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The Island County Sheriff's Office is asking the public for any information regarding a drive-by shooting on North Whidbey Tuesday. Undersheriff Kelly Mauck said nobody was injured and the shooter's intention remains unclear. "There is no known motive," he said, "and no suspect."
Community Events, April 2014
The secrecy behind the City of Oak Harbor’s decision to cut down the landmark Garry oak tree at the post office resulted in a grievance. The grievance was filed by a union representing Oak Harbor Public Works employees. Teamsters’ Local No. 231 filed a grievance with Public Works Director Cathy Rosen on April 2. Rosen responded last week with a denial of the grievance, but union officials said they are planning to appeal.
It’s always the big fish that spike the most interest. When Dave Whitmer and others with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife travel to different communities with truckloads of trout to unload, it’s often the jumbo-sized trout that draw the most curiosity.
Marijuana growers and processors will not have to be located on a county road to be eligible for a license. Island County commissioners responded to comments during Monday’s public hearing. A handful of residents said the county road requirement would prevent them from participating in the fledgling industry.
Running the Island County Fairgrounds costs too much, and the managing Whidbey Island Fair Association wants county funding as part of a restructured lease. In a letter sent to the county commissioners on April 9, fair association president Diane Divelbess wrote that her group could not “in good faith” renew the lease as it exists without any county support for the property. The two-year lease is set to expire in June. “The way we are now, we are managing but without sufficient funds to manage,” Divelbess said in a phone interview Thursday. “Up to now, the county has given us what [it] has been able to give us.”