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Citing newly discovered evidence, one party to litigation against a Coupeville couple who are blocking a Greenbank public-beach access told the Skagit County Superior Court May 17 that the case’s “facts are undisputed and the law is clear,” urging the court to decide the matter without a trial. In its 26-page motion for summary judgment, the citizen advocacy group Island Beach Access contends that the new evidence “completely undermines earlier efforts” by the couple, Joanne and Alan Bruce Montgomery, “to create seeming issues of fact.”
Island County continues to inch toward creating an ordinance that would let it ban fireworks in unincorporated areas under dry conditions.
Citing health hazards, aesthetics and threats to their property values, a group of Oak Harbor residents is united to fight the building of a 120-foot cell tower in their neighborhood.
“Are you tired of your coaches having that dark, empty look?” That’s the question Mark Malmkar presents to those visiting his website, PalaceCarCo.com
After months of study, four main areas of concern — access to health care, housing, depression and suicide, and interpersonal abuse — have emerged as the foci for an emerging community health improvement plan, Island County’s public health department told the Council of Governments last month.
Spate of clearcuts on horizon for Whidbey Island: Permits OK’d for 90 acres, pending for additional 44
An influx of clearcuts is coming to Whidbey Island, according to recent Department of Natural Resources decisions analyzed by a local environmental-protection group.
As the finest silk flowers are to real blooms, so John Antonia’s “preserved trees” are to the living, miniature potted trees that comprise the ancient Japanese art of bonsai.
The Board of Island County Commis-sioners passed an ordinance meant to remedy faults in three county environmental-protection provisions.
It looks so pretty — showy purple-pink flowers, long slender seed pods, soft hairs all over. But it’s the most invasive weed Whidbey Island’s wetlands have ever faced.
Members of Oak Harbor’s Main Street Association last week joined a state architect for a walking tour of the historic downtown aimed at identifying exterior maintenance and design issues that, if fixed, could increase the area’s visual appeal.
Five maintenance projects, but no new acquisitions, are set for discussion May 16 at a public meeting of the citizens’ advisory board to the county’s Conservation Futures Fund.
The old-time Western-style facade of Greene’s Gunshop on North Whidbey hints at what lies within: a dark wood-paneled, homey-feeling tribute to history. Sure, you can find some modern-day rifles and handguns at Greene’s, and there’s a pistol range out back. But the emphasis is firmly on the past.
At least 1,200 people are expected to mass at March Point in Anacortes May 13-15 to protest U.S. reliance on fossil fuels, tying up half the campsites at Deception Pass State Park and jeopardizing a vital Puget Sound Energy electrical substation, Eric Brooks, the county’s deputy emergency-management director, told the Council of Governments last week.
Island County’s Lodging Tax Advisory Committee, a volunteer group charged with recommending who gets hundreds of thousands of dollars annually in tax dollars, will face new restrictions and procedures in this year’s deliberations.
Like surprises? Oak Harbor mother-and-daughter team Raquel and India Clavette are hoping enough people enjoy opening a monthly box of carefully selected goodies to get their fledgling business off the ground.
New, stringent enforcement of rules governing heavy trucks’ federal tax obligations is causing consternation among some Island County staffers and companies, one county official said.
The Port of South Whidbey must guarantee that an annual agricultural fair and 4-H programs can continue at the fairgrounds without placing “an insurmountable financial burden” on 4-H or the Island County Fair Association, the county commissioners wrote in a letter introduced at a regular meeting last week.
The expansion of Naval Air Station Whidbey Island — already underway, and projected to increase dramatically by 2018 — poses a housing challenge to Oak Harbor, Mayor Bob Severns said while addressing an April 18 meeting of about 85 Realtors, developers and city and county officials.
Pot grower likely to gain permit to keep growing pot: Lack of penalty leads to questions about fairness
Island County Hearing Examiner Michael Bob-bink is expected to issue a permit within a week, giving marijuana harvesters in Oak Harbor’s industrial area permission to do what they’ve been doing for two years.
