North Whidbey Park and Recreation District is in the process of settling two wrongful termination lawsuits. If the settlements are accepted, it could spell the end of a long-standing controversy that has mired the district in litigation and created a division among stakeholders. Thursday night, the district board of commissioners held a special meeting. Following an executive session, the members voted unanimously to approve letters to Neil Romney, former North Whidbey Aquatic Club swim coach, and Vicki Robinson, former administrative assistant.
Island County Sheriff The following items were selected from reports made to the Island County Sheriff’s Office: Friday, Feb. 21 At 7:16 p.m., a Goodell Road resident reported finding four used condoms in the woods near her property. At 7:56 p.m., a caller reported her mother is making accusations and “brain washing” her grandmother.
Island County road shop crews are keeping their eyes out for mud. The National Weather Service issued a “special weather statement” this week, warning about increased landslides in a wide swath of Western Washington that includes Whidbey Island. Sure enough, there was a mudslide in Central Whidbey Thursday — and more may come — but Public Works Director Bill Oakes said he isn’t too worried about something on the scale of the massive Ledgewood Beach landslide, which occurred a year ago this month.
For publicly reprimanding Treasurer Ana Maria Nunez Monday, Island County Commissioner Jill Johnson drew fire from her fellow commissioners. Commissioners scolded Johnson, saying she acted unprofessionally and made a “spectacular display” of the issue.
The fate of one of Whidbey Island’s long-standing festivals is up in the air. Whidbey Island Area Fair’s move to the end of July now conflicts with Greenbank Farm’s annual Loganberry Festival. The date change prompted Greenbank Farm and Port of Coupeville officials to cancel this year’s festival.
If he’s elected Island County commissioner, Camano Island resident Marc Hennemann said he would keep taxes down and make public safety a priority. Hennemann is the second Republican to announce his candidacy for Island County District No. 3 commissioner, a position currently held by Commissioner Kelly Emerson.
A 20-year quest to bring home Lolita, the last of seven orcas captured from Penn Cove decades ago, has resulted in a small but significant victory.
A burnt bag of popcorn caused a minor disruption during a public meeting on Navy testing and training in the Northwest.
Steve King expects to feel at home when he moves his family to Whidbey Island this summer. The Oak Harbor School District’s newly named assistant superintendent grew up in Friday Harbor on San Juan Island.
An Oak Harbor man with a history of mental illness and substance abuse problems is facing a felony charge for allegedly menacing his father with a blow torch last month, according to court records.
Oak Harbor resident George Churchill, a well-known and longtime businessman in the community, was seriously injured in a one-car accident Sunday afternoon.
The Island County hearing examiner will listen for two days to arguments regarding permits for a proposed tidal turbine pilot project in waters off Whidbey Island.
The irony isn’t intentional. Archaeologists are digging pits all over the parking lot behind the Whidbey Island Bank on Pioneer Way as city officials pray that they don’t find bones, fossils or anything that might waylay the project. At the same time, the city hopes to buy fake fossils and place them under sand in a wading pool located just feet away from the site so that kids can play archaeologist in a giant sandbox.
Imminent cuts to commissary discounts likely won’t change military families’ spending habits because other local grocers are already competitive, say some North Whidbey residents. Stephanie Decker, whose husband is in the Navy, said she already shops at other grocery stores for good deals.
Oak Harbor Mayor Scott Dudley’s former executive assistant settled a wrongful termination claim against the city this week for $182,500. Renee Recker is the third fired employee to win an employment-related claim against the city based on allegations against the mayor. All three of the former employees were represented by Oak Harbor attorney Chris Skinner.
George Bernard Churchill, 69, was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle following a one-car accident earlier today on Crosby Road in Oak Harbor.
The City of Oak Harbor received the green light to obtain a low-interest loan of state and federal dollars to help fund the new sewage treatment plant. Borrowing money for sewage treatment may not seem sexy, but Finance Director Doug Merriman said the low interest rate of 2.7 percent will save the city about $6.1 million in interest payments over the life of the financing period.
It’s rare to find Tina Carman without a smile. As a small-business owner in a world of coffee shops big and small all around her, Carman goes about her day offering not only a hot drink but a warm expression.
An Oak Harbor man is facing felony charges for allegedly beating children with some sort of cord and leaving welt marks on their bodies, according to court documents. Prosecutors charged Alonzo R. Boyles, 37, Feb. 7 in Island County Superior Court with two counts of assault of a child in the third degree. Oak Harbor police officer Manuel Silveira investigated the case after a counselor at the Coupeville Middle School reported on Feb. 5 that a 12-year-old girl had welts on her arm.
About 75 people crammed into the Coffman Building at the Island County Fairgrounds to hear and see the plans for restructuring the facility’s management and revamping its structures. Some of the most noticeable changes are a planned reduction from 27 buildings to 12 and paving of the RV park and campground south of the main fair area. Animal safety and comfort, failed bonds and adequate demand were among the main concerns aired during a public presentation Tuesday about significant changes proposed for the Island County fairgrounds.