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News-Times Whidbey LIVING Equestrian program teachIing life lessons A10 SATURDAY, JUNE 28, 2014 | Vol. 124, No. 51 | WWW.WHIDBEYNEWSTIMES.COM | 75¢ Waste Management closing call center 126 jobs moving from Oak Harbor to Arizona By JANIS REID Staff reporter More than 120 employees will lose their jobs when the Waste Management call center closes its doors in September. “I’m so sorry for Oak Harbor,” said Jamie Wilson, who worked for Waste Management for three years before taking Oh deer! another job two months ago. “When I first started, that was the job to have.” While the closure came as a shock to employees, the company has done “belt-tightening” in recent years, which may have foreshadowed things to come. CALL CENTER staff was informed during a meeting Wednesday morning that their jobs will be absorbed by the company’s Phoenix, Ariz., office. Some of the customer service functions will also be farmed out to West Corporation, a long-time partner of Waste Management. Current employees were asked not to speak the media, according to a Waste Management representative. “WE WERE all so surprised,” said Wilson. “Nobody saw this coming.” Still, Wilson said there were signs that the company was Commissioner appointee wants to fix ‘disconnect’ By JANIS REID Staff reporter Survey may steer how state handles deer population By JESSIE STENSLAND Staff reporter W hile walking home from the Coupeville Post Office earlier this month, Theresa Carr was attacked by a deer. The “teenage” doe started following closely behind her and her dog near the library and she shooed the animal away, Carr said. She thought the deer was gone, but it suddenly pounced at her from a hedge, leaping over her and nearly clipping her head with its hooves. “It was like a mountain lion jumping out of the bushes,” she recalled The rampaging deer then turned toward her in a menacing manner. That prompted a passing motorist by to stop and offer Carr, and her dog, a safe place inside her car. They got a ride home in safety. WHILE CARR’S frightening encounter with a deer may be atypical, interactions between the human and deer populations on Whidbey Island are becomSEE DEER QUESTIONAIRE, A20 SEE CLOSING, A20 Photo by Jessie Stensland/Whidbey News-Times Deer in the spotlight: A questionnaire sent out this week by graduate student Rob Wingard aims to determine what Whidbey residents think of the heavy population of deer on the island. Results may help the state in deciding how to deal with the growing deer population. As interim Island County commissioner, Aubrey Vaughan said Thursday he wants to rebuild the connection between Camano and Whidbey islands and help the county through this year’s budget process. “One of the reasons I’m running is I feel there’s been a disconnect,” Vaughan said. “I promise VAUGHAN to restore that.” As the board begins its annual budget cycle, Vaughan said putting together a budget, which is usually adopted in the fall, is going to be one of his primary duties. “This budget cycle is going to very important,” he said. After interviewing three candidates at a special session Tuesday, Commissioners Jill Johnson and Helen Price Johnson deliberated for approximately 15 minutes in closed session before voting to appoint Vaughan as interim Island County commissioner for District 3. Vaughan, who lives on Camano Island, was a member of the Island County Law and Justice Council, a seat he will relinquish during his commissioner service. The District 3 seat was vacated in May SEE APPOINTED, A4 Assisted Living and Memory Care Community 1040 SW Kimball Drive | Oak Harbor, WA. 98277 (360) 279-0933

Whidbey News-Times, June 28, 2014

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