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- Nov 19, 2009 at 2:35PM
The Coast Guard has called off the search to find a body that was reported in the waters off South Whidbey.
- Dec 28, 2009 at 12:00PM updated at 2:24PM
Protesters unhappy with a decision that could lead to the layoff of two Island County Sheriff’s deputies hit the picket line early Monday morning. The protest, including deputies and their supporters, closed off Sixth Street in Coupeville and ended peacefully, despite flaring tempers.
- Dec 31, 2009 at 9:23AM
The lengthy, contentious and very public process of balancing the budget — which included a sign-waving protest and late-night negotiations with unions — came to an end Tuesday as Island County commissioners adopted the final document.
- Jan 14, 2010 at 7:00PM updated Jan 15, 2013 at 2:56PM
Deputies are searching for a man who robbed a bank in Freeland Thursday at about 5:45 p.m. Island County Sheriff Mark Brown said the masked man walked into the Chase Bank on N. Main Street and demanded money, implying that he was armed with a gun. A teller placed an undisclosed amount of cash into a small blue bag that the robber brought with him.
- Jan 20, 2010 at 12:00PM updated Jan 21, 2013 at 8:12AM
Boeing will conduct test flights of a Boeing 737 AEW&C (Airborne Early Warning and Control) at Outlying Field, located south of Coupeville just outside the border of Ebey's Landing National Historical Reserve.
- Jan 20, 2010 at 3:00PM updated Jan 22, 2013 at 2:04PM
A man suspected in the Jan. 4 armed robbery of Linds Pharmacy and Drug in Coupeville was caught after committing a similar crime in Oregon, according to the Island County Sheriff’s Office. George Skurtu, a 22-year-old Bremerton resident, and his alleged accomplice were stopped by police Jan. 7 after a robbery at the Pill Box Pharmacy in Dallas, Ore.
- Feb 24, 2010 at 10:00AM updated at 3:15PM
South End activist Steve Erickson has put himself on the business end of the statewide push to decriminalize marijuana.
- Mar 2, 2010 at 10:00AM updated at 3:54PM
Members of the largest union of Island County workers sent a complaint letter to county commissioners and filed a grievance in a separate matter last week.
- Mar 28, 2010 at 5:00AM updated Mar 29, 2013 at 1:42PM
The Whidbey News-Times and South Whidbey Record will move into new, shared office space in Coupeville on Wednesday, March 31. The News-Times’ office on Barrington Drive in Oak Harbor will shut down at the regular 5 p.m. closing time on Tuesday. The South Whidbey Record office in Bayview will close at 3 p.m.
- Apr 3, 2010 at 5:00AM
Working in the Island County Clerk’s Office may become a tad bit awkward when the election season heats up. Oak Harbor resident Debra Van Pelt, an employee at the clerk’s office, announced that she will run against her boss in this fall’s election. Clerk Patricia Terry was appointed to the position by county commissioners last December. They are both Democrats.
- Apr 6, 2010 at 10:00AM updated Apr 7, 2013 at 7:50AM
Washington State Ferries' newest vessel made its first voyage Saturday but is still a few months away from service. The Chetzemoka, a 64-car Kwa-di Tabil class ferry, was towed from Todd Pacific Shipyard in Seattle to Everett Shipyard, where it will remain for the next several months. South Whidbey residents enjoyed the view of the vessel passing by.
- Apr 18, 2010 at 5:00AM updated Apr 19, 2013 at 10:50AM
The race for Island County coroner is alive and kicking. A retired doctor from Freeland announced this week that he will run against the county’s long-time coroner, Robert Bishop, in the election this fall. It will be the first time in 16 years that someone has challenged Bishop’s authority over dead bodies.
- Apr 28, 2010 at 5:00AM updated Apr 29, 2013 at 10:20AM
t’s been a tough couple of months for Island County Assessor Dave Mattens. Two separate errors in levy rates came to light after tax bills were sent out. It turned out that a levy analyst in the assessor’s office was responsible for both errors. The county treasurer publicly criticized Mattens, a Democrat, over the snafus.
- May 3, 2010 at 3:28PM
High winds and rough seas have led to the cancellation of two sailings on the Keystone-Port Townsend route.
- May 15, 2010 at 5:00AM
It appears likely that Island County officials will ask residents to vote on whether to raise their own taxes this fall to fill a projected shortfall of $1.2 million next year.
- May 25, 2010 at 3:00PM updated Jul 1, 2013 at 3:59PM
Island County voters will decide in the Aug. 17 primary election whether to increase property taxes to cover the county’s budget shortfall.
- Jun 2, 2010 at 5:00AM updated Jun 3, 2013 at 2:58PM
A handful of small publications on Whidbey Island have played an important role in the history of the area. The newspapers documented the people and events, but also focused attention on needs, promoted community projects, stoked outrage, occasionally made folks laugh, and perhaps most of all, educated readers about their own place in the world.
- Jun 5, 2010 at 5:00AM
Whidbey Islanders familiarized themselves with the new digs of their two traditional newspapers Wednesday afternoon.
- 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.
- 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.
- Jun 9, 2010 at 9:00AM updated at 11:13AM
State Rep. Barbara Bailey will have a challenger in the November election.
- 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.
- Jun 18, 2010 at 2:00PM updated Jun 21, 2013 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.
- Jun 26, 2010 at 5:00AM updated Jun 28, 2013 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.
- Jul 3, 2010 at 5:00AM updated Jul 6, 2013 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.
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