Colleen Smith

Colleen posted 104 stories to The Journal of the San Juan Islands.
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Driver hits boy and flees scene in Eastsound

A driver reportedly struck a 10-year-old boy and drove away from the…

  • Oct 22nd, 2018 2:56pm

Tucker Abdon, of Orcas, charged with vehicular homicide

Tucker Samms Abdon, 33, of Eastsound, has been charged with one count…

  • Oct 16th, 2018 2:48pm

Hogle charged with possessing and distributing child pornography

Eastound resident Christian Hogle, 53, has been charged with one count of…

  • Oct 11th, 2018 7:52am

Awareness is the first step to prevent domestic violence | Editorial

Without awareness and action, there cannot be social change. Nationally and locally,…

  • Oct 8th, 2018 9:03am
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Cyclist Lance Armstrong speaks to Orcas Christian School students

Lance Armstrong believes in always moving forward – whether he’s facing a…

  • Oct 3rd, 2018 1:30am
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August primary election 2018 results | Update

Editor’s note: The following was updated to include the final results. For…

  • Sep 15th, 2018 11:38am

Orcas man accused of distributing child pornography

(Warning: The following story contains explicit details about sexual violence.) Eastound resident…

  • Aug 30th, 2018 3:24pm

Orcas families frustrated with WSF | 18 vehicles with livestock left in Friday Harbor

For decades, when the county fair ends, Lopez and Orcas participants pack…

  • Aug 28th, 2018 9:19am

Senator Cantwell holds Orcas Island roundtable discussion on affordable housing

San Juan County is one of many communities in Washington state facing…

  • Aug 21st, 2018 2:57pm

Don’t use social media to report crimes | Editorial

In this age of technology, it’s become easy and convenient to make…

  • Aug 10th, 2018 8:15am

Bike safety tips for summer in the San Juans

Every summer, island drivers are obliged to share the road with thousands…

  • Jul 25th, 2018 3:46pm

Elder abuse can happen in the San Juans | Editorial

As we enter our golden years, the risk of isolation and neglect…

  • Jul 20th, 2018 7:00am

San Juan County joins lawsuit against manufacturers and distributors of prescription opioids

The San Juan Islands are not immune to the national opioid crisis,…

  • Jun 26th, 2018 12:13pm

Kulp pleads not guilty to murder in the second degree

A Shaw Island man accused of murdering his wife has pleaded not…

  • Jun 6th, 2018 11:52am

The truth about Oprah Winfrey’s reported land purchase on Orcas | Interview with the realtor

Online news outlets have reported that Oprah Winfrey purchased an Orcas Island…

  • Jun 5th, 2018 12:09pm

Taking care of our tourists | Editorial

We can’t imagine what would happen to our communities if tourism drastically…

  • Apr 26th, 2018 7:00am

Court documents reveal more details in the death of Abigail Finney

The San Juan County Prosecutor’s office is preparing to file charges of…

  • Apr 17th, 2018 8:05pm

Eric Kulp taken into custody after standoff in Marblemount | Update

Eric Kulp was taken into custody in the Marblemount area of Skagit…

  • Apr 16th, 2018 1:54pm

Orcas Island man sentenced to 28 months for meth possession

A jury found Justin Travis Langworthy, 33, of Eastsound guilty of violating…

  • Apr 15th, 2018 9:00am

Protecting the environment one child at a time | New science book for fifth- and sixth-grade students

Can one book change the course of land and sea conservation for…

  • Apr 7th, 2018 8:12am

San Juan County awarded clean water grants from Ecology

Communities across the state seeking funding for clean water projects are about…

  • Mar 20th, 2018 8:55am

Two possible heroin overdoses in San Juan County in last week

San Juan County Coroner Randy Gaylord is alerting the public about a…

  • Mar 12th, 2018 1:57pm

Thanks to Inslee, veto is a major win for the people | Editorial

We have been truly appalled by the actions of our state government…

  • Mar 7th, 2018 7:00am

San Juan man charged with harassment to kill

Jefferey Irving McGriff, 35, of San Juan, has been charged with harassment…

  • Mar 6th, 2018 2:00pm

Friday Harbor woman charged with furnishing alcohol to a minor

Kathryn Trinity Root has been charged with furnishing liquor to a minor,…

  • Feb 26th, 2018 2:16pm

What does Valentine’s Day mean to you?

Valentine’s Day is traditionally thought of as a holiday to celebrate romantic…

  • Feb 14th, 2018 7:00am

The year ahead | A conversation with Councilman Rick Hughes

San Juan County Council Councilman Rick Hughes says it’s been a significant…

  • Jan 9th, 2018 7:00am

The good things that happened in 2017 | Editorial

It’s been another rough year. The divisiveness of the 2016 presidential election…

  • Jan 3rd, 2018 7:00am

Every hour, someone dies in a drunk driving crash | Editorial

Drunk driving is the number one cause of death on our roadways.…

  • Dec 29th, 2017 7:00am

Alleged car theft, wallet theft and business break-in on Orcas

The San Juan County Sheriff’s Office is following up on three crimes…

  • Nov 21st, 2017 4:06pm

Vote on custom license plate for San Juan County

Washington residents could soon have the option of buying a custom San…

  • Sep 8th, 2017 8:59am

Ferry saga continues | Editorial

Editor’s note: This editorial was written prior to the Elwha going out…

  • Aug 18th, 2017 1:20pm

The scoop on broken Washington State Ferries

Editor’s note: This editorial was written prior to the Elwha going out…

  • Aug 17th, 2017 3:12pm

Celebrate parents who care | Editorial

I had a deadbeat dad. For those not familiar with the term,…

  • Aug 6th, 2017 9:07am

Mary Blevins pleads guilty to theft in the first degree for embezzlement

Mary Kasperson Blevins, 69, of Friday Harbor, pleaded guilty to theft in…

  • Aug 4th, 2017 3:15pm

“Magic Now” at the San Juan Theatre

Last summer, 16-year-old magician Matthew Laslo made his network television debut on…

  • Jul 22nd, 2017 7:00am

Put down the phone | Editorial

Unless you don’t own a cell phone or have incredible willpower, you’ve…

  • Jul 21st, 2017 3:56pm

Black bear now on Orcas has likely been eluding authorities since last week | Update

The black bear that arrived on Orcas over Memorial Day weekend has…

  • Jun 6th, 2017 9:14am

David Wallace convicted of child rape

Warning: The following story contains graphic details about sexual assault. Lopez Island…

  • May 12th, 2017 7:00am

Investing in island youth

San Juan County Council Chairman Rick Hughes believes that investing in early…

  • Apr 23rd, 2017 10:20am