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- posted Sep 24, 2010 at 3:11 PM— updated Sep 29, 2010 at 10:35 AM
A husband and wife team running for separate Island County offices failed to win endorsements from their own party.
- posted Sep 30, 2010 at 3:34 PM— updated Sep 30, 2010 at 4:09 PM
With a swish of a pen, the effort to save Trillium Woods, the largest single owned tract of forestland left on Whidbey Island, came to an end. On Wednesday afternoon, Sept. 29, Whidbey Camano Land Trust Executive Director Pat Powell recorded the deed and transferred the title to the 664-acre property, located off Highway 525 between Freeland and Greenbank, at the Island County Courthouse in Coupeville.
- posted Oct 1, 2010 at 2:03 PM— updated Oct 5, 2010 at 4:00 PM
Politically and philosophically, there’s a chasm dividing the two candidates running for the Island County District 3 commissioner position.
- posted Oct 5, 2010 at 2:17 PM— updated Oct 6, 2010 at 8:56 AM
The Island County commissioners’ first official meeting on a deep-cutting budget that will result in the loss of 30 positions and the elimination of a number of programs was surprisingly amicable.
- posted Oct 6, 2010 at 2:10 PM— updated Oct 7, 2010 at 8:17 AM
Dr. Robert Bishop left his full-time veterinary practice 16 years ago when he was elected Island County coroner, and that’s a job he hopes voters will let him retain in the Nov. 2 election. Bishop keeps his DVM credentials up-to-date and fills in for a veterinary friend on the island, but his true avocation is Island County coroner.
- posted Oct 8, 2010 at 3:50 PM— updated Oct 12, 2010 at 9:33 AM
The Washington State Department of Transportation announced Friday afternoon that the inaugural sailing of the 64-car Chetzemoka will take place Sunday, Nov. 14 from the Coupeville ferry terminal at Keystone Harbor.
- posted Oct 13, 2010 at 12:02 PM— updated Oct 14, 2010 at 9:05 AM
A 47-year-old man died at Deception Pass in what appears to be an accidental fall near the Fidalgo Avenue side of the bridge sometime between Monday evening and Tuesday morning. Arlington resident Arthur Dunphy fell from the cliff near the pulloff located north of the Deception Pass Bridge, said Park Ranger Jack Hartt.
- posted Oct 15, 2010 at 3:30 PM— updated Oct 18, 2010 at 12:59 PM
Island County Commissioner John Dean sent out about 20,000 copies of a mailer this week that his Republican opponent, Kelly Emerson, characterized as “a hit piece” and “mudslinging.” But even more significant, perhaps, is the story behind the negative ad. The alleged county code violation by Emerson and her husband may be even more serious and long-standing than is indicated in the mailer, while she accuses Dean of inappropriately using his authority to pressure the planning department to pursue the issue.
- posted Oct 19, 2010 at 2:03 PM— updated Oct 20, 2010 at 9:13 AM
In the race for Position 1 in the state Legislature’s 10th District, incumbent Norma Smith, R-Clinton, very nearly won another two years in Olympia simply by default.
- posted Oct 19, 2010 at 2:38 PM— updated Oct 21, 2010 at 8:06 AM
The race for Island County treasurer is a contest between pragmatism and ideology. In the pragmatic corner is Oak Harbor resident Ana Maria Nunez, a Democrat and the current chief deputy treasurer. She’s a feisty certified public accountant and a former scientist who’s earned the endorsement of current Treasurer Linda Riffe.
- posted Oct 20, 2010 at 9:57 AM— updated Oct 21, 2010 at 8:43 AM
The Washington State Transportation Commission is proposing a 2.5 increase in ferry fares on all routes in the ferry system.
- posted Nov 2, 2010 at 9:18 PM— updated Nov 4, 2010 at 3:16 PM
Election night was a big success for the Republican establishment in Island County. The first count of ballots Tuesday night showed that all of the county candidates endorsed by the county's Republican party are likely to win, though that doesn't mean the Democrats didn't have any successes. Democratic candidates lead in two races against Republican candidates who didn't earn their party's endorsements.
