Janis Reid

Janis posted 241 stories to South Whidbey Record.
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Time to tackle Whidbey’s noxious weed: tansy ragwort

Tansy ragwort, which appears as a daisy-like bunch of yellow flowers atop a tall stalk, remains one of the county’s most pervasive noxious weeds.

  • Aug 12th, 2014 9:33pm

Island County primary election winners squeak ahead

The winners of two hotly contested county races will move onto the general election by a nose. Democrat Karla Jacks led the vote count in the race for District 3 Island County commissioner with 3,103 votes, or 48.79 percent at the last count Thursday.

  • Aug 11th, 2014 4:51pm

County building permit wait times on decline

Numbers released by the Island County Planning Department indicate that wait times for building permits are decreasing for some — but not all — projects.

  • Aug 1st, 2014 10:51pm

Whidbey sailor hospitalized after 3,200 pullups

At about pullup number 2,100 this past Saturday, Navy Petty Officer Michael McCastle began to experience muscle tears in his forearms and capillaries were bursting on his skin. He decided then to do 1,000 more.

  • Aug 1st, 2014 10:28pm

China City owner expands island business with Mill Creek location

Jack Ng started in the restaurant business as a dishwasher. Today, he’s the owner of China City’s two Whidbey Island locations in Freeland and Oak Harbor, and opened an off-island location in Mill Creek in July.

  • Jul 31st, 2014 5:19pm

Dying starfish stump experts

Starfish are one of Charlie Seablom’s favorite aquatic animals to discover. The pisaster starfish, known officially as a “seastar,” has the traditional five limbs and comes in a wide variety of colors. The orange-colored sunflower sea star grows to be far bigger, can have up to 24 legs and can “run” quite quickly.

  • Jul 27th, 2014 3:49pm

Three treasurer candidates to face off in primary

Candidates running against Island County Treasurer Ana Maria Nuñez say they can do a better job handling the county’s money.

  • Jul 25th, 2014 11:38pm

Whidbey’s beaver population: residents chew on problem, seek county help

Some residents believe the county could be doing more about the island’s beaver problem, but the solutions are not always clear cut.

  • Jul 25th, 2014 11:35pm

Commissioners clash over Whidbey Island-wide bike trail in Freeland

A portion of a Freeland trail project was removed from the county’s Capital Improvement Plan on Monday, despite urging from South Whidbey Commissioner Helen Price Johnson.

  • Jul 24th, 2014 3:12pm

Sheriff fights to protect Island County deputy files

A proposal to move sheriff’s deputy files into the county’s human resources office was kiboshed by the county’s two Republican commissioners this week.

  • Jul 18th, 2014 11:05pm

Island County to consider fairground contract next week

The Island County commissioners agreed Wednesday to find a contractor to manage the fairgrounds for one year.

  • Jul 18th, 2014 11:13pm

Island County commissioner candidates share vision

While candidates for Island County Commissioner District 3 share the desire to help shape the future of the county, their individual visions differ widely.

  • Jul 17th, 2014 3:43pm

Tsunami researchers track Whidbey’s geological history

The university researchers, working under the supervision of professor Brea McGinnis, joined with local volunteers and the island’s emergency management organizations for the research all of last week. The purpose: piecing together Whidbey Island’s history of tsunamis, earthquakes and other geological events. Spearheaded by Island County’s department of emergency management, the study’s aim is to educate the island on what to expect and how to be prepared.

  • Jul 11th, 2014 11:11pm

Congressional candidates weigh in on OLF

Democratic Congressman Rick Larsen said Thursday that he continues his support for use of Outlying Field Coupeville by the EA-18G Growlers based at Whidbey Island Naval Air Station.

  • Jul 11th, 2014 11:04pm

Island County plans speed study to address resident concerns

Speed limits on roads throughout the county will be examined in a study this fall in response to petitions filed by residents.

  • Jul 8th, 2014 9:53pm

Island County ponders growing weed problem

Island County commissioners will consider this week increasing funding that helps combat a growing noxious weed issue.

  • Jul 1st, 2014 10:43pm

Vaughan named interim Island County commissioner

Aubrey Vaughan said Thursday that as interim commissioner he wants to rebuild the connection between Camano and Whidbey islands and help the county through this year’s budget process.

