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Koster announces repeat run for U.S. House seat

  • May 5, 2011 at 7:00AM updated at 10:16AM

John Koster has announced he'll take another shot at winning a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Dismissal sought in politically charged sex case

  • May 8, 2011 at 10:00AM

State Sen. Mary Margaret Haugen’s husband is asking a judge to dismiss a lawsuit that claims he sexually harassed and sexually assaulted his wife’s former campaign manager. The attorney for Basil Badley filed a motion for summary judgment in Island County Superior Court April 22; the motion asks the judge to dismiss the lawsuit with prejudice. The hearing on the motion is set for May 18.

Suicide count rises in county

  • May 7, 2011 at 8:00AM

Last November, Oak Harbor police responded to a report that a Navy man was armed with a .40-caliber pistol and had threatened to “blow his own head off,” according to court documents.

Quilter comes home soggy but inspired

  • May 9, 2011 at 9:27AM

When Coupeville quilt artist Sharyn Mellors was selected as a semi-finalist in the 2011 American Quilter’s Society’s international Quilt Show and Contest in Peducah, Ky., she didn’t know she should have packed her rubber waders.

Whidbey police take back 250 pounds of pills

  • May 10, 2011 at 4:00PM updated May 11, 2011 at 8:56AM

Whidbey Island residents turned in nearly 250 pounds of pills during a one-day, drug take-back program last month. The program, sponsored by the DEA and Whidbey law enforcement agencies, allows people to safely dispose of medication. It’s aimed at reducing the abuse of prescription pills while protecting the environment from potential pollutants.

Penn Cove Water Festival celebrates 20th year

  • May 10, 2011 at 2:57PM

A milestone will be set with this weekend’s celebration of Whidbey Island’s Native American heritage. The Penn Cove Water Festival is marking its 20th consecutive year Saturday, May 14, with activities taking place throughout the Coupeville waterfront.

Whidbey General Hospital rejects private takeover

  • May 10, 2011 at 3:00PM updated May 11, 2011 at 8:12AM

Well, at least they wore nice suits. Despite being dressed for success, leaders from Capella Healthcare didn’t have much to celebrate Monday night as the Whidbey General Hospital board of commissioners unanimously rejected a proposal to sell the hospital to the for-profit company. More than 100 skeptical people crammed into the hospital’s conference room and poured out into the hallway to hear the proposal from Capella Healthcare, a company based in Tennessee. The company owns 11 hospitals across the country.

Island County’s tax levy is low, analyst says

  • May 12, 2011 at 10:00AM updated at 1:25PM

No matter how you slice it, the Island County general fund levy is low or the lowest when compared to other counties. Dan Jones, the levy analyst for the county assessor’s office, recently gave the county commissioners a PowerPoint presentation to address misconceptions about property taxes and rate comparisons. He looked at tax rates, taxes per capita and total levy amounts.

Ducklings added late to Oak Harbor art mix

  • May 14, 2011 at 10:00AM updated at 3:04PM

The Oak Harbor Arts Commission will hold a special meeting Monday in the hopes of shoring up one of its Pioneer Way art recommendations before it’s vetted by the city council Tuesday night. The group will meet with Clinton bronze artist Georgia Gerber in an attempt to hammer out an actual proposal for a piece on Ireland Street. The meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. and will be held at City Hall.

Whidbey General Hospital voting ends on Tuesday

  • May 15, 2011 at 10:00AM

Voters have until Tuesday, May 17, to return their ballots on the $50 million bond proposed to fund expansion Whidbey General Hospital. Hospital officials want to build a new wing comprised of 39 single-bed rooms along with space to expand existing hospital programs. The bond requires a 60 percent supermajority to pass.

Pass fees come to Whidbey Island state park users

  • May 15, 2011 at 7:00AM

It will cost to use Whidbey Island’s state parks and other state recreational lands beginning this summer. Gov. Christine Gregoire created a financial lifeline for Washington’s parks by signing the Discover Pass legislation into law May 12.

Most ballots still not returned for Whidbey General Hospital bond measure

  • May 16, 2011 at 10:47AM

Island County voters are staying true to history: Most voters have not yet mailed in their ballots for Tuesday's special election.

