Take a look at the rusty blue truck just behind the white pickup truck in the photo above. Click image twice to show more detail.
This photo was provided by the county after a public records request Re: junk vehicles was submitted to Island County earlier in 2017.
The same truck was towed onto the property next door to us and added to the collection of junk vehicles there earlier this year.

Same truck is towed in on Aug 29th, 2017:

All done:

We asked the county who took the photo at the top of this page and where it was taken. Was this photo taken as a result of any inspection or enforcement action? The county provided us with no answers.

The white pickup truck in the center of the photo at top of this page has also been placed on the property next door. It can be seen behind the blue van in the photo below. Click image twice to show more detail. Wiper blades can be seen in the same position in both photos.

Island County Cease and Desist Order: Case No. 025/14 dated 2/19/15 for storage of junk cars states:

III B.

All vehicles must be relocated to a “…pre-approved location within 30 days…”

At one time, Island County did not want people to move junk vehicles from one property to another where they would be in violation of county code.

Background info here: Island County – Junk Cars

More here:

Penn Cove – Storm Water Runoff Project

Junk Cars in Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve

Penn Cove Watershed

Sorry- No Time

 

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The Island County Dept. of Natural Resources has been working “…to improve marine water quality and habitat in the waters around Whidbey Island…”

The Island County Health Dept. includes people who are assigned to these programs:

Shorefriendly Program
Marine Resource Committee (MRC)​

Surface Water Quality Program

Salmon Recovery Program

Surface Water Quality Program
Water Resource Advisory Committee (WRAC)​

 

Public records requests show no indication that the County Health Dept. has verified that vehicles on this property have had all batteries and fluids properly removed and disposed of to protect the groundwater supply pursuant to applicable Island County Health Department regulations.

A public records request was submitted to request a copy of any written policies or procedures used for on-site inspection of junk cars. So far- this request has resulted in no written policies, procedures, checklists, etc. from Island County.

Background info here: Island County – Junk Cars

More here:

Junk Cars in Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve

Penn Cove Watershed

Sorry- No Time

 

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Photos-

Cold Case Files of the Penn Cove Watershed and Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve

 

Photo above is a view from inside the living area of our home. Another vehicle was added on Nov 8th, 2017.

Background:

We live next to a large collection of junk cars located within the boundaries of the Penn Cove Watershed and Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve.

The previous property owner was issued Island County Cease and Desist Order: Case No. 025/14 dated 2/19/15 for storage of junk cars. This Cease and Desist Order indicates several reasons why junk car storage can not be permitted in this residential neighborhood.

Applicable Island County Code 17.03.180 – Land use standards.

A new owner took over the property in early 2017.

Earlier this year, multiple junk cars were towed to this location.

Public records requests show no site visits or enforcement action by the County Planning Dept. in 2017.

Public records requests show no indication that the County Health Dept. has verified that vehicles have had all batteries and fluids properly removed and disposed of to protect the groundwater supply pursuant to applicable Island County Health Department regulations.

We are trying to understand why the previous property owner was issued a Cease and Desist Order, and there is no record of the Planning Dept. making any visit to this property in 2017.

We have gone through all proper channels- to include filing complaints and contacting County Commissioners. We have been patient about allowing time for things to change.

Any potential buyer of our property would surely question this Junk/Salvage Yard operation next door- which can not be permitted in a rural residential zone.

More here:

Junk Cars in Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve

Penn Cove Watershed

Sorry- No Time

 

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Why is the Rolling Hills community included in Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve?

Boundary map of Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve here.

What services do Rolling Hills residents receive in exchange for permit fees Re: Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve?

The Rolling Hills neighborhood is the part of Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve where property owners pay fees for permits Re: Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve – yet no standards appear to be in place.

Typical phrase found on building permit/application signs posted in the Rolling Hills community:

This is the portion of the reserve that will not show up on promotional websites, brochures, kiosks, school field trips, etc.

Handsome sign here is located across from 3 Sisters Market– facing traffic headed away from Rolling Hills. Why not move it north on Highway 20 so that motorists will have a more accurate idea of where the boundary lies? If residents in Rolling Hills must pay permit fees Re: Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve- seems like they should get credit by placing the sign at the edge of the boundary.

What is the meaning of this seemingly arbitrary National Historical Reserve boundary?

Seems like the bar is set pretty low.

Photo below is a view from inside the living area of our home. Another vehicle was added on Nov 8th, 2017.

