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Tansy ragwort, which appears as a daisy-like bunch of yellow flowers atop a tall stalk, remains one of the county’s most pervasive noxious weeds.
The winners of two hotly contested county races will move onto the general election by a nose. Democrat Karla Jacks led the vote count in the race for District 3 Island County commissioner with 3,103 votes, or 48.79 percent at the last count Thursday.
Numbers released by the Island County Planning Department indicate that wait times for building permits are decreasing for some — but not all — projects.
At about pullup number 2,100 this past Saturday, Navy Petty Officer Michael McCastle began to experience muscle tears in his forearms and capillaries were bursting on his skin. He decided then to do 1,000 more.
Jack Ng started in the restaurant business as a dishwasher. Today, he’s the owner of China City’s two Whidbey Island locations in Freeland and Oak Harbor, and opened an off-island location in Mill Creek in July.
Starfish are one of Charlie Seablom’s favorite aquatic animals to discover. The pisaster starfish, known officially as a “seastar,” has the traditional five limbs and comes in a wide variety of colors. The orange-colored sunflower sea star grows to be far bigger, can have up to 24 legs and can “run” quite quickly.
Candidates running against Island County Treasurer Ana Maria Nuñez say they can do a better job handling the county’s money.
Some residents believe the county could be doing more about the island’s beaver problem, but the solutions are not always clear cut.
A portion of a Freeland trail project was removed from the county’s Capital Improvement Plan on Monday, despite urging from South Whidbey Commissioner Helen Price Johnson.
A proposal to move sheriff’s deputy files into the county’s human resources office was kiboshed by the county’s two Republican commissioners this week.
The Island County commissioners agreed Wednesday to find a contractor to manage the fairgrounds for one year.
While candidates for Island County Commissioner District 3 share the desire to help shape the future of the county, their individual visions differ widely.
The university researchers, working under the supervision of professor Brea McGinnis, joined with local volunteers and the island’s emergency management organizations for the research all of last week. The purpose: piecing together Whidbey Island’s history of tsunamis, earthquakes and other geological events. Spearheaded by Island County’s department of emergency management, the study’s aim is to educate the island on what to expect and how to be prepared.
Democratic Congressman Rick Larsen said Thursday that he continues his support for use of Outlying Field Coupeville by the EA-18G Growlers based at Whidbey Island Naval Air Station.
Speed limits on roads throughout the county will be examined in a study this fall in response to petitions filed by residents.
Island County commissioners will consider this week increasing funding that helps combat a growing noxious weed issue.
Aubrey Vaughan said Thursday that as interim commissioner he wants to rebuild the connection between Camano and Whidbey islands and help the county through this year’s budget process.
A group of Coupeville-area homeowners want to sue local real estate brokerages, claiming they were not properly informed about Navy jet noise.
A district court commissioner has ordered that jet noise critic Michael Monson stay away from South Whidbey Windermere Realtor Joe Mosolino.
Each year there are 317 earthquakes within 35 miles of Coupeville.
Candidates for the Island County Commissioner District 3 seat fielded questions from the remaining two commissioners Tuesday. The District 3 seat became vacant in early May when then commissioner Kelly Emerson resigned suddenly giving a seven-day notice. Per state law, Emerson’s party, the Island County Republican Party, put forward three names from which commissioners can select a temporary appointee.
Island County is wrapping up plans for a South Whidbey bike route that will circle through scenic areas between Clinton to Bayview Corner to Langley and back again. “The idea is that people on the mainland can bring their bikes over on the ferry and see South Whidbey,” Transportation Planner Doug Cox said. “It will be one of those things we think will go a long way.”
Island County’s Public Health Department is feeling a financial pinch that appears to be a statewide issue.
A Coupeville-based group took over a campaign kickoff event for Congressman Rick Larsen Tuesday by demanding he address the topic of jet noise.
The Washington State Public Disclosure Commission has cleared Island County commissioner candidate Karla Jacks of violating fundraising requirements.
