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Island County Planning Director David Wechner said the county is working with Maxwelton Farm operators to find a resolution to a lawsuit they filed against the county in September.
In a surprise act of cooperation, Commissioner Kelly Emerson nominated Jill Johnson to remain chairwoman of the Island County Board of Commissioners for 2014.
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.
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.
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. 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.
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.
The Island County Commissioners have reached consensus on a number of key elements of the 2014 county budget.