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Burn ban remains in effect

  • 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.

Shark beached at Admirals Cove draws researchers’ interest

  • Aug 31, 2012 at 3:19PM

The gleaming eye of the dead animal washed up on the beach caught the attention of the marine mammal stranding volunteer. The vivid, aqua-green circle was unlike like the eye of a harbor porpoise, seal, whale or any other marine mammal. Coupeville resident Sandy Dubpernell – a volunteer with the Central Puget Sound Marine Mammal Stranding Network – realized the creature was a shark.

Coupeville crafts emergency-response plan

  • Aug 31, 2012 at 3:13PM

The earth shakes. Walls buckle as the ground heaves and shudders. Buildings collapse, crushing the contents inside and trapping people in surroundings that were once familiar but are now jumbled and disorienting. Frantic, loved ones search for one another, hoping, praying, believing that everyone has escaped the rubble unscathed.

Recycling ready to hit the curb in Coupeville

  • Aug 31, 2012 at 2:15PM

Environmentally conscious folks in Coupeville will soon have a new way to recycle. The town is several weeks away from finalizing an agreement with Island Disposal for a curbside recycling program.

Would-be shooter from Coupeville pleads not guilty

  • 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.

Greenbank man pleads to kidnapping, rape

  • 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.

Freeland pizza shop owner pleads not guilty to killing wife

  • 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.

After 9 years, justice served as Huden gets 80

  • 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.

Whidbey Island Camera Club celebrates wildlife

  • Aug 31, 2012 at 3:48PM

Wildlife is the theme for the Whidbey Island Camera Club's meeting from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18 at Oak Hall, Room 306, Skagit Valley College Whidbey Island.

Womens firearm class offered in Coupeville

  • Aug 31, 2012 at 3:45PM

The Central Whidbey Sportsmen's Association continues its education series by holding a firearms safety class for women on Saturday, Sept. 1 at 9 a.m.

Plans shift for Freeland's Trillium ownership

  • Aug 31, 2012 at 3:44PM

Island County officials and Whidbey Camano Land Trust staff say they will pursue a slightly different ownership strategy for the Trillium Community Forest, located just north of Freeland.

Maylor’s Point Trail closed in Oak Harbor

  • Aug 31, 2012 at 3:43PM

The Navy has announced Maylor’s Point Trail in Oak Harbor has been temporarily closed. The trail, which runs through the Naval Air Station Whidbey Island Seaplane Base along the north beach of Maylor’s Point in Oak Harbor and connects with the city’s waterfront trail, was closed Monday and will remain closed until December.

Be a superhero - give blood

  • Aug 31, 2012 at 3:42PM

The Oak Harbor Lions Club is sponsoring a blood drive from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 30 at First United Methodist Church, 1050 SE Ireland St., Oak Harbor. The Puget Sound Blood Center is in critical need of O positive and O negative, but every blood type is helpful.

Poets capture magic of island life

  • 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.”

Community calendar

  • Aug 31, 2012 at 3:33PM

Events and activities coming up on Whidbey Island.

Lantern house installed at Coupeville's Admiralty Head Lighthouse

  • Aug 31, 2012 at 3:29PM

South Whidbey High School student Scotty Campbell puts out sparks as Archie Nichols, of Nichols Brothers Boat Builders in Freeland, drills holes inside the new lantern house for Admiralty Head Lighthouse in preparation for installation Aug. 23. Students and teachers from all three Whidbey high schools built the lantern house over the past two years with help from Archie Nichols and other volunteers.

Special homes needed for special-needs pets on Whidbey

  • Aug 31, 2012 at 3:23PM

Discovered wandering, hungry and disoriented, a 10-year-old Labrador-sized white Australian shepherd mix was picked up last fall as a stray by the Whidbey Animals’ Improvement Foundation (WAIF).

Re-elect Commissioner Angie Homola | LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

  • Aug 31, 2012 at 2:46PM

Angie Homola deserves a second term as commissioner for District 2. Her keen interest as a citizen activist led her to challenge Mac McDowell, a four-term commissioner. Despite all the advantages of his incumbency and a plurality of Republican voters in the county, she defeated him.

Price Johnson takes work seriously | LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

  • Aug 31, 2012 at 2:43PM

I am a former Island County clerk, now retired. As a past elected official, I am personally familiar with the activities and functions of the board of county commissioners. In my previous capacity as county clerk, some of my responsibilities involved working directly with the board during annual budget preparation, strategic planning for my department, and other routine work sessions. During my final term, I had the privilege of working with Commissioner Helen Price Johnson.

Thanks for making the fair a success | LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

  • Aug 31, 2012 at 2:39PM

As the dust from the first-ever Whidbey Island Area Fair settles in the arena, the vendor tents vanish and the barns empty, thanks are due to the many, many folks who made our 88th fair a success.

Coupeville historical cemetery tour brings history to life

  • Aug 31, 2012 at 2:22PM

Everyone at Sunnyside Cemetery is buried facing the sunrise – all but Frank Pratt, whose grave faces the stunning scenery of Ebey’s Prairie, Admiralty Inlet and the Olympics. “Pratt was unique,” said local historian Roger Sherman, who will lead a tour of the historic cemetery at 11 a.m. on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 3, as a fundraiser for the Island County Historical Museum.

Coupeville street views to be added to Google Maps

  • Aug 31, 2012 at 2:19PM

Sometime in the next few weeks, Coupeville will join the growing list of tourist destinations that are viewable online through the Google Maps Street View Partner Program. A Google crew will come to the historic waterfront town and film the streets from a specially outfitted car or trike.

Credit card machines to dispense park passes on Whidbey

  • Aug 31, 2012 at 2:16PM

Buying a pass to visit state parks is getting easier. As part of a trial program, Washington State Parks introduced credit card machines for the sale of Discover Passes in the parking lots of 10 state parks, including three locations on Whidbey Island.

Tails are wagging on Whidbey

  • Aug 31, 2012 at 2:13PM

Michelle Rose and Donna Dunn of the Whidbey Animals’ Improvement Foundation show off two young dogs available for adoption through the WAIF animal shelter during the canine-themed Wag ‘n’ Walk event Saturday at Greenbank Farm.

Coupeville pastor prepares for life in wheelchair

  • Aug 31, 2012 at 1:40PM

Well-known Coupeville church leader Garrett Arnold is preparing for life in a wheelchair after his spinal cord was severely damaged when he fell down a steep, 25-foot embankment in Ledgewood.

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