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- posted Nov 6, 2009 at 3:45 PM— updated Nov 9, 2009 at 9:59 AM
Six elected Island County officials signed onto a stinging open letter to the county commissioners, demanding that they take certain steps before making cuts in their departments to plug the $1.2 million shortfall in the 2010 general fund budget.
- posted Nov 18, 2009 at 1:35 PM— updated Nov 23, 2009 at 9:54 AM
Island County Sheriff Mark Brown is warning that a proposed 4.5 percent cut in the budgets for the county's law and justice programs may mean a reduction in police patrols.
- posted Nov 19, 2009 at 2:35 PM
The Coast Guard has called off the search to find a body that was reported in the waters off South Whidbey.
- posted Dec 28, 2009 at 12:32 PM— updated Dec 28, 2009 at 2:24 PM
Protesters unhappy with a decision that could lead to the layoff of two Island County Sheriff’s deputies hit the picket line early Monday morning. The protest, including deputies and their supporters, closed off Sixth Street in Coupeville and ended peacefully, despite flaring tempers.
- posted Dec 31, 2009 at 9:23 AM
The lengthy, contentious and very public process of balancing the budget — which included a sign-waving protest and late-night negotiations with unions — came to an end Tuesday as Island County commissioners adopted the final document.
- posted Jan 14, 2010 at 7:56 PM— updated Jan 15, 2010 at 2:56 PM
Deputies are searching for a man who robbed a bank in Freeland Thursday at about 5:45 p.m. Island County Sheriff Mark Brown said the masked man walked into the Chase Bank on N. Main Street and demanded money, implying that he was armed with a gun. A teller placed an undisclosed amount of cash into a small blue bag that the robber brought with him.
- posted Jan 20, 2010 at 12:44 PM— updated Jan 21, 2010 at 8:12 AM
Boeing will conduct test flights of a Boeing 737 AEW&C (Airborne Early Warning and Control) at Outlying Field, located south of Coupeville just outside the border of Ebey's Landing National Historical Reserve.
- posted Jan 20, 2010 at 3:55 PM— updated Jan 22, 2010 at 2:04 PM
A man suspected in the Jan. 4 armed robbery of Linds Pharmacy and Drug in Coupeville was caught after committing a similar crime in Oregon, according to the Island County Sheriff’s Office. George Skurtu, a 22-year-old Bremerton resident, and his alleged accomplice were stopped by police Jan. 7 after a robbery at the Pill Box Pharmacy in Dallas, Ore.
- posted Feb 23, 2010 at 4:49 PM— updated Feb 24, 2010 at 3:15 PM
South End activist Steve Erickson has put himself on the business end of the statewide push to decriminalize marijuana.
- posted Mar 2, 2010 at 10:12 AM— updated Mar 2, 2010 at 3:54 PM
Members of the largest union of Island County workers sent a complaint letter to county commissioners and filed a grievance in a separate matter last week.
- posted Mar 26, 2010 at 1:45 PM— updated Mar 29, 2010 at 1:42 PM
The Whidbey News-Times and South Whidbey Record will move into new, shared office space in Coupeville on Wednesday, March 31. The News-Times’ office on Barrington Drive in Oak Harbor will shut down at the regular 5 p.m. closing time on Tuesday. The South Whidbey Record office in Bayview will close at 3 p.m.
- posted Apr 2, 2010 at 3:08 PM
Working in the Island County Clerk’s Office may become a tad bit awkward when the election season heats up. Oak Harbor resident Debra Van Pelt, an employee at the clerk’s office, announced that she will run against her boss in this fall’s election. Clerk Patricia Terry was appointed to the position by county commissioners last December. They are both Democrats.
- posted Apr 6, 2010 at 10:09 AM— updated Apr 7, 2010 at 7:50 AM
Washington State Ferries' newest vessel made its first voyage Saturday but is still a few months away from service. The Chetzemoka, a 64-car Kwa-di Tabil class ferry, was towed from Todd Pacific Shipyard in Seattle to Everett Shipyard, where it will remain for the next several months. South Whidbey residents enjoyed the view of the vessel passing by.
- posted Apr 16, 2010 at 12:56 PM— updated Apr 19, 2010 at 10:50 AM
The race for Island County coroner is alive and kicking. A retired doctor from Freeland announced this week that he will run against the county’s long-time coroner, Robert Bishop, in the election this fall. It will be the first time in 16 years that someone has challenged Bishop’s authority over dead bodies.
- posted Apr 27, 2010 at 2:54 PM— updated Apr 29, 2010 at 10:20 AM
t’s been a tough couple of months for Island County Assessor Dave Mattens. Two separate errors in levy rates came to light after tax bills were sent out. It turned out that a levy analyst in the assessor’s office was responsible for both errors. The county treasurer publicly criticized Mattens, a Democrat, over the snafus.
- posted May 3, 2010 at 3:28 PM
High winds and rough seas have led to the cancellation of two sailings on the Keystone-Port Townsend route.
- posted May 14, 2010 at 3:52 PM
It appears likely that Island County officials will ask residents to vote on whether to raise their own taxes this fall to fill a projected shortfall of $1.2 million next year.
- posted May 25, 2010 at 3:27 PM— updated Jul 1, 2010 at 3:59 PM
Island County voters will decide in the Aug. 17 primary election whether to increase property taxes to cover the county’s budget shortfall.
- posted Jun 1, 2010 at 4:08 PM— updated Jun 3, 2010 at 2:58 PM
A handful of small publications on Whidbey Island have played an important role in the history of the area. The newspapers documented the people and events, but also focused attention on needs, promoted community projects, stoked outrage, occasionally made folks laugh, and perhaps most of all, educated readers about their own place in the world.
- posted Jun 4, 2010 at 2:22 PM
Whidbey Islanders familiarized themselves with the new digs of their two traditional newspapers Wednesday afternoon.
- posted Jun 4, 2010 at 2:50 PM— updated Jun 4, 2010 at 3:54 PM
The total assessed value of Island County plummeted by 12.3 percent for the tax year 2011, county Assessor Dave Mattens announced Thursday.
- posted Jun 4, 2010 at 3:31 PM
Candidate filing week opens Monday, June 7 and offers a wide range of Island County elected positions, as well as a number of legislative and judicial seats, for potential candidates to strive for. For the first time this year, the Island County Auditor’s Office is allowing candidates to file online and pay filing fees by credit or debit cards electronically.
- posted Jun 9, 2010 at 9:37 AM— updated Jun 9, 2010 at 11:13 AM
State Rep. Barbara Bailey will have a challenger in the November election.
- posted Jun 11, 2010 at 3:29 PM
The Whidbey Camano Land Trust has another 90 days to raise money for the preservation of the former Trillium Woods property northwest of Freeland, trust officials said late Thursday.
- posted Jun 18, 2010 at 2:14 PM— updated Jun 21, 2010 at 8:36 AM
The sheriff would cut up to 10 deputies, the prosecutor may stop prosecuting about a 1,000 crimes each year, and the health department would have to eliminate a popular childhood nutrition program.