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Skin doctor leaves patients in lurch; Whidbey General Hospital hurries to find replacement

  • Jul 31, 2011 at 10:00AM updated Aug 1, 2011 at 8:48AM

Whidbey General Hospital officials are scrambling to find a dermatologist to serve the island after Dr. Donald Russell Johnson abruptly closed the doors to his Coupeville office without warning two weeks ago. Johnson also shuttered his swanky Island Medical Spa businesses in both Coupeville and Anacortes, as well as his Anacortes practice.

Central Whidbey resident files to run for Price Johnson's county commissioner seat

  • Aug 1, 2011 at 1:16PM

The first candidate has jumped into the race to serve in the position now held by Island County Commissioner Helen Price Johnson. Robert "Jeff" Lauderdale has filed as a Republican candidate in the 2012 race to represent District 1 on the Island County Board of Commissioners.

Construction policy challenged as ferry fares rise

  • Aug 3, 2011 at 10:00AM updated Aug 4, 2011 at 8:55AM

A proposal to hike ferry fares was the focus of a community meeting in Coupeville Tuesday, July 26, but one of the concerns addressed, regarding “build’em in Washington,” is an old argument and one not easily solved. However, it’s not impossible, according to some state lawmakers. “Everything should be on the table,” said Legislative District 10 Rep. Norma Smith, R-Clinton.

Expect big delays for Arnold Road project

  • Aug 3, 2011 at 10:00AM updated Aug 4, 2011 at 8:54AM

Motorists traveling between Oak Harbor and Coupeville will endure significant delays this week due to a construction project. The east side of Highway 20 around the intersection with Arnold Road will close starting at 7 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 4, until 7 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 6. During the three-day-long lane closure a pilot car will guide motorists through the construction areas. The lane closure is expected to cause significant delays especially during peak travel times.

Sheriff's office seeks IDs of thieves at Clinton Liquor Store

  • Aug 4, 2011 at 11:00AM updated Aug 5, 2011 at 2:44PM

The Island County Sheriff’s Office is looking for help in identifying two men who committed a theft at the Clinton Liquor Store shortly before 7 p.m. Saturday, July 30.

Tall, stately celebrity due in Coupeville

  • Aug 8, 2011 at 8:00AM

This month a celebrity is scheduled to visit Whidbey Island. After her breakout role in the 1990s flick “Star Trek: Generations,” this actress entered the big leagues and starred alongside heartthrob Johnny Depp in “Pirates of the Carribean: The Curse of the Black Pearl” in 2003.

Murder suspect is coming back to Island County next week to face charges

  • Aug 9, 2011 at 9:14AM

COUPEVILLE — The second suspect in the 2003 Christmastime murder of Russel Douglas will make her first court appearance in Island County Superior Court next week, according to the Island County Prosecutor's Office.

Leaky cooler cuts ferry service in half across Admiralty Inlet | Update

  • Aug 9, 2011 at 10:00AM updated at 3:27PM

The Port Townsend to Coupeville ferry route is back to one-boat service due to a mechanical problem on the Chetzemoka. Engineers on the 64-car ferry discovered a small leak in the vessel’s keel cooler, which prompted officials to pull the Chetzemoka from service, according to an email from Marta Coursey, spokesperson for Washington State Ferries.

WEAN sides with county against Oak Harbor

  • Aug 13, 2011 at 10:00AM

The Whidbey Environmental Action Network, commonly known as WEAN, is well known for bringing litigation against Island County over land-use policy and other environmental issues, having scored major victories on a number of occasions.

Lauderdale officially announces run for Island County commissioner

  • Aug 15, 2011 at 8:10AM

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.

Thomas to remain in jail on $5 million bond

  • Aug 16, 2011 at 2:09PM

The second suspect in the brutal 2003 murder of a Langley man made her first appearance in Island County Superior Court Tuesday.

Pave paradise and put in a parking lot?

  • Aug 18, 2011 at 10:00AM

A plan to further protect the publicly owned Greenbank Farm appears to have hit an impasse with Island County which is eyeing part of the land for a parking lot. The Port of Coupeville, which owns much of the farm, wants an easement to add a layer of protection for the agricultural and environmentally sensitive land while bringing in money to replenish depleted cash reserves. Island County wants language for a commuter parking lot included in the document.

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.

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