If you are required to obtain special permits for construction in Rolling Hills- doesn’t this seem like a weak link?

More here:

Penn Cove Watershed

Sorry- No Time

 

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Twitter: Junk Cars – Island County

 

 

 

 

Click image twice to show worm detail.

The worms were found in a year’s worth of vegetarian kitchen scraps, garden & lawn trimmings, lawn mushrooms, discarded pears, kelp & seaweed, coffee grounds, etc.

Today was the day to layer all this with recently fallen leaves.

Will turn the pile a few times over the next couple months- then cover it when it gets too wet.

Update from last year here: Looking like a compost pile again-

 

 

Automotive tail light 1156 bulbs now stored behind locked security case same as high powered rifle ammo. Must find customer care rep for assistance in selecting product and paying prior to leaving that part of the store.

 

 

 

Photo- Local beach glass

Senator Cantwell,

Yesterday-

TRICARE West has changed contractors again.

Normally I would pay annual fees in Sept. This year- I was only able to pay for the last 3 months of the year while they transitioned to the new provider.

Billing statement recently arrived in the mail. Would love to mail in a check and have all this taken care of. Same way I prefer to pay many other bills.

TRICARE billing statement says- “Checks are not accepted…”

Called Pay by phone 1-844-866-9378 to pay with credit card.

Sorry- system is down & we cannot accept payments.

“There will be a grace period after the first of the year for payments.”

You mean the system might be down for weeks to come?

Yes.

Today-

Called TRICARE again to attempt annual payment using credit card.

After the representative took all credit card info I was told that I must agree to an additional $20.00 fee if phone lines are busy when they attempt to credit my account.

Senator- it is 2017.

We all do business on the phone and on the web.

When we make travel reservations or order on Amazon- we do not pay an extra $20 fee if the order is botched.

Seems like we’ve had enough undeclared/unwon wars now to get this right.

Thank you,

Potential Voter

Update- 2nd call on Friday:

First call today somehow got cut off when I questioned the $20.00 fee.

Talked to a different customer service rep who explained the $20.00 fee in a different way. She said a $20.00 fee would be charged in the case of insufficient funds- a term not normally associated with credit card transactions.

She was very courteous on the phone and explained that no credit card confirmation number could be provided today. The transaction will not actually be run for another 1 to 5 business days.

Still think it would save time for all to have the option of mailing in a check. My auto insurance company is good about this. I can mail a check anytime or drop by their office to pay. They will stop whatever they are doing to process my payment/answer questions, etc. No complaints. Life in 2017- almost 2018.

USMC Okinawa 1980

 

 

In the shade

Langley, WA

Don’t miss Village Pizzeria– just up the hill.

High above the water. Great views, great service, great food. Full bar.

We’ll be back.

Photo- Watching the Waves at Fort Ebey

 

Three articles featuring a total of zero comments at the time of this posting.

Big story on a big project: First county mental health center in works

Dec 3rd update: Some comments now on the article above. Many people seem to be comfortable with commenting on the newspaper’s facebook feed. The important story above has not appeared there.

 

Group hosts meeting on water contamination

 

Shop with a Cop: Island County Sheriff’s Office seeks donations for first year of participating in national program

 

Whidbey Island’s source for local news, sports, business and community information online and in print stopped using their Twitter feed on 19 Jan 2016.

 

 

Fort Ebey

Fort Ebey

Fort Ebey

No time to change out of camo prior to this tearful homecoming staged as a booze promotion. Local TV station released the moment as a news video: KUAM News video

More here:

Tearful Troops Homecoming Publicity Stunts

Veterans and Participation in Publicity Stunts

 

Find us on facebook:

Underbelly of Oak Harbor

Veterans Against the Glorification of Military Service

The Pompous Veteran

High levels of reverence for the flag?

Meanwhile, Heroin-Trafficking Cartels Move Product into Washington State

Groupthink Alternative

US Department of Credibility

Oak Bay Starfish

Newspeople will not question the US Border Patrol at Port Angeles?

Our free and independent press has stopped asking questions.

and Sound of Freedom

Twitter: https://twitter.com/yeomalt

 

Point Partridge Bell Buoy from Fort Ebey

Fort Ebey

Happy plants on wooded trails.

Lots of woodsy trails at Fort Ebey

Zero reporting on where these Troops had been or why. What was their mission designed to accomplish?

No word on why they were unable to change out of camo before arriving at school.

