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Low recycling rate is disgraceful | Letters
Feb 20 2013, 10:43 AM
Thank you for supporting recycling. My husband and I do not use trash pickup because we only generate about one or two bags of trash a month. We take everything else to be recycled and we compost and mulch. It’s easy.
I learned this in California prior to moving here. I was a county budget analyst and solid waste was one of my budget units. It was an enterprise fund; that means that user fees covered costs and not county property taxes.
Editor wrong about recycling | Letters
Feb 20 2013, 10:44 AM
Ms. Hansen you’re dead wrong. Just because Island Country doesn’t have a program is not a valid reason to start one.
Are we trying to keep up with the Jones’? If your staff ever did some actual investigating they could find out if Waste Connections is correct in their assessment of the program.
“They need some guarantee they are going to get their money back.” Since when am I as a taxpayer responsible for a private company being profitable? And really, not accepting glass? So it’s sort of a recycling program, but not quite?
Need to find new recycling options | Letters
Feb 20 2013, 10:46 AM
Megan Hansen, in her editorial of Feb. 16, stated that “Residents want cubside recycling.” What she should have said is that residents want voluntary curbside recycling, not mandatory curbside recycling, which is nothing more than a tax.
Why should island residents have to haul their own garbage to the transfer station just to avoid a tax?
When curbside recycling for the entire island came up five years ago, the county spent a few weeks conducting an unofficial poll. Of the respondents, 29 percent were OK with mandatory recycling, but 71 percent were opposed.
Thank you for supporting levy | Letters
Feb 20 2013, 10:51 AM
To the voters of Oak Harbor, we wish to extend a heartfelt thank you for your support of our school levy. By saying yes, you are allowing us to retain the current teaching staff supported by the previous levy and add additional classroom teachers and instructional assistants. We will be able to purchase classroom supplies, replace outdated textbooks, update computers, maintain athletics, music and tutoring, and increase maintenance and custodial staff. One of the most important benefits will be a major increase in support for special needs students and staff.
You, the voters, have given us a great opportunity to continue to provide the very best learning environment for all of the students of Oak Harbor. It is our promise to you that we will continue to use your money wisely for the greatest benefit of each and every student. Thank you for your incredible support.
Meeting must have been quite a sight | Letters
Feb 20 2013, 10:52 AM
I’m sorry I didn’t get to the Oak Harbor City Council meeting to see all that strutting and posing and big talk, all those gun owners trying to convince themselves they’re actually supporting a noble cause. It must have been quite a sight.
We’ll never know how many smart people will now want to keep their kids out of parks rather than expose them to certifiable fanatics.
Coupeville bluff erosion declared an emergency
Feb 20 2013, 10:58 AM
Erosion of the bluff on Northeast Front Street in Coupeville appears to have slowed over the past week, but the town council has decided to declare the situation an emergency.
The declaration was approved by unanimous vote at the council’s regular meeting Feb. 12 and was something of a housekeeping measure as it authorized Mayor Nancy Conard’s earlier steps to address the situation.
It also empowers Conard to sign other contracts concerning the issue as the need may arise without having to first get council approval.
FEMA money available but Island County sheriff’s boat undecided
Feb 20 2013, 11:00 AM
A $1 million grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency finally came through for the Port of South Whidbey, but a mystery remains about how it will all be spent.
There’s enough in the FEMA grant to purchase a fire boat for South Whidbey Fire/EMS, to be moored at the port’s remodeled
Langley Marina when that project is finished. But there’s also enough for an new boat for the Island County Sheriff’s Office, which was part of the original funding request.
Oak Harbor High School’s culinary arts program students hope to perform well enough at state to earn a spot in national competition
Feb 20 2013, 11:25 AM
A group of student chefs hope to continue a tasty trend — cooking meals delicious enough to garner national attention.
Culinary arts students at Oak Harbor High School competed in the national ProStart Invitational, which is organized by the National Restaurant Association, for six of the past seven years.
Student chefs are now fine-tuning their latest three-course in preparation for a fundraiser 5:30 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 24 in the Oak Harbor High School staff lounge.
Hawkins appointed as new Island County District Court judge
Feb 20 2013, 4:16 PM
Former Island County prosecutor and Coupeville resident Bill Hawkins is the next District Court judge.
Hawkins, 57, was unanimously chosen by the commissioners last week to fill the remainder of Judge Peter Strow's term. The 16-year veteran of the bench is retiring at the end of March.
Dump truck crash snarled traffic at Deception Pass
Feb 22 2013, 12:42 PM
A dump truck accident at Deception Pass Bridge caused traffic to back up for miles Thursday.
Trooper Mark Francis with the Washington State Patrol said a 58-year-old Everson man was driving a dump truck north on Highway 20 and had just crossed over the bridge when he lost control of the truck.