Mandi Johnson

Mandi posted 393 stories to The Journal of the San Juan Islands.
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Charter Review Commission minority presents its opinion

Not everyone in the San Juan County Charter Review Commission agreed with…

  • Jul 28th, 2021 1:30am
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Moratorium on new vacation rental permits continues

The moratorium on new vacation rental permits in San Juan County continues.…

  • Jul 19th, 2021 1:30am
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The MV Sealth sails from Orcas to Shaw Island on the afternoon of Jan. 27, 2021. (Mandi Johnson/staff photo)

Ferry fares set to increase in October

Amid cancellations due to limited vessels and staff as well as a…

  • Jul 18th, 2021 9:53am
The MV Sealth sails from Orcas to Shaw Island on the afternoon of Jan. 27, 2021. (Mandi Johnson/staff photo)
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Van Haalen pleads guilty and receives deferred sentence

Former Friday Harbor Elementary School Principal Caspar van Haalen pleaded guilty to…

  • Jul 15th, 2021 3:20pm
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Ben Jeffrey returns to the San Juan stage, July 17

Broadway performer Ben Jeffrey has been trying to return to San Juan…

  • Jul 13th, 2021 11:45am
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Council to hold vacation rental moratorium public hearing

San Juan County Council will hold a public hearing to consider the…

  • Jul 10th, 2021 1:30am
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San Juan County recognizes Plastic Free July

During its regular meeting on June 28, San Juan County Council approved…

  • Jul 7th, 2021 1:30am
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Vacation rentals alone aren’t causing the affordable housing crisis | Editorial

Six months ago — when the vacation rental permit moratorium began —…

  • Jun 30th, 2021 1:30am
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The cast rehearsing “Grease.”

San Juan Community Theatre dusts off the curtain cobwebs

For 15 months the San Juan Community Theatre has sat mostly quiet…

  • Jun 24th, 2021 1:30am
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The cast rehearsing “Grease.”
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Emergency preparedness in the San Juan Islands

The wildfires that raged across the Pacific Northwest in summer 2020 were…

  • Jun 22nd, 2021 1:30am
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Van Haalen arraignment, June 16

Former Friday Harbor Elementary School Principal Caspar van Haalen was charged with…

  • Jun 16th, 2021 8:39pm
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First SJICN vacation rental forum focuses on discovery

The conversation regarding vacation rentals continues in San Juan County, with a…

  • Jun 14th, 2021 9:41am
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‘Orca: Shared Waters, Shared Home’ by Lynda Mapes

New, from award-winning Seattle Times environmental writer Lynda Mapes is her book,…

  • Jun 13th, 2021 1:30am
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June is LGBTQ+ Pride Month | Editorial

Happy Pride Month! The celebration of Pride Month in June began in…

  • Jun 11th, 2021 1:30am
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Pride flags stolen from residences around Lopez Island

Only a broken wooden pole remained where a rainbow flag once blew…

  • Jun 7th, 2021 1:30am
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Landlord facing charges had previous complaints against him

A Friday Harbor landlord recently charged with voyeurism and residential burglary was…

  • Jun 1st, 2021 1:30am
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Minding your mental health in May | Editorial

There is no denying that for most people around the world 2020…

  • May 21st, 2021 1:30am
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Islanders gathered on May 11 at Madrona Point.

Red Road to DC: Lummi totem pole visits the San Juans

A Lummi totem pole specially carved for the Biden administration made its…

  • May 19th, 2021 1:30am
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Islanders gathered on May 11 at Madrona Point.
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Friday Harbor landlord charged with burglary and voyeurism

The San Juan County Sheriff’s office is seeking information from former tenants…

  • May 16th, 2021 8:05pm
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Larsen and Stephens hold a town hall

On May 8, San Juan County Council Chair Jamie Stephens and the…

  • May 12th, 2021 11:11am
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Island Rec levy and fire annexation successful

On April 27, San Juan Island voters approved both the Island Rec…

  • May 7th, 2021 10:42am
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Photo of featured artist Becky Kilpatrick, courtesy of Paula West.

