Dave Wechner, at right, speaks during a meeting on rules regarding recreational marijuana a couple of years ago. Wechner resigned as Island County planning director this week. - Jessie Stensland / Whidbey News-Times

Island County planning director suddenly ousted

  • Today at 10:00AM updated at 2:37PM

Island County’s Planning and Community-Development Department will likely be split in two, with a separate leader for each half. That’s following the forced resignation Monday of department director Dave Wechner.


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Frozen fish truck crash closes highway

  • Today at 10:39AM

A section of State Highway 20 is closed in Central Whidbey after a truck hauling frozen fish crashed this morning.

Ex-paratrooper, classical pianist is Oak Harbor's new top exec

  • Oct 10, 2015 at 7:00AM updated Oct 12, 2015 at 9:10AM

Doug Merriman’s backstory is so improbable that one might be tempted to think he made it all up. He’s a classical pianist turned elite paratrooper turned West Point cadet turned Green Beret instructor turned accountant turned doctor of philosophy. Tuesday, he got another title to add to his very unique resume. He’s now the city administrator for Oak Harbor.

Island County Jail report outlines reforms needed in wake of death

  • Oct 10, 2015 at 7:00AM

Implementing an expert’s recommendations for improving the operations of the Island County jail will come with a high price tag.

Judge asked to step down in Whidbey General Hospital reimbursement case

  • Oct 10, 2015 at 6:00AM

A Whidbey General Hospital administrator asked a judge to recuse herself in a case that partly hinges on whether another judge should have recused himself.

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