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Candidates spar in final forum

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.

Civilian employees head back to work as shutdown continues

While Ron Witherall was happy to return to work Monday at his Department of Defense job at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, he said he plans to take his opinions about the federal government shutdown straight to the polls.

Republican commissioners push new criteria for Island County futures fund

Island County’s two Republican commissioners want the economic potential of a property to be considered when approving or denying a Conservation Futures application.

Commissioner candidate Jacks cleared by PDC

The Washington State Public Disclosure Commission has cleared Island County commissioner candidate Karla Jacks of violating fundraising requirements.

First Emerson challenger emerges for 2014 District 3 commissioner race

Democratic candidate Karla Jacks, of Camano Island, says she will run against Island County Commissioner Kelly Emerson for the District 3 seat.

Whidbey schools fail to meet federal standards, spurs letter to parents

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.

Whidbey General Hospital expansion plan revealed

Saving old growth trees while still maximizing parking was one of the top concerns about Whidbey General Hospital’s expansion project, revealed for the first time this week.

South End family offers hospital $50,000 in matching funds

In keeping with their father’s vision, the Waterman sisters have offered $50,000 in matching funds to the Whidbey General Hospital Foundation.

Jet noise class action suit aims at Whidbey brokerages

A group of Coupeville-area homeowners want to sue local real estate brokerages, claiming they were not properly informed about Navy jet noise.

Island County plans speed study to address resident concerns

Speed limits on roads throughout the county will be examined in a study this fall in response to petitions filed by residents.

New OLF perimeter blocks bolster security, aggravate facility critics

The recent placement of cement blocks around Outlying Field Coupeville has caused neighboring residents to criticize the appearance as well as the Navy’s failure to consult the community.

Navy, elected officials aim to reduce Growler noise impact

As a result of meetings with local elected officials, the Navy has committed to minimizing the impact of touch-and-go operations at Outlying Field Coupeville.

Whidbey General staff rallies around embattled nurse

Nearly 200 Whidbey General Hospital staff are reportedly wearing purple wrist bands inscribed with the letters “LG” in support of their chief nursing officer who was found not guilty of assault last week.

Island County leaders press state for marijuana tax dollars

Island County leaders are banding together to pressure state leaders for their fair share of marijuana sale tax.

Island County Commissioners delay fish and wildlife protections

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.

Improvements needed, but ferry leaders say agency is still successful

Despite the troubles faced by Washington State Ferries in recent years, the agency still manages to be reliable 99.5 percent of the time, according to Washington State Department of Transportation, Ferries Division, Assistant Secretary Lynne Griffith.

Whidbey man survives Nepal earthquake

A Whidbey vintner got more than he bargained for when he survived the recent earthquake in Nepal during a Mount Everest ascent.

Land Trust gets $1 million to purchase old Waterman Mill property

More than 2,000 feet of shoreline, 33 acres of forest and wetlands, and 26 acres of beach and tidelands on South Whidbey will be protected in part due to a $1 million federal grant awarded this month.

Sea Mar takes over controversial Recovery Services program

Mark MacNaughton saw the highs and the lows of Island County’s addiction recovery efforts.

Wahl Road homeowner charged $6,000 in taxation error

A South Whidbey homeowner is taking the county to task for mischarging him $6,125 in property taxes.