Janis Reid

Missing loved ones, Island military families struggle through holidays

Bev and Clay Miller got engaged and then spent their entire engagement apart while Clay was on deployment as a Navy pilot. Daughter of a Navy pilot who served in Vietnam, Bev knew the drill.

Auditor closes window on opening Island County doors

Determining who should open the doors of the Island County’s administration building on 6th Street hangs in the balance.

Glendale beach sale, access to be secured

Whidbey Island beach access advocates are celebrating an announcement that the beach at Glendale will be preserved for public use.

Two fishermen nearly drown at restored Ala Spit Park

Roger Baker’s biggest fear lately is coming home to find a drowning victim washed up in his backyard.

PBY Catalina glides to new downtown Oak Harbor location

Gerral’s Girl finally got an escort through downtown Oak Harbor.

Island County Commissioners fall short on spending cuts goal

Island County commissioners agreed to cut roughly $100,000 in new staff positions from the budget over the last two weeks, but fell short of their goal to cut roughly $300,000. A second budget hearing followed by a likely adoption will be held 10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 20, in the Commissioners’ Hearing Room.

Navy airfield tensions flair at Larsen campaign event in Coupeville

A Coupeville-based group took over a campaign kickoff event for Congressman Rick Larsen Tuesday by demanding he address the topic of jet noise.

Five-day government service coming to Island County

Island County offices will soon be open to the public on Fridays.

Whidbey ECO Network unrolls new website, partnerships

On a trip to the beach at South Whidbey State Park Wednesday, the students of Calyx School found a gumboot chiton, a large marine mollusk.

New rules irk farmers, environmentalists alike

As the county struggles to find a balance between protecting the environment and farmers’ right to maintain their land, neither camp appears happy with the latest regulatory update.

Commissioners to decide on Langley rural event center

A rural event center permit issued to Whidbey Wayfarer Farm in Langley has been appealed by neighbors who aren’t too excited about weddings in their Bayview Road neighborhood.

Fairgrounds meeting date change draws Island County commissioner’s ire

News that the Whidbey Island Area Fair meeting planned for Oak Harbor was postponed did not sit well with one Island County commissioner Monday.

Whidbey hospital, agencies remain noncompliant with state auditor

Despite firing off a warning shot in January, the Washington State Auditor’s Office has still not received required financial data from Whidbey General Hospital and other local entities. It is the fourth year in a row that Whidbey General Hospital has failed to file documents on the state auditor’s website as part of an initiative to increase public access to information. Those filing the documents complain that the process is arduous and redundant and, for the moment, noncompliance carries no penalties so it tends to fall low on the priority list.

The changing face of the Islands Chapter of the American Red Cross

For Whidbey Island Red Cross volunteers, it’s not a question of “if,” it’s a question of “when” a disaster will occur.

Island County pot moratorium passes 2-0

A moratorium on new recreational marijuana businesses was passed Wednesday despite residents’ concerns that the action would put them strategically behind other counties.

First responders to fill Island County need for fire inspections

Fire districts will now perform fire inspections for Island County, a service that was provided infrequently following staffing cuts in 2009.

Sequestration hits Whidbey base

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

Glendale buy gets green light

Reversing a decision made last month, Island County commissioners moved forward Monday with grant applications to acquire beach access properties adjacent to Glendale.

Stay away from Whidbey fawns, experts say

The first two weeks of May is when Whidbey Island sees an increase in the number of adorable and seemingly helpless baby deer. Despite the human urge to gather them up and protect them when they appear abandoned, state and county officials urge people to keep away.

Deception Pass Bridge to close for summer paving

Deception Pass Bridge will be closed for five nights this summer for paving and bridge maintenance.