Janis Reid

Janis posted 241 stories to South Whidbey Record.
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Island County makes strides toward GIS system completion

It’s a rare moment when all three Island County commissioners are silent and enwrapped. Just such a moment was witnessed as Public Works staff unveiled a first glimpse of the county’s long-awaited Geographical Information System (or GIS) at a recent work session.

  • Jun 26th, 2015 10:42pm

Oak Harbor base opens doors to the public for Prowler sunset

Naval Air Station Whidbey Island is inviting the public to its second annual open house this Saturday, June 27.

  • Jun 23rd, 2015 9:54pm

Holistic ‘nedicine’ doctor sues state, Oak Harbor

A holistic practitioner who was arrested by Oak Harbor police in March is suing the state Department of Health for $25 million. C. Hugh Jonson filed the lawsuit in federal court in Seattle last month claiming that he should be able to practice “nedicine” — not to be confused with medicine — under a federal trademark. Jonson and the organization that issued his license are fighting on a national level to retain their right to practice their own brand of natural medicine.

  • Jun 17th, 2015 12:00am

Whidbey hospital, agencies remain noncompliant with state auditor

Despite firing off a warning shot in January, the Washington State Auditor’s Office has still not received required financial data from Whidbey General Hospital and other local entities. It is the fourth year in a row that Whidbey General Hospital has failed to file documents on the state auditor’s website as part of an initiative to increase public access to information. Those filing the documents complain that the process is arduous and redundant and, for the moment, noncompliance carries no penalties so it tends to fall low on the priority list.

  • Jun 16th, 2015 10:46pm

Coupeville man rides network of international cyclists

Pat Rodden didn’t have to fall on his head to decide to take his passion for cycling to the next level. But he did.

  • Jun 16th, 2015 10:45pm

BEACH WATCHERS TO STAND ALONE: Group casts off university shackles to become independent organization

The Island County Beach Watchers are breaking free from Washington State University Extension, citing frustration with restrictive policies and conflicts in vision.

  • Jun 15th, 2015 5:01am

Frustrations, concerns mount over critical areas ordinance update

The long and drawn-out process of updating the county’s critical areas ordinance continues as the county outlined yet another plan last week. The state’s hearing examiner rejected a quick-fix ordinance protecting wetlands and other critical areas in May, a process that has been ongoing for years.

  • Jun 9th, 2015 10:34pm

State Route 20, Deception Pass construction project began Monday

The paving project from Frostad Road to Sharpes corner began Monday and will include five nights of full closures for Deception Pass and Canoe Pass bridges in mid-July or August.

  • Jun 9th, 2015 10:33pm

Homeless count yields a few surprises in Island County

Nearly half of Island County’s homeless are working. This fact is one of several revelations discussed in recent weeks with Island County commissioners as the result of the 2015 point-in-time count performed in January.

  • Jun 6th, 2015 12:09am

Sea star populations make slow recovery from disease

Sea stars around Whidbey Island are making a slow recovery after the effects of a deadly disease wiped out millions of them over the past year.

  • May 29th, 2015 11:07pm

Langley man rams neighbor’s car over property dispute

A Langley man is facing assault charges for allegedly ramming his car into a neighbor’s vehicle and threatening to kill them. Christian Devon Irmer, who was charged this week in Island County Superior Court, and his neighbors had an ongoing dispute about property lines, according to a police report.

  • May 27th, 2015 4:00pm

Stay away from Whidbey fawns, experts say

The first two weeks of May is when Whidbey Island sees an increase in the number of adorable and seemingly helpless baby deer. Despite the human urge to gather them up and protect them when they appear abandoned, state and county officials urge people to keep away.

  • May 22nd, 2015 11:05pm

Judge vindicates Island Transit in racial lawsuit

An Island County Superior Court judge has ruled that Island Transit leadership did not fire a former lead mechanic because of his race or age.

  • May 22nd, 2015 10:35pm

Forum to hone in on Whidbey’s mental health issues

A forum on South Whidbey will tackle the complex issues surrounding mental health and its treatment next week.

  • May 16th, 2015 10:00pm

‘Heroes’ honored for improving Island County community health

Around 125 people gathered Tuesday night to celebrate some of Whidbey Island’s most civic-minded citizens as the 2015 Linda Lee Martins Memorial Community Health Heroes.

