Janis Reid

Janis posted 241 stories to South Whidbey Record.
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No beach access for Glendale | Commissioners nix proposal to buy two waterfront lots

Island County leadership passed this month on the chance to apply for grants that would allow them to acquire beach access properties adjacent to Glendale Beach.

  • Mar 16th, 2014 4:31pm

Fairgrounds meeting date change draws Island County commissioner’s ire

News that the Whidbey Island Area Fair meeting planned for Oak Harbor was postponed did not sit well with one Island County commissioner Monday.

  • Mar 12th, 2014 4:45pm

Island County planners project population growth in 22 years

Island County planners estimate that Island County will grow by nearly 10,000 people by the year 2036.

  • Mar 12th, 2014 4:43pm

Island County to roll out permit tracking

In a few months, Island County residents will be able to track their permit applications online. In roughly six months, residents will be able to complete the applications online as well. Island County staff members started training this week on SmartGov, a new browser-based software that the public should have round-the-clock access to in about three months, according to Planning Director David Wechner.

  • Mar 10th, 2014 4:22pm

Johnson scolds Island County treasurer

Island County Commissioner Jill Johnson reprimanded county Treasurer Ana Maria Nuñez at the end of Monday’s meeting over a perceived error on Camano Island tax statements.

  • Mar 5th, 2014 10:31pm

Island County District 3 sees third commissioner candidate step forward

Camano Island resident Marc Hennemann said as county commissioner he would keep taxes down and make public safety a priority.

  • Mar 6th, 2014 7:20pm

Fire alarm interrupts Navy Northwest EIS meeting

A burnt bag of popcorn caused a minor interruption of Wednesday’s public meeting discussing Navy testing and training in the Northwest.

  • Mar 5th, 2014 7:14pm

Island County ’s law library struggles to stay afloat

Island County law library officials are asking the county to grant them $3,200 to cover a 2013 deficit and approve an increase in filing fees from $17 to $20.

  • Feb 27th, 2014 2:00pm

County approves new Coupeville marshal contract

There’s a new sheriff in town. The Island County commissioners approved a contract Monday that empowers the sheriff’s office to run the Coupeville Marshal’s Office.

  • Feb 25th, 2014 11:10pm

Training, testing environmental impact statement ready for review

The Navy has released an environmental impact statement, or EIS, looking at Navy training and testing that occurs throughout the Northwest.

  • Feb 25th, 2014 11:04pm

Early Island County transportation meetings see hiccup

The county kicked off a series of transportation-related public meetings this week, attracting residents with a wide range of priorities.

  • Feb 22nd, 2014 12:12am

Draft marijuana ordinance released by Island County

A new ordinance regulating pot businesses restricts the appearance of the buildings and land associated with marijuana to ensure it “does not disrupt the character” of surrounding areas.

  • Feb 24th, 2014 9:15pm

Legislative bill may mean tax shift for farmers

A proposed change to a law aimed at preserving farmland and open space could result in higher taxes for some Washington property owners, including in Island County.

  • Feb 20th, 2014 5:22pm

Public meetings ahead on Island County transportation

Island County will host three upcoming public meetings to gather input for the transportation element of the Comprehensive Plan update.

  • Feb 19th, 2014 12:10am

Friday hours possible, Island County says

Several Island County department heads say that they could open to the public on Fridays immediately with little to no financial implications.

  • Feb 14th, 2014 11:18pm

Veterans Resource Center to hold grand opening for expansion

The Veterans Resource Center’s grand re-opening Saturday will mark an expansion in resources for the Island’s military service community.

  • Feb 11th, 2014 10:50pm

Whidbey Camano Land trust rebuffs COER, keeps Navy money

The Whidbey Camano Land Trust will continue to accept Navy money to acquire land within Ebey’s Reserve, despite a request from jet noise opponents to sever the relationship.

