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NEWS BRIEFS Nov. 24, 2001, issue

What is my house worth?

Homeowners in Island County will find out how much the Island County Assessor thinks their houses and land are worth next week.

Assessor Tom Baenen said he will mail out the annual “reevaluation notices” on Wednesday, Nov. 28. The valuations are the basis on which property taxes are calculated.

Baenen said anyone with questions about their property’s new valuation may call his office at 679-7303, or visit his office in the Coupeville courthouse between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Appraisal staff will meet with property owners to answer questions on a first-come, first-serve basis. Meetings are limited to 20 minutes.

Anyone who remains dissatisfied with the valuation has the option of appealing to the Island County Board of Equalization. Appeals must be filed within 30 days of the Nov. 28 mailing date of the revaluation notice.

SVC board deals with complaints

The Skagit Valley College Board of Trustees will convene Nov. 27 for a closed executive session, after it received of a list of concerns from the teachers’ union.

On Nov. 13 the Skagit Valley College Federation of Teachers union presented the board with a written list of concerns. The union had taken a majority vote of no confidence in the college president, Lydia Ledesma-Reese, and asked to discuss the list of issues with the board. The list was not made public.

“We will review all the concerns expressed to us from the faculty and plan to report to the campus faculty and staff, as well as our larger community, on our findings within a few days of our special meeting,” Jess del Bosque, chairman of the board, said in a press release.

The Board will meet on Tuesday Nov. 27 at 5 p.m. in the Cascade Room of the Mount Vernon campus.

Military families night

Whidbey Island Naval Air Station Fleet and Family Support Center and department of Morale, Welfare and Recreation want military families to feel appreciated.

The two departments have scheduled Military Family Appreciation Night from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 29, in Parker Hall at Oak Harbor High School.

The free evening, open to all military families, will offer a range of family activities and free food. Face painters, balloon-twisting artists, a bowling game and a magician will provide fun and entertainment. Booths and displays from the Navy Exchange, MWR and FFSC will be open as well. Food will include hot dogs, chips, popcorn and soda.

The Navy’s philosophy for holding this type of program is to recognize the unselfish dedication of spouses and family members who support our nation’s armed forces, so the military can go about the business of defending our contry, said Susan Port of the naval air station’s FFSC.

Free HIV tests Dec. 5

In recognition of World AIDS Day, Planned Parenthood of Western Washington is offering free HIV testing at its Oak Harbor Clinic, 3159-A N. Goldie Road, on Wednesday, Dec. 5.

Chris Charbonneau, president of Planned Parenthood of Western Washington, said the incidence of HIV/AIDS is increasing in women and younger people.

For more information or to schedule a test, call 679-3404.

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