CTT3 Andrew B. Cox

CTT3 Andrew B. posted 68 stories to Whidbey News-Times.
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Coupeville woman weaves years of experience

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.

  • Jun 17th, 2015 6:50pm

Concerns mount over Island County’s critical areas ordinance update

The long and drawn-out process of updating the county’s critical areas ordinance continues as the county outlined yet another plan last week.

  • Jun 16th, 2015 11:58pm

Starfish are rebounding after disease nearly wipes them out

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.

  • Jun 3rd, 2015 6:24pm

Count reveals homeless numbers

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.

  • Jun 3rd, 2015 6:14pm

New Coupeville antique store aims for novelty

Collecting things with unique histories has been an occupation for Kim Christianson nearly her entire life.

  • Jun 3rd, 2015 6:12pm

Man and his stuffed dogs rise to fame

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.

  • May 27th, 2015 10:07pm

Suva sails home: Historic vessel returns to Cove

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.

  • May 6th, 2015 9:09pm

What happens to noise complaints

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.

  • Apr 29th, 2015 9:38pm

COER files additional lawsuit to stop OLF use

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.

  • Apr 29th, 2015 9:37pm

Bike shop to keep cyclists spinning

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.

  • Apr 22nd, 2015 9:47pm

County sets approach for comp plan

Island County commissioners don’t always agree on how to approach the Comprehensive Plan Update, due next year.

  • Mar 25th, 2015 9:40pm

Acres clear cut as part of regrowth

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.

  • Mar 16th, 2015 8:56pm

WGH signs contract with new CEO hire

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.

  • Mar 11th, 2015 9:06pm

Clean Water: Island County sheds light on septic maintenance importance

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.

  • Feb 25th, 2015 9:58pm

Board explores reserve’s message

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.

  • Feb 18th, 2015 1:44pm

Economics considered in conservation program

The two Republican county commissioners want the economic potential of a property to be considered when approving or denying a Conservation Futures application.

  • Feb 12th, 2015 12:26am

Sailor trying to return historic boat to cove

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.

  • Feb 9th, 2015 9:50pm

Island County seeks volunteers for this year’s homeless count

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.

  • Jan 21st, 2015 9:00pm

Officials discuss ferry service

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.

  • Jan 16th, 2015 11:33pm

Neighbors squabble over beaver dam

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.

  • Jan 14th, 2015 9:54pm

Fees for county services changing for 2015

Fees for Island County Public Health services like septic inspections and water-quality testing jumped by 8 percent as part of a comprehensive fee schedule change.

  • Dec 21st, 2014 10:51pm

Coupeville bids farewell to Treva Carter

Coupeville lost one of its greatest champions in recent weeks with the death of artist and organizer Treva Carter. She died Nov. 29 at age 96.

  • Dec 17th, 2014 11:02pm

Homeowners sue over noise disclosure

Two Coupeville homeowners have sued two Whidbey Island real estate companies claiming they did not disclose the dangers of jet noise at the time of purchase.

  • Dec 10th, 2014 9:38pm

Despite mishaps, community Thanksgiving meal a success

Neither an attempted coat snatching nor a mashed potato incident could dampen the gluttonous spirit of Coupeville diners at its annual Community Potluck Thursday.

  • Dec 3rd, 2014 10:37pm

Price Johnson named board chairwoman

Island County Commissioner Helen Price Johnson will serve as the board’s chairwoman in 2015.

  • Nov 12th, 2014 8:34pm

Coupeville receives county lodging tax funds

The Coupeville Chamber of Commerce and other town organizations have received more than $50,000 total in lodging tax grants.

  • Nov 12th, 2014 8:23pm

Smith seeks another term in state legislature

State Rep. Norma Smith does not like to be given bad information. When she was told that design flaws on working state ferries were not a issue, she was frustrated that the opposite was true.

  • Oct 22nd, 2014 6:58pm

Navy revising EIS to include more Growlers

The Navy says it is revising its Environmental Impact Statement on the EA-18G Growlers to include up to 36 additional aircraft based at Whidbey Island Naval Air Station.

  • Oct 22nd, 2014 6:56pm

State candidates take on education, transportation | Elections

Legislative candidates clash on how to fund the state’s education mandate and how to handle local and state transportation issues.

  • Oct 15th, 2014 11:28pm

Commissioner candidates differ on transit, environment | Elections

The two candidates running for Island County District 3 seat offer differing views on top county issues like the legalization of marijuana and dealing with recent problems at Island Transit.

  • Oct 15th, 2014 11:27pm

Former contractor challenges county auditor

An accounting contractor who worked for the Island County auditor is challenging her former boss in November’s general election.

  • Oct 8th, 2014 11:20pm

Congressional candidates buck party platforms

Candidates for Washington’s Second Congressional Seat stray from hard-set party platforms on a few issues.

  • Oct 8th, 2014 11:19pm

New wildlife regulations please nobody

No one is happy with fish and wildlife protection regulations approved Sept. 22, but Island County commissioners are saying they’re a starting point.

  • Oct 1st, 2014 10:45pm

Treasurer candidates differ on management styles | Elections

Attendance and accuracy seem to be the top two issues for former coworkers and Island County treasurer candidates Wanda Grone and Ana Maria Nuñez.

  • Oct 1st, 2014 10:03pm

Port says not now to WSU proposal

A plan to revamp Greenbank Farm and increase its economic viability won’t be considered by the Port of Coupeville until next year. The plan, presented by Washington State University, aims to push the struggling farm further into the world of “edu-tourism” by providing an active educational facility that could be used by students and visitors alike.

  • Sep 17th, 2014 9:35pm

COER seeks delay on OLF operations

Citizens of Ebey’s Reserve are asking the Navy to delay touch-and-go operations at Outlying Field Coupeville until the completion of the ongoing Environmental Impact Statement.

  • Sep 3rd, 2014 9:06pm

Former Island Transit finance manager tells her side

The former Island Transit finance manager is defending her reputation after being fired and accused of financial mismanagement at the agency. Executive Director Martha Rose said she fired Barbara Savary in June after it was revealed that IT didn’t have enough money to pay its bills.

  • Aug 27th, 2014 9:14pm

Fish and wildlife protections delayed

A farmer’s right to maintain drainage ditches without regulation was at the core of Monday’s debate on fish and wildlife protections at Monday’s Island County commissioner meeting.

  • Aug 27th, 2014 8:56pm

Arts festival attracts record numbers | Slideshow

An artsy crowd from around the region descended in record numbers on Coupeville for the 50th annual Coupeville Arts and Crafts Festival.

  • Aug 13th, 2014 10:29pm

Treasurer candidates vying for General Election

Candidates running against Island County Treasurer Ana Maria Nuñez said they can do a better job handling the county’s money.

  • Jul 30th, 2014 9:42pm