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- Jan 26, 2012 at 11:16AM
A man was arrested Thursday morning for making a bomb scare that suspended service on the Mukilteo-Clinton ferry route.
- Jan 26, 2012 at 1:50PM
The Washington State Patrol reported that everything is back to normal for the Clinton-Mukilteo ferry run after a bomb scare suspended service earlier today.
- Jan 27, 2012 at 1:00PM updated at 3:58PM
The Barefoot Bandit insulted the Island County sheriff, the prosecutor and members of the media in private while he publicly professed remorse and humility for his high-profile crime spree. The revelations made by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in a sentencing memorandum appeared to have some effect on the sentence 20-year-old Colton Harris-Moore received by from a judge in federal court Friday, though his defense team tried to minimize the damage by releasing other emails that showed Harris-Moore as contrite and modest.
- Jan 28, 2012 at 10:00AM
Now that it’s the New Year, administrators at Whidbey General Hospital are hoping to move past well-publicized violations of a complicated federal law which cost the hospital a CEO and more than $850,000. Hospital CEO Tom Tomasino, who took over after the problem emerged, said the administration now has a streamlined, triple-check system to ensure all contracts with physicians are complete and legal, while the hospital has the administrative staffing to deal with the swelling number of contracts and other legal documents.
- Jan 28, 2012 at 9:00AM
So you want to be a firefighter, huh? Great, here’s a helmet and a slicker. Sorry we don’t have money for boots. The next time you hear the sirens go off, come on down and we’ll have some fun.
- Jan 28, 2012 at 3:00PM
In China, 2012 is the year of the dragon. On Whidbey Island, it’s the year of the geriatric poodle.
- Feb 2, 2012 at 10:00AM
Whidbey Islanders are starting to get a charge out of an emerging technology. A couple of businesses across the island are busy installing the initial charging stations and town leaders are designing regulations to accommodate electric cars.
- Jan 31, 2012 at 1:00PM updated Feb 1, 2013 at 10:08AM
Although it was residents of a rural Island County neighborhood who inspired a state law legalizing golf cart zones two years ago, a legal hurdle prevented the county commissioners from following the town of Coupeville’s lead in adopting a golf cart-related ordinance. In fact, the county’s top civil attorney suggested that some jurisdictions, including Coupeville, have acted contrary to law in adopting ordinances for golf cart zones that are more restrictive than allowed by state law.
- Feb 7, 2012 at 2:08PM
The Lincoln Day Dinner has long been an important tradition for the Island County Republican Party. It’s a time when candidates make announcements, money is raised for campaigns and people get a chance to mingle. This year it will be a much different event, which has some members of the party upset and skeptical. The April 14 dinner is being held at the Comcast Arena in Everett and the keynote speaker will be John Bolton, the former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. There will even be a professional comedian.
- Feb 7, 2012 at 2:18PM
“That’s not just a piece of steel. That’s a sculpture,” Archie Nichols of Nichols Brothers Boat Builders in Freeland told Oak Harbor High School students Thursday as he came to pick up the completed midsection of the Admiralty Head Lighthouse’s lantern house. Metal shop students from the three Whidbey Island high schools have, since 2010, been pouring hours into recreating the original lantern house.
- Feb 8, 2012 at 10:00AM
Islanders riding the ferry to Mukilteo will find better facilities sometime in the future, but exactly what they will look like is yet to be decided. The Mukilteo ferry terminal is described by the ferry system as deteriorating and major repairs are needed to continue to provide safe and reliable ferry service.
- Feb 12, 2012 at 4:00PM updated Feb 14, 2013 at 2:18PM
A former Coupeville dermatologist who recently made headlines for domestic violence was killed early Sunday morning in a gruesome accident near Deception Pass Bridge. Donald “Russell” Johnson, 53, was thrown from his car after crashing it into a rock embankment and was run over by the trooper who had been pursuing him for speeding and reckless driving.
- Feb 22, 2012 at 9:00AM updated Feb 24, 2013 at 11:24AM
As a result of a state Supreme Court decision, it appears that an assessment on Island County property owners will increase.
