Janis Reid

Janis posted 241 stories to South Whidbey Record.
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Island County commissioners OK service fee changes

Fees for county public health services like septic inspections and water quality testing have been increased by 8 percent as part of a comprehensive fee schedule change.

  • Dec 20th, 2014 1:44am

Navy’s purchase of new Growlers increased to 15

The number of EA-18G Growlers funded in the 2015 national budget was bumped from five to 15 in $1.1 trillion legislation hammered out by Congress last week

  • Dec 17th, 2014 2:00am

Auditor closes window on opening Island County doors

Determining who should open the doors of the Island County’s administration building on 6th Street hangs in the balance.

  • Dec 16th, 2014 10:38pm

Researchers discover cause of sea star deaths

While researchers have discovered the virus causing millions of sea stars to die off, Whidbey islanders remain concerned.

  • Dec 11th, 2014 3:58pm

Bill approves five more Growlers bound for NAS Whidbey Island

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a national defense bill Thursday that approves funding five more EA-18G Growlers for the Navy, according to a Thursday news release from Rep. Rick Larsen.

  • Dec 5th, 2014 11:57pm

Real estate agencies on Whidbey sued for jet noise disclosures

A class action suit has been filed against Windermere Real Estate and RE/MAX Acorn Properties that alleges the companies did not properly disclose the dangers of jet noise to homebuyers.

  • Dec 5th, 2014 11:56pm

Grass roots campaign wins Hannold election

North Whidbey resident and Republican Rick Hannold will take office later this week as Island County’s District 3 commissioner.

  • Dec 3rd, 2014 12:05am

Interim Commissioner Aubrey Vaughan takes last vote for Island County

In his last meeting as an appointed Island County District 3 commissioner, Aubrey Vaughan urged the future board to cooperate.

  • Dec 2nd, 2014 11:53pm

Commissioners approve Island County conservation levy

County leaders approved a continuation of the conservation futures levy recently at the same rate as last year despite resident support for a 1 percent increase.

  • Dec 2nd, 2014 11:50pm

Elected officials complain 2 percent raise is too little

Island County elected officials are getting a raise, but it appears some of them believe the commissioner-approved 2 percent increases are a “slap in the face.”

  • Dec 2nd, 2014 11:49pm

Golf cart zones approved by Island County commissioners

Island County residents now have the option of making their neighborhoods golf cart friendly. Commissioners unanimously approved a new ordinance Monday that provides the framework for creating golf cart zones in rural areas, and named Beverly Beach the county’s first approved area.

  • Nov 26th, 2014 11:07pm

WEAN challenges county fish and wildlife regulations

Whidbey environmentalists have made good on their threat to file legal action against Island County after commissioners’ adoption of a “bare minimum” fish and wildlife ordinance.

  • Nov 22nd, 2014 12:51am

Prosecutor Banks scolded by county commissioners

Island County Prosecutor Greg Banks was roundly scolded Wednesday by commissioners for requesting additional money after the budget was adopted last month.

  • Nov 14th, 2014 11:54pm

Whidbey Growlers replace Prowlers in ISIS strikes

The Navy has sent the USS Carl Vinson carrying EA-18G Growlers based out of Naval Air Station Whidbey Island to assist in air strikes against the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant.

  • Nov 4th, 2014 10:24pm

Struggling Whidbey Island state parks get creative

In the face of diminishing funding for state parks, local parks staff said they are having to get creative to keep parks running smoothly.

  • Oct 28th, 2014 9:37pm

Candidates spar in final forum

Candidates took each other on one last time at Thursday’s final political forum put on by the League of Women Voters in Oak Harbor.

  • Oct 21st, 2014 9:31pm

State candidates take on education, transportation

Legislative candidates clash on how to fund the state’s education mandate and how to handle Whidbey and state transportation issues. Republican incumbent Dave Hayes, finishing his first term as District 10 Position 2 representative, said that the state supreme court’s order to fund education is going to affect every part of the budget in the coming years.

