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Interim Commissioner Aubrey Vaughan takes last vote for Island County

In his last meeting as an appointed Island County District 3 commissioner, Aubrey Vaughan urged the future board to cooperate.

Draft marijuana ordinance released by Island County

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.

Whidbey wineries gain top honors at Seattle Wine Awards

Langley’s Ott & Murphy Wines topped the list of Whidbey Island winners at the Seattle Wine Awards this month.

Dying starfish stump experts

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.

Prowlers, Growlers from NAS Whidbey likely used in ISIS air strikes

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.

Island County pot moratorium discussion sparks courthouse ruckus

Tempers flared at a Monday Island County public hearing as several residents made clear their dislike of a proposed six-month moratorium on new marijuana distribution and production businesses.

Sea star populations make slow recovery from disease

Sea stars around Whidbey Island are making a slow recovery after the effects of a deadly disease wiped out millions of them over the past year.

Island County makes strides toward GIS system completion

It’s a rare moment when all three Island County commissioners are silent and enwrapped. Just such a moment was witnessed as Public Works staff unveiled a first glimpse of the county’s long-awaited Geographical Information System (or GIS) at a recent work session.

Whidbey Environmental Action Network wins critical areas lawsuit

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.

County building permit wait times on decline

Numbers released by the Island County Planning Department indicate that wait times for building permits are decreasing for some — but not all — projects.

Golf cart zones approved by Island County commissioners

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.

Island County primary election winners squeak ahead

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.

Whidbey Camano Land trust rebuffs COER, keeps Navy money

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.

Washington ferries chief to step down; Moseley sets sights on new horizons

David Moseley, assistant secretary for the Washington State Department of Transportation, Ferries Division announced his resignation Tuesday.

County planners unveil new fee schedule, proposed fee changes are fair, builders say

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.

Island County ponders growing weed problem

Island County commissioners will consider this week increasing funding that helps combat a growing noxious weed issue.

Burnett lawsuit fizzles with deadline end

A 45-day deadline has passed for Oak Harbor resident Bill Burnett, who filed a lawsuit in July against Island County over the appointment of Commissioner Jill Johnson as chairwoman of the board.

Whidbey Audubon Society turns 30

One of the oldest organizations on the island, the Whidbey Audubon Society turns 30 this year.

Shutdown leads to NAS Whidbey furloughs

As a result of Congress’s inability to pass a budget by the Sept. 30 deadline, hundreds of Department of Defense employees at Whidbey Island were furloughed Tuesday as part of a country-wide government shutdown.

Cops tase Freeland man twice; suspect charged with assault

It took two tasings and several officers to take down a Freeland man who was charged last week with assaulting an officer and resisting arrest. Kyle Landry, 32, who has a history of drug use and domestic violence according to court records, was taken into custody after he allegedly violated an anti-harassment order at a Freeland home Dec. 18.