Janis Reid

PBY Catalina glides to new downtown Oak Harbor location

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

Wahl Road homeowner charged $6,000 in taxation error

A South Whidbey homeowner is taking the county to task for mischarging him $6,125 in property taxes.

Land Trust gets $1 million to purchase old Waterman Mill property

More than 2,000 feet of shoreline, 33 acres of forest and wetlands, and 26 acres of beach and tidelands on South Whidbey will be protected in part due to a $1 million federal grant awarded this month.

Deception Pass Bridge to close for summer paving

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

Island, Skagit consider splitting regional transportation management

Skagit County leaders are looking at separating or revising the regional transportation agreement with Island County.

Improvements needed, but ferry leaders say agency is still successful

Despite the troubles faced by Washington State Ferries in recent years, the agency still manages to be reliable 99.5 percent of the time, according to Washington State Department of Transportation, Ferries Division, Assistant Secretary Lynne Griffith.

Clinton man sues Langley, mayor for alleged records violations

Former South Whidbey teacher Eric Hood is suing the City of Langley in Island County Superior Court for allegedly violating the Public Records Act.

Cops tase Freeland man twice; suspect charged with assault

It took two tasings and several officers to take down a Freeland man who was charged last week with assaulting an officer and resisting arrest. Kyle Landry, 32, who has a history of drug use and domestic violence according to court records, was taken into custody after he allegedly violated an anti-harassment order at a Freeland home Dec. 18.

CORRECTED | Oak Harbor punk band Potbelly celebrates 20-year ‘roller coaster ride’

Jason “Potbelly” Rodger has been rocking out for what seems like forever.

Sailor completes tire flip challenge for the fallen

Petty Officer Michael McCastle completed 13 miles flipping a 250-pound tire in cold and wet weather for his dad Dec. 20.

Island County commissioners OK service fee changes

Fees for county public health services like septic inspections and water quality testing have been increased by 8 percent as part of a comprehensive fee schedule change.

Navy’s purchase of new Growlers increased to 15

The number of EA-18G Growlers funded in the 2015 national budget was bumped from five to 15 in $1.1 trillion legislation hammered out by Congress last week

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.

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.

Bill approves five more Growlers bound for NAS Whidbey Island

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a national defense bill Thursday that approves funding five more EA-18G Growlers for the Navy, according to a Thursday news release from Rep. Rick Larsen.

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.

Grass roots campaign wins Hannold election

North Whidbey resident and Republican Rick Hannold will take office later this week as Island County’s District 3 commissioner.

Interim Commissioner Aubrey Vaughan takes last vote for Island County

In his last meeting as an appointed Island County District 3 commissioner, Aubrey Vaughan urged the future board to cooperate.

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.

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.”