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Emerson's lead narrows in Island County commissioner race

  • Nov 4, 2010 at 11:51AM

Incumbent Democratic Island County Commissioner John Dean pulled closer to Republican challenger Kelly Emerson in the race for the District 3 seat on the county board of commissioners, according to the most recent vote tally released Wednesday evening.

Emerson's lead is 536 votes in Island County commissioner race

  • Nov 4, 2010 at 5:00PM updated Nov 5, 2013 at 8:52AM

Republican challenger Kelly Emerson now leads by 536 votes in the race. She has 15,556 votes to Dean's 15,020.

Only one ferry in plans for Coupeville

  • Nov 5, 2010 at 3:50PM

Leaders on Central Whidbey were shocked Friday morning when they learned a second ferry planned for the Coupeville-to-Port Townsend route may be moved to another part of the system. The Washington State Department of Transportation’s Ferries Division is looking at a variety of options to save millions of dollars. One idea is to move the 64-car Salish ferry to the inter-island route serving the San Juans. The Salish is currently under construction at Todd Shipyards in Seattle. It was scheduled to be the second boat serving Keystone Harbor during the busy summer season starting mid-2011.

Larsen wins, Dean clings to recount hope in Island County race

  • Nov 9, 2010 at 2:50PM

U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen narrowly beat his opponent in a come-from-behind ballot count, but the race for Island County is still undecided.

Whidbey Sea-Tac Shuttle bus involved in 5-car accident on I-5

  • Nov 10, 2010 at 5:00PM updated Nov 11, 2013 at 8:14AM

A Whidbey Sea-Tac shuttle bus was involved in a five-car accident late afternoon that caused a lengthy backup of traffic on Interstate 5 in Lynnwood. Trooper Keith Leary with the Washington State Patrol, who was on scene, said one of the six people on the bus suffered a minor injury, but it wasn't serious enough to warrant a ride to the hospital.

UPDATE: Island County commissioner concedes defeat

  • Nov 11, 2010 at 2:00PM updated Nov 12, 2013 at 1:25PM

Island County Commissioner John Dean has thrown in the towel, conceding defeat to Camano Island Republican Kelly Emerson, but the Tea Party member says she has no plans to drop her lawsuit against Dean and two other county employees over an October political mailer.

As Chetzemoka welcomed, doubts about Salish arise

  • Nov 16, 2010 at 12:00PM updated Nov 17, 2013 at 8:41AM

After three long years, the wait is finally over. The 64-car ferry Chetzemoka began regular service on the Coupeville-to-Port Townsend ferry route Monday following its inaugural sail and christening by Gov. Chris Gregoire Sunday, Nov. 14.

Island County water utility tax meetings on tap

  • Nov 28, 2010 at 5:00AM updated Nov 29, 2013 at 8:39AM

Island County commissioners have set three public meetings around the county to talk to citizens about controversial plans to create a clean water utility and an accompanying fee.

Winds across Whidbey disrupt ferry service

  • Nov 30, 2010 at 8:53AM

Winds gusting to 50 miles per hour swept across Whidbey Island Tuesday morning, disrupting ferry service on the Coupeville (Keystone)-Port Townsend route.

Navy says USS Nimitz to be based in Everett

  • Dec 9, 2010 at 10:59AM

Islanders fond of watching Navy vessels cruise past Whidbey Island on the way to Naval Station Everett will get the chance to see a new ship in the coming year.

Island County eyes plate of fee hikes before year’s end

  • Dec 13, 2010 at 5:00AM updated Dec 14, 2013 at 3:35PM

Island County commissioners are scheduled to consider increases in building permit and land-use fees for the third time in two years.

Animal lovers join thespians

  • Dec 10, 2010 at 1:00PM updated Dec 13, 2013 at 9:09AM

The newly formed, Coupeville-based Penn Cove Productions is teaming up with WAIF for a unique live onstage radio variety show fundraiser.