- posted Nov 3, 2010 at 12:22 PM
North Whidbey voters are making Republican Kelly Emerson the next Island County commissioner, according to a Record review of early precinct returns in the race for the District 3 seat.
- posted Nov 4, 2010 at 11:51 AM
Incumbent Democratic Island County Commissioner John Dean pulled closer to Republican challenger Kelly Emerson in the race for the District 3 seat on the county board of commissioners, according to the most recent vote tally released Wednesday evening.
- posted Nov 4, 2010 at 5:34 PM— updated Nov 5, 2010 at 8:52 AM
Republican challenger Kelly Emerson now leads by 536 votes in the race. She has 15,556 votes to Dean's 15,020.
- posted Nov 5, 2010 at 3:50 PM
Leaders on Central Whidbey were shocked Friday morning when they learned a second ferry planned for the Coupeville-to-Port Townsend route may be moved to another part of the system. The Washington State Department of Transportation’s Ferries Division is looking at a variety of options to save millions of dollars. One idea is to move the 64-car Salish ferry to the inter-island route serving the San Juans. The Salish is currently under construction at Todd Shipyards in Seattle. It was scheduled to be the second boat serving Keystone Harbor during the busy summer season starting mid-2011.
- posted Nov 9, 2010 at 2:50 PM
U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen narrowly beat his opponent in a come-from-behind ballot count, but the race for Island County is still undecided.
- posted Nov 10, 2010 at 5:32 PM— updated Nov 11, 2010 at 8:14 AM
A Whidbey Sea-Tac shuttle bus was involved in a five-car accident late afternoon that caused a lengthy backup of traffic on Interstate 5 in Lynnwood. Trooper Keith Leary with the Washington State Patrol, who was on scene, said one of the six people on the bus suffered a minor injury, but it wasn't serious enough to warrant a ride to the hospital.
- posted Nov 11, 2010 at 2:28 PM— updated Nov 12, 2010 at 1:25 PM
Island County Commissioner John Dean has thrown in the towel, conceding defeat to Camano Island Republican Kelly Emerson, but the Tea Party member says she has no plans to drop her lawsuit against Dean and two other county employees over an October political mailer.
- posted Nov 16, 2010 at 12:45 PM— updated Nov 17, 2010 at 8:41 AM
After three long years, the wait is finally over. The 64-car ferry Chetzemoka began regular service on the Coupeville-to-Port Townsend ferry route Monday following its inaugural sail and christening by Gov. Chris Gregoire Sunday, Nov. 14.
- posted Nov 26, 2010 at 10:39 AM— updated Nov 29, 2010 at 8:39 AM
Island County commissioners have set three public meetings around the county to talk to citizens about controversial plans to create a clean water utility and an accompanying fee.
- posted Nov 30, 2010 at 8:53 AM
Winds gusting to 50 miles per hour swept across Whidbey Island Tuesday morning, disrupting ferry service on the Coupeville (Keystone)-Port Townsend route.
- posted Dec 10, 2010 at 1:24 PM— updated Dec 14, 2010 at 3:35 PM
Island County commissioners are scheduled to consider increases in building permit and land-use fees for the third time in two years.
- posted Dec 10, 2010 at 1:33 PM— updated Dec 13, 2010 at 9:09 AM
The newly formed, Coupeville-based Penn Cove Productions is teaming up with WAIF for a unique live onstage radio variety show fundraiser.
- posted Dec 10, 2010 at 1:45 PM— updated Dec 13, 2010 at 9:07 AM
Amid the community garden, farmer training center and pasture could some day be a solar power array that covers an acre of land at the historic and publicly owned Greenbank Farm. At least one person is expressing concern about visual impacts such a power plant would have on a property that was at one time the largest loganberry producer in the United States.