Scott Rasmussen

Scott posted 69 stories to Islands' Weekly.
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President’s daughters ‘adopt’ orca

And that’s a big reason why the photographs of two Southern resident killer whales are likely tacked up on a wall somewhere in the White House by now, or perhaps on the refrigerator.

  • Jun 13th, 2015 3:00pm

Dinosaur bones found on Sucia Island

The San Juan Islands are known for orcas, pristine beaches and charming storefronts. Now dinosaurs are putting the islands on the map.

  • May 26th, 2015 5:43pm

San Juan County crime briefs

An Orcas Island man who two weeks ago began serving a six-year prison term for felony assault could face additional penalties for failing to appear at a sentencing hearing in late October.

  • Mar 10th, 2015 4:34pm

Another baby for J Pod

The well-seasoned hands at the Center for Whale Research pretty much had written off J-19 for another go around at motherhood.

  • Feb 24th, 2015 5:37pm

County officials start new terms

Deadlines are nothing new at the assessor’s office. But the responsibility for ensuring those deadlines are met is now in the hands of someone new.

  • Jan 15th, 2015 5:21pm

Contract offer rejected by largest labor union in SJC

The largest labor union in the state’s smallest county will enter the new year without a binding contract unless 11th-hour negotiations unlock a stalemate at the bargaining table of San Juan County.

  • Jan 3rd, 2015 12:56am

Contract offer rejected by largest labor union in SJC

The largest labor union in the state’s smallest county will enter the new year without a binding contract unless 11th-hour negotiations unlock a stalemate at the bargaining table of San Juan County.

  • Dec 30th, 2014 12:33am

Questions remains for ferry reservation program

The big payoff isn’t expected until the summer sailing season, when demand is at its peak, lines are long and it’s pretty much anyone’s guess how early one should show up to catch a ferry headed to or leaving the San Juan Islands.

  • Nov 26th, 2014 9:26pm

Drug operation and man on the run from Orcas

An Orcas Island man, the target of a home-invasion about a year ago by a would-be armed robber, was dealt a 20-month prison term last week after pleading guilty to a series of felony drug and weapons crimes.

  • Nov 21st, 2014 6:33pm

Baby orca whale presumed dead

Only seven weeks after its celebrated arrival, the first newborn in nearly two years to join the population of endangered killer whales that makes their summer, seasonal home in the San Juans is now missing, and presumed dead.

  • Nov 17th, 2014 5:28pm

Year after assault conviction, Orcas man accused of meth possession

An Orcas Island man who served a four-month jail term a year ago after brandishing a knife at a grocery store worker faces a new felony charge, possession of methamphetamine.

  • Nov 10th, 2014 5:14pm

Group advocates for animal control officer

That’s the reality of the landscape in the San Juan Islands today and, according to a local animal advocacy group, it’s a combination that demands a greater level of awareness, training and dedication to the cause of animal protection than local law enforcement is presently equipped or inclined to provide.

  • Nov 10th, 2014 5:13pm

Election 2014 | Preview of measures, races

Midterm elections rarely draw the big-time voter turnout typical of a presidential election year.

  • Sep 26th, 2014 8:51pm

Convicted sex offender back behind bars 24 hours after release

A San Juan Island man who recently served six months for a felony sex offense faces a new round of criminal charges for allegedly spending time with a woman and her child shortly after his release from jail.

  • Aug 21st, 2014 10:54pm

Cut in hours at Shaw post office?

The U.S. Postal Service expects to save more than $500,000,000 a year by shutting down or cutting hours at about 13,000 post offices across the nation, mostly in rural locations.

  • Aug 18th, 2014 4:11pm

With the greatest of ease

After 100-plus years of serving up top-flight entertainment, one might think the San Juan County Fair had seen it all.

  • Aug 15th, 2014 5:13pm

Ken Balcomb stars in new book about Navy sonar

If you're looking for a gripping, true-life tale about the battles Ken Balcomb has waged to protect the southern resident killer whales, and other marine mammals as well, from the very same government that is supposed to be reeling the endangered population back from the precipice of extinction, well then, my friend, your ship has come in.

  • Jul 1st, 2014 4:31pm

Are harbor porpoises struggling to survive?

An uptick in harbor porpoise strandings has local biologists scratching their heads, looking for clues and wary that mid-May’s unusually high death toll may signal something other than the natural die-off of a population on the rise.

  • Jun 11th, 2014 4:42pm

WSF chief calls it quits; Moseley hands in resignation

After six years of plotting the course for the state ferry system, David Moseley is handing over the helm.

  • Mar 21st, 2014 7:15pm

Would-be armed robber on Orcas gets two years

An Orcas Island man with a history of breaking-and-entering and who forced his way into a Rosario-area home in late December, demanding money at gunpoint from the couple that live there, was ordered to serve the next two years in prison following his latest felony conviction.

  • Mar 17th, 2014 4:31pm

Convicted burglar gets eight more months for felony assault

The prosecution had four months in mind. The judge gave him eight instead.