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Faye Gregory, a relative newcomer to Whidbey Island known professionally as Valetta Faye, has performed jazz and pop standards all her life, and she’s determined to find accompanists and other musicians to perform with in Oak Harbor, elsewhere on Whidbey or even off the island.
An angry Island County Commissioner Jill Johnson yesterday urged her Board colleagues to act against a large Oak Harbor marijuana-growing and -processing facility that has been operating for up to two years without county permission.
A Woodinville couple yesterday sought, and will likely get, county permission to do what they’ve already been doing for two years: use the buildings in an Oak Harbor industrial park to grow and process marijuana.
Few restaurants have a dedicated farm providing their own exclusive beef, vegetables and eggs. But Seattle’s Bateau and several other Seattle eateries under the same ownership are the exclusive consumers of those commodities from La Ferme des Anes (The Donkey Farm), a bucolic Freeland farm with views of the Cascades.
The Skagit County Superior Court has set Oct. 11 as the start date of a jury trial over whether Greenbank residents Joanne and Bruce Montgomery had the legal right to build a stone wall at the eastern end of Wonn Road, excluding the public from a historic beach access point.
They’re big, they’re shockingly ugly, and you probably can’t do a damn thing about them. They’re clearcuts, the elimination of every tree on a piece of property.
The Skagit County Superior Court has set Oct. 11 as the start date of a jury trial over whether Greenbank residents Joanne and Bruce Montgomery had the legal right to build a stone wall at the eastern end of Wonn Road, excluding the public from a historic beach access.
The Campo Haciendo community on North Whidbey, a group of 61 families off West Troxell Road between Ault Field and Deception Pass State Park, has been on water rations for a week because of an ailing well, and full relief is likely weeks away, said Jeanne Napoletano, outgoing president of the community association. The neighborhood’s 250-foot-deep well, dug in 1969, is “just trickling out water,” she said, yielding nothing close to the 12,000 gallons per day the community regularly uses.
A Stanwood businessman is preparing to buy and renovate the former Mi Pueblo restaurant near historic downtown Oak Harbor, turning it into an Alfy’s pizza restaurant that could open this summer.
Oak Harbor’s Main Street program, which business owners hope will resuscitate the city’s historic business district, has appointed a volunteer board of directors, one of the steps required to participate in the state-sponsored program.
Couple expanding offerings from beauty products to include raw milk.
A proposed law restricting private fireworks use in parts of Island County next year was delayed yesterday at the regular Tuesday meeting of the Board of Island County Commissioners.
Gov. Jay Inslee on March 25 signed into law a measure letting Island County form an organization of local governments to plan and fund future transportation projects.
Historic downtown Oak Harbor is getting a new but established business and, hopefully, for the owner, business will be blooming.
Island County's Planning Department has scheduled four meetings to let the public address proposed changes to growth plans. The meetings will discuss the county's Comprehensive Plan and how it may change the urban growth areas (UGA) of Coupeville, Langley and Oak Harbor and the non-municipal urban growth area (NMUGA) of Freeland.
Like many Whidbey Island residents, you probably support recycling, but have you ever wondered what becomes of, say, that fabulous bottle of wine you enjoyed after it’s dropped into your curbside recycling container?
Island County will pursue approximately $7 million in federal grant money to underwrite construction of the so-called Race Road Bypass, said Connie Bowers, the assistant county engineer, during a Board of Island County Commissioners work session last week
Island County this week revamped its website, making it more modern in look and feel and more capable, said Rick Hannold, chairman of the Board of Island County Commissioners.
“I have an oil for that!” has become the slogan of Tracy Dietz, founder of Kissed By the Goddess, a home-based business that turns out custom-blended face cream, dry-skin cream, wrinkle cream, sugar scrubs, pain-easing ointments and salves, bath salts, roll-ons and lip balms.
The Board of Island County Commissioners yesterday unofficially approved ending the county’s 54-year ownership of the historic Langley fairgrounds and transferring ownership to the Port of South Whidbey, pending a public vote on the matter.