  • Jun 27th, 2014 10:37pm

Jet noise class action suit aims at Whidbey brokerages

A group of Coupeville-area homeowners want to sue local real estate brokerages, claiming they were not properly informed about Navy jet noise.

  • Jun 27th, 2014 3:14pm

COER leader ordered to stay away from Windermere realtor

A district court commissioner has ordered that jet noise critic Michael Monson stay away from South Whidbey Windermere Realtor Joe Mosolino.

  • Jun 26th, 2014 3:14pm

Geology buffs to seek tsunami data around Whidbey

Each year there are 317 earthquakes within 35 miles of Coupeville.

  • Jun 24th, 2014 10:29pm

First round of commissioner interviews complete

Candidates for the Island County Commissioner District 3 seat fielded questions from the remaining two commissioners Tuesday. The District 3 seat became vacant in early May when then commissioner Kelly Emerson resigned suddenly giving a seven-day notice. Per state law, Emerson’s party, the Island County Republican Party, put forward three names from which commissioners can select a temporary appointee.

  • Jun 20th, 2014 10:59pm

South Whidbey bike loop to encourage fitness, tourism

Island County is wrapping up plans for a South Whidbey bike route that will circle through scenic areas between Clinton to Bayview Corner to Langley and back again. “The idea is that people on the mainland can bring their bikes over on the ferry and see South Whidbey,” Transportation Planner Doug Cox said. “It will be one of those things we think will go a long way.”

  • Jun 20th, 2014 10:49pm

Island County’s public health money troubles also a statewide issue

Island County’s Public Health Department is feeling a financial pinch that appears to be a statewide issue.

  • Jun 16th, 2014 4:32pm

Navy airfield tensions flair at Larsen campaign event in Coupeville

A Coupeville-based group took over a campaign kickoff event for Congressman Rick Larsen Tuesday by demanding he address the topic of jet noise.

  • Jun 6th, 2014 11:08pm

Commissioner candidate Jacks cleared by PDC

The Washington State Public Disclosure Commission has cleared Island County commissioner candidate Karla Jacks of violating fundraising requirements.

  • Jun 3rd, 2014 10:05pm

‘Ruse’ allegedly used to elicit incriminating statements from former Coupeville deputy

The lawyer for former Coupeville deputy marshal Hodges Gowdey says a “ruse” was used to get his client to make self-incriminating statements.

  • May 31st, 2014 6:00pm

Hennemann calls foul on Jacks fundraising

Republican commissioner candidate Marc Hennemann filed a complaint Wednesday against Democrat Karla Jacks about her fundraising tactics.

  • May 23rd, 2014 10:46pm

Republicans pick three to replace Emerson

Island County Republicans have selected three possible candidates to replace former commissioner Kelly Emerson for the District 3 seat.

  • May 25th, 2014 4:12pm

Island County to open offices for Friday service in mid-June

County offices will be open to the public on Fridays starting the third week of June.

  • May 25th, 2014 4:19pm

Five-day government service coming to Island County

Island County offices will soon be open to the public on Fridays.

  • May 12th, 2014 3:54pm

Island County nixes marijuana ban

It appeared that recreational marijuana would be banned in Island County for a brief period at Monday’s county commissioner meeting. The board was considering approval of its new pot ordinance, which eventually passed 2-1. But during prior discussion Commissioner Kelly Emerson announced a surprising reversal and called for a ban on marijuana in the county. Commissioner Jill Johnson quickly seconded the motion.

  • May 9th, 2014 4:13pm

Island County looks to revive construction debris recycling

Island County is looking to revive a program that would recycle and repurpose debris from construction sites.

  • May 2nd, 2014 9:59pm

First responders to fill Island County need for fire inspections

Fire districts will now perform fire inspections for Island County, a service that was provided infrequently following staffing cuts in 2009.

  • May 2nd, 2014 9:58pm

Clinton man loses claim for Whidbey property

A Clinton man who maintains he is the chief of a Native American tribe that owns all of Whidbey Island recently lost his claim on a Central Whidbey property. Reuel E. Cohn, however, said the case is not over and he plans to appeal to the federal courts.

