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Maxwelton Farm lawsuit resolution sought

Island County Planning Director David Wechner said the county is working with Maxwelton Farm operators to find a resolution to a lawsuit they filed against the county in September.

Johnson named board chairwoman for 2014

In a surprise act of cooperation, Commissioner Kelly Emerson nominated Jill Johnson to remain chairwoman of the Island County Board of Commissioners for 2014.

P-8As at Whidbey Island Naval Air Station get wide OK

Despite an ongoing debate about jet noise, particularly at Outlying Field Coupeville, residents expressed broad support at a forum on the possible installation of several additional P-8A squadrons at Whidbey Island Naval Air Station.

Island County pot moratorium passes 2-0

A moratorium on new recreational marijuana businesses was passed Wednesday despite residents’ concerns that the action would put them strategically behind other counties.

Marijuana moratorium continues to raise concerns

Island County commissioners voted last week to postpone a moratorium on new marijuana-related businesses for a second time.

Emerson sues Island County planning department for second time

Island County Commissioner Kelly Emerson has filed a second lawsuit against the county, claiming the planning department is still refusing to grant her a building permit for her deck.

Clean Water Utility hits new snag

Administrators of the controversial Clean Water Utility program discovered that more than 1,400 additional parcels will need to be assessed in 2014.

Island County pot moratorium discussion sparks courthouse ruckus

Tempers flared at a Monday Island County public hearing as several residents made clear their dislike of a proposed six-month moratorium on new marijuana distribution and production businesses.

Island County residents asked to turn in old prescriptions

There is more than one reason to hand over unused and expired prescriptions to law enforcement agencies this Saturday.

Pot moratorium hearing set for Island County

With little discussion, the Island County commissioners set a date for the public hearing on a proposed moratorium on new marijuana production and sales.

Island County commissioners adopt $71 million budget

The Island County Board of Commissioners adopted a $71 million budget in a 2-1 vote Monday with Commissioner Kelly Emerson dissenting.

Maxwelton Farm sues county, planning chief named

Maxwelton Farm on South Whidbey has filed a land-use petition against Island County, claiming Planning Director David Wechner acted outside his scope of authority.

Civilian employees head back to work as shutdown continues

While Ron Witherall was happy to return to work Monday at his Department of Defense job at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, he said he plans to take his opinions about the federal government shutdown straight to the polls.

Though silent during budget process, Emerson finds win in debt payoff

During the 2014 budget process, Commissioner Kelly Emerson did not speak often. Primarily, she said, because it has been tough to gain support for her initiatives that favor cutting taxes and what she deems non-essential services and programs.

Though silent during budget process, Emerson finds a win in debt payoff

During the 2014 budget process, Commissioner Kelly Emerson did not speak often.

Unmanned aircraft to join air traffic at NAS Whidbey

North Whidbey skies are expected to see unmanned Navy aircraft flying by 2016.

Island County WIC program safe — for now

Despite looming closures to the county’s Women, Infants and Children program, or WIC, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has found funding to allow the national program to operate as usual through the end of October.

Burnett lawsuit fizzles with deadline end

A 45-day deadline has passed for Oak Harbor resident Bill Burnett, who filed a lawsuit in July against Island County over the appointment of Commissioner Jill Johnson as chairwoman of the board.

Island County Clean Water Utility gets clean bill of health

A “watchdog” citizens board appointed by county commissioners gave a positive review last month of the controversial Clean Water Utility program.

Island County Commissioners continue budget work

The Island County Commissioners have reached consensus on a number of key elements of the 2014 county budget.