Of interest from other sources: Below are some FAQ’s from the Immigration Resource Center on the legality of local law enforcement involvement in enforcement of immigration laws. [Slightly outdated in terms of the detainer holds – guidance and form was recently updated – however, there is no substantial material change to the analysis as a result of the new detainer hold policy guidelines.
by Rick Boettger……. This is the last straw. I’m fed up with the low level of journalistic integrity displayed by all of the media in the Keys except us, KWTN. As reported here last week, a Honduran immigrant was hit by a woman in a large SUV on his bicycle in a crosswalk on Stock Island. A Sheriff’s Deputy asked him his immigration status as he lay injured in the street. Then the Florida Highway Patrol gave HIM a ticket for “obstructing traffic,” And, finally, the [continue reading…]
by Larry Murray……. For those of you who have been wondering what was to become of the Marathon Manor property, wonder no more. For those of you who have been worried about how the School District would recoup its $7.4 million plus investment of 12 years ago, worry no more. All will be revealed at the School Board meeting on June 13. A School Board member has repeatedly assured me that all would be fine with the Marathon Manor property despite the passage of time. [continue reading…]
by Thomas L. Knapp……. Ted Wheeler, the mayor of Portland, Oregon, wants to control who can say — and hear — what. He’s asked the federal government to cancel one permit and deny another, both for “alt-right” demonstrations at Portland’s Shrunk Plaza. His excuse: Portland is “in mourning” and its “anger is real” over an incident in which an anti-Muslim bigot, Jeremy Joseph Christian, allegedly harassed two women on a commuter train and then stabbed three men who came to their defense, two of them [continue reading…]
by Thomas L. Knapp……. On May 31, a panel of three judges on the US Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit upheld the conviction and sentence of American political prisoner Ross Ulbricht. It’s been two years since I last devoted a column to Ulbricht’s plight, so a refresher seems in order: After a show trial so obviously fixed in advance that Stalin’s pet prosecutor Andrey Vyshinsky would have blushed with embarrassment to participate in it, judge Katherine Forrest sentenced Ulbricht to life in prison [continue reading…]
President Trump has announced that the United States will withdraw from the Paris Agreement. The landmark climate accord looks to prevent further damage due to climate change by dealing with greenhouse gas emissions mitigation, adaptation and finance starting in 2020. The Paris Agreement was signed by 195 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change members. Florida International University has several experts who can speak to the implications of the United States withdrawing from the Paris Agreement, including environmental and political aspects. For a list of FIU’s [continue reading…]
WASHINGTON – On Wednesday, Monroe County Commissioner Heather Carruthers testified at the inaugural public meeting of the U.S. House of Representatives’ House Climate Solutions Caucus in Washington, D.C. Her remarks emphasized the reality that many local governments already are being forced to take expensive action to prepare for the negative impacts of sea level rise on their communities and their vital infrastructure. In her remarks, Carruthers said that to date most of the costs to address necessary adaptation to sea level rise so far have [continue reading…]
Two men charged with spearing lobster Two men were arrested Thursday for spearing lobster illegally. Marine Deputy Wilfredo Guerra was on patrol at Fiesta Key Campground at the 70 mile marker when he spotted the two men in the water. He saw they both had spear guns and appeared to be spearing sea life. As he approached, he could see them dropping speared lobster. He asked them to get out of the water. He asked the two men for identification and their fishing licenses, which [continue reading…]
by Ray Jason……. Today is the fourth anniversary of my little blog. It has been a delight sharing my unusual perspective on the world with you, and I greatly appreciate your support and encouragement. Thank you so very much. Highlights from these last 12 months include the publication of my 100th essay and clicking over a quarter of a million visits to my site. Most amazing and pleasing. Special thanks to Naja who edits The Blue Paper in Key West. They have re-posted almost all [continue reading…]
Some days are better than others in law enforcement as in any other profession. I’m thinking this was one of the better days for Deputy Wilfredo Guerra and Sgt. Nick Whiteman, who were on Wave Runner patrol offshore of Marathon Sunday. While out on the water, watching for scofflaws, the two saved a pelican who, it turned out, was suffering from botulism. They took it to the Wild Bird Center where the bird was expected to make a full recovery.
