Nathan Whalen

Ledgewood landslide still unstable

Homeowners still living near the massive landslide area in Ledgewood are wary as more pieces of the bluff continue to slough off.

Support rallies for school levies vote

Coupeville School District has two proposals on the Feb. 11 ballot. The first request is for renewal of the maintenance and operations levy, which will bring in $2.24 million each year for four years.

Prolific Coupeville artist Roger Purdue passes away

Whidbey lost a masterpiece this week. Coupeville’s Roger Purdue, a popular artist, educator and pilot, died early Sunday morning from complications of Parkinson’s Disease.

A home pushed 400 feet after a massive landslide last year burned down last week. Fire crews had trouble getting to the home.

Study reveals groundwater contributed to massive slide at Ledgewood

Homeowners still living near the massive landslide area in Ledgewood are wary as more pieces of the bluff continue to slough off. Ralph Young, a resident living near the landslide site, said a large piece of the bluff broke away last month. “We were concerned it’ll slide again,” Young said.

A home pushed 400 feet after a massive landslide last year burned down last week. Fire crews had trouble getting to the home.

Coupeville schools seeking support for levies

Coupeville School District has two proposals on the Feb. 11 ballot. The first request is for renewal of the maintenance and operations levy, which will bring in $2.24 million each year for four years. That money accounts for nearly one quarter of the school district’s revenue, according to school district officials.

Condemned Ledgewood house burns to ground months after landslide

A Driftwood Way home that had been abandoned since a massive landslide made national headlines in early 2013 burned to the ground Sunday night.

Tim McDonald

Coupeville Beach stairs ruled unsafe

Because of safety concerns, leaders for the Port of Coupeville have deemed unsafe a Front Street entry point to the beach. Stairs near the port office by Coupeville Wharf were recently chained off. People can still walk down to the beach by using the Front Street deck, located next to the Knead and Feed.

Tim McDonald
A firefighter from Central Whidbey Fire and Rescue douses a hotspot in the wreckage of a home that burned to the ground Sunday night in the Ledgewood area.

Home damaged in Ledgewood slide burns to ground

Abandoned since last year’s massive Ledgewood landslide, a home on Driftwood Way burned to the ground Sunday. The home, a double-wide manufactured home, was red-tagged by Island County after the landslide, meaning that it was unsafe to enter. The house was pushed toward the shoreline during the landslide and part of it teetered over the edge of a mound.

A firefighter from Central Whidbey Fire and Rescue douses a hotspot in the wreckage of a home that burned to the ground Sunday night in the Ledgewood area.

Burning ember evacuates Coupeville schools

A burning ember simmering in a dust pile prompted the evacuation of Coupeville Middle and High School Wednesday afternoon. At approximately 1:30 p.m., maintenance supervisor Scott Losey was in the process of changing a belt in the air handling unit for the woodworking and metalworking building at Coupeville High School. He discovered a small ember and burning dust.

Martin Luther King’s legacy honored

Families worshiping at an Oak Harbor church have been rehearsing in preparation for a celebration honoring the nation’s most famous civil rights leader. Mission Ministry Outreach, which is located on Goldie Road in Oak Harbor, is honoring Martin Luther King Jr. Sunday with a celebration scheduled to start at 3 p.m.

Island County struggling to find Conservation Futures Fund volunteers

After months of searching, Island County is still looking for volunteers to participate in two boards that evaluate projects trying to utilize Conservation Futures Funds. The county started looking for volunteers in October to serve on the Community Advisory Board and the Technical Advisory Board; however, nobody has applied yet. “It would be nice to fill the positions,” said Pam Dill, who is coordinating the application search for Island County. She said it doesn’t require a large time commitment.

Whidbey’s Island Transit settles into new facilities

Today’s Island Transit looks a lot different from the entity that formed in 1987 with five buses and 20 employees working out of a former auto shop that contained two maintenance bays and one restroom. The publicly-funded transit entity currently has more than 200 vehicles and more than 140 employees who recently moved into a new headquarters facility that was mostly paid for by a federal grant. That headquarters is located on Highway 20, south of Coupeville near the Pacific Rim Institute and Outlying Field.

Coupeville man shares struggles, trip

As he shares his adventures bike riding to the Arctic Circle, Patrick Rodden is currently facing a different challenge. He spent more than a year recovering from injuries sustained in a 15-foot fall while he was putting the finishing touches on the renovation of his South Whidbey home. That accident took place two years after he made his trek, which drew the attention of regional media. As to what caused the accident, he’s not really sure.

Auditors find fault in Island Transit vehicle, fuel use

For the second time, state auditors question how Island Transit monitors staff use of take-home vehicles and fuel cards. According to an accountability audit report issued Dec. 30 by the Washington State Auditor’s Office, a finding was issued stating Island Transit officials “did not adequately monitor take home vehicles and fuel card use to ensure they are only used for official purposes.” Island Transit has 14 vehicles and fuel use cards designated for take-home.

First baby of 2014 born at Whidbey General Hospital

Brian and Kathryn Wilson were hoping to celebrate their five-year wedding anniversary with childbirth. However, he was a bit late and they welcomed their son, Cole Alan Wilson, on New Year’s Day. Cole was born at 1:03 p.m., Jan. 1 at the Whidbey General Hospital Family Birthplace. Cole weighed 9 pounds and was 20 inches in length at birth.

Audit slaps Island Transit

or the second time, state auditors question how Island Transit monitors staff use of take-home vehicles and fuel cards. According to an Accountability Audit Report issued Dec. 30 by the Washington State Auditor’s Office, a finding was issued stating Island Transit officials “did not adequately monitor take home vehicles and fuel card use to ensure they are only used for official purposes.”

Brian Wilson and his wife

First baby of 2014 born at Whidbey General

Brian and Kathryn Wilson were hoping their son would be born on their five-year wedding anniversary. But their son was a bit late. The first baby of the New Year, Cole Alan Wilson was born at 1:03 p.m., Jan. 1 at the Whidbey General Hospital Family Birthplace. He weighed 9 pounds and was 20 inches in length.

Brian Wilson and his wife

Coupeville art gallery closes doors

After 17 years, a popular Front Street art gallery is closing its doors. The Windjammer Gallery, located across the street from Mariners Court, shuttered its doors Friday to make room for a wine shop. “We’re retiring,” owner Chuck Poust said the day before the closing. “It demands a lot of your time. We were only closed three days out of the year.”

Coupeville’s Vail Wine Shop moves into former Windjammer gallery space

Larry and Patsy Vail have a New Year’s resolution: move their Coupeville wine shop and continue with the success they’ve enjoyed for the past two years. The couple, owns Vail Wine Shop, is moving the shop’s former home in Mariner’s Court across the street into the the former home of the Windjammer Gallery, which closed in late December after 17 years in business. “I’m expecting it to go well,” Patsy said of the new location.

Cable ship in Admiralty Inlet piques curiosity

A large ship floating for more than a week near the Coupeville-to-Port Townsend ferry route piqued the curiosity of nearby residents. It turns out the Wave Venture, a 464-foot vessel owned by United Kingdom-based Global Marine Systems, has been sailing in the area while its crew repair fiber optic cables.