Janis Reid

Nurses file complaint with state commission

A state nursing association has filed an Unfair Labor Practice complaint against Whidbey General Hospital for disciplining or firing nurses without providing supporting documentation.

Island County to be awarded rental vouchers for homeless veterans

Island County will be awarded more than a dozen rental vouchers to help homeless veterans find permanent homes.

Island County leaders press state for marijuana tax dollars

Island County leaders are banding together to pressure state leaders for their fair share of marijuana sale tax.

Whidbey General staff rallies around embattled nurse

Nearly 200 Whidbey General Hospital staff are reportedly wearing purple wrist bands inscribed with the letters “LG” in support of their chief nursing officer who was found not guilty of assault last week.

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.

Winery debate ferments into complaint

A new community group is trying to combat proposed regulations that would allow large events at wineries, functions they say disrupt their quality of life.

Whidbey General Hospital celebrates 45th anniversary, ‘Neighbors caring’

Whidbey General Hospital is 45 years old. Staff gathered in front of the entrance March 25 to take a group photo commemorating “45 years of Neighbors Caring for Neighbors.”

Land Trust eyes Monroe Landing for preservation

The scenic acreage that surrounds Monroe Landing has been a home and refuge to many. Initially one of three Salish villages located on the shores of Penn Cove, the beach made a perfect canoe landing area and temporary encampments cropped up around the cove.

Winery, rural event center regulations ferment into hot button issue

Allowing wineries to become rural event centers has become a heated discussion among commissioners and South Whidbey residents alike. Business owners have said the existing regulations are too restrictive and “problematic” while residents have complained that the events destroy the rural atmosphere of their neighborhoods. The Island County commissioners could not agree last week on how to approach these regulations for wineries and rural event centers, but agreed that the issue needed to be addressed at some point.

Whidbey General Hospital expansion plan revealed

Saving old growth trees while still maximizing parking was one of the top concerns about Whidbey General Hospital’s expansion project, revealed for the first time this week.

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.

New Whidbey General Hospital CEO contract signed

Whidbey General Hospital’s new CEO will assume her duties April 20. Geri Forbes, currently an employee of Doctor’s Memorial Hospital in Florida, will replace Tom Tomasino who has served as Whidbey General’s chief for five years.

Island County sales tax revenues slow

Early estimates show that the county’s sales tax revenues are down from last year despite more optimistic projections.

Island County declines six-issue settlement with WEAN

Whidbey Environmental Action Network renewed legal action this past Thursday after Island County commissioners passed this week on a settlement.

County tries new avenues for septic compliance

Getting people to inspect their septic systems has been an ongoing battle for Island County.

Island County prioritizes beach access

Beach access advocates have something to celebrate. Island County has earmarked $175,000 to identify the county’s many beach access points and prioritize them for maintenance and signage. The lack of county-sanctioned beach access, along with clearly marked kayak access points have been an ongoing concern for groups supporting public access to the seashore.

Island County to adopt “Band-Aid” critical areas ordinance

County commissioners are planning to adopt a short-term critical areas ordinance to meet a court-ordered deadline.

Record number of swans winter on North Whidbey

The cacophony of honks rising from Dugualla Bay Farm is evidence that more trumpeter swans are wintering this year on Whidbey than ever before.

Small counties fight for voice in state health integration

As the state combines mental health and chemical dependency services, small counties like Island County are doing some creative jockeying to remain at the table.

Republican commissioners push new criteria for Island County futures fund

Island County’s two Republican commissioners want the economic potential of a property to be considered when approving or denying a Conservation Futures application.