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A wedding planner, photographer, florist and a host of other industry vendors and support businesses will have some extra work this winter thanks to the second annual Weddings on Whidbey and Events Tour this past weekend.
If the money comes through, the Port of South Whidbey is getting into the fairground management business.
Public Disclosure Commission reporting offers glimpse into support, campaign strategies of Island County candidates
If money makes a difference in races for political office, then it appears Island County District 3 Commissioner candidate Karla Jacks will have a hefty advantage over challenger Rick Hannold on Nov. 4.
One of South Whidbey’s most wanted is in police custody this week.
Despite Island County Sheriff Mark Brown’s assertions to the contrary, South Whidbey residents insist the drug problem on the South End has reached “epidemic” proportions.
Like many young aspiring business owners, South Whidbey residents Tiffany and Damien Cortez had a vision.
Wells Fargo in Clinton was robbed Monday. The Island County Sheriff’s Office confirmed the bank was hit by a lone gunman.
A longtime Whidbey Island pharmacist struggling with industry changes is considering a prescription for corporate ownership.
Greg Gilles is known throughout South Whidbey as a respected homebuilder.
A near collision on State Highway 525 last week left a motorcyclist injured and state troopers looking for the driver of the other vehicle.
Pending Island Transit service cuts will hit the community hard, and residents let IT officials know it this week.
South Whidbey is mourning the death of a long-time community and business leader this week.
Acquiring key shoreline properties in Glendale for public use will mean the removal of an existing concrete boat launch and an over-water pier.
Charles “Chuck” Maddox, a Freeland resident and Snohomish County Fire District captain, was checking his catch in Holmes Harbor shortly after 7 a.m. Monday when a line around his foot caused him to lose his balance and fall overboard.
Boat launches, marinas and leasing land for a cell tower, but the Island County Fairgrounds? In a surprise move last week, Port of South Whidbey commissioners voted unanimously to consider taking over management of the Langley property, a job currently performed by the Island County Fair Association.
A lot of words can accurately describe Gil Nyerges: teacher, artist, craftsman. Some even say he’s a legend, on South Whidbey at least.
An anchor believed by the recovery crew Anchor Ventures LLC to be from the HMS Chatham ...
If it’s what a team of treasure hunters hope, an artifact connected with the Pacific Northwest’s most famous European explorer will leave the seafloor for the first time in over two centuries next week. State regulators have issued Anchor Ventures, LLC, a permit to raise an anchor they believe was lost during Captain George Vancouver’s legendary exploration of Puget Sound in the early 1790s.
It’s done, it looks great and the MV Salish Responder is now officially in service.
Some think they’re cool, others say they’re gross. While opinions on tent caterpillars seem to vary, there is one thing no one seems to dispute — the little buggers are everywhere. Estimated by experts to number in the billions, they’re wiggling and munching their way across communities throughout Western Washington, and Whidbey Island is no exception.
Whidbey General Hospital will move forward with the sale of a 4.5-acre lot in Bayview. The board of commissioners agreed in an unanimous 5-0 vote at it’s regularly scheduled 7 a.m. meeting Monday that the property was no longer compatible with the designs of the hospital, and that selling the property was the best decision.
Whidbey General Hospital did not have an appraisal done before it spent $2 million on a property in Bayview valued at $618,000 six years ago, and it turns out they didn’t have to. State officials confirmed this week that while Washington law does require multiple appraisals to be performed before a public agency sells property, there is no such mandate when it comes to buying.
A proposal to sell a 4.5-acre Bayview property purchased in 2007 for nearly $2 million would likely result in a financial loss for Whidbey General Hospital, a commissioner said Thursday. Anne Tarrant, president of the board, said the sale of the property is not a foregone conclusion as the commissioners have yet to make a decision. However, she acknowledged that if the board does proceed it would be a hit to hospital coffers.
Tenth District lawmakers last week briefed constituents on highlights of the 2014 Legislative session. Convening at South Whidbey High School before a crowd of about 30 were state Rep. Norma Smith, R-Clinton; Sen. Barbara Bailey, R-Oak Harbor; and Rep. Dave Hayes, R-Camano.
