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- Oct 22, 2011 at 10:00AM updated at 8:05PM
Once a construction project is complete, Island Transit’s headquarters will be more than eight times larger than its current home. Island Transit, widely known for its free bus service, was recently awarded $17.92 million in federal funding to help pay for a 51,000-square-foot transit center on Central Whidbey Island that will include new administrative offices, maintenance bays for its fleet and a refueling facility.
- Oct 24, 2011 at 4:02PM
COUPEVILLE — A Freeland man accused of stabbing his parents in their Bush Point Terrace home earlier this month entered two pleas of not guilty on first-degree assault charges at his arraignment Monday in Island County Superior Court.
- Oct 28, 2011 at 1:00PM
Freeland’s Nichols Brothers Boat Builders is finding plenty of friends this year as yet another public agency is expressing interest in helping the private boatbuilder expand its operations to Oak Harbor. At the Oak Harbor City Council’s regular Tuesday meeting last week, Port of South Whidbey Commissioner Geoff Tapert proposed a radical new idea in which the port would become the primary lessee of the Seaplane Base property sought by Nichols Brothers.
- Oct 26, 2011 at 10:00AM
Mike McVay begins his investigations by hopping into his little pickup and maneuvering through a maze of rural county roads, finding what he calls the “hidden nooks and crannies” of South and Central Whidbey. He stops when he gets to the water. McVay, a semi-retired chainsaw artist, has a unusual skill for finding little — and sometimes rather large — pieces of beach, tideland and even bluffs that belong to the public, but whose ownership may have been lost, forgotten or fogged up over the years.
- Oct 28, 2011 at 10:00AM updated Oct 29, 2013 at 5:11AM
Island County officials have been trying to find money to build a new road on Central Whidbey for more than a decade. This fall they had some modest success. Public Works Director Bill Oakes said the county received a $790,000 grant from the Federal Highway Administration for design work, permitting and to purchase some right-of-way property for a new road that would link Houston and Race roads.
- Oct 27, 2011 at 7:53AM
A judge refused to accept a guilty plea from a Greenbank man charged with second-degree unlawful possession of a firearm in Island County Superior Court Monday, and said she wanted more information on the man’s mental state before accepting his plea.
- Oct 27, 2011 at 8:21AM
Whidbey residents awoke to flashing alarm clocks Wednesday morning thanks to a brief power outage overnight. A Puget Sound Energy spokesperson said at a crossarm on a power pole broke near March Point in Skagit County causing the power on Whidbey to go out for only a few seconds.
- Oct 29, 2011 at 10:00AM
An elderly Camano Island resident who was convicted of killing his best friend six years ago died in prison over the weekend.
- Oct 31, 2011 at 3:17PM
The former hairdresser and beauty queen who has been charged as an accomplice in the 2003 murder of a Langley man entered a plea of not guilty to a charge of first-degree murder Monday in Island County Superior Court.
- Nov 1, 2011 at 11:12AM
Island County Commissioner Helen Price Johnson has overtaken challenger Robert "Jeff" Lauderdale in campaign fundraising in their District 1 race for the 2012 election.
- Nov 4, 2011 at 10:00AM
It’s the time of year again for Island County commissioners to consider increasing the cost of doing business with the planning department. This time around, planning officials are advocating several new fees, increases in a range of fees and the elimination of one fee.
- Nov 3, 2011 at 10:00AM
After three years of legal wrangling that made its way to the state Court of Appeals, the case against a 51-year-old Freeland businessman accused of injuring a passenger while driving intoxicated has finally been resolved. LeRoy Olsen III pleaded guilty to driving under the influence and reckless endangerment as part of a plea bargain. He was originally facing a felony vehicular assault charge.
- Nov 8, 2011 at 3:20PM
The budget the Island County commissioners adopted just last month may have to be revised, possibly even before the end of the year, if state lawmakers adopt $2 billion in cuts proposed by Gov. Chris Gregoire.
- Nov 10, 2011 at 2:54PM
Whidbey Island will be smacked by high winds — which may cause flooding along the west coast of the island — Friday afternoon, according to the National Weather Service office in Seattle.
- Nov 11, 2011 at 8:04AM
The National Weather Service office in Seattle has issued a "high wind warning" for the Admiralty Inlet area from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday.
- Nov 12, 2011 at 8:00AM updated at 12:36PM
Three people died from injuries they sustained in a car accident in South Whidbey early Saturday morning. The names of the victims are being withheld pending notification of their next of kin. However, the Washington State Patrol has identified the deceased as three young men, ages 22, 20 and 19. One is from Freeland, another from Langley and the third had a Palmdale, Calif., driver’s license.
- Nov 12, 2011 at 12:36PM
A car crash that killed three young men on Wilkinson Road near Clinton late Friday night has left South Whidbey devastated.
- Nov 12, 2011 at 5:00PM updated Nov 13, 2013 at 9:04AM
It was just after midnight Friday, and Robert Volz heard a loud noise and looked out his living room window to see headlights in his driveway. "What the hell's going on?" he asked. He soon found out. Hell was across the street.
- Nov 13, 2011 at 9:14AM
What were voters thinking? Three top Island County officials spent a little more than an hour Wednesday trying to sort that out.
- Nov 14, 2011 at 7:06AM
The National Weather Service in Seattle has issued a gale warning for Admiralty Inlet and the central and east area of the Strait of Juan de Fuca that will remain in effect until 9 a.m. Monday.
- Nov 14, 2011 at 2:09PM
An Island County judge has ordered the driver in a triple-fatality car accident near Clinton held on $150,000 bail.
- Nov 15, 2011 at 2:27PM
The teen driver in the crash that killed three South Whidbey men was charged with three counts of vehicular homicide Tuesday in Island County Superior Court.
- Nov 15, 2011 at 2:46PM
Island County Commissioner Kelly Emerson was snubbed by her colleagues on the board when she sought to become the new chairwoman Monday, further stoking hard feelings between her and the other two commissioners. “You’re out of line in implying that I’m not doing an adequate job and I resent it,” Emerson said in response to Commissioner Angie Homola’s explanation of why she felt Emerson wasn’t ready for the position.
- Nov 17, 2011 at 8:41AM
A steady budget that includes several significant construction projects is scheduled to be approved Friday morning by the Island Transit board of directors. Island Transit officials are currently proposing a $25.6 million budget for the year 2012, which is slightly less than the $26 million budgeted for the current year.
- Nov 18, 2011 at 7:00AM updated at 3:23PM
A pedestrian was killed on Highway 20 Thursday evening at an accident-prone intersection near the Coupeville traffic light. The Washington State Patrol has identified the woman as Coupeville resident Toni Chapman, 61. She was struck by two vehicles at about 5:52 p.m. and died at the scene. Her next of kin were notified by the Island County coroner.
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