Janis Reid

Struggling Whidbey Island state parks get creative

In the face of diminishing funding for state parks, local parks staff said they are having to get creative to keep parks running smoothly.


Researchers discover cause of sea star deaths

While researchers have discovered the virus causing millions of sea stars to die off, Whidbey islanders remain concerned.


China City owner expands island business with Mill Creek location

Jack Ng started in the restaurant business as a dishwasher. Today, he’s the owner of China City’s two Whidbey Island locations in Freeland and Oak Harbor, and opened an off-island location in Mill Creek in July.


WSU presses port on Greenbank Farm, management options still being sought

A plan to revamp Greenbank Farm and increase its economic viability won’t be considered by the Port of Coupeville until next year.

BEACH WATCHERS TO STAND ALONE: Group casts off university shackles to become independent organization

The Island County Beach Watchers are breaking free from Washington State University Extension, citing frustration with restrictive policies and conflicts in vision.

Fire alarm interrupts Navy Northwest EIS meeting

A burnt bag of popcorn caused a minor interruption of Wednesday’s public meeting discussing Navy testing and training in the Northwest.

Elected officials complain 2 percent raise is too little

Island County elected officials are getting a raise, but it appears some of them believe the commissioner-approved 2 percent increases are a “slap in the face.”

Island County commissioners try to avoid split with Skagit County

Island County leaders are trying to dissuade Skagit County from dumping them from a regional transportation planning board.

Real estate agencies on Whidbey sued for jet noise disclosures

A class action suit has been filed against Windermere Real Estate and RE/MAX Acorn Properties that alleges the companies did not properly disclose the dangers of jet noise to homebuyers.

Johnson scolds Island County treasurer

Island County Commissioner Jill Johnson reprimanded county Treasurer Ana Maria Nuñez at the end of Monday’s meeting over a perceived error on Camano Island tax statements.

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.

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.

Commissioners approve Island County conservation levy

County leaders approved a continuation of the conservation futures levy recently at the same rate as last year despite resident support for a 1 percent increase.

Navy looks to purchase 22 more Growlers from Boeing

U.S. Navy leaders want to purchase additional EA-18G Growlers and increase Electronic Attack Squadron size.

Commissioners wrangle approach to Island County comp plan

The Island County commissioners don’t always agree on how to approach the comprehensive plan update due next year, but all believe it needs as much public participation as possible.

‘Static’ homeless numbers remain a cause for concern in Island County

On the street, Ray Conger is known as “The Mailman.” Someone driving by the Safeway parking lot entrance might recognize him as the guy who holds up signs with messages like, “I love you” and “smile.” Conger is part of a homeless population that more than doubled around 2012 and stayed that way.

Researchers find no tsunami evidence, just one big Whidbey earthquake

Researchers search for tsunami evidence in two Whidbey Island locations have come up empty.

Whidbey organizations respond to growing need for food

Those struggling financially on the island can find a free meal or groceries almost every day of the week on Whidbey Island.

Whidbey woman rings in 81st birthday with skydive

Dorothy Bell’s recovery from a serious car crash many years ago gave her an adventurous spirit and an appreciation for life. And in keeping with that spirit, Bell lived out a dream Saturday when she jumped out of an airplane on her birthday.

Memorial Zylstra flagpole receives needed face lift

A flag now flies in front of the county’s historic court house building on a pole that has been broken for more than 10 years.