Colleen Smith

Colleen posted 48 stories to Islands' Weekly.
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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 4:44pm

We can’t ignore coronavirus | Editorial

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

  • Mar 20th, 2020 3:20pm

Celebrate Black History Month

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

  • Feb 11th, 2020 1:30am

Three so far in the race for county council

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

  • Jan 21st, 2020 10:30am

What it means to register as a sex offender

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

  • Jan 21st, 2020 10:18am

County council approves first biennium budget

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

  • Dec 22nd, 2019 1:30am

San Juan County joins state lawsuit against I-976

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

  • Nov 26th, 2019 1:30am

An abundance of opportunities to shop here at home | Editorial

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

  • Nov 23rd, 2019 7:42pm
Jacky

Dogs rescued from Asia in need of forever homes

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

  • Aug 9th, 2019 1:30am
Jacky

The great Orcas emu rescue

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

  • Jul 9th, 2019 1:30am

Washington State Ferries explains spring sailing delays

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

  • Jun 28th, 2019 7:26pm

The personal objection will no longer exempt children from school vaccinations

By Emma Epperly WNPA Olympia News Bureau Both state legislative houses agreed…

  • May 1st, 2019 9:53am

‘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 30th, 2019 1:30am

Breaking free from alcohol addiction | Editorial

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

  • Apr 18th, 2019 1:30am
Panelists from 2018.

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

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

  • Apr 2nd, 2019 1:30am
Panelists from 2018.

Spring is special section season

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

  • Apr 2nd, 2019 1:30am

A lot of great news stories from 2018 | Editorial

The Islands’ Weekly outlined the good and bad of 2018 in our…

  • Jan 1st, 2019 1:30am

Christian Hogle arrested for allegedly distributing child pornography

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

  • Sep 2nd, 2018 1:30am

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 31st, 2018 11:17am

Senator Cantwell holds roundtable discussion on affordable housing

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

  • Aug 25th, 2018 1:30am

August primary election 2018 results | Lopez School levy passes Update

For full Aug. 7 top-two primary results and how island residents voted…

  • Aug 10th, 2018 4:03pm

San Juan County joins national opioid lawsuit

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

  • Jun 29th, 2018 1:30am

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 9th, 2018 1:30am

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 1:25pm

Every hour, someone dies in a drunk driving crash | Editorial

Drunk driving is the number one cause of death on our roadways.…

  • Dec 28th, 2017 10:23am

What you need to know about UW Medicine in the islands

By Colleen Armstrong and Mandi Johnson While UW Medicine has the potential…

  • Nov 28th, 2017 1:24pm

Vote on custom SJC license plate

Washington residents could soon have the option of buying a custom San…

  • Sep 7th, 2017 1:30am

Stressful summer for state ferry system

Instead of a rarity, ferry breakdowns are becoming the norm – at…

  • Aug 15th, 2017 9:29am

Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival is back for 20th year of out of this world music

It began with a handful of musicians and just a few concerts.…

  • Jul 26th, 2017 11:51am

A journey of two | Certified midwife comes to Orcas

As a kid, Tamary Baz had posters of pregnant women on her…

  • Jul 23rd, 2017 1:30am

Sean Hayes: rhythm and blues and folk at Lopez Center

Sean Hayes has a distinct voice: a little rough around the edges…

  • Jul 21st, 2017 1:30am

Black bear now on Orcas has likely been eluding authorities since last week

The black bear that arrived on Orcas over Memorial Day weekend has…

  • Jun 1st, 2017 4:40pm

David Wallace convicted of child rape

Warning: The following story contains graphic details about sexual assault. Lopez Island…

  • May 3rd, 2017 12:32pm

Taylor 2 Dance Company returns to the islands

By Colleen Armstrong Weekly publisher Taylor 2 Dance Company, a branch of…

  • Mar 30th, 2017 1:30am

Orcas woman claims deputy inappropriately searched her

An Orcas woman convicted of felony burglary and misdemeanor theft has filed…

  • Mar 20th, 2017 2:33pm

Why states matter | Editorial

We’ve never been so proud to be a Washingtonian. Our home state…

  • Feb 24th, 2017 10:20am

Killorn charged with five counts of firearm possession

By Colleen Armstrong Publisher Ronald Bruce Killorn of Friday Harbor has been…

  • Feb 19th, 2017 1:30am

The poetry of tides

Jonathan White would watch his wife and son walk out the door…

  • Feb 8th, 2017 1:30am

New area code and dialing procedure for Western Washington

Washington state is getting a new area code in 2017. An “area…

  • Jan 5th, 2017 1:30am

Why ‘Women in Business?’

Their footsteps echo in the corridors of history, but we rarely hear them.

  • Oct 19th, 2016 8:30am