Janis Reid

Shutdown leads to NAS Whidbey furloughs

As a result of Congress’s inability to pass a budget by the Sept. 30 deadline, hundreds of Department of Defense employees at Whidbey Island were furloughed Tuesday as part of a country-wide government shutdown.

Island County commissioners consider marijuana moratorium

Island County commissioners have set in motion plans for a moratorium on new marijuana production and sales.

Anti-OLF group may agree to put airstrip lawsuit ‘on hold’

A Coupeville-based citizens’ group, which sued the Navy in federal court in July, has begun the process of putting its lawsuit on hold while accusing the Navy of “backpedaling.” The group sued the Navy in July over jet noise at Outlying Field Coupeville or OLF, part of Whidbey Island Naval Air Station, and demanded an Environmental Impact Statement or EIS from the Navy. The Navy suspended operations at OLF until the end of the year and announced this month its intention to initiate an EIS.

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.

Rain delays paving across Whidbey

Drivers around the island may have noticed an influx of dips or bumps in county roads that seem to have been placed there indefinitely.

Island County 2014 budget process begins

The Island County budget process has begun with a “wish list” of requests from department heads vying for additional funding.

Navy to conduct environmental study on jet noise on Central Whidbey

The Navy said this week it will conduct an Environmental Impact Statement for Outlying Field Coupeville and Whidbey Island Naval Air Station on North Whidbey.

‘Amazing Race’ host to ride Whidbey Island for MS

More than 2,000 people from Seattle and the surrounding areas will traverse through Skagit and Island counties to raise awareness about multiple sclerosis Sept. 7-8.

Whidbey Island named top retirement spot

A national retirement publication has listed Whidbey Island in its book entitled “America’s 100 Best Places to Retire.”

First Emerson challenger emerges for 2014 District 3 commissioner race

Democratic candidate Karla Jacks, of Camano Island, says she will run against Island County Commissioner Kelly Emerson for the District 3 seat.

Island County responds to lawsuit with next steps

Responding to a lawsuit by Oak Harbor resident Bill Burnett, the Island County Prosecutor’s Office has provided steps he must take to go any further.

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.

Trail work launches OLF concerns

The Island County Commissioners voted to move forward with additional work on Central Whidbey’s Rhododendron trail last week, despite concerns voiced by Chairwoman Jill Johnson. “My concern is that, at this stage, I’m not willing to build under the flight zones,” Johnson said. “If it’s true that it is dangerous to play in the park and to engage in activities in those areas, we need to limit action in the areas of concern.”

New civil deputy assumes post

Public service runs in Dan Mitchell’s veins. Preceded by three generations of police officers, his role as the new Island County Chief Civil Deputy seems to come naturally.

Jamieson retires after 37 years as Island County’s civil deputy

The son of an attorney, Island County Chief Civil Deputy Dave Jamieson said his training in the law started around the family dinner table.

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.

Whidbey business leaders combat OLF division

Island business leaders are taking a stand as pro-Navy and pro-business in the wake of the ongoing debate over jet noise at Outlying Field Coupeville.

Loganberry Festival deemed sweet success by organizers

It’s really all about the pie. Mary Murphy, 9, said that while she didn’t win the Loganberry Festival pie-eating contest Saturday afternoon she was still a winner.

Sequestration hits Whidbey base

Roughly 1,200 civilian workers at Whidbey Island Naval Air Station experienced their first furlough last Friday.

Whidbey Audubon Society turns 30

One of the oldest organizations on the island, the Whidbey Audubon Society turns 30 this year.