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Island Seahawks fans savor a big win A11


Realtors rolling out new noise disclosure

Second candidate in race for Emerson seat By JANIS REID Staff reporter


home, was red-tagged by Island County after the landslide, meaning that it was unsafe to enter. The house was pushed toward the shoreline during the landslide and part of it teetered over

North Whidbey Republican Richard Hannold says he will run for Island County commissioner for the same reason he joined the Navy. “I feel like maybe I can make a difference,” Hannold said Friday. Hannold filed with the state’s Public Disclosure Commission to run against Democrat Karla Jacks for Island County District No. 3, the position currently held by Kelly Emerson. Emerson said in December that she will not seek reelection in 2014 citing the toll the commute has taken on her personal life. Jacks, a Camano Island resident, announced in August her intention to run. Hannold, a retired Navy chief, said he’s been “very fortunate” to have been stationed at Whidbey Island Naval Air Station for his entire 21-year career. “I love it here,” he said. Hannold said he joined the Navy relatively late in life — at 29 — because “he felt he had missed something important” in his life, namely serving his country. Now a self-employed contractor, Hannold worked on the EA-6B Prowlers during his Navy career and has a background training new recruits on maintenance procedures. He was also elected



Staff reporter

Coupeville resident Judy Gremmel was on a mission in recent months to raise awareness about what she calls the “pathetic” jet noise disclosure given to homebuyers over the past decade or longer. Gremmel was in constant contact with Whidbey Island Naval Air Station, Island County commissioners, state legislators and news outlets throughout the region claiming that residents were “trapped, not told.” In response to criticism by residents such as Gremmel as well as county leadership, Island County real estate brokers will now use an updated, expanded jet noise disclosure form starting this week. SEE FORM 22W, A23

10th Dist. state representative honored by law enforcement By JANIS REID Staff reporter

Rep. Dave Hayes, who represents Camano Island, has been named 2013 Legislator of the Year for the House Republican Caucus by the Washington Council of Police and Sheriffs, or WACOPS. An assistant ranking member of the House Public Safety Committee, Hayes is in his first term, serving. SEE HAYES HONORED, A5

Photo by Nathan Whalen/Whidbey News-Times

A firefighter from Central Whidbey Fire and Rescue douses a hotspot in the wreckage of a home that burned to the ground Sunday night in the Ledgewood area.

Home damaged in slide burns to ground Red-tagged house was frequently broken into

By NATHAN WHALEN Staff Reporter

Abandoned since last year’s massive Ledgewood landslide, a home on Driftwood Way burned to the ground Sunday. The home, a double-wide manufactured


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