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- Apr 11, 2013 at 12:07PM
The 12:30 p.m. sailing from Port Townsend and the 1:15 p.m. sailing from Coupeville on the Port Townsend / Coupeville ferry route are canceled due to high winds, rough seas and heavy vehicle traffic. Alternate routes are the Edmonds/Kingston and Mukilteo/Clinton. Updates will occur when conditions change.
- May 24, 2013 at 1:08PM
Owners of lodging establishments in and around Coupeville aren't seeing a large loss of Memorial Day weekend business in the wake of the Skagit River Bridge collapse Thursday evening on Interstate 5 in Mount Vernon.
- Nov 5, 2013 at 9:21PM
Whidbey General Hospital bond supporters were celebrating Tuesday night as preliminary results show the bond is passing with more than a 60 percent supermajority. Initial results posted by the Island County Auditor’s Office showed the bond was passing with 61.75 percent voter approval.
- Dec 30, 2013 at 3:30PM
For a second time in as many years, state auditors are shining a spotlight on Island Transit's apparent lack of oversight over employee use of take-home vehicles and fuel cards. Island Transit has 14 vehicles and fuel cards assigned to staff members.
- Jan 27, 2014 at 10:00PM updated Jan 28, 2014 at 9:18AM
In search of a more level playing field for its athletic teams, Coupeville High School will leave the Cascade Conference and join the Olympic League next fall.
- Apr 21, 2014 at 5:46PM
Nobody was injured when a mobile home on Race Road burned to the ground Sunday night. Chief Ed Hartin with Central Whidbey Island Fire and Rescue said the doublewide was vacant and was undergoing renovations. The owners were in Arizona. Neighbors of the doublewide were alerted to the fire by the sound of a tire on a nearby utility trailer bursting from the heat.
- Sep 25, 2014 at 4:03PM
The Coupeville ferry was temporarily out of service today after crews found broken terminal equipment.
- Oct 10, 2014 at 9:21AM
UPDATE (As of 10:30 a.m.): The 10:15 a.m. 11 a.m. sailings are cancelled due to earlier operational delays. The next sailing from Port Townsend will be 11 a.m. The next sailing from Coupeville will be 11:45 a.m. Updates will occur when conditions change.
- Aug 14, 2012 at 2:13PM
Oak Harbor officials have less than a year to figure out how to deal with stray dogs and cats because the ramshackle shack that currently houses the homeless pets is being shut down. As a result, city officials are exploring ways of handling strays. They plan on issuing a request for proposals, or RFP, to find the right group or business to provide the service and possibly a facility.
- Aug 21, 2012 at 2:00PM updated Aug 31, 2012 at 3:51PM
The man who planned and carried out a murder on a secluded South Whidbey road at Christmastime nine years ago finally faced justice in a courtroom Tuesday morning. James Huden sat stone-faced during the sentencing hearing in Island County Superior Court as the judge handed down an exceptional sentence of 80 years, virtually guaranteeing that the 55-year-old will die in prison.
- Aug 25, 2012 at 10:00AM updated Aug 31, 2012 at 3:53PM
A 23-year-old Greenbank man who kidnapped and raped his estranged girlfriend will likely be going away for more than 16 years. George Downey was dressed in jail orange and wearing his usual odd grin in Island County Superior Court Monday.
- Aug 26, 2012 at 3:00PM updated Aug 31, 2012 at 3:52PM
The Greenbank man and pizza joint owner accused of killing his wife and hiding her body in a tarp was finally arraigned Monday afternoon. Robert “Al” Baker, 62, pleaded not guilty in Island County Superior Court to the first-degree murder of his wife, 53-year-old Kathie Baker.
- Aug 26, 2012 at 10:00AM updated Aug 31, 2012 at 3:54PM
A 19-year-old man is accused of walking around Coupeville earlier this month with a sawed-off shotgun in his backpack, allegedly intent on shooting his mother’s boyfriend or, if he couldn’t find him, just firing at “someone walking along the sidewalk,” court documents alleged. Prosecutor charged Esteban Guerro in Island County Superior Court Aug. 8 with the unlawful possession of a firearm and possession of an illegal firearm. He pleaded not guilty Aug. 20.
- Aug 31, 2012 at 3:36PM
“Island life has its own music and imagery,” says Clinton resident Sheryl Clough, editor and publisher of a new poetry anthology, “Surrounded: Living With Islands.” “I really dig Whidbey Island,” Clough said with a smile. “You can hardly go a mile here without wanting to stop and write a poem.”
- Sep 2, 2012 at 8:00AM updated Sep 6, 2012 at 5:20PM
Persistent grumbling from the community about Island Transit’s plans to realign Parker Road with Highway 20 in Central Whidbey appears to have paid off.
- Sep 5, 2012 at 8:00AM updated Sep 6, 2012 at 5:15PM
Efforts to release Penn Cove’s most famous orca from captivity has resorted to name calling.
- Sep 6, 2012 at 3:00PM updated at 5:21PM
The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission and WSU Extension of Island County Lighthouse Program invite the public to a dedication ceremony for the Admiralty Head Lighthouse lantern house.
- Sep 5, 2012 at 10:00AM updated Sep 6, 2012 at 10:13AM
Due to a lack of rainfall, Island County residents are prohibited from lighting open fires under a burn ban approved by county Sheriff Mark Brown.
- Sep 19, 2012 at 3:00PM
FREELAND — Daniel L. Torget died in the early hours Sunday morning after his car collided with a power pole on Fish Road. He was 21 years old.
- Nov 28, 2012 at 8:00PM updated Nov 29, 2012 at 9:44AM
Deputies with the Island County Sheriff’s Office are investigating a robbery of the Wells Fargo Bank in Clinton that occurred just before closing today.
- Dec 13, 2012 at 5:59PM
The mayor of Langley has been charged with a crime that may spell the end of his career in politics. Island County Prosecutor Greg Banks filed one count of "false report by a public officer" against Mayor Larry Kwarsick in Island County Superior Court today.
- Dec 18, 2012 at 12:00PM
Langley Mayor Larry Kwarsick will have to spend more than two weeks in jail and will likely resign from office after pleading guilty to a gross misdemeanor charge for falsifying a city record. The Langley City Council is holding a special meeting today at 5:30 p.m. to discuss the situation.
- Dec 20, 2012 at 5:26PM
Langley Mayor Larry Kwarsick announced earlier today he is keeping his position despite a guilty plea to a gross misdemeanor that resulted in a 15-day jail sentence starting in February.
- Dec 27, 2012 at 9:49AM
Langley Mayor Larry Kwarsick admitted to falsifying public records in a court of law and a judge found him guilty of the crime, but elected officials in Coupeville are reserving judgement.
- Jan 7, 2013 at 10:00AM updated at 12:08PM
Langley Mayor Larry Kwarsick emailed a brief letter of resignation to the city of Langley Sunday, with the effective date of his resignation today, Jan. 7. Kwarsick has been caught up in a legal tangle since admitting to falsifying a city document when he was planning director in 2011. It had to do with a relative’s land use permit.