Whidbey General Hospital bond struggling after first count

  • May 17, 2011 at 8:49PM

The first count of ballots in Tuesday's special election suggests that it may be a relatively close call whether or not the $50-million bond proposal to expand Whidbey General hospital will pass. The majority of voters, just over 55.5 percent, cast ballots in favor of the measure, but it requires a 60-percent supermajority to pass. A total of 8,992 votes were in favor, while 7,208 were against the proposed bond.

Whidbey's far north dooms hospital bond

  • May 18, 2011 at 12:00PM updated at 2:13PM

A large turnout on North Whidbey and in Oak Harbor — and lackluster support on Central Whidbey — appears to have doomed a $50 million expansion measure for Whidbey General Hospital, according to an analysis of early precinct returns in the May 17 special election.

UPDATE | Horse facilities at Island County Fairgrounds closed as precaution against EHV-1 outbreak

  • May 19, 2011 at 10:00AM updated at 4:29PM

Island County Fair officials announced an immediate closure of the horse arena and equestrian facilities at the county fairgrounds in Langley in light of the EHV-1 outbreak in the Western U.S.

Seattle Men's Chorus to perform in Langley

  • May 19, 2011 at 11:04AM

The Seattle Men's Chorus will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 4 in a fundraiser that will benefit Whidbey Island's nonprofit, Citizens Against Domestic & Sexual Abuse (CADA).

New vote tally on WGB bond vote: Measure defeated

  • May 19, 2011 at 3:55PM

Whidbey Island voters have rejected a $50 million expansion proposal to expand Whidbey General Hospital, according to a second tally of votes on Thursday afternoon.

Island County judge skeptical of Emerson lawsuit

  • May 20, 2011 at 3:03PM

Things did not go well Wednesday afternoon for the attorney representing Island County Commissioner Kelly Emerson and her husband. Superior Court Judge Alan Hancock listened to arguments over a motion seeking to dismiss the Emersons’ lawsuit against the county. The couple’s attorney, Stephen Pidgeon of Everett, argued ardently about Fourth Amendment rights, but his legal analysis didn’t seem to have any sway with the judge.

Whidbey Island deer stricken by deadly ‘hair loss syndrome’

  • May 29, 2011 at 11:00AM

Whidbey Island’s deer are suffering from a type of baldness that can kill.

Lawmakers pass bill to create ferry surcharge

  • May 28, 2011 at 8:00AM updated at 2:16PM

The fate of a new surcharge that would be added to all Washington State Ferries fares, along with legislation aimed at ferry management reform, is now in the hands of the governor.

Solar panels sprout on Greenbank Farm

  • May 30, 2011 at 9:00AM

The one-time largest grower of loganberries in the United States is tapping into something new. Workers recently finished installing solar panel arrays at the publicly owned Greenbank Farm. The arrays, which are located between the farm buildings and the alpaca pasture, will produce 25.1 kilowatt hours, which is more than 26,000 kilowatt/hours per year.

Judge dismisses Emerson lawsuit against Island County

  • May 28, 2011 at 9:00AM updated at 1:46PM

A one-of-a-kind lawsuit that Island County Commissioner Kelly Emerson and her husband brought against the county, two county employees and a former commissioner was dismissed Friday. The only issues remaining to be resolved are whether the Emersons will appeal and how much the county planning department will fine them.

Island County judge hurt in motorcycle crash

  • May 30, 2011 at 8:29AM

A judge for Island County District Court was injured when he hit a deer on Highway 20 just north of Coupeville Sunday morning.

UPDATE | Kwarsick announces candidacy in Langley mayor's race

  • Jun 1, 2011 at 2:29PM

Langley Planning Director Larry Kwarsick is running for mayor in the Village by the Sea. Kwarsick announced his candidacy for the mayor's job in Langley on Wednesday. He said he would run as a part-time mayor, for part-time pay.

Island County property rights chapter kicks off

  • Jun 8, 2011 at 10:00AM updated at 4:32PM

A new Island County chapter of a group dedicated to protecting property rights held its first meeting last Wednesday night at a Mexican restaurant in Oak Harbor.

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