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Island County sales tax revenues slow

Early estimates show that the county’s sales tax revenues are down from last year despite more optimistic projections.

New Whidbey General Hospital CEO contract signed

Whidbey General Hospital’s new CEO will assume her duties April 20. Geri Forbes, currently an employee of Doctor’s Memorial Hospital in Florida, will replace Tom Tomasino who has served as Whidbey General’s chief for five years.

Whidbey’s beaver population: residents chew on problem, seek county help

Some residents believe the county could be doing more about the island’s beaver problem, but the solutions are not always clear cut.

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.

Island County considers hobbling Conservation Futures Fund

The Island County commissioners are considering an ordinance Monday that would put new Conservation Futures Fund purchases on hold for one year.

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.

Freeland continues fight for growth in Comp Plan | CORRECTED

Island County is tackling the complex subject of transitioning a rural commercial district into a city — namely Freeland.

Island County prioritizes beach access

Beach access advocates have something to celebrate. Island County has earmarked $175,000 to identify the county’s many beach access points and prioritize them for maintenance and signage. The lack of county-sanctioned beach access, along with clearly marked kayak access points have been an ongoing concern for groups supporting public access to the seashore.

Island County Commissioners continue budget work

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

Rep. Hayes wins legislative award | Clarrification

Rep. Dave Hayes, who represents Camano Island, has been named 2013 Legislator of the Year for the House Republican Caucus by the Washington Council of Police and Sheriffs, or WACOPS. An assistant ranking member of the House Public Safety Committee, Hayes is in his first term, serving. Hayes is also a sergeant with the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office and a former president and executive board member of WACOPS.

Grass roots campaign wins Hannold election

North Whidbey resident and Republican Rick Hannold will take office later this week as Island County’s District 3 commissioner.

Island County commissioner candidates share vision

While candidates for Island County Commissioner District 3 share the desire to help shape the future of the county, their individual visions differ widely.

Island County District 3 sees third commissioner candidate step forward

Camano Island resident Marc Hennemann said as county commissioner he would keep taxes down and make public safety a priority.

Defense bill funds NAS Whidbey

Naval Air Station Whidbey Island is slotted to receive more than $117 million for P8-A Poseidon and EA-18G Growler squadron programs.

Winery debate ferments into complaint

A new community group is trying to combat proposed regulations that would allow large events at wineries, functions they say disrupt their quality of life.

Citizen organization against OLF jet noise spreads to North Whidbey

A message written on the white board summed up the group’s sentiments: “Who helps us? We do!”

Early budget restores jobs, seeks technology upgrades

Island County’s early budget draft aims to restore a number of positions and pushes to upgrade technologies. A public hearing for the budget draft has been set for 6 p.m. Oct. 6.

Whidbey Camano Land Trust welcomes new conservation director

Ryan Elting is as excited about his new job as his new home. “I’m in love,” Elting said of moving to Whidbey Island this month to serve as conservation director for the Whidbey Camano Land Trust. “My jaw drops every time I see the Olympic Mountains on my way to work. I’m so happy to be able to raise my daughter here.”

Bill approves five more Growlers bound for NAS Whidbey Island

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a national defense bill Thursday that approves funding five more EA-18G Growlers for the Navy, according to a Thursday news release from Rep. Rick Larsen.

Where is Island County Commissioner Kelly Emerson?

When the Island County Board of Commissioners approved a moratorium on recreational marijuana this week, Commissioner Kelly Emerson said she would make herself available by phone to vote on the controversial issue.