- Feb 22, 2012 at 9:00AM updated at 11:12AM
Weather conditions canceled Coupeville ferry Wednesday morning. Due to windy conditions, the 9:30 a.m. sailing from Port Townsend and the 10:15 a.m. sailing from Coupeville have been canceled.
- Feb 26, 2012 at 9:19AM
It’s back to the future as the former editor of the South Whidbey Record returns and the current editor leaves the island for a new opportunity.
- Mar 2, 2012 at 12:18PM
Island County Commissioner Angie Homola will have at least three challengers in this year’s election. Jill Johnson, director of the Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce, and Phil Collier, owner of Hilltop Auto Service and Express Lube in Oak Harbor, announced their intentions this week to run for the Commissioner District 2 seat.
- Mar 3, 2012 at 10:00AM
Longtime South Whidbey businessman and elected official Curt Gordon is trying again to win his first island-wide position.
- Mar 7, 2012 at 10:00AM
In an effort to preserve a swath of environmentally sensitive property and secure a future for its popular youth conference center, Seattle Pacific University is looking to sell 50 to 60 acres of woodland, prairie and grassland. But before that can happen, the Whidbey Camano Land Trust, partnering with the state Department of Natural Resources, is looking to secure millions of dollars in state funding to pay for the proposal.
- Mar 15, 2012 at 10:00AM
A new power source could be operating out of the deep waters of Admiralty Inlet, but before that can happen, a public utility district must obtain the required federal license. The Snohomish County Public Utility District, based out of Everett, submitted a Final License Application this month to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, which officials said will be processed within six month.
- Mar 13, 2012 at 2:27PM
A proposition to continue a levy that funds ambulances and other emergency medical services on Whidbey Island will go before the voters on the Aug. 7 election ballot, but due to declining property values it may bring in less than the old levy. Whidbey General Hospital commissioners approved a resolution Monday that places the levy on the ballot. If passed, it would continue the current levy of 50 cents per $1,000 of assessed value for another six years. That equates to $150 a year for the owner of a home worth $300,000.
- Mar 13, 2012 at 2:46PM
Island County property owners will now be required to pay a 5-cent per acre assessment to help fund conservation programs on Whidbey and Camano islands. The new fee was approved in a 2-1 vote Monday at a special meeting of the Island County commissioners. It will be charged on top of an existing flat $5 per parcel fee and in the wake of a February state Supreme Court ruling concerning the legality of such special assessments.
- Mar 18, 2012 at 3:00PM
Yet another candidate has thrown a hat into the ring for Island County Commissioner District 1. Clinton Republican Wayne Morrison recently announced his plans to unseat incumbent Democrat Helen Price Johnson. That brings the total number of candidates seeking the seat to four. Also vying for the position are Central Whidbey Republican Jeff Lauderdale, a retired U.S. Navy commander, and Clinton Independent Curt Gordon, a business owner and Port of South Whidbey commissioner.
- Mar 17, 2012 at 8:00AM
Despite pouring rain and howling wind, the skies cleared and a rainbow appeared by the second half of the boys soccer game between South Whidbey and Friday Harbor.
- Mar 23, 2012 at 1:15PM
You’d be hard-pressed to find any frowns at Island Transit these days. After 14 years of saving, grant writing and sometimes begging, the public transit agency that serves Whidbey and Camano Islands is on the verge of getting its long awaited new headquarters in Coupeville.
- Mar 26, 2012 at 12:00PM updated at 3:02PM
Flanked by family members, supporters and well-known Whidbey Republicans, Barbara Bailey announced at a Monday morning event in Oak Harbor that she is running for a Washington State Senate seat. Rumors have been swirling around Oak Harbor for months that Bailey, a longtime Republican state representative, will seek the District 10 Senate seat currently held by Mary Margaret Haugen (D-Camano). Bailey confirmed the rumors, explaining that the continuing problems with the budget and the inability to find solutions in Olympia has “driven” her to it.