Thursday, June 8, 2017 10 a.m. Marathon Government Center – BOCC chambers, second floor 2798 Overseas Highway, Marathon, FL Under Florida Statute, the State Attorney of Monroe County has put together a local nominating committee to search for candidates and offer recommendations for the position of District 16 Medical Examiner. The committee has about 14 people, including representatives of County government, law enforcement, the County hospitals, the State Attorney’s Office, the Public Defender’s Office and funeral homes. Dr. Stephen Nelson, chairman of the state’s Medical [continue reading…]
Monroe County Fire Rescue responded at 2:03 a.m. Monday to an RV fire at 27342 Antigua Lane, mile marker 27 of U.S. 1 on Summerland Key. The RV was parked on a vacant lot with one female living inside. She escaped without injury prior to the arrival of Fire Rescue. Firefighters from the Cudjoe, Big Pine and Sugarloaf stations responded to find one RV fully engulfed in flames and a second RV partially involved. A box trailer located on the property suffered heat and smoke [continue reading…]
Federal suit filed against EXPO New Mexico officials under First and Fourteenth Amendments (Albuquerque) – New Mexico Top Organics-Ultra Health filed a complaint against three EXPO New Mexico officials for unconstitutional attempts to limit the company’s rights to display a cannabis educational and informative booth at the New Mexico State Fair in 2017. Because EXPO New Mexico is a government entity and the New Mexico State Fair a public forum, restricting Ultra Health’s ability to educate the public and advocate on behalf of medical cannabis [continue reading…]
“What led me to leave shore and become my own island echoed between the new plywood walls of that old 1969 Thunderbird Houseboat … anchored at respectable strokes from shore in Sunset Cove, Key Largo mm99. Searoom, Splendor in My Dark is my true story, a place I ran to after my castle in the sand slipped away, where impending storms waited their turn to switch my mind from despair to delight, under the mostly majestic skies of the Florida Keys…” To learn more about Andree Hardy, her current projects and/or [continue reading…]
On Friday, June 9, from 5-7pm, author Kenneth D. Michaels will debut his latest mystery, “Only in Key West” at the 801 Duval Street Cabaret above the 801 Bourbon Bar in Key West. “Only in Key West” is a sequel to Michaels’ first novel, “The Gay Detective,” which earned kudos in 2016: the International Readers Favorite Book Award and the Reader Views Award. He was also a finalist in the USA Best Book Awards. “Only in Key West” reflects our local “One Human Family” philosophy,” [continue reading…]
Acclaimed American novelist and New York Times best-selling author Clifford Irving is set to appear as Keynote Speaker for the June 16-18 Mystery Fest Key West, an annual gathering of award-winning and high-profile mystery writers, true crime experts and fans, held at the DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Grand Key. His works have run a gamut from restless youth searching for hope and meaning – “On a Darkling Plain” (1956) and “The Losers” (1958), to history – “The Battle of Jerusalem: The Six-Day War of June, [continue reading…]
The 4th annual Mystery Fest Key West launches Friday, June 16, 2017 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Grand Key Resort, 3990 S. Roosevelt Blvd., in Key West, Florida. The “Murder & Mayhem in Paradise” themed weekend of total mystery immersion – open to published authors, aspiring authors and non-writing book lovers alike – includes panels, presentations, workshops and social events with a “killer” hit-list of some of America’s top award-winning and bestselling mystery writers and true crime experts. Headlining the 2017 author-roster are John Hemingway, [continue reading…]
Shipwrecks, marine life, treasure—if the salt life in imagery speaks to you, SALT Gallery welcomes you to a special preview of images presented by National Geographic Photographer and local legend Don Kincaid from 6pm-8pm on Tuesday, June 6 at 830 Fleming Street. A filmmaker and photographer for more than 40 years, Kincaid’s images document the marine habitat of the Florida Keys and they heyday of treasure-hunting, crossing “photojournalism with graphic design elements,” he says. His images offer historic moments and colorful observations of marine life [continue reading…]
75th Anniversary Battle of Midway Ceremony at Bayview Park June 5, 2017 9 a.m. Public is Invited Naval Air Station Key West invites the public to attend a ceremony in honor of the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Midway Monday, June 5 at 9 a.m. at the bandstand at Bayview Park. The ceremony will feature remarks from NAS Key West Executive Officer Cmdr. Gregory Brotherton, Command Chaplain Lt. Scott Mason, and Master Chief Petty Officer (Ret.) James King, NAS Key West’s Honor Guard, a [continue reading…]
Marathon Community Theatre (MCT), located at 5101 Overseas Highway in Marathon, will present tah-DANCE on Saturday, June 10, 2017 beginning at 8:00 p.m. tah-DANCE is an all-dance production performed by the students of the various free dance classes offered throughout the year at Marathon Community Theatre to anyone wishing to participate. This year’s title for the show is “One More Time.” Similar to the TV show “So You Think You Can Dance,” tah-DANCE takes you behind the scenes to see what happens during the weeks, [continue reading…]
Ms. Stephanie Ganim Webb and her 7th grade class at Treasure Village Montessori school have successfully completed the 11 week Project Alert class taught in all schools by Sheriff’s Office School Resource Officers. The class teaches resistance skills to combat peer pressure to use alcohol, tobacco and drugs. In the photo, the kids are proudly showing their drug free commitment essays they will take home and present to their parents. Congratulations to them and to all the kids who completed Project Alert this year!
