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Rachel K. Roberts
U.S Department of Justice
7600 Sand Point Way NE
Seattle, WA 98115
FAX: (206) 526-6665

Brian C. Kipnis
Assistance U.S. Attorney
U.S Attorney’s Office
700 Stewart Street, Suite 5220
Seattle, WA 98101-1271
FAX: (206) 553-4067

DEADLINE is 28 May 2015


Case 2:13-cv-01232-TSZ Page 1 of 2



U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY; ADMIRAL BILL GORTNEY, in his official capacity as the Commander, Fleet Forces; and COMMANDER MIKE NORTIER, in his official capacity as Commander Naval Air Station Whidbey Island,
Federal Defendants

NO. 2:13-cv-01232-TSZ


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Reminder! RSVP by Saturday, May 16th!  We need an exact lunch count.  Thank you! See you there!

Please join South Whidbey Republican Women

* Tuesday, May 19th *

11:30 a.m. Useless Bay Golf and Country Club

A  conversation  with  your elected Island County Officials


Assessor Mary Engle

Auditor Sheila Crider

Treasurer Wanda Grone

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About Erika:

Erika believes it’s time for change on our Hospital Board.  With the hospital’s new CEO’s recent hiring,  Erika is hopeful that Ms Forbes will bring new ideas and needed improvements to our hospital, and is very excited to join her as a board member to help make some of these much needed changes.  It’s time for the status quo, to go.  The failed policies at Whidbey General are responsible for the loss of confidence of the community which results in so many leaving the island for their healthcare.   It is further evidenced by the high turnover rate of employees, from the administrative staff to medical team.  A close look at these issues as well as the fiscal failure of the hospital are in immediate need, by a new Board with new ideas that work.  Our community needs and deserves a world class medical facility of their own on our island with state of the art technology and top notch staff.  The policies of the hospital must focus on the needs of the patients in the community, including showing compassion, from the long waits in the ER to the billing and collection practices.  Erika has the passion required and will work relentlessly to cause the much needed changes our community deserves.


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Rx for Whidbey General Hospital!

Robert “Rob” J. Born is a long-time resident of Whidbey Island and lives in Green-bank. An attorney by profession, he recently retired and is now dedicated to bringing badly needed reform policies to the administration of Whidbey General Hospital. He is running to be elected for Commissioner of District 2, a non-partisan 6-year term.

As most of us know, Whidbey General has been in crises almost continually for over seven years. The hospital has suffered a high rate of staff turnover, irresponsible planning and spending. With an annual budget of approximately $100 Million, Born maintains, “it is not being run in a professional and business-like manner.”

The general public as well as many of the media outlets in Island County have called for greater transparency from the hospital’s Board. Rob says, “Currently the Board operates as one like-minded unit and as a rubber stamp for the hospital administration. I don’t think there has been a dissenting vote at a Board meeting since 2008.” He adds that the Board needs “to act as a scrupulous overseer of hospital doings.”

While the Hospital’s by-laws provide for 5 elected Commissioners, only one of the incumbents has participated in a contested Board election—the reason being that when one Commissioner resigns before his or her term is expired, the remaining Commissioners appoint someone to fill the vacancy. No small wonder they think alike. Please join us for this very important discussion!

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“Plaintiff Citizens of Ebey’s Reserve for a Healthy, Safe, and Peaceful Environment (“COER”) seek a preliminary injunction prohibiting the U.S. Department of the Navy (“Navy”) from all further operations of the EA-18G Growler Aircraft at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island’s (“NASWI”) Outlying Landing Field Coupeville (“OLF Coupeville”) until the Navy completes its proposed Final EIS fully evaluating the environmental impacts, including human health impacts, of aircraft operations at OLF Coupeville.”

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Another thanks to Gayle Z for taking the time to videotape the Island Transit meetings.

Part 1:

Part 2:

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From Rob Born at

Board Member Filing Deadline is May 15

It is now one month from the deadline for filing to run for local Hospital Board member. Two district seats are up for grabs: District 2, occupied by Georgia Gardner, and District 4, occupied by Nancy Fey. District 2 goes from Bush Point Road (just north of Freeland) on the south to Hastie Lake Road (just south of Oak Harbor) on the north. District 4 includes most of Oak Harbor city limits and the Whidbey NAS area. While one gets nominal pay for meetings attended, I believe it’s a well-kept secret that board members are also provided with an attractive health insurance plan. The Board meets monthly (currently at 7 a.m. on the second Monday of the month), and occasionally at other times. Both of the above current “commissioners” were appointed to their posts when others vacated the office. Gardner has served for about three years, and Fey came on board in July 2013. Interested persons must file during the week of May 11-15. If three or more file for an office, their names will appear on the August 4 (primary) ballot. If there are only one or two candidates, they will be on the November 4 (general) ballot.

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Mayor Scott Dudley has given notice that he will not be running for reelection. This is a very sad day for Oak Harbor and for a Mayor that has given his all for our city and its residents.

From the start of Mayor Dudley’s term he was undermined by the City Council. Remember the one way street fiasco? The fiasco that city residents are still paying for in their utility bills? That was the reason the City Council gave for falsely claiming a fiscal emergency for our city. Interesting that this fiscal emergency only effected the Mayor’s office. The Council decided to lower the amount the Mayor could spend to $10,000.00 without City Council approval. It was not the Mayors fault that the city found Native American bones during this project, the mayor fought against this project to no avail but it was him and his office that was the one that was directly affected.

