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WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2013 | Vol. 114, No. 95 | www.whidbeynewstimes.com | 75¢

Council says no to cuts in pay, bennies By JESSIE STENSLAND Staff reporter

The show premieres Dec. 11 and 12. Viewers will get to know all of their backstories and how rodeo influences their lives. When the show premieres, West and her husband, Brian West, will be watching it with friends in Arizona. When they get back to Whidbey Island, they are going to have a large party with their

Members of the Oak Harbor City Council won’t be cutting their own benefits nor moving forward with a process to change elected officials’ salaries. After last week’s council meeting, Oak Harbor Mayor Scott Dudley said he wasn’t surprised his cost-cutting proposals got little traction from council members. They feel “entitled,” Dudley said. The mayor was alone in his assessment. The council and audience members argued that the current policies make good sense. Attorney Chris Skinner pointed out that professional boxers and Lady Gaga make millions of dollars a year. “We shouldn’t buy into the argument that people who are public servants somehow should be paid less or are valued less,” he said. The council unanimously supported Councilman Rick Almberg’s motion that allows elected city officials to continue receiving health insurance, but precludes eligibility for a new, high-deductible health care plan. Councilman Bob Severns was absent. “Quite frankly, I think this last election said the community has confidence in the council and what we are doing,” Almberg said. Staff members will bring back a resolution to the Dec. 3 meeting. Council members also elected to take no action on Dudley’s proposals to review the salaries of elected officials. Dudley proposed to either “repopulate” the salary

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Barbra West and her husband, Brian West, interact at their home in Oak Harbor with a horse named Fuego. Barbra will appear on A&E network’s new show, “Rodeo Girls,” premiering in December.

OH woman wrangles TV show By SARA HANSEN

O Staff Reporter

ak Harbor resident Barbra West is riding back into rodeo competition again. West is one of the stars on A&E’s real life series “Rodeo Girls,” which follows five female barrel racers and their horses in competitions.

Two island families forged on National Adoption Day By JANIS REID Staff reporter

The Knotts said they decided to adopt Madison, and two of their other children, as a family. “It’s something that was in my heart for a long time,” Knott said. “After a family discussion, we agreed fostering would be something we wanted to do.” That choice was bittersweet. See adoptions, A5

Photo by Janis Reid/Whidbey News-Times

Carole and David Stuart adopt granddaughter, Jasmin, 10, in Coupeville during National Adoption Day.

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Four-year-old Madison wanted to know when she’d be able to join Lisa Knott’s family. “She’s been asking me for a year if she’s going to be my little girl,” Knott said. “I’m just glad now I can tell her ‘yes.’” Knott, her husband Keith, and their five other children took Madison into their home as a foster child two and a half years ago. The process

of making her a permanent part of the family has been long, but it concluded Friday at an adoption ceremony in Coupeville. Friday’s adoption proceedings, which highlighted two Island County adoptions, were scheduled in connection with National Adoption Day, which aims to raise awareness of children in foster care waiting for permanent homes. The two families join 11 other Island County homes that adopted children during 2013.


Whidbey News-Times, November 27, 2013