Colleen Smith

Colleen posted 201 stories to The Journal of the San Juan Islands.
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Sisters accused of burglary and trespassing livestream arrest on Facebook

Two sisters were arrested on Lopez Island after illegally staying in a…

  • Oct 11th, 2021 2:20pm
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Why we have a paywall on our websites | Editorial

It costs money to gather news. I’m not referring to social media…

  • Oct 1st, 2021 12:06pm
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The women welders of Orcas

For four days every year, a group of women, covered in protective…

  • Sep 7th, 2021 1:30am
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English language students inspire new learning strategies for the classroom

English language learners are a growing and vital component of the American…

  • Aug 24th, 2021 2:59pm
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John Evans, former county council member, died on Aug. 2.

Politics and plants | John Evans leaves behind a legacy

A passion for property rights led John Evans to serve three terms…

  • Aug 18th, 2021 4:14pm
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John Evans, former county council member, died on Aug. 2.
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Find the help you need to support your family | Editorial

The school year will start in just a few weeks, and many…

  • Aug 13th, 2021 1:30am
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Photo courtesy Windermere Real Estate/Orcas Island/Wally Gudgell
An image of the property from 2018.

Oprah sells her Orcas Island estate for $14 million

Oprah Winfrey has sold her Orcas Island estate for $14 million after…

  • Aug 5th, 2021 2:18pm
Photo courtesy Windermere Real Estate/Orcas Island/Wally Gudgell
An image of the property from 2018.
Editorial

San Juan County Drug Court is an important program | Editorial

Punishment vs. rehabilitation. Which do you think is more effective? If you…

  • Jul 23rd, 2021 1:30am
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Pay attention to wildfire State of Emergency | Editorial

It’s been an epic start to the summer. Historically high temperatures. Nary…

  • Jul 15th, 2021 1:30am
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Plastic Free Salish Sea sign made from plastic found on San Juan County beaches.

Plastic Free July | Be part of the solution

Just one word. Plastics. If you’re a fan of classic films or…

  • Jul 7th, 2021 1:30am
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Plastic Free Salish Sea sign made from plastic found on San Juan County beaches.
Editorial

Going back to work: what does it mean?

Vaccine rates are rising. The masks are coming off. Businesses have reopened.…

  • Jun 26th, 2021 1:30am
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Recognizing the contributions of our fathers | Editorial

This coming Sunday is a day to honor the father figures in…

  • Jun 20th, 2021 1:30am
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If you want to have fun on the water, you also have to follow safety guidelines.

Stay safe while enjoying the water | Editorial

One of the true joys of living in the San Juans is…

  • Jun 5th, 2021 1:30am
If you want to have fun on the water, you also have to follow safety guidelines.
Memorial Day is May 31.

The significance of Memorial Day | Editorial

I‌t’s a three-day weekend. It’s the launch of summer. It’s barbecue time.…

  • Jun 2nd, 2021 6:13pm
Memorial Day is May 31.
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Expressing appreciation to our nurses | Editorial

With the global pandemic has come a renewed appreciation for the dedication…

  • May 12th, 2021 1:30am
This week's editorial
Readers weigh in on motherhood.

The magic of motherhood | Editorial

In my life and experience of motherhood, I’ve come to realize that…

  • May 7th, 2021 1:30am
Readers weigh in on motherhood.
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IslandRides comes to Orcas after flourishing on San Juan and Lopez

For those who do not drive or have access to a vehicle,…

  • Apr 28th, 2021 1:30am
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Left to right: Patty Codd, Frank James and Aaimee Johnson.

Consolidated health clinic for Orcas Island is up and running

Island Primary Care — Orcas is officially serving patients. A ribbon-cutting ceremony…

  • Apr 25th, 2021 1:30am
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Left to right: Patty Codd, Frank James and Aaimee Johnson.
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Many island businesses are struggling to find employees; we are no exception

Our front-page coverage last week on the local economy explained that while…

  • Apr 23rd, 2021 1:30am
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Island Air delivering vaccines to Orcas Island.

