Martha Rose is out as Island Transit chief

Oak Harbor Mayor Scott Dudley, at right, discusses ongoing financial problems at Island Transit as IT board member Jim Sundberg listens. Dudley was appointed to the board on a temporary basis and made it clear he wanted Rose out. - Photo by Jessie Stensland/Whidbey News-Times
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The embattled executive director of Island Transit quit Friday after a tense meeting with the board of directors and an hour-long executive session. It was unclear whether the board asked Martha Rose to turn in her keys during the closed-door session, or even whether she retired or resigned. The board members voted unanimously — with Island County Commissioner Helen Price Johnson participating via speakerphone — to accept Rose’s letter of resignation. Afterward, Rose said she was retiring, not resigning.

South Whidbey Record

Fido fun run returns to Langley

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The PAWZ 5K/run and walk returns to Langley later this month. For the second time, the event is a fundraiser for the 4-H Happy Hounds Dog Club and the Good Cheer Food Bank’s pet food program. More than 100 people, many of whom brought their mutts, came out for a fall strut through Langley last year.

South Whidbey Record

County to pay $30,000 in fairground repairs, annual event was held despite dangerous conditions

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The county will fork out nearly $30,000 to repair “potentially” dangerous electrical problems at the Island County Fairgrounds. Facilities Director Larry Van Horn asked the Board of Commissioners for the emergency funding at Wednesday’s work session because “violations of this magnitude” needed to be repaired right away.

Marysville Globe

'Touch-A-Truck' packs fleet of vehicles into Asbery Field

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MARYSVILLE — The city's 2009 Komatsu PC88 excavator is valued at $115,000, but that didn't stop 3-year-old Wyatt Worthington-Johnson from jerking its controls back and forth like he was playing a video game, even as his toes barely touched the floor. Kids of all ages got yet another chance to grab the steering wheels and honk the horns of the city's utility, police and fire vehicles at the annual Touch-A-Truck at Asbery Field Sept. 13.

Marysville Globe

Soroptimists get acquainted, gear up for auction

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MARYSVILLE — Fall has seen the Soroptimists kick into high gear, as they aim to raise funds to benefit women locally and internationally. The Marysville Chapter of Soroptimist International invites the public to attend its annual "Get Acquainted Social" from 7-8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 23, at Fire Station 66, 7217 40th St. NE.