A state Department of Health official told The Record recently that of the 18 shellfish protection districts formed in Washington over the years, not a single one has ever been dissolved. Even those that have seen dramatic improvement remain in place, though they are now classified as being inactive. The problem? One of the primary roadblocks it seems is that state law doesn’t specify how to do away with these emergency-response districts once they’ve been created. How, when and why to form them, yes, but not what to do once the job is done.
There has been no shortage of big ideas to bring more tourist dollars to Whidbey Island. Funiculars, mini-convention centers, world-class resorts — you name it. All of them met with stiff resistance from the public along the lines of “Do we really need to destroy our island in order to save it?” But what if there was a way to draw tourists to the island that would make life better for residents too? And what if it would require little more than a few signs and parking spaces?
An Island County Superior Court judge this week shot down the county commissioners’ appeal of an earlier decision by a board of state experts concerning the county’s adopted fish and wildlife habitat conservation areas rules. Unfortunately, the ruling wasn’t based on the merits of their arguments, which would have settled the actual debate, but rather was issued because the county failed to appeal in a proper and timely manner per state requirements. In other words, the case was handled incorrectly and summarily tossed.
Whidbey General Hospital may be out about $250,000 for a behind-closed-doors decision made by unknown hospital officials.
I watched the Republican debate on television Wednesday, most of it anyway. I flipped on the TV a little late, but nevertheless was among the 23 million reported Americans who tuned in. That’s a lot of people, but a pale shadow of the nearly 320 million who call the United States home. Where was everyone? Better things to do, I guess, than learn about those who may just one day be president.