San Juan County leads the state in COVID-19 vaccination rates

At the tail end of 2020, San Juan County began holding its…

  • Apr 6th, 2021 1:30am
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Island Air delivering vaccines to Orcas Island.
Albert Strasser's “Afraid of the Light,” with illustrations by Roman artist Flavia Sorrentino, was released this winter and is available now at island bookstores and online. (Contributed photo)

Long-time islander releases children’s book about facing your fears

Albert Strasser was inspired to write a children’s book while living in…

  • Mar 28th, 2021 1:30am
Albert Strasser's “Afraid of the Light,” with illustrations by Roman artist Flavia Sorrentino, was released this winter and is available now at island bookstores and online. (Contributed photo)
Editorial

Spring is special section season | Editorial

The days are longer, bulbs are pushing up through the dirt and…

  • Mar 24th, 2021 1:30am
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Surviving the winter | Editorial

As members of isolated communities that endure dark nights and grey skies…

  • Feb 18th, 2021 1:30am
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Crossing state lines to find forever homes

Some very lucky dogs from the Lone Star state are now forever…

  • Feb 14th, 2021 1:30am
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Update from county council member Cindy Wolf

The Islands’ Sounder sat down with San Juan County Councilmember Cindy Wolf…

  • Jan 30th, 2021 1:27pm
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Vacation rentals are symptom of a larger issue | Editorial

Those who have been advocating for a vacation rental moratorium celebrated on…

  • Jan 22nd, 2021 1:30am
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This week's editorial.

Philanthropy may be the key to sustaining local newspapers | Editorial

As the pandemic marches on, businesses’ bottom lines are shrinking. And your…

  • Dec 8th, 2020 5:00pm
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This week's editorial.

Giving thanks | Readers share their gratitude

It has become a tradition here at the Journal and the Sounder…

  • Nov 27th, 2020 7:12pm
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This week's editorial

COVID-19 cases are surging | Editorial

For many islanders, summer in the San Juans was marked by a…

  • Nov 23rd, 2020 5:27pm
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Hospice of the Northwest in talks to sell to private equity firm

For more than 30 years, San Juan County residents in the last…

  • Nov 3rd, 2020 1:30am
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Four council candidate field questions during forum

It may have been a virtual debate, but plenty of issues were…

  • Oct 16th, 2020 2:45pm
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A recap of summer 2020 | An interview with council chairperson Hughes

A recap of summer 2020 | An interview with council chairperson Hughes

“San Juan County is the safest in the state.”

  • Oct 3rd, 2020 1:30am
A recap of summer 2020 | An interview with council chairperson Hughes
April’s Grove residents are moving in

April’s Grove residents are moving in

A number of tenants had been couch surfing or were homeless.

  • Sep 27th, 2020 1:30am
April’s Grove residents are moving in
Pandemics take a toll on our mental health | Editorial

Pandemics take a toll on our mental health | Editorial

Economically, socially, physically and environmentally — people are feeling pushed to their limits.

  • Sep 24th, 2020 1:30am
Pandemics take a toll on our mental health | Editorial
Upcoming specials highlight seniors, women and shopping locally | Editorial

Upcoming specials highlight seniors, women and shopping locally | Editorial

Newspaper staff will be spending the next few months working on three special sections.

  • Sep 11th, 2020 1:30am
Upcoming specials highlight seniors, women and shopping locally | Editorial
August is Child Support Awareness Month | Editorial

August is Child Support Awareness Month | Editorial

I had a deadbeat dad.

  • Sep 1st, 2020 6:05pm
August is Child Support Awareness Month | Editorial
Naturalist, poet and Orcas alum Quinn Bailey releases his first book

Naturalist, poet and Orcas alum Quinn Bailey releases his first book

Quinn Bailey has released his first book of poetry, “The Currents of the World.”

  • Aug 29th, 2020 1:30am
Naturalist, poet and Orcas alum Quinn Bailey releases his first book
Want to stop the spread of COVID-19? Assist in contact tracing | Editorial

Want to stop the spread of COVID-19? Assist in contact tracing | Editorial

Once a case of COVID-19 is identified, one of the best tools…

  • Aug 7th, 2020 1:30am
Want to stop the spread of COVID-19? Assist in contact tracing | Editorial
Aug. 13 is International Left-Handers Day | Editorial

Aug. 13 is International Left-Handers Day | Editorial

Living in the San Juan Islands, you’d never know that being left-handed…

  • Jul 28th, 2020 10:44pm
Aug. 13 is International Left-Handers Day | Editorial
In times of peril, we can find our strength | Editorial

In times of peril, we can find our strength | Editorial

It may be an oversimplification to say that our communities are becoming…

  • Jul 16th, 2020 1:30am
In times of peril, we can find our strength | Editorial