  • Oct 14th, 2014 10:13pm

Commissioner crosses party lines with Democrat endorsement

Republican Island County Commissioner Aubrey Vaughan issued a surprise endorsement last week. Vaughan broke party lines Thursday and endorsed Democratic candidate Karla Jacks to fill the District 3 seat he currently holds.

  • Oct 14th, 2014 9:58pm

Island County Commissioners fall short on spending cuts goal

Island County commissioners agreed to cut roughly $100,000 in new staff positions from the budget over the last two weeks, but fell short of their goal to cut roughly $300,000. A second budget hearing followed by a likely adoption will be held 10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 20, in the Commissioners’ Hearing Room.

  • Oct 14th, 2014 9:52pm

Navy revising Environmental Impact Study to include more Growlers

The Navy says it is revising its Environmental Impact Statement on the EA-18G Growlers to include up to 36 additional aircraft based at Whidbey Island Naval Air Station. Public meetings to gather public comment will be held in late October.

  • Oct 10th, 2014 11:12pm

Whidbey wineries gain top honors at Seattle Wine Awards

Langley’s Ott & Murphy Wines topped the list of Whidbey Island winners at the Seattle Wine Awards this month.

  • Oct 10th, 2014 11:07pm

Candidates vie for voter favor at Freeland election forum

There was more than one surprise at Wednesday’s candidate forum in Freeland where both local and national issues were discussed by general election candidates. Island County commissioner candidate Rick Hannold told the audience that the threat of global warming is largely overstated.

  • Oct 10th, 2014 10:55pm

Former contractor challenges county auditor

An accounting contractor who worked for the Island County auditor is challenging her former boss in November’s general election.

  • Oct 7th, 2014 10:22pm

Jacks or Hannold for county commissioner?

The two candidates running for Island County District 3 seat offer differing views on top county issues, such as the legalization of marijuana and dealing with recent problems at Island Transit.

  • Oct 8th, 2014 5:30pm

Prowlers, Growlers from NAS Whidbey likely used in ISIS air strikes

A senior Air Force officer and a federal lawmaker both have said in the past week that electronic attack aircraft based out of Naval Air Station Whidbey Island are likely being used in Syrian and Iraqi air strikes.

  • Oct 3rd, 2014 11:00pm

2nd District congressional hopefuls don’t always toe party lines

Candidates for Washington’s 2nd Congressional seat seem to stray from hard-set party platforms on a few issues.

  • Oct 1st, 2014 6:00am

Island County cited by state for accounting deficiencies

Island County was cited by the State Auditor’s Office for “significant deficiencies” in its financial reporting.

  • Sep 30th, 2014 10:52pm

Glendale beach sale, access to be secured

Whidbey Island beach access advocates are celebrating an announcement that the beach at Glendale will be preserved for public use.

  • Sep 30th, 2014 10:13pm

Attendance, accuracy top issues in treasurer’s race

Attendance and accuracy seem to be the top two issues for former co-workers and Island County treasurer candidates Wanda Grone and Ana Maria Nuñez.

  • Sep 27th, 2014 2:00pm

Early budget restores jobs, seeks technology upgrades

Island County’s early budget draft aims to restore a number of positions and pushes to upgrade technologies. A public hearing for the budget draft has been set for 6 p.m. Oct. 6.

  • Sep 26th, 2014 10:24pm

Commissioners approve fish, wildlife update for Island County

No one is happy with fish and wildlife protection regulations approved Monday, but Island County commissioners are saying it’s a place to start.

  • Sep 25th, 2014 4:17pm

Tax revenues forecast better budget year for Island County

As Island County enters its annual budget cycle, preliminary numbers show rebounding tax figures.

  • Sep 23rd, 2014 9:26pm

County planners unveil new fee schedule, proposed fee changes are fair, builders say

County fees for permit and consulting services could see a few changes in the near future, under a proposal being considered by the Island County commissioners.

