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- posted May 27, 2011 at 3:55 PM
The one-time largest grower of loganberries in the United States is tapping into something new. Workers recently finished installing solar panel arrays at the publicly owned Greenbank Farm. The arrays, which are located between the farm buildings and the alpaca pasture, will produce 25.1 kilowatt hours, which is more than 26,000 kilowatt/hours per year.
- posted May 27, 2011 at 4:00 PM— updated May 28, 2011 at 1:46 PM
A one-of-a-kind lawsuit that Island County Commissioner Kelly Emerson and her husband brought against the county, two county employees and a former commissioner was dismissed Friday. The only issues remaining to be resolved are whether the Emersons will appeal and how much the county planning department will fine them.
- posted May 30, 2011 at 8:29 AM
A judge for Island County District Court was injured when he hit a deer on Highway 20 just north of Coupeville Sunday morning.
- posted Jun 1, 2011 at 2:29 PM— updated Jun 1, 2011 at 3:41 PM
Langley Planning Director Larry Kwarsick is running for mayor in the Village by the Sea. Kwarsick announced his candidacy for the mayor's job in Langley on Wednesday. He said he would run as a part-time mayor, for part-time pay.
- posted Jun 7, 2011 at 2:50 PM— updated Jun 8, 2011 at 4:32 PM
A new Island County chapter of a group dedicated to protecting property rights held its first meeting last Wednesday night at a Mexican restaurant in Oak Harbor.
- posted Jun 7, 2011 at 2:55 PM— updated Jun 8, 2011 at 1:05 PM
The Island County commissioners’ normally mundane task of appointing people to voluntary boards became a little more action-packed Monday morning. Commissioner Kelly Emerson, the sole Republican on the three-member board, was clamorously unhappy that she didn’t get to name anyone to the Water Resources Advisory Committee.
- posted Jun 14, 2011 at 1:38 PM— updated Jun 16, 2011 at 11:59 AM
Quarterly performance results for Washington State Ferries’ newest vessel, the $76.93 million Chetzemoka, may indicate that they really don’t make them like they used to.
- posted Jun 14, 2011 at 2:02 PM— updated Jun 16, 2011 at 8:34 AM
A change in state law will allow Island County officials to use a different method to pay for maintenance at county parks, which translate to a return of portable toilets and trash pickup to some South Whidbey parks.
- posted Jun 14, 2011 at 2:22 PM— updated Jun 16, 2011 at 8:34 AM
One Island County commissioner sued the county’s planning director and now the other two commissioners have given him a raise. Commissioners Angie Homola and Helen Price Johnson voted to raise Planning Director Bob Pederson’s pay grade from an E-28 to an E-29.
- posted Jun 17, 2011 at 2:41 PM— updated Jun 20, 2011 at 6:21 AM
Four weeks after voters rejected a $50 million expansion bond, somber leaders of Whidbey General Hospital are starting to plan for the future of the 40-year-old facility.
- posted Jun 17, 2011 at 2:54 PM— updated Jun 20, 2011 at 6:20 AM
Colton Harris-Moore, the so-called Barefoot Bandit, could be sitting in Island County jail in Coupeville within a month or so. Harris-Moore, a 20-year-old former Camano Island resident, pleaded guilty to seven federal criminal charges Friday in U.S. District Court in Seattle. Island County Prosecutor Greg Banks said he expects Harris-Moore to be transferred to Island County to face state charges during the estimated three-month interval between plea and sentencing in federal court.
- posted Jun 21, 2011 at 3:49 PM— updated Jun 24, 2011 at 10:21 AM
Disagreements between Island County and city of Oak Harbor officials over planning have turned into an all-out slugging match that the Western Washington Growth Management Hearings Board has been called on to referee. At the heart of the matter is this: Oak Harbor Mayor Jim Slowik believes that county officials are earmarking population growth and distributing money to Freeland at the expense of Oak Harbor.
- posted Jun 21, 2011 at 3:53 PM— updated Jun 23, 2011 at 9:22 AM
A Camano Island man who’s upset with Island County Commissioner Kelly Emerson and her “Tea Party agenda” has coined a term he hopes will catch on. Kellzilla.
- posted Jun 21, 2011 at 3:54 PM— updated Jun 22, 2011 at 11:08 AM
For the first time in four years , Elaine Marlow delivered some good news about the county’s finances.
- posted Jun 24, 2011 at 2:20 PM— updated Jun 29, 2011 at 8:32 AM
The process of creating a plan to govern Island County parks has touched on two hot-button issues: hunting and smoking. Island County Public Works Director Bill Oakes recently went to the county commissioners to get guidance on how the new parks plan should address the two concerns. As a result of the commissioners’ counsel, residents can expect smoking restrictions in a handful of county parks and a slight change in hunting rules.
- posted Jun 24, 2011 at 2:49 PM
Island County Commissioner Kelly Emerson’s legal battle against Island County may become even more expensive for her. The attorney representing Island County is asking a judge to force Emerson and her husband to pay the county’s cost of defending against the couple’s lawsuit. The county’s current tab for legal defense is $35,915.
- posted Jun 28, 2011 at 3:48 PM
Flanked by two sheriff’s deputies, accused killer James “Jim” Huden made his first appearance in an Island County courtroom Tuesday after nearly eight years on the run.
- posted Jun 28, 2011 at 5:07 PM
Two-boat service will return to the Coupeville (Keystone)-Port Townsend route in time for the Fourth of July holiday weekend, state ferry officials announced Tuesday.
- posted Jun 29, 2011 at 1:05 PM
Nichols Brothers Boat Builders is looking at expanding its operations into Oak Harbor.
- posted Jul 1, 2011 at 3:04 PM— updated Jul 1, 2011 at 4:05 PM
After nearly four years, two-boat service has been restored on the Port Townsend-to-Coupeville ferry route.
- posted Jul 1, 2011 at 3:50 PM— updated Jul 1, 2011 at 4:06 PM
Island County commissioners may become night owls every so often.
- posted Jul 5, 2011 at 3:24 PM— updated Jul 6, 2011 at 8:32 AM
The road construction season is underway in Island County, which means drivers can expect delays, the summertime smell of hot asphalt and, in the end, smoother roads. Work crews are busy preparing the base, surface, and roadside for 26 miles of roads that will be resurfaced this summer as part of the county’s paving and oiling program.
- posted Jul 5, 2011 at 3:26 PM— updated Jul 6, 2011 at 12:35 PM
Jhonas Burke went through misery that’s shockingly common for teenagers on happy Whidbey Island and elsewhere across the nation. He was so depressed that there were times when he wanted to die. He felt like an outcast, an outsider. Thoughts ran like a freight train through his head, but he had no one to share them with. He’s a smart kid, but he was falling behind in classes at Oak Harbor High School.
- posted Jul 9, 2011 at 10:05 AM
A frantic police search across South Whidbey ended Thursday evening in the arrest of a Clinton woman wanted in the killing of a Bellingham woman earlier this week.
- posted Jul 11, 2011 at 2:57 PM
James "Jim" Huden entered a plea of "not guilty" in the first-degree murder of Russel A. Douglas of Langley during a brief court appearance Monday in Island County Superior Court.