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- posted Mar 1, 2011 at 12:55 PM
Penn Cove’s humble but famous mollusk will be celebrated during Coupeville’s first festival of 2011. The Penn Cove MusselFest begins Friday night and continues throughout the weekend. The three-day event March 4-6 features a chowder contest, live music and, seemingly, billions and billions of mussels. The festival kicks off Friday night with the “Mussel Mingle” at the Coupeville Recreation Hall located on Alexander Street beginning at 5:30 p.m.
- posted Mar 1, 2011 at 3:39 PM
Whidbey General Hospital’s strategic plan calls for replacing the hospital’s 40-year-old inpatient wing with proceeds from a $50 million bond issue in May, if voters approve a property tax increase.
- posted Mar 1, 2011 at 3:57 PM— updated Mar 2, 2011 at 4:10 PM
Members of a task force dedicated to protecting Whidbey Island Naval Air Station have uninvited two Island County commissioners from a trip to the Pentagon following a turf war among commissioners over who will represent the base.
- posted Mar 2, 2011 at 11:53 AM
High winds are sweeping across Whidbey Island today, toppling trees and branches onto roadways and disrupting ferry service from the island to the Olympic Peninsula.
- posted Mar 4, 2011 at 2:13 PM— updated Mar 7, 2011 at 9:10 AM
Island County commissioners are hiring a new administrator to oversee three small departments which will be stuck together under one umbrella.
- posted Mar 11, 2011 at 2:40 PM— updated Mar 11, 2011 at 3:41 PM
A motorcyclist accused of leading a deputy on a high-speed chase on South and Central Whidbey last year is facing charges in Island County Superior Court, court documents indicate.
- posted Mar 11, 2011 at 2:42 PM
The Washington State Department of Transportation bridge engineers will extend a truck-mounted, steel arm and bucket over the railing and under the bridges to carry inspectors close to seldom seen parts of the bridge for thorough examination next week using under-bridge-inspection trucks.
- posted Mar 15, 2011 at 10:04 AM— updated Mar 15, 2011 at 11:17 AM
State Sen. Mary Margaret Haugen's message to more than 60 people at a town hall meeting in Coupeville Saturday was to brace for another round of hefty budget cuts. The Legislature trimmed the budget during its special session in December, then made more cuts in February. And before it convenes again this spring, lawmakers expect to chop a whopping $5 billion from the 2011-2013 biennial budget.
- posted Mar 17, 2011 at 8:37 AM
South Whidbey pharmacies are fielding a frenzy of frantic telephone calls from residents searching for potassium iodide pills to protect themselves from radioactive fallout from Japan’s crippled nuclear-power plants.
- posted Mar 17, 2011 at 8:53 AM— updated Mar 21, 2011 at 8:22 AM
After saying he was forced out of his Emergency Services Director position, Mark Borden is still trying to make a difference at Whidbey General Hospital. Borden, who was contracted through Northwest Emergency Physicians, attended Monday evening's board of commissioners to talk about the situation that he said forced him to leave the position he held for five years. "My striving to provide the best care for patients here on Whidbey Island has, in a large measure, resulted in my termination as director," Borden told the board members.
- posted Mar 18, 2011 at 3:07 PM— updated Mar 21, 2011 at 3:08 PM
Don’t worry if you haven’t received your property tax bill from Island County yet. Island County Treasurer Ana Maria Nunez announced this week that 2011 property tax statements should be mailed out by Monday, March 21. It’s later than previous years due to the implementation and procedural changes associated with the county’s new property tax software.
- posted Mar 18, 2011 at 3:33 PM
Oak Harbor’s business community got its first in-depth look at Whidbey General Hospital’s proposal for a $50 million expansion this week. Hospital CEO Tom Tomasino gave a 30-minute presentation on the need for the new 40-room addition at the Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce’s monthly luncheon Thursday. But with just three questions from a crowd that easily numbered over 100 people, it’s difficult to tell just how the businessmen and women feel about one of the biggest bond proposals ever to go before Island County voters.
