Colleen Smith

Colleen posted 66 stories to Islands' Weekly.
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A large flower made by Lynda Ransley.

The women welders of Orcas

For four days every year, a group of women, covered in protective…

  • Sep 6th, 2021 1:30am
Colleen Smith/staff photo
A large flower made by Lynda Ransley.
Colleen Smith/staff photo
Orcas Island School District teacher Catherine Laflin, Orcas Island Elementary School and Montessori Public Principal Lorena Stankevich and OISD teachers Alexa Nigretto and Anne Ford Mcgrath with some of the materials used in GLAD strategies for the classroom.

English language students inspire new learning strategies for the classroom

English language learners are a growing and vital component of the American…

  • Aug 27th, 2021 1:30am
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Orcas Island School District teacher Catherine Laflin, Orcas Island Elementary School and Montessori Public Principal Lorena Stankevich and OISD teachers Alexa Nigretto and Anne Ford Mcgrath with some of the materials used in GLAD strategies for the classroom.
Selby Lighthill/contributed photo
John Evans, former county council member, died on Aug. 2.

Politics and plants | John Evans leaves behind a legacy

A passion for property rights led John Evans to serve three terms…

  • Aug 19th, 2021 1:30am
Selby Lighthill/contributed photo
John Evans, former county council member, died on Aug. 2.
Editorial

Recognizing the contributions of our fathers | Editorial

This coming Sunday is a day to honor the father figures in…

  • Jun 19th, 2021 1:30am
Editorial
Chris Hogle has been sentenced to five years.

Christian Hogle sentenced to 5 years in prison after pleading guilty to child pornography charges

Warning: The following story contains explicit details about sexual violence. Christian Hogle,…

  • Jun 3rd, 2021 2:36pm
Chris Hogle has been sentenced to five years.
If you want to have fun on the water, you also have to follow safety guidelines.

Stay safe while enjoying the water | Editorial

One of the true joys of living in the San Juans is…

  • Jun 3rd, 2021 1:30am
If you want to have fun on the water, you also have to follow safety guidelines.
Memorial Day is May 31.

The significance of Memorial Day | Editorial

It’s a three-day weekend. It’s the launch of summer. It’s barbecue time.…

  • May 24th, 2021 1:30am
Memorial Day is May 31.
Readers weigh in on motherhood.

The magic of motherhood | Editorial

In my life and experience of motherhood, I’ve come to realize that…

  • May 7th, 2021 1:30am
Readers weigh in on motherhood.
Contributed photo
Ece Kocak, a volunteer driver on Lopez.

IslandRides comes to Orcas after flourishing on San Juan and Lopez

For those who do not drive or have access to a vehicle,…

  • May 1st, 2021 1:30am
Contributed photo
Ece Kocak, a volunteer driver on Lopez.
Brittany Johnson

4-H inspired an Orcas resident to work as a dog-groomer and videographer

Participating in 4-H activities as a child can foster a life-long connection…

  • Jan 7th, 2021 11:42am
Brittany Johnson
This week's editorial

COVID-19 cases are surging | Editorial

For many islanders, summer in the San Juans was marked by a…

  • Nov 18th, 2020 4:30pm
This week's editorial
metro

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 6th, 2020 1:30am
metro
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.”

  • Sep 29th, 2020 1:30am
A recap of summer 2020 | An interview with council chairperson Hughes
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 18th, 2020 11:30am
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

The staff of the Islands’ Sounder, Journal of the San Juans and Islands’ Weekly will be spending the next few months writing, editing and designing three important special sections for our island communities.

  • Sep 9th, 2020 11:00am
Upcoming specials highlight seniors, women and shopping locally | Editorial
Naturalist, poet and Orcas alum Quinn Bailey releases his first book

Naturalist, poet and Orcas alum Quinn Bailey releases his first book

Once Quinn Bailey realized how deeply nature moved him, the course of…

  • Aug 19th, 2020 7:01pm
Naturalist, poet and Orcas alum Quinn Bailey releases his first book
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 9th, 2020 1:30am
County gives $40,000 to each resource center for rental assistance
The Weekly is back but it’s a bit different

The Weekly is back but it’s a bit different

Since April 7, the Islands’ Weekly has been published within the pages…

  • Jun 30th, 2020 1:30am
The Weekly is back but it’s a bit different
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 4:44pm
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 20th, 2020 3:20pm
We can’t ignore coronavirus | Editorial
Celebrate Black History Month

Celebrate Black History Month

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

  • Feb 11th, 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 21st, 2020 10:30am
What it means to register as a sex offender

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
What it means to register as a sex offender
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 22nd, 2019 1:30am
County council approves first biennium budget
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 26th, 2019 1:30am
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 23rd, 2019 7:42pm
An abundance of opportunities to shop here at home | Editorial
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

The great Orcas emu rescue

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

  • Jul 9th, 2019 1:30am
The great Orcas emu rescue
Washington State Ferries explains spring sailing delays

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
Washington State Ferries explains spring sailing delays
The personal objection will no longer exempt children from school vaccinations

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
The personal objection will no longer exempt children from school vaccinations
‘Living in the Future’s Past’ multi-island film screening | An interview with Jeff Bridges

‘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
‘Living in the Future’s Past’ multi-island film screening | An interview with Jeff Bridges
Breaking free from alcohol addiction | Editorial

Breaking free from alcohol addiction | Editorial

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

  • Apr 18th, 2019 1:30am
Breaking free from alcohol addiction | Editorial
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

Spring is special section season

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

  • Apr 2nd, 2019 1:30am
Spring is special section season
A lot of great news stories from 2018 | Editorial

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
A lot of great news stories from 2018 | Editorial
Christian Hogle arrested for allegedly distributing child pornography

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
Christian Hogle arrested for allegedly distributing child pornography
Orcas families frustrated with WSF | 18 vehicles with livestock left in Friday Harbor

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
Orcas families frustrated with WSF | 18 vehicles with livestock left in Friday Harbor
Senator Cantwell holds roundtable discussion on affordable housing

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
Senator Cantwell holds roundtable discussion on affordable housing
August primary election 2018 results | Lopez School levy passes Update

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
August primary election 2018 results | Lopez School levy passes Update
San Juan County joins national opioid lawsuit

San Juan County joins national opioid lawsuit

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

  • Jun 29th, 2018 1:30am
San Juan County joins national opioid lawsuit