Mandi Johnson

Mandi posted 215 stories to Islands' Weekly.
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Editorial

Celebrating Mother Earth | Editorial

As the days grow longer and warmer, the birds start to sing…

  • Apr 22nd, 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

Editor’s note: The printed version of this article called the program in…

  • Apr 8th, 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)
vacation rental

San Juan County’s vacation rental discussion continues

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

  • Mar 8th, 2021 6:49pm
vacation rental
Colleen Smith/staff photo
Jennifer Johnston's third-grade class.

Island schools talk reopening strategies

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

  • Mar 8th, 2021 6:46pm
Colleen Smith/staff photo
Jennifer Johnston's third-grade class.
Pacific Northwest Seismic Network’s shake map screenshot from the afternoon of Feb. 8.

Tremor event draws regional attention

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

  • Feb 13th, 2021 1:30am
Pacific Northwest Seismic Network’s shake map screenshot from the afternoon of Feb. 8.
Editorial

Your trust in us is valued | Editorial

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

  • Feb 6th, 2021 4:00am
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Deborah Jackson/Contributed photo

Ferry ridership down nearly 10 million in 2020

Ridership aboard Washington State Ferries dropped 41 percent from the previous year…

  • Jan 25th, 2021 1:30am
Deborah Jackson/Contributed photo

Top stories of 2020

1. COVID in San Juan County It would not be a recap…

  • Jan 12th, 2021 5:00pm
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On Dec. 29, Christine Minney and Cindy Wolf were sworn into office by San Juan County Superior Court Judge Katheryn Loring.

Minney and Wolf are sworn in

San Juan County’s newly-elected County Counselors are ready to begin their tenure.…

  • Dec 31st, 2020 1:30am
Tate Thomson/Staff photo
On Dec. 29, Christine Minney and Cindy Wolf were sworn into office by San Juan County Superior Court Judge Katheryn Loring.
Screencap of Russel's presentation

‘The land we stand on’ with Russel Barsh

The islands may be marketed as pristine and untouched by human hands,…

  • Dec 28th, 2020 1:30am
Screencap of Russel's presentation
Editorial

Give the gift of giving this season | Editorial

‘Tis the season for giving, and in a year unlike any most…

  • Dec 18th, 2020 2:30pm
Editorial
Metro

Employment in San Juan County is down nearly a quarter

Between September 2019 and September 2020, the number of employed people in…

  • Dec 17th, 2020 2:30pm
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San Juan County COVID count grows to 65

A new case of COVID on Lopez was added to the San…

  • Dec 3rd, 2020 10:54am
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New COVID cases bring county count to 63

There have now been 63 confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported in the…

  • Nov 24th, 2020 10:45am
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COVID-19 graphic

Now is a crucial time to stop the spread of COVID

COVID-19 cases are rising — globally, nationally, in the state and in…

  • Nov 21st, 2020 1:30am
COVID-19 graphic
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Minney and Wolf lead council election

Christine Minney and Cindy Wolf won the November 2020 election to represent…

  • Nov 9th, 2020 12:10pm
metro
The forest of Mount Constitution. (Mandi Johnson/staff photo)

San Juan County a priority in state’s forest plan

The San Juan Islands are heavily and densely forested. Because of this,…

  • Nov 1st, 2020 8:50am
The forest of Mount Constitution. (Mandi Johnson/staff photo)
crime

Woman charged with hitting a flagger with car in 2018 to be sentenced

Nearly two years after a Friday Harbor flagger was struck by a…

  • Oct 29th, 2020 1:30am
crime
Fourth of July Beach on San Juan Island. (Adam W. Ritchey/contributed photo)

Council candidates talk environmental concerns

Their reasons for running are as diverse as their personal backgrounds. The…

  • Oct 22nd, 2020 1:30am
Fourth of July Beach on San Juan Island. (Adam W. Ritchey/contributed photo)
Editorial

Celebrating LGBTQ+ history this October | Editorial

This October is the 26th annual celebration of LGBTQ+ History Month in the United States.

  • Oct 11th, 2020 6:00pm
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An EA-18G Growler taxis toward the runway at Ault Field, Whidbey Island on March 29, 2019. (Paul Seeber, U.S. Navy/contributed photo)

Sound Defenders Alliance seeks to cease Navy encroachment

The Navy’s Growlers have been a bane of many Lopezians for nearly a decade.

  • Oct 8th, 2020 1:30am
An EA-18G Growler taxis toward the runway at Ault Field, Whidbey Island on March 29, 2019. (Paul Seeber, U.S. Navy/contributed photo)
Lopez respectfully removes Black lives memorial

Lopez respectfully removes Black lives memorial

After two months and withstanding three vandalizations, the signs memorializing Black lives lost on Lopez are gone. In a ceremony of respect, community members gathered to remove the painted signs along the side of Fisherman Bay Road on Sept. 6.

