Week Before / After Christmas: Not a Growler Will be Stirring

Graphic NOT copyright U.S. Navy. A purely Orcas Issues greeting.

December 21, 2014 through January 1, 2015 – from Mike Welding, Public Affairs Officer — Field Carrier Landing Practice (FCLP) operations for aircraft stationed at NAS Whidbey Island are not scheduled to occur at the Outlying Field (OLF) in Coupeville, Wash., from Dec. 21, 2014 through Jan. 1, 2015. Schedule … Continue reading

Guest Opinion: Small Change Provides Improvement to Navy Capabilities

– from Captain Michael Nortier, Commanding Officer, NAS Whidbey – Many people may be unaware that our service members – our sons, daughters, friends, and neighbors – are training in the skies above the Olympic Mountains to take the fight to the enemy on our behalf. The Navy recently proposed … Continue reading

Guest Opinion: County Workers Reject Increased Expenses, Reduced Coverage, Low COLAs

– from Colin Maycock, President Local 1849 – Faced with further erosion of heath care benefits and low cost-of-living wage adjustments compared to senior management, county workers of Local 1849 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFL-CIO) rejected the County’s recent contract proposal. A key disagreement … Continue reading

Ebey’s Reserve Citizens File Suit Against Realtors for Growler Noise

– from Citizens of Ebey’s Reserve – This is to inform you that a class action law suit has been filed against realtors to recover lost property value for home owners under EA-18 Growler flight paths surrounding the Naval Air Station, Whidbey Island. A class action law suit has been filed … Continue reading

New Laws Eliminate Seven-year Plate Replacement, Add a Fee to Fund Ferries

– from Milene Henley, County Auditor – Two laws enacted in 2014 will soon affect vehicle license renewals. Beginning January 1, 2015, ESHB 1129 will make vehicle transactions subject to a $5 licensing service fee on vehicle registration renewals and a $12 service fee on title transfers.The new service fees … Continue reading

Deer Harbor Plan Review Committee to Meet

Wednesday, Dec. 10 from 1:30– 3:30 p.m. at the Deer Harbor Community Center Deer Harbor Plan Review Committee will discuss the status of the Deer Harbor Fire Station, Chair Wes Heinmiller will recognize public attendees. Members of the public are invited to participate in committee discussions. The Chair will recognize … Continue reading

Guest Opinion: Navy Jets Will Bring More Noise, Electromagnetic Radiation

– from John Titus – The Naval Air Base at Whidbey Island is proposing to add another 36 Growler jets to the existing 82 jets currently based there. This is part of a sweeping new plan by the Navy to increase the electronic warfare training taking place in northwest Washington. … Continue reading

Community Q&A for the Exchange’s Future in Recycling

The old. organically-grown, non-regulated Exchange.

Sunday, Dec. 7 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Eastsound Fire Hall (Pictured: the “old” Exchange) Orcas Recycling Services (ORS)  non-profit will hold a meeting to address the many questions regarding plans for rebuilding the Exchange. ORS Director Pete Moe says, “We’ve had a pretty significant response on our … Continue reading