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- posted Nov 10, 2011 at 2:54 PM
Whidbey Island will be smacked by high winds — which may cause flooding along the west coast of the island — Friday afternoon, according to the National Weather Service office in Seattle.
- posted Nov 11, 2011 at 8:04 AM
The National Weather Service office in Seattle has issued a "high wind warning" for the Admiralty Inlet area from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday.
- posted Nov 12, 2011 at 8:17 AM— updated Nov 12, 2011 at 12:36 PM
Three people died from injuries they sustained in a car accident in South Whidbey early Saturday morning. The names of the victims are being withheld pending notification of their next of kin. However, the Washington State Patrol has identified the deceased as three young men, ages 22, 20 and 19. One is from Freeland, another from Langley and the third had a Palmdale, Calif., driver’s license.
- posted Nov 12, 2011 at 12:36 PM
A car crash that killed three young men on Wilkinson Road near Clinton late Friday night has left South Whidbey devastated.
- posted Nov 12, 2011 at 5:08 PM— updated Nov 13, 2011 at 9:04 AM
It was just after midnight Friday, and Robert Volz heard a loud noise and looked out his living room window to see headlights in his driveway. "What the hell's going on?" he asked. He soon found out. Hell was across the street.
- posted Nov 13, 2011 at 9:14 AM
What were voters thinking? Three top Island County officials spent a little more than an hour Wednesday trying to sort that out.
- posted Nov 14, 2011 at 7:06 AM
The National Weather Service in Seattle has issued a gale warning for Admiralty Inlet and the central and east area of the Strait of Juan de Fuca that will remain in effect until 9 a.m. Monday.
- posted Nov 14, 2011 at 2:09 PM
An Island County judge has ordered the driver in a triple-fatality car accident near Clinton held on $150,000 bail.
- posted Nov 15, 2011 at 2:27 PM
The teen driver in the crash that killed three South Whidbey men was charged with three counts of vehicular homicide Tuesday in Island County Superior Court.
- posted Nov 15, 2011 at 2:46 PM— updated Nov 16, 2011 at 11:06 AM
Island County Commissioner Kelly Emerson was snubbed by her colleagues on the board when she sought to become the new chairwoman Monday, further stoking hard feelings between her and the other two commissioners. “You’re out of line in implying that I’m not doing an adequate job and I resent it,” Emerson said in response to Commissioner Angie Homola’s explanation of why she felt Emerson wasn’t ready for the position.
- posted Nov 17, 2011 at 8:41 AM
A steady budget that includes several significant construction projects is scheduled to be approved Friday morning by the Island Transit board of directors. Island Transit officials are currently proposing a $25.6 million budget for the year 2012, which is slightly less than the $26 million budgeted for the current year.
- posted Nov 18, 2011 at 7:15 AM— updated Nov 18, 2011 at 3:23 PM
A pedestrian was killed on Highway 20 Thursday evening at an accident-prone intersection near the Coupeville traffic light. The Washington State Patrol has identified the woman as Coupeville resident Toni Chapman, 61. She was struck by two vehicles at about 5:52 p.m. and died at the scene. Her next of kin were notified by the Island County coroner.
- posted Nov 18, 2011 at 2:15 PM— updated Nov 19, 2011 at 5:26 AM
Island County commissioners increased county current expense fund, county roads and Conservation Futures levies by 1 percent Monday. Budget Director Elaine Marlow gave the commissioners a PowerPoint presentation about the budget just prior to the vote. She explained that the budget the commissioners adopted in October assumed the 1 percent increase and would have to be modified if the increases weren’t adopted. Without the modest hike, she said further cuts may have to be made to programs or the workforce.
- posted Nov 21, 2011 at 7:14 AM
Island County Commissioner Angie Homola will run for re-election.
- posted Nov 21, 2011 at 5:15 PM
The date for the so-called Barefoot Bandit to appear in Island County Superior Court has finally been set. Colton Harris-Moore is scheduled to appear in court on Friday, Dec. 16 to enter guilty pleas to crimes he allegedly committed in the state. Harris-Moore, a 20-year-old Camano Island resident, has already pleaded guilty to seven federal criminal charges in U.S. District Court in Seattle.
- posted Nov 25, 2011 at 10:45 AM— updated Nov 25, 2011 at 11:39 AM
The date for the so-called Barefoot Bandit to appear in Island County Superior Court has finally been set. Colton Harris-Moore, a 20-year-old Camano Island resident, is scheduled to appear in court Friday, Dec. 16, to enter 30 guilty pleas for crimes he allegedly committed in three counties.
- posted Nov 25, 2011 at 10:48 AM— updated Nov 26, 2011 at 6:13 AM
A disagreement about who should be chairperson of the Island County Board of Commissioners escalated Monday after citizens complained about the perceived snub to Commissioner Kelly Emerson. Commissioner Angie Homola, the current chairwoman, struggled to maintain control of the meeting at one point, exclaiming that she didn’t have her gavel, as her fellow commissioners interrupted and talked over each other.
- posted Nov 28, 2011 at 2:33 PM— updated Nov 29, 2011 at 2:25 PM
The teenager who was behind the wheel in a tragic car accident that killed three young men earlier this month near Clinton entered a not-guilty plea during her arraignment on charges of vehicular homicide in Island County Superior Court Monday.
- posted Nov 29, 2011 at 12:14 PM
Island County Commissioner Angie Homola has not filed to run for re-election in 2012. That's the view of the Washington State Public Disclosure Commission, the state agency that serves as a watchdog on campaigns.
- posted Nov 30, 2011 at 3:58 PM— updated Dec 2, 2011 at 12:17 PM
Oak Harbor police are asking for the public's help in finding a 31-year-old woman who disappeared Nov. 25. Detective Sgt. Teri Gardner said Melissa Christine Ellis left her Oak Harbor home sometime between 10 and 11 o'clock on Friday morning. She first told family members that she was headed to Coupeville and then said she was going to the beach.
- posted Dec 1, 2011 at 9:47 AM
Island County Commissioner Angie Homola is now an official candidate in the 2012 Election.
- posted Dec 6, 2011 at 2:15 PM— updated Dec 8, 2011 at 2:36 PM
Island County Commissioner Angie Homola, a Democrat, will seek reelection in 2012 but her bid for the District 2 seat will not go uncontested. On Monday, just two weeks after she declared her candidacy, Oak Harbor City Councilman Jim Campbell announced his intention to challenge Homola for the position as a leading Republican candidate.
- posted Dec 8, 2011 at 4:15 PM
A small airplane has crashed into a bluff near Ebey's Landing.
- posted Dec 8, 2011 at 4:29 PM— updated Dec 9, 2011 at 3:19 PM
A man was killed Thursday when the small aircraft he was piloting crashed into a bluff on Whidbey Island. Authorities identified the pilot late Friday as Michael Heaton Sr., 59, a six-month resident of Whidbey Island.
- posted Dec 13, 2011 at 1:47 PM— updated Dec 14, 2011 at 2:16 PM
A Central Whidbey couple who say they were swindled out of tens of thousands of dollars by a Freeland attorney was evicted from their home last Friday, along with six dogs and a small herd of horses. They are now turning to the community for help so they can continue to care for their family of misfit, aging and disabled animals.