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Oak Harbor mayor wants Freeland growth money

  • Jun 24, 2011 at 3:00PM

Disagreements between Island County and city of Oak Harbor officials over planning have turned into an all-out slugging match that the Western Washington Growth Management Hearings Board has been called on to referee. At the heart of the matter is this: Oak Harbor Mayor Jim Slowik believes that county officials are earmarking population growth and distributing money to Freeland at the expense of Oak Harbor.

Chumleigh vs. Kellzilla: Man protests county commissioner

  • Jun 21, 2011 at 3:53PM

A Camano Island man who’s upset with Island County Commissioner Kelly Emerson and her “Tea Party agenda” has coined a term he hopes will catch on. Kellzilla.

Early budget figures bring relief to Island County

  • Jun 24, 2011 at 9:00AM

For the first time in four years , Elaine Marlow delivered some good news about the county’s finances.

Island County park plan to set hunting, smoking policies

  • Jun 26, 2011 at 10:00AM updated Jun 29, 2011 at 8:32AM

The process of creating a plan to govern Island County parks has touched on two hot-button issues: hunting and smoking. Island County Public Works Director Bill Oakes recently went to the county commissioners to get guidance on how the new parks plan should address the two concerns. As a result of the commissioners’ counsel, residents can expect smoking restrictions in a handful of county parks and a slight change in hunting rules.

Island County wants Emerson to pay its lawyer fees

  • Jun 25, 2011 at 10:00AM

Island County Commissioner Kelly Emerson’s legal battle against Island County may become even more expensive for her. The attorney representing Island County is asking a judge to force Emerson and her husband to pay the county’s cost of defending against the couple’s lawsuit. The county’s current tab for legal defense is $35,915.

Bail set at $10 million for fugitive in Freeland murder

  • Jun 28, 2011 at 3:48PM

Flanked by two sheriff’s deputies, accused killer James “Jim” Huden made his first appearance in an Island County courtroom Tuesday after nearly eight years on the run.

Second ferry added to Coupeville-Port Townsend route in time for holiday weekend

  • Jun 28, 2011 at 5:07PM

Two-boat service will return to the Coupeville (Keystone)-Port Townsend route in time for the Fourth of July holiday weekend, state ferry officials announced Tuesday.

Nichols Brothers Boat Builders looks at expanding to Oak Harbor

  • Jun 29, 2011 at 1:05PM

Nichols Brothers Boat Builders is looking at expanding its operations into Oak Harbor.

Newest ferry restores Port Townsend-to-Coupeville route

  • Jul 1, 2011 at 3:04PM

After nearly four years, two-boat service has been restored on the Port Townsend-to-Coupeville ferry route.

County commissioners consider night meetings

  • Jul 3, 2011 at 9:00AM

Island County commissioners may become night owls every so often.

Island County road patching is prelude to paving

  • Jul 6, 2011 at 10:00AM

The road construction season is underway in Island County, which means drivers can expect delays, the summertime smell of hot asphalt and, in the end, smoother roads. Work crews are busy preparing the base, surface, and roadside for 26 miles of roads that will be resurfaced this summer as part of the county’s paving and oiling program.

More than 3,000 Whidbey Island kids seek mental health help

  • Jul 6, 2011 at 10:00AM updated at 12:35PM

Jhonas Burke went through misery that’s shockingly common for teenagers on happy Whidbey Island and elsewhere across the nation. He was so depressed that there were times when he wanted to die. He felt like an outcast, an outsider. Thoughts ran like a freight train through his head, but he had no one to share them with. He’s a smart kid, but he was falling behind in classes at Oak Harbor High School.

Clinton resident arrested in slaying of Bellingham woman | UPDATE

  • Jul 9, 2011 at 10:05AM

A frantic police search across South Whidbey ended Thursday evening in the arrest of a Clinton woman wanted in the killing of a Bellingham woman earlier this week.

Huden enters 'not guilty' plea on first-degree murder charge

  • Jul 11, 2011 at 2:57PM

James "Jim" Huden entered a plea of "not guilty" in the first-degree murder of Russel A. Douglas of Langley during a brief court appearance Monday in Island County Superior Court.