Greenbank Farm solar project sparks questions

  • Dec 12, 2010 at 6:00AM updated Dec 13, 2013 at 9:07AM

Amid the community garden, farmer training center and pasture could some day be a solar power array that covers an acre of land at the historic and publicly owned Greenbank Farm. At least one person is expressing concern about visual impacts such a power plant would have on a property that was at one time the largest loganberry producer in the United States.

Idea to move Mukilteo Ferry Terminal gets chilly reception

  • Dec 15, 2010 at 9:00AM updated Dec 16, 2013 at 9:00AM

A ferry terminal in Mukilteo will remain in Mukilteo, if the traveling public has its say.

Whidbey General Hospital gets closer to its $50-million bond proposal

  • Dec 15, 2010 at 10:08AM

It’s seeming more and more likely that Whidbey Island residents will be facing a $50-million bond proposal on a ballot next year, possibly as soon as spring.

Island County Sheriff's Office asks for help in identifying body

  • Dec 15, 2010 at 11:00AM updated Dec 16, 2013 at 8:52AM

The Island County Sheriff's Office is looking for help in identifying a body that was found washed ashore near Greenbank yesterday.

Whidbey lawmakers raise alarm over proposed 10-percent increase in ferry fares

  • Dec 16, 2010 at 8:00AM updated Dec 17, 2013 at 4:36PM

State lawmakers from Whidbey Island are raising alarm about the governor's proposed budget that includes a 10-percent hike in ferry fares next year.

UPDATE: Island County commissioners approve clean water tax

  • Dec 20, 2010 at 4:00PM updated Dec 23, 2013 at 10:01AM

Heralded as forward thinking by some and illegal by others, a controversial proposal for a county-wide Clean Water Utility became a reality this week.

Initiative stops ferry fare hike before it starts

  • Dec 21, 2010 at 11:00AM updated at 3:10PM

In November voters restricted the state from raising fees. Monday the move paid off when a planned 2.5 percent ferry fare increase set to start Jan. 1 was scuttled by the Washington State Attorney General’s Office.

Langley planning director announces resignation, will return to Oak Harbor

  • Dec 23, 2010 at 7:00AM updated at 9:48AM

Larry Cort, Langley's planning chief, has resigned from his position and will step down in January.

Counting birds for Christmas

  • Dec 25, 2010 at 5:00AM updated Dec 27, 2013 at 11:14AM

It’s 8 a.m. on a Saturday morning and six people are huddled in the doorway of a public bathroom at Ebey’s Landing trying to escape gusts of freezing wind and rain. Two are from Coupeville but most are from South Whidbey, some as far away as Clinton. They’re bundled up in mittens, wool hats, scarves and rain jackets, and each has a pair of binoculars hanging from their necks. Each is also wearing a strange grin that stretches from ear-to-ear. “You have to be wondering who these crazy people are,” said Joe Sheldon. They’re bird watchers with varying degrees of expertise, ranging from those with decades of experience to beginners.

Land eyed for preservation in Reserve

  • Dec 25, 2010 at 5:00AM updated Dec 27, 2013 at 11:16AM

With a large swath of woods recently preserved on South Whidbey Island, conservation leaders are setting their sights on Central Whidbey.

Republican Emerson takes over from Dean

  • Jan 4, 2011 at 2:22PM

Kelly Emerson cast her first votes as the newest member of the Island County Board of Commissioners Monday morning in a brief meeting punctuated by civility.

Island County Fair threatened by governor's budget

  • Jan 5, 2011 at 2:00PM updated Jan 6, 2013 at 8:18AM

The future of the Island County Fair as it has long been known could be in the balance as the Washington State Legislature convenes next week to start hacking away at the state budget.

Land-use fines reach $37,000 against new Island County commissioner, husband

  • Jan 8, 2011 at 5:00AM updated Jan 10, 2013 at 9:11AM

Island County Commissioner Kelly Emerson and her husband were assessed $37,000 by the county planning department this week for alleged violations of the county building code, critical areas ordinances and zoning ordinance.

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