Janis Reid

Golf cart zones approved by Island County commissioners

Island County residents now have the option of making their neighborhoods golf cart friendly. Commissioners unanimously approved a new ordinance Monday that provides the framework for creating golf cart zones in rural areas, and named Beverly Beach the county’s first approved area.

WEAN challenges county fish and wildlife regulations

Whidbey environmentalists have made good on their threat to file legal action against Island County after commissioners’ adoption of a “bare minimum” fish and wildlife ordinance.

Prosecutor Banks scolded by county commissioners

Island County Prosecutor Greg Banks was roundly scolded Wednesday by commissioners for requesting additional money after the budget was adopted last month.

Whidbey Growlers replace Prowlers in ISIS strikes

The Navy has sent the USS Carl Vinson carrying EA-18G Growlers based out of Naval Air Station Whidbey Island to assist in air strikes against the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant.

Struggling Whidbey Island state parks get creative

In the face of diminishing funding for state parks, local parks staff said they are having to get creative to keep parks running smoothly.

Candidates spar in final forum

Candidates took each other on one last time at Thursday’s final political forum put on by the League of Women Voters in Oak Harbor.

State candidates take on education, transportation

Legislative candidates clash on how to fund the state’s education mandate and how to handle Whidbey and state transportation issues. Republican incumbent Dave Hayes, finishing his first term as District 10 Position 2 representative, said that the state supreme court’s order to fund education is going to affect every part of the budget in the coming years.

Commissioner crosses party lines with Democrat endorsement

Republican Island County Commissioner Aubrey Vaughan issued a surprise endorsement last week. Vaughan broke party lines Thursday and endorsed Democratic candidate Karla Jacks to fill the District 3 seat he currently holds.

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 revising Environmental Impact Study to include more Growlers

The Navy says it is revising its Environmental Impact Statement on the EA-18G Growlers to include up to 36 additional aircraft based at Whidbey Island Naval Air Station. Public meetings to gather public comment will be held in late October.

Whidbey wineries gain top honors at Seattle Wine Awards

Langley’s Ott & Murphy Wines topped the list of Whidbey Island winners at the Seattle Wine Awards this month.

Candidates vie for voter favor at Freeland election forum

There was more than one surprise at Wednesday’s candidate forum in Freeland where both local and national issues were discussed by general election candidates. Island County commissioner candidate Rick Hannold told the audience that the threat of global warming is largely overstated.

Jacks or Hannold for county commissioner?

The two candidates running for Island County District 3 seat offer differing views on top county issues, such as the legalization of marijuana and dealing with recent problems at Island Transit.

Former contractor challenges county auditor

An accounting contractor who worked for the Island County auditor is challenging her former boss in November’s general election.

Prowlers, Growlers from NAS Whidbey likely used in ISIS air strikes

A senior Air Force officer and a federal lawmaker both have said in the past week that electronic attack aircraft based out of Naval Air Station Whidbey Island are likely being used in Syrian and Iraqi air strikes.

2nd District congressional hopefuls don’t always toe party lines

Candidates for Washington’s 2nd Congressional seat seem to stray from hard-set party platforms on a few issues.

Island County cited by state for accounting deficiencies

Island County was cited by the State Auditor’s Office for “significant deficiencies” in its financial reporting.

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.

Attendance, accuracy top issues in treasurer’s race

Attendance and accuracy seem to be the top two issues for former co-workers and Island County treasurer candidates Wanda Grone and Ana Maria Nuñez.

Early budget restores jobs, seeks technology upgrades

Island County’s early budget draft aims to restore a number of positions and pushes to upgrade technologies. A public hearing for the budget draft has been set for 6 p.m. Oct. 6.