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