Cassandra Calderon

Cassandra posted 34 stories to Whidbey News-Times.
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Oak Harbor bowling league for people with disabilities, difficulties gets rolling

Cue Peggy Callister, a retired recreational therapist, is the founder of the Handy Dandy Bowling League.

  • Sep 6th, 2016 10:30pm

County, WEAN at odds over critical areas conservation regulations

For a second time, the Island County Commissioners are asking a hearings board to find its conservation regulations in compliance with the state Growth Management Act, or GMA.

  • Sep 2nd, 2016 5:45pm

Making a difference: Kids First helping foster children

The gift card program is the brainchild of the local nonprofit organization Kids First Island County. It was launched just a month ago.

  • Aug 26th, 2016 10:37pm

Health board will not take action on jet noise: Resolution passes on a 3-2 vote

In a resolution narrowly passed by the Island County Board of Health Wednesday, members of Citizens of Ebey’s Reserve, or COER, who have been the primary proponent of jet noise complaints and the alleged health impacts produced by Navy flight operations on the island, were told that the board will not take action to “protect against the unknown, unquantifiable and unverifiable public health and safety claims” COER has raised.

  • Aug 23rd, 2016 8:38pm

Oak Harbor High School grad making waves with successful international marketing co.

For Arianna O’Dell, marketing is very much professional problem-solving. And often telling others that she is best at solving problems, the 2008 Oak Harbor High School graduate is making a career, and waves, doing just that.

  • Aug 23rd, 2016 6:43pm

No s’more campfires: Burn ban levels heightened with arrival of hot weather

Washington State Parks, Island County and the National Weather Service issued warnings and burn bans covering Island County.

  • Aug 20th, 2016 3:00pm

Little sunflowers: Painted rocks will help remember late mom

Brandy Ledesma plans to make Saturday, Aug. 20, a special day for her three young nieces. On the birthday of the girls’ late mother, Ledesma’s nieces will wake up that morning to more than 50 painted rocks adorned with sunflowers in their garden bed.

  • Aug 16th, 2016 10:06pm

Little block party grows to more than 12,000

With the sweet smell of tangy barbecue and one of the biggest crowds yet in attendance on Sunday, the ninth annual PigFest was a success in more ways than one.

  • Aug 16th, 2016 8:04pm

Lemonade Day fostering young entrepreneurs

The Island County Economic Development Council has posed an important question to 25 young entrepreneurs across the island: when life gives you lemons, what’s a kid to do?

  • Aug 24th, 2016 7:27pm

Freeland stretch funded for bridge-to-ferry trail

Freeland residents and visitors will soon have a new non-motorized trail to walk, rollerblade or ride their bicycles on.

  • Aug 12th, 2016 7:56pm

Human Services looks to link with government funding

Island County Human Services once again hopes to connect local service agencies with government funding.

  • Aug 9th, 2016 10:12pm

Providing ‘Homes for Heroes’ comes from the heart

Without the Homes for Heroes program and help of Crane Financial Group, Oak Harbor residents Rebecca and George Pina say they wouldn’t own a home today.

  • Aug 6th, 2016 2:00pm

Story about son leads to flood of ‘Wish’ donations

It wasn’t out of character for Meyer to announce a $3,000 donation to the Make-a-Wish Foundation at Pita Pit’s annual conference. It was Meyers’ moving announcement detailing the significance of the donation, however, that led her fellow franchisees to a spontaneous movement to raise $23,000 for Make-a-Wish.

  • Aug 3rd, 2016 2:00pm

Oak Harbor business baking with nursing moms in mind

Jenna King has always loved baking, but it wasn’t until she had her second child that King saw her passion as a vehicle to help breastfeeding moms.

  • Aug 2nd, 2016 9:23pm

Aug. 2 primary ballots rolling in slowly

At the county Auditor’s Office, Elections Supervisor Michele Reagan is seeing a slow trickle of ballots that is all too familiar. With just days until the August primary, only a small percentage of Island County’s roughly 52,000 registered voters have submitted their ballots.

  • Jul 29th, 2016 10:04pm

Association uniting small Whidbey businesses

Soap artisans, dog groomers, web designers and more — the Whidbey Island Small Business Association, or WISBA, is uniting locally owned ventures of all varieties to ensure the “little guy” has a shot against big league businesses.

  • Jul 26th, 2016 8:33pm

Jail proposes nursing staff that won’t bust budget

With room for 58 inmates, the Island County Jail is small by most standards, but the responsibility to provide inmates with sufficient medical care is anything but. “We’re a small jail but we still have to define a minimal level of care,” Sheriff Mark Brown said. What that level of care should be was the focus for Brown and other county officials last week.

