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Schools close, traffic crawls as snow storm blankets Whidbey Island

  • Jan 17, 2012 at 10:00AM updated at 2:15PM

Whidbey public schools closed Tuesday and the Puget Sound region is bracing for more snow that is expected to fall this week. Parts of Whidbey were snowed under this week, including Oak Harbor and Clinton, though most areas in between were clear. But it started coming down hard Monday morning, school superintendents announced closures Tuesday, and several inches or more of the white stuff covered the island. It wasn’t unusual to see cars stuck in ditches or unable to make it up hills.

Island Transit cancels bus service today

  • Jan 17, 2012 at 10:00AM updated at 1:58PM

The Tuesday morning snow storm blowing through Whidbey Island prompted Island Transit officials to cancel all bus routes until further notice. Several inches of snow fell Tuesday morning on Whidbey Island and between five and 10 inches of snow is forecast to fall tomorrow. If the conditions continue to worsen, it’s likely buses won’t be traveling on Wednesday.

Sen. Haugen says she'll vote for same-sex marriage law

  • Jan 23, 2012 at 12:17PM

State Sen. Mary Margaret Haugen announced today she will support a proposed law allowing same-sex marriage.

Snow wins struggle against Island County plow, mailboxes

  • Jan 25, 2012 at 10:00AM

A truck that was supposed to make roads safer during last week’s snow storm on Whidbey Island instead fell victim to the ice and snow. It fell on its side. Connie Bowers, assistant county engineer for Island County, said a combined sanding and snowplowing truck went off of Hastie Lake Road at a tight turn and tipped over last Tuesday. The driver wasn’t injured. A tow truck was called to pull the truck out after it was emptied of sand.

Haugen tilts Senate in favor of gay marriage

  • Jan 25, 2012 at 10:00AM

State Sen. Mary Margaret Haugen made national headlines this week for announcing that she will vote in favor of a bill to legalize gay marriages. The Democratic senator’s decision means state lawmakers now have enough votes to pass the marriage equality bill. Haugen, a Camano Island resident, announced her decision Monday after dithering on the issue for weeks while listening to her constituents.

New panels double solar energy output at Greenbank Farm

  • Jan 26, 2012 at 7:00AM

Solar energy is becoming a larger part of Whidbey Island’s publicly owned farm. Workers from Whidbey Sun and Wind have been busy this month installing two more solar arrays at the Greenbank Farm. The new panels will double the energy the solar panel project produces. Two solar panels currently produce 25 kilowatts of power, which will go up to 50 kilowatts when the new panels get connected to the grid this week.

Logging truck accident closes Highway 525

  • Jan 25, 2012 at 8:48AM

FREELAND - A driver hit the back end of a loaded logging truck and was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle after an early morning crash on Highway 525 at Scott Road early Wednesday morning.

Bomb scare suspends Clinton/Mukilteo ferry service

  • Jan 26, 2012 at 11:16AM

A man was arrested Thursday morning for making a bomb scare that suspended service on the Mukilteo-Clinton ferry route.

Bomb scare suspends Clinton-Mukilteo ferry service | UPDATE

  • Jan 26, 2012 at 1:50PM

The Washington State Patrol reported that everything is back to normal for the Clinton-Mukilteo ferry run after a bomb scare suspended service earlier today.

Barefoot Bandit’s insults considered in federal sentence

  • Jan 27, 2012 at 1:00PM updated at 3:58PM

The Barefoot Bandit insulted the Island County sheriff, the prosecutor and members of the media in private while he publicly professed remorse and humility for his high-profile crime spree. The revelations made by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in a sentencing memorandum appeared to have some effect on the sentence 20-year-old Colton Harris-Moore received by from a judge in federal court Friday, though his defense team tried to minimize the damage by releasing other emails that showed Harris-Moore as contrite and modest.

Whidbey General Hospital fine settles Stark Law violations

  • Jan 28, 2012 at 10:00AM

Now that it’s the New Year, administrators at Whidbey General Hospital are hoping to move past well-publicized violations of a complicated federal law which cost the hospital a CEO and more than $850,000. Hospital CEO Tom Tomasino, who took over after the problem emerged, said the administration now has a streamlined, triple-check system to ensure all contracts with physicians are complete and legal, while the hospital has the administrative staffing to deal with the swelling number of contracts and other legal documents.

Volunteer firefighter tradition strained by modern Whidbey Island living

  • Jan 28, 2012 at 9:00AM

So you want to be a firefighter, huh? Great, here’s a helmet and a slicker. Sorry we don’t have money for boots. The next time you hear the sirens go off, come on down and we’ll have some fun.

