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Land deal would preserve sensitive Central Whidbey property

  • 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.

Snohomish County PUD seeks feds’ OK for Admiralty Inlet tidal project

  • 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.

Whidbey's EMS levy set for ballot may bring in less

  • 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.

Nickel an acre fee starts on Whidbey

  • 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.

Morrison means business in run for Island County commissioner

  • 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.

Moeller’s two goals lead Falcons over Wolverines in shutout

  • 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.

$17 million Island Transit job begins in April

  • 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.

Bailey seeks 10th District State Senate seat held by Haugen

  • 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.

Former attorney Moote pleads guilty, assets go to victims

  • Mar 29, 2012 at 10:00AM

A former Freeland attorney pleaded guilty in federal court Monday to embezzling more than $1 million from his clients through a mail fraud scheme.

Whidbey teen gets maximum sentence of five years, eight months

  • Mar 30, 2012 at 4:00PM updated Apr 2, 2012 at 9:52AM

A deep sense of sorrow permeated a crowded courtroom in Coupeville Friday afternoon as a young woman who killed three of her best friends in a drinking-and-driving accident learned her fate.

Larsen to meet seniors, attend groundbreaking

  • Apr 9, 2012 at 3:31PM

U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen, WA-02, will spend Tuesday on Whidbey Island hosting a talk on South Whidbey about senior issues and attending the groundbreaking of Island Transit’s new headquarters, which will be built near the intersection of Highway 20 with Parker Road.

‘Dr. Z’ quits Whidbey General Hospital board

  • Apr 10, 2012 at 2:30PM

Dr. Paul Zaveruha resigned his elected position Monday as a commissioner for the hospital district that operates Whidbey General Hospital in order to devote his time to surgery. “The most satisfying work for me has always been providing care to patients,” he said. “I’m getting back to my roots.”

Island County commissioners may put damper on fireworks

  • Apr 15, 2012 at 10:00AM updated Apr 16, 2012 at 8:10AM

In response to a handful of citizen complaints, the Island County commissioners are taking a closer look at existing firework rules and contemplating a few new restrictions. While no formal proposal is yet on the table, the board is looking to address a discrepancy between current county and state laws concerning the times and days they can be sold and discharged.

South Whidbey email improves, but still sluggish as businesses struggle

  • Apr 26, 2012 at 11:00AM updated at 2:01PM

Now in its fifth day of email problems, Whidbey Telecom is reporting that its new system is up and running though customers should expect service to remain sluggish due to a backlog of emails. Repeated attempts to reach company officials for comment on the problems in time for this story were unsuccessful but a news release distributed to The Record late Wednesday afternoon included both an explanation and an apology.

Hang the cost, burned, sunken boat to be raised | Corrected

  • May 15, 2012 at 1:00PM updated May 16, 2012 at 12:44PM

No matter the cost, the 128-foot crab boat that caught fire and then sank in Penn Cove this weekend will be raised and removed, according to officials with the state Department of Natural Resources. Toni Droscher, spokeswoman for the agency, confirmed that the huge steel fishing vessel is not too big to pluck from the bottom, but it will be expensive and it’s a cost that will be borne by taxpayers.

Whidbey General celebrates Nurses Week with education

  • May 16, 2012 at 10:00AM updated at 12:47PM

Whidbey General Hospital joined the nation in recognizing nurses during National Nurses Week, which is celebrated annually during the week of May 6.

Sunken fishing boat prompts closure of shellfish harvesting in Penn Cove

  • May 15, 2012 at 3:00PM updated May 16, 2012 at 12:54PM

Divers have successfully plugged the hole in the fuel tank of a 128-foot crab boat that caught fire and sank in Penn Cove this past weekend, but enough diesel leaked out that the state has closed the bay to shellfish harvesting. According to Mark Toy, an environmental engineer with the state Department of Health, more diesel was in the boat than earlier thought and photos from the air have shown just how far the resulting sheen has spread.

Clinton woman takes plea in shotgun murder case

  • May 16, 2012 at 4:36PM

A 41-year-old Clinton woman accused of being an accomplice in the shotgun murder of her boyfriend's wife pleaded guilty to a lesser charge today in Whatcom County Superior Court. Kara Jo Buchanan confessed in a phone message to shooting the Bellingham resident last July. She attempted to kill herself by slitting her wrists, but deputies found her wandering the beach at Double Bluff on Whidbey. She was transported to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle for treatment.

Oak Harbor marina struggles

  • May 22, 2012 at 2:00PM

While the Port of South Whidbey is working to expand the Langley Marina, the city of Oak Harbor is offering deals to try to fill its struggling marina.

State wants Mukilteo ferry terminal moved to the east

  • May 21, 2012 at 3:28PM

Future ferry riders from Clinton to Mukilteo won’t be docking between Ivar’s and the block of white waterfront condos if the state Department of Transportation has its way. The DOT’s Ferries Division announced Monday afternoon that the aging ferry terminal at Mukilteo should be replaced with a new terminal one-third of a mile to the east.

Sunken vessel removal advances

  • May 22, 2012 at 12:34PM

Strong currents and the continuation of light oil sheen coming from the 128-foot derelict crab boat that burned and sank in Penn Cove has prompted state officials to solidify and accelerate plans to remove the vessel. Toni Droscher, spokeswoman for the state Department of Natural Resources, said that the agency has wanted to raise and dispose of the Deep Sea since it sank, May 13, but that it was proceeding cautiously.

Crane headed toward Penn Cove to tackle sunken ship

  • May 28, 2012 at 2:52PM

A big crane barge will pull into Penn Cover later today to prepare to help lift a sunken, pollution-leaking ship from beneath the waves. The D.B. Oakland, a 140-foot crane barge owned by General Construction Co., left Seattle early this morning and is nearing Penn Cove to support efforts to lift the sunken fishing vessel Deep Sea, according to the state Department of Ecology.

Penn Cove environment assessed prior to salvage operation

  • May 28, 2012 at 2:57PM

The Washington departments of Ecology and Fish and Wildlife, with help from other agencies and organizations, have prepared an assessment of environmental resources in Penn Cove. The 140-foot fishing vessel Deep Sea, which sank in the cove near Coupeville on May 13, continues to leak small amounts of diesel fuel, motor oil and other petroleum products. Ecology has established a website for the incident at:

Islanders unite against Citizens United decision

  • May 31, 2012 at 12:00PM

A group of Whidbey Island residents has joined a national chorus of people and states who are taking a stand against the Supreme Court decision commonly known as Citizens United. “We call ourselves Citizens Ignited,” said Oak Harbor resident Marshall Goldberg, in a message he delivered to the Island County commissioners during the board’s regular meeting on May 21.

Effort mounts to save geese on Honeymoon Lake

  • May 30, 2012 at 9:00AM

Plans to kill a few geese and goslings that annoy some residents of a Greenbank lake community have upset fans of the waterfowl and spawned an online petition drive to save them. Board members of the Honeymoon Lake Community recently signed a contract with a federal agency to euthanize the four adult geese and three goslings that took up residence on the lake this spring. The board caused a stir last summer by bringing in federal agents to kill 19 honkers that lived there at that time and upset some residents by pooping on lawns.

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