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- 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.
- posted Jul 29, 2011 at 1:59 PM— updated Aug 1, 2011 at 8:17 AM
A benign proposal turned into a test of wills during an Island County commissioners meeting Monday, but ended in compromise. The proposal in question would have set a public hearing at 10:20 a.m. on Aug. 15 for a change in the county’s code that would decriminalize certain animal control violations. But Commissioner Kelly Emerson said the public hearing should be delayed until 6 p.m. on the fourth Monday of the month in order to comply with county code. The code she referred to states that “when possible, public hearings will be held on the fourth Monday meeting, beginning at 6 p.m.”
- posted Jul 29, 2011 at 2:38 PM— updated Aug 1, 2011 at 8:18 AM
Island County Commissioner Kelly Emerson used a new wetland report as an opportunity to write scathing letters to her fellow commissioners and her former political opponent over their roles in the events surrounding her unsuccessful lawsuit against the county.
- posted Jul 29, 2011 at 2:48 PM— updated Aug 1, 2011 at 8:48 AM
Whidbey General Hospital officials are scrambling to find a dermatologist to serve the island after Dr. Donald Russell Johnson abruptly closed the doors to his Coupeville office without warning two weeks ago. Johnson also shuttered his swanky Island Medical Spa businesses in both Coupeville and Anacortes, as well as his Anacortes practice.
- posted Aug 1, 2011 at 1:16 PM— updated Aug 1, 2011 at 2:07 PM
The first candidate has jumped into the race to serve in the position now held by Island County Commissioner Helen Price Johnson. Robert "Jeff" Lauderdale has filed as a Republican candidate in the 2012 race to represent District 1 on the Island County Board of Commissioners.
- posted Aug 2, 2011 at 1:23 PM— updated Aug 4, 2011 at 8:55 AM
A proposal to hike ferry fares was the focus of a community meeting in Coupeville Tuesday, July 26, but one of the concerns addressed, regarding “build’em in Washington,” is an old argument and one not easily solved. However, it’s not impossible, according to some state lawmakers. “Everything should be on the table,” said Legislative District 10 Rep. Norma Smith, R-Clinton.
- posted Aug 2, 2011 at 2:23 PM— updated Aug 4, 2011 at 8:54 AM
Motorists traveling between Oak Harbor and Coupeville will endure significant delays this week due to a construction project. The east side of Highway 20 around the intersection with Arnold Road will close starting at 7 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 4, until 7 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 6. During the three-day-long lane closure a pilot car will guide motorists through the construction areas. The lane closure is expected to cause significant delays especially during peak travel times.
- posted Aug 4, 2011 at 11:44 AM— updated Aug 5, 2011 at 2:44 PM
The Island County Sheriff’s Office is looking for help in identifying two men who committed a theft at the Clinton Liquor Store shortly before 7 p.m. Saturday, July 30.
- posted Aug 5, 2011 at 1:58 PM
This month a celebrity is scheduled to visit Whidbey Island. After her breakout role in the 1990s flick “Star Trek: Generations,” this actress entered the big leagues and starred alongside heartthrob Johnny Depp in “Pirates of the Carribean: The Curse of the Black Pearl” in 2003.
- posted Aug 9, 2011 at 9:14 AM
COUPEVILLE — The second suspect in the 2003 Christmastime murder of Russel Douglas will make her first court appearance in Island County Superior Court next week, according to the Island County Prosecutor's Office.
- posted Aug 9, 2011 at 10:11 AM— updated Aug 9, 2011 at 3:27 PM
The Port Townsend to Coupeville ferry route is back to one-boat service due to a mechanical problem on the Chetzemoka. Engineers on the 64-car ferry discovered a small leak in the vessel’s keel cooler, which prompted officials to pull the Chetzemoka from service, according to an email from Marta Coursey, spokesperson for Washington State Ferries.
- posted Aug 12, 2011 at 2:25 PM
The Whidbey Environmental Action Network, commonly known as WEAN, is well known for bringing litigation against Island County over land-use policy and other environmental issues, having scored major victories on a number of occasions.
- posted Aug 15, 2011 at 8:10 AM
Charging that Island County government needs a "course correction," Robert "Jeff" Lauderdale officially announced Saturday that he will be running as a Republican candidate in the 2012 race to represent District 1 on the board of county commissioners.
- posted Aug 16, 2011 at 2:09 PM
The second suspect in the brutal 2003 murder of a Langley man made her first appearance in Island County Superior Court Tuesday.
- posted Aug 16, 2011 at 2:31 PM— updated Aug 18, 2011 at 9:31 AM
A plan to further protect the publicly owned Greenbank Farm appears to have hit an impasse with Island County which is eyeing part of the land for a parking lot. The Port of Coupeville, which owns much of the farm, wants an easement to add a layer of protection for the agricultural and environmentally sensitive land while bringing in money to replenish depleted cash reserves. Island County wants language for a commuter parking lot included in the document.
- posted Aug 17, 2011 at 8:28 AM
Charging that Island County government needs a “course correction,” Robert “Jeff” Lauderdale officially announced Saturday that he will be running as a Republican candidate in the 2012 race to represent District 1 on the board of county commissioners.
- posted Aug 23, 2011 at 3:00 PM
The bail for the former beautician and beauty queen charged in the first-degree murder of a Langley man was cut from $5 million to $500,000 at her bail hearing Tuesday in Island County Superior Court.
- posted Aug 25, 2011 at 1:01 PM
Karla Gilbert attracted a few curious stares Thursday while standing near the end of the Coupeville Wharf. She's going to get a lot more interested looks in the months to come, though.
- posted Aug 29, 2011 at 9:38 AM
Robert "Jeff" Lauderdale's campaign is off to a running start — in fundraising, at least.
- posted Aug 29, 2011 at 1:44 PM
Hunters will have fewer days to bag a deer on the Trillium woods property, officials with the Whidbey Camano Land Trust announced today.
- posted Sep 2, 2011 at 11:47 AM
COUPEVILLE — An Island County Superior Court judge has agreed to release accused murderer and former beauty queen Peggy Sue Thomas out on bail.
- posted Sep 3, 2011 at 9:11 AM
Island County Commissioner Helen Price Johnson will run for reelection. Price Johnson said she was running for a second term because she wanted to see follow-up work completed on a number of issues.
Officials stay mum on third suspect in Douglas murder: Documents show county has had more than two suspects since 2005
- posted Sep 4, 2011 at 10:17 AM
Though only two people have been arrested in the 2003 murder of Russel Douglas, Island County law enforcement officials have long suspected that three people were involved in the Christmastime killing of the former Langley resident.