Officer gets

a bum steer

The white-faced steer that defied all odds and successfully emancipated itself from Bell’s Farm April 21 allegedly made a brief appearance Thursday on Zylstra Road and immediately went back into hiding.

A resident called in the afternoon to report a “brown and white” bovine walking along Zylstra Road near Hastie Lake Road. Carol Barnes, Island County animal control officer, said she called Bell’s Farm to report the sighting and was told that the rebellious steer, which is actually red and white, was not their animal.

Barnes scoured the area where the sighting occurred, but to no avail. No dung, no hoof marks, no steer. The search continues for the elusive animal that has managed to stay one step ahead of its potential captors and appears to be toying with the humans who have historically wronged his fellow cud-chewers.

Anyone with information about the steer should call Jerry Bell at 678-4808.

Library bond kickoff today

In the coming months, Central Whidbey residents will learn about the planned expansion of the Coupeville Library.

Volunteers will kick off the information campaign today, May 3, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Coupeville Farmer’s Market located in the field behind the library on Alexander Street.

They will be manning an information booth where residents can learn about the proposal to create a library capital service area and the $2.3 million bond that will fund an expansion that basically doubles the size of the Coupeville library.

In addition to the information booth, Coupeville Librarian Leslie Franzen said she will speak to the Coupeville PTA, the Greenbank Progressive Club and the Island County Historical Society in the coming weeks to inform people about the library’s plans.

Extra sailings from Keystone

The Washington State Department of Transportation Ferries Division is adding extra sailings on the Port Townsend-to-Keystone route to accommodate busy summer traffic.

The extra sailings begin Sunday, May 11 and continue until Monday, Oct. 13. The additional trips take place Thursday through Sunday evenings and Monday mornings to accommodate heavy peak season traffic.

The extra sailings are needed to deal with limited car ferry service on the route. The route had been served by two 64-car Steel Electric ferries in previous years. Currently the 50-car Steilacoom II is operating on the route.

In addition to the extra sailings, the ferry system is implementing a reservation system to help mitigate the long lines expected this summer.

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