiling by as much as .3 percent, however, 30 percent of the newly collected amount must be used "solely for criminal justice purposes, or fire protection purposes, or both." In addition, that enabling state legislation, RCW 82.14.450, requires a county to dole out 40 percent of the newly collected amount to towns and cities within its boundaries.

  • Apr 20th, 2012 4:40pm

Fresh wind in ‘Field of Dreams’

The Friday Harbor Athletic Association is throwing a party-slash-fundraiser on Saturday to raise money and awareness about its new course of action in making the Field of Dreams a reality: one field first. Check out the sneak preview below to find out what's in store for the 'Field of Dreams' auction-BBQdinner-and-bash, which begins at 4 p.m. at the fairgrounds in Friday Harbor.

  • Apr 19th, 2012 4:50pm

2nd time around: Great Island Cleanup—the sequel

The 2012 Great Island Cleanup is dedicated in memory of Patt Martin, San Juan County’s litter program coordinator for a dozen years, 1998-2010. Martin, who many credit with putting together the county litter control program almost single-handily and turning it into a well-organized and effective operation, passed away in early 2011.

  • Apr 13th, 2012 8:09pm

Locked and loaded: Ferries now laser-equipped

WSF Director of Operations David Rogers said a portable "laser-measuring device" was designed in-house by WSF engineers at the agency's maintenance facility in Eagle Harbor. The devices have been deployed to "measuring stations" throughout the system, including the Anacortes terminal, and he expects that the measuring process, if needed, will be more efficient and precise.

  • Mar 27th, 2012 11:39pm

Taylor takes charge of San Juan Island National Park

Chief of interpretation and education at Mount Rainier, Lee Taylor, a 30-year National Parks Service veteran, will take on her first superintendent assignment at San Juan Island's national park.

  • Mar 27th, 2012 5:09pm

Death at sea: speculation swirls over sonar

While biologists say it's too early to tell, others speculate that the death of a 3-year-old killer whale is linked to a series of military exercises in early February.

  • Mar 14th, 2012 10:55pm

Mr. Mojo risin’

Emaciated and suffering from dehydration when it arrived Feb. 17, a young Stellar sea lion, nicknamed Mojo, appears to have been nursed back to health thanks to the staff at Wolf Hollow Wildlife and, ultimately, a whole lot of herring.

  • Mar 10th, 2012 1:27am

Olsen cues final bow

San Juan Community Theatre's Merritt Olsen draws the curtain after 12-year tour as director of the island's leading performing arts center. His last day on the job is June 1.

  • Mar 6th, 2012 4:09am

Local GOP picks Romney — by a nose

Romney drew a combined 62 votes in the local GOP’s countywide non-binding straw poll, eclipsing Texas Congressman Ron Paul’s total, 56, by only four. Rick Santorum tallied 52 votes and Newt Gingrich had 48.

  • Mar 6th, 2012 3:57am

Body of killer whale heads home following tragic end

Federal officials will turn over the remains of L112 to the Friday Harbor Whale Museum sometime in the next few weeks. Amy Traxler, coordinator of San Juan County Marine Mammal Stranding Network said the museum intends to showcase L112’s skeleton as part of an educational exhibit that’s reminiscent of a grey whale that’s long-been on display.

  • Feb 22nd, 2012 2:09am

Dome-ward bound: FH’s Willy Dunn claims fourth straight Mat Classic appearance | Wrestling

The Friday Harbor senior won the regional 1A heavyweight title Saturday, and earned his fourth straight appearance at State

  • Feb 15th, 2012 1:03am