Colleen Smith

Colleen posted 53 stories to Islands' Weekly.
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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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