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The search for state parks funding | Petri Dish

  • Apr 23, 2014 at 1:00AM

A task force appointed by Gov. Jay Inslee began work today on finding a better way to fund the state parks system and promote Washington’s multi-billion dollar outdoor recreation industry. Inslee also wants the panel to come up with ideas for getting children to spend more time recreating in the outdoors, which he hopes will help stem the spread of obesity among the state’s youngest residents.

 

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Glendale purchase an opportunity too good to pass up | Guest editorial

  • Apr 23, 2014 at 3:00AM

A single person has the power to change the future for us all. About a week ago, that person was Island County Commissioner Jill Johnson. The Oak Harbor Republican reconsidered her earlier position and, in a surprise move, agreed to approve a partnership between the county and the Whidbey Camano Land Trust to purchase beachfront property in Glendale.

Total compensation is key in minimum wage debate | Guest column

  • Apr 23, 2014 at 1:00AM

One of the problems with the minimum wage debate is the name itself. If we want to ensure that we don’t hurt lower-income workers, we should consider total compensation, not just wages. Case in point: Bill H. earns $15 an hour as a parking lot attendant. Lisa W. earns $12.25 an hour at a fast food restaurant.

Schools are where communities unite | Soundoff

  • Apr 19, 2014 at 1:00AM

At least once a year in an Oak Harbor classroom, students witness one of the most profound acts of selflessness a person can make — the reenlistment of a Navy parent. This illustrates perfectly the vital connection between Oak Harbor schools and our Navy community. April is the Month of the Military Child around our nation. However, here in Oak Harbor, we focus on the needs of our military students every day. In fact, over half of our students are dependents of active-duty parents, and Oak Harbor Schools have been working with the unique needs of Navy families for more than 70 years.

Whidbey Island Marathon draws more than 3,000 runners | Slideshow

  • Apr 16, 2014 at 1:00AM updated at 4:25PM
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Evidently. the running gods are not superstitious. The 13th running of the Whidbey Island Marathon on the 13th of April attracted more than 3,000 registrations, nearly double the number from 2013. This year’s event featured a marathon, half marathon, 10K, 5K and children’s 1K.

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