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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.
Roger Baker’s biggest fear lately is coming home to find a drowning victim washed up in his backyard.
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.
A moratorium on new recreational marijuana businesses was passed Wednesday despite residents’ concerns that the action would put them strategically behind other counties.
Island County commissioners voted last week to postpone a moratorium on new marijuana-related businesses for a 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.
Administrators of the controversial Clean Water Utility program discovered that more than 1,400 additional parcels will need to be assessed in 2014.
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.
There is more than one reason to hand over unused and expired prescriptions to law enforcement agencies this Saturday.
With little discussion, the Island County commissioners set a date for the public hearing on a proposed moratorium on new marijuana production and sales.
The Island County Board of Commissioners adopted a $71 million budget in a 2-1 vote Monday with Commissioner Kelly Emerson dissenting.
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.
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.
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.
During the 2014 budget process, Commissioner Kelly Emerson did not speak often.
North Whidbey skies are expected to see unmanned Navy aircraft flying by 2016.
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.
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.
A “watchdog” citizens board appointed by county commissioners gave a positive review last month of the controversial Clean Water Utility program.
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.
The Island County Commissioners have reached consensus on a number of key elements of the 2014 county budget.
Island County commissioners have set in motion plans for a moratorium on new marijuana production and sales.
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.
Drivers around the island may have noticed an influx of dips or bumps in county roads that seem to have been placed there indefinitely.
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.
The Island County budget process has begun with a “wish list” of requests from department heads vying for additional funding.
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.
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.
A national retirement publication has listed Whidbey Island in its book entitled “America’s 100 Best Places to Retire.”
Democratic candidate Karla Jacks, of Camano Island, says she will run against Island County Commissioner Kelly Emerson for the District 3 seat.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
The son of an attorney, Island County Chief Civil Deputy Dave Jamieson said his training in the law started around the family dinner table.
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.
Island County Planning Director David Wechner says he hopes to bring an “open door” approach to his role while initiating process improvements.
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.
Roughly 1,200 civilian workers at Whidbey Island Naval Air Station experienced their first furlough last Friday.
One of the oldest organizations on the island, the Whidbey Audubon Society turns 30 this year.
Even while unemployment numbers are falling state and country wide, Whidbey Island residents continue their struggle to find jobs and keep them.