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- Dec 15, 2010 at 11:00AM updated Dec 16, 2013 at 8:52AM
The Island County Sheriff's Office is looking for help in identifying a body that was found washed ashore near Greenbank yesterday.
- Dec 16, 2010 at 8:00AM updated Dec 17, 2013 at 4:36PM
State lawmakers from Whidbey Island are raising alarm about the governor's proposed budget that includes a 10-percent hike in ferry fares next year.
- Dec 20, 2010 at 4:00PM updated Dec 23, 2013 at 10:01AM
Heralded as forward thinking by some and illegal by others, a controversial proposal for a county-wide Clean Water Utility became a reality this week.
- Dec 21, 2010 at 11:00AM updated at 3:10PM
In November voters restricted the state from raising fees. Monday the move paid off when a planned 2.5 percent ferry fare increase set to start Jan. 1 was scuttled by the Washington State Attorney General’s Office.
- Dec 23, 2010 at 7:00AM updated at 9:48AM
Larry Cort, Langley's planning chief, has resigned from his position and will step down in January.
- Dec 25, 2010 at 5:00AM updated Dec 27, 2013 at 11:14AM
It’s 8 a.m. on a Saturday morning and six people are huddled in the doorway of a public bathroom at Ebey’s Landing trying to escape gusts of freezing wind and rain. Two are from Coupeville but most are from South Whidbey, some as far away as Clinton. They’re bundled up in mittens, wool hats, scarves and rain jackets, and each has a pair of binoculars hanging from their necks. Each is also wearing a strange grin that stretches from ear-to-ear. “You have to be wondering who these crazy people are,” said Joe Sheldon. They’re bird watchers with varying degrees of expertise, ranging from those with decades of experience to beginners.
- Dec 25, 2010 at 5:00AM updated Dec 27, 2013 at 11:16AM
With a large swath of woods recently preserved on South Whidbey Island, conservation leaders are setting their sights on Central Whidbey.
- Jan 4, 2011 at 2:22PM
Kelly Emerson cast her first votes as the newest member of the Island County Board of Commissioners Monday morning in a brief meeting punctuated by civility.
- Jan 5, 2011 at 2:00PM updated Jan 6, 2013 at 8:18AM
The future of the Island County Fair as it has long been known could be in the balance as the Washington State Legislature convenes next week to start hacking away at the state budget.
- Jan 8, 2011 at 5:00AM updated Jan 10, 2013 at 9:11AM
Island County Commissioner Kelly Emerson and her husband were assessed $37,000 by the county planning department this week for alleged violations of the county building code, critical areas ordinances and zoning ordinance.
- Jan 11, 2011 at 2:38PM
A forensic odontologist helped investigators identify a body that was washed ashore in Greenbank Dec. 14 as 47-year-old Edwin “Randy” Brown of Arlington, according to the Island County Sheriff’s Office. Brown was last seen on the night of Oct. 9 at a camping site near the Stillaguamish River in Arlington. His friends reported his disappearance to the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office.
- Jan 25, 2011 at 10:00AM updated Jan 26, 2013 at 11:41AM
It didn't bring offices to a complete standstill, but a catastrophic failure of Island County government's email server disrupted work for nearly a week and could mean the loss of voluminous data.
- Jan 26, 2011 at 5:00AM updated at 11:41AM
Paul Dziedzic may have his work cut out for him. The Island County commissioners hired Dziedzic, a consultant, to facilitate a retreat with the three members of the board on Feb. 9, but he may find a political divide in the way of progress.
- Jan 28, 2011 at 3:00PM updated Jan 31, 2013 at 3:57PM
A 44-year-old South Whidbey man accused of child molestation turned himself into the Island County jail after spending a few weeks on the lam, according to the Island County Sheriff's Office. Investigators put out a press release last Friday asking for the public's help in locating Michael S. Angelo, who's also known as Michael Wayne Webb. AS a result, media attention wise widespread throughout the Puget Sound area.
- Jan 30, 2011 at 10:00AM updated Feb 1, 2013 at 11:27AM
Captn Blynd says the reaction to his plan to form a local medical marijuana cooperative has been slim to none. For local law enforcement, it appears to be wait-and-see.
- Feb 1, 2011 at 1:37PM
After spending several months promoting a bond proposal to fund an expansion, Whidbey General Hospital officials find themselves in the uncomfortable position of changing the information they have been telling potential voters.
- Feb 5, 2011 at 10:00AM updated Feb 8, 2013 at 9:02AM
Island County Assessor Mary Engle dropped legal action against the county last month after an offending disciplinary letter was quietly removed from her file.
- Feb 8, 2011 at 9:27AM
A minor earthquake this morning near Friday Harbor was felt by some on Whidbey Island.
- Feb 9, 2011 at 10:00AM
Whidbey General Hospital’s violations of a federal law will cost millions of dollars. The publicly owned hospital had to forego approximately $1.7 million worth of Medicare billings. In addition, the hospital is also paying hundreds of thousands of dollars to resolve the violations.
- Feb 14, 2011 at 6:00AM updated Feb 15, 2013 at 11:32AM
What are the opportunities for tidal power? And what might be the unintended side effects? How might the answers matter to us on Whidbey Island? Find out some of the answers to this exploration of a new type of renewable power Wednesday, Feb. 16, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Meeting House, off Highway 525 north of Freeland.
- Feb 16, 2011 at 6:00AM updated at 10:21AM
eaders will have less than two months to persuade the public to sign off on a bond to pay for an expansion of Whidbey General Hospital. A special election was set Monday for May 17 in what will be a vote-by-mail election.
- Feb 17, 2011 at 4:00PM updated Feb 18, 2013 at 12:26PM
- Feb 21, 2011 at 10:00AM updated Feb 22, 2013 at 8:17AM
The simple, sad fact is that there’s too many unwanted dogs and cats on Whidbey Island. While Whidbey Animals’ Improvement Foundation takes care of orphan pets in shelters where they’re safe from euthanasia — unless they’re dangerous or have a fatal injury or disease — it’s not a happy life for animals to be caged in an environment of stress, crowding and bad odors.
- Feb 23, 2011 at 6:00AM
Island County commissioners sided with 27 county sheriffs in the state, including Island County Sheriff Mark Brown, in sending a letter to state lawmakers urging support for “take back your meds” bills. It’s common for commissioners to send such a letter supporting bills, programs or grant applications, but this one spawned the first disagreement in years over an official letter from the board.
- Feb 22, 2011 at 3:34PM
Two more information meetings about forming an island-wide federal credit union have been scheduled for early next month.