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- May 15, 2010 at 5:00AM
It appears likely that Island County officials will ask residents to vote on whether to raise their own taxes this fall to fill a projected shortfall of $1.2 million next year.
- May 25, 2010 at 3:00PM updated Jul 1, 2013 at 3:59PM
Island County voters will decide in the Aug. 17 primary election whether to increase property taxes to cover the county’s budget shortfall.
- Jun 2, 2010 at 5:00AM updated Jun 3, 2013 at 2:58PM
A handful of small publications on Whidbey Island have played an important role in the history of the area. The newspapers documented the people and events, but also focused attention on needs, promoted community projects, stoked outrage, occasionally made folks laugh, and perhaps most of all, educated readers about their own place in the world.
- Jun 5, 2010 at 5:00AM
Whidbey Islanders familiarized themselves with the new digs of their two traditional newspapers Wednesday afternoon.
- Jun 5, 2010 at 5:00AM
The total assessed value of Island County plummeted by 12.3 percent for the tax year 2011, county Assessor Dave Mattens announced Thursday.
- Jun 6, 2010 at 5:00AM
Candidate filing week opens Monday, June 7 and offers a wide range of Island County elected positions, as well as a number of legislative and judicial seats, for potential candidates to strive for. For the first time this year, the Island County Auditor’s Office is allowing candidates to file online and pay filing fees by credit or debit cards electronically.
- Jun 9, 2010 at 9:00AM updated at 11:13AM
State Rep. Barbara Bailey will have a challenger in the November election.
- Jun 11, 2010 at 3:29PM
The Whidbey Camano Land Trust has another 90 days to raise money for the preservation of the former Trillium Woods property northwest of Freeland, trust officials said late Thursday.
- Jun 18, 2010 at 2:00PM updated Jun 21, 2013 at 8:36AM
The sheriff would cut up to 10 deputies, the prosecutor may stop prosecuting about a 1,000 crimes each year, and the health department would have to eliminate a popular childhood nutrition program.
- Jun 26, 2010 at 5:00AM updated Jun 28, 2013 at 9:19AM
An Oak Harbor married couple have made history by becoming the first husband-and-wife team to simultaneously run for separate Island County offices.
- Jul 3, 2010 at 5:00AM updated Jul 6, 2013 at 8:45AM
For some Island County residents, a moment’s inattention behind the wheel is now a lot more expensive. This past December, the North Whidbey Fire District’s Board of Commissioners adopted a policy to seek financial reimbursement from people involved in motor vehicle accidents. The policy, which launched in March, is beginning to pay off.
- Jul 14, 2010 at 12:00PM updated at 3:23PM
Island County wants to be first in line when “barefoot bandit” Colton Harris-Moore returns to the United States to face charges.
- Jul 16, 2010 at 2:03PM
The Island County Board of Commissioners’ charge to educate constituents on Proposition 1 through a series of public meetings came to an end this week with verbal jabs between elected officials and people leaving early in apparent disgust.
- Jul 18, 2010 at 5:00AM
A 47-year-old Langley resident is accused of choking his girlfriend, court documents state. Prosecutors charged Frederick VanBenschoten III in Island County Superior Court June 23 with assault in the second degree by strangulation.
- Jul 19, 2010 at 8:33AM
Worried that Island County voters are woefully unaware of the upcoming property tax increase on the August ballot, a group of South End residents has launched a campaign to get Proposition 1 passed.
- Jul 21, 2010 at 10:00AM updated Jul 22, 2013 at 8:49AM
In light of Island County’s ongoing budget crisis, county commissioners unanimously voted Monday to freeze the salaries of most elected officials.
- Jul 24, 2010 at 5:00AM updated Jul 26, 2013 at 9:30AM
Over the past few months, a lot has been said about Island County’s Proposition 1. The issue has been the subject of news stories and letters to the editor, it’s been discussed at forums sponsored by both the county and political groups, the matter has even been brought before local chamber’s of commerce by individual county commissioners.
- Aug 4, 2010 at 4:00PM updated Aug 6, 2013 at 3:45PM
Leaders from Washington State Ferries are asking Pierce County for a month-to-month extension for the Steilacoom II, which currently serves the Port Townsend-to-Keystone ferry route. The lease the ferry system has with Pierce County expires Aug. 31. The extension is needed because a vibration issue in the newly completed Chetzemoka prompted ferry officials to delay its Aug. 29 start date.
- Aug 7, 2010 at 5:00AM
Whidbey General Hospital has offered the federal government an $854,000 settlement to make good on the hospital’s violation of rules that regulate in-house patient referrals. The offer was made in June as an attempt to address instances in which the hospital breached requirements of the Ethics in Patient Referrals Act of 1989, and subsequent regulations commonly referred to as “Stark” laws.
- Aug 11, 2010 at 5:00AM updated at 1:46PM
The seat for Island County commissioner District 2 won’t be up for grabs for more than two years but the job is already garnering plenty of interest among Republicans.
- Aug 18, 2010 at 6:00AM updated Aug 24, 2013 at 4:29PM
With its impressive profit earnings, top-notch new lending team, and an ever improving reputation, Whidbey Island Bank is once again in the market for new acquisitions.
- Aug 17, 2010 at 9:00PM updated Aug 18, 2013 at 9:20AM
The first count of ballots for Tuesday's primary election doesn't look good for Proposition 1, the property tax increase that officials hoped would fill the $2 million hole in Island County's 2011 current expense fund.
- Aug 27, 2010 at 4:00PM updated Aug 31, 2013 at 4:09PM
Investigators are looking at a number of missing persons cases in the Puget Sound region, including the high-profile disappearance of a Silverdale woman, to find a possible match with a human foot that washed up on the east side of Central Whidbey Island near Greenbank last Friday.
- Sep 8, 2010 at 11:34AM
A county-wide burn ban in effect for the past several months will end today, Sept. 8, at noon.
- Sep 14, 2010 at 3:53PM
Three dozen angry people complained to Island County commissioners Monday morning about plans to spend $20,000 on lawyers for a proposed clean water utility district, which would come with an associated tax on property.