  • May 16th, 2015 5:00pm

Whidbey General’s new CEO hits ground running

Whidbey General Hospital’s new CEO Geri Forbes demonstrated a new brand of leadership this past weekend when she attended a community event at Fort Nugent Park.

  • May 16th, 2015 4:00pm

Whidbey General Hospital withheld information, nurses say

A complaint filed by the state nurses’ association last month includes a claim that Whidbey General Hospital withheld requested information several times in recent months.

  • May 12th, 2015 2:03pm

South End family offers hospital $50,000 in matching funds

In keeping with their father’s vision, the Waterman sisters have offered $50,000 in matching funds to the Whidbey General Hospital Foundation.

  • May 8th, 2015 11:25pm

Freeland continues fight for growth in Comp Plan | CORRECTED

Island County is tackling the complex subject of transitioning a rural commercial district into a city — namely Freeland.

  • May 7th, 2015 9:15pm

Whidbey man survives Nepal earthquake

A Whidbey vintner got more than he bargained for when he survived the recent earthquake in Nepal during a Mount Everest ascent.

  • May 6th, 2015 9:47pm

Island County to be awarded rental vouchers for homeless veterans

Island County will be awarded more than a dozen rental vouchers to help homeless veterans find permanent homes.

  • Apr 24th, 2015 11:30pm

Nurses file complaint with state commission

A state nursing association has filed an Unfair Labor Practice complaint against Whidbey General Hospital for disciplining or firing nurses without providing supporting documentation.

  • Apr 27th, 2015 4:38pm

Island County leaders press state for marijuana tax dollars

Island County leaders are banding together to pressure state leaders for their fair share of marijuana sale tax.

  • Apr 21st, 2015 1:37pm

Whidbey General staff rallies around embattled nurse

Nearly 200 Whidbey General Hospital staff are reportedly wearing purple wrist bands inscribed with the letters “LG” in support of their chief nursing officer who was found not guilty of assault last week.

  • Apr 17th, 2015 1:25pm

Island County commissioners try to avoid split with Skagit County

Island County leaders are trying to dissuade Skagit County from dumping them from a regional transportation planning board.

  • Apr 7th, 2015 9:52pm

Winery debate ferments into complaint

A new community group is trying to combat proposed regulations that would allow large events at wineries, functions they say disrupt their quality of life.

  • Apr 7th, 2015 9:24pm

Whidbey General Hospital celebrates 45th anniversary, ‘Neighbors caring’

Whidbey General Hospital is 45 years old. Staff gathered in front of the entrance March 25 to take a group photo commemorating “45 years of Neighbors Caring for Neighbors.”

  • Apr 1st, 2015 2:00am

Land Trust eyes Monroe Landing for preservation

The scenic acreage that surrounds Monroe Landing has been a home and refuge to many. Initially one of three Salish villages located on the shores of Penn Cove, the beach made a perfect canoe landing area and temporary encampments cropped up around the cove.

  • Mar 31st, 2015 9:57pm

Winery, rural event center regulations ferment into hot button issue

Allowing wineries to become rural event centers has become a heated discussion among commissioners and South Whidbey residents alike. Business owners have said the existing regulations are too restrictive and “problematic” while residents have complained that the events destroy the rural atmosphere of their neighborhoods. The Island County commissioners could not agree last week on how to approach these regulations for wineries and rural event centers, but agreed that the issue needed to be addressed at some point.

  • Mar 27th, 2015 11:24pm

Whidbey General Hospital expansion plan revealed

Saving old growth trees while still maximizing parking was one of the top concerns about Whidbey General Hospital’s expansion project, revealed for the first time this week.

  • Mar 27th, 2015 10:20pm

Commissioners wrangle approach to Island County comp plan

The Island County commissioners don’t always agree on how to approach the comprehensive plan update due next year, but all believe it needs as much public participation as possible.

  • Mar 27th, 2015 10:19pm

New Whidbey General Hospital CEO contract signed

Whidbey General Hospital’s new CEO will assume her duties April 20. Geri Forbes, currently an employee of Doctor’s Memorial Hospital in Florida, will replace Tom Tomasino who has served as Whidbey General’s chief for five years.

