There are few things sadder for a gardener than a plant that falls short of its potential. Sometimes it’s because it was put in the wrong spot. Other times, it’s because of neglect. And sometimes it’s a double whammy of poor placement and just letting it run wild.
Editor, “Look deep into nature and then you will understand everything better,” said Albert Einstein, a bright fellow.
Last week Coupeville School Board held a special meeting to interview and appoint a candidate to fill a vacant board seat.
What is it about life on the Rock that makes all of us so contented most of the time? Can’t be the weather — too wet. Can’t be the booming economy — it isn’t. Can’t be the scintillating night life — um, let’s not go there.
For nearly 20 years, The Whidbey Examiner has been providing loyal readers with coverage they can count on. The industry has been transformed many times over the decades, incorporating websites and, later, social media.
When tragedy strikes, communities pull together to support one another. While the Oso landslide didn’t happen on Whidbey Island, it did affect some in the community.
Until I set foot upon the Rock, my interactions with the U.S. Postal Service were fitful and usually frustrating. Buying stamps or mailing a package was a detested ordeal of waiting in long lines of equally impatient, angry city dwellers with too much else to do.
As the new staff reporter for The Whidbey Examiner, I’m excited to explore and learn about this new community.
Each year the businesses and community in Coupeville come together to celebrate one thing the area is known for — mussels.
One of the things my mutt from the pound and I like to do together is go on long walks. Sometimes on weekends Buster Brown and I stroll at the bottom of the Snake River Canyon where dogs can be off-leash (as Mother Nature intended). There’s a 6-mile walk in the canyon we like to do: me limping along in a straight line, Buster ranging over a wider area of ground sniffing for wildlife. Closer to home, there is a 6-mile loop around town we enjoy.
Regarding the Feb. 13 The Whidbey Examiner article, “COER asks Whidbey land trust to suspend taking Navy funding,” please let me see if I’ve got this straight. The Navy contributes funds to the Whidbey Camano Land Trust which, in turn, uses the funds to protect the island’s natural resources.
An audit report released Tuesday by the state auditor’s office reveals Whidbey General Hospital overpaid its employees more than $180,000 in 2012. According to the report, auditors concluded that hospital officials didn’t have adequate control over the payroll process. This undoubtedly comes as a shock to voters who, in November, approved a $50 million bond for the hospital to expand and renovate its aging facilities.
An open house is scheduled to inform residents about road construction that will prompt the temporary closure of the intersection at Zylstra and Hastie Lake roads.
I think this time of year on the Rock gets a bad rap. People are prone to use a lot of words that start with “D” to describe it. Damp, dark, dank, dreary, dour, drizzly, depressing.
Next week voters are being asked to renew two existing levies in the Coupeville School District. One levy covers the district’s maintenance and operations, which brings in $2.24 million each year for four years. Those levy dollars help pay for vital needs in the district such as teacher salaries, para-educators, a school nurse, library services, transportation and instructional materials. The other levy is a technology levy brings in $300,000 each year and provides funds to keep technology up-to-date, an important investment in society today.
Thirty years ago I was a light smoker. What can I say? I liked the effect nicotine had on my brain. Once I was hooked, I even liked the smell of tobacco smoke. Then there was the ritual. I enjoyed lighting up with others, sharing a match, having a few minutes to talk together. But I also realized smoking was a dangerous habit. After several failed attempts to quit, I was able, for some reason, to go cold turkey and finally be done with tobacco. There were some difficult days and restless nights, but I made it and have been free of my nicotine dependence for a long time.
During a special meeting of Coupeville Town Council last week, Councilman Bob Clay expressed his frustration at the public’s perception of how the town is handling issues surrounding jet noise. The purpose of the special meeting was to approve a statement from the council for submission to the Navy’s environmental impact study of jet noise at Outlying Field.
When I was a kid, Jimmy Carter was in the White House. His wife, Rosalynn, was quite an active First Lady. She sat in on official meetings held by her husband and was said to be one of his closest advisors. Many First Ladies have used their position to promote a cause. One of the things that most interested Rosalynn Carter was mental health research and treatment. She has remained active in promoting those areas since leaving the White House. So it was fitting when Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius recently addressed the Rosalynn Carter Symposium on mental health policy in Atlanta. Sebelius announced new federal rules that will beef up the 2008 mental health equity law.
This is the time of year when we pray for peace and goodwill on earth, and resolve to do better in the future. We need some of that peace and goodwill to wash ashore on the rock right about now. It’s been a tough year for peace and goodwill on Whidbey Island. We rock dwellers, usually so blissful and content, have become stranded at the intersection of Jets = Jobs and Jets = Deafness, hung up by the nexus of Tourists = Dollars and Tourists = Crowding, tangled in the Gordian knot of taxed too much versus not enough services.
For the past year, Town of Coupeville officials have been exploring options in dealing with staffing issues within the marshal’s office. Mayor Nancy Conard said the issue began a little more than a year ago with a sudden turnover within the department. The town is looking at two options, to keep its department with changes to staffing, or to contract with the Island County Sheriff’s Office.