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Lauderdale officially announces run for commissioner | UPDATE

  • Aug 17, 2011 at 2:00PM

Charging that Island County government needs a “course correction,” Robert “Jeff” Lauderdale officially announced Saturday that he will be running as a Republican candidate in the 2012 race to represent District 1 on the board of county commissioners.

Bail dropped to $500,000 from $5 million for beauty queen murder suspect

  • Aug 23, 2011 at 3:00PM

The bail for the former beautician and beauty queen charged in the first-degree murder of a Langley man was cut from $5 million to $500,000 at her bail hearing Tuesday in Island County Superior Court.

Whidbey winner in modeling contest brings crew to island for photo shoot

  • Aug 25, 2011 at 1:01PM

Karla Gilbert attracted a few curious stares Thursday while standing near the end of the Coupeville Wharf. She's going to get a lot more interested looks in the months to come, though.

Money raising for Lauderdale's county commissioner campaign off to a brisk start

  • Aug 29, 2011 at 9:38AM

Robert "Jeff" Lauderdale's campaign is off to a running start — in fundraising, at least.

Land trust to cut back on deer hunter access to Trillium woods property

  • Aug 29, 2011 at 1:44PM

Hunters will have fewer days to bag a deer on the Trillium woods property, officials with the Whidbey Camano Land Trust announced today.

Thomas to be released today on bail

  • Sep 2, 2011 at 11:47AM

COUPEVILLE — An Island County Superior Court judge has agreed to release accused murderer and former beauty queen Peggy Sue Thomas out on bail.

Price Johnson to seek reelection as Island County commissioner | UPDATED

  • Sep 3, 2011 at 9:11AM

Island County Commissioner Helen Price Johnson will run for reelection. Price Johnson said she was running for a second term because she wanted to see follow-up work completed on a number of issues.

Officials stay mum on third suspect in Douglas murder: Documents show county has had more than two suspects since 2005

  • Sep 4, 2011 at 10:17AM

Though only two people have been arrested in the 2003 murder of Russel Douglas, Island County law enforcement officials have long suspected that three people were involved in the Christmastime killing of the former Langley resident.

Whidbey skin doctor now wanted for assault

  • Sep 6, 2011 at 4:14PM

Investigators with the Island County Sheriff’s Office are asking the public for help locating a dermatologist who allegedly assaulted his girlfriend and may be suicidal. Detective Ed Wallace said deputies have probable cause to arrest Dr. Donald “Russell” Johnson, 51, on suspicion of second-degree assault, a felony domestic violence charge. The alleged incident occurred at the couple’s Cornet Bay home Tuesday morning.

Jury tells senator's husband to pay $50,000 for 'battery' in sex suit

  • Sep 9, 2011 at 4:40PM

A jury in a civil trial found that a state senator's husband battered his wife's former campaign manager and he should pay her $50,000 in damages.

Proposal for new congressional district will push Larsen out | UPDATE

  • Sep 13, 2011 at 10:00AM updated at 2:41PM

Island County would become part of a new Congressional district under a proposed plan unveiled Tuesday by former U.S. Sen. Slade Gorton of the Washington State Redistricting Commission.

Whidbey General Hospital leaders scuttle February bond election

  • Sep 14, 2011 at 10:00AM

Whidbey General Hospital officials have decided to hold off on sending another bond proposal to voters. At a Monday night meeting, hospital commissioners unanimously reversed their previous decision to place a $50-million proposal to expand the hospital on the ballot next February. It would have been a redo of the bond that failed to reach the 60 percent supermajority in a May 17 special election this year.

Island County budget adds 2 jobs, 3 cop cars

  • Sep 22, 2011 at 3:00PM

The Island County commissioners don’t have any extra money to spend next year, but they were able to restore modest amounts of funding to a few offices by moving money around.

Commissioners disagree on ‘State of the County’

  • Sep 23, 2011 at 3:21PM

There was no food fight or salad tossing, but the Whidbey Island League of Women Voters hosted a lively discussion among commissioners about the state of Island County Wednesday night. The League of Women Voters event was sold out more than a week ahead of time, partly due to a tongue-in-cheek editorial by the Whidbey News-Time predicting food-related fisticuffs between commissioners with dueling philosophies. The board is made up of two Democratic commissioners and a Tea Party Republican.

Highway speed limit in Coupeville drops

  • Sep 25, 2011 at 10:00AM

Coupeville leaders will see something happen that they’ve been wanting for years — a lower speed limit on the highway going through Coupeville. In the coming weeks, the speed limit on Highway 20 through Coupeville’s town limits will drop from 55 miles per hour to just 45 mph.

Oak Harbor City Council considers funding Nichols Brothers study

  • Sep 25, 2011 at 10:00AM

There may yet be hope for a plan that would help Freeland-based Nichols Brothers Boat Builders set up shop in Oak Harbor. On Tuesday, the Oak Harbor City Council directed staff to start developing a scope of work for a taxpayer-funded feasibility study of the Seaplane Base. While a lot still needs to happen before the study becomes a reality, the hope is that it will help the Whidbey shipyard open a satellite facility and bring about 100 new jobs to the community.

Island County faulted for lax oversight on Freeland sewer bills

  • Sep 28, 2011 at 1:57PM

Island County has done a poor job of monitoring the spending of the Freeland Water and Sewer District on its $40 million sewer project, state officials said in a recently released audit of Island County.

Whidbey Island skin doctor on the lam after jumping bail

  • Sep 30, 2011 at 3:30PM

A 51-year-old Whidbey Island dermatologist accused of choking his girlfriend is wanted on a $100,000 arrest warrant after he didn’t appear at a court hearing this week. In addition, a deputy prosecutor filed a motion to hold Dr. Donald “Russell” Johnson in jail without bail because he alleged violated a court order by sending an email to his girlfriend, according to court documents.

Murder suspect gets judge's OK for five-state road trip

  • Oct 5, 2011 at 2:00PM

A Superior Court judge has given Peggy Sue Thomas permission to take a five-state, two-week road trip before the former Langley resident faces arraignment later this month for first-degree murder.

Stabbing victim remains in serious condition | UPDATE

  • Oct 10, 2011 at 10:01AM

Norma Demerchant remains in serious condition in the intensive care unit at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, hospital spokeswoman Susan Gregg said Monday morning.

Suspect in Freeland stabbing admits attacking his parents | UPDATE

  • Oct 10, 2011 at 10:50AM

The suspect in the stabbing of a Freeland couple admitted attacking his parents, the Island County Sheriff's Office said Monday.

Stabbing suspect undergoing evaluation at WGH | UPDATE

  • Oct 10, 2011 at 1:07PM

The suspect in a Freeland stabbing is undergoing an evaluation at Whidbey General Hospital.

Lauderdale still leads in campaign donations for Island County commissioner race

  • Oct 11, 2011 at 8:14AM

Robert "Jeff" Lauderdale continues to outpace Island County Commissioner Helen Price Johnson in fundraising for their 2012 campaigns for the District 1 seat on the county board of commissioners.

Freeland stabbing suspect to make first court appearance today

  • Oct 11, 2011 at 11:55AM

A Freeland man told police he stabbed his parents after he became upset with them "and things got out of control," according to papers filed in Island County Superior Court.

Chetzemoka leaves Coupeville

  • 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.

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