Colleen Smith

Colleen posted 127 stories to The Journal of the San Juan Islands.
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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
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                                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
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                                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.

Rejoice in the spirit of giving this holiday season | Editorial

I take immense delight in giving to others. That’s not to say…

  • Dec 5th, 2018 9:25am

Driver hits boy and flees scene in Eastsound

A driver reportedly struck a 10-year-old boy and drove away from the…

  • Oct 22nd, 2018 2:56pm

Tucker Abdon, of Orcas, charged with vehicular homicide

Tucker Samms Abdon, 33, of Eastsound, has been charged with one count…

  • Oct 16th, 2018 2:48pm

Hogle charged with possessing and distributing child pornography

Eastound resident Christian Hogle, 53, has been charged with one count of…

  • Oct 11th, 2018 7:52am

Awareness is the first step to prevent domestic violence | Editorial

Without awareness and action, there cannot be social change. Nationally and locally,…

  • Oct 8th, 2018 9:03am
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Cyclist Lance Armstrong speaks to Orcas Christian School students

Lance Armstrong believes in always moving forward – whether he’s facing a…

  • Oct 3rd, 2018 1:30am
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August primary election 2018 results | Update

Editor’s note: The following was updated to include the final results. For…

  • Sep 15th, 2018 11:38am

Orcas man accused of distributing child pornography

(Warning: The following story contains explicit details about sexual violence.) Eastound resident…

  • Aug 30th, 2018 3:24pm

Orcas families frustrated with WSF | 18 vehicles with livestock left in Friday Harbor

For decades, when the county fair ends, Lopez and Orcas participants pack…

  • Aug 28th, 2018 9:19am

Senator Cantwell holds Orcas Island roundtable discussion on affordable housing

San Juan County is one of many communities in Washington state facing…

  • Aug 21st, 2018 2:57pm

Don’t use social media to report crimes | Editorial

In this age of technology, it’s become easy and convenient to make…

  • Aug 10th, 2018 8:15am

Bike safety tips for summer in the San Juans

Every summer, island drivers are obliged to share the road with thousands…

  • Jul 25th, 2018 3:46pm

Elder abuse can happen in the San Juans | Editorial

As we enter our golden years, the risk of isolation and neglect…

  • Jul 20th, 2018 7:00am

San Juan County joins lawsuit against manufacturers and distributors of prescription opioids

The San Juan Islands are not immune to the national opioid crisis,…

  • Jun 26th, 2018 12:13pm

Kulp pleads not guilty to murder in the second degree

A Shaw Island man accused of murdering his wife has pleaded not…

  • Jun 6th, 2018 11:52am

The truth about Oprah Winfrey’s reported land purchase on Orcas | Interview with the realtor

Online news outlets have reported that Oprah Winfrey purchased an Orcas Island…

  • Jun 5th, 2018 12:09pm

Taking care of our tourists | Editorial

We can’t imagine what would happen to our communities if tourism drastically…

  • Apr 26th, 2018 7:00am

Court documents reveal more details in the death of Abigail Finney

The San Juan County Prosecutor’s office is preparing to file charges of…

  • Apr 17th, 2018 8:05pm