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- Oct 2, 2010 at 5:00AM updated Oct 5, 2013 at 4:00PM
Politically and philosophically, there’s a chasm dividing the two candidates running for the Island County District 3 commissioner position.
- Oct 5, 2010 at 2:00PM updated Oct 6, 2013 at 8:56AM
The Island County commissioners’ first official meeting on a deep-cutting budget that will result in the loss of 30 positions and the elimination of a number of programs was surprisingly amicable.
- Oct 6, 2010 at 2:00PM updated Oct 7, 2013 at 8:17AM
Dr. Robert Bishop left his full-time veterinary practice 16 years ago when he was elected Island County coroner, and that’s a job he hopes voters will let him retain in the Nov. 2 election. Bishop keeps his DVM credentials up-to-date and fills in for a veterinary friend on the island, but his true avocation is Island County coroner.
- Oct 8, 2010 at 3:00PM updated Oct 12, 2013 at 9:33AM
The Washington State Department of Transportation announced Friday afternoon that the inaugural sailing of the 64-car Chetzemoka will take place Sunday, Nov. 14 from the Coupeville ferry terminal at Keystone Harbor.
- Oct 13, 2010 at 12:00PM updated Oct 14, 2013 at 9:05AM
A 47-year-old man died at Deception Pass in what appears to be an accidental fall near the Fidalgo Avenue side of the bridge sometime between Monday evening and Tuesday morning. Arlington resident Arthur Dunphy fell from the cliff near the pulloff located north of the Deception Pass Bridge, said Park Ranger Jack Hartt.
- Oct 16, 2010 at 5:00AM updated Oct 18, 2013 at 12:59PM
Island County Commissioner John Dean sent out about 20,000 copies of a mailer this week that his Republican opponent, Kelly Emerson, characterized as “a hit piece” and “mudslinging.” But even more significant, perhaps, is the story behind the negative ad. The alleged county code violation by Emerson and her husband may be even more serious and long-standing than is indicated in the mailer, while she accuses Dean of inappropriately using his authority to pressure the planning department to pursue the issue.
- Oct 20, 2010 at 5:00AM updated at 9:13AM
In the race for Position 1 in the state Legislature’s 10th District, incumbent Norma Smith, R-Clinton, very nearly won another two years in Olympia simply by default.
- Oct 21, 2010 at 5:00AM updated at 8:06AM
The race for Island County treasurer is a contest between pragmatism and ideology. In the pragmatic corner is Oak Harbor resident Ana Maria Nunez, a Democrat and the current chief deputy treasurer. She’s a feisty certified public accountant and a former scientist who’s earned the endorsement of current Treasurer Linda Riffe.
- Oct 20, 2010 at 9:00AM updated Oct 21, 2013 at 8:43AM
The Washington State Transportation Commission is proposing a 2.5 increase in ferry fares on all routes in the ferry system.
- Nov 2, 2010 at 9:00PM updated Nov 4, 2013 at 3:16PM
Election night was a big success for the Republican establishment in Island County. The first count of ballots Tuesday night showed that all of the county candidates endorsed by the county's Republican party are likely to win, though that doesn't mean the Democrats didn't have any successes. Democratic candidates lead in two races against Republican candidates who didn't earn their party's endorsements.
- Nov 3, 2010 at 12:22PM
North Whidbey voters are making Republican Kelly Emerson the next Island County commissioner, according to a Record review of early precinct returns in the race for the District 3 seat.
- Nov 4, 2010 at 11:51AM
Incumbent Democratic Island County Commissioner John Dean pulled closer to Republican challenger Kelly Emerson in the race for the District 3 seat on the county board of commissioners, according to the most recent vote tally released Wednesday evening.
- Nov 4, 2010 at 5:00PM updated Nov 5, 2013 at 8:52AM
Republican challenger Kelly Emerson now leads by 536 votes in the race. She has 15,556 votes to Dean's 15,020.
- Nov 5, 2010 at 3:50PM
Leaders on Central Whidbey were shocked Friday morning when they learned a second ferry planned for the Coupeville-to-Port Townsend route may be moved to another part of the system. The Washington State Department of Transportation’s Ferries Division is looking at a variety of options to save millions of dollars. One idea is to move the 64-car Salish ferry to the inter-island route serving the San Juans. The Salish is currently under construction at Todd Shipyards in Seattle. It was scheduled to be the second boat serving Keystone Harbor during the busy summer season starting mid-2011.
- Nov 9, 2010 at 2:50PM
U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen narrowly beat his opponent in a come-from-behind ballot count, but the race for Island County is still undecided.
- Nov 10, 2010 at 5:00PM updated Nov 11, 2013 at 8:14AM
A Whidbey Sea-Tac shuttle bus was involved in a five-car accident late afternoon that caused a lengthy backup of traffic on Interstate 5 in Lynnwood. Trooper Keith Leary with the Washington State Patrol, who was on scene, said one of the six people on the bus suffered a minor injury, but it wasn't serious enough to warrant a ride to the hospital.
- Nov 11, 2010 at 2:00PM updated Nov 12, 2013 at 1:25PM
Island County Commissioner John Dean has thrown in the towel, conceding defeat to Camano Island Republican Kelly Emerson, but the Tea Party member says she has no plans to drop her lawsuit against Dean and two other county employees over an October political mailer.
- Nov 16, 2010 at 12:00PM updated Nov 17, 2013 at 8:41AM
After three long years, the wait is finally over. The 64-car ferry Chetzemoka began regular service on the Coupeville-to-Port Townsend ferry route Monday following its inaugural sail and christening by Gov. Chris Gregoire Sunday, Nov. 14.
- Nov 28, 2010 at 5:00AM updated Nov 29, 2013 at 8:39AM
Island County commissioners have set three public meetings around the county to talk to citizens about controversial plans to create a clean water utility and an accompanying fee.
- Nov 30, 2010 at 8:53AM
Winds gusting to 50 miles per hour swept across Whidbey Island Tuesday morning, disrupting ferry service on the Coupeville (Keystone)-Port Townsend route.
- Dec 13, 2010 at 5:00AM updated Dec 14, 2013 at 3:35PM
Island County commissioners are scheduled to consider increases in building permit and land-use fees for the third time in two years.
- Dec 10, 2010 at 1:00PM updated Dec 13, 2013 at 9:09AM
The newly formed, Coupeville-based Penn Cove Productions is teaming up with WAIF for a unique live onstage radio variety show fundraiser.
- Dec 12, 2010 at 6:00AM updated Dec 13, 2013 at 9:07AM
Amid the community garden, farmer training center and pasture could some day be a solar power array that covers an acre of land at the historic and publicly owned Greenbank Farm. At least one person is expressing concern about visual impacts such a power plant would have on a property that was at one time the largest loganberry producer in the United States.
- Dec 14, 2010 at 3:00PM updated Dec 16, 2013 at 9:00AM
A ferry terminal in Mukilteo will remain in Mukilteo, if the traveling public has its say.
- Dec 15, 2010 at 10:08AM
It’s seeming more and more likely that Whidbey Island residents will be facing a $50-million bond proposal on a ballot next year, possibly as soon as spring.
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