Colleen Smith

Colleen posted 99 stories to The Journal of the San Juan Islands.
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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

Off-duty deputy rescues two from smoke-filled home

“I felt a little naked because I didn’t have any gear, but it was a small space with easy access – if things went sideways I could have gotten out,” deputy Doug Maya recalls of the rescue of two people from a mobile home filling up fast with toxic smoke.

  • Sep 23rd, 2014 1:49am

A major wake-up for San Juan Island communities | Colleen Armstrong

We applaud the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission for recommending CenturyLink be fined more than $170,000 for the 10-day communications outage last November that created an upheaval in the San Juans

  • Aug 27th, 2014 11:03pm

Mysterious, good, bad? Bats unveiled

Mouse-eared bats look similar from a distance and use the same frequencies to navigate and target their prey, but they vary somewhat in body proportions and behavior. Two of our mouse-eared species are actually quite rare.

  • Aug 20th, 2014 6:03pm

Do you have a big heart but limited time? Try fostering instead

Shelters can be high stress environments for animals – strangers coming to visit and being in a kennel can cause anxiety. One solution is placing the cat or dog in a temporary home until a permanent adopter comes forward.

  • May 29th, 2014 3:10pm

A place for victims in their time of need

Crime Victims Center offers support, expertise when it matters most

  • Apr 16th, 2013 1:25am

Distler ascends to 2nd in command at Sheriff’s office

As undersheriff, Bruce Distler is considered second in command of the Sheriff’s Office. He will supervise sergeants, detectives, corrections officers and the traffic officer. The position of sergeant on Orcas and Lopez will be announced in mid-January.

  • Jan 15th, 2013 7:01pm

Sales up, dollars down; 2011 real estate market delivers mixed results

Last year’s median price for sales of single family homes and condos was $235,000. In 2010 it was $262,000. For the 21 counties included in the MLS report, the median price ranged from $120,000 in Grays Harbor County, to $387,500 in San Juan County.

  • Jan 28th, 2012 7:06pm

Greater girth means fewer berths onboard WSF

The average American weighs more and passenger vessels are feeling the impact. The Coast Guard’s new boat stability rules, which took effect nationwide on Dec. 1., raise the estimated weight of a typical adult passenger to 185 pounds from the previous 160 pounds. As a result, a handful of vessels in the Washington State Ferries fleet have had weight capacities reduced.

  • Jan 7th, 2012 1:17am

Three weeks of ferry woes bring up bigger questions

Washington State Ferries have been experiencing broken boats, replacement vessels, missed runs and overloads. For ferry riders, especially inter-island commuters, the last three weeks have been a little strange.

  • Nov 2nd, 2011 6:04pm

Orcas sparks with trash fire

Illegal burning gets out of hand on the island

  • Apr 19th, 2011 3:11am

Lopez resident Tom Cowan appointed to state transportation commission

The San Juans won't be left behind in the wake of ferry…

  • Feb 9th, 2011 11:48pm