Whidbey News-Times, May 24, 2014
May 24, 2014 edition of the Whidbey News-Times
News-Times Whidbey LIVING Creepy crawlers seem to be everywhere A12 SATURDAY, MAY 24, 2014 | Vol. 124, No. 42 | WWW.WHIDBEYNEWSTIMES.COM | 75¢ GOP turns in list of potential Emerson successors By JANIS REID Staff reporter Island County Republicans made their recommendations to replace former county commissioner Kelly Emerson. Emerson gave a one-week notice on May 5 and subsequently filed to run for Kitsap County auditor. With the sudden vacancy, state statute requires that the resigning commissioner’s party — in this case, the GOP —put forth three names for possible selection by the remaining two commissioners, Republican Jill Johnson and Democrat Helen Price Johnson. Richard Hannold, of North Whidbey, and Marc Hennemann and Aubrey SEE CANDIDATE LIST, A15 Hennemann files complaint with PDC against Jacks By JANIS REID Staff reporter Republican candidate for Island County commissioner Marc Hennemann filed a public disclosure complaint Wednesday against Democrat Karla Jacks. Hennemann filed the complaint with SEE COMPLAINT, A15 TICKETS GOING FAST! WNT Photo by Janis Reid/Whidbey News-Times North Whidbey resident Becky Moss stands at the edge of property on the private road leading to her home. She says the road and trees would be decimated if a cell tower is raised in the woods behind her. Several trees are already marked with orange dots. Neighbors making waves in opposition to AT&T cell tower By JANIS REID Staff reporter Nancyjo Dzubay refuses to allow a 110-foot cell tower to be built in her back yard. “It’s literally going to be out my back door on the property line,” Dzubay said. “I’m super, super pissed.” Contractor SmartLink held a community meeting May 15 on behalf of AT&T Mobility Corporation, which wants to build a cell tower on the back of a property off Sleeper Road and Bottineau Place. Residents in the area received letters on May 8 informing them of the proposal. Dzubay said she’s not only concerned that the cell tower will destroy the scenic nature of her property, but she also worries how the cell tower will affect the health of her family. “It’s going to radiate my children,” Dzubay said. “They are going to glow in the dark.” Dzubay, who lives under the flight path of aircraft based at Whidbey Island Naval Air Station, said the jets don’t bother her, but the constant humming from a cell tower will. Dzubay is not alone in her concerns. Nearby resident Becky Moss says she was told that construction of the cell tower would destroy Bottineau Place, the private road to her home, and probably disrupt her water and sewage service. “They said they’d fix it after,” Moss said. “This is my only driveway. I walk my son to the bus stop along that road.” Several of the trees in the forested location have already been marked with orange dots for razing, which would be a tragedy, Moss said, because the area is home to white spotted owls. “We moved to the country because of the peace,” Moss said. “This is a quiet neighborhood. This affects me. It’s going to be in my front yard.” The location of the proposed cell tower, which would be on property leased from the resident at 505 E. Sleeper Road, falls within the Accident Potential Zone, or APZ II, associated with the Navy’s flight patterns identiSEE CELL TOWER, A15 3-Time Grammy Winner/Country Singer-Songwriter Steve earle & the DukeS Friday & Saturday, June 20 & 21 at 8 pm • The Pacific Showroom 800-745-3000 • theskagit.com • On I-5 Exit 236 Owned by Upper Skagit Indian Tribe Casino opens at 9 am. Must be 21 or older with valid ID to attend shows.