  • Sep 19th, 2014 10:51pm

Commissioners to decide on Langley rural event center

A rural event center permit issued to Whidbey Wayfarer Farm in Langley has been appealed by neighbors who aren’t too excited about weddings in their Bayview Road neighborhood.

  • Sep 16th, 2014 9:46pm

WSU presses port on Greenbank Farm, management options still being sought

A plan to revamp Greenbank Farm and increase its economic viability won’t be considered by the Port of Coupeville until next year.

  • Sep 16th, 2014 9:30pm

BaRC Re-tail store helps animals, environment

A year after the creation of the BaRC Re-tail Store, charged with taking reusable items out of the garbage stream, the Central Whidbey venue is thriving.

  • Sep 12th, 2014 11:01pm

Researchers find no tsunami evidence, just one big Whidbey earthquake

Researchers search for tsunami evidence in two Whidbey Island locations have come up empty.

  • Sep 9th, 2014 9:49pm

Regulations won’t go unchallenged, WEAN vows

Environmental activists plan to challenge Island County in the Western Washington Growth Management Hearing Board again if major changes aren’t made to fish, wildlife and habitat regulations.

  • Sep 6th, 2014 6:00pm

New rules irk farmers, environmentalists alike

As the county struggles to find a balance between protecting the environment and farmers’ right to maintain their land, neither camp appears happy with the latest regulatory update.

  • Sep 5th, 2014 10:39pm

Memorial Zylstra flagpole receives needed face lift

A flag now flies in front of the county’s historic court house building on a pole that has been broken for more than 10 years.

  • Sep 4th, 2014 11:47pm

Island County Commissioners delay fish and wildlife protections

A farmer’s right to maintain drainage ditches without regulation was at the core of Monday’s debate on fish and wildlife protections at the Island County commissioners meeting.

  • Aug 26th, 2014 9:34pm

Whidbey woman rings in 81st birthday with skydive

Dorothy Bell’s recovery from a serious car crash many years ago gave her an adventurous spirit and an appreciation for life. And in keeping with that spirit, Bell lived out a dream Saturday when she jumped out of an airplane on her birthday.

  • Aug 26th, 2014 9:16pm

Fraudulent divorcee sentenced for forgery in Island County

A man who forged signatures so he could divorce his wife and marry his girlfriend was sentenced this week, according to court documents.

  • Aug 22nd, 2014 10:56pm

Disgraced Island Transit finance director fires back

Island Transit Chief Martha Rose was aware of the transportation agency’s building fiscal crisis for years, and ignored repeated warnings, according to the department’s former finance manager.

  • Aug 22nd, 2014 11:03pm

Riders demand answers at Island Transit meeting

Where did the money go and what is Island Transit going to do about it? This was the main question repeated by an angry and confused room full of people at the Island Transit board meeting Friday in the wake of financial mismanagement, service reductions and staffing cuts.

  • Aug 25th, 2014 4:06pm

Nudist sheriff hopeful won’t be on November ballot

Nudist Democrat David Olinger, who ran as a write-in candidate for Island County Sheriff, won’t be going on to the general election.

  • Aug 20th, 2014 6:00pm

Hannold secures second spot in commissioner race

Treasurer’s race to start recount Monday with Hannold, Jacks, Nuñez and Grone in the running.

  • Aug 19th, 2014 10:07pm

Auditor’s Office rejects hundreds of primary election ballots

More than 200 ballots were rejected Monday at the Island County Auditor’s office due to late postmarks and other issues.

  • Aug 16th, 2014 2:00am

Whidbey schools fail to meet federal standards, spurs letter to parents

In the next couple of weeks many parents of Whidbey students will receive letters indicating their elementary schools are failing them. According to the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, they are.

  • Aug 15th, 2014 10:41pm

Chemical dependency program in ‘imminent’ danger

Island County has been identified as one of several Washington counties that are at imminent or critical risk of losing their chemical dependency programs.

  • Aug 13th, 2014 5:00pm