  • Mar 20th, 2015 1:21pm

Island County sales tax revenues slow

Early estimates show that the county’s sales tax revenues are down from last year despite more optimistic projections.

  • Mar 17th, 2015 9:31pm

Island County declines six-issue settlement with WEAN

Whidbey Environmental Action Network renewed legal action this past Thursday after Island County commissioners passed this week on a settlement.

  • Mar 11th, 2015 3:15pm

County tries new avenues for septic compliance

Getting people to inspect their septic systems has been an ongoing battle for Island County.

  • Mar 3rd, 2015 10:56pm

Island County prioritizes beach access

Beach access advocates have something to celebrate. Island County has earmarked $175,000 to identify the county’s many beach access points and prioritize them for maintenance and signage. The lack of county-sanctioned beach access, along with clearly marked kayak access points have been an ongoing concern for groups supporting public access to the seashore.

  • Mar 2nd, 2015 4:11pm

Island County to adopt “Band-Aid” critical areas ordinance

County commissioners are planning to adopt a short-term critical areas ordinance to meet a court-ordered deadline.

  • Feb 18th, 2015 10:00pm

Record number of swans winter on North Whidbey

The cacophony of honks rising from Dugualla Bay Farm is evidence that more trumpeter swans are wintering this year on Whidbey than ever before.

  • Feb 10th, 2015 10:31pm

Small counties fight for voice in state health integration

As the state combines mental health and chemical dependency services, small counties like Island County are doing some creative jockeying to remain at the table.

  • Feb 6th, 2015 11:39pm

Republican commissioners push new criteria for Island County futures fund

Island County’s two Republican commissioners want the economic potential of a property to be considered when approving or denying a Conservation Futures application.

  • Feb 6th, 2015 11:37pm

PBY Catalina glides to new downtown Oak Harbor location

Gerral’s Girl finally got an escort through downtown Oak Harbor.

  • Feb 3rd, 2015 10:40pm

Wahl Road homeowner charged $6,000 in taxation error

A South Whidbey homeowner is taking the county to task for mischarging him $6,125 in property taxes.

  • Jan 31st, 2015 1:05am

Land Trust gets $1 million to purchase old Waterman Mill property

More than 2,000 feet of shoreline, 33 acres of forest and wetlands, and 26 acres of beach and tidelands on South Whidbey will be protected in part due to a $1 million federal grant awarded this month.

  • Jan 29th, 2015 5:33pm

Deception Pass Bridge to close for summer paving

Deception Pass Bridge will be closed for five nights this summer for paving and bridge maintenance.

  • Jan 27th, 2015 11:32pm

Island, Skagit consider splitting regional transportation management

Skagit County leaders are looking at separating or revising the regional transportation agreement with Island County.

  • Jan 27th, 2015 10:53pm

Improvements needed, but ferry leaders say agency is still successful

Despite the troubles faced by Washington State Ferries in recent years, the agency still manages to be reliable 99.5 percent of the time, according to Washington State Department of Transportation, Ferries Division, Assistant Secretary Lynne Griffith.

  • Jan 13th, 2015 10:31pm

Clinton man sues Langley, mayor for alleged records violations

Former South Whidbey teacher Eric Hood is suing the City of Langley in Island County Superior Court for allegedly violating the Public Records Act.

  • Jan 6th, 2015 10:29pm

Cops tase Freeland man twice; suspect charged with assault

It took two tasings and several officers to take down a Freeland man who was charged last week with assaulting an officer and resisting arrest. Kyle Landry, 32, who has a history of drug use and domestic violence according to court records, was taken into custody after he allegedly violated an anti-harassment order at a Freeland home Dec. 18.

  • Jan 2nd, 2015 11:05pm

Sailor completes tire flip challenge for the fallen

Petty Officer Michael McCastle completed 13 miles flipping a 250-pound tire in cold and wet weather for his dad Dec. 20.

  • Dec 30th, 2014 6:48pm

CORRECTED | Oak Harbor punk band Potbelly celebrates 20-year ‘roller coaster ride’

Jason “Potbelly” Rodger has been rocking out for what seems like forever.

  • Dec 31st, 2014 4:18pm