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- 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.
- 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.