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Thirty is an important number for Madeline van der Hoogt these days. She has more than 30 looms in her home used for a weaving school she has run for 30 years — a career she hopes to continue for 30 more.
The long and drawn-out process of updating the county’s critical areas ordinance continues as the county outlined yet another plan last week.
Sea stars around Whidbey Island are making a slow recovery after the effects of a deadly disease wiped out millions of them over the past year.
Nearly half of Island County’s homeless are working. This fact is one of several revelations discussed in recent weeks with Island County commissioners as the result of the 2015 point-in-time count performed in January.
Collecting things with unique histories has been an occupation for Kim Christianson nearly her entire life.
It started with two dogs. But the pack of stuffed canines that frequent the corner of Center and Fourth Street in Coupeville has swelled to nine over the last two years.
The Suva has finally come home. The 90-year-old schooner, originally contracted by a prominent Whidbey businessman, has traveled around the Pacific Northwest only to return to her native waters.
Noise emitting from a Navy base is inevitable. And the Navy says it takes careful note of each resident complaint and does what it can to mitigate the effect of its aircraft noise on its residents.
A citizens’ group that filed a lawsuit in 2013 has filed an additional action to force the Navy to stop flying the EA-18G Growlers over Coupeville.
Mike Beech, a former sheriff’s deputy who has worked on some of the county’s most grizzly crimes, admits his new bike shop in Coupeville will be a change of pace.
Island County commissioners don’t always agree on how to approach the Comprehensive Plan Update, due next year.
Approximately 24 acres of forestland off Wanamaker Road have been clear cut to remove diseased trees and about 10,000 new ones planted in their place.
Whidbey General Hospital’s new CEO will assume her duties April 20. Geri Forbes, most recently CEO of Doctor’s Memorial Hospital in Florida, will replace CEO Tom Tomasino, who has served as Whidbey General’s CEO for five years.
Getting people to inspect their septic systems has been an ongoing struggle for Island County. It’s one that the law doesn’t necessarily incentivize. When the county first implemented the law in 2009, it could have cost a homeowner around $250 for an inspection, $62 to submit the results and up to $20,000 in repairs or replacement if problems were discovered.
For some, Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve is a place to escape to from the big city or the bustle of life. For others, it’s a place to own property and make a livelihood.
The two Republican county commissioners want the economic potential of a property to be considered when approving or denying a Conservation Futures application.
It was love at first sight for Mark Saia. And stepping onto the historic 90-year-old boat Suva, built in 1925 for the Pratt family of Whidbey Island, felt like coming come to him.
Island County is seeking volunteers to help gather the most comprehensive homeless count to date. “We’re expanding the method significantly this year,” said Joanne Pelant, Island County’s housing resource coordinator.
Despite navigating through numerous problems, Washington State Ferries still manages to be reliable 99.5 percent of the time, according to state Ferries Assistant Secretary Lynne Griffith.
A couple of Central Whidbey residents are miffed over a neighbor’s decision to cut holes in a beaver dam on their property without consent.