For eight long years, Holmes Harbor has lived under a stain of poor water quality. With red signs on the beach warning people away, favorite pastimes became distant memories. But, at long last, the waters are finally clearing and state and local officials are preparing to reopen the beach for shellfish harvesting this spring.
Last week, Island County Auditor Sheilah Crider said her days of opening the administrative building to the public in the morning need to come to an end. She’s done it for years, it’s not her job and the time has come for someone else to take over.
South Whidbey was hit by a massive windstorm this week, one of the biggest and most destructive in years. The power went out, downed trees blocked roads everywhere, and homes were damaged. It’s a wonder that despite so much destruction, most roads were drivable by noon on Friday morning.
Fourth-degree assault charges were recently filed against a leading Whidbey General Hospital administrator, Chief Nursing Officer Linda Gipson. She’s accused of choking a restrained patient who was allegedly not cooperating with hospital staff. While the jury is still out, it seems WGH decision makers aren’t waiting for a verdict to decide her innocence.
Commissioners with Diking District 2 Saturday decided to hold off moving ahead with a controversial assessment for 2015.
By ERIC LEVINE I was pleased to read of Mayor Fred McCarthy’s continuing efforts to make the funicular a reality that would boost activity and business for both the expanded marina and downtown Langley. Regarding the article on the council meeting of this past Monday, I’m concerned that too often the opponents, few but very vocal — who may not have all the facts — can feed into the perception that they represent a higher percentage of the population than they do in reality. Although not quoted, I spoke in favor of the project that night and have talked to many in the city, not only in favor but enthusiastically so.
This week Island County elected officials got a 2 percent raise, but instead of expressing thanks they called it a “slap in the face.” Seriously?
It was my fault. I did it. You can blame me. Last week, I wished in my column that it would snow and voila — South Whidbey was coated with up to six inches of the white stuff on Saturday morning. Now, I realize that not everyone rejoices the arrival of this seasonal wonder like I do. It seems the very mention of snow sets people to grumbling about the prospects of navigating slippery roads and shivering through power outages. And indeed that’s just what happened to thousands of people from Clinton to Coupeville, though Central Whidbey didn’t see a flake, only power outages.
The Record has some screwy deadlines this week due to the holidays, so as I write this column Wednesday morning I’m forecasting that by the time it’s read my sore stomach from gorging on too much Thanksgiving turkey will likely have faded and my wallet already be significantly lighter from Black Friday spending. I’ll have slept in to 7 a.m. at least twice, defeated the digital forces of evil and begun feeling the shame of what will almost certainly be a holiday video game binge, laughed, argued, cried or all three with family and begun my casing of Whidbey lots for the best deals on this year’s Christmas tree.