Colleen Armstrong

Colleen posted 91 stories to The Journal of the San Juan Islands.
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Olga Road opening and subject detained | Update

A welfare check on an Orcas resident resulted in a standoff on…

  • Jan 30th, 2017 8:22am

Orcas: get ready to Rock

Grace McCune believes that anyone with a desire to sing should be…

  • Jan 23rd, 2017 11:11am

Pedestrian hit by car at Anacortes ferry landing

At approximately 2:20 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 17, a woman was struck…

  • Jan 18th, 2017 9:15pm

Eastsounder accused of breaking into ex’s home, assaulting officer

Aurora Elaine Turner of Eastsound has been charged with residential burglary and…

  • Jan 12th, 2017 8:09pm

Goodbye to the matriarch of Jpod | Editorial

The Southern resident killer whales are sacred, wondrous members of our Pacific…

  • Jan 11th, 2017 8:44am

Orcas burglar caught on tape

When Raul Rios walked into his restaurant Mijitas on the morning of…

  • Jan 5th, 2017 8:52am

The year 2016 wasn’t all misery | Editorial

Many Americans are expressing gratitude that 2016 is coming to an end.…

  • Jan 4th, 2017 8:21am

New area code and dialing procedure for Western Washington

Washington state is getting a new area code in 2017. An “area…

  • Jan 2nd, 2017 7:30am

Man charged with failure to register as a sex offender

Jason Michael Schible of Lopez Island has been charged with failure to…

  • Dec 21st, 2016 9:17am

Decommissioned sheriff’s vessel sinks while tied to dock

A decommissioned Sheriff’s boat at the Orcas Ferry Landing fuel dock sank…

  • Nov 26th, 2016 5:32pm

Tullock sentenced to four years for theft and forgery

Orcas resident Patricia J. Tullock, 49, pleaded guilty to one count of theft in the first degree, three counts of forgery and two counts of trafficking in stolen property. She was sentenced on Sept. 20 to 50 months. Tullock was transferred to Island County Jail where she will be assessed and then taken to a correctional facility.

  • Oct 5th, 2016 11:59pm

County receives funding for two full-time victim advocates

Without victim advocates, those affected by crime would have nowhere to turn in a time of crisis.

  • Oct 3rd, 2016 11:45pm

Former teacher convicted of sexual misconduct has been granted a new trial – Update

Judge Donald Eaton has granted former Orcas High School teacher Gerald Grellet-Tinner a new trial after a lead investigator on the case was accused of misconduct. A new trial is scheduled for Dec. 5. The defendant was released from custody on Sept. 20 after Judge Eaton announced his ruling.

  • Sep 26th, 2016 6:41pm

Former teacher convicted of sexual misconduct has been granted a new trial

Judge Donald Eaton has granted former Orcas High School teacher Gerald Grellet-Tinner a new trial after a lead investigator on the case was accused of misconduct. A new trial is scheduled for Dec. 5. The defendant was released from custody on Sept. 20 after Judge Eaton announced his ruling.

  • Sep 21st, 2016 3:41am

Motion filed to dismiss Grellet-Tinner conviction after lead detective accused of sexual relationship with victim | Judge to announce decision on Sept. 20

A motion to dismiss the conviction of former Orcas High School teacher Gerald Grellet-Tinner has been filed after allegations of misconduct from a lead investigator on the case. Judge Donald Eaton will announce his decision on the motion on Tuesday, Sept. 20 at 2 p.m.

  • Sep 17th, 2016 12:07am

Kevin Taylor to be charged with second degree murder

[WARNING: The following story may contain details too graphic for some of our readers.]

  • Sep 9th, 2016 12:05am

San Juan Island woman allegedly murdered by husband

A San Juan Island woman was murdered in her home in the early morning hours of Sept. 3. Her husband is in custody and is expected to be charged with her homicide in San Juan County Superior Court next week.

  • Sep 4th, 2016 3:46am

Heroin and its reach on the islands

Whether injected, snorted or smoked, heroin is rapidly delivered to the brain. The euphoria is immediate, and after just a few times of using, people can become addicted. Washington state is experiencing an opioid abuse and overdose crisis, and the San Juan Islands are not immune.

  • Aug 17th, 2016 4:48pm

Finding forgotten relics: American Pickers hoping to visit San Juans

American Pickers' quest for hidden treasure is taking them all the way to the San Juan Islands.

