Island County’s current draft of the GMA plan required by State includes for fish and wildlife protection in Island County what Commissioners Johnson and Johnson DO agree upon is a plan to designate as a Salmon Stream”.

During the winter months when it rains, this “stream” runs into Bos / Swan Lake, despite the actual scientific fact that there has never been salmon in that stream, there isn’t any salmon now, and there never will be.

So, why do this? Simple: so they can use this bogus / phony designation as a weapon against the City of Oak Harbor to prevent the city from ever expanding its Urban Growth Area, or UGA, westward on Whidbey Island.\
This, as Yogi Berra: would say,”…is like déjà vu all over again.”

I can’t believe the Commissioners are dumb enough to once again TRY TO CON Tax payers into accepting past Commissioner Homola’s November 2012 plan that would make this designation and would also convert Bos / Swan Lake into an Estuary with a permanent open channel to Puget Sound. Homola’s plan with all it’s bogus claims that Swan Lake it was an estuary 100 years ago was soundly rejected

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The Spokane Spokesman-Review reported yesterday that the overwhelming majority of financial support for Initiative 594, the 18-page gun control measure pushed by the Seattle-based Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility (WAGR), comes from just ten zip codes in and around — surprise! — the Seattle area.

Seattle Gun Rights Examiner by Dave Workman August 24 2014

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Recently we have seen our city council meet in private while at an out of town convention that was paid for by the city. We have heard reports from many citizens that private meetings on boats in the marina or at local homes in our area are a common occurrence with many on this council. Why should this be troubling to the residents of Oak Harbor? While these meetings may not be a direct violation of the Open Public Meetings Act (or not a provable violation because they are private meetings)  it does show that this council considers themselves members of a cozy elite group that has no problem wining and dining among themselves, their own little country club so to speak.

We elect members to the city council not because they belong to some elite group of people, we vote them into office to represent the citizens of this community and we elect them as individuals. I am not sure how representative of the people this council can be if they are a member of some cozy elite group that often meets together in private, they should be meeting with the residents of this community and taking input from them not each other.

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Ann Adams recently wrote a Letter to the Editor in one of Whidbey’s fish wrappers complaining that realtors were not using the proper “noise disclosure” statement. According to Ann and COER members, Form 22w is not descriptive enough for the average citizen. Form 22W states: “The Property is located within an Airport Noise Zone 2 or 3 impacted area. Persons on the premises may be exposed to a significant noise levels as a result of airport operations.”

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Western Washington Republican Round-Up

From the Republicans of Island County (RIC)
Enjoy a very special evening with like-minded friends while you indulge in our tasty CHUCKWAGON BUFFET & SILENT AUCTION!
Special Guest Speaker DON JANS! Author “My Grandchildren’s America”


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Edited 8-22 see below*
Wanda Grone is leading Christa Canel by 11 votes for one of the top 2 spots in the primary race for Island County Treasurer. The small difference in votes between the 2 candidates will trigger an automatic manual recount to determine who will move on to the general election, the final certified recount results are due the 27th of August. Both Ms. Grone and Ms. Canel are running as Republicans. If the results hold after the recount, Ms. Grone will face incumbent Anna Marie Nunez in the general election.

This is a close as it gets. 11 votes separate the 2 candidates. If there was ever a reason to register to vote and vote this is it. Your vote can make a difference in close elections such as this one.

This should be an interesting general election…Wanda Grone was* Chief Deputy Treasurer for Island County and currently works under Treasurer Anna Marie Nunez. Both candidates work in the same office…

For information on Wanda Grone:

To view the election results from the county Auditor click the link below:

* Wanda Grone was Chief Deputy Treasurer for Island County until she filed for office and was fired by Anna Marie Nunez.

Updated 8-20-2014 See update at bottom
The city council recently attended a Municipal Finance Conference held at Leavenworth Washington where a quorum of the city council attended the meeting. The meeting, hotel, food and travel was paid for by the taxpayers of our city. The history, practice and policy of Oak Harbor is to prepare and publish a special meeting notice whenever a quorum of city council members is present whether or not any city business is discussed or action taken. The city clerk prepared a special meeting notice for the Municipal Finance Conference and published it in accordance with Oak Harbor policy on the city website.

Here is the Special Meeting Notice.

A special meeting notice needs to include the date and location where the quorum will be present to be a valid notification

According to reports another quorum of the council occurred outside the location listed on the Municipal Finance Conference notification on the evening of the 14th of August and at a different location than the conference. This quorum was present at a home owned by Rick Almberg and included the following quorum of the city council and administrative staff; Councilman Rick Almberg, Councilman Bob Severns, Councilman Beth Munns, Councilman Joel Servatius, Councilman Danny Paggao, Councilman Jim Campbell, City Administrator Larry Cort, finance director Doug Merriman and City Attorney Nikki Esparza. Tara Hizon did not attend the conference for some reason and was not present at either quorum.

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The final results are in!

Rick Hannold wins one of the top 2 spots in the District 3 Commissioners Race. Below are the final results for those running as Republicans. He will be on the ballot in the general election in November!

