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Island County's Proposition 1: Who it will affect and how

  • Jul 24, 2010 at 5:00AM updated Jul 26, 2010 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.

UPDATE: Keystone ferry plans in disarray

  • Aug 4, 2010 at 4:00PM updated Aug 6, 2010 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.

Whidbey General Hospital’s violations could cost $854,000

  • 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.

Candidates line up for 2012 Island County Commissioner race

  • 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.

Proposition 1 trailing badly in Island County primary

  • Aug 17, 2010 at 9:00PM updated Aug 18, 2010 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.

Investigators track foot found in Greenbank

  • Aug 27, 2010 at 4:00PM updated Aug 31, 2010 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.

Burn ban lifted in Island County

  • 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.

Island County Utility tax proposal draws fire

  • 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.

Anacortes woman dies in Friday morning accident on Whidbey | Update

  • 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.

25 more Island County jobs on the block

  • Sep 21, 2010 at 3:00PM updated Sep 22, 2010 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.

Trillium closure delayed; Land Trust officials say deal is still imminent

  • Sep 22, 2010 at 12:00PM updated Sep 28, 2010 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.

Oak Harbor's Fortunes don’t garner Republican endorsement

  • Sep 27, 2010 at 5:00AM updated Sep 29, 2010 at 10:35AM

A husband and wife team running for separate Island County offices failed to win endorsements from their own party.

Yes indeed, Trillium forest deal becomes official

  • 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.

Politics split commissioner candidates

  • Oct 2, 2010 at 5:00AM updated Oct 5, 2010 at 4:00PM

Politically and philosophically, there’s a chasm dividing the two candidates running for the Island County District 3 commissioner position.

Homola hits tax hike vote, wins public applause

  • Oct 5, 2010 at 2:00PM updated Oct 6, 2010 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.

Island County Coroner faces medical doctor in race for another term

  • Oct 6, 2010 at 2:00PM updated Oct 7, 2010 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.

Chetzemoka inaugural sailing begins Nov. 14 from Coupeville to Port Townsend

  • Oct 8, 2010 at 3:00PM updated Oct 12, 2010 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.

Island County commissioner candidate embroiled in permit allegations

  • Oct 16, 2010 at 5:00AM updated Oct 18, 2010 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.

Smith defends record against election latecomer

  • 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.

Deputy treasurer faces challenger GOP would not endorse

  • 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.

State proposes 2.5 percent increase in ferry fares

  • Oct 20, 2010 at 9:00AM updated Oct 21, 2010 at 8:43AM

The Washington State Transportation Commission is proposing a 2.5 increase in ferry fares on all routes in the ferry system.

Emerson, Engle take commanding leads in Island County election

  • Nov 2, 2010 at 9:00PM updated Nov 4, 2010 at 3:16PM

Election night was a big success for the Republican establishment in Island County. The first count of ballots Tuesday night showed that all of the county candidates endorsed by the county's Republican party are likely to win, though that doesn't mean the Democrats didn't have any successes. Democratic candidates lead in two races against Republican candidates who didn't earn their party's endorsements.

Emerson is winning Island County's commissioner's race thanks to North Whidbey voters

  • Nov 3, 2010 at 12:22PM

North Whidbey voters are making Republican Kelly Emerson the next Island County commissioner, according to a Record review of early precinct returns in the race for the District 3 seat.

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, 2010 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.

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