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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.
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.
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.
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.
Neither an attempted coat snatching nor a mashed potato incident could dampen the gluttonous spirit of Coupeville diners at its annual Community Potluck Thursday.
Island County Commissioner Helen Price Johnson will serve as the board’s chairwoman in 2015.
The Coupeville Chamber of Commerce and other town organizations have received more than $50,000 total in lodging tax grants.
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.
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.
Legislative candidates clash on how to fund the state’s education mandate and how to handle local and state transportation issues.
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.
An accounting contractor who worked for the Island County auditor is challenging her former boss in November’s general election.
Candidates for Washington’s Second Congressional Seat stray from hard-set party platforms on a few issues.
No one is happy with fish and wildlife protection regulations approved Sept. 22, but Island County commissioners are saying they’re a starting point.
Attendance and accuracy seem to be the top two issues for former coworkers and Island County treasurer candidates Wanda Grone and Ana Maria Nuñez.
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.
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.
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.
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.
An artsy crowd from around the region descended in record numbers on Coupeville for the 50th annual Coupeville Arts and Crafts Festival.
Candidates running against Island County Treasurer Ana Maria Nuñez said they can do a better job handling the county’s money.