The Island County Planning Commissioner took steps Monday toward protecting county land zoned “rural.”   - Photo by Ron Newberry/Whidbey News-Times

Planners send proposal on to commissioners

  • Today at 5:00PM

The perennial struggle between protecting wetlands and encouraging farming tilted at least temporarily toward wetlands Monday at a Planning Commission meeting. The nine-person group took one of the final steps toward protecting Island County land zoned “rural” under the county’s critical-areas ordinance. That law protects wetlands, fish and wildlife habitat conservation areas, geologically hazardous areas and frequently flooded areas.

County pays $15K to settle records request failure | Corrected

  • Oct 5, 2015 at 1:00PM updated Oct 6, 2015 at 1:55PM

Island County has agreed to pay $15,000 to The Freedom Foundation, an Olympia-based advocacy group, after failing to act on a public-records request.

Video tells story of early Coupeville 'mover and shaker'; free screening is tonight

  • Today at 10:52AM

Flora Augusta Pearson Engle's writings in the late 19th and early 20th centuries give a vivid picture of early Central Whidbey life. A video produced by the Island County Museum shares her story and provides a taste of those times

Coupeville pushes defending state champs before falling 4-3 | Soccer

  • Oct 5, 2015 at 9:50AM

Coupeville High School soccer coach Troy Cowan understands that every match includes many more "wins" than the big one on the scoreboard.

Sewer rates may rise between $51-$78 per month for Oak Harbor residents

  • Oct 3, 2015 at 7:00AM updated Oct 5, 2015 at 9:20AM

The ability to flush away unseemly substances comes with a cost and, for Oak Harbor residents, that cost will inevitably balloon because of the new sewage treatment plant.

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