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- Oct 12, 2011 at 9:00AM
With the start of winter, reduced service has returned to the Port Townsend-to-Coupeville ferry route along with several vessel changes in the coming weeks. The Chetzemoka, the first of three 64-car ferries recently built by Washington State Ferries, was pulled from service Tuesday for a three-week maintenance period. After that it will go into service on the Point Defiance-Tahlequah route, replacing the Rhododendron.
- Oct 11, 2011 at 2:55PM
A lane of Highway 20 near San de Fuca was closed to traffic for nearly an hour Monday following a two-car collision that sent one person to the hospital. The accident occurred at about 12:10 p.m. just north of Arnold Road. According to Washington State Patrol Trooper Chris Merwin, British Columbia resident Artur Pasternak, 40, was northbound on Highway 20 when his vehicle was struck from behind.
- Oct 11, 2011 at 2:59PM
Island County Commissioner Kelly Emerson and her husband lost their lawsuit against the county and no longer want to build a sunroom on their Camano Island home, but the controversy surrounding the project built without a permit lives on. Scientists from the county planning department, the Department of Ecology and Oregon State University identified what they described as numerous and significant flaws in the rambling 130-page wetland report that the Emersons submitted in July, more than nine months after they were ordered to do so by the code enforcement officer.
- Oct 12, 2011 at 9:25AM
Island County commissioners voted 2-1 Monday to approve a request from the Whidbey Camano Land Trust for $310,000 in Conservation Futures funding to retire the debt on Trillium Community Forest.
- Oct 13, 2011 at 12:14PM
Island County Democrats announced the endorsement of five Democratic candidates after its regular quarterly meeting Wednesday in Oak Harbor.
- Oct 14, 2011 at 1:37PM
Congressman Rick Larsen raised $164,621 in donations for his re-election campaign during the latest reporting cycle, his campaign announced Friday.
- Oct 18, 2011 at 1:00PM updated at 3:48PM
The 30-year-old Oak Harbor man suspected of killing both his grandfathers insisted on acting as his own attorney, despite a judge’s repeated warnings against the idea. Joshua Lambert appeared in Island County Superior Court Monday afternoon for his arraignment. He pleaded not guilty to charges of first-degree murder and first-degree kidnapping.
- Oct 21, 2011 at 11:00AM updated at 1:33PM
The Island County Sheriff's Office is warning North Whidbey residents about a rash of daytime burglaries. Sheriff Mark Brown sent out an "e-lert" to citizens Friday morning, echoing a warning from the Oak Harbor Police Department last month. Both agencies have seen an increase in daytime burglaries and in the amount of jewelry being stolen, which detectives believe may be related to the high price of gold and silver.
- Oct 24, 2011 at 10:00AM
Washington state has seen more than 430 cases of pertussis, also called whooping cough, this year, in comparison to 378 at this time last year, according to the Washington State Department of Health. Whidbey Island has confirmed just one case, said Island County Public Health Officer Roger Case. “This is a little bit below normal for the disease but we shouldn’t let our guard down,” Case said last week.
- Oct 22, 2011 at 10:00AM updated at 8:05PM
Once a construction project is complete, Island Transit’s headquarters will be more than eight times larger than its current home. Island Transit, widely known for its free bus service, was recently awarded $17.92 million in federal funding to help pay for a 51,000-square-foot transit center on Central Whidbey Island that will include new administrative offices, maintenance bays for its fleet and a refueling facility.
- Oct 24, 2011 at 4:02PM
COUPEVILLE — A Freeland man accused of stabbing his parents in their Bush Point Terrace home earlier this month entered two pleas of not guilty on first-degree assault charges at his arraignment Monday in Island County Superior Court.
- Oct 28, 2011 at 1:00PM
Freeland’s Nichols Brothers Boat Builders is finding plenty of friends this year as yet another public agency is expressing interest in helping the private boatbuilder expand its operations to Oak Harbor. At the Oak Harbor City Council’s regular Tuesday meeting last week, Port of South Whidbey Commissioner Geoff Tapert proposed a radical new idea in which the port would become the primary lessee of the Seaplane Base property sought by Nichols Brothers.
- Oct 26, 2011 at 10:00AM
Mike McVay begins his investigations by hopping into his little pickup and maneuvering through a maze of rural county roads, finding what he calls the “hidden nooks and crannies” of South and Central Whidbey. He stops when he gets to the water. McVay, a semi-retired chainsaw artist, has a unusual skill for finding little — and sometimes rather large — pieces of beach, tideland and even bluffs that belong to the public, but whose ownership may have been lost, forgotten or fogged up over the years.
- Oct 28, 2011 at 10:00AM updated Oct 29, 2013 at 5:11AM
Island County officials have been trying to find money to build a new road on Central Whidbey for more than a decade. This fall they had some modest success. Public Works Director Bill Oakes said the county received a $790,000 grant from the Federal Highway Administration for design work, permitting and to purchase some right-of-way property for a new road that would link Houston and Race roads.
- Oct 27, 2011 at 7:53AM
A judge refused to accept a guilty plea from a Greenbank man charged with second-degree unlawful possession of a firearm in Island County Superior Court Monday, and said she wanted more information on the man’s mental state before accepting his plea.
- Oct 27, 2011 at 8:21AM
Whidbey residents awoke to flashing alarm clocks Wednesday morning thanks to a brief power outage overnight. A Puget Sound Energy spokesperson said at a crossarm on a power pole broke near March Point in Skagit County causing the power on Whidbey to go out for only a few seconds.
- Oct 29, 2011 at 10:00AM
An elderly Camano Island resident who was convicted of killing his best friend six years ago died in prison over the weekend.
- Oct 31, 2011 at 3:17PM
The former hairdresser and beauty queen who has been charged as an accomplice in the 2003 murder of a Langley man entered a plea of not guilty to a charge of first-degree murder Monday in Island County Superior Court.
- Nov 1, 2011 at 11:12AM
Island County Commissioner Helen Price Johnson has overtaken challenger Robert "Jeff" Lauderdale in campaign fundraising in their District 1 race for the 2012 election.
- Nov 4, 2011 at 10:00AM
It’s the time of year again for Island County commissioners to consider increasing the cost of doing business with the planning department. This time around, planning officials are advocating several new fees, increases in a range of fees and the elimination of one fee.
- Nov 3, 2011 at 10:00AM
After three years of legal wrangling that made its way to the state Court of Appeals, the case against a 51-year-old Freeland businessman accused of injuring a passenger while driving intoxicated has finally been resolved. LeRoy Olsen III pleaded guilty to driving under the influence and reckless endangerment as part of a plea bargain. He was originally facing a felony vehicular assault charge.
- Nov 8, 2011 at 3:20PM
The budget the Island County commissioners adopted just last month may have to be revised, possibly even before the end of the year, if state lawmakers adopt $2 billion in cuts proposed by Gov. Chris Gregoire.
- Nov 10, 2011 at 2:54PM
Whidbey Island will be smacked by high winds — which may cause flooding along the west coast of the island — Friday afternoon, according to the National Weather Service office in Seattle.
- Nov 11, 2011 at 8:04AM
The National Weather Service office in Seattle has issued a "high wind warning" for the Admiralty Inlet area from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday.
- Nov 12, 2011 at 8:00AM updated at 12:36PM
Three people died from injuries they sustained in a car accident in South Whidbey early Saturday morning. The names of the victims are being withheld pending notification of their next of kin. However, the Washington State Patrol has identified the deceased as three young men, ages 22, 20 and 19. One is from Freeland, another from Langley and the third had a Palmdale, Calif., driver’s license.