  • Feb 8th, 2014 12:14am

The changing face of the Islands Chapter of the American Red Cross

For Whidbey Island Red Cross volunteers, it’s not a question of “if,” it’s a question of “when” a disaster will occur.

  • Feb 5th, 2014 8:45pm

Building, real estate community pressures Island county to re-open Fridays

Builders and real estate brokers are pressuring the county to re-open county offices on Fridays, calling the policy “devastating” to their industries.

  • Feb 5th, 2014 12:21am

U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen outlines 2014 agenda; OLF closure is not ‘in the cards’

Now that Congress has finally passed a budget, federal legislators can get down to business, Congressman Rick Larsen said this week. Larsen outlined the next steps for Congress in the coming year and answered questions about issues on Whidbey Island during a sit-down Thursday with the South Whidbey Record.

  • Jan 29th, 2014 7:24pm

Republican throws in hat for Island County District 2 commissioner seat

North Whidbey Republican Richard Hannold says he will run for Island County commissioner for the same reason he joined the Navy.

  • Jan 24th, 2014 11:32pm

Rep. Hayes wins legislative award | Clarrification

Rep. Dave Hayes, who represents Camano Island, has been named 2013 Legislator of the Year for the House Republican Caucus by the Washington Council of Police and Sheriffs, or WACOPS. An assistant ranking member of the House Public Safety Committee, Hayes is in his first term, serving. Hayes is also a sergeant with the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office and a former president and executive board member of WACOPS.

  • Jan 29th, 2014 6:38pm

Citizens group starts jet noise complaint line

Citing a lack of trust for the Navy’s public input hotline, the Citizens of Ebey’s Reserve has created its own jet-noise complaint hotline.

  • Jan 14th, 2014 10:16pm

Sparks fly over noise disclosure in Coupeville

Citizens of Ebey’s Reserve President Michael Monson has consistently maintained he never received a jet noise disclosure when he bought his home in Coupeville.

  • Jan 14th, 2014 10:14pm

Squadron CO relieved of duty at NAS Whidbey Island

A commanding officer of one of Naval Air Station Whidbey Island’s squadrons was fired Wednesday for inappropriate racial comments and other misdeeds.

  • Jan 15th, 2014 6:47pm

Navy, elected officials aim to reduce Growler noise impact

As a result of meetings with local elected officials, the Navy has committed to minimizing the impact of touch-and-go operations at Outlying Field Coupeville.

  • Jan 14th, 2014 4:15pm

Defense bill funds NAS Whidbey

Naval Air Station Whidbey Island is slotted to receive more than $117 million for P8-A Poseidon and EA-18G Growler squadron programs.

  • Jan 10th, 2014 11:42pm

Sierra Club, Port Townsend criticize Navy’s jet noise at Outlying Field

The Sierra Club and the City of Port Townsend have both released comments criticizing jet noise produced by the U.S. Navy’s EA-18G Growler.

  • Jan 4th, 2014 5:00pm

Whidbey Island realtors draft new jet noise disclosure

Whidbey Island realtors have drafted a new, more detailed noise disclosure form for homebuyers following resident criticism that they were not properly warned about Navy jet noise.

  • Jan 7th, 2014 4:24pm

Island County says real estate agents responsible for noise disclosure

Planning Director David Wechner told the Island County Board of Commissioners Wednesday that some real estate agents are not giving out both of the county’s required noise disclosure statements.

  • Jan 3rd, 2014 4:21pm

Island County study claims Navy’s impact is ‘significant’

An economic impact study completed by the Island County Economic Development Council this month shows the impact Whidbey Island Naval Air Station has on area economies.

  • Jan 1st, 2014 8:00pm

Island County Commissioner Emerson won’t run in 2014

Commissioner Kelly Emerson has announced that she will not run for re-election next year.

  • Dec 28th, 2013 5:00pm

State says OLF blocks do impact landscape

A state agency has reversed its determination about cement blocks placed at Outlying Field Coupeville saying that they are, in fact, an “adverse effect” to the historic landscape of Ebey’s Landing National Historic Reserve.