Nearly one year after Island County filed a civil lawsuit against a Greenbank property owner over a wall constructed at the end of Wonn Road, a settlement offer may be on the table. Rumors have swirled in recent weeks that Bruce Montgomery, the homeowner at the center of the property dispute, has offered the county $100,000 to end legal proceedings. He declined to discuss any current settlement offer in an interview Thursday, but Montgomery did say that’s the amount he believes it will cost him to continue duking it out in court with county lawyers, and that he’d rather the money be spent on another property for public use.
They say the grass is always greener on the other side of the street, but that’s not always so, particularly when it comes to Whidbey Island first responders.
A 20-year quest to bring home Lolita, the last of seven orcas captured from Penn Cove decades ago, has resulted in a small but significant victory.
Once strong and new, it secured our future. Now rusty and covered in sea life, it will connect us with our past. Maybe. Considered by some to be a Holy Grail of Puget Sound archaeology, three men — a commercial diver, an amateur historian and an attorney — believe they have found the fabled lost anchor of Captain George Vancouver’s exploration of the Pacific Northwest more than 200 years ago. Lying in shallow water along the west side of Whidbey Island, the historic artifact could be recovered by the three-man team that makes up Anchor Ventures LLC within the month. Thought the only physical proof left behind by the long-ago expedition, the anchor has been a highly sought-after prize by historical groups for years.
They’re cute, they’re fuzzy and they’re 100 percent off limits. Seal-pup season began last month and runs through September. Experts are once again warning the public to keep their distance. Every year, people see pups that seem to be abandoned and make the mistake of “helping,” said Matt Klope, a biologist and member of the Central Puget Sound Marine Mammal Stranding Network.
A land deal between a longtime farming family and a nonprofit group has resulted in the permanent preservation of 113 acres of pristine North Whidbey farmland. The Whidbey Camano Land Trust announced Wednesday that it reached an agreement with the Muzzall family, owners of 3 Sisters Family Farms, to purchase a farming conservation easement on their property along the north side of Scenic Heights Road overlooking Penn Cove. Terms of the contrac
Rimas Meleshyus, a Russian immigrant with big dreams, sailed out of Oak Harbor Monday and into history. To what end, no one can say.
A Coupeville woman died at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle this week after sustaining injuries Saturday in a three-car pile up on North Main Street. Margaret Bagwell, 75, was in intensive care and in critical condition Tuesday but died later that day, according to the Washington State Patrol.
Coupeville resident Lisbeth Cort has been selected to serve as interim manager of Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve. She will be filling in for the next three months as Reserve Manager Mark Preiss is leaving for a job in Montana.
A Central Whidbey community group aiming to close Outlying Field Coupeville has taken its fight to federal court. Citizens of the Ebey’s Reserve for a Healthy, Safe & Peaceful Environment filed a lawsuit Monday.
Driftwood Way residents in the Ledgewood community will have to rely on a tiny, single-lane gravel road as the sole access to the homes for at least two years. That was one of the messages that came from a community meeting in Coupeville last week.
The fate of a much-discussed, law-and-justice levy is now in the hands of Island County voters. The Board of Commissioners green-lighted a resolution Monday to put a modified version of the property tax measure on the November general election ballot.
A Central Whidbey man is facing two felony charges this week following a joyride down State Highway 20 on a stolen John Deere farm tractor. The very-slow-speed chase ended with the man at gunpoint.
Island County Commissioner Kelly Emerson is no longer chairwoman of the board. Carrying through with threats made last week, commissioners Helen Price Johnson and Jill Johnson voted to revoke Emerson’s status as chairperson during the final minutes of Wednesday’s work session. Johnson was appointed chairwoman in her place.
Island County Commissioner Kelly Emerson is no longer chairwoman of the board. Carrying through with threats made last week, commissioners Helen Price Johnson and Jill Johnson voted to revoke Emerson's status as chair during the last minutes of Wednesday's work session.
A consultant will begin work soon on a feasibility study that will examine the final phase of restoration at Ala Spit. The Board of Commissioners unanimously approved Monday a contract with Coastal Geological Services, a Bellingham-based firm that focuses on assessments, restoration, monitoring and coastal management.