Janis Reid

Time to tackle Whidbey’s noxious weed: tansy ragwort

Tansy ragwort, which appears as a daisy-like bunch of yellow flowers atop a tall stalk, remains one of the county’s most pervasive noxious weeds.

Island County primary election winners squeak ahead

The winners of two hotly contested county races will move onto the general election by a nose. Democrat Karla Jacks led the vote count in the race for District 3 Island County commissioner with 3,103 votes, or 48.79 percent at the last count Thursday.

County building permit wait times on decline

Numbers released by the Island County Planning Department indicate that wait times for building permits are decreasing for some — but not all — projects.

Whidbey sailor hospitalized after 3,200 pullups

At about pullup number 2,100 this past Saturday, Navy Petty Officer Michael McCastle began to experience muscle tears in his forearms and capillaries were bursting on his skin. He decided then to do 1,000 more.

China City owner expands island business with Mill Creek location

Jack Ng started in the restaurant business as a dishwasher. Today, he’s the owner of China City’s two Whidbey Island locations in Freeland and Oak Harbor, and opened an off-island location in Mill Creek in July.

Dying starfish stump experts

Starfish are one of Charlie Seablom’s favorite aquatic animals to discover. The pisaster starfish, known officially as a “seastar,” has the traditional five limbs and comes in a wide variety of colors. The orange-colored sunflower sea star grows to be far bigger, can have up to 24 legs and can “run” quite quickly.

Three treasurer candidates to face off in primary

Candidates running against Island County Treasurer Ana Maria Nuñez say they can do a better job handling the county’s money.

Whidbey’s beaver population: residents chew on problem, seek county help

Some residents believe the county could be doing more about the island’s beaver problem, but the solutions are not always clear cut.

Commissioners clash over Whidbey Island-wide bike trail in Freeland

A portion of a Freeland trail project was removed from the county’s Capital Improvement Plan on Monday, despite urging from South Whidbey Commissioner Helen Price Johnson.

Island County to consider fairground contract next week

The Island County commissioners agreed Wednesday to find a contractor to manage the fairgrounds for one year.

Sheriff fights to protect Island County deputy files

A proposal to move sheriff’s deputy files into the county’s human resources office was kiboshed by the county’s two Republican commissioners this week.

Island County commissioner candidates share vision

While candidates for Island County Commissioner District 3 share the desire to help shape the future of the county, their individual visions differ widely.

Tsunami researchers track Whidbey’s geological history

The university researchers, working under the supervision of professor Brea McGinnis, joined with local volunteers and the island’s emergency management organizations for the research all of last week. The purpose: piecing together Whidbey Island’s history of tsunamis, earthquakes and other geological events. Spearheaded by Island County’s department of emergency management, the study’s aim is to educate the island on what to expect and how to be prepared.

Congressional candidates weigh in on OLF

Democratic Congressman Rick Larsen said Thursday that he continues his support for use of Outlying Field Coupeville by the EA-18G Growlers based at Whidbey Island Naval Air Station.

Island County plans speed study to address resident concerns

Speed limits on roads throughout the county will be examined in a study this fall in response to petitions filed by residents.

Island County ponders growing weed problem

Island County commissioners will consider this week increasing funding that helps combat a growing noxious weed issue.

Vaughan named interim Island County commissioner

Aubrey Vaughan said Thursday that as interim commissioner he wants to rebuild the connection between Camano and Whidbey islands and help the county through this year’s budget process.

Jet noise class action suit aims at Whidbey brokerages

A group of Coupeville-area homeowners want to sue local real estate brokerages, claiming they were not properly informed about Navy jet noise.

COER leader ordered to stay away from Windermere realtor

A district court commissioner has ordered that jet noise critic Michael Monson stay away from South Whidbey Windermere Realtor Joe Mosolino.

Geology buffs to seek tsunami data around Whidbey

Each year there are 317 earthquakes within 35 miles of Coupeville.