–Jazz Noir Multimedia Concert– Jazz-Age Retrospectacular: Jazz Noir Multimedia Concert info@Mixdeity.com or call 305-290-2796 Studios of Key West, 533 Eaton St. Key West FL, 33040 Satruday, June 3rd, 2017 7:30 doors, 8pm Show http://www.Mixdeity.com Rock Solomon’s Jazz-Noir multimedia concert is the apex of Jazz-Age Retrospectacular, an out-of-the-box event series looking at Key West history & culture through the lens of the Jazz Age. Solomon and his company, Mixdeity Entertainmen t, combine narrative, music and technology to weave a story of 1930’s Key West, when rum runners were rampant, the [continue reading…]
On May 27th, a group of Sheriff’s deputies organized a dog wash event in Marathon to raise money for the Marathon SPCA. Deputies Jamie Buxton, Michelle Swilley, Debbie Johnson, Jose Hernandez and Sgt. Spenser Bryan raised $810 washing dogs. They were helped out by a number of community volunteers who turned out for the fun event.
Nick Norman will perform at the undiscovered rooftop terrace at Blue Macaw Island Eats & Bar for a sunset show overlooking Petronia Street and historic Bahama Village on June 11th, 2017. Immediately recognizable, Nick is known for two distinctive gifts: his soulful voice and infectious smile. It’s hard to imagine that as a young boy he was told he would never be good enough to sing in the church’s youth ensemble in Columbia, South Carolina where he grew up. Today he is truly the man [continue reading…]
Garden Grads! Anoom Yasmin, Jessica Ofarrill and Olivia Johnson are three of five “Garden Companions” heading off to college who were honored by the Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden on May 27th. Inspired by their years as nursery volunteers, they plan to continue studies in biology, environment and related sciences. Over a four year period, the five budding scientists donated over 1530 hours of community services hours to KWTF&BG. Their replacements are sought. School-aged children 13 and older who would like to learn [continue reading…]
The Autism Society of the Keys (ASK) invites you to join us for a free workshop in Key West on Tuesday, June 6, beginning at 6:30 p.m. The workshop will be held at the Grace Lutheran Church located at 2713 Flagler Avenue. Workshops are designed to inform participants of resources available to your child and family and to create and provide continuing support through personal interaction with other families who are living with autism. Resources include financial assistance with co-pays for doctor visits, help with [continue reading…]
A 6-panel mural created by the entire student body of May Sands Montessori was revealed in a special celebration on Friday, May 25th at the public charter school located on the corner of United and Leon Streets. The 420-square foot mural features local island fauna with varying island weather patterns and day times as a back drop and selected facts to represent the image painted. Supported by a grant from the Florida Keys Arts Council and led by the school’s arts enrichment instructor Bria Ansara, [continue reading…]
Early shift bands At the Hog’s Breath Saloon Zack Seemiller, Monday, June 5, 1- 5 pm; Joel Nelson, Tuesday – Thursday, June 6 – 8, 1 – 5 p.m. Barry Cuda & Ken Fradley, Friday & Saturday, June 9 & 10, 1 – 5 pm. West Texas Singer-Songwriter Cliff Cody Plays the Hog’s Breath Saloon West Texas singer-songwriter Cliff Cody plays the Hog’s Breath Saloon, 400 Front St., mid-shift gig – 5:30 – 9:30 p.m. June 5 – 11. “Chasin Whiskey,” Cody’s first recorded cut [continue reading…]
The Key West Literary Seminar will be offering Literary Walking Tours every Friday and Saturday throughout the summer. Inspired by David A. Kaufelt’s original literary walking tour, this stroll through old town Key West features the former homes and favorite haunts of writers, including Tennessee Williams, Shel Silverstein, Elizabeth Bishop, and Robert Frost, and illuminates the life of letters in this island city. Tours begin at the Key West public library, 700 Fleming St., and finish near the foot of Greene Street. Tours depart Friday [continue reading…]
NOAA Predicting an Above-Normal Atlantic Hurricane Season this Year Hurricane season starts today, and forecasters are predicting a 45 percent chance of an above-normal Atlantic hurricane season this year, threatening both coastal and inland residents between now and the end of November. To help families stay safe, the American Red Cross South Florida Region is issuing the top six hurricane preparedness tips should a hurricane or tropical storm head for your community. Here are the top six things you should do now to be ready [continue reading…]