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- 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.
- posted Dec 14, 2010 at 3:50 PM— updated Dec 16, 2010 at 9:00 AM
A ferry terminal in Mukilteo will remain in Mukilteo, if the traveling public has its say.
- posted Dec 15, 2010 at 10:08 AM
It’s seeming more and more likely that Whidbey Island residents will be facing a $50-million bond proposal on a ballot next year, possibly as soon as spring.
- posted Dec 15, 2010 at 11:28 AM— updated Dec 16, 2010 at 8:52 AM
The Island County Sheriff's Office is looking for help in identifying a body that was found washed ashore near Greenbank yesterday.
- posted Dec 16, 2010 at 8:58 AM— updated Dec 17, 2010 at 4:36 PM
State lawmakers from Whidbey Island are raising alarm about the governor's proposed budget that includes a 10-percent hike in ferry fares next year.
- posted Dec 20, 2010 at 4:23 PM— updated Dec 23, 2010 at 10:01 AM
Heralded as forward thinking by some and illegal by others, a controversial proposal for a county-wide Clean Water Utility became a reality this week.
- posted Dec 21, 2010 at 11:30 AM— updated Dec 21, 2010 at 3:10 PM
In November voters restricted the state from raising fees. Monday the move paid off when a planned 2.5 percent ferry fare increase set to start Jan. 1 was scuttled by the Washington State Attorney General’s Office.
- posted Dec 23, 2010 at 7:01 AM— updated Dec 23, 2010 at 9:48 AM
Larry Cort, Langley's planning chief, has resigned from his position and will step down in January.
- posted Dec 23, 2010 at 10:04 AM— updated Dec 27, 2010 at 11:14 AM
It’s 8 a.m. on a Saturday morning and six people are huddled in the doorway of a public bathroom at Ebey’s Landing trying to escape gusts of freezing wind and rain. Two are from Coupeville but most are from South Whidbey, some as far away as Clinton. They’re bundled up in mittens, wool hats, scarves and rain jackets, and each has a pair of binoculars hanging from their necks. Each is also wearing a strange grin that stretches from ear-to-ear. “You have to be wondering who these crazy people are,” said Joe Sheldon. They’re bird watchers with varying degrees of expertise, ranging from those with decades of experience to beginners.
- posted Dec 23, 2010 at 10:10 AM— updated Dec 27, 2010 at 11:16 AM
With a large swath of woods recently preserved on South Whidbey Island, conservation leaders are setting their sights on Central Whidbey.
- posted Jan 4, 2011 at 2:22 PM— updated Jan 4, 2011 at 3:11 PM
Kelly Emerson cast her first votes as the newest member of the Island County Board of Commissioners Monday morning in a brief meeting punctuated by civility.
- posted Jan 5, 2011 at 2:37 PM— updated Jan 6, 2011 at 8:18 AM
The future of the Island County Fair as it has long been known could be in the balance as the Washington State Legislature convenes next week to start hacking away at the state budget.
- posted Jan 7, 2011 at 1:00 PM— updated Jan 10, 2011 at 9:11 AM
Island County Commissioner Kelly Emerson and her husband were assessed $37,000 by the county planning department this week for alleged violations of the county building code, critical areas ordinances and zoning ordinance.
- posted Jan 11, 2011 at 2:38 PM— updated Jan 11, 2011 at 3:40 PM
A forensic odontologist helped investigators identify a body that was washed ashore in Greenbank Dec. 14 as 47-year-old Edwin “Randy” Brown of Arlington, according to the Island County Sheriff’s Office. Brown was last seen on the night of Oct. 9 at a camping site near the Stillaguamish River in Arlington. His friends reported his disappearance to the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office.