Colleen Smith

Colleen posted 45 stories to Islands' Weekly.
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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

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

Finding help in your time of need | Editorial

Domestic violence is one of those uncomfortable, difficult to discuss issues.

  • Sep 24th, 2016 8:30am

Friday Harbor man charged with murder pleads not guilty

San Juan Island resident Kevin Patrick Taylor, 53, has pleaded not guilty to two counts of Murder in the Second Degree-Domestic Violence and one count of Malicious Mischief in the First Degree–DV for allegedly bludgeoning his wife to death with the barrel of a rifle in their Friday Harbor home.

  • Sep 16th, 2016 6:26pm

Kevin Taylor to be charged with second degree murder

[WARNING: The following story may contain details too graphic for some of our readers.]

  • Sep 9th, 2016 12:04am