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- Oct 11, 2012 at 9:00AM updated Oct 15, 2013 at 10:16AM
It wasn’t even a close call for U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen. He’s in favor of the proposed Cherry Point coal terminal in Bellingham for one reason – jobs. “Jobs are the driving force behind my whole campaign,” says the 2nd Congressional District Democrat who is seeking a seventh term in the House.
- Oct 17, 2012 at 3:00PM updated Oct 18, 2013 at 9:24AM
Check your mailbox! If you are a registered voter in Island County, your ballot is on its way and should arrive within the next day or two. Approximately 46,000 General Election ballots were mailed out by Island County Auditor Sheilah Crider on Wednesday, Oct. 17.
- Oct 18, 2012 at 8:00AM updated at 11:57AM
For the first time in two decades, state Sen. Mary Margaret Haugen faces an uphill battle against an election opponent who can match her both in campaign dollars and name recognition. The 10th Legislative District Democrat was bested by 5 percentage points in the August primary election by Republican state Rep. Barbara Bailey. They were the only candidates on the primary ballot. The race is one of three Senate contests statewide that could tilt control of that body to Republicans. Bailey, 68, has made that prospect a centerpiece of her campaign.
- Oct 25, 2012 at 12:00PM
The tension between the two candidates vying to represent North Whidbey residents on the Board of Island County Commissioners started before either of them ran for public office. The city of Oak Harbor was considering a measure that would have lead to a large development on the south end of the city.
- Oct 25, 2012 at 12:00PM
Who to choose? Political newcomer Jeff Lauderdale or incumbent Island County Commissioner Helen Price Johnson couldn’t be more different in their views about how Island County government should be run. Lauderdale, a Republican, believes the board’s priorities are askew, that in a time when revenue is scarce, law and justice needs should be satisfied above all else.
- Oct 24, 2012 at 1:02PM
South Whidbey Fire/EMS has a 15-cent levy lid lift on the November General Election ballot to support its volunteer firefighter and emergency medical technician program. If passed, this would be the first voter-approved funding increase for the fire district in 23 years.
- Nov 1, 2012 at 12:11PM
In what has chalked up as one of the friendliest races of the year, 10th Legislative District incumbent Norma Smith is defending the Position 1 seat from challenger Aaron Simpson. Smith, R-Clinton, has held the seat since her appointment in late 2007. A former writer and operations manager for a communications firm, Smith’s political achievements include terms on the South Whidbey School Board and six years as special assistant to the late Congressman Jack Metcalf. By comparison, Simpson, a Democrat from Langley, is a political newcomer with no experience in public office.
- Nov 1, 2012 at 12:13PM
Meridian defeated the Coupeville football team 34-6 in a two-quarter mini-game at Blaine High School Tuesday in a district tournament play-in contest. The loss eliminated the Wolves (2-7) from postseason play, setting up a game Friday or Saturday with Chimacum (4-5) in Port Townsend in a matchup of two teams who did not make the playoffs. The starting time has not been determined. Meridian went 70 yards in 13 plays, converting a fourth down along the way, on the game’s opening possession to go up 7-0.
- Nov 7, 2012 at 12:00PM updated at 3:13PM
Island County residents elected some new faces, while keeping some familiar ones during Tuesday’s General Election. It appears that the partisan balance of the Board of Island County Board of Commissioners will shift with one of two Democratic commissioners losing in the Nov. 6 election, according to initial ballot results.
- Nov 28, 2012 at 10:04AM
About 2,700 Puget Sound Energy customers around Coupeville lost power for about an hour Wednesday morning.
- Dec 12, 2012 at 3:24PM
The Island County Sheriff's Office is holding a public meeting in Coupeville Thursday, Dec. 20 to discuss a Level 3 sex offender who's moving back to the community.
- Dec 17, 2012 at 10:11AM
Powerful winds and high tides today forced the closure of several roads on Whidbey Island and disrupted service on the Port Townsend-to-Coupeville ferry route.
- Jan 30, 2013 at 3:12PM
Coupeville town officials jumped into action today to evaluate and hopefully slow a section of eroding bluff along Front Street. The bank, located between North Kinney and North Gould Streets, began sloughing off onto the beach earlier this month and the sidewalk in the area began to sag toward the beach.
- Feb 25, 2013 at 5:05PM
Two Coupeville men were rescued by a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter crew today after their small boat was caught by strong winds and pushed out of Penn Cove and into Puget Sound. The two men, and their dog, were hoisted to safety amidst 46-mph winds and six to seven-foot seas. No one was injured but all three were dropped off at Whidbey General Hospital.
- Mar 27, 2013 at 11:00AM updated Mar 29, 2013 at 2:44PM
An enormous landslide in Ledgewood this morning has severely damaged at least one home and impacted more than 30 others. The slide occurred in the Central Whidbey Community at about 4 a.m. Hundreds of feet of earth sloughed off from the bluff above Driftwood Way, destroying much of the road and knocking one home off its foundation.
- 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, 2013 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.
- 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, 2013 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, 2013 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, 2013 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, 2013 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.
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