Mandi Johnson

Mandi posted 234 stories to Islands' Weekly.
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Islands glow purple for domestic violence awareness again

For the month of October, SAFE San Juans will once again make…

  • Oct 6th, 2021 1:30am
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Lopez Fire Commissioners needed

There is a vacancy on the San Juan County Fire Department No.…

  • Sep 29th, 2021 1:30am
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Lopezians gathered to honor Black lives lost as they respectfully removed memorial signs along the side of Fisherman Bay Road on Sept. 6, 2020.

Lewis found guilty of reckless endangerment and malicious mischief

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

  • Sep 26th, 2021 1:30am
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Lopezians gathered to honor Black lives lost as they respectfully removed memorial signs along the side of Fisherman Bay Road on Sept. 6, 2020.
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Forecasted ferry disruptions begin

A week after rumors of a coordinated ‘sickout’ by Washington State Ferries…

  • Sep 11th, 2021 4:14pm
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Cars load aboard the ferry at Anacortes. (Washington State Ferries/contributed photo)

Ferry service disruption expected over holiday weekend

Whispers of ferry service disruptions turned to a roar on Aug. 31,…

  • Sep 1st, 2021 2:29pm
Cars load aboard the ferry at Anacortes. (Washington State Ferries/contributed photo)
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Washington State Ferries’ staffing shortage faces a new foe — vaccine mandates

Washington State Ferries is feeling the pressure this year as COVID spreads…

  • Aug 28th, 2021 1:30am
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Should the passenger-only ferry from Friday Harbor to Bellingham be adopted, it would join the ranks of other passenger-only ferry systems in the region such as Kitsap Transit servicing south Puget Sound. (Kitsap Transit photo.)

Regional transportation authority weighs passenger-only ferry options

A passenger-only ferry service from Bellingham to Friday Harbor may soon be…

  • Aug 20th, 2021 1:30am
Should the passenger-only ferry from Friday Harbor to Bellingham be adopted, it would join the ranks of other passenger-only ferry systems in the region such as Kitsap Transit servicing south Puget Sound. (Kitsap Transit photo.)
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New enforcement laws cause confusion and frustration

Recently enacted laws are limiting law enforcement’s ability to properly respond to…

  • Aug 15th, 2021 1:30am
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Charter Review Commission minority presents its opinion

Not everyone in the San Juan County Charter Review Commission agreed with…

  • Aug 7th, 2021 1:30am
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The MV Sealth sails from Orcas to Shaw Island on the afternoon of Jan. 27, 2021. (Mandi Johnson/staff photo)

Ferry fares set to increase in October

Amid cancellations due to limited vessels and staff as well as a…

  • Jul 25th, 2021 1:30am
The MV Sealth sails from Orcas to Shaw Island on the afternoon of Jan. 27, 2021. (Mandi Johnson/staff photo)
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Moratorium on new vacation rental permits continues

The moratorium on new vacation rental permits in San Juan County continues.…

  • Jul 22nd, 2021 3:53pm
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San Juan County recognizes Plastic Free July

During its regular meeting on June 28, San Juan County Council approved…

  • Jul 10th, 2021 1:30am
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Council to hold vacation rental moratorium public hearing

San Juan County Council will hold a public hearing to consider the…

  • Jul 2nd, 2021 11:41am
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Vacation rentals alone aren’t causing the affordable housing crisis | Editorial

By Mandi Johnson Six months ago — when the vacation rental permit…

  • Jun 24th, 2021 3:48pm
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Emergency preparedness in the San Juan Islands

By Mandi Johnson Journal editor The wildfires that raged across the Pacific…

  • Jun 17th, 2021 3:40pm
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First SJICN vacation rental forum focuses on discovery

The conversation regarding vacation rentals continues in San Juan County, with a…

  • Jun 14th, 2021 1:49pm
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Pride flags stolen from residences around Lopez Island

Only a broken wooden pole remained where a rainbow flag once blew…

  • Jun 2nd, 2021 1:30am
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Friday Harbor landlord charged with burglary and voyeurism

The San Juan County Sheriff’s office is seeking information from former tenants…

  • May 16th, 2021 8:06pm
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Larsen and Stephens hold a town hall

On May 8, San Juan County Council Chair Jamie Stephens and the…

  • May 15th, 2021 1:30am
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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)
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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
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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
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Jennifer Johnston's third-grade class.
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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.
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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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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
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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
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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.
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‘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
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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
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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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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
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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
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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)
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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
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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)
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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)