Rick Hannold  946 votes 15.25%

Aubrey Vaughan  896 votes 14.44%

Marc Hennemann  877 votes 14.14%

Kelly Bagley  456 votes 7.35%

For the rest of the election results see the Island Count Auditors Elections page:

The video clip below is from the movie “A Stranger in Town” made in 1943 with an all star cast. It is reminiscent of time when movies had true values and expressed beliefs that we seem to be missing these days. The movie is an hour and 6 minutes long. If you don’t have time to view the whole movie make sure you watch the ending starting at approximately 1:00, the speech at the end starting at 1:04 is memorable and takes us back to the days when movies were made that made us proud to be Americans.
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At the last city council meeting and in our local newspaper we saw several of our council members making claims that the Mayor was not following proper Parliamentary Procedures in many of his actions. Tara Hizon stated that she was “horrified” and “It was the most unprofessional thing I have ever seen,” in our local paper.  A great disruption was made at the meeting by at least 2 of the Council with several out of order interruptions during the meeting that appeared to show very poor respect for any rules. As it turns out the council’s basis was wrong in every one of their disruptive claims and if Tara Hizon was truly “Horrified” she was horrified for all the wrong reasons.

I broke open my copy of the Sturgis Rules also known as The Standard Code of Parliamentary Procedure which is the parliamentary procedures used by our council and searched it for information about the claims made at the most recent meeting.  I referenced the council special rules which is the separate set of rules that the council uses. I also contacted a friend who was a debate leader in college for the explanation of why comments are not mentioned or covered under Sturgis or Robert’s rules Let’s go over the claims that were made.

Claim #1- Councilman Tara Hizon stated, during a debate on a motion “I believe this motion was already made and passed so I don’t think we can make the same motion again” she also made the claim that once an item was brought to the floor and passed or rejected it could not be brought to the floor again at a different meeting.

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Gallup released a poll today that shows that the most important problem Americans are facing today is the government.

View the Gallup Poll here

The question posed to the survey recipients was as follows:

What do you think is the most important problem facing this country today?

The results showed that dissatisfaction with Government/Congress/Politicians; Poor leadership/Corruption/Abuse of power lead the poll results as the most important problem.

We have our own problems with dissatisfaction of the Government right here in Oak Harbor. It is time that the citizens wake up and take back their city that has been overtaken by those that do not have the best interest of the citizens in mind. We have an out of control city council that micromanages every aspect of our city government if they possibly have a chance. We have seen decisions made that have consistently resulted in poor outcomes for the citizens and businesses and that have benefitted those special few people that pull the strings behind the city councils decision. Why do we allow only those special few prosper when the citizens are footing the bill?

Wake up citizens of Oak Harbor before it is too late.

From our comments section:
There is something that is worth mentioning here… Joel Servatius refused to comment or give any substantial reasoning why he rejected Cliff Howard’s nomination for the planning commission. Jim Campbell simply asked “why?” and Joel refused to answer. “No Comment,” yet he demanded the Mayor give a reason why he fired Tamara Snipes as the marathon coordinator. Joel Servatius raised a motion to give the Mayor more time to speak, insisting he give an answer.


Any person with the ability to think and reason can see a number of reasons why the Elks club is better suited to run the Marathon than one person. The Mayor’s answer was perfect. He simply wants to make it better, and more economical for the city. The “if its not broke, don’t fix it attitude,” as Paggao suggested shows City Council’s lack of inititiative and inability to make this city a better place. This is the Mayor’s job, and why the people of Oak Harbor elected him, but Joel Servatius has to find any reason to disagree with him… Right Joel? At least he answered a simple question posed to him, something you refused to do.


Beth Munns, Tara Hizon and Joel Servatius’s comments on what took place in that meeting adds to the unprofessional behavior that is Oak Harbor City Council. Tara Hizon comments on the Mayor acting “unprofessional” are comical and one-sided. I watched that meeting start to finish. If Beth Munns had ANY respect for the office of the Mayor she would have let him speak and handled it afterwards. Instead she chose to interrupt him over and over again, THAT is extremely unprofessional. Mrs. Munns as a COW (commanding officer’s wife) should know enough to respect the position, whether or not she agrees with the man.

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I thought all in Island County would be very interested in this story in the Seattle Times today by Seattle Times staff reporter Zarah Fatah about three young Women from Freeland

They are on their way to compete in the Black Sea International ROV Competition and Exhibition in Romania — the largest underwater robotics competition in Europe. Teams will compete to see whose robot can rescue an underwater mannequin diver and defuse an underwater mine. The top three will be taken out to a real shipwreck, where their robots must retrieve hidden treasure.

The three young girls are Haley McConnaughey, 14, older sister Hannah, 17,and Annika Hustard age 13. who competed in her first robotics competition in May. The more I read about these young girls the more I realized how amazing  they are in their life styles, i.e.

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AUGUST 4, 2014

The Island County Board of Commissioners is seeking applicants to fill two positions on the Conservation Futures Citizens Advisory Board (CAB).

The Board of County Commissioners appoints CAB members for 3 year terms, which may be renewed by mutual agreement, with no member serving more than two consecutive full terms unless deemed advantageous to do so by majority of CAB members and the Board of County Commissioners. Members must be county residents for at least one year prior to appointment and shall include one member from each incorporated area of Island County; one member from each of the unincorporated areas of Whidbey Island coincident with the school districts, i.e., South Whidbey, Coupeville and Oak Harbor; two members from Camano Island.

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A month or so ago I received a phone call from Mayor Dudley where he asked me if I would be willing to serve on the Oak Harbor Planning Commission, a volunteer position…

 As the Mayor knows a bit about my background and that I have been a local resident for most of my life he felt that I would make a good person to place on this board. I was reluctant at first knowing that I have been a vocal opponent of the council but he assured me that the position is chosen by the Mayor, confirmed by the Council and that political affiliations are to be disregarded in the selection and confirmation of members to this board. Being a civic minded individual I could not refuse when asked to serve.

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