Janis Reid

Janis posted 241 stories to South Whidbey Record.
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P-8As at Whidbey Island Naval Air Station get wide OK

Despite an ongoing debate about jet noise, particularly at Outlying Field Coupeville, residents expressed broad support at a forum on the possible installation of several additional P-8A squadrons at Whidbey Island Naval Air Station.

  • Nov 19th, 2013 10:08pm

Two fishermen nearly drown at restored Ala Spit Park

Roger Baker’s biggest fear lately is coming home to find a drowning victim washed up in his backyard.

  • Nov 23rd, 2013 3:17am

Where is Island County Commissioner Kelly Emerson?

When the Island County Board of Commissioners approved a moratorium on recreational marijuana this week, Commissioner Kelly Emerson said she would make herself available by phone to vote on the controversial issue.

  • Nov 20th, 2013 4:07pm

Island County pot moratorium passes 2-0

A moratorium on new recreational marijuana businesses was passed Wednesday despite residents’ concerns that the action would put them strategically behind other counties.

  • Nov 18th, 2013 5:23pm

Marijuana moratorium continues to raise concerns

Island County commissioners voted last week to postpone a moratorium on new marijuana-related businesses for a second time.

  • Nov 12th, 2013 10:49pm

Emerson sues Island County planning department for second time

Island County Commissioner Kelly Emerson has filed a second lawsuit against the county, claiming the planning department is still refusing to grant her a building permit for her deck.

  • Nov 12th, 2013 10:38pm

Clean Water Utility hits new snag

Administrators of the controversial Clean Water Utility program discovered that more than 1,400 additional parcels will need to be assessed in 2014.

  • Nov 8th, 2013 11:46pm

Island County pot moratorium discussion sparks courthouse ruckus

Tempers flared at a Monday Island County public hearing as several residents made clear their dislike of a proposed six-month moratorium on new marijuana distribution and production businesses.

  • Nov 7th, 2013 6:05pm

Island County residents asked to turn in old prescriptions

There is more than one reason to hand over unused and expired prescriptions to law enforcement agencies this Saturday.

  • Oct 22nd, 2013 9:26pm

Pot moratorium hearing set for Island County

With little discussion, the Island County commissioners set a date for the public hearing on a proposed moratorium on new marijuana production and sales.

  • Oct 22nd, 2013 9:22pm

Island County commissioners adopt $71 million budget

The Island County Board of Commissioners adopted a $71 million budget in a 2-1 vote Monday with Commissioner Kelly Emerson dissenting.

  • Oct 22nd, 2013 3:12pm

Maxwelton Farm sues county, planning chief named

Maxwelton Farm on South Whidbey has filed a land-use petition against Island County, claiming Planning Director David Wechner acted outside his scope of authority.

  • Oct 19th, 2013 12:12am

Though silent during budget process, Emerson finds win in debt payoff

During the 2014 budget process, Commissioner Kelly Emerson did not speak often. Primarily, she said, because it has been tough to gain support for her initiatives that favor cutting taxes and what she deems non-essential services and programs.

  • Oct 14th, 2013 6:19pm

Civilian employees head back to work as shutdown continues

While Ron Witherall was happy to return to work Monday at his Department of Defense job at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, he said he plans to take his opinions about the federal government shutdown straight to the polls.

  • Oct 15th, 2013 3:26pm

Though silent during budget process, Emerson finds a win in debt payoff

During the 2014 budget process, Commissioner Kelly Emerson did not speak often.

  • Oct 11th, 2013 11:27pm

Unmanned aircraft to join air traffic at NAS Whidbey

North Whidbey skies are expected to see unmanned Navy aircraft flying by 2016.

  • Oct 9th, 2013 7:05pm

Island County WIC program safe — for now

Despite looming closures to the county’s Women, Infants and Children program, or WIC, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has found funding to allow the national program to operate as usual through the end of October.

  • Oct 8th, 2013 5:00pm

Burnett lawsuit fizzles with deadline end

A 45-day deadline has passed for Oak Harbor resident Bill Burnett, who filed a lawsuit in July against Island County over the appointment of Commissioner Jill Johnson as chairwoman of the board.

  • Oct 4th, 2013 10:44pm

Island County Clean Water Utility gets clean bill of health

A “watchdog” citizens board appointed by county commissioners gave a positive review last month of the controversial Clean Water Utility program.

  • Oct 4th, 2013 10:35pm

Shutdown leads to NAS Whidbey furloughs

As a result of Congress’s inability to pass a budget by the Sept. 30 deadline, hundreds of Department of Defense employees at Whidbey Island were furloughed Tuesday as part of a country-wide government shutdown.

  • Oct 1st, 2013 9:32pm

Island County Commissioners continue budget work

The Island County Commissioners have reached consensus on a number of key elements of the 2014 county budget.

  • Oct 2nd, 2013 4:44pm

Island County commissioners consider marijuana moratorium

Island County commissioners have set in motion plans for a moratorium on new marijuana production and sales.

