Janis Reid

Janis posted 458 stories to Whidbey News-Times.
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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.

  • Jun 27th, 2015 3:48am

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.

  • Jun 20th, 2015 3:00pm

Whidbey produce ripening early

Blueberry, strawberry harvests are expected 2 weeks early.

  • Jun 16th, 2015 9:42pm

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.

  • Jun 12th, 2015 10:49pm

Skagit Valley College punctuates school year with star power

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

  • Jun 12th, 2015 10:42pm

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.

  • Jun 12th, 2015 10:28pm

‘Bites’ in Oak Harbor offers small portions, prices

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

  • Jun 10th, 2015 1:00pm

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.

  • Jun 10th, 2015 11:06pm

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.

  • Jun 5th, 2015 9:58pm

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.

  • Jun 2nd, 2015 11:14pm

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.

  • Jun 5th, 2015 8:37pm

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.

  • Jun 2nd, 2015 10:48pm

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.

  • May 29th, 2015 10:23pm

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.

  • May 29th, 2015 10:21pm

Langley man charged with assault after slamming into neighbors’ car

A Langley man was charged with assault after allegedly ramming his car into a neighbors’ car and threatening to kill them. Christian Devon Irmer, who was charged this week in Island County Superior Court, apparently was involved in ongoing dispute about property lines with his neighbors, according to the police report.

  • May 26th, 2015 10:39pm

Stay away from baby deer, Whidbey wildlife officials say

The first two weeks each May is when Whidbey Island sees a increase in the number of adorable and seemingly helpless baby deer. Despite the human urge to gather them up and protect them when they appear abandoned, state and county officials urge people to keep away.

  • May 26th, 2015 10:38pm

Island Transit route to Anacortes getting the ax

Island Transit board members voted Friday to cut Whidbey Island’s only off-island route and initiate a fare study. “I’m obviously disappointed,” said Island County Commissioner Jill Johnson, who serves on the IT board.

  • May 26th, 2015 10:33pm

‘Heroes’ honored for boosting community health

Approximately 125 people gathered recently to celebrate some of Whidbey Island’s most civic-minded citizens. The evening’s event recognized the 2015 Linda Lee Martins Memorial Community Health Heroes.

  • May 23rd, 2015 10:00am

Defibrillator installed at Fort Nugent Park

The first few minutes when a person is unresponsive are the most critical, according to Whidbey General Hospital paramedic Rob May.

  • May 22nd, 2015 10:58pm

IT cleared Monday in lawsuit

An Island County Superior Court judge has ruled that Island Transit leadership did not fire a former lead mechanic because of his race or age. Judge Vickie Churchill entered a summary judgement Monday in favor of Island Transit.

  • May 22nd, 2015 10:54pm

Man sentenced to 13 months for 2nd-degree assault

A mother’s mission to obtain justice on behalf of her son paid off Monday when a man pleaded guilty in connection with a June assault. Troy Hilkey, 32, admitted to second-degree assault in Island County Superior Court and was sentenced to 13 months in jail, payment of various fees and restitution to the victim to be determined at a later hearing.

  • May 22nd, 2015 12:16am

Forum tackles mental health issues on Whidbey

A forum in Freeland will tackle the complex issues surrounding mental health on the Whidbey Island.

  • May 15th, 2015 10:31pm

State orders Oak Harbor naturopaths to cease practice

Two natural health practitioners who were arrested in recent months by Oak Harbor police have been ordered to stop practicing by the state Department of Health.

  • May 15th, 2015 10:27pm

Senator leads effort to keep WIC on base

An assistance program facing eviction from Whidbey Island Naval Air Station has found an ally in U.S. Sen. Patty Murray.

  • May 15th, 2015 10:27pm

Bracing for delays at Deception Pass

The water under Deception Pass Bridge may run uninterrupted during construction next month, but vehicles on the bridge itself won’t be so lucky.

  • May 19th, 2015 10:23pm

State board rejects Island County’s temporary areas ordinance

A state hearings board rejected the critical areas ordinance the county adopted last February because it was temporary.

  • May 13th, 2015 12:00pm

Nurse back on the job at Whidbey General

A registered nurse was reinstated to her position after the state nurses’ association filed a complaint against Whidbey General Hospital.

  • May 15th, 2015 7:36pm

New CEO the face of Whidbey General Hospital

Whidbey General Hospital’s new CEO Geri Forbes demonstrated a new brand of leadership Saturday when she attended a community event at Fort Nugent Park.

  • May 15th, 2015 3:51pm

Oak Harbor reaches new high with store

Kaleafa, Oak Harbor’s first recreational marijuana retailer, is hoping to change the face of pot consumption.

  • May 15th, 2015 7:37pm

Whidbey Island base security heightened

The security at Whidbey Island Naval Air Station has been heighten to "Force Protection Bravo" as part of a nationwide response to "homegrown extremist threats," according Lt. Cmdr. Grant Neeley with the U.S. Northern Command.

  • May 12th, 2015 4:39pm

Whidbey family offers $50,000 in matching funds to hospital

In keeping with their father’s vision, the Waterman sisters are offering $50,000 in matching funds to Whidbey General Hospital Foundation.

  • May 12th, 2015 4:40pm

Whidbey sailor attempting new feat to battle Parkinson’s disease

Petty Officer Michael McCastle, who attempted to break a world record for pullups last year, will perform a new feat this month.

  • May 6th, 2015 12:00pm

Island County moving forward with tech upgrades

Since the economic downturn that started in 2008, Island County’s commissioners have bemoaned an inability to fund an upgraded website and other new technologies.

  • May 8th, 2015 4:08pm

Skagit Cycle to join businesses on Pioneer Way

Gary Santiago’s passion for cycling goes back to his childhood.

  • May 7th, 2015 7:26pm

Whidbey men experience Nepal devastation firsthand

A Whidbey vintner got more than he bargained for when he survived the recent earthquake in Nepal during a Mount Everest ascent.

  • May 8th, 2015 4:09pm

Nurses: Whidbey General Hospital is withholding information

Details of a complaint filed by the state nurses’ association last month include claims that Whidbey General Hospital withheld requested information several times in recent months.

  • May 12th, 2015 8:59pm

Island County may get boot from regional transportation panel

Sparks flew at the regional transportation meeting last week when Island County commissioners demanded that Skagit County mayors decide whether they want to continue in the two-county organization.

  • May 5th, 2015 4:19pm

Anatomy of an NAS Whidbey noise complaint

Noise emitting from a Navy base is inevitable. And the Navy says it takes careful note of each resident complaint and does what it can to mitigate the effect of its aircraft noise on its residents.

  • May 1st, 2015 4:42pm

Citizens of Ebey’s Reserve action seeks to halt OLF practices

A citizens’ group that filed a lawsuit in 2013 has filed an additional action to force the Navy to stop flying the EA-18G Growlers over Coupeville.

  • May 1st, 2015 4:40pm

Nurses Association files complaint against Whidbey General Hospital

The state nursing association has filed an “unfair labor practice” complaint against Whidbey General Hospital for disciplining or firing nurses without providing supporting documentation.

  • Apr 28th, 2015 4:32pm