Journal of the San Juans, January 29, 2014
January 29, 2014 edition of the Journal of the San Juans
Seahawks Super Bowl Bound With thanks to our colleagues at the Daily Herald, the Journal presents its Super Bowl special edition PAGE 1 & 9 Journal The Wednesday, January 29, 2014 Vol. 107 Issue 5 of the San Juan Islands Health worries rise over Navy jets www.sanjuanjournal.com Special: Super Bowl XLVIII Lolita in line for listing on ESA Critics cites health concerns in battle over Navy ‘Growlers’ By Scott Rasmussen Journal editor By Steve Wehrly Journal reporter See JETS, Page 5 Contributed photo / Jennifer Buchanan Quarterbacks Russell Wilson and Peyton Manning share a handshake following an earlier meeting. No experience needed Does Manning hold the edge, or will youth prevail in showdown By John Boyle Herald Writer RENTON — Even for Pete Carroll, a coach with vast experience, not to mention the fame, fortune and clout to get into just about any big event he chooses, this weekend’s Super Bowl will be a first. Sometime back in his first go-around in the NFL, Carroll decided he wouldn’t go to the Super Bowl as a spectator; John Boyle instead, he would wait until he earned a trip. “Never,” Carroll said when asked if he had attended the NFL’s biggest game. “I really had the thought a long time ago that I’m not going until we’re playing in it. Fortunately, we’re finally going.” Just as it will be for Carroll, Super Bowl XLVIII will be a new experience for Seattle’s players. Barring a surprise last-minute roster move, the Seahawks will become the first team since the 1990 Buffalo Bills to play in the Super Bowl without a single player on its roster who has past experience in the big game. With an average age of 26.4 the Seahawks are the second-youngest Super Bowl team in history, just a bit older than the 1971 Dolphins, who lost to Dallas. So the obvious question is, does experience matter? Does the fact that Denver quarterback Peyton Manning is playing in his third Super Bowl while Russell Wilson is in his first mean anything? Or does it simply mean Manning is older and was on some good teams in the past? Seahawks players don’t really know for sure, but they’re approaching the week as if nothing is different. See EXPERIENCE, Page 4 2011 Special Award; Second Place: General Excellence from the Washington Newspaper Publishers Association See LOLITA, Page 5 MEDITATIO N San Juan Isla nds’ Health & W ellness 2014 Gu ide A supplement to the Journal of the San Juan Islands' Soun der, and Islan Islands, ds' Weekly HABITS MASSAGE Lopez Island residents, upset about EA-18 “Growler” jet noise from planes at Naval Air Station Whidbey, will meet with Whidbey Island activists on Feb. 12 to discuss the noise issue and what might be done about it. Citizens of Ebey’s Reserve for Healthy, Safe and Peaceful Environment will be telling Lopez residents that COER is shifting its focus from the Outlying Field near Coupeville, which COER wants closed, to larger questions of basing the EA-18 at NAS Whidbey and conducting low-level “touchand-go” training exercises at either Ault Field at NAS Whidbey near Oak Harbor or OLF Coupeville. In a Jan. 14 press release, COER President Michael Monson announced that the organization is now seeking removal of the jets from Whidbey Island, not just stopping further use of OLF Coupeville for Navy “touch and go” carrier landing exercises. For 2013, the Navy estimated it would conduct more than 31,000 “closed pattern” training operations at Ault Field and OLF Coupeville, including 5,300 operations between 11 p.m. and Nearly a decade after the Southern Resident killer whales were listed as endangered under federal law, the Fisheries Service is 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. But if you think that means the captive orca will be released from Miami Seaquarium and reintroduced to the waters off Washington state, don’t hold your MASSAGE 75¢ 2014 Health & Wellness Guide Pick up your copy today at the Journal office and local wellness centers around town.