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- 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.
- Jan 9, 2013 at 9:27AM
Sound Publishing, the state’s largest community news organization, today purchased the Seattle Weekly. Details of the purchase were not disclosed. The Weekly, a freely distributed newspaper in Seattle and nearby cities, was purchased from Village Voice Media Holdings. The Seattle Weekly reaches over 200,000 unique print and digital readers every week with more than 1,500 outdoor news boxes and in-store racks throughout Seattle and nearby areas. It was founded in 1976 by Darrell Oldham and David Brewster.
- Jan 10, 2013 at 12:00PM updated Jan 14, 2013 at 7:07PM
The fire that preceded the sinking of the Deep Sea crab boat in Penn Cove last spring has been determined to be the result of arson, according to a report released by the state Department of Natural Resources today.
- Jan 11, 2013 at 11:53AM
Sound Publishing has named Keven R. Graves executive editor and publisher for the Whidbey Newspaper Group, which includes The Whidbey News-Times, the Whidbey Examiner and the South Whidbey Record, as well as the Crosswind, a monthly veterans publication. Graves is succeeding Kasia Pierzga in the role. Pierzga has accepted a public relations position with the Washington Department of Revenue in Olympia.
- Jan 21, 2013 at 8:51AM
The Northwest Navigator will print its final weekly edition on March 29, 2013. After that final edition, there will no longer be an official or authorized Navy print newspaper for Commander, Navy Region Northwest, or our Installations: Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Naval Station Everett, Naval Base Kitsap and Naval Magazine Indian Island. The Northwest Navigator consistently won numerous top awards for production and reporting, and has helped tell the Navy story to tens of thousands of Sailors, family members, retirees, veterans and community members around the Region and around the world. The decision to stop publication was made as a Navy-wide cost-savings measure.
- Feb 4, 2013 at 8:59AM
There is a change to scheduled Field Carrier Landing Practice operations for Whidbey Island Naval Air Station based aircraft at the Outlying Field in Coupeville this week.
- Feb 6, 2013 at 12:33PM
Sound Publishing, Inc. announced today that it has signed an agreement with the Washington Post Company to acquire the Everett (WA) Daily Herald, a 46,000 circulation daily and Sunday newspaper and its other print and online products. The transaction is expected to close in early March. The Herald has been owned by the Washington Post Company (WPO:NYSE) for 35 years and is a leading provider of local news and information for the Snohomish County area.
- Feb 7, 2013 at 3:35PM
Sailors at Whidbey Island Naval Air Station received welcomed news Wednesday when they learned from Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus himself that their pocketbooks will not feel the sting of the automatic spending cuts set to go into effect next month.
- Feb 7, 2013 at 4:06PM
The Coupeville School District Board of Directors will hold a special meeting 3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8 to accept current interim superintendent Karen Koschack's resignation and appoint a new interim superintendent. Koschak submitted a resignation citing a family medical emergency.
- Feb 20, 2013 at 4:46PM
A detective with the Island County Sheriff's Office released an image today of a man suspected of burglarizing a roadside coffee stand owned by a county official.
- Mar 1, 2013 at 9:15AM
Coupeville School District Board of Directors voted Thursday night to hire Jim Shank as the next superintendent. Shank is currently superintendent of the Juab School District in Utah.
- Mar 6, 2013 at 5:02PM
A Coupeville woman was sent to the hospital today after she drove her vehicle off a forested embankment along Penn Cove. Mary Gordon, 84, was transported to Whidbey General Hospital shortly after 2 p.m. Police said she did not appear to have been injured in the crash but that she later complained of body pains.
- Mar 9, 2013 at 10:00AM
Island County Board of Commissioners is seeking applicants for the Coupeville Ferry Committee. The Board of County Commissioners appoints Ferry Advisory Committee members for four year terms, which may be renewed by mutual agreement. The Ferry Advisory Committee consists of six members, three for the Clinton Ferry Terminal and three for the Coupeville Ferry Terminal.
