We have a new news media source here on the Island that will give some competition for our out of town syndicated papers. It is called Whidbey Daily News. We had 3 print and online newspapers that served Whidbey, all of them are owned by the same out of town conglomerate Black Press/Sound Publishing. We now have a new locally owned online newspaper that hopefully will give a little better and different coverage on some of the issues we have here on the Island and be more responsive to the our needs. In the future we may even see them produce a print edition for those that prefer a traditional newspaper. Advertising dollars spent with this new publication will stay here on the Island.

Whidbey Daily News is a local news source that was started by Janis Reid a former employee and reporter with the Whidbey News Times to provide news stories of public interest and support our local Whidbey Island businesses.

Janis Reid is joined by Kathy Reed, an award winning writer and former head of our local Oak Harbor Chamber, Kelly Pantoleon a local Oak Harbor High graduate and John B Greet a retired police Sergeant from Southern California who now lives on Whidbey Island.
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The Board of Island County Commissioners is looking for interested individuals to serve on the Ferry Advisory Committee for a 4 year term.

Read the complete press release here

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Results of the Presidential Preference Poll conducted by the Republicans of Island County between July 16 and July 20, 2015:

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Hi folks!

We watch the national polls fluctuate, dip, dive and rise again according to which pollsters and/or according to who the latest and greatest candidate for US President happens to be. I keep wondering, what do Island County and 2nd CD Republicans think? Who do YOU like?

Please humor us and participate in this – strictly informal, non-binding, unscientific, spur-of-the moment – poll. Tell us which of the following announced candidates strikes your fancy today? Or tomorrow? One vote per person, please! (Information will not be retained, either!)

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Results of this poll will be published on www.islandpolitics.org by July 20th. So you have until Sunday, the 19th of July, to let us know.

Please respond with your favorite candidate VIA e mail to:

RSVP2RIC@mail.com

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The new Island County fireworks ordinance was debated at the Commissioners workshop on Wednesday the 15 of July. It was a great discussion among the commissioners and it was heartening to hear the comments Commissioner Rick Hannold made. Apparently the public had made their voice heard to our Commissioner and he listened. This is a great lesson in public involvement where citizens spoke up and our leaders listened and the results were a good outcome for all.

The decision that the Commissioners made was to craft our code to allow our county fire marshall (The Sheriff) to ban personal fireworks in time of fire danger and during fire bans. This is a good compromise and I do not believe that anyone will complain about a ban on fireworks during extremely dry conditions. This is a safety issue and this is exactly the type of actions that we wish to see our Commissioners make. Safety should be one of the primary issues our Commissioners use to make their decisions, this is what they are there for and making reasonable actions over safety issues is something we all need. Read the rest of this entry »

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ROBSRobert “Rob” J. Born is a long-time resident of Whidbey Island and lives in Green-bank. An attorney by profession, he recently retired and is now dedicated to bringing badly needed reform policies to the administration of Whidbey General Hospital. He is running to be elected for Commissioner of District 2, a non-partisan 6-year term.

As most of us know, Whidbey General has been in crises almost continually for over seven years. The hospital has suffered a high rate of staff turnover, irresponsible planning and spending. With an annual budget of approximately $100 Million, Born maintains, “it is not being run in a professional and business-like manner.”

The general public as well as many of the media outlets in Island County have called for greater transparency from the hospital’s Board. Rob says, “Currently the Board operates as one like-minded unit and as a rubber stamp for the hospital administration. I don’t think there has been a dissenting vote at a Board meeting since 2008.” He adds that the Board needs “to act as a scrupulous overseer of hospital doings.”

While the Hospital’s by-laws provide for 5 elected Commissioners, only one of the incumbents has participated in a contested Board election—the reason being that when one Commissioner resigns before his or her term is expired, the remaining Commissioners appoint someone to fill the vacancy. No small wonder they think alike. Please join us for this very important discussion!

Visit Rob Borns blog here

Visit Rob Borns campaign website here

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Or…How to screw the taxpayer and get away scott free with the help of friends in high places.

Inaccurate recording and documentation of vacation times by her staff leads to no charges against Marth Rose.

From the decision:

“It appears that you were unable to locate any paper trail documenting how Ms. Rose verified her usage (or non-usage) of leave time. In all likelihood that is because such paper work simply does not exist, and never did. Likewise, your witness interviews did not reveal evidence that Ms. Rose violated the law by directing subordinates to make unlawful claims for compensation. The complete lack of information is, in my opinion, a result of very loose policies which, in turn, permitted high-level employees to take vacations without decreasing their vacation leave banks, and not violate IT policies by doing so.

