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- posted Mar 29, 2011 at 2:59 PM— updated Mar 29, 2011 at 3:21 PM
A human foot that was found on a beach in Greenbank last August remains a mystery despite DNA analysis and a database search.
- posted Apr 1, 2011 at 2:52 PM— updated Apr 4, 2011 at 10:20 AM
Because nobody has yet come forward to write an opposition statement for the upcoming bond election to fund an expansion of Whidbey General Hospital, it’s possible there won’t be any pro-or-con information appearing in the online voter’s pamphlet.
- posted Apr 1, 2011 at 2:55 PM— updated Apr 4, 2011 at 10:20 AM
When Loann Gulick started working at the Island County Auditor’s Office, people went to polling stations and wrote an “X” on paper ballots, then workers in the office tallied them by hand.
- posted Apr 1, 2011 at 3:23 PM— updated Apr 5, 2011 at 10:26 AM
Former Island County Commissioner Gordon Koetje of Oak Harbor died Wednesday, March 30, at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. Koetje held office in the days when Republicans dominated county politics. In 1992, for example, he served on a board that also included Republicans Dick Caldwell, who represented District 1 on South and Central Whidbey; and Dwain Colby, who represented Camano Island and North Whidbey.
- posted Apr 5, 2011 at 2:30 PM— updated Apr 6, 2011 at 1:35 PM
The Greenbank Farm Training Program is starting a class this week designed to help beginning farmers, apprentices and aspiring farmers living on Whidbey Island. “Now in our third year, we will be offering weekly classes for 23 weeks on the production and business aspects of starting and managing a successful small farm,” training program director Maryon Attwood said in a news release.
- posted Apr 5, 2011 at 2:49 PM— updated Apr 6, 2011 at 1:36 PM
Greenbank Garden Club’s spring plant sale is from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 16. The event will be in the Greenbank Farm barn, 765 Wonn Rd. This sale is very popular as there are hundreds of plants, shrubs and bulbs donated by the many members of the club and some commercial nurseries as well. This is a major fundraising project for the club, which was founded in 1947. Due to many collective years of gardening experience, the sale is well-organized and the vast collection of plants is labeled clearly.
- posted Apr 6, 2011 at 3:09 PM
Congressman Rick Larsen will host a telephone town hall tonight with constituents from across the 2nd Congressional District to give an update about his work to help get the economy back on track and grow jobs in the Pacific Northwest.
- posted Apr 7, 2011 at 8:52 AM
Nearly 5,500 people across the 2nd District dialed in during Congressman Rick Larsen's telephone town hall Wednesday night, according to officials in the U.S. Representative's office.
- posted Apr 8, 2011 at 3:48 PM— updated Apr 11, 2011 at 7:49 AM
Results from the 2010 Census show that Island County is graying faster than the state or the nation as a whole. While the county’s total population continues to grow — though not at the rate predicted by the state — the number of people under 18 years old decreased significantly over the last decade.
- posted Apr 13, 2011 at 10:35 AM
The state's newest ferry will is expected to start sea trials today in the waters of Puget Sound, according to officials with Washington State Ferries.
- posted Apr 15, 2011 at 1:23 PM— updated Apr 16, 2011 at 10:14 AM
Two bills aimed at reducing ferry operating costs, generating revenue to build new vessels and improve performance cleared the state Senate Monday.
- posted Apr 15, 2011 at 1:26 PM— updated Apr 15, 2011 at 3:21 PM
Money to pay for a bottling and packaging facility at the Greenbank Farm won’t materialize in 2011.
- posted Apr 15, 2011 at 3:31 PM— updated Apr 18, 2011 at 12:58 PM
While most Island County officials hope to begin climbing out of a budget hole this year, Island County Commissioner Kelly Emerson has other plans. During the commissioners’ first budget-related meeting this year, Emerson proposed cutting taxes. Specifically, she said her goals for this year’s budget process are to suspend the usual 1 percent annual property tax increase, sunset some sales taxes, stop “chasing” grant opportunities, reduce the Conservation Futures tax and possibly sell some county property.
- posted Apr 22, 2011 at 8:16 AM— updated Apr 22, 2011 at 12:06 PM
The Senate approved the state transportation budget this week, and the 2011-13 spending plan includes $32.1 million toward the construction of a new 64-car ferry.
- posted Apr 22, 2011 at 12:56 PM— updated Apr 22, 2011 at 3:13 PM
More than 50 years ago, 20 women formed a guild on North Whidbey with the goal of building the island’s first hospital.
- posted Apr 22, 2011 at 12:59 PM— updated Apr 22, 2011 at 3:12 PM
Even if a proposed $50 million expansion becomes a reality, Whidbey General Hospital is facing stiff competition from nearby hospitals. Several off-island hospitals, which attract a significant number of Whidbey Island patients along with their insurance money, have poured hundreds of millions of dollars into expanding and modernizing facilities.
- posted Apr 22, 2011 at 3:09 PM
Voters will soon decide whether a modernization of Whidbey General Hospital becomes a reality. The Island County Auditor’s office is in the process of mailing out ballots to more than 36,000 voters who will decide whether to approve a $50-million bond that will pay for construction of a new wing at the island’s publicly owned hospital in Coupeville.
- posted Apr 22, 2011 at 3:11 PM— updated Apr 25, 2011 at 8:46 AM
While a proposed new wing at Whidbey General Hospital will improve and modernize conditions, it won’t do much to increase capacity. If voters give the go-ahead to a $50 million bond, the new wing will house 39 single-patient rooms, which would replace the 34 beds in double rooms currently available at the publicly owned hospital in Coupeville.
- posted May 3, 2011 at 3:47 PM— updated May 4, 2011 at 10:30 AM
A private health care company interested in purchasing or otherwise operating Whidbey General Hospital may confuse the $50-million expansion bond election now in progress. Hospital officials see little chance that the facility, beloved by many, will be sold, but worry that the unexpected brouhaha could affect how people vote.
- posted May 5, 2011 at 8:00 AM— updated May 5, 2011 at 10:16 AM
John Koster has announced he'll take another shot at winning a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.
- posted May 6, 2011 at 1:33 PM
State Sen. Mary Margaret Haugen’s husband is asking a judge to dismiss a lawsuit that claims he sexually harassed and sexually assaulted his wife’s former campaign manager. The attorney for Basil Badley filed a motion for summary judgment in Island County Superior Court April 22; the motion asks the judge to dismiss the lawsuit with prejudice. The hearing on the motion is set for May 18.
- posted May 6, 2011 at 1:39 PM
Last November, Oak Harbor police responded to a report that a Navy man was armed with a .40-caliber pistol and had threatened to “blow his own head off,” according to court documents.
- posted May 9, 2011 at 9:27 AM
When Coupeville quilt artist Sharyn Mellors was selected as a semi-finalist in the 2011 American Quilter’s Society’s international Quilt Show and Contest in Peducah, Ky., she didn’t know she should have packed her rubber waders.
- posted May 10, 2011 at 2:12 PM— updated May 11, 2011 at 8:56 AM
Whidbey Island residents turned in nearly 250 pounds of pills during a one-day, drug take-back program last month. The program, sponsored by the DEA and Whidbey law enforcement agencies, allows people to safely dispose of medication. It’s aimed at reducing the abuse of prescription pills while protecting the environment from potential pollutants.
- posted May 10, 2011 at 2:57 PM— updated May 12, 2011 at 9:54 AM
A milestone will be set with this weekend’s celebration of Whidbey Island’s Native American heritage. The Penn Cove Water Festival is marking its 20th consecutive year Saturday, May 14, with activities taking place throughout the Coupeville waterfront.