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New Island County contract brings more WSU programs

As of March 1, Washington State University Extension, Island County will serve as an independent contractor with Island County instead of a department. The change… Continue reading

South End getting first drug treatment center

Freeland will soon be home to the first medicaid-funded substance use disorder treatment facility on South Whidbey. American Behavioral Health Systems is planning to open… Continue reading

Knox Shannon, 8, looks out the window of his new bedroom in the house built by Habitat for Humanity. Island County is set to implement fee changes that would result in savings for the organization, and other developers, in the plan review stage of receiving building permits. Photo by Patricia Guthrie/ Whidbey News-Times

New building permit fees should reduce costs in county

The Board of Island County Commissioners is set to vote on building permit fee changes, including stock plan review fees that will result in savings… Continue reading

Knox Shannon, 8, looks out the window of his new bedroom in the house built by Habitat for Humanity. Island County is set to implement fee changes that would result in savings for the organization, and other developers, in the plan review stage of receiving building permits. Photo by Patricia Guthrie/ Whidbey News-Times
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                                The Kettles trails were acquired by Island County in 1996 using funds from the conservation futures program. The county is now accepting applications for the 2018 award cycle, but a low fund balance may limit the acceptance of new projects.

No guarantees for awarding of conservation futures funds

The Island County Conservation Futures Program is now accepting applications from eligible organizations for acquisition projects or maintenance and operations projects. However, Island County Commissioners… Continue reading

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                                The Kettles trails were acquired by Island County in 1996 using funds from the conservation futures program. The county is now accepting applications for the 2018 award cycle, but a low fund balance may limit the acceptance of new projects.
Planning Commission member Tracy Gilroy speaks during a meeting on Monday. The commission voted to approve amendments made in response to a settlement agreement between Island County and the Whidbey Island Environmental Action Network. Photo by Laura Guido/Whidbey News-Times

Forest practices changes heading to board

Island County Planning Commission voted Monday to amend code related to forest practices in response to a settlement agreement filed with the Whidbey Island Environmental… Continue reading

Planning Commission member Tracy Gilroy speaks during a meeting on Monday. The commission voted to approve amendments made in response to a settlement agreement between Island County and the Whidbey Island Environmental Action Network. Photo by Laura Guido/Whidbey News-Times

Economist to give talk on housing market at WICA

A local real estate agent is hosting a presentation on economic forecasting by the chief economist for Windermere Real Estate, Matthew Gardner, at 6 p.m.… Continue reading

Law will allow for nuclear missile preparation

It’s unclear what exactly would happen if Whidbey Island were to receive a message of an impending missile attack, because for more than 30 years… Continue reading

The county is seeking input on draft regulations that develop new definitions and regulations for wineries, breweries, cideries and distilleries in rural areas. Photo provided

Island County drafts new winery and event regulations

Island County is looking for input on draft regulatory updates to code focused on special events and wineries, distilleries, breweries and cideries in rural areas.… Continue reading

The county is seeking input on draft regulations that develop new definitions and regulations for wineries, breweries, cideries and distilleries in rural areas. Photo provided

Officials consider islandwide high-speed internet

Elected officials in Island County discussed the possibility of implementing islandwide broadband last week at a Council of Governments meeting with the hope of eventually… Continue reading

State lawmakers talk goals, policies at brunch

State legislators spoke about net neutrality, big data brokers and carbon taxes on Jan. 20 at the Brunch with Our Legislators event, held by the… Continue reading

Island County to tackle public health issues

A wide-ranging plan that could lead to more help for victims of domestic abuse, house visits from medical personnel and improved transportation for the homeless… Continue reading

Housing Authority of Island County scores HUD grant

The Housing Authority of Island County recently received a $51,269 grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to go toward the salaries… Continue reading

County looking for Freeland code input

Island County Planning and Community Development is seeking more feedback on its draft development regulations for Freeland. As a result of earlier public comments, the… Continue reading

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                                County Prosecutor Greg Banks, center, attorney Lee Pence and County Commisioner Helen Price Johnson sit around the work session table Wednesday. Tensions hit a boiling point during the meeting that included yelling and name-calling.

County commissioner calls prosecutor ‘snake,’ liar

Tensions boiled over Wednesday when Island County Prosecutor Greg Banks asked the Island County Board of Commissioners for permission to hire an outside attorney for… Continue reading

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                                County Prosecutor Greg Banks, center, attorney Lee Pence and County Commisioner Helen Price Johnson sit around the work session table Wednesday. Tensions hit a boiling point during the meeting that included yelling and name-calling.
From left, Elijah Lisenby, Kenna Kooyman and Fia Cooper-Ewing practice using small drones during winter Sea Cadet training at Camp Casey. Photo by Laura Guido/Whidbey News-Times

Sea Cadets ‘build leaders’ at recent winter training camp

Sea Cadets from all over the country gathered last week at Camp Casey to immerse themselves in Navy culture. The winter training at the Whidbey… Continue reading

From left, Elijah Lisenby, Kenna Kooyman and Fia Cooper-Ewing practice using small drones during winter Sea Cadet training at Camp Casey. Photo by Laura Guido/Whidbey News-Times

Lodging tax committee asks for money back

Island County awarded grants to 13 nonprofits to promote tourism using lodging tax fund in 2017. The process for awarding these grants was different this… Continue reading

Darren McCoy, choir teacher at Oak Harbor High School, directs his students in a performance at Family Bible Church Friday morning. McCoy has been named as one of 1o finalists for the Grammy Music Educator Award. Photo by Laura Guido/Whidbey News-Times

OHHS choir teacher in reach of Grammy award

Darren McCoy has never been this close to making it to the Grammys, and he’s been closer than most. Two years ago he was among… Continue reading

Darren McCoy, choir teacher at Oak Harbor High School, directs his students in a performance at Family Bible Church Friday morning. McCoy has been named as one of 1o finalists for the Grammy Music Educator Award. Photo by Laura Guido/Whidbey News-Times

Counties pressure state to fund mandates

Island County is joining an effort to get the state’s attention regarding unfunded mandates. The members of the Washington State Association of Counties believe the… Continue reading

A house for sale in Coupeville. Island County recently completed a housing needs analysis and found most of the available housing stock are single-family homes, which leaves a deficit for lower income individuals. Photo by Laura Guido/Whidbey News-Times

Report outlines countywide housing needs

A recent housing needs analysis found a significant deficit in available, affordable housing in Island County for households making $50,000 a year or less. The… Continue reading

A house for sale in Coupeville. Island County recently completed a housing needs analysis and found most of the available housing stock are single-family homes, which leaves a deficit for lower income individuals. Photo by Laura Guido/Whidbey News-Times

No public comment on county’s budget

The Island County Board of Commissioners unanimously voted to approve a $92.3 million budget, and a 1 percent increase on a property tax levy for… Continue reading