Island County Commissioners agree on aging pets

  • Jan 28, 2012 at 3:00PM

In China, 2012 is the year of the dragon. On Whidbey Island, it’s the year of the geriatric poodle.

Whidbey Island prepares for electric cars

  • Feb 2, 2012 at 10:00AM

Whidbey Islanders are starting to get a charge out of an emerging technology. A couple of businesses across the island are busy installing the initial charging stations and town leaders are designing regulations to accommodate electric cars.

State law puts brakes on Whidbey Island golf cart movement

  • Jan 31, 2012 at 1:00PM updated Feb 1, 2012 at 10:08AM

Although it was residents of a rural Island County neighborhood who inspired a state law legalizing golf cart zones two years ago, a legal hurdle prevented the county commissioners from following the town of Coupeville’s lead in adopting a golf cart-related ordinance. In fact, the county’s top civil attorney suggested that some jurisdictions, including Coupeville, have acted contrary to law in adopting ordinances for golf cart zones that are more restrictive than allowed by state law.

Islanders balk at Lincoln Day Dinner off-island

  • Feb 7, 2012 at 2:08PM

The Lincoln Day Dinner has long been an important tradition for the Island County Republican Party. It’s a time when candidates make announcements, money is raised for campaigns and people get a chance to mingle. This year it will be a much different event, which has some members of the party upset and skeptical. The April 14 dinner is being held at the Comcast Arena in Everett and the keynote speaker will be John Bolton, the former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. There will even be a professional comedian.

Whidbey students complete Admiralty Head Lighthouse sections

  • Feb 7, 2012 at 2:18PM

“That’s not just a piece of steel. That’s a sculpture,” Archie Nichols of Nichols Brothers Boat Builders in Freeland told Oak Harbor High School students Thursday as he came to pick up the completed midsection of the Admiralty Head Lighthouse’s lantern house. Metal shop students from the three Whidbey Island high schools have, since 2010, been pouring hours into recreating the original lantern house.

Mukilteo ferry terminal upgrade eyed

  • Feb 8, 2012 at 10:00AM

Islanders riding the ferry to Mukilteo will find better facilities sometime in the future, but exactly what they will look like is yet to be decided. The Mukilteo ferry terminal is described by the ferry system as deteriorating and major repairs are needed to continue to provide safe and reliable ferry service.

Former Coupeville dermatologist killed in accident at Deception Pass

  • Feb 12, 2012 at 4:00PM updated Feb 14, 2012 at 2:18PM

A former Coupeville dermatologist who recently made headlines for domestic violence was killed early Sunday morning in a gruesome accident near Deception Pass Bridge. Donald “Russell” Johnson, 53, was thrown from his car after crashing it into a rock embankment and was run over by the trooper who had been pursuing him for speeding and reckless driving.

New nickel an acre land fee probable

  • Feb 22, 2012 at 9:00AM updated Feb 24, 2012 at 11:24AM

As a result of a state Supreme Court decision, it appears that an assessment on Island County property owners will increase.

Wind cancels ferry to Port Townsend

  • Feb 22, 2012 at 9:00AM updated at 11:12AM

Weather conditions canceled Coupeville ferry Wednesday morning. Due to windy conditions, the 9:30 a.m. sailing from Port Townsend and the 10:15 a.m. sailing from Coupeville have been canceled.

South Whidbey Record loses one editor, gains another

  • Feb 26, 2012 at 9:19AM

It’s back to the future as the former editor of the South Whidbey Record returns and the current editor leaves the island for a new opportunity.

Homola faces two more foes for Island County commissioner

  • Mar 2, 2012 at 12:18PM

Island County Commissioner Angie Homola will have at least three challengers in this year’s election. Jill Johnson, director of the Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce, and Phil Collier, owner of Hilltop Auto Service and Express Lube in Oak Harbor, announced their intentions this week to run for the Commissioner District 2 seat.

Gordon makes another run at Island County commissioner

  • Mar 3, 2012 at 10:00AM

Longtime South Whidbey businessman and elected official Curt Gordon is trying again to win his first island-wide position.

Land deal would preserve sensitive Central Whidbey property

  • Mar 7, 2012 at 10:00AM

In an effort to preserve a swath of environmentally sensitive property and secure a future for its popular youth conference center, Seattle Pacific University is looking to sell 50 to 60 acres of woodland, prairie and grassland. But before that can happen, the Whidbey Camano Land Trust, partnering with the state Department of Natural Resources, is looking to secure millions of dollars in state funding to pay for the proposal.

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