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- 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.
- posted Dec 13, 2011 at 2:18 PM
In response to complaints from state park users, the Legislature is considering bills that would allow a Discover Pass to be used with two vehicles.
- posted Dec 13, 2011 at 2:52 PM— updated Dec 14, 2011 at 12:31 PM
People who are curious about the Barefoot Bandit should stay away from Coupeville Friday and instead go online to catch live action from the courtroom, law enforcement officials are begging. Colton Harris-Moore, the world-famous burglar and airplane thief, will be in Island County Superior Court Friday to enter 30 guilty pleas for crimes he allegedly committed in three counties. A media circus is coming to town. Detective Ed Wallace with the Island County Sheriff’s Office is coordinating the expected onslaught of TV cameras and reporters. He said the major TV networks will all be at the hearing, including NBC’s Dateline and possibly CBS’s 48 Hours.
- posted Dec 15, 2011 at 4:41 PM— updated Dec 16, 2011 at 8:58 AM
Island County officials are warning that the county's website might crash if a mass of curious folks log on to watch the Barefoot Bandit's sentencing hearing in Coupeville Friday. As a result, the company that runs the county's video streaming service is encouraging people to go directly to the firm's website, www.avcaptureall.com. It has a link to the live stream of the Colton Harris-Moore hearing, beginning at 9:30 a.m.
- posted Dec 16, 2011 at 3:11 PM
Colton Harris-Moore appeared in Island County Superior Court for sentencing Friday but the Barefoot Bandit's entourage, expected to number in the hundreds or more, never showed.
- posted Dec 20, 2011 at 2:32 PM— updated Dec 21, 2011 at 8:32 AM
After 26 years of service, Whidbey Island’s only Planned Parenthood clinic will close Dec. 31. The clinic is located at 3159 N. Goldie Road in Oak Harbor. Clinics in Forks and Silverdale will also close as the organization copes with state and federal funding losses.
- posted Dec 20, 2011 at 2:48 PM
Jan Holmes, a longtime WSU/Island County Beach Watcher who was honored in 2010 with a KIRO/Cox Conserves Heroes award, passed away Dec. 15 after a lengthy battle with cancer. She was 61.
- posted Dec 21, 2011 at 8:39 AM
A 58-year-old Seattle man with family in Oak Harbor has been tentatively identified as the person who jumped off the ferry M/V Cathlamet as the ship was approaching Whidbey Island on Dec. 11.
- posted Dec 21, 2011 at 8:48 AM
Jay Wallace won’t be getting his badge back. A federal court judge has ruled against the former deputy sheriff and said Island County was justified in firing Wallace after he shirked his duty in responding to 911 calls in Freeland where a woman was being held hostage and assaulted in early 2006.
- posted Dec 21, 2011 at 11:46 AM
Police are presently searching for a man who is believed to have broken into a house off Smugglers Cove Road this morning and then assaulted the homeowner. According to Island County Undersheriff Kelly Mauck, the incident occurred shortly before 11 a.m. on the 200 block of Kolia Place, about one and half miles south of Lagoon Point Road.
- posted Dec 23, 2011 at 8:24 AM
Glenn Perkins said it was hard to tell who was more surprised: The burglar who was caught red-handed, or Perkins, who discovered the intruder who slipped into his South Whidbey home Wednesday and interrupted his morning coffee.
- posted Dec 23, 2011 at 1:18 PM
The incoming commissioner for the Port of Coupeville asked without success that work to add further protections for the Greenbank Farm be suspended for several weeks.
- posted Dec 23, 2011 at 1:28 PM
A bundle of paper known as the Island County parks plan could have a wide impact on how Whidbey Islanders recreate in the future. Among the highlights of the plan is a policy to phase out the county’s investment in traditional recreation facilities, such as ball parks, and encourage hiking, bicycling and other low-impact activities. The policy guide suggests that hunting should be allowed in three large parks, but the areas should be closed to non-hunters during the season.
Community reacts to death of Zippy Leonard; counseling sessions set up for classmates of beloved 9-year-old | UPDATE
- posted Dec 26, 2011 at 2:10 PM— updated Dec 27, 2011 at 9:43 AM
South Whidbey is beset with immeasurable shock and sadness over the tragic Christmas Day death of a precious 9-year-old girl in a freak accident Sunday.
- posted Dec 27, 2011 at 11:37 AM
The Island County Sheriff's Office has released a sketch of the man who broke into a home on Kolia Place and assaulted a homeowner during a burglary last week.
- posted Dec 27, 2011 at 1:37 PM
Everett police are investigating an early morning shooting incident that occurred Saturday and involved a Whidbey Island man. According to Everett Police Department Sgt. Robert Goetz, shortly before 4 a.m., patrol officers responded to multiple 911 calls at a location on the 1800 block of 18th street.
- posted Dec 27, 2011 at 2:22 PM— updated Dec 29, 2011 at 1:11 PM
It won’t be long until patient surveys will have a financial impact on critical access hospitals like Whidbey General Hospital, according to Teresa Fulton, director of quality and patient safety at the hospital. This inevitability has pushed hospital officials to give even more emphasis to an ongoing effort aimed at teaching personnel to communicate effectively and courteously with patients and their families.
- posted Dec 28, 2011 at 12:47 PM
Whidbey Island will remain in Washington's 2nd Congressional District, according to the latest draft map presented to Washington State Redistricting Commission.
- posted Jan 3, 2012 at 2:03 PM— updated Jan 5, 2012 at 2:55 PM
Building permit fees in Island County in 2012 are now pegged to a standardized format used by many jurisdictions in the state and across the nation. The change, however, results in an increase in building permit fees that will have to be paid by anyone building a new house or adding on to an existing home in the county.