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Newest ferry restores Port Townsend-to-Coupeville route

  • Jul 1, 2011 at 3:04PM

After nearly four years, two-boat service has been restored on the Port Townsend-to-Coupeville ferry route.

County commissioners consider night meetings

  • Jul 3, 2011 at 9:00AM

Island County commissioners may become night owls every so often.

Island County road patching is prelude to paving

  • Jul 6, 2011 at 10:00AM

The road construction season is underway in Island County, which means drivers can expect delays, the summertime smell of hot asphalt and, in the end, smoother roads. Work crews are busy preparing the base, surface, and roadside for 26 miles of roads that will be resurfaced this summer as part of the county’s paving and oiling program.

More than 3,000 Whidbey Island kids seek mental health help

  • Jul 6, 2011 at 10:00AM updated at 12:35PM

Jhonas Burke went through misery that’s shockingly common for teenagers on happy Whidbey Island and elsewhere across the nation. He was so depressed that there were times when he wanted to die. He felt like an outcast, an outsider. Thoughts ran like a freight train through his head, but he had no one to share them with. He’s a smart kid, but he was falling behind in classes at Oak Harbor High School.

Clinton resident arrested in slaying of Bellingham woman | UPDATE

  • Jul 9, 2011 at 10:05AM

A frantic police search across South Whidbey ended Thursday evening in the arrest of a Clinton woman wanted in the killing of a Bellingham woman earlier this week.

Huden enters 'not guilty' plea on first-degree murder charge

  • Jul 11, 2011 at 2:57PM

James "Jim" Huden entered a plea of "not guilty" in the first-degree murder of Russel A. Douglas of Langley during a brief court appearance Monday in Island County Superior Court.

Whidbey General Hospital to try again in February

  • Jul 12, 2011 at 12:38PM

Hospital leaders hope the second time is the charm. Whidbey General Hospital commissioners Monday evening approved a Feb. 14, 2012, date to send another bond proposal to voters for the same $50 million previously rejected. Proceeds would fund expansion of the hospital’s Coupeville campus.

Greenbank solar project unveiling set

  • Jul 12, 2011 at 12:39PM

Lawmakers and community leaders are slated to celebrate the Greenbank Farm’s latest project. A ribbon cutting event is scheduled Wednesday, July 13, 10:30 a.m. at the Greenbank Farm, which is owned by the Port of Coupeville. Jim Patton, executive director for the port, said Coupeville Mayor Nancy Conard, State Rep. Norma Smith, commissioners for the Port of Coupeville, Island County Commissioner Helen Price Johnson and a delegation from Puget Sound Energy are scheduled to attend the celebration of the array.

Emerson lawyer tapped to pay Island County’s costs

  • Jul 16, 2011 at 9:00AM

The attorney representing Island County Commissioner Kelly Emerson and her husband in their lawsuit against the county gave such poor advice that he has to fund a portion of the opposing attorney’s fees, a judge ruled.

Clinton murder suspect will be charged as an accomplice

  • Jul 15, 2011 at 4:31PM

The Clinton woman arrested last week in the slaying of a Bellingham resident is being charged with first-degree murder, but authorities now say she may be an accomplice and not the killer.

Solar arrays celebrated at Greenbank Farm

  • Jul 19, 2011 at 2:17PM

A new day is dawning on the Greenbank Farm. Thanks to the help of investors including interested individuals, the Port of Coupeville and Puget Sound Energy, a solar energy project is up and running at the publicly owned farm. Dozens of people ventured to the farm Wednesday morning to celebrate the completion of the first part of the project.

Ferry service halted on Clinton-Mukilteo route

  • Jul 20, 2011 at 9:27AM

Service on the Clinton-Mukilteo ferry route was halted Wednesday morning for emergency repairs to the transfer span at the dock, state ferry officials reported just before 9:30 a.m.

Clinton-Mukilteo ferry service halted | UPDATE

  • Jul 20, 2011 at 10:10AM

Problems with the transfer span at the Mukiteo Ferry Terminal has shut down the Clinton-Mukilteo route.

Sailings will resume at noon on Clinton-Mukilteo route | UPDATE

  • Jul 20, 2011 at 11:00AM

The Clinton-Mukilteo ferry route will be back in service at noon Wednesday.

Langley driver's life saved on Central Whidbey

  • Jul 22, 2011 at 9:31AM

A 77-year-old Langley woman was hospitalized Thursday afternoon after her vehicle veered off a section of Highway 20 on Central Whidbey and crashed into heavy brush. According to Washington State Patrol Trooper Chris Merwin, Harriet Jackson was northbound in a blue Nissan Quest minivan at about 5:20 p.m. when the accident occurred.

