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- Mar 2, 2011 at 11:53AM
High winds are sweeping across Whidbey Island today, toppling trees and branches onto roadways and disrupting ferry service from the island to the Olympic Peninsula.
- Mar 5, 2011 at 10:00AM updated Mar 7, 2013 at 9:10AM
Island County commissioners are hiring a new administrator to oversee three small departments which will be stuck together under one umbrella.
- Mar 12, 2011 at 9:00AM
A motorcyclist accused of leading a deputy on a high-speed chase on South and Central Whidbey last year is facing charges in Island County Superior Court, court documents indicate.
- Mar 12, 2011 at 12:00PM
The Washington State Department of Transportation bridge engineers will extend a truck-mounted, steel arm and bucket over the railing and under the bridges to carry inspectors close to seldom seen parts of the bridge for thorough examination next week using under-bridge-inspection trucks.
- Mar 15, 2011 at 9:00AM updated at 11:17AM
State Sen. Mary Margaret Haugen's message to more than 60 people at a town hall meeting in Coupeville Saturday was to brace for another round of hefty budget cuts. The Legislature trimmed the budget during its special session in December, then made more cuts in February. And before it convenes again this spring, lawmakers expect to chop a whopping $5 billion from the 2011-2013 biennial budget.
- Mar 17, 2011 at 8:37AM
South Whidbey pharmacies are fielding a frenzy of frantic telephone calls from residents searching for potassium iodide pills to protect themselves from radioactive fallout from Japan’s crippled nuclear-power plants.
- Mar 17, 2011 at 8:00AM updated Mar 21, 2013 at 8:22AM
After saying he was forced out of his Emergency Services Director position, Mark Borden is still trying to make a difference at Whidbey General Hospital. Borden, who was contracted through Northwest Emergency Physicians, attended Monday evening's board of commissioners to talk about the situation that he said forced him to leave the position he held for five years. "My striving to provide the best care for patients here on Whidbey Island has, in a large measure, resulted in my termination as director," Borden told the board members.
- Mar 20, 2011 at 10:00AM updated Mar 21, 2013 at 3:08PM
Don’t worry if you haven’t received your property tax bill from Island County yet. Island County Treasurer Ana Maria Nunez announced this week that 2011 property tax statements should be mailed out by Monday, March 21. It’s later than previous years due to the implementation and procedural changes associated with the county’s new property tax software.
- Mar 19, 2011 at 10:00AM
Oak Harbor’s business community got its first in-depth look at Whidbey General Hospital’s proposal for a $50 million expansion this week. Hospital CEO Tom Tomasino gave a 30-minute presentation on the need for the new 40-room addition at the Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce’s monthly luncheon Thursday. But with just three questions from a crowd that easily numbered over 100 people, it’s difficult to tell just how the businessmen and women feel about one of the biggest bond proposals ever to go before Island County voters.
- Mar 23, 2011 at 10:00AM updated at 1:19PM
A boat fire shortly after 10 a.m. Wednesday led to the diversion of the Clinton ferry. "I just glanced up from my desk and all of a sudden I saw flames and the ferry heading toward it," said Elliott Menashe, who lives near Zimmerman Road, north of Randall Point. "I looked up and just couldn't believe it."
- Mar 23, 2011 at 11:29AM
The search is continuing for the man who robbed a bank in Clinton Tuesday.
- Mar 28, 2011 at 9:57AM
Ferry sailings on the Clinton-Mukilteo route this weekend won't be diverted to Edmonds, Washington State Ferries announced today.
- Mar 29, 2011 at 2:59PM
A human foot that was found on a beach in Greenbank last August remains a mystery despite DNA analysis and a database search.
- Apr 3, 2011 at 5:00AM updated Apr 4, 2013 at 10:20AM
Because nobody has yet come forward to write an opposition statement for the upcoming bond election to fund an expansion of Whidbey General Hospital, it’s possible there won’t be any pro-or-con information appearing in the online voter’s pamphlet.
- Apr 4, 2011 at 8:00AM updated at 10:20AM
When Loann Gulick started working at the Island County Auditor’s Office, people went to polling stations and wrote an “X” on paper ballots, then workers in the office tallied them by hand.
- Apr 2, 2011 at 5:00AM updated Apr 5, 2013 at 10:26AM
Former Island County Commissioner Gordon Koetje of Oak Harbor died Wednesday, March 30, at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. Koetje held office in the days when Republicans dominated county politics. In 1992, for example, he served on a board that also included Republicans Dick Caldwell, who represented District 1 on South and Central Whidbey; and Dwain Colby, who represented Camano Island and North Whidbey.
- Apr 5, 2011 at 2:00PM updated Apr 6, 2013 at 1:35PM
The Greenbank Farm Training Program is starting a class this week designed to help beginning farmers, apprentices and aspiring farmers living on Whidbey Island. “Now in our third year, we will be offering weekly classes for 23 weeks on the production and business aspects of starting and managing a successful small farm,” training program director Maryon Attwood said in a news release.
- Apr 8, 2011 at 10:00AM
Greenbank Garden Club’s spring plant sale is from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 16. The event will be in the Greenbank Farm barn, 765 Wonn Rd. This sale is very popular as there are hundreds of plants, shrubs and bulbs donated by the many members of the club and some commercial nurseries as well. This is a major fundraising project for the club, which was founded in 1947. Due to many collective years of gardening experience, the sale is well-organized and the vast collection of plants is labeled clearly.
- Apr 6, 2011 at 3:09PM
Congressman Rick Larsen will host a telephone town hall tonight with constituents from across the 2nd Congressional District to give an update about his work to help get the economy back on track and grow jobs in the Pacific Northwest.
- Apr 7, 2011 at 8:52AM
Nearly 5,500 people across the 2nd District dialed in during Congressman Rick Larsen's telephone town hall Wednesday night, according to officials in the U.S. Representative's office.
- Apr 10, 2011 at 10:00AM updated Apr 11, 2013 at 7:49AM
Results from the 2010 Census show that Island County is graying faster than the state or the nation as a whole. While the county’s total population continues to grow — though not at the rate predicted by the state — the number of people under 18 years old decreased significantly over the last decade.
- Apr 13, 2011 at 10:35AM
The state's newest ferry will is expected to start sea trials today in the waters of Puget Sound, according to officials with Washington State Ferries.
- Apr 15, 2011 at 1:00PM updated Apr 16, 2013 at 10:14AM
Two bills aimed at reducing ferry operating costs, generating revenue to build new vessels and improve performance cleared the state Senate Monday.
- Apr 17, 2011 at 7:00AM
Money to pay for a bottling and packaging facility at the Greenbank Farm won’t materialize in 2011.
- Apr 15, 2011 at 3:00PM updated Apr 18, 2013 at 12:58PM
While most Island County officials hope to begin climbing out of a budget hole this year, Island County Commissioner Kelly Emerson has other plans. During the commissioners’ first budget-related meeting this year, Emerson proposed cutting taxes. Specifically, she said her goals for this year’s budget process are to suspend the usual 1 percent annual property tax increase, sunset some sales taxes, stop “chasing” grant opportunities, reduce the Conservation Futures tax and possibly sell some county property.