  • Sep 14th, 2020 4:30am
Lopez respectfully removes Black lives memorial
San Juan County adopts changes to marijuana ordinance

San Juan County adopts changes to marijuana ordinance

The moratorium on marijuana production and processing will lift after being in place for a year and a half.

  • Sep 11th, 2020 4:30am
San Juan County adopts changes to marijuana ordinance
Washington’s child care crisis

Washington’s child care crisis

Eighty-six percent of San Juan County’s demand for child care is met…

  • Sep 7th, 2020 5:00am
Washington’s child care crisis
Ferry delays likely to remain for now

Ferry delays likely to remain for now

The ferries occasionally running behind in the summer is something islanders are accustomed to.

  • Aug 29th, 2020 1:30am
Ferry delays likely to remain for now

A conversation with local elected officials

Four of the islands’ elected officials held a meeting to discuss the state of the islands.

  • Aug 27th, 2020 10:40pm
County adds one new COVID case as of mid-August

County adds one new COVID case as of mid-August

Update: Another case of COVID was confirmed on Orcas on Aug. 17.…

  • Aug 18th, 2020 1:30am
County adds one new COVID case as of mid-August
Lopez man arrested vandalizing memorial signs

Lopez man arrested vandalizing memorial signs

A Lopez Island man said he attempted to destroy a Black Lives…

  • Aug 16th, 2020 9:57pm
Lopez man arrested vandalizing memorial signs
Contributed photo                                Tahlequah, J35, is seen in two aerial photos from SR³. The wideness of her mid-section is evidence of her pregnancy, according to researchers. (SR³ SeaLife Response, Rehab and Research and NOAA Southwest Fisheries Science Center in 2019 and SR³ and Southall Environmental Associates in 2020; NMFS research permit 19091)

World-famous mourning mother orca pregnant again

It’s been nearly two years to the day since Tahlequah, J35, carried…

  • Aug 6th, 2020 1:30am
Contributed photo                                Tahlequah, J35, is seen in two aerial photos from SR³. The wideness of her mid-section is evidence of her pregnancy, according to researchers. (SR³ SeaLife Response, Rehab and Research and NOAA Southwest Fisheries Science Center in 2019 and SR³ and Southall Environmental Associates in 2020; NMFS research permit 19091)
Face covering compliance high in the San Juans

Face covering compliance high in the San Juans

An informal survey performed by San Juan County’s COVID-19 Emergency Operations Center…

  • Aug 4th, 2020 11:07am
Face covering compliance high in the San Juans
Recreate responsibly, avoid marine mammals

Recreate responsibly, avoid marine mammals

Keep away from marine mammals — for both your safety and theirs.…

  • Jul 29th, 2020 1:30am
Recreate responsibly, avoid marine mammals
San Juan County COVID-19 update

San Juan County COVID-19 update

San Juan County will remain in Phase Two for the foreseeable future.…

  • Jul 27th, 2020 1:30am
San Juan County COVID-19 update
New cases of COVID-19 causes San Juan County Council to reconsider Phase Three

New cases of COVID-19 causes San Juan County Council to reconsider Phase Three

Editor’s note: On July 22, a new case was identified on Orcas…

  • Jul 23rd, 2020 1:30am
New cases of COVID-19 causes San Juan County Council to reconsider Phase Three
Love is not tourism | Editorial

Love is not tourism | Editorial

We first met when we were 15 years old. We dated when…

  • Jul 22nd, 2020 5:08pm
Love is not tourism | Editorial
County council hopefuls meet in online forums

County council hopefuls meet in online forums

Eight people are vying for two positions on the San Juan County…

  • Jul 15th, 2020 1:30am
County council hopefuls meet in online forums
(Washington State Ferries Twitter/Contributed photo)

Washington State Ferries continues to operate through a global pandemic

Washington State Ferries is not immune to COVID-19, according to Amy Scarton.…

  • Jul 11th, 2020 1:30am
(Washington State Ferries Twitter/Contributed photo)
A reminder that the Southern resident orcas are still struggling

A reminder that the Southern resident orcas are still struggling

The Southern resident orcas waited until the very end of June to…

  • Jul 8th, 2020 1:30am
A reminder that the Southern resident orcas are still struggling
Rhea Miller/contributed photo

Lopez Island signs memorialize lives lost

Being on a small island off the shores of Washington state has…

  • Jun 28th, 2020 1:30am
Rhea Miller/contributed photo
Three new cases of COVID-19 in the county

Three new cases of COVID-19 in the county

After nearly six weeks without a new COVID-19 case in San Juan…

  • Jun 26th, 2020 4:04pm
Three new cases of COVID-19 in the county
County talks COVID grants

County talks COVID grants

As of June 1, San Juan County has incurred $618,686.87 in COVID-19…

  • Jun 19th, 2020 1:30am
County talks COVID grants