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- Mar 30, 2012 at 4:00PM updated Apr 2, 2013 at 9:52AM
A deep sense of sorrow permeated a crowded courtroom in Coupeville Friday afternoon as a young woman who killed three of her best friends in a drinking-and-driving accident learned her fate.
- Apr 9, 2012 at 3:31PM
U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen, WA-02, will spend Tuesday on Whidbey Island hosting a talk on South Whidbey about senior issues and attending the groundbreaking of Island Transit’s new headquarters, which will be built near the intersection of Highway 20 with Parker Road.
- Apr 10, 2012 at 2:30PM
Dr. Paul Zaveruha resigned his elected position Monday as a commissioner for the hospital district that operates Whidbey General Hospital in order to devote his time to surgery. “The most satisfying work for me has always been providing care to patients,” he said. “I’m getting back to my roots.”
- Apr 15, 2012 at 10:00AM updated Apr 16, 2013 at 8:10AM
In response to a handful of citizen complaints, the Island County commissioners are taking a closer look at existing firework rules and contemplating a few new restrictions. While no formal proposal is yet on the table, the board is looking to address a discrepancy between current county and state laws concerning the times and days they can be sold and discharged.
- Apr 26, 2012 at 11:00AM updated at 2:01PM
Now in its fifth day of email problems, Whidbey Telecom is reporting that its new system is up and running though customers should expect service to remain sluggish due to a backlog of emails. Repeated attempts to reach company officials for comment on the problems in time for this story were unsuccessful but a news release distributed to The Record late Wednesday afternoon included both an explanation and an apology.
- May 15, 2012 at 1:00PM updated May 16, 2013 at 12:44PM
No matter the cost, the 128-foot crab boat that caught fire and then sank in Penn Cove this weekend will be raised and removed, according to officials with the state Department of Natural Resources. Toni Droscher, spokeswoman for the agency, confirmed that the huge steel fishing vessel is not too big to pluck from the bottom, but it will be expensive and it’s a cost that will be borne by taxpayers.
- May 16, 2012 at 10:00AM updated at 12:47PM
Whidbey General Hospital joined the nation in recognizing nurses during National Nurses Week, which is celebrated annually during the week of May 6.
- May 15, 2012 at 3:00PM updated May 16, 2013 at 12:54PM
Divers have successfully plugged the hole in the fuel tank of a 128-foot crab boat that caught fire and sank in Penn Cove this past weekend, but enough diesel leaked out that the state has closed the bay to shellfish harvesting. According to Mark Toy, an environmental engineer with the state Department of Health, more diesel was in the boat than earlier thought and photos from the air have shown just how far the resulting sheen has spread.
- May 16, 2012 at 4:36PM
A 41-year-old Clinton woman accused of being an accomplice in the shotgun murder of her boyfriend's wife pleaded guilty to a lesser charge today in Whatcom County Superior Court. Kara Jo Buchanan confessed in a phone message to shooting the Bellingham resident last July. She attempted to kill herself by slitting her wrists, but deputies found her wandering the beach at Double Bluff on Whidbey. She was transported to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle for treatment.
- May 22, 2012 at 2:00PM
While the Port of South Whidbey is working to expand the Langley Marina, the city of Oak Harbor is offering deals to try to fill its struggling marina.
- May 21, 2012 at 3:28PM
Future ferry riders from Clinton to Mukilteo won’t be docking between Ivar’s and the block of white waterfront condos if the state Department of Transportation has its way. The DOT’s Ferries Division announced Monday afternoon that the aging ferry terminal at Mukilteo should be replaced with a new terminal one-third of a mile to the east.
- May 22, 2012 at 12:34PM
Strong currents and the continuation of light oil sheen coming from the 128-foot derelict crab boat that burned and sank in Penn Cove has prompted state officials to solidify and accelerate plans to remove the vessel. Toni Droscher, spokeswoman for the state Department of Natural Resources, said that the agency has wanted to raise and dispose of the Deep Sea since it sank, May 13, but that it was proceeding cautiously.
- May 28, 2012 at 2:52PM
A big crane barge will pull into Penn Cover later today to prepare to help lift a sunken, pollution-leaking ship from beneath the waves. The D.B. Oakland, a 140-foot crane barge owned by General Construction Co., left Seattle early this morning and is nearing Penn Cove to support efforts to lift the sunken fishing vessel Deep Sea, according to the state Department of Ecology.
