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- Dec 8, 2011 at 4:15PM
A small airplane has crashed into a bluff near Ebey's Landing.
- Dec 8, 2011 at 4:00PM updated Dec 9, 2013 at 3:19PM
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.
- Dec 13, 2011 at 1:00PM updated Dec 14, 2013 at 2:16PM
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.
- Dec 16, 2011 at 2:00PM
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.
- Dec 14, 2011 at 10:00AM updated at 12:31PM
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.
- Dec 15, 2011 at 4:00PM updated Dec 16, 2013 at 8:58AM
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.
- Dec 16, 2011 at 3:11PM
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.
- Dec 21, 2011 at 10:00AM
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.
- Dec 20, 2011 at 2:48PM
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.
- Dec 21, 2011 at 8:39AM
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.
- Dec 21, 2011 at 1:00PM
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.
- Dec 21, 2011 at 11:46AM
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.
- Dec 23, 2011 at 8:24AM
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.
- Dec 26, 2011 at 10:00AM
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.
- Dec 23, 2011 at 1:28PM
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
- Dec 26, 2011 at 2:00PM updated Dec 27, 2013 at 9:43AM
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.
- Dec 27, 2011 at 11:37AM
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.
- Dec 27, 2011 at 1:37PM
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.
- Dec 29, 2011 at 2:00PM
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.
- Dec 28, 2011 at 12:47PM
Whidbey Island will remain in Washington's 2nd Congressional District, according to the latest draft map presented to Washington State Redistricting Commission.
- Jan 5, 2012 at 10:00AM updated at 2:55PM
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.
- Jan 3, 2012 at 2:00PM updated Jan 4, 2013 at 1:03PM
Claire Marie Lastinger arrives Jan. 2 at 2:20 a.m. to become the first baby born on Whidbey Island for2012. First-time dad and mom, Aviation Electrician’s Mate 3rd Class Cameron and Bethany Lastinger,both of Lusby, Md., agreed they could not have asked for a better delivery at Naval Hospital Oak Harbor.Claire weighed 5 pounds, 5 ounces, and measured 19 inches. Cameron works with the VP-40 FightingMarlins’ Maintenance Department.
- Jan 4, 2012 at 11:05AM
One lane of traffic on Highway 20 was closed Wednesday morning as the result of a single vehicle rollover accident next to the Navy’s Outlying Field south of Coupeville. A woman was driving a Ford F-150 pickup south on Highway 20 when she lost control of the vehicle, crossed the northbound lane and ended up upside down in the ditch north of the intersection with Pleasant Acres Lane.
- Jan 8, 2012 at 7:00PM updated Jan 9, 2013 at 8:18AM
A Coupeville man was killed and his wife seriously injured in a motorcycle accident on Central Whidbey Sunday. The Washington State Patrol is reporting that 68-year-old Gale W Tappe died at the scene and his wife, 55-year-old Joan M Tappe, was transported to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.
- Jan 10, 2012 at 1:36PM
Whidbey Island’s three state legislators are gearing up for a new session starting this week that likely includes more program cuts.