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Island County Fair threatened by governor's budget

  • Jan 5, 2011 at 2:00PM updated Jan 6, 2011 at 8:18AM

The future of the Island County Fair as it has long been known could be in the balance as the Washington State Legislature convenes next week to start hacking away at the state budget.

Land-use fines reach $37,000 against new Island County commissioner, husband

  • Jan 8, 2011 at 5:00AM updated Jan 10, 2011 at 9:11AM

Island County Commissioner Kelly Emerson and her husband were assessed $37,000 by the county planning department this week for alleged violations of the county building code, critical areas ordinances and zoning ordinance.

Body on Greenbank beach identified as Arlington man

  • Jan 11, 2011 at 2:38PM

A forensic odontologist helped investigators identify a body that was washed ashore in Greenbank Dec. 14 as 47-year-old Edwin “Randy” Brown of Arlington, according to the Island County Sheriff’s Office. Brown was last seen on the night of Oct. 9 at a camping site near the Stillaguamish River in Arlington. His friends reported his disappearance to the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office.

Email snafu a 'catastrophe' for Island County prosecutor

  • Jan 25, 2011 at 10:00AM updated Jan 26, 2011 at 11:41AM

It didn't bring offices to a complete standstill, but a catastrophic failure of Island County government's email server disrupted work for nearly a week and could mean the loss of voluminous data.

Island County commissioners at odds over word, retreat

  • Jan 26, 2011 at 5:00AM updated at 11:41AM

Paul Dziedzic may have his work cut out for him. The Island County commissioners hired Dziedzic, a consultant, to facilitate a retreat with the three members of the board on Feb. 9, but he may find a political divide in the way of progress.

UPDATE: Accused Whidbey child molester in media spotlight turns self in

  • Jan 28, 2011 at 3:00PM updated Jan 31, 2011 at 3:57PM

A 44-year-old South Whidbey man accused of child molestation turned himself into the Island County jail after spending a few weeks on the lam, according to the Island County Sheriff's Office. Investigators put out a press release last Friday asking for the public's help in locating Michael S. Angelo, who's also known as Michael Wayne Webb. AS a result, media attention wise widespread throughout the Puget Sound area.

Freeland man plans a medical marijuana co-op

  • Jan 30, 2011 at 10:00AM updated Feb 1, 2011 at 11:27AM

Captn Blynd says the reaction to his plan to form a local medical marijuana cooperative has been slim to none. For local law enforcement, it appears to be wait-and-see.

Lower values increase Whidbey General Hospital bond rate

  • Feb 1, 2011 at 1:37PM

After spending several months promoting a bond proposal to fund an expansion, Whidbey General Hospital officials find themselves in the uncomfortable position of changing the information they have been telling potential voters.

Assessor’s file cleared, legal move against Island County dropped

  • Feb 5, 2011 at 10:00AM updated Feb 8, 2011 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.

Small earthquake reported in North Sound

  • Feb 8, 2011 at 9:27AM

A minor earthquake this morning near Friday Harbor was felt by some on Whidbey Island.

Price tag soars for Whidbey General Hospital violations

  • 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.

Tidal power’s effects on Whidbey

  • Feb 14, 2011 at 6:00AM updated Feb 15, 2011 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.

Whidbey General Hospital officials makes $50 million bond vote official

  • 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.

Skull of murder victim found on beach near Maxwelton

  • Feb 17, 2011 at 4:00PM updated Feb 18, 2011 at 12:26PM

Island dogs, cats offered an altered reality Tuesday

  • Feb 21, 2011 at 10:00AM updated Feb 22, 2011 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.

Emerson doesn’t swallow pill take-back program

  • 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.

Whidbey Island credit union meetings set

  • 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.

Island County announces end to trash pick-ups

  • 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.

Mussels star this weekend in Coupeville

  • 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.

Whidbey hospital CEO forums set

  • 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.

Island County commissioners lose battle for Navy lobbying trip

  • Mar 1, 2011 at 3:00PM updated Mar 2, 2011 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.

High winds cut power at 15 locations on Whidbey Island

  • 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.

Island County creates job in 2-1 decision

  • Mar 5, 2011 at 10:00AM updated Mar 7, 2011 at 9:10AM

Island County commissioners are hiring a new administrator to oversee three small departments which will be stuck together under one umbrella.

Speedy motorcyclist faces high-speed chase charges

  • 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.

Expect Deception Pass bridge delays next week

  • 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.

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