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Island County property values plummet; some tax rates to rise

  • Jun 5, 2010 at 5:00AM

The total assessed value of Island County plummeted by 12.3 percent for the tax year 2011, county Assessor Dave Mattens announced Thursday.

Island County allows online candidate filing

  • Jun 6, 2010 at 5:00AM

Candidate filing week opens Monday, June 7 and offers a wide range of Island County elected positions, as well as a number of legislative and judicial seats, for potential candidates to strive for. For the first time this year, the Island County Auditor’s Office is allowing candidates to file online and pay filing fees by credit or debit cards electronically.

Candidates line up for 2010 Election

  • Jun 9, 2010 at 9:00AM updated at 11:13AM

State Rep. Barbara Bailey will have a challenger in the November election.

UPDATE | Land trust gets 90-day extension to acquire Trillium Woods

  • Jun 11, 2010 at 3:29PM

The Whidbey Camano Land Trust has another 90 days to raise money for the preservation of the former Trillium Woods property northwest of Freeland, trust officials said late Thursday.

Island County budget reductions: In worst case, 10 deputies will be cut

  • Jun 18, 2010 at 2:00PM updated Jun 21, 2010 at 8:36AM

The sheriff would cut up to 10 deputies, the prosecutor may stop prosecuting about a 1,000 crimes each year, and the health department would have to eliminate a popular childhood nutrition program.

Oak Harbor husband-wife are first to silmultaneously run for Island County offices

  • Jun 26, 2010 at 5:00AM updated Jun 28, 2010 at 9:19AM

An Oak Harbor married couple have made history by becoming the first husband-and-wife team to simultaneously run for separate Island County offices.

North Whidbey Fire District bills for accident calls rack up $28,000 so far this year

  • Jul 3, 2010 at 5:00AM updated Jul 6, 2010 at 8:45AM

For some Island County residents, a moment’s inattention behind the wheel is now a lot more expensive. This past December, the North Whidbey Fire District’s Board of Commissioners adopted a policy to seek financial reimbursement from people involved in motor vehicle accidents. The policy, which launched in March, is beginning to pay off.

Elusive burglar from Island County caught in the Bahamas

  • Jul 14, 2010 at 12:00PM updated at 3:23PM

Island County wants to be first in line when “barefoot bandit” Colton Harris-Moore returns to the United States to face charges.

Island County levy forum creates heat, light

  • Jul 16, 2010 at 2:03PM

The Island County Board of Commissioners’ charge to educate constituents on Proposition 1 through a series of public meetings came to an end this week with verbal jabs between elected officials and people leaving early in apparent disgust.

Bail reduced for Langley choking suspect

  • Jul 18, 2010 at 5:00AM

A 47-year-old Langley resident is accused of choking his girlfriend, court documents state. Prosecutors charged Frederick VanBenschoten III in Island County Superior Court June 23 with assault in the second degree by strangulation.

South Whidbey residents launch campaign to push Prop. 1

  • Jul 19, 2010 at 8:33AM

Worried that Island County voters are woefully unaware of the upcoming property tax increase on the August ballot, a group of South End residents has launched a campaign to get Proposition 1 passed.

Island County approves freeze in pay raises

  • Jul 21, 2010 at 10:00AM updated Jul 22, 2010 at 8:49AM

In light of Island County’s ongoing budget crisis, county commissioners unanimously voted Monday to freeze the salaries of most elected officials.

Island County's Proposition 1: Who it will affect and how

  • Jul 24, 2010 at 5:00AM updated Jul 26, 2010 at 9:30AM

Over the past few months, a lot has been said about Island County’s Proposition 1. The issue has been the subject of news stories and letters to the editor, it’s been discussed at forums sponsored by both the county and political groups, the matter has even been brought before local chamber’s of commerce by individual county commissioners.