  • Feb 18th, 2014 5:52pm

Lolita to receive additional protection

Nearly a decade after the southern resident killer whales were listed as endangered under federal law, the U.S. Fisheries Service is now proposing to give Lolita – the orca captured 44 years ago in Penn Cove and sold to a Florida aquarium – protection of the Endangered Species Act as well.

  • Feb 4th, 2014 6:13pm

Orcas man accused of home invasion to stand trial

An Orcas Island man accused of breaking into a Rosario-area home and demanding money at gunpoint from the couple who live there is slated to stand trial on a trio of felonies in early March.

  • Jan 22nd, 2014 5:36pm

Orcas welcomes first baby of year

It is easy to understand why James and Nicole Coddington are increasingly comfortable with learning to expect the unexpected.

  • Jan 17th, 2014 5:06pm

Waldron declares itself a ‘drone-free zone’

Despite its preeminence in the aerospace industry, Washington is not among the six states recently selected by the Federal Aviation Administration to develop test sites for drones.

  • Jan 3rd, 2014 5:24pm

Sheriff: Contentious Christmas Eve traffic stop ‘unfortunate,’ but warranted

San Juan County's top law enforcement official issued a statement Tuesday defending his officers and department in the wake of a controversial traffic stop in downtown Friday Harbor on Christmas Eve.

  • Jan 2nd, 2014 6:08pm

Holy matrimony! same-sex marriage boosts wedding numbers

Turns out that 2013 is well on its way to being a banner year for love, honor and commitment in Washington state, and in the San Juan Islands as well.

  • Dec 16th, 2013 8:07pm

Ferries to launch reservations

Those who travel by ferry in the San Juans will likely be able to do what they’ve always done at any hotel or restaurant: make a reservation.

  • Dec 7th, 2013 12:40am

Whales off course on the road to recovery

What only a few short years ago appeared to be an upswing in the population now seems like fleeting good fortune in the up-again, down-again saga of the Southern Resident killer whales.

  • Nov 5th, 2013 12:28am

Sailboat runs aground and sinks

A 30-foot sailboat remains submerged off the northeast shore of Obstruction Island, with the top of its mast poking about six feet above the water, after it struck a reef during a low tide late Friday and ran aground.

  • Sep 26th, 2013 3:59pm

Martindale picked for state arts commission

To find a large stack of mail to sift through after returning from a long-overdue vacation was to be expected.

  • Sep 23rd, 2013 8:21pm

Two WSF employees relieved from duty after ferry collides with sailboat

Washington State Ferries removed the captain and the 2nd mate from duty onboard the Hyak and placed the two on administrative assignment in the wake of the vessel’s collision on Sept. 13 with a sailboat in Upright Channel.

  • Sep 21st, 2013 12:26am

Yacht fire tops ’em all; San Juan’s most destructive blaze — ever

The most costly fire ever on San Juan Island took place in what might be considered the smallest of spaces — 85 feet, to be precise.

  • Jul 18th, 2013 5:06pm

Three-hour first place finish in SJI Marathon

Three-hour first place finish in SJI Marathon; dueling dads battle for first in 'Half'

  • Jun 24th, 2013 3:43pm

Alleged knife-wielding San Juan teen faces felony

A 17-year-old San Juan Island boy accused of wielding a knife and attacking a rival in an altercation over a girl is slated to stand trial in late July on four criminal charges, including two felonies.

  • Jun 20th, 2013 4:02pm

CAO in ‘Open Meetings’ lawsuit

San Juan County could find itself having to redo a significant portion of its critical areas ordinance if allegations that the council violated the state Open Meetings Act in preparing the recently approved, controversial land-use regulations are determined to be true.

  • Apr 28th, 2013 4:00pm

Council Election: Big win for Stephens, Hughes, Jarman prevail

Bob Jarman thought it would be a toss up. Rick Hughes knew it'd be close.

  • Apr 26th, 2013 7:31pm

Allegations denied, Orcas man to stand trial for felony assault

An Orcas Island man accused of choking a live-in girlfriend and throwing her to the floor several times, as a late-night argument at their Deer Harbor home escalated into an altercation, is slated to stand trial in mid-May on charges of felony assault and restraining the woman against her will.

  • Mar 9th, 2013 7:45pm

Lopez man, 19, faces felony charges in high-speed September crash

A 19-year-old former Lopez Island man accused of causing a high-speed crash on San Juan Island in September, in which a Friday Harbor teen suffered a broken pelvis and was pinned in the wreckage for hours, will stand trial on charges of vehicular assault in mid-May.

  • Feb 27th, 2013 6:42pm

Brutal attack, sexual assault prompts two-year prison term for Orcas man

An Orcas Island man who admitted to brutalizing a live-in girlfriend during an alcohol-fueled two-day attack was sentenced to two years in prison after pleading guilty to two felonies, including third-degree rape.

  • Feb 21st, 2013 5:24pm