  • Apr 29th, 2014 10:48pm

Island County reviews flood mitigation plan with FEMA

Property owners facing flood risk will be under the county’s microscope in the coming months. The Federal Emergency Management Administration, or FEMA, started its regular review of county flood-related regulations as part of the National Flood Insurance Program.

  • May 1st, 2014 1:57pm

Island County treasurer pushes supplement completion deadline

The Island County treasurer told county commissioners this month that the backlog of unprocessed property supplements will take at least another month to complete. “It has created some very difficult situations, which is why I have as many people working on it and they are working overtime to get them done,” Treasurer Ana Maria Nuñez said at a recent work session.

  • Apr 29th, 2014 10:09pm

Rule change to allow Whidbey pot growers location flexibility

Marijuana growers and processors will not have to be located on a county road to be eligible for a license.

  • Apr 29th, 2014 2:01pm

Whidbey Camano Land Trust welcomes new conservation director

Ryan Elting is as excited about his new job as his new home. “I’m in love,” Elting said of moving to Whidbey Island this month to serve as conservation director for the Whidbey Camano Land Trust. “My jaw drops every time I see the Olympic Mountains on my way to work. I’m so happy to be able to raise my daughter here.”

  • Apr 25th, 2014 11:10pm

Citizens of Ebey’s Reserve to present findings of D.C. trip

Top members of the Citizens of Ebey’s Reserve traveled to Washington D.C. last month to lobby against the Navy’s EA-18G Growlers.

  • Apr 18th, 2014 10:38pm

Glendale buy gets green light

Reversing a decision made last month, Island County commissioners moved forward Monday with grant applications to acquire beach access properties adjacent to Glendale.

  • Apr 17th, 2014 5:43pm

Whidbey organizations respond to growing need for food

Those struggling financially on the island can find a free meal or groceries almost every day of the week on Whidbey Island.

  • Apr 11th, 2014 11:44pm

A Whidbey homeless shelter?

Those working closely with the island’s growing homeless population offer a resounding “yes” when asked if the island needs a homeless shelter. They will also tell you that Whidbey Island will likely never have one. And that is forcing the county to think outside the box.

  • Apr 12th, 2014 5:46pm

‘Static’ homeless numbers remain a cause for concern in Island County

On the street, Ray Conger is known as “The Mailman.” Someone driving by the Safeway parking lot entrance might recognize him as the guy who holds up signs with messages like, “I love you” and “smile.” Conger is part of a homeless population that more than doubled around 2012 and stayed that way.

  • Apr 8th, 2014 10:30pm

Ebey’s Reserve marijuana restrictions removed

Island County Planning Commission members heard the concerns of Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve farmers and removed restrictions on recreational marijuana operations in that area this week.

  • Apr 2nd, 2014 2:00pm

Trillium grants to move forward

The Island County commissioners will move forward with grant applications to fund additional parking lots and trail maintenance at Trillium Community Forest. The county will partner with Whidbey Camano Land Trust to apply for $370,000 through the state’s Recreation and Conservation Office, Local Parks Grant Program.

  • Mar 27th, 2014 3:24pm

Whidbey Environmental Action Network wins critical areas lawsuit

A Thurston County judge has agreed with a local environmental group that two Island County ordinances dealing with wetlands on farmland must be revised. The Island County commissioners have since supported a staff recommendation not to appeal the decision.

  • Mar 26th, 2014 6:48pm

Fourth Island County candidate puts in bid for Emerson seat

Camano Island resident Kelly Bagley has become the third Republican to file for candidacy in the county’s District 3 race later this year. One Democratic candidate has also filed to run.

  • Mar 26th, 2014 3:57pm

Washington ferries chief to step down; Moseley sets sights on new horizons

David Moseley, assistant secretary for the Washington State Department of Transportation, Ferries Division announced his resignation Tuesday.

  • Mar 21st, 2014 11:21pm

Navy looks to purchase 22 more Growlers from Boeing

U.S. Navy leaders want to purchase additional EA-18G Growlers and increase Electronic Attack Squadron size.

  • Mar 19th, 2014 10:25pm

Farmers eye Ebey’s Reserve to grow marijuana

Some Central Whidbey farmers want to grow marijuana in Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve.

  • Mar 18th, 2014 2:00pm