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- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Jul 21, 2010 at 10:00AM updated Jul 22, 2013 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.
- Jul 24, 2010 at 5:00AM updated Jul 26, 2013 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.
- Aug 4, 2010 at 4:00PM updated Aug 6, 2013 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Aug 17, 2010 at 9:00PM updated Aug 18, 2013 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.
- Aug 27, 2010 at 4:00PM updated Aug 31, 2013 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Sep 21, 2010 at 3:00PM updated Sep 22, 2013 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.
- Sep 22, 2010 at 12:00PM updated Sep 28, 2013 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.
- Sep 27, 2010 at 5:00AM updated Sep 29, 2013 at 10:35AM
A husband and wife team running for separate Island County offices failed to win endorsements from their own party.
- 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.
- Oct 2, 2010 at 5:00AM updated Oct 5, 2013 at 4:00PM
Politically and philosophically, there’s a chasm dividing the two candidates running for the Island County District 3 commissioner position.
- Oct 5, 2010 at 2:00PM updated Oct 6, 2013 at 8:56AM
The Island County commissioners’ first official meeting on a deep-cutting budget that will result in the loss of 30 positions and the elimination of a number of programs was surprisingly amicable.
- Oct 6, 2010 at 2:00PM updated Oct 7, 2013 at 8:17AM
Dr. Robert Bishop left his full-time veterinary practice 16 years ago when he was elected Island County coroner, and that’s a job he hopes voters will let him retain in the Nov. 2 election. Bishop keeps his DVM credentials up-to-date and fills in for a veterinary friend on the island, but his true avocation is Island County coroner.
- Oct 8, 2010 at 3:00PM updated Oct 12, 2013 at 9:33AM
The Washington State Department of Transportation announced Friday afternoon that the inaugural sailing of the 64-car Chetzemoka will take place Sunday, Nov. 14 from the Coupeville ferry terminal at Keystone Harbor.
- Oct 16, 2010 at 5:00AM updated Oct 18, 2013 at 12:59PM
Island County Commissioner John Dean sent out about 20,000 copies of a mailer this week that his Republican opponent, Kelly Emerson, characterized as “a hit piece” and “mudslinging.” But even more significant, perhaps, is the story behind the negative ad. The alleged county code violation by Emerson and her husband may be even more serious and long-standing than is indicated in the mailer, while she accuses Dean of inappropriately using his authority to pressure the planning department to pursue the issue.
- Oct 20, 2010 at 5:00AM updated at 9:13AM
In the race for Position 1 in the state Legislature’s 10th District, incumbent Norma Smith, R-Clinton, very nearly won another two years in Olympia simply by default.
- Oct 21, 2010 at 5:00AM updated at 8:06AM
The race for Island County treasurer is a contest between pragmatism and ideology. In the pragmatic corner is Oak Harbor resident Ana Maria Nunez, a Democrat and the current chief deputy treasurer. She’s a feisty certified public accountant and a former scientist who’s earned the endorsement of current Treasurer Linda Riffe.
- Oct 20, 2010 at 9:00AM updated Oct 21, 2013 at 8:43AM
The Washington State Transportation Commission is proposing a 2.5 increase in ferry fares on all routes in the ferry system.
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