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Island County workers protest new hires

  • Mar 2, 2010 at 10:00AM updated at 3:54PM

Members of the largest union of Island County workers sent a complaint letter to county commissioners and filed a grievance in a separate matter last week.

Newspaper staffs move to Coupeville Wednesday

  • Mar 28, 2010 at 5:00AM updated Mar 29, 2010 at 1:42PM

The Whidbey News-Times and South Whidbey Record will move into new, shared office space in Coupeville on Wednesday, March 31. The News-Times’ office on Barrington Drive in Oak Harbor will shut down at the regular 5 p.m. closing time on Tuesday. The South Whidbey Record office in Bayview will close at 3 p.m.

Worker vs. boss for Island County clerk job

  • Apr 3, 2010 at 5:00AM

Working in the Island County Clerk’s Office may become a tad bit awkward when the election season heats up. Oak Harbor resident Debra Van Pelt, an employee at the clerk’s office, announced that she will run against her boss in this fall’s election. Clerk Patricia Terry was appointed to the position by county commissioners last December. They are both Democrats.

WSF's newest vessel, Chetzemoka, sails closer to Keystone

  • Apr 6, 2010 at 10:00AM updated Apr 7, 2010 at 7:50AM

Washington State Ferries' newest vessel made its first voyage Saturday but is still a few months away from service. The Chetzemoka, a 64-car Kwa-di Tabil class ferry, was towed from Todd Pacific Shipyard in Seattle to Everett Shipyard, where it will remain for the next several months. South Whidbey residents enjoyed the view of the vessel passing by.

Freeland doctor enlivens Island County coroner’s race

  • Apr 18, 2010 at 5:00AM updated Apr 19, 2010 at 10:50AM

The race for Island County coroner is alive and kicking. A retired doctor from Freeland announced this week that he will run against the county’s long-time coroner, Robert Bishop, in the election this fall. It will be the first time in 16 years that someone has challenged Bishop’s authority over dead bodies.

Island County assessor faces foe from his own staff in November election

  • Apr 28, 2010 at 5:00AM updated Apr 29, 2010 at 10:20AM

t’s been a tough couple of months for Island County Assessor Dave Mattens. Two separate errors in levy rates came to light after tax bills were sent out. It turned out that a levy analyst in the assessor’s office was responsible for both errors. The county treasurer publicly criticized Mattens, a Democrat, over the snafus.

Two sailings on Keystone route canceled due to rough seas

  • May 3, 2010 at 3:28PM

High winds and rough seas have led to the cancellation of two sailings on the Keystone-Port Townsend route.

Island County weighs asking voters to raise taxes

  • 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.

Island County puts property tax hike on August ballot

  • May 25, 2010 at 3:00PM updated Jul 1, 2010 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.

Whidbey Island newspapers make history together

  • Jun 2, 2010 at 5:00AM updated Jun 3, 2010 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.

Whidbey newspapers open grandly

  • Jun 5, 2010 at 5:00AM

Whidbey Islanders familiarized themselves with the new digs of their two traditional newspapers Wednesday afternoon.

Island County property values plummet; some tax rates to rise

  • 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.

Island County allows online candidate filing

  • 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.

Candidates line up for 2010 Election

  • Jun 9, 2010 at 9:00AM updated at 11:13AM

State Rep. Barbara Bailey will have a challenger in the November election.

UPDATE | Land trust gets 90-day extension to acquire Trillium Woods

  • 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.

Island County budget reductions: In worst case, 10 deputies will be cut

  • Jun 18, 2010 at 2:00PM updated Jun 21, 2010 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.

Oak Harbor husband-wife are first to silmultaneously run for Island County offices

  • Jun 26, 2010 at 5:00AM updated Jun 28, 2010 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.

North Whidbey Fire District bills for accident calls rack up $28,000 so far this year

  • Jul 3, 2010 at 5:00AM updated Jul 6, 2010 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.

Elusive burglar from Island County caught in the Bahamas

  • 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.

Island County levy forum creates heat, light

  • 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.

Bail reduced for Langley choking suspect

  • 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.

South Whidbey residents launch campaign to push Prop. 1

  • 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.

Island County approves freeze in pay raises

  • Jul 21, 2010 at 10:00AM updated Jul 22, 2010 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.

Island County's Proposition 1: Who it will affect and how

  • Jul 24, 2010 at 5:00AM updated Jul 26, 2010 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.

UPDATE: Keystone ferry plans in disarray

  • Aug 4, 2010 at 4:00PM updated Aug 6, 2010 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.

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