- posted Mar 23, 2011 at 10:49 AM— updated Mar 23, 2011 at 1:19 PM
A boat fire shortly after 10 a.m. Wednesday led to the diversion of the Clinton ferry. "I just glanced up from my desk and all of a sudden I saw flames and the ferry heading toward it," said Elliott Menashe, who lives near Zimmerman Road, north of Randall Point. "I looked up and just couldn't believe it."
- posted Mar 23, 2011 at 11:29 AM
The search is continuing for the man who robbed a bank in Clinton Tuesday.
- posted Mar 28, 2011 at 9:57 AM— updated Mar 28, 2011 at 10:01 AM
Ferry sailings on the Clinton-Mukilteo route this weekend won't be diverted to Edmonds, Washington State Ferries announced today.
- posted Mar 29, 2011 at 2:59 PM— updated Mar 29, 2011 at 3:21 PM
A human foot that was found on a beach in Greenbank last August remains a mystery despite DNA analysis and a database search.
- posted Apr 1, 2011 at 2:52 PM— updated Apr 4, 2011 at 10:20 AM
Because nobody has yet come forward to write an opposition statement for the upcoming bond election to fund an expansion of Whidbey General Hospital, it’s possible there won’t be any pro-or-con information appearing in the online voter’s pamphlet.
- posted Apr 1, 2011 at 2:55 PM— updated Apr 4, 2011 at 10:20 AM
When Loann Gulick started working at the Island County Auditor’s Office, people went to polling stations and wrote an “X” on paper ballots, then workers in the office tallied them by hand.
- posted Apr 1, 2011 at 3:23 PM— updated Apr 5, 2011 at 10:26 AM
Former Island County Commissioner Gordon Koetje of Oak Harbor died Wednesday, March 30, at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. Koetje held office in the days when Republicans dominated county politics. In 1992, for example, he served on a board that also included Republicans Dick Caldwell, who represented District 1 on South and Central Whidbey; and Dwain Colby, who represented Camano Island and North Whidbey.
- posted Apr 5, 2011 at 2:30 PM— updated Apr 6, 2011 at 1:35 PM
The Greenbank Farm Training Program is starting a class this week designed to help beginning farmers, apprentices and aspiring farmers living on Whidbey Island. “Now in our third year, we will be offering weekly classes for 23 weeks on the production and business aspects of starting and managing a successful small farm,” training program director Maryon Attwood said in a news release.
- posted Apr 5, 2011 at 2:49 PM— updated Apr 6, 2011 at 1:36 PM
Greenbank Garden Club’s spring plant sale is from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 16. The event will be in the Greenbank Farm barn, 765 Wonn Rd. This sale is very popular as there are hundreds of plants, shrubs and bulbs donated by the many members of the club and some commercial nurseries as well. This is a major fundraising project for the club, which was founded in 1947. Due to many collective years of gardening experience, the sale is well-organized and the vast collection of plants is labeled clearly.
- posted Apr 6, 2011 at 3:09 PM
Congressman Rick Larsen will host a telephone town hall tonight with constituents from across the 2nd Congressional District to give an update about his work to help get the economy back on track and grow jobs in the Pacific Northwest.
- posted Apr 7, 2011 at 8:52 AM
Nearly 5,500 people across the 2nd District dialed in during Congressman Rick Larsen's telephone town hall Wednesday night, according to officials in the U.S. Representative's office.
- posted Apr 8, 2011 at 3:48 PM— updated Apr 11, 2011 at 7:49 AM
Results from the 2010 Census show that Island County is graying faster than the state or the nation as a whole. While the county’s total population continues to grow — though not at the rate predicted by the state — the number of people under 18 years old decreased significantly over the last decade.
- posted Apr 13, 2011 at 10:35 AM
The state's newest ferry will is expected to start sea trials today in the waters of Puget Sound, according to officials with Washington State Ferries.