- Mar 11, 2013 at 10:00AM updated at 3:17PM
The Navy confirmed this afternoon that all three crew members aboard a Whidbey Island Naval Air Station EA-6B Prowler were killed when the aircraft crashed this morning in Eastern Washington. The names of the Navy personnel killed will not be released until 24 hours after family members have been informed.
- Mar 12, 2013 at 2:55PM
The Oak Harbor community is mourning the loss of three crew members aboard an EA-6B Prowler that crashed during routine training exercises in Eastern Washington Monday morning. The names of the Navy personnel killed will not be released until 24 hours after family members are informed and after press deadline for the Whidbey News-Times. The Prowler, from Whidbey Island Naval Air Station, crashed just before 9 a.m. Monday into a farm field 50 miles west of Spokane.
- Mar 12, 2013 at 9:50PM
Navy officials released the names of three crew members killed Monday aboard a EA-6B Prowler that crashed west of Spokane. Department of Defense withheld the names until 24 hours after the victims' families were notified. The three Navy personnel, who were stationed at Whidbey Island Naval Air Station, are identified this evening as Lt. Valerie Delaney, 26, of Ellicott City, Md., Lt. William McIlvaine III, 24, of El Paso, Texas and Lt. Cmdr. Alan Patterson, 34, of Tullahoma, Tenn.
- Mar 22, 2013 at 8:00AM updated at 10:24AM
A spring flurry this morning prompted school officials to close Coupeville Elementary School and preschool. Officials had originally delayed buses by 30 minutes and put routes in the southern part of the district on snow routes.
- Mar 22, 2013 at 3:00PM updated Mar 25, 2013 at 9:16AM
A Marysville woman has stepped forward, claiming that she too witnessed strange lights in the sky last weekend. Katie Kinman, 59, contacted the Whidbey News-Times after reading a story published Wednesday about Dick and Carol Johnson's account of unexplainable lights over their Bush Point home this past Saturday.
- Mar 27, 2013 at 5:00AM updated at 8:51AM
A massive landlside occurred this morning in the Ledgewood neighborhood south of Coupeville. Neighbors on Fircrest Avenue reported hearing a sound similar to a sonic boom and loud thunder about 4:15 a.m. The same resident reported large trees that were once seen along the bluff are now gone. Central Whidbey Island Fire and Rescue is reporting this morning that 17 homes on Driftwood Way are inaccessible and seven homes on Fircrest Avenue were evacuated.
- Apr 5, 2013 at 9:01AM
The Port Townsend / Coupeville ferry is currently out of service while repairs are being made to the Kennewick. A steering alarm has been sounding on the Kwa-di Tabil class ferry for some time, said Marta Coursey, spokeswoman for the Washington State Department of Transportation’s Ferries Division, in an email. She said electricians and engine room staff continue to work on the problem while the ferry is tied up in Port Townsend; However, workers haven’t identified a root cause or implemented a repair plan, Coursey said adding that the manufacturer has also been notified.
- Apr 11, 2013 at 6:00AM updated Apr 18, 2013 at 9:28AM
The owner of the dog that chewed up a young Clinton woman had him euthanized by a veterinarian Thursday.
- Apr 14, 2013 at 7:00AM updated Apr 18, 2013 at 9:29AM
Opening the Holmes Harbor Golf Course will wait a while longer.
- Apr 15, 2013 at 10:00AM updated at 5:41PM
A suspect who allegedly stabbed a man in Clinton early Sunday morning is being sought by the Island County Sheriff's Office.
- Apr 17, 2013 at 7:00AM updated Apr 19, 2013 at 9:05AM
A new South Whidbey company with ties to Nichols Brothers Boat Builders landed its first contract Monday: the job of building a fire boat for South Whidbey Fire/EMS.
- May 7, 2013 at 11:00AM updated at 10:38PM
Whidbey Island Post Offices will be sponsoring its “Stamp Out Hunger” food drive Saturday, May 11. Residents are encouraged to leave donations of non-perishable food in their mailboxes by 8 a.m. Saturday. Mail carriers will pick up the donation and return it to your local food bank. P.O. box customers can drop their donations in collection bins placed at their local post office.