- May 28, 2012 at 2:57PM
The Washington departments of Ecology and Fish and Wildlife, with help from other agencies and organizations, have prepared an assessment of environmental resources in Penn Cove. The 140-foot fishing vessel Deep Sea, which sank in the cove near Coupeville on May 13, continues to leak small amounts of diesel fuel, motor oil and other petroleum products. Ecology has established a website for the incident at: www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/spills/incidents/FVdeepsea/index.html.
- May 31, 2012 at 12:00PM
A group of Whidbey Island residents has joined a national chorus of people and states who are taking a stand against the Supreme Court decision commonly known as Citizens United. “We call ourselves Citizens Ignited,” said Oak Harbor resident Marshall Goldberg, in a message he delivered to the Island County commissioners during the board’s regular meeting on May 21.
- May 30, 2012 at 9:00AM
Plans to kill a few geese and goslings that annoy some residents of a Greenbank lake community have upset fans of the waterfowl and spawned an online petition drive to save them. Board members of the Honeymoon Lake Community recently signed a contract with a federal agency to euthanize the four adult geese and three goslings that took up residence on the lake this spring. The board caused a stir last summer by bringing in federal agents to kill 19 honkers that lived there at that time and upset some residents by pooping on lawns.
- Jun 5, 2012 at 2:00PM updated Jun 6, 2013 at 12:31PM
Weather cooperating, Wednesday will be the derelict crab boat Deep Sea’s last day in Penn Cove. Richard Walker, the on-scene coordinator with the state Department of Ecology, said Tuesday morning the boat was ready to be towed to dry dock in Seattle but that the forecast made it unsafe so authorities would make the attempt as soon as the weather breaks Wednesday.
- Jun 6, 2012 at 5:00AM updated at 12:31PM
As planned, the fishing vessel Deep Sea was towed out of Penn Cove this morning and is on it's way to a dry dock in Ballard. The ship departed promptly at 5 a.m. under tow by the tugboat Taurus. Traveling at about six knots, they are expected to arrive at the Chittenden Locks in Seattle by early afternoon.
- Jun 8, 2012 at 4:00PM updated Jun 11, 2013 at 8:59AM
An agreement has been reached for the sale of the Whidbey Examiner newspaper and its related web site by Kasia Pierzga, to SoundPublishing, Inc. The sale is effective today. Pierzga will continue to serve as the Examiner's publisher/editor.
- Jun 10, 2012 at 4:16PM
Police have opened a homicide investigation following the discovery a woman’s body in Greenbank Saturday. The woman has been identified as 53-year-old Kathie Ann Baker. She was found wrapped in a tarp behind a residence on Silver Cloud Lane at about 10:15 a.m. Saturday, June 9, according to a Sunday news release
- Jun 12, 2012 at 2:00PM updated at 4:13PM
After being shutdown for nearly a month, Coupeville’s famous mussel farm is once again harvesting in Penn Cove. Ian Jefferds, owner of Penn Cove Shellfish, said state regulators gave the farm the green light Friday afternoon and the first harvest in about four weeks began in earnest over the weekend. When asked if he was relieved the closure was finally over, Jefferds said, “Absolutely. Now we see if we can make up for lost time.” The state Department of Health closed Penn Cove for shellfish harvesting on May 15 following the burning and sinking of a 128-foot fishing boat. It had been illegally anchored just outside the mussel rafts for more than a month.
- Jun 13, 2012 at 5:39PM
The Island County Prosecutor's Office charged 61-year-old Greenbank resident Robert "Al" Baker Wednesday with first-degree murder, a domestic-violence crime with a deadly weapon enhancement and an aggravating factor. Baker, who turns 62 Thursday, is being held in Island County jail on $5 million after a judge found probable cause to hold him for the murder of his wife, 53-year-old Kathie Baker.
- Jun 16, 2012 at 10:00AM updated Jun 19, 2013 at 1:19PM
In the Chamberlins’ garden, Japanese maple trees with red or white leaves grow among rhododendrons and magnolia trees. A fountain burbles quietly in the outdoor living space at the back of the house, a shaded refuge of roses and begonias. On the other side of the house, a gravel path meanders through greenery to raised vegetable beds.
- Jun 20, 2012 at 10:00AM updated Jun 22, 2013 at 2:19PM
Healing. That’s what Whidbey General Hospital is all about. That’s also the focus of Visual Voices, an art show benefiting the Whidbey General Hospital Foundation.
- Jun 24, 2012 at 12:23PM
A Freeland man was killed in a one-car crash in Everett Saturday. The accident occurred shortly after 3 p.m. on the 4300 block of Broadway Avenue where a bridge takes the road over an I-5 onramp, according to Everett Police Department officials.
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