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- posted Jun 24, 2011 at 2:20 PM— updated Jun 29, 2011 at 8:32 AM
The process of creating a plan to govern Island County parks has touched on two hot-button issues: hunting and smoking. Island County Public Works Director Bill Oakes recently went to the county commissioners to get guidance on how the new parks plan should address the two concerns. As a result of the commissioners’ counsel, residents can expect smoking restrictions in a handful of county parks and a slight change in hunting rules.
- posted Jun 24, 2011 at 2:49 PM
Island County Commissioner Kelly Emerson’s legal battle against Island County may become even more expensive for her. The attorney representing Island County is asking a judge to force Emerson and her husband to pay the county’s cost of defending against the couple’s lawsuit. The county’s current tab for legal defense is $35,915.
- posted Jun 28, 2011 at 3:48 PM
Flanked by two sheriff’s deputies, accused killer James “Jim” Huden made his first appearance in an Island County courtroom Tuesday after nearly eight years on the run.
- posted Jun 28, 2011 at 5:07 PM
Two-boat service will return to the Coupeville (Keystone)-Port Townsend route in time for the Fourth of July holiday weekend, state ferry officials announced Tuesday.
- posted Jun 29, 2011 at 1:05 PM
Nichols Brothers Boat Builders is looking at expanding its operations into Oak Harbor.
- posted Jul 1, 2011 at 3:04 PM— updated Jul 1, 2011 at 4:05 PM
After nearly four years, two-boat service has been restored on the Port Townsend-to-Coupeville ferry route.
- posted Jul 1, 2011 at 3:50 PM— updated Jul 1, 2011 at 4:06 PM
Island County commissioners may become night owls every so often.
- posted Jul 5, 2011 at 3:24 PM— updated Jul 6, 2011 at 8:32 AM
The road construction season is underway in Island County, which means drivers can expect delays, the summertime smell of hot asphalt and, in the end, smoother roads. Work crews are busy preparing the base, surface, and roadside for 26 miles of roads that will be resurfaced this summer as part of the county’s paving and oiling program.
- posted Jul 5, 2011 at 3:26 PM— updated Jul 6, 2011 at 12:35 PM
Jhonas Burke went through misery that’s shockingly common for teenagers on happy Whidbey Island and elsewhere across the nation. He was so depressed that there were times when he wanted to die. He felt like an outcast, an outsider. Thoughts ran like a freight train through his head, but he had no one to share them with. He’s a smart kid, but he was falling behind in classes at Oak Harbor High School.
- posted Jul 9, 2011 at 10:05 AM
A frantic police search across South Whidbey ended Thursday evening in the arrest of a Clinton woman wanted in the killing of a Bellingham woman earlier this week.
- posted Jul 11, 2011 at 2:57 PM
James "Jim" Huden entered a plea of "not guilty" in the first-degree murder of Russel A. Douglas of Langley during a brief court appearance Monday in Island County Superior Court.
- posted Jul 12, 2011 at 12:38 PM
Hospital leaders hope the second time is the charm. Whidbey General Hospital commissioners Monday evening approved a Feb. 14, 2012, date to send another bond proposal to voters for the same $50 million previously rejected. Proceeds would fund expansion of the hospital’s Coupeville campus.
- posted Jul 12, 2011 at 12:39 PM
Lawmakers and community leaders are slated to celebrate the Greenbank Farm’s latest project. A ribbon cutting event is scheduled Wednesday, July 13, 10:30 a.m. at the Greenbank Farm, which is owned by the Port of Coupeville. Jim Patton, executive director for the port, said Coupeville Mayor Nancy Conard, State Rep. Norma Smith, commissioners for the Port of Coupeville, Island County Commissioner Helen Price Johnson and a delegation from Puget Sound Energy are scheduled to attend the celebration of the array.
- posted Jul 15, 2011 at 1:25 PM— updated Jul 15, 2011 at 2:53 PM
The attorney representing Island County Commissioner Kelly Emerson and her husband in their lawsuit against the county gave such poor advice that he has to fund a portion of the opposing attorney’s fees, a judge ruled.
- posted Jul 15, 2011 at 4:31 PM
The Clinton woman arrested last week in the slaying of a Bellingham resident is being charged with first-degree murder, but authorities now say she may be an accomplice and not the killer.
- posted Jul 19, 2011 at 2:17 PM— updated Jul 19, 2011 at 3:32 PM
A new day is dawning on the Greenbank Farm. Thanks to the help of investors including interested individuals, the Port of Coupeville and Puget Sound Energy, a solar energy project is up and running at the publicly owned farm. Dozens of people ventured to the farm Wednesday morning to celebrate the completion of the first part of the project.
- posted Jul 20, 2011 at 9:27 AM
Service on the Clinton-Mukilteo ferry route was halted Wednesday morning for emergency repairs to the transfer span at the dock, state ferry officials reported just before 9:30 a.m.
- posted Jul 20, 2011 at 10:10 AM
Problems with the transfer span at the Mukiteo Ferry Terminal has shut down the Clinton-Mukilteo route.
- posted Jul 20, 2011 at 11:00 AM
The Clinton-Mukilteo ferry route will be back in service at noon Wednesday.
- posted Jul 22, 2011 at 9:31 AM
A 77-year-old Langley woman was hospitalized Thursday afternoon after her vehicle veered off a section of Highway 20 on Central Whidbey and crashed into heavy brush. According to Washington State Patrol Trooper Chris Merwin, Harriet Jackson was northbound in a blue Nissan Quest minivan at about 5:20 p.m. when the accident occurred.
- posted Jul 22, 2011 at 3:33 PM— updated Jul 27, 2011 at 9:07 AM
Property owners in Island County will have to wait longer than usual to find out if their property values changed. Island County Assessor Mary Engle announced this week that tax valuation notices will be sent out in September, along with new construction notices.
- posted Jul 22, 2011 at 3:46 PM— updated Jul 25, 2011 at 8:04 AM
Beaten and bloody, Peter Brandt lay in the darkness in the back of his own van. His hands and feet were bound with zip ties. He didn’t know where his captor was taking him and he didn’t know if was going to be killed. Brandt didn’t panic, but entered into a dazed state. “The curious thing about it is I felt so relaxed on the ride,” he said. “There was something in me that just went with the flow. I decided that I wasn’t going to be confrontational. I wasn’t going to try to escape.”
- posted Jul 22, 2011 at 5:20 PM
A three-car pileup near the intersection of Coupeville and Highway 20 Friday sent three people to the hospital and caused the busy road to close for about an hour. According to Washington State Patrol Trooper Jason Nichols, Clear Lake resident Robert Richardson, 52, was southbound in a 1994 Ford Explorer at about 2:20 p.m. when he crashed into another vehicle that was stopped at the intersection of NW Broadway Street and Ebey Road.
- posted Jul 29, 2011 at 10:08 AM
Ferry ridership has already increased 35 percent, carrying over 23,000 vehicles, since the addition of a second ferry, the Salish, to the Coupeville-Port Townsend run on July 1.
- posted Jul 29, 2011 at 1:32 PM— updated Aug 1, 2011 at 8:17 AM
A single major difference seems to separate one of the three candidates competing for the open seat on the Port of Coupeville: Whether to support the pending conservation easement for the port’s Greenbank Farm property.