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Fees for county public health services like septic inspections and water quality testing have been increased by 8 percent as part of a comprehensive fee schedule change.
The number of EA-18G Growlers funded in the 2015 national budget was bumped from five to 15 in $1.1 trillion legislation hammered out by Congress last week
Determining who should open the doors of the Island County’s administration building on 6th Street hangs in the balance.
While researchers have discovered the virus causing millions of sea stars to die off, Whidbey islanders remain concerned.
The U.S. House of Representatives passed a national defense bill Thursday that approves funding five more EA-18G Growlers for the Navy, according to a Thursday news release from Rep. Rick Larsen.
A class action suit has been filed against Windermere Real Estate and RE/MAX Acorn Properties that alleges the companies did not properly disclose the dangers of jet noise to homebuyers.
North Whidbey resident and Republican Rick Hannold will take office later this week as Island County’s District 3 commissioner.
In his last meeting as an appointed Island County District 3 commissioner, Aubrey Vaughan urged the future board to cooperate.
County leaders approved a continuation of the conservation futures levy recently at the same rate as last year despite resident support for a 1 percent increase.
Island County elected officials are getting a raise, but it appears some of them believe the commissioner-approved 2 percent increases are a “slap in the face.”
Island County residents now have the option of making their neighborhoods golf cart friendly. Commissioners unanimously approved a new ordinance Monday that provides the framework for creating golf cart zones in rural areas, and named Beverly Beach the county’s first approved area.
Whidbey environmentalists have made good on their threat to file legal action against Island County after commissioners’ adoption of a “bare minimum” fish and wildlife ordinance.
Island County Prosecutor Greg Banks was roundly scolded Wednesday by commissioners for requesting additional money after the budget was adopted last month.
The Navy has sent the USS Carl Vinson carrying EA-18G Growlers based out of Naval Air Station Whidbey Island to assist in air strikes against the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant.
In the face of diminishing funding for state parks, local parks staff said they are having to get creative to keep parks running smoothly.
Candidates took each other on one last time at Thursday’s final political forum put on by the League of Women Voters in Oak Harbor.
Legislative candidates clash on how to fund the state’s education mandate and how to handle Whidbey and state transportation issues. Republican incumbent Dave Hayes, finishing his first term as District 10 Position 2 representative, said that the state supreme court’s order to fund education is going to affect every part of the budget in the coming years.
Republican Island County Commissioner Aubrey Vaughan issued a surprise endorsement last week. Vaughan broke party lines Thursday and endorsed Democratic candidate Karla Jacks to fill the District 3 seat he currently holds.
Island County commissioners agreed to cut roughly $100,000 in new staff positions from the budget over the last two weeks, but fell short of their goal to cut roughly $300,000. A second budget hearing followed by a likely adoption will be held 10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 20, in the Commissioners’ Hearing Room.
The Navy says it is revising its Environmental Impact Statement on the EA-18G Growlers to include up to 36 additional aircraft based at Whidbey Island Naval Air Station. Public meetings to gather public comment will be held in late October.
Langley’s Ott & Murphy Wines topped the list of Whidbey Island winners at the Seattle Wine Awards this month.
There was more than one surprise at Wednesday’s candidate forum in Freeland where both local and national issues were discussed by general election candidates. Island County commissioner candidate Rick Hannold told the audience that the threat of global warming is largely overstated.
An accounting contractor who worked for the Island County auditor is challenging her former boss in November’s general election.
The two candidates running for Island County District 3 seat offer differing views on top county issues, such as the legalization of marijuana and dealing with recent problems at Island Transit.
A senior Air Force officer and a federal lawmaker both have said in the past week that electronic attack aircraft based out of Naval Air Station Whidbey Island are likely being used in Syrian and Iraqi air strikes.
Candidates for Washington’s 2nd Congressional seat seem to stray from hard-set party platforms on a few issues.
Island County was cited by the State Auditor’s Office for “significant deficiencies” in its financial reporting.
Whidbey Island beach access advocates are celebrating an announcement that the beach at Glendale will be preserved for public use.
Attendance and accuracy seem to be the top two issues for former co-workers and Island County treasurer candidates Wanda Grone and Ana Maria Nuñez.
Island County’s early budget draft aims to restore a number of positions and pushes to upgrade technologies. A public hearing for the budget draft has been set for 6 p.m. Oct. 6.
No one is happy with fish and wildlife protection regulations approved Monday, but Island County commissioners are saying it’s a place to start.
As Island County enters its annual budget cycle, preliminary numbers show rebounding tax figures.
County fees for permit and consulting services could see a few changes in the near future, under a proposal being considered by the Island County commissioners.
A rural event center permit issued to Whidbey Wayfarer Farm in Langley has been appealed by neighbors who aren’t too excited about weddings in their Bayview Road neighborhood.
A plan to revamp Greenbank Farm and increase its economic viability won’t be considered by the Port of Coupeville until next year.
A year after the creation of the BaRC Re-tail Store, charged with taking reusable items out of the garbage stream, the Central Whidbey venue is thriving.
Researchers search for tsunami evidence in two Whidbey Island locations have come up empty.
Environmental activists plan to challenge Island County in the Western Washington Growth Management Hearing Board again if major changes aren’t made to fish, wildlife and habitat regulations.
As the county struggles to find a balance between protecting the environment and farmers’ right to maintain their land, neither camp appears happy with the latest regulatory update.
A flag now flies in front of the county’s historic court house building on a pole that has been broken for more than 10 years.
A farmer’s right to maintain drainage ditches without regulation was at the core of Monday’s debate on fish and wildlife protections at the Island County commissioners meeting.
Dorothy Bell’s recovery from a serious car crash many years ago gave her an adventurous spirit and an appreciation for life. And in keeping with that spirit, Bell lived out a dream Saturday when she jumped out of an airplane on her birthday.
A man who forged signatures so he could divorce his wife and marry his girlfriend was sentenced this week, according to court documents.
Island Transit Chief Martha Rose was aware of the transportation agency’s building fiscal crisis for years, and ignored repeated warnings, according to the department’s former finance manager.
Where did the money go and what is Island Transit going to do about it? This was the main question repeated by an angry and confused room full of people at the Island Transit board meeting Friday in the wake of financial mismanagement, service reductions and staffing cuts.
Nudist Democrat David Olinger, who ran as a write-in candidate for Island County Sheriff, won’t be going on to the general election.
Treasurer’s race to start recount Monday with Hannold, Jacks, Nuñez and Grone in the running.
More than 200 ballots were rejected Monday at the Island County Auditor’s office due to late postmarks and other issues.
In the next couple of weeks many parents of Whidbey students will receive letters indicating their elementary schools are failing them. According to the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, they are.
Island County has been identified as one of several Washington counties that are at imminent or critical risk of losing their chemical dependency programs.