Colleen Smith

Colleen posted 145 stories to The Journal of the San Juan Islands.
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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

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

  • Jan 17th, 2020 1:30am

Body found on Sucia Island

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

  • Jan 3rd, 2020 4:08pm

County council approves first biennium budget

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

  • Dec 23rd, 2019 1:30am

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

Orcas Island man charged with meth possession

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

  • Dec 14th, 2019 1:30am
<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

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

  • Dec 5th, 2019 9:51am

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

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

I-976 could have dire consequences

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

  • Nov 15th, 2019 1:48pm

Yes on county’s levy lift; no on I-976 | Editorial

Vote yes for Proposition 2 The county has put forth a levy…

  • Oct 30th, 2019 1:30am

Lodging tax grants to fund island projects

Thanks to tourism dollars, San Juan County projects are receiving a financial…

  • Oct 22nd, 2019 1:30am

Charlotte’s Closet offers a free shopping experience to those in need

In the back of Orcas Christian School’s brick building is an inviting,…

  • Oct 18th, 2019 1:30am

Stuart Piff faces four charges in district court and two charges in superior court

San Juan County District Court has filed four charges against Stuart Gray…

  • Oct 10th, 2019 1:30am

Hughes says county has been ahead of the pack in environmental policy

Councilmember Rick Hughes says San Juan County has long been at the…

  • Oct 4th, 2019 1:30am

Are you being abused? | Editorial

Our local domestic violence and sexual assault agency has seen a surge…

  • Oct 3rd, 2019 1:30am

Councilman Hughes talks ferries

The Washington State Legislature starts its 2020 session the first week in…

  • Sep 17th, 2019 1:30am

Enjoy our islands’ fall bounty | Editorial

Our communities have breathed a collective sigh of relief now that the…

  • Sep 13th, 2019 10:51am

How to care for a turtle | Editorial

We received a flurry of complaints from islanders after a carnival game…

  • Aug 31st, 2019 8:20am

Dogs find homes after story in Islands’ Sounder | One still available

Two animals highlighted in the July 31 Sounder story “Dogs rescued from…

  • Aug 23rd, 2019 1:30am

Two Orcas teens arrested for alcohol possession

Two intoxicated juveniles heading home from Friday Harbor to Orcas Island were…

  • Aug 19th, 2019 4:48pm

Friday Harbor man accused of assaulting a deputy

Mark Andrew MacDonald, 55, of Friday Harbor, has been charged with assault…

  • Aug 7th, 2019 1:30am

San Juan County Fair: Cultivating a love of community | Editorial

It’s time to get a little dust on your boots, hay in…

  • Aug 6th, 2019 1:30am

Dogs rescued from Asia in need of forever homes

For Tracy Harachi, a desire to help elephants in Asia led to…

  • Aug 4th, 2019 1:30am

Council denies petition to put Decatur fire district on ballot

After two hours of testimony, the San Juan County Council voted unanimously…

  • Jul 31st, 2019 1:30am

Melendez-Lopez charged with burglary and assault

Humberto Melendez-Lopez, 41, of San Juan Island, has been charged with residential…

  • Jul 28th, 2019 1:30am
Colleen Smith/staff photo
                                Eric (holding Angelina) Amy, Rachel and Martha (holding Belle).

Lum family to lease Coffelt Farm Preserve

A longtime Orcas family is breathing life back into a beloved island…

  • Jul 19th, 2019 1:30am
Colleen Smith/staff photo
                                Eric (holding Angelina) Amy, Rachel and Martha (holding Belle).

The great Orcas emu rescue

Tish Knapp awoke on Thursday, June 27 to find her two 1-year-old…

  • Jul 1st, 2019 10:12am

Friday Harbor man charged with assault in the second degree – strangulation

Stuart Gray Piff, 35, of Friday Harbor, has been charged with assault…

  • Jun 30th, 2019 1:30am

Washington State Ferries explains spring sailing delays

For residents of the San Juan Islands, the state-run ferry system is…

  • Jun 30th, 2019 1:30am

San Juan man found guilty for wife’s death

[WARNING: The following story contains graphic details.] A San Juan Island man…

  • Jun 3rd, 2019 4:32pm

Make your mental health a priority

Mental health issues have long lived in the shadows of shame. Stigmatized…

  • May 15th, 2019 1:30am

Why you should care about Small Business Week | Editorial

It’s easy to take for granted the storefronts that line our quaint…

  • May 8th, 2019 4:54pm

‘Living in the Future’s Past’ multi-island film screening | An interview with Jeff Bridges

Data on global warming is plentiful. What isn’t well understood by the…

  • Apr 29th, 2019 5:34pm

We cannot ignore sexual assault | Editorial

Every 92 seconds an American is sexually assaulted. Who are the people…

  • Apr 17th, 2019 1:30am

Breaking free from alcohol addiction | Editorial

Overcoming alcohol addiction may feel like a Herculean task, but it can…

  • Apr 3rd, 2019 1:30am
Panelists from 2019.

Orcas Lit Fest is back for second annual three-day event

For three days in early April, dozens of writers will gather together…

  • Mar 27th, 2019 1:30am
Panelists from 2019.

Spring is special section season

The sweet smell of freshly mowed grass and the warm sun on…

  • Mar 26th, 2019 1:30am
Washington state Sen. Kevin Ranker in 2015.

Senator Kevin Ranker, D-Orcas, resigns from his position amid allegations of sexual harassment | Update

State Sen. Kevin Ranker, D-Orcas, has resigned from his position effective immediately.…

  • Jan 16th, 2019 9:43am
Washington state Sen. Kevin Ranker in 2015.