San Juan’s Artist Studio Tour returns

Following a year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 29th annual…

  • Apr 29th, 2021 10:17am
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League of Women’s Voters of San Juans meeting highlights ‘A Nation of Immigrants’

Immigration has long been a hot topic, especially in the United States.…

  • Apr 27th, 2021 1:30am
Cover artwork for "A Nation of Immigrants" courtesy of author Dr. Susan F. Martin.
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Fire district annexation returns to ballot

Residents of Friday Harbor and those living within the boundaries of San…

  • Apr 21st, 2021 1:30am
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Earth Day “edit”-orial

Alexander Pope famously wrote, “To err is human,” and as a newspaper,…

  • Apr 20th, 2021 1:30am
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Celebrating Mother Earth | Editorial

Editor’s note: A previous version of this article had incorrect information regarding…

  • Apr 14th, 2021 4:09pm
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San Juan County is best in state for small business; and an economic update

San Juan County earned the honors of best county in Washington state…

  • Apr 14th, 2021 1:30am
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<strong>At left: </strong>Gail Richard, writer for Humans of the Salish Sea. (Contributed photo)
<strong>Right:</strong> Yuxweluton, Songhees Nation, Canada. (Steve Lustig/contributed photo)

Focusing on the Humans of the Salish Sea

While working in Christchurch, New Zealand, San Juan Island resident Gail Richard…

  • Apr 7th, 2021 1:30am
<strong>At left: </strong>Gail Richard, writer for Humans of the Salish Sea. (Contributed photo)
<strong>Right:</strong> Yuxweluton, Songhees Nation, Canada. (Steve Lustig/contributed photo)
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Talking about organic waste in San Juan County

More than 40 million tons of food waste ends up in landfills…

  • Mar 25th, 2021 1:30am
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The MV Sealth sails from Orcas to Shaw Island on the afternoon of Jan. 27, 2021. (Mandi Johnson/staff photo)

Catching up with the ferries

Though ferry ridership in the San Juans has nearly returned to its…

  • Mar 23rd, 2021 1:30am
The MV Sealth sails from Orcas to Shaw Island on the afternoon of Jan. 27, 2021. (Mandi Johnson/staff photo)
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Vote yes for Island Rec | Editorial

This upcoming April election, San Juan Islanders are being asked to vote…

  • Mar 17th, 2021 10:20pm
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County Council amends vacation rental moratorium to cover only select land use designations on Orcas and Lopez

Recognizing that vacation rentals aren’t as big of a problem in some…

  • Mar 16th, 2021 9:27am
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Some changes around the Journal office | Editorial

Change has become second nature amid the COVID-19 pandemic. About a year…

  • Mar 10th, 2021 12:02pm
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Reflecting on schools reopening

Hallways that sat empty for many months are starting to refill. Within…

  • Mar 6th, 2021 1:30am
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Jennifer Johnston’s third-grade class at Orcas Island Elementary School. (Colleen Smith/staff photo)

Island schools talk reopening strategies

For some island students, it’s been 11 months since they walked the…

  • Mar 3rd, 2021 1:30am
Jennifer Johnston’s third-grade class at Orcas Island Elementary School. (Colleen Smith/staff photo)
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San Juan County’s vacation rental discussion continues

San Juan County has issued permits for 1,002 vacation rentals, according to…

  • Mar 1st, 2021 10:19am
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What love means to me | Editorial

Readers may recall that in July 2020 I wrote about being separated…

  • Feb 14th, 2021 1:30am
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Tremor event draws regional attention

Thousands of tremors rattled under Vancouver Island between Jan. 26 and Feb.…

  • Feb 12th, 2021 1:30am
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It takes a village to rescue a beloved lost pooch

As the tidewaters rose, rescuers knew they didn’t have long to save…

  • Feb 10th, 2021 3:00pm
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Your trust in us is valued | Editorial

One of the most disheartening things I’ve witnessed since I began this…

  • Feb 5th, 2021 1:30am
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