  • Sep 20th, 2013 11:03pm

Anti-OLF group may agree to put airstrip lawsuit ‘on hold’

A Coupeville-based citizens’ group, which sued the Navy in federal court in July, has begun the process of putting its lawsuit on hold while accusing the Navy of “backpedaling.” The group sued the Navy in July over jet noise at Outlying Field Coupeville or OLF, part of Whidbey Island Naval Air Station, and demanded an Environmental Impact Statement or EIS from the Navy. The Navy suspended operations at OLF until the end of the year and announced this month its intention to initiate an EIS.

  • Sep 20th, 2013 5:00pm

Rain delays paving across Whidbey

Drivers around the island may have noticed an influx of dips or bumps in county roads that seem to have been placed there indefinitely.

  • Sep 13th, 2013 10:46pm

First responders remembered, honored at 9/11 memorial on Whidbey

The sound of jet noise behind Wednesday’s 9/11 Memorial seemed appropriate to Capt. Mike Nortier, commanding officer of Whidbey Island Naval Air Station.

  • Sep 18th, 2013 4:18pm

Island County 2014 budget process begins

The Island County budget process has begun with a “wish list” of requests from department heads vying for additional funding.

  • Sep 10th, 2013 9:25pm

Navy to conduct environmental study on jet noise on Central Whidbey

The Navy said this week it will conduct an Environmental Impact Statement for Outlying Field Coupeville and Whidbey Island Naval Air Station on North Whidbey.

  • Sep 6th, 2013 10:57pm

‘Amazing Race’ host to ride Whidbey Island for MS

More than 2,000 people from Seattle and the surrounding areas will traverse through Skagit and Island counties to raise awareness about multiple sclerosis Sept. 7-8.

  • Sep 6th, 2013 5:00pm

Whidbey Island named top retirement spot

A national retirement publication has listed Whidbey Island in its book entitled “America’s 100 Best Places to Retire.”

  • Sep 3rd, 2013 10:00pm

First Emerson challenger emerges for 2014 District 3 commissioner race

Democratic candidate Karla Jacks, of Camano Island, says she will run against Island County Commissioner Kelly Emerson for the District 3 seat.

  • Sep 3rd, 2013 8:53pm

Island County responds to lawsuit with next steps

Responding to a lawsuit by Oak Harbor resident Bill Burnett, the Island County Prosecutor’s Office has provided steps he must take to go any further.

  • Aug 29th, 2013 3:21pm

Trail work launches OLF concerns

The Island County Commissioners voted to move forward with additional work on Central Whidbey’s Rhododendron trail last week, despite concerns voiced by Chairwoman Jill Johnson. “My concern is that, at this stage, I’m not willing to build under the flight zones,” Johnson said. “If it’s true that it is dangerous to play in the park and to engage in activities in those areas, we need to limit action in the areas of concern.”

  • Aug 20th, 2013 9:38pm

New civil deputy assumes post

Public service runs in Dan Mitchell’s veins. Preceded by three generations of police officers, his role as the new Island County Chief Civil Deputy seems to come naturally.

  • Aug 17th, 2013 12:23am

Island County Commissioners to consider shoreline rule changes

The Island County commissioners have been presented with community feedback gathered by the state Department of Ecology about the recently adopted Shoreline Master Program. They are now charged with the task of addressing the public’s concerns and submitting those solutions to the state agency by Sept. 23.

  • Aug 21st, 2013 5:35pm

Jamieson retires after 37 years as Island County’s civil deputy

The son of an attorney, Island County Chief Civil Deputy Dave Jamieson said his training in the law started around the family dinner table.

  • Aug 16th, 2013 6:00pm

Whidbey business leaders combat OLF division

Island business leaders are taking a stand as pro-Navy and pro-business in the wake of the ongoing debate over jet noise at Outlying Field Coupeville.

  • Aug 9th, 2013 11:14pm

Island County planning director outlines vision, development

Island County Planning Director David Wechner says he hopes to bring an “open door” approach to his role while initiating process improvements.

  • Aug 14th, 2013 4:52pm

Loganberry Festival deemed sweet success by organizers

It’s really all about the pie. Mary Murphy, 9, said that while she didn’t win the Loganberry Festival pie-eating contest Saturday afternoon she was still a winner.

  • Aug 1st, 2013 3:13pm

Sequestration hits Whidbey base

Roughly 1,200 civilian workers at Whidbey Island Naval Air Station experienced their first furlough last Friday.

  • Jul 19th, 2013 10:53pm

Whidbey Audubon Society turns 30

One of the oldest organizations on the island, the Whidbey Audubon Society turns 30 this year.

  • Jul 16th, 2013 10:56pm

Whidbey employment numbers fail to show much improvement

Even while unemployment numbers are falling state and country wide, Whidbey Island residents continue their struggle to find jobs and keep them.

  • Jun 28th, 2013 10:12pm