The Asbury Park Press video: “Watching this incredible surprise unfold has us crying tears of joy.”

ABC News video: “Emotional reunion when an Air Force Staff Sergeant surprises his daughter at her elementary school for Thanksgiving.”

KUAM News video turns out to be an ad for booze.

This may be some sort of post-Vietnam guilt at work. The guilt doesn’t seem to work towards ending decades (The Department of Defense track record goes back to 1949) of undeclared/unwon wars that never end.

Possibly related:

Zero reporting on why they were selected for the $10,000 worth of free groceries shopping spree: “They were awarded the prize by an organization that helps military families during tough financial times.”

Veterans and Participation in Publicity Stunts

National Guard in Distant Lands

 

Find us on facebook:

Underbelly of Oak Harbor

Veterans Against the Glorification of Military Service

The Pompous Veteran

High levels of reverence for the flag?

Meanwhile, Heroin-Trafficking Cartels Move Product into Washington State

Groupthink Alternative

US Department of Credibility

Oak Bay Starfish

Newspeople will not question the US Border Patrol at Port Angeles?

Our free and independent press has stopped asking questions.

and Sound of Freedom

Twitter: https://twitter.com/yeomalt

 

Found and left in place.

Local group: Whidbey Island Rocks – WIR

Looking towards the Olympics from Fort Ebey

Found and left in place.

No markings on the back of this one.

Local group: Whidbey Island Rocks – WIR

Family tradition – Turkey on the Weber

The National Guard was never meant to be an enforcer of US foreign policy, or used for nation building schemes or occupational duties in foreign lands.

Checks and Balances-

The US form of government is meant to include checks and balances.

Whatever happened to the formal congressional declaration of war?

This would be the time to hear from elected leaders on all the issues that have doomed the Department of Defense track record since DOD was established in 1949.

This would be a time to remind people that the National Guard is meant to serve the people of their home state or other states and territories in the case of fires, floods, storm relief, etc. This would be the time to discuss ending multiple National Guard deployments to distant lands- absent any military emergency, draft, or declaration of war.

 

General Frank J. Grass Chief, National Guard Bureau:

“I visited with Guardsmen forward deployed in Afghanistan, Djibouti, Iraq, Kosovo, Kuwait, Qatar, and the Sinai…”

 

The people of Louisiana need services at Al Asad Airbase and Taji Military Complex:

Louisiana National Guard citizen-Soldiers to deploy overseas

 

The people of North Carolina need services at a location that can not be revealed:

Staff Sgt. Thomas Herman can’t reveal where they’re going or say much about the mission except it relates to guard duty.”

 

The people of Mississippi need services in Kuwait:

Mississippi National Guard unit being deployed in 2018

 

The people of North Dakota needed services for ten months in Afghanistan:

National Guard members return home after 10-month deployment

 

The people of Oklahoma need services in Afghanistan:

Nearly 500 Oklahoma National Guard members prepare to deploy for Afghanistan

 

The people of Tennessee need services in Afghanistan:

36 soldiers from Tennessee National Guard heading to Afghanistan

 

Find us on facebook:

Underbelly of Oak Harbor

Veterans Against the Glorification of Military Service

The Pompous Veteran

High levels of reverence for the flag?

Meanwhile, Heroin-Trafficking Cartels Move Product into Washington State

Groupthink Alternative

US Department of Credibility

Oak Bay Starfish

Newspeople will not question the US Border Patrol at Port Angeles?

Our free and independent press has stopped asking questions.

and Sound of Freedom

Twitter: https://twitter.com/yeomalt

 

Millions of Californians will soon have to visit the DMV. Here’s why

Sacramento Bee,

Please schedule an interview with the US Dept. of Homeland Security & ask:

Are passports/enhanced/Real IDs effective in keeping heroin out of local communities?

Standard driver’s licenses have not been accepted at border crossings and ports of entry since 2009.

 

Find us on facebook:

Underbelly of Oak Harbor

Veterans Against the Glorification of Military Service

The Pompous Veteran

High levels of reverence for the flag?

Meanwhile, Heroin-Trafficking Cartels Move Product into Washington State

Groupthink Alternative

US Department of Credibility

Oak Bay Starfish

Newspeople will not question the US Border Patrol at Port Angeles?

Our free and independent press has stopped asking questions.

and Sound of Freedom

Twitter: https://twitter.com/yeomalt

 

 

 

Photo- A symbol of the free press & federal government credibility