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Saturday Sep 13 | Whidbey News-Times

Island Transit study to look at charging fares

Island Transit will hire an outside consultant to conduct a study on whether it makes sense to charge fares on the island's buses. When that study will happen and how it will be funded are unanswered questions, but members of IT's board of directors made it clear during a special meeting Friday that the study will happen.

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Related Topix: Langley, WA, Coupeville, WA

Saturday Sep 13 | Whidbey News-Times

Oak Harbor chamber director fired

Chamber President Jason McFadyen said the board voted unanimously Friday to make the leadership change effective the same day, and that all the board members were present. "The board of directors decided to go in a different direction," McFadyen said.

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Related Topix: Oak Harbor, WA

Saturday Sep 13 | Whidbey News-Times

Bookkeeper sentenced to 21 months in prison

Island County Superior Court Judge Alan Hancock also ordered Wendy Murphy, a 51-year-old Oak Harbor resident, to pay $230,000 in restitution. Hancock agreed with the recommended exceptional sentence worked out in a plea bargain.

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Related Topix: Oak Harbor, WA

Fri Sep 12, 2014

South Whidbey Record

Port of South Whidbey moves forward with fair study plans

Following through with a board consensus last month to study any fairgrounds management proposal carefully, Port of South Whidbey commissioners Tuesday agreed to seek county and state grants to fund an in-depth study. The exact parameters of the effort are not yet clear, but the idea is to determine whether management of the grounds is financially viable and consult with the community about potential changes.

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South Whidbey Record

Transportation, capital plans OK'd by Island County commissioners

Two six-year plans, for capital improvement and transportation, were adopted Monday by Island County commissioners during the board's regular business meeting. The $39 million transportation plan is mostly included in the capital improvement plan total but focuses on ongoing road maintenance throughout the county's unincorporated areas 2015-2020.

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Thu Sep 11, 2014

KATU-TV Portland

Coincidence? Hoax 911 calls come before 2 Washington bank robberies

The Whidbey Island bank robber who used a hoax 911 call as a diversion may have used the same tactic at the same bank two years ago. Police believe the man who robbed a Clinton bank on Monday called 911 moments earlier to report a murder.

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Related Topix: Freeland, WA

Wed Sep 10, 2014

South Whidbey Record

Retired dentist dies in unexplained fire

Oak Harbor Fire Chief Ray Merrill is investigating the cause of the blaze. He said Tuesday that it will likely be ruled undetermined because the extent of the fire damage makes it difficult to find clues.

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Related Topix: Fire

South Whidbey Record

Researchers find no tsunami evidence, just one big Whidbey earthquake

However, the study did unveil a substantial shift in the ground level in the Crescent Harbor area, according to Jim Rich, volunteer with Island County's department of emergency management and a retired oceanographer. "We were looking for evidence of tsunamis," Rich said.

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Related Topix: Earthquake, Natural Disasters, Tsunami, Camano Island, WA, Coupeville, WA

South Whidbey Record

Picnic to foster Clinton spirit

In the case of the first-ever Clinton Town Picnic this Saturday, those pumpkins will be hurtling through the air after being launched from a trebuchet, all in the name of building a stronger community identity for the sprawling unincorporated area of Island County. "Clinton is unique in that it has the ferry, everybody knows that.

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Related Topix: Clinton, WA

Whidbey News-Times

Man hiding in China badgering sheriff online

A former South Whidbey man who's hiding from the long arm of the law in China was banned recently from the Island County Sheriff's Office Facebook for trollish activities, according to Detective Ed Wallace. Trolling is defined as being "deliberately offensive" or "provocative online posting" aimed at upsetting someone or eliciting an angry response from them.

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Related Topix: Coupeville, WA, Clinton, WA, Drugs

Whidbey News-Times

Whidbey homes featured on tour

That feeling was only enhanced recently by his company's latest big project in Coupeville A - a custom home built by Cascade Custom Homes & Design that will be featured in this weekend's Skagit/Island Counties Builders Association Home Tour. Broderick, owner of Coupeville-based Sound Colors Painting, was putting the finishing touches on the master bathroom Tuesday and recalling how he's been laying awake in the wee hours of the morning recently, visualizing painting the home's interior.

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Related Topix: Coupeville, WA, Skagit County, WA, Burlington, WA, Oak Harbor, WA, Langley, WA

Whidbey News-Times

Land Trust faces deadline in beach purchase

The Whidbey Camano Land Trust announced it must raise $314,450 by Sept. 30 in order to purchase 420 feet of low-bank beach and forested uplands at Glendale on southeast Whidbey.

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Related Topix: Camano, WA, Freeland, WA

Tue Sep 09, 2014

South Whidbey Record

Paratransit service cuts run deep on South End, meeting planned

Multiple sclerosis is a maddeningly mysterious autoimmune disease that leaves each of its victims with a unique progression of symptoms. It has confined South Whidbey resident Tamara Guthrie to a wheelchair, but it didn't completely rob her of her independence.

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Related Topix: Medicine, Multiple Sclerosis, Health, Bellingham, WA

South Whidbey Record

Phony 9-1-1 call preceded Clinton bankheist; ruse was used before, cops say

The Island County Sheriff's Office confirmed the bank was hit by a lone gunman. The suspect made off with an undisclosed amount of cash, and in an unusual move used a bank employee's vehicle as a getaway car.

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Related Topix: Clinton, WA, Freeland, WA

Mon Sep 08, 2014

South Whidbey Record

Clinton bank robber makes getaway in employee's vehicle

The Island County Sheriff's Office announced the bank was hit by a lone gunman, who made his getaway in a bank employee's vehicle. According to a news release, the heist took place at about 11:50 a.m. The man entered the bank wearing a black mask, gloves and a camouflaged jacket over a black hooded sweatshirt.

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Wed Sep 03, 2014

Whidbey News-Times

Oak Harbor Music Festival attendance hits 15,000

A festival that started just three years ago filled downtown Oak Harbor with thousands of dancing feet during Labor Day weekend.

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Related Topix: Oak Harbor, WA, Canada,

South Whidbey Record

Recount secures Grone's spot in treasurer race

Former chief deputy treasurer Wanda Grone will face her former boss during November's general election after a close primary.

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South Whidbey Record

Lawmaker agrees to vet Sunny View pedestrian concerns

With ceremonial hardhats on their heads and golden shovels in their hands, six years of funding and permit hurdles seemed to melt away for a group of dignitaries at a recent groundbreaking ceremony in Freeland.

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Related Topix: Freeland, WA, Clinton, WA, Camano, WA

Whidbey News-Times

Researchers on Whidbey find no tsunamis - just one big earthquake

Research, however, did unveil a substantial shift in the ground level in the Crescent Harbor area, according to Jim Rich, volunteer with Island County's department of emergency management and a retired oceanographer.

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Related Topix: Earthquake, Natural Disasters, Oceanography, Science, Tsunami

Whidbey News-Times

County Fair Association requesting fairground maintenance

The County Fair Association has requested that its current lease on the fairground property be extended until April 1, 2015 to allow county leadership to discuss the property's future.

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