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Draft marijuana ordinance released by Island County

A new ordinance regulating pot businesses restricts the appearance of the buildings and land associated with marijuana to ensure it “does not disrupt the character” of surrounding areas.

Early Island County transportation meetings see hiccup

The county kicked off a series of transportation-related public meetings this week, attracting residents with a wide range of priorities.

Legislative bill may mean tax shift for farmers

A proposed change to a law aimed at preserving farmland and open space could result in higher taxes for some Washington property owners, including in Island County.

Public meetings ahead on Island County transportation

Island County will host three upcoming public meetings to gather input for the transportation element of the Comprehensive Plan update.

Friday hours possible, Island County says

Several Island County department heads say that they could open to the public on Fridays immediately with little to no financial implications.

Veterans Resource Center to hold grand opening for expansion

The Veterans Resource Center’s grand re-opening Saturday will mark an expansion in resources for the Island’s military service community.

Whidbey Camano Land trust rebuffs COER, keeps Navy money

The Whidbey Camano Land Trust will continue to accept Navy money to acquire land within Ebey’s Reserve, despite a request from jet noise opponents to sever the relationship.

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.

Building, real estate community pressures Island county to re-open Fridays

Builders and real estate brokers are pressuring the county to re-open county offices on Fridays, calling the policy “devastating” to their industries.

Rep. Hayes wins legislative award | Clarrification

Rep. Dave Hayes, who represents Camano Island, has been named 2013 Legislator of the Year for the House Republican Caucus by the Washington Council of Police and Sheriffs, or WACOPS. An assistant ranking member of the House Public Safety Committee, Hayes is in his first term, serving. Hayes is also a sergeant with the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office and a former president and executive board member of WACOPS.

U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen outlines 2014 agenda; OLF closure is not ‘in the cards’

Now that Congress has finally passed a budget, federal legislators can get down to business, Congressman Rick Larsen said this week. Larsen outlined the next steps for Congress in the coming year and answered questions about issues on Whidbey Island during a sit-down Thursday with the South Whidbey Record.

Republican throws in hat for Island County District 2 commissioner seat

North Whidbey Republican Richard Hannold says he will run for Island County commissioner for the same reason he joined the Navy.

Squadron CO relieved of duty at NAS Whidbey Island

A commanding officer of one of Naval Air Station Whidbey Island’s squadrons was fired Wednesday for inappropriate racial comments and other misdeeds.

Citizens group starts jet noise complaint line

Citing a lack of trust for the Navy’s public input hotline, the Citizens of Ebey’s Reserve has created its own jet-noise complaint hotline.

Sparks fly over noise disclosure in Coupeville

Citizens of Ebey’s Reserve President Michael Monson has consistently maintained he never received a jet noise disclosure when he bought his home in Coupeville.

Navy, elected officials aim to reduce Growler noise impact

As a result of meetings with local elected officials, the Navy has committed to minimizing the impact of touch-and-go operations at Outlying Field Coupeville.

Defense bill funds NAS Whidbey

Naval Air Station Whidbey Island is slotted to receive more than $117 million for P8-A Poseidon and EA-18G Growler squadron programs.

Whidbey Island realtors draft new jet noise disclosure

Whidbey Island realtors have drafted a new, more detailed noise disclosure form for homebuyers following resident criticism that they were not properly warned about Navy jet noise.

Sierra Club, Port Townsend criticize Navy’s jet noise at Outlying Field

The Sierra Club and the City of Port Townsend have both released comments criticizing jet noise produced by the U.S. Navy’s EA-18G Growler.

Island County says real estate agents responsible for noise disclosure

Planning Director David Wechner told the Island County Board of Commissioners Wednesday that some real estate agents are not giving out both of the county’s required noise disclosure statements.