Property valuations languish in Island County Assessor’s office

  • Jul 25, 2011 at 10:00AM updated Jul 27, 2011 at 9:07AM

Property owners in Island County will have to wait longer than usual to find out if their property values changed. Island County Assessor Mary Engle announced this week that tax valuation notices will be sent out in September, along with new construction notices.

Clinton kidnapping survivor tells story of terror

  • Jul 24, 2011 at 10:00AM updated Jul 25, 2011 at 8:04AM

Beaten and bloody, Peter Brandt lay in the darkness in the back of his own van. His hands and feet were bound with zip ties. He didn’t know where his captor was taking him and he didn’t know if was going to be killed. Brandt didn’t panic, but entered into a dazed state. “The curious thing about it is I felt so relaxed on the ride,” he said. “There was something in me that just went with the flow. I decided that I wasn’t going to be confrontational. I wasn’t going to try to escape.”

Three hurt in Highway 20 crash

  • Jul 22, 2011 at 5:20PM

A three-car pileup near the intersection of Coupeville and Highway 20 Friday sent three people to the hospital and caused the busy road to close for about an hour. According to Washington State Patrol Trooper Jason Nichols, Clear Lake resident Robert Richardson, 52, was southbound in a 1994 Ford Explorer at about 2:20 p.m. when he crashed into another vehicle that was stopped at the intersection of NW Broadway Street and Ebey Road.

Riders flock to new ferry on Coupeville to Port Townsend run

  • Jul 29, 2011 at 10:08AM

Ferry ridership has already increased 35 percent, carrying over 23,000 vehicles, since the addition of a second ferry, the Salish, to the Coupeville-Port Townsend run on July 1.

One Port of Coupeville candidate opposes farm easement

  • Jul 30, 2011 at 10:00AM updated Aug 1, 2011 at 8:17AM

A single major difference seems to separate one of the three candidates competing for the open seat on the Port of Coupeville: Whether to support the pending conservation easement for the port’s Greenbank Farm property.

Island County dog issue sparks a little night meeting debate

  • Jul 31, 2011 at 7:00AM updated Aug 1, 2011 at 8:17AM

A benign proposal turned into a test of wills during an Island County commissioners meeting Monday, but ended in compromise. The proposal in question would have set a public hearing at 10:20 a.m. on Aug. 15 for a change in the county’s code that would decriminalize certain animal control violations. But Commissioner Kelly Emerson said the public hearing should be delayed until 6 p.m. on the fourth Monday of the month in order to comply with county code. The code she referred to states that “when possible, public hearings will be held on the fourth Monday meeting, beginning at 6 p.m.”

Supportive wetland report fires up Emerson

  • Jul 31, 2011 at 10:00AM updated Aug 1, 2011 at 8:18AM

Island County Commissioner Kelly Emerson used a new wetland report as an opportunity to write scathing letters to her fellow commissioners and her former political opponent over their roles in the events surrounding her unsuccessful lawsuit against the county.

Skin doctor leaves patients in lurch; Whidbey General Hospital hurries to find replacement

  • Jul 31, 2011 at 10:00AM updated Aug 1, 2011 at 8:48AM

Whidbey General Hospital officials are scrambling to find a dermatologist to serve the island after Dr. Donald Russell Johnson abruptly closed the doors to his Coupeville office without warning two weeks ago. Johnson also shuttered his swanky Island Medical Spa businesses in both Coupeville and Anacortes, as well as his Anacortes practice.

Central Whidbey resident files to run for Price Johnson's county commissioner seat

  • Aug 1, 2011 at 1:16PM

The first candidate has jumped into the race to serve in the position now held by Island County Commissioner Helen Price Johnson. Robert "Jeff" Lauderdale has filed as a Republican candidate in the 2012 race to represent District 1 on the Island County Board of Commissioners.

Construction policy challenged as ferry fares rise

  • Aug 3, 2011 at 10:00AM updated Aug 4, 2011 at 8:55AM

A proposal to hike ferry fares was the focus of a community meeting in Coupeville Tuesday, July 26, but one of the concerns addressed, regarding “build’em in Washington,” is an old argument and one not easily solved. However, it’s not impossible, according to some state lawmakers. “Everything should be on the table,” said Legislative District 10 Rep. Norma Smith, R-Clinton.

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