Whidbey General Hospital to try again in February

  • Jul 12, 2011 at 12:38PM

Hospital leaders hope the second time is the charm. Whidbey General Hospital commissioners Monday evening approved a Feb. 14, 2012, date to send another bond proposal to voters for the same $50 million previously rejected. Proceeds would fund expansion of the hospital’s Coupeville campus.

Greenbank solar project unveiling set

  • Jul 12, 2011 at 12:39PM

Lawmakers and community leaders are slated to celebrate the Greenbank Farm’s latest project. A ribbon cutting event is scheduled Wednesday, July 13, 10:30 a.m. at the Greenbank Farm, which is owned by the Port of Coupeville. Jim Patton, executive director for the port, said Coupeville Mayor Nancy Conard, State Rep. Norma Smith, commissioners for the Port of Coupeville, Island County Commissioner Helen Price Johnson and a delegation from Puget Sound Energy are scheduled to attend the celebration of the array.

Emerson lawyer tapped to pay Island County’s costs

  • Jul 16, 2011 at 9:00AM

The attorney representing Island County Commissioner Kelly Emerson and her husband in their lawsuit against the county gave such poor advice that he has to fund a portion of the opposing attorney’s fees, a judge ruled.

Clinton murder suspect will be charged as an accomplice

  • Jul 15, 2011 at 4:31PM

The Clinton woman arrested last week in the slaying of a Bellingham resident is being charged with first-degree murder, but authorities now say she may be an accomplice and not the killer.

Solar arrays celebrated at Greenbank Farm

  • Jul 19, 2011 at 2:17PM

A new day is dawning on the Greenbank Farm. Thanks to the help of investors including interested individuals, the Port of Coupeville and Puget Sound Energy, a solar energy project is up and running at the publicly owned farm. Dozens of people ventured to the farm Wednesday morning to celebrate the completion of the first part of the project.

Ferry service halted on Clinton-Mukilteo route

  • Jul 20, 2011 at 9:27AM

Service on the Clinton-Mukilteo ferry route was halted Wednesday morning for emergency repairs to the transfer span at the dock, state ferry officials reported just before 9:30 a.m.

Clinton-Mukilteo ferry service halted | UPDATE

  • Jul 20, 2011 at 10:10AM

Problems with the transfer span at the Mukiteo Ferry Terminal has shut down the Clinton-Mukilteo route.

Sailings will resume at noon on Clinton-Mukilteo route | UPDATE

  • Jul 20, 2011 at 11:00AM

The Clinton-Mukilteo ferry route will be back in service at noon Wednesday.

Langley driver's life saved on Central Whidbey

  • Jul 22, 2011 at 9:31AM

A 77-year-old Langley woman was hospitalized Thursday afternoon after her vehicle veered off a section of Highway 20 on Central Whidbey and crashed into heavy brush. According to Washington State Patrol Trooper Chris Merwin, Harriet Jackson was northbound in a blue Nissan Quest minivan at about 5:20 p.m. when the accident occurred.

Property valuations languish in Island County Assessor’s office

  • Jul 25, 2011 at 10:00AM updated Jul 27, 2011 at 9:07AM

Property owners in Island County will have to wait longer than usual to find out if their property values changed. Island County Assessor Mary Engle announced this week that tax valuation notices will be sent out in September, along with new construction notices.

Clinton kidnapping survivor tells story of terror

  • Jul 24, 2011 at 10:00AM updated Jul 25, 2011 at 8:04AM

Beaten and bloody, Peter Brandt lay in the darkness in the back of his own van. His hands and feet were bound with zip ties. He didn’t know where his captor was taking him and he didn’t know if was going to be killed. Brandt didn’t panic, but entered into a dazed state. “The curious thing about it is I felt so relaxed on the ride,” he said. “There was something in me that just went with the flow. I decided that I wasn’t going to be confrontational. I wasn’t going to try to escape.”

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