Janis Reid

A warm reception: Whidbey Islander rides network of international cyclists

Warms Showers is a free worldwide hospitality exchange for touring cyclists. Those who sign up must be willing to host touring cyclists from time to time in exchange for access to the same accommodations themselves.

 

Navy firing back at jet noise lawsuit, COER claims Navy is not presenting ‘real’ sound data

The Navy asked a federal judge to deny a citizen group’s demand that aircraft operations be halted at Outlying Field Coupeville.

 

Coupeville woman weaves years of experience

Thirty is an important number for Madeline van der Hoogt these days. She has more than 30 looms in her home used for a weaving school she has run for 30 years — a career she hopes to continue for 30 more.

 

Concerns mount over Island County’s critical areas ordinance update

The long and drawn-out process of updating the county’s critical areas ordinance continues as the county outlined yet another plan last week.

Whidbey produce ripening early

Blueberry, strawberry harvests are expected 2 weeks early.

Concerns mount over Island County’s critical areas ordinance update

The long and drawn-out process of updating the county’s critical areas ordinance continues as the county outlined yet another plan last week.

Skagit Valley College punctuates school year with star power

Skagit Valley College held its annual Cardinal Day, which involved live music and activities.

Island County Beach Watchers parting ways with Washington State University

Citing frustration with restrictive policies and conflicting visions, members of Island County Beach Watchers are breaking free from Washington State University Extension.

Whidbey General Hospital seeks applicants for Patient Advisory Council

Whidbey General Hospital is seeking applicants for a new Patient Advisory Council with the aim of gathering the voice of the community on health affairs.

‘Bites’ in Oak Harbor offers small portions, prices

A new Oak Harbor eatery is taking a bite out of portion sizes and prices.

Island agencies noncompliant with state auditor requirement

Despite firing off a warning in January, the Washington State Auditor says it has not yet received required financial data from Whidbey General Hospital and other local entities.

Deception Pass highway paving begins June 8

The paving project from Frostad Road to Sharpes corner begins Monday, June 8 and will include five nights of full closures for Deception Pass and Canoe Pass bridges in mid-July or August. The project is expected create substantial traffic delays as contractor crews repave four sections along the highway for the state Department of Transportation.

Starfish are rebounding after disease nearly wipes them out

Sea stars around Whidbey Island are making a slow recovery after the effects of a deadly disease wiped out millions of them over the past year.

Count reveals homeless numbers

Nearly half of Island County’s homeless are working. This fact is one of several revelations discussed in recent weeks with Island County commissioners as the result of the 2015 point-in-time count performed in January.

New Coupeville antique store aims for novelty

Collecting things with unique histories has been an occupation for Kim Christianson nearly her entire life.

Oak Harbor barber offers the best fade in town

In the two years he’s had his own barber shop in Oak Harbor, Lampton Lawrence has created quite the following. On a recent weekday Lawrence had five men sitting in his small Midway Boulevard barber shop waiting for one of his legendary haircuts.

Senate approves Everett Connector funding

The Everett Connector is likely to be restored by a bill that is expected to be signed by Gov. Jay Inslee in the coming weeks. The state House of Representatives and Senate approved $1 million in the 2015-17 biennial budget to reinstate the Everett Connector. The governor has 20 days to act on the bill once his office receives it, likely this week.

Oak Harbor, state hit with $25 million civil lawsuit

A holistic practitioner who was arrested by Oak Harbor police in March is suing the state Department of Health and the city for $25 million.

Disease-stricken starfish population starting to rebound

Sea stars around Whidbey Island are making a slow recovery after the effects of a deadly disease wiped out millions of them over the past year.

Man and his stuffed dogs rise to fame

It started with two dogs. But the pack of stuffed canines that frequent the corner of Center and Fourth Street in Coupeville has swelled to nine over the last two years.