Coupeville

Fair a mixture of change and tradition

The name and ownership of the annual fair held each August in Langley has changed, but visitors may not notice much of a difference.

Ordinance could protect historic homes

A leaking roof, broken window or missing door on a historic structure could cause damage that is expensive or impossible to fix, leading to a property owner’s decision to tear the building down rather than spend money repairing it.

Coupeville may end park impact fee

Before hammer can hit nail and drill can bite into wood, a fee to mitigate the impact of new home construction on parks, recreation and open space in Coupeville must be paid to Town Hall.

Traffic flows at arts fest

Row upon row of cars filled the makeshift parking lot on the Coupeville Community Green as people descended upon the town’s Arts and Crafts Festival last weekend.

Ballots due in Aug. 7 primary election

Secretary of State Sam Reed is urging a great turnout for Washington’s Top 2 Primary, which offers voters a chance to pick finalists for Washington governor, U.S. Congress, the Legislature and many state and local offices.

Incumbents advance to general election

It appears voters in Island County Commissioner District 1 are satisfied with the status quo.

Coupeville council meeting cancelled

The Coupeville Town Council meeting that was scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 14 has been cancelled.

Cranberry Lake closed to swimming

The west side of Cranberry Lake at Deception Pass State Park has been closed to swimming due to high levels of E. coli bacteria.

Dog license fees go up

When Bob McCarthy presented his views on the proposed dog-license fee increase to the Island County Commissioners, he said he was so angry he could hardly talk.

County targets corporate personhood

One of the latest resolutions approved by the Island County commissioners is directed to President Barack Obama and the U.S. Congress.

Coupeville, Clinton ferry committees need volunteers

Volunteers are being sought for the Clinton Ferry Committee and the Coupeville Ferry Committee.

Emergency services on Aug. 7 ballot

Voters are being asked if they want to renew the property-tax levy that pays for emergency medical services on Whidbey Island.

Festival parking plan aims to ease traffic

With the Coupeville Arts and Crafts Festival just a little over a week away, organizers are hoping a new traffic plan will help prevent the backup that occurred last year in the southbound lane of Hwy. 20 on the approach to Coupeville.

Ferry reservations slow, but smooth

Ferry officials presented statistics on the new reservation system and discussed July 25 how communication and the system’s speed could be improved.

Marine biotoxins prompt shellfish harvest closure

Most of the southwest side of Whidbey Island has been closed to recreational shellfish harvesting following the discovery of high concentrations of marine biotoxins that cause paralytic shellfish poisoning.

Property value notices mailed

Property tax valuation notices were mailed to all Island County residential property owners on Aug. 1 according to the Island County Assessor.

Coupeville sends RV waste to Oak Harbor

Coupeville is sending its RV visitors with human waste on board to get rid of to Oak Harbor.

America’s espresso obsession began in historic Coupeville

The next time you’re in line at Starbucks, consider this: America’s mania for fancy coffee has its roots in a very modest ice cream shop on Front Street in Coupeville.

Markets focus on homemade, homegrown

It’s been a weird year weather-wise for Whidbey Island farmers said Peg Tennant, manager of both the Coupeville and Oak Harbor farmers markets.

America’s espresso obsession began in historic Coupeville

The next time you’re in line at Starbucks, consider this: America’s mania for fancy coffee has its roots in a very modest ice cream shop on Front Street in Coupeville.

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