UPDATE: Keystone ferry plans in disarray

  • Aug 4, 2010 at 4:00PM updated Aug 6, 2010 at 3:45PM

Leaders from Washington State Ferries are asking Pierce County for a month-to-month extension for the Steilacoom II, which currently serves the Port Townsend-to-Keystone ferry route. The lease the ferry system has with Pierce County expires Aug. 31. The extension is needed because a vibration issue in the newly completed Chetzemoka prompted ferry officials to delay its Aug. 29 start date.

Whidbey General Hospital’s violations could cost $854,000

  • Aug 7, 2010 at 5:00AM

Whidbey General Hospital has offered the federal government an $854,000 settlement to make good on the hospital’s violation of rules that regulate in-house patient referrals. The offer was made in June as an attempt to address instances in which the hospital breached requirements of the Ethics in Patient Referrals Act of 1989, and subsequent regulations commonly referred to as “Stark” laws.

Candidates line up for 2012 Island County Commissioner race

  • Aug 11, 2010 at 5:00AM updated at 1:46PM

The seat for Island County commissioner District 2 won’t be up for grabs for more than two years but the job is already garnering plenty of interest among Republicans.

Proposition 1 trailing badly in Island County primary

  • Aug 17, 2010 at 9:00PM updated Aug 18, 2010 at 9:20AM

The first count of ballots for Tuesday's primary election doesn't look good for Proposition 1, the property tax increase that officials hoped would fill the $2 million hole in Island County's 2011 current expense fund.

Investigators track foot found in Greenbank

  • Aug 27, 2010 at 4:00PM updated Aug 31, 2010 at 4:09PM

Investigators are looking at a number of missing persons cases in the Puget Sound region, including the high-profile disappearance of a Silverdale woman, to find a possible match with a human foot that washed up on the east side of Central Whidbey Island near Greenbank last Friday.

Burn ban lifted in Island County

  • Sep 8, 2010 at 11:34AM

A county-wide burn ban in effect for the past several months will end today, Sept. 8, at noon.

Island County Utility tax proposal draws fire

  • Sep 14, 2010 at 3:53PM

Three dozen angry people complained to Island County commissioners Monday morning about plans to spend $20,000 on lawyers for a proposed clean water utility district, which would come with an associated tax on property.

Anacortes woman dies in Friday morning accident on Whidbey | Update

  • Sep 17, 2010 at 9:00AM updated at 2:43PM

A 26-year-old Anacortes woman died early Friday morning as a result of an auto accident on Highway 20 south of the intersection with Arnold Road on Central Whidbey.

25 more Island County jobs on the block

  • Sep 21, 2010 at 3:00PM updated Sep 22, 2010 at 10:42AM

Another 25 full-time and part-time employees of Island County government will lose their jobs under a draft budget with $2 million of cuts.

Trillium closure delayed; Land Trust officials say deal is still imminent

  • Sep 22, 2010 at 12:00PM updated Sep 28, 2010 at 11:56AM

The Whidbey Camano Land Trust had been hoping to make history today by becoming the new owner of the fabled Trillium property in South Whidbey. But it appears history will have to wait another week. The conservation group was expecting to close with three Snohomish County banks for the 664-acre tract of forest between Greenbank and Freeland Wednesday, Sept. 22. However, some last minute but essential details have stalled the finalization of the deal, according to Pat Powell, executive director for the land trust.

Oak Harbor's Fortunes don’t garner Republican endorsement

  • Sep 27, 2010 at 5:00AM updated Sep 29, 2010 at 10:35AM

A husband and wife team running for separate Island County offices failed to win endorsements from their own party.

Yes indeed, Trillium forest deal becomes official

  • Sep 30, 2010 at 3:34PM

With a swish of a pen, the effort to save Trillium Woods, the largest single owned tract of forestland left on Whidbey Island, came to an end. On Wednesday afternoon, Sept. 29, Whidbey Camano Land Trust Executive Director Pat Powell recorded the deed and transferred the title to the 664-acre property, located off Highway 525 between Freeland and Greenbank, at the Island County Courthouse in Coupeville.

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