  • Aug 13th, 2016 8:30am

Joshua Treleven pleads guilty to burglary

by Colleen Smith Armstrong

  • Aug 7th, 2016 8:30am

Tullock pleads guilty to theft, forgery and trafficking

Orcas resident Patricia J. Tullock, 49, pleaded guilty to one count of theft in the first degree, three counts of forgery and two counts of trafficking in stolen property.

  • Jul 16th, 2016 8:30am

Researchers ask the public to report river otter sightings

They are charming and carnivorous, and can let humans know about environmental decline.

  • Jul 12th, 2016 4:15pm

Grellet-Tinner found guilty

UPDATE: Gerald Grillet-Tinner has been found guilty for both counts.

  • Jun 24th, 2016 10:46pm

Tullock, Barnes and Jefferson face theft and forgery charges

Three Orcas Island residents have been charged with felony counts of theft and forgery stemming from a series of incidents in 2015.

  • May 4th, 2016 6:44pm

Impressed with sheriff’s statement

When a mistake is made, the best thing to do is take full responsibility, look at why it happened and implement changes to prevent it from occurring again.

  • Mar 2nd, 2016 2:00pm

When caregivers need support

I've seen what Alzheimer’s can do to a family. The constant monitoring, the sadness and frustration over forgotten memories, the danger of self-harm – it weighs on caregivers in a way that is sometimes hard to express.

  • Feb 24th, 2016 12:20am

Friday Harbor Wolverines beat Vikings 48 to 42

An away game on Tuesday, Jan. 26 on Orcas Island saw the Wolverines as the winners.

  • Jan 29th, 2016 12:19am

Shoreline update long overdue | Editorial

As island communities, preserving our 400 miles of coastline is critical for our way of life today, and more importantly, future generations.

  • Jan 26th, 2016 9:35pm

Trial of Grellet-Tinner moved from January to March

The trial of Gerald Grellet-Tinner, 59, an Orcas High School teacher who pled not guilty to having a sexual relationship with an 18-year-old student of his, has been moved to March 7.

  • Jan 12th, 2016 8:56pm

How Christmas as we know it came to be | Editorial

By Cali Bagby

  • Dec 23rd, 2015 4:00pm

Women in the news industry, changing times | Women in Business

Women have been integral to the development of printing and journalism in North America since the earliest settlers landed in the New World.

  • Oct 23rd, 2015 12:20am

Celebrating women’s history | Women in Business

I take it for granted that I can vote, achieve my goals, survive on my own income, choose whether or not to start a family. I can dress how I please, I can voice my opinion, I can file for divorce.

  • Oct 23rd, 2015 12:14am

Raising local awareness on domestic violence is key to stopping it

In honor of domestic violence awareness month this October, Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Services of the San Juan Islands is presenting events and raising awareness through outreach.

  • Oct 9th, 2015 11:48pm

Help change the statistics | Editorial

It is difficult for many of us to accept that domestic violence and sexual assault occur in our special, safe island communities.

  • Oct 6th, 2015 10:38pm

Rural driving isn’t an excuse for bad driving habits — be aware of road safety | Editorial

Driving on our rural roads has unique dangers – like deer waiting to leap in front of you and bicycle riders weaving into traffic.

  • Sep 21st, 2015 5:00pm

Magician Matthew Laslo comes to San Juan Island

Laslo is an award-winning magician and illusionist who fell in love with the art of magic at seven years old when his grandfather gave him a magic kit for Christmas.

  • Jul 13th, 2015 3:32pm

San Juan men take lead role in campaign against domestic violence

Getting men involved in the violence against women discussion has become a national trend. Groups like A Call to Men, Coaching Boys Into Men, Men Can Stop Rape and MenEngage promote building relationships based on respect and equality.

  • May 23rd, 2015 10:53pm

Frustration looms large at power co-op candidate forum

"OPALCO bought a market competitor and is subsidizing it with the co-op," Orcas Island's Dennis King said. "You say it's a community co-op but you are driving other local internet service providers out of business."

  • Apr 14th, 2015 10:06pm

County should allow cannabis production | Colleen Armstrong

Here at the Journal, we are disappointed with the direction that San Juan County is taking in regards to cannabis farming.

  • Jan 22nd, 2015 2:01am

Sexual assault, it can happen here

Officials warn about danger of drugs, date rape. While the cases are currently at a stand still because of victims’ reluctance to testify, the need to educate the public has become apparent.

  • Nov 5th, 2014 5:43pm