  • Jul 23rd, 2016 1:00pm

Island County Board of Health divided over issue of jet noise

While most government agencies and boards have denied they have authority to act on a local activist group’s concerns with jet noise, members of the Island County Board of Health disagreed on how to respond to the issue on Tuesday afternoon.

  • Jul 22nd, 2016 10:00pm

COER the target of fowl speculation

Commissioner weighs in on erroneous assertions that the activist group wants to ban chickens

  • Jul 26th, 2016 10:25pm

Hot rocks: Local search for painted stones is catching fire

A race car, a ladybug, a flower or even a dinosaur — 4-year-old Olivia King knows that the painted rocks she’s looking for can be anything. So, holding her little brother A.J.’s hand in Windjammer Park last Friday, she kept her eyes peeled for the brightly painted stones.

  • Jul 20th, 2016 10:17pm

WAIF offers free Trap-Neuter-Return program

As an old saying goes, too much of a good thing is a bad thing, and this rings true when Shari Bibich considers the island’s significant feral and free-roaming cat population. The shelter manager of WAIF’s Coupeville facility, Bibich said the foundation has begun to readdress this issue with a new program, CATsNIP.

  • Jul 19th, 2016 9:45pm

Stay-at-home mom turns passion into business

A stay-at-home mother of two in Oak Harbor, Lilian Charapich turned her love of crocheting into a small business operation in 2014 on Etsy, an online global marketplace that focuses on selling handmade and vintage items.

  • Jul 19th, 2016 9:02pm

Work to slow highway traffic through October

Between now and October, Island County residents and visitors can expect considerable delays when traveling on State Highway 20 south of Coupeville.

  • Jul 15th, 2016 8:33pm

3 Sisters breaking mold as women in agriculture

The vast majority of the public have, at best, a distant relationship with the channels through which their food is produced. Roshel Donwen, Jennifer Jones and Jessica Muzzall are trying to change that, and they’re challenging what the agriculture industry looks like while doing so.

  • Jul 15th, 2016 7:23pm

Candidates in primary face off in LWV forum

Candidates vying for state and county elected positions faced off in two back-to-back League of Women Voters forums last week.

  • Jul 12th, 2016 10:18pm

The Weed Cream Guy: Vet sets out to help others in pain

“The Weed Cream Guy” was not a title Byron Burns of North Whidbey ever aspired to, but after the army veteran and former fire protection engineer tried a topical cannabis product several years ago for his own back pain, he immediately decided he wanted to make similar products available to the public.

  • Jul 14th, 2016 11:07pm

County pushes deadline for comprehensive plan update

Island County did not meet the June 30 deadline for completing its 2016 periodic review of the Comprehensive Plan, but planners are moving forward with a phased approach to subsequent updates.

  • Jul 8th, 2016 10:21pm

Environmental group critical of county’s new rules

Island County commissioners responded to a state board’s order to improve regulations meant to protect fish and wildlife late last month, but the environmental group that originally objected to the county’s rules says the proposed fix still isn’t enough.

  • Jul 6th, 2016 1:00pm

Property values rise average of 20 percent

As the demand for housing continues to rise, property owners in Island County are seeing big increases in home and land values this year.

  • Jul 22nd, 2016 6:50pm

A love for woodworking: Veteran’s pen business a ‘soothing’ endeavour

The scratching of sandpaper and a mechanical buzz hum throughout Chris Oatley’s small garage turned woodshop.

  • Jun 29th, 2016 2:00pm

About a third of households in county rent, cost-burdened

Lack of affordable housing continues to be a problem.

  • Jun 28th, 2016 10:39pm

COER members disappointed that health board meeting cancelled

Members of the Citizens of Ebey's Reserve, or COER, were left disappointed Tuesday afternoon when the Island County Board of Health's monthly meeting was cancelled on short notice. The group previously asked the board to address potential health hazards of noise produced by the Naval Air Station Whidbey Island's EA-18G Growler aircraft training flight at the Outlying Field near Coupeville. The members planned to address their concerns for the third time with the health board.

  • Jun 21st, 2016 11:56pm

Island County Public Works head earns award for second time

Bill Oakes has been building things for as long as he can remember. In college, radio-controlled airplanes held his fascination, and the act of bringing many pieces together to form a functioning whole fueled his passion for something greater — engineering.

  • Jun 23rd, 2016 9:02pm

Ordinance gives more control over fireworks

For Island County Sheriff Mark Brown and the county commissioners, it simply doesn’t make sense to allow people to shoot off fireworks when dry weather conditions are dangerous enough to permit a burn ban.

  • Jun 17th, 2016 10:25pm