Colleen Smith

Colleen posted 104 stories to The Journal of the San Juan Islands.
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Early education paves future goals

You’ll be hard pressed to find anyone in the educational field who…

  • Apr 19th, 2017 7:00am

What to do if you get head lice

They are tiny, make your scalp itch and can infect anyone. Head…

  • Apr 14th, 2017 8:51am

Taylor 2 Dance Company returns to the islands

Taylor 2 Dance Company, a branch of the New York-based Paul Taylor…

  • Apr 2nd, 2017 9:09am

Civil Rights Complaint against San Juan County for an alleged assault by a deputy

An Orcas woman convicted of felony burglary and misdemeanor theft has filed…

  • Mar 16th, 2017 7:00am

Former Orcas teacher Grellet-Tinner files a civil suit against his past power of attorney

Gerald Grellet-Tinner has filed a complaint about money judgment and restitution of…

  • Mar 14th, 2017 12:21pm

Why states matter | Editorial

We’ve never been so proud to be Washingtonians. Our home state has…

  • Mar 9th, 2017 4:06pm

Elder abuse: silent suffering | Editorial

It’s difficult to imagine that there are people in our community abusing…

  • Feb 22nd, 2017 7:00am

Blevins accused of embezzling from SJC Theatre

The San Juan Community Theatre has filed a civil complaint against former…

  • Feb 18th, 2017 5:08pm

Unlawful possession of a firearm

Ronald Bruce Killorn of Friday Harbor has been charged with five counts…

  • Feb 17th, 2017 5:46pm

Friday Harbor face Orcas in basketball playoffs

The Wolverines fell to the Vikings for the third time this season…

  • Feb 15th, 2017 9:35am

Lessons from the snow | Editorial

Careening down the hill, scarf flying behind me, snow pelting my face,…

  • Feb 15th, 2017 9:19am

Orcas resident shares his book on tides

Jonathan White would watch his wife and son walk out the door…

  • Feb 8th, 2017 4:58pm

Vikings battle with Wolverines

Girls The Wolverines girls basketball team faced the Vikings on their home…

  • Jan 30th, 2017 8:53am

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

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  • 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