Janis Reid

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.

Tax revenues forecast better budget year for Island County

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Researchers find no tsunami evidence, just one big Whidbey earthquake

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Hannold secures second spot in commissioner race

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

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.

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.

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.