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Island County leadership passed this month on the chance to apply for grants that would allow them to acquire beach access properties adjacent to Glendale Beach.
News that the Whidbey Island Area Fair meeting planned for Oak Harbor was postponed did not sit well with one Island County commissioner Monday.
Island County planners estimate that Island County will grow by nearly 10,000 people by the year 2036.
In a few months, Island County residents will be able to track their permit applications online. In roughly six months, residents will be able to complete the applications online as well. Island County staff members started training this week on SmartGov, a new browser-based software that the public should have round-the-clock access to in about three months, according to Planning Director David Wechner.
Island County Commissioner Jill Johnson reprimanded county Treasurer Ana Maria Nuñez at the end of Monday’s meeting over a perceived error on Camano Island tax statements.
Camano Island resident Marc Hennemann said as county commissioner he would keep taxes down and make public safety a priority.
A burnt bag of popcorn caused a minor interruption of Wednesday’s public meeting discussing Navy testing and training in the Northwest.
Island County law library officials are asking the county to grant them $3,200 to cover a 2013 deficit and approve an increase in filing fees from $17 to $20.
There’s a new sheriff in town. The Island County commissioners approved a contract Monday that empowers the sheriff’s office to run the Coupeville Marshal’s Office.
The Navy has released an environmental impact statement, or EIS, looking at Navy training and testing that occurs throughout the Northwest.
The county kicked off a series of transportation-related public meetings this week, attracting residents with a wide range of priorities.
A new ordinance regulating pot businesses restricts the appearance of the buildings and land associated with marijuana to ensure it “does not disrupt the character” of surrounding areas.
A proposed change to a law aimed at preserving farmland and open space could result in higher taxes for some Washington property owners, including in Island County.
Island County will host three upcoming public meetings to gather input for the transportation element of the Comprehensive Plan update.
Several Island County department heads say that they could open to the public on Fridays immediately with little to no financial implications.
The Veterans Resource Center’s grand re-opening Saturday will mark an expansion in resources for the Island’s military service community.
The Whidbey Camano Land Trust will continue to accept Navy money to acquire land within Ebey’s Reserve, despite a request from jet noise opponents to sever the relationship.
For Whidbey Island Red Cross volunteers, it’s not a question of “if,” it’s a question of “when” a disaster will occur.
Builders and real estate brokers are pressuring the county to re-open county offices on Fridays, calling the policy “devastating” to their industries.
Now that Congress has finally passed a budget, federal legislators can get down to business, Congressman Rick Larsen said this week. Larsen outlined the next steps for Congress in the coming year and answered questions about issues on Whidbey Island during a sit-down Thursday with the South Whidbey Record.
North Whidbey Republican Richard Hannold says he will run for Island County commissioner for the same reason he joined the Navy.
Rep. Dave Hayes, who represents Camano Island, has been named 2013 Legislator of the Year for the House Republican Caucus by the Washington Council of Police and Sheriffs, or WACOPS. An assistant ranking member of the House Public Safety Committee, Hayes is in his first term, serving. Hayes is also a sergeant with the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office and a former president and executive board member of WACOPS.
Citing a lack of trust for the Navy’s public input hotline, the Citizens of Ebey’s Reserve has created its own jet-noise complaint hotline.
Citizens of Ebey’s Reserve President Michael Monson has consistently maintained he never received a jet noise disclosure when he bought his home in Coupeville.
A commanding officer of one of Naval Air Station Whidbey Island’s squadrons was fired Wednesday for inappropriate racial comments and other misdeeds.
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.
Naval Air Station Whidbey Island is slotted to receive more than $117 million for P8-A Poseidon and EA-18G Growler squadron programs.
The Sierra Club and the City of Port Townsend have both released comments criticizing jet noise produced by the U.S. Navy’s EA-18G Growler.
Whidbey Island realtors have drafted a new, more detailed noise disclosure form for homebuyers following resident criticism that they were not properly warned about Navy jet noise.
Planning Director David Wechner told the Island County Board of Commissioners Wednesday that some real estate agents are not giving out both of the county’s required noise disclosure statements.
An economic impact study completed by the Island County Economic Development Council this month shows the impact Whidbey Island Naval Air Station has on area economies.
Commissioner Kelly Emerson has announced that she will not run for re-election next year.
A state agency has reversed its determination about cement blocks placed at Outlying Field Coupeville saying that they are, in fact, an “adverse effect” to the historic landscape of Ebey’s Landing National Historic Reserve.
Representatives of two citizens groups that complained about Navy jet noise took aim at Island County Commissioner Jill Johnson on Monday.
A Coupeville-based group that sued the Navy in July over jet noise is claiming that Outlying Field Coupeville is not as essential as the Navy claims.
Mark MacNaughton saw the highs and the lows of Island County’s addiction recovery efforts.
On a trip to the beach at South Whidbey State Park Wednesday, the students of Calyx School found a gumboot chiton, a large marine mollusk.
A revelation that Island County has two different noise disclosures is compelling the commissioners to review the issue next week.
The Island County commissioners unanimously approved an ordinance last week which allows permitting for events on agricultural properties.
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.
Bev and Clay Miller got engaged and then spent their entire engagement apart while Clay was on deployment as a Navy pilot. Daughter of a Navy pilot who served in Vietnam, Bev knew the drill.
Over the next three years, six crews of the Royal Australian Air Force will train to fly the new EA-18G Growler at Whidbey Island Naval Air Station.
More than 1,000 large cement blocks connected by thick cable are being installed around the perimeter of the Navy’s Outlying Field Coupeville.
The Island County commissioners voted unanimously in favor of continuing the Conservation Futures program Monday after hundreds of residents contacted them in support over the last week.
Frustration was apparent Tuesday as more than 100 people gathered to hear health professionals talk about the effects of jet noise on adults and children.
The Island County commissioners are considering an ordinance Monday that would put new Conservation Futures Fund purchases on hold for one year.
Members of Whidbey Island’s homegrown underwater robotics team were honored by the Island County Board of Commissioners on Monday for placing 11th in an international competition.
Island County Planning Director David Wechner said the county is working with Maxwelton Farm operators to find a resolution to a lawsuit they filed against the county in September.
In a surprise act of cooperation, Commissioner Kelly Emerson nominated Jill Johnson to remain chairwoman of the Island County Board of Commissioners for 2014.
A message written on the white board summed up the group’s sentiments: “Who helps us? We do!”