  • Dec 31st, 2013 10:16pm

Two citizen groups take aim at Commissioner Johnson

Representatives of two citizens groups that complained about Navy jet noise took aim at Island County Commissioner Jill Johnson on Monday.

  • Dec 26th, 2013 5:20pm

Navy gears up to resume touch-and-goes at OLF with fewer operations

A Coupeville-based group that sued the Navy in July over jet noise is claiming that Outlying Field Coupeville is not as essential as the Navy claims.

  • Dec 23rd, 2013 4:19pm

Sea Mar takes over controversial Recovery Services program

Mark MacNaughton saw the highs and the lows of Island County’s addiction recovery efforts.

  • Dec 17th, 2013 11:29pm

Whidbey ECO Network unrolls new website, partnerships

On a trip to the beach at South Whidbey State Park Wednesday, the students of Calyx School found a gumboot chiton, a large marine mollusk.

  • Dec 17th, 2013 10:09pm

Island County Commissioners to review jet noise disclosure forms

A revelation that Island County has two different noise disclosures is compelling the commissioners to review the issue next week.

  • Dec 14th, 2013 12:06am

County approves event permitting for Whidbey farms, agricultural properties

The Island County commissioners unanimously approved an ordinance last week which allows permitting for events on agricultural properties.

  • Dec 13th, 2013 4:28pm

New OLF perimeter blocks bolster security, aggravate facility critics

The recent placement of cement blocks around Outlying Field Coupeville has caused neighboring residents to criticize the appearance as well as the Navy’s failure to consult the community.

  • Dec 11th, 2013 8:06pm

Missing loved ones, Island military families struggle through holidays

Bev and Clay Miller got engaged and then spent their entire engagement apart while Clay was on deployment as a Navy pilot. Daughter of a Navy pilot who served in Vietnam, Bev knew the drill.

  • Dec 6th, 2013 11:19pm

Australian air force to train at NAS Whidbey Island

Over the next three years, six crews of the Royal Australian Air Force will train to fly the new EA-18G Growler at Whidbey Island Naval Air Station.

  • Dec 5th, 2013 5:22pm

Security increased at Outlying Field

More than 1,000 large cement blocks connected by thick cable are being installed around the perimeter of the Navy’s Outlying Field Coupeville.

  • Dec 3rd, 2013 3:57pm

Land preservation fund saved by Island County commissioners

The Island County commissioners voted unanimously in favor of continuing the Conservation Futures program Monday after hundreds of residents contacted them in support over the last week.

  • Dec 2nd, 2013 5:08pm

Coupeville jet noise forum raises health concerns

Frustration was apparent Tuesday as more than 100 people gathered to hear health professionals talk about the effects of jet noise on adults and children.

  • Nov 23rd, 2013 2:43am

Island County considers hobbling Conservation Futures Fund

The Island County commissioners are considering an ordinance Monday that would put new Conservation Futures Fund purchases on hold for one year.

  • Nov 24th, 2013 7:41pm

Whidbey Island robotics team takes 11th at world competition

Members of Whidbey Island’s homegrown underwater robotics team were honored by the Island County Board of Commissioners on Monday for placing 11th in an international competition.

  • Nov 26th, 2013 5:53pm

Maxwelton Farm lawsuit resolution sought

Island County Planning Director David Wechner said the county is working with Maxwelton Farm operators to find a resolution to a lawsuit they filed against the county in September.

  • Nov 19th, 2013 10:46pm

Johnson named board chairwoman for 2014

In a surprise act of cooperation, Commissioner Kelly Emerson nominated Jill Johnson to remain chairwoman of the Island County Board of Commissioners for 2014.

  • Nov 19th, 2013 10:41pm

Citizen organization against OLF jet noise spreads to North Whidbey

A message written on the white board summed up the group’s sentiments: “Who helps us? We do!”

  • Nov 21st, 2013 6:20pm