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The Republicans of Island County (RIC) and the Island County Republican Party Invite you to join us and

SUPPORT THE TROOPS!

– Guest Speaker –

DONALD M. LEINGANG

Commander, US Navy (Retired)

Executive Director, USO Northwest

Serving Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Alaska

Enjoy Quality Time With Like-Minded People!

We are pleased to give you the opportunity to meet Cdr. Leingang and learn more about how the USO provides service and programs to all of our military, and their families, at home and around the world—Europe, Pacific and Southwest Asia.

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COER case Doc #54

COER case doc # 54-1

NOTICE: Set/Reset Oral Argument on Plaintiff’s Motion for Preliminary Injunction, docket no. 21, is set for 7/15/2015 at 10:00 AM in Courtroom 15206 before Judge Thomas S. Zilly.

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Really? At the last Island County Board of Commissioners workshop there was a discussion concerning the use of fireworks in Island County. It is more than a little surprising that one our supposedly conservative commissioners is whole heartedly supporting a complete ban on the personal use of fireworks.
Fireworks are the way Americans have celebrated the birth of our country for close to 200 years, now we are seeing a few disgruntled people lobbying our commissioners to place an outright ban on the personal use of fireworks. I would venture to say that if this issue were put to a vote of the people the people would reject a ban on fireworks outright. We have recently had one of the driest years on record and what damage was caused by fireworks? We had a few small fires with no major conflagrations and to my knowledge we never have here on the Islands. This is only an issue to a few people who have lobbied and complained to the commissioners so that they can have peace and quiet for a few days around the 4th of July and New Years. Maybe they should lobby the commissioners to stop thunder and lightening also as this is just as noisey as fireworks.

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This is the official newsletter of the Republicans of Island County, published bi-monthly.

The Republicans of Island County is not the official Republican Party in Island County, it is an organization that supports conservative values and education.

Read The Liberty Bell here

 

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On June 2nd 2015 the City Of Oak Harbor City Council placed an item on the agenda that was pushed by our homosexual Council member Tara Hizon.

It was a proclamation about LGBT rights and proclaims that Oak Harbor supports the LGBT community.

You can read the proclamation here.

The 6th Whereas of this proclamation was based on a lie and not one person who signed this proclamation even did the due diligence to check and see if this included Whereas was factual.

The 6th Whereas states as follows:

“Oak Harbor voted in favor of marriage equality when R-74 was placed on the ballot, and supports our local high school and college Gay/Straight alliance clubs when they march in our parades.”

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From: KING 5 June 10, 2015
By: Glenn Farley

WHIDBEY ISLAND, Wash. – Vice Admiral Mike Shoemaker, the commander of U.S. Naval Air Forces, says the future of NAS Whidbey Island is on solid ground.

“I think we’re on a pretty good footing with the value of this base and its existence for years to come,” said Shoemaker in a meeting with several news outlets, including KING 5 News.

There has been renewed anxiety about the future of the base with growing budget pressures in Washington, D.C. Oak Harbor and other Whidbey Island communities have been concerned that all or even parts of the base could be closed in a new round of base closures.

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http://www.king5.com/story/news/local/2015/06/10/nas-whidbey-future/71044074/

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RIC_LOGOSCaucus to Convention!

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A workshop for people like you who want to see intelligent change in local and national government!

“So …”, you ask, “What’s a ‘caucus’ about, why should I care and why should I go? Besides, no-body cares what I think. Nobody listens to ‘little guys’ like me. It’s all decided by the people with money!”

If those comments sounds like you or someone you know, YOU need to come to this workshop and bring the skeptical one along!

“Caucus to Convention” was created especially to help you understand how politics begins at the grassroots levels … in neighborhoods, over the backyard fence, sharing coffee. It starts with a conversation where you find common ground – where you agree and where you disagree.

“Caucus to Convention” begins with neighbors meeting together, either in someone’s home or at an agreed-upon community meeting place. Our workshop then follows the path from the neigh-borhood to the County Convention … to the State Convention and on to the grand finale … the Re-publican National Convention where the delegates from all over the US nominate the Party’s offi-cial candidate for President of the United States!

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Thanks again to Gail Z for the videos.

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