Parks district gets its levy bump

  • Apr 22, 2014 at 9:04PM

Voters soundly approved the South Whidbey Parks & Recreation District's ballot request to continue its maintenance and operation levy on Tuesday night. Results came in showing 65.27 percent - 3,016 ballots - of South Whidbey voters said "yes" to the measure, which would will also increase the existing rate by 3 cents. Beginning in Jan. 1, 2015, the new rate will be 18 cents per $1,000 of assessed property value. It's expected to generate an estimated $118,000 of additional revenue for district's coffers.

Arlington Times

President Obama visits Oso community

  • Today at 1:24AM

OSO — President Barack Obama's visit to the area on Tuesday, April 22, culminated in a press conference in the Oso Fire Station that afternoon, after he'd had a chance to survey the damage done by the March 22 Oso mudslide, as well as to speak with the slide's first responders and the families of the slide's victims.

Arlington Times

ME’s office updates list of missing, dead

  • Apr 4, 2014 at 7:00PM updated Apr 23, 2013 at 1:09AM

As of Tuesday, April 22, the official death toll of the Oso mudslide included 41 victims in the Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s office, all of whom were identified:

Whidbey News-Times Opinion

The search for state parks funding | Petri Dish

  • Today 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.

Whidbey News-Times Opinion

Total compensation is key in minimum wage debate | Guest column

  • Today 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.