Janis Reid

Land Trust eyes Monroe Landing for preservation

The scenic acreage that surrounds Monroe Landing has been a home and refuge to many. Initially one of three Salish villages located on the shores of Penn Cove, the beach made a perfect canoe landing area and temporary encampments cropped up around the cove.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Unmanned aircraft to join air traffic at NAS Whidbey

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

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.

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.

Island County cited by state for accounting deficiencies

Island County was cited by the State Auditor’s Office for “significant deficiencies” in its financial reporting.

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.

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.

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.

Frustrations, concerns mount over critical areas ordinance update

The long and drawn-out process of updating the county’s critical areas ordinance continues as the county outlined yet another plan last week. The state’s hearing examiner rejected a quick-fix ordinance protecting wetlands and other critical areas in May, a process that has been ongoing for years.

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.

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.

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.

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.

WEAN challenges county fish and wildlife regulations

Whidbey environmentalists have made good on their threat to file legal action against Island County after commissioners’ adoption of a “bare minimum” fish and wildlife ordinance.

Record number of swans winter on North Whidbey

The cacophony of honks rising from Dugualla Bay Farm is evidence that more trumpeter swans are wintering this year on Whidbey than ever before.