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- Feb 5, 2011 at 10:00AM updated Feb 8, 2013 at 9:02AM
Island County Assessor Mary Engle dropped legal action against the county last month after an offending disciplinary letter was quietly removed from her file.
- Feb 8, 2011 at 9:27AM
A minor earthquake this morning near Friday Harbor was felt by some on Whidbey Island.
- Feb 9, 2011 at 10:00AM
Whidbey General Hospital’s violations of a federal law will cost millions of dollars. The publicly owned hospital had to forego approximately $1.7 million worth of Medicare billings. In addition, the hospital is also paying hundreds of thousands of dollars to resolve the violations.
- Feb 14, 2011 at 6:00AM updated Feb 15, 2013 at 11:32AM
What are the opportunities for tidal power? And what might be the unintended side effects? How might the answers matter to us on Whidbey Island? Find out some of the answers to this exploration of a new type of renewable power Wednesday, Feb. 16, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Meeting House, off Highway 525 north of Freeland.
- Feb 16, 2011 at 6:00AM updated at 10:21AM
eaders will have less than two months to persuade the public to sign off on a bond to pay for an expansion of Whidbey General Hospital. A special election was set Monday for May 17 in what will be a vote-by-mail election.
- Feb 17, 2011 at 4:00PM updated Feb 18, 2013 at 12:26PM
- Feb 21, 2011 at 10:00AM updated Feb 22, 2013 at 8:17AM
The simple, sad fact is that there’s too many unwanted dogs and cats on Whidbey Island. While Whidbey Animals’ Improvement Foundation takes care of orphan pets in shelters where they’re safe from euthanasia — unless they’re dangerous or have a fatal injury or disease — it’s not a happy life for animals to be caged in an environment of stress, crowding and bad odors.
- Feb 23, 2011 at 6:00AM
Island County commissioners sided with 27 county sheriffs in the state, including Island County Sheriff Mark Brown, in sending a letter to state lawmakers urging support for “take back your meds” bills. It’s common for commissioners to send such a letter supporting bills, programs or grant applications, but this one spawned the first disagreement in years over an official letter from the board.
- Feb 22, 2011 at 3:34PM
Two more information meetings about forming an island-wide federal credit union have been scheduled for early next month.
- Feb 23, 2011 at 10:00AM
Trash collection will end next week at Whidbey’s most popular county parks because of budget woes, officials said this week.
- Mar 3, 2011 at 10:00AM
Penn Cove’s humble but famous mollusk will be celebrated during Coupeville’s first festival of 2011. The Penn Cove MusselFest begins Friday night and continues throughout the weekend. The three-day event March 4-6 features a chowder contest, live music and, seemingly, billions and billions of mussels. The festival kicks off Friday night with the “Mussel Mingle” at the Coupeville Recreation Hall located on Alexander Street beginning at 5:30 p.m.
- Mar 4, 2011 at 10:00AM
Whidbey General Hospital’s strategic plan calls for replacing the hospital’s 40-year-old inpatient wing with proceeds from a $50 million bond issue in May, if voters approve a property tax increase.
- Mar 1, 2011 at 3:00PM updated Mar 2, 2013 at 4:10PM
Members of a task force dedicated to protecting Whidbey Island Naval Air Station have uninvited two Island County commissioners from a trip to the Pentagon following a turf war among commissioners over who will represent the base.
- 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.
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