Remember when the council removed the power for the Mayor to hire his own staff and department heads without city council approval? They made it impossible for the mayor to hire those that he felt would be great personnel for the city and the City Council fought every one of his appointments. It was all about politics for them not what is right for the city.

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I was asked four years ago to run for mayor of the City of Oak Harbor since our existing mayor and city council were not listening to the citizens of Oak Harbor during the Pioneer Way project. I did run for mayor and was overwhelmingly elected.

I have not forgotten who I work for and whose money it is we are spending. I continue to give back 20 percent of my salary as promised and continue to focus on the priorities I ran on, which are public safety, economic development, and a more open and transparent government. I am proud of what I have been able to accomplish with such an adversarial city council.

It is because of that city council and the outlook of it not changing that I am choosing not to run again for the position of mayor. I have no desire to put myself through another four years of trying to work with a city council that has acted like children and has done everything in its power to undermine any authority that I have had.

The one bright spot on the city council continues to be Councilman Jim Campbell. He continues to meet and listen to the citizens of Oak Harbor. He questions our actions to ensure that what we are doing is in the best interest of Oak Harbor.

I would strongly suggest that the residents of Oak Harbor vote for and elect individuals to the city council and mayor’s office that have their best interests in mind, not those that come from the same group of friends who have consistently made bad decisions and are thus hurting our citizens. We need individuals on our council that represent the citizens not the same old power structure that has brought those bad decisions to our city.

The City of Oak Harbor is about to make at least $113 million mistake with our new wastewater treatment facility, which will unnecessarily burden our citizens for the rest of their lives. The existing city council will push this project through no matter what the cost is. The citizens of Oak Harbor are still paying on a monthly basis for our last mistake, the Pioneer Way project, and now are about to see their wastewater rates be one of the highest in Washington as well as see our main park, Windjammer Park, lose space due to an ever-increasing size of a new wastewater treatment plant. I have no desire to be associated with such a mistake.

I have learned quite a bit since taking office. I have learned the importance of patience and developed thicker skin. I thank the citizens of Oak Harbor for allowing me to represent them over the last four years.


Scott Dudley


Oak Harbor, WA

Original Letter


Many of you may remember the Whidbey General Reformers blog which was located online at during 2011 and 2012. The owner of that blog who authored 41 investigative reports about Whidbey General Hospital was Rob Born a local Whidbey Island resident.

Mr. Born is back! He has a new blog about the same subject, Whidbey General Hospital. As of today he has 6 articles published, one of them about the Linda Gipson trial which ended on April 10th. He spent all seven days at the trial and has the best knowledge on the subject of anyone, read his article about his 7 days in the courtroom at his blog.

His new blog is named “WGH Blogger – News and Views” and is located at:

Pay him a visit! He has a very educated view on our local hospital and he has some great insight and information that everyone should read.

If you have any tips or concerns about our local hospital you can contact Mr. Born at

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Video of April 13, 2015 Island Transit Special Board Meeting and Work Shop
(There is no audio for the first 15 minutes for video #1)
Thanks to Gayle Z!

More video below:

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Rufus’ Report- Island County Commissioners’ Work Session, Wednesday, 8 April 2015 [The audio recording is available on the County Commissioners web site]

9:11 Human Resources: Sheriff’s Department budget adjustment. Fewer prisoners are being transferred in the Island, Skagit, and Whatcom Region. Costs less now.

9:16 A Commissioner noted that Law Enforcement is the #1 Mental Health service provider.

9:21 Agenda insert- Commissioners’ discussion: The Island County Logo Committee is trying to “standardize’ the County Logo. Currently several Departments use different Logos that identify their Department. “Doing nothing is not an option.” “Go with a simple design.” Also discussed changing the Island County web site from .com to .gov.

9:30 Facilities: Investigating Camano Annex Front Counter improvements. Improve ADA accessibility and create four workstations where there is now only one. If money available 3-years and $9,300 00 to finish, including 2nd-hand furniture ($2.000.00)

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Please Join South Whidbey Republican Women
Tuesday, April 21st 11:30 a.m. At the Useless Bay Golf and Country Club

A  conversation  with  your  newly  elected County  Commissioner

Get to know your new Republican commissioner, find out what’s happening with your local government and how it affects you!

Luncheon is $16.00 which includes tax, tip, dessert, coffee/tea. The meeting starts at 11:30; and runs about an hour. For reservations contact Marlene 360-331-3548 or Jean at or 360-579-5348 before Saturday, April 18. Please pay at check-in; checks or cash only please.

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Rufus’ Report of the Island County Commissioners’ Regular Meeting, Tuesday, 7 April 15. [The audio/video recording for the Tuesday Meeting is available on the County Commissioners web site]

Regular Meeting, 7 April 15– [No press attended]

10:03-Public Input or Comments:

A. I asked about Agenda Item #5, Grant Agreement with Whidbey Camano Land Trust (WCLT) in the amount of $610,000.00 for the Monroe Landing Conservation Easement Acquisition Project (RM-GSA-2015-81). The Project Background/Summary states:

This project protects the 319 acres while keeping it as productive working farms. Additionally, this project links 2 isolated Island County owned parcels and will have a trail easement provided in the future. Island County gains a legal access point to a landlocked piece of Island County owned forest habitat.

The Conservation Futures Fund in this project are being leveraged with funds from the US NRCS (up to $850,000) WA State RCO (up to $560,000), and US Navy ($300,000).

The funding agreement allows for GSA to pay the $610,000 into the escrow for the closing of these conservation easement transactions.

B. The apparent total cost of this Project is “up to” $2,300,000.00

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