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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.
Community Events, March 2014
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 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.