The lawyer for former Coupeville deputy marshal Hodges Gowdey says a “ruse” was used to get his client to make self-incriminating statements.
Republican commissioner candidate Marc Hennemann filed a complaint Wednesday against Democrat Karla Jacks about her fundraising tactics.
Island County Republicans have selected three possible candidates to replace former commissioner Kelly Emerson for the District 3 seat.
County offices will be open to the public on Fridays starting the third week of June.
Island County offices will soon be open to the public on Fridays.
It appeared that recreational marijuana would be banned in Island County for a brief period at Monday’s county commissioner meeting. The board was considering approval of its new pot ordinance, which eventually passed 2-1. But during prior discussion Commissioner Kelly Emerson announced a surprising reversal and called for a ban on marijuana in the county. Commissioner Jill Johnson quickly seconded the motion.
Island County is looking to revive a program that would recycle and repurpose debris from construction sites.
Fire districts will now perform fire inspections for Island County, a service that was provided infrequently following staffing cuts in 2009.
A Clinton man who maintains he is the chief of a Native American tribe that owns all of Whidbey Island recently lost his claim on a Central Whidbey property. Reuel E. Cohn, however, said the case is not over and he plans to appeal to the federal courts.
Property owners facing flood risk will be under the county’s microscope in the coming months. The Federal Emergency Management Administration, or FEMA, started its regular review of county flood-related regulations as part of the National Flood Insurance Program.
The Island County treasurer told county commissioners this month that the backlog of unprocessed property supplements will take at least another month to complete. “It has created some very difficult situations, which is why I have as many people working on it and they are working overtime to get them done,” Treasurer Ana Maria Nuñez said at a recent work session.
Marijuana growers and processors will not have to be located on a county road to be eligible for a license.
Ryan Elting is as excited about his new job as his new home. “I’m in love,” Elting said of moving to Whidbey Island this month to serve as conservation director for the Whidbey Camano Land Trust. “My jaw drops every time I see the Olympic Mountains on my way to work. I’m so happy to be able to raise my daughter here.”
Top members of the Citizens of Ebey’s Reserve traveled to Washington D.C. last month to lobby against the Navy’s EA-18G Growlers.
Reversing a decision made last month, Island County commissioners moved forward Monday with grant applications to acquire beach access properties adjacent to Glendale.
Those struggling financially on the island can find a free meal or groceries almost every day of the week on Whidbey Island.
Those working closely with the island’s growing homeless population offer a resounding “yes” when asked if the island needs a homeless shelter. They will also tell you that Whidbey Island will likely never have one. And that is forcing the county to think outside the box.
On the street, Ray Conger is known as “The Mailman.” Someone driving by the Safeway parking lot entrance might recognize him as the guy who holds up signs with messages like, “I love you” and “smile.” Conger is part of a homeless population that more than doubled around 2012 and stayed that way.
Island County Planning Commission members heard the concerns of Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve farmers and removed restrictions on recreational marijuana operations in that area this week.
The Island County commissioners will move forward with grant applications to fund additional parking lots and trail maintenance at Trillium Community Forest. The county will partner with Whidbey Camano Land Trust to apply for $370,000 through the state’s Recreation and Conservation Office, Local Parks Grant Program.
A Thurston County judge has agreed with a local environmental group that two Island County ordinances dealing with wetlands on farmland must be revised. The Island County commissioners have since supported a staff recommendation not to appeal the decision.
Camano Island resident Kelly Bagley has become the third Republican to file for candidacy in the county’s District 3 race later this year. One Democratic candidate has also filed to run.
David Moseley, assistant secretary for the Washington State Department of Transportation, Ferries Division announced his resignation Tuesday.
U.S. Navy leaders want to purchase additional EA-18G Growlers and increase Electronic Attack Squadron size.
Some Central Whidbey farmers want to grow marijuana in Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve.