Posts Tagged ‘Clinton’

The Mukilteo/Clinton ferry run returns to two-boat weekend service starting this Saturday, Aug. 22.

The move, announced Thursday, ends a two-month period in which only one vessel was in operation on the busiest travel days of each week.

Also getting a second boat back on weekends is the Edmonds/Kingston run.

Both routes have been operating with just one boat on weekends since June 20, due to “a lack of crewmembers needed to meet U.S. Coast Guard requirements.”

In a press release, Washington State Ferries said “more than 100 high-risk WSF vessel and terminal employees have been unavailable due to the (COVID-19) pandemic.

“In addition, new hires were unable to undergo mandatory face-to-face training until June.”

The ferry system has been able to add 16 new crewmembers and 10 terminal attendants in the past month.

“We’re now at a point that we can incrementally increase service and are working to restore sailings on additional routes in the weeks ahead,” said WSF Director of Operations Greg Faust.

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After 33 years, Island Greens in Clinton will no longer be available for local golfers.

It’s the final round for one of Whidbey Island’s unsung sports gems.

Island Greens, a nine-hole golf course which has operated in Clinton since 1987, has been sold, and the new owners are planning to close down operations.

The news came via an announcement on the business’s Facebook page Thursday:

We regret to inform our community that Island Greens has sold.

From what we know the new owners are not going to keep the golf course operational.

Island Greens will lock up the gate at the end of the day on the 23 of August.

We would like to thank the people who supported the golf course and we wish you all the best.

Any questions you might have call 360-579-6042.

Island Greens offers the only public driving range on South Whidbey, and the nine-hole course, a fun, and challenging series of par-threes, operates dawn to dusk, with payments taken on the honor system.

Back in my Videoville days, there were several of us who golfed, and I played the course numerous times, always enjoying it.

Their Facebook page put it best:

Huge majestic trees, winding hills, ponds, wet lands and wild life.

Island Greens is known for its challenging nature. Narrow fairways and small greens challenge the advanced golfer as well as the beginner.

Perfect for working on your short game or just coming out to enjoy nature at its finest.

Island Greens is about having fun.

It will be missed.

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Welcome to Ferryageddon.

If you were thinking of sailing to Whidbey Island in July, maybe step back, take a deep breath (from underneath your mask) and just say no.

Otherwise, get ready for deep, deep frustration.

A day after revealing several workers have tested positive for COVID-19, Washington State Ferries officials announced a reduction in service on two of the busiest routes.

The changes will be in place every weekend in July.

The Mukilteo/Clinton route, which is the busiest in the system, and the Edmonds/Kingston route, will both run just one boat, and not the normal two, on weekends.

In a news blurb released Wednesday, it was stated the move was “due to a shortage of available crew during the COVID-19 pandemic.”

The dates affected are:

July 4-5
July 11-12
July 18-19
July 25-26

On those weekends, only the #1 sailings on the schedule will be used.

Washington State Ferries officials ask those wishing to sail to “plan ahead by checking schedules online and expect long waits if driving onto a ferry over each weekend, particularly during the Fourth of July holiday weekend.”

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