Colleen Smith

Colleen posted 174 stories to The Journal of the San Juan Islands.
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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
This week's editorial.
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
This week's editorial
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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
Vote pin for american election
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
You aren’t going mad — the newspaper looks different

You aren’t going mad — the newspaper looks different

For long-time islanders, the size and format of this week’s edition will…

  • Jul 10th, 2020 1:30am
You aren’t going mad — the newspaper looks different
County gives $40,000 to each resource center for rental assistance

County gives $40,000 to each resource center for rental assistance

The county has nearly tripled its emergency rental assistance contribution to resource…

  • Jul 8th, 2020 1:30am
County gives $40,000 to each resource center for rental assistance
Frank James has handled adversity well | Editorial

Frank James has handled adversity well | Editorial

San Juan County is still ranked as one of the safest counties…

  • Jul 2nd, 2020 10:13pm
Frank James has handled adversity well | Editorial
Independent journalism needs your support | Editorial

Independent journalism needs your support | Editorial

In a few short weeks, our world has changed. It’s starting to…

  • Jun 3rd, 2020 1:30am
Independent journalism needs your support | Editorial
Jaxon Paulsen

Island woodworkers build prototype of hospital bed

Dimitri Stankevich, executive director at Orcas Center and an emergency medical technician…

  • May 23rd, 2020 1:30am
Jaxon Paulsen
United against an invisible foe | Editorial

United against an invisible foe | Editorial

The only constant in life is change. It’s why humans are so…

  • Apr 15th, 2020 1:30am
United against an invisible foe | Editorial
Your local newspapers need your help | Without financial support, the Sounder, Journal and Weekly could close amid COVID-19 crisis

Your local newspapers need your help | Without financial support, the Sounder, Journal and Weekly could close amid COVID-19 crisis

Never before have so many readers thanked us for providing critical information…

  • Mar 27th, 2020 11:46am
Your local newspapers need your help | Without financial support, the Sounder, Journal and Weekly could close amid COVID-19 crisis
We can’t ignore coronavirus | Editorial

We can’t ignore coronavirus | Editorial

As islanders, it can be unsettling when the “outside world” comes slipping…

  • Mar 19th, 2020 1:30am
We can’t ignore coronavirus | Editorial
San Juan man charged with three counts of meth possession

San Juan man charged with three counts of meth possession

Martin Soto-Guillen, 47, of San Juan Island has been charged with three…

  • Mar 14th, 2020 1:30am
San Juan man charged with three counts of meth possession
Coronavirus: what you can do amid the cacophony of hysteria

Coronavirus: what you can do amid the cacophony of hysteria

What began as a mild apprehension has escalated into a buzz of…

  • Mar 13th, 2020 1:30am
Coronavirus: what you can do amid the cacophony of hysteria
Friday Harbor man charged with multiple drug offenses

Friday Harbor man charged with multiple drug offenses

Matthew Allen Cowell, 34, of Friday Harbor, was charged with multiple drug-related…

  • Mar 12th, 2020 10:41am
Friday Harbor man charged with multiple drug offenses
Honoring women’s contributions | Editorial

Honoring women’s contributions | Editorial

Women have played a critical role in American history, and since 1981…

  • Mar 8th, 2020 1:30am
Honoring women’s contributions | Editorial
San Juan man charged with burglary and assault

San Juan man charged with burglary and assault

Omar Guillen, 19, of San Juan Island has been charged with two…

  • Mar 6th, 2020 1:30am
San Juan man charged with burglary and assault
February is all about pets | Editorial

February is all about pets | Editorial

February isn’t just a time to celebrate love for the humans in…

  • Feb 23rd, 2020 1:30am
February is all about pets | Editorial
Orcas Island’s Recovery in Community making a difference in its first months

Orcas Island’s Recovery in Community making a difference in its first months

A pilot program for those needing substance or mental health assistance is…

  • Feb 13th, 2020 1:30am
Orcas Island’s Recovery in Community making a difference in its first months
Celebrate Black History Month

Celebrate Black History Month

It’s troubling — but not surprising — to note that the San…

  • Feb 12th, 2020 1:30am
Celebrate Black History Month

Three so far in the race for county council

Two Orcas residents are challenging incumbent Rick Hughes for the District 2…

  • Jan 23rd, 2020 2:45pm
What it means to register as a sex offender | Editorial

What it means to register as a sex offender | Editorial

Periodically, the sheriff’s log will feature entries regarding sex offender residence checks.…

  • Jan 17th, 2020 1:30am
What it means to register as a sex offender | Editorial
Body found on Sucia Island

Body found on Sucia Island

A boater discovered human remains on the shore of Sucia Island on…

  • Jan 3rd, 2020 4:08pm
Body found on Sucia Island
County council approves first biennium budget

County council approves first biennium budget

As the year comes to a close, San Juan County has completed…

  • Dec 23rd, 2019 1:30am
County council approves first biennium budget
Friday Harbor man charged with two counts of violating an order protection

Friday Harbor man charged with two counts of violating an order protection

Martin Soto-Guillen, 46, of San Juan Island, has been charged with two…

  • Dec 21st, 2019 1:30am
Friday Harbor man charged with two counts of violating an order protection
Orcas Island man charged with meth possession

Orcas Island man charged with meth possession

Anthony Michael Kean, 32, of Eastsound has been charged in San Juan…

  • Dec 14th, 2019 1:30am
Orcas Island man charged with meth possession
<em>Contributed photo</em>                                <strong>Melanie Trygg.</strong>

Orcas woman competes on upcoming season of ‘Project Runway’

Orcas Islander Melanie Trygg is making her television debut when the 18th…

  • Dec 8th, 2019 1:30am
<em>Contributed photo</em>                                <strong>Melanie Trygg.</strong>
The ethics of reporting on crime | Editorial

The ethics of reporting on crime | Editorial

Unequivocally, the most difficult part of our job as journalists is writing…

  • Dec 5th, 2019 9:51am
The ethics of reporting on crime | Editorial
San Juan County joins state lawsuit against I-976

San Juan County joins state lawsuit against I-976

San Juan County Council has elected to join a statewide lawsuit against…

  • Nov 25th, 2019 3:49pm
San Juan County joins state lawsuit against I-976
An abundance of opportunities to shop here at home | Editorial

An abundance of opportunities to shop here at home | Editorial

Thanksgiving is a week away, and with that comes the launch of…

  • Nov 20th, 2019 9:04pm
An abundance of opportunities to shop here at home | Editorial
I-976 could have dire consequences

I-976 could have dire consequences

Our hearts sank when the election results filtered in on Nov. 5.…

  • Nov 15th, 2019 1:48pm
I-976 could have dire consequences