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Cue Peggy Callister, a retired recreational therapist, is the founder of the Handy Dandy Bowling League.
For a second time, the Island County Commissioners are asking a hearings board to find its conservation regulations in compliance with the state Growth Management Act, or GMA.
The gift card program is the brainchild of the local nonprofit organization Kids First Island County. It was launched just a month ago.
In a resolution narrowly passed by the Island County Board of Health Wednesday, members of Citizens of Ebey’s Reserve, or COER, who have been the primary proponent of jet noise complaints and the alleged health impacts produced by Navy flight operations on the island, were told that the board will not take action to “protect against the unknown, unquantifiable and unverifiable public health and safety claims” COER has raised.
For Arianna O’Dell, marketing is very much professional problem-solving. And often telling others that she is best at solving problems, the 2008 Oak Harbor High School graduate is making a career, and waves, doing just that.
Washington State Parks, Island County and the National Weather Service issued warnings and burn bans covering Island County.
Brandy Ledesma plans to make Saturday, Aug. 20, a special day for her three young nieces. On the birthday of the girls’ late mother, Ledesma’s nieces will wake up that morning to more than 50 painted rocks adorned with sunflowers in their garden bed.
With the sweet smell of tangy barbecue and one of the biggest crowds yet in attendance on Sunday, the ninth annual PigFest was a success in more ways than one.
The Island County Economic Development Council has posed an important question to 25 young entrepreneurs across the island: when life gives you lemons, what’s a kid to do?
Freeland residents and visitors will soon have a new non-motorized trail to walk, rollerblade or ride their bicycles on.
Island County Human Services once again hopes to connect local service agencies with government funding.
Without the Homes for Heroes program and help of Crane Financial Group, Oak Harbor residents Rebecca and George Pina say they wouldn’t own a home today.
It wasn’t out of character for Meyer to announce a $3,000 donation to the Make-a-Wish Foundation at Pita Pit’s annual conference. It was Meyers’ moving announcement detailing the significance of the donation, however, that led her fellow franchisees to a spontaneous movement to raise $23,000 for Make-a-Wish.
Jenna King has always loved baking, but it wasn’t until she had her second child that King saw her passion as a vehicle to help breastfeeding moms.
At the county Auditor’s Office, Elections Supervisor Michele Reagan is seeing a slow trickle of ballots that is all too familiar. With just days until the August primary, only a small percentage of Island County’s roughly 52,000 registered voters have submitted their ballots.
Soap artisans, dog groomers, web designers and more — the Whidbey Island Small Business Association, or WISBA, is uniting locally owned ventures of all varieties to ensure the “little guy” has a shot against big league businesses.
With room for 58 inmates, the Island County Jail is small by most standards, but the responsibility to provide inmates with sufficient medical care is anything but. “We’re a small jail but we still have to define a minimal level of care,” Sheriff Mark Brown said. What that level of care should be was the focus for Brown and other county officials last week.
While most government agencies and boards have denied they have authority to act on a local activist group’s concerns with jet noise, members of the Island County Board of Health disagreed on how to respond to the issue on Tuesday afternoon.
Commissioner weighs in on erroneous assertions that the activist group wants to ban chickens
A race car, a ladybug, a flower or even a dinosaur — 4-year-old Olivia King knows that the painted rocks she’s looking for can be anything. So, holding her little brother A.J.’s hand in Windjammer Park last Friday, she kept her eyes peeled for the brightly painted stones.
As an old saying goes, too much of a good thing is a bad thing, and this rings true when Shari Bibich considers the island’s significant feral and free-roaming cat population. The shelter manager of WAIF’s Coupeville facility, Bibich said the foundation has begun to readdress this issue with a new program, CATsNIP.
A stay-at-home mother of two in Oak Harbor, Lilian Charapich turned her love of crocheting into a small business operation in 2014 on Etsy, an online global marketplace that focuses on selling handmade and vintage items.
Between now and October, Island County residents and visitors can expect considerable delays when traveling on State Highway 20 south of Coupeville.
The vast majority of the public have, at best, a distant relationship with the channels through which their food is produced. Roshel Donwen, Jennifer Jones and Jessica Muzzall are trying to change that, and they’re challenging what the agriculture industry looks like while doing so.
Candidates vying for state and county elected positions faced off in two back-to-back League of Women Voters forums last week.
“The Weed Cream Guy” was not a title Byron Burns of North Whidbey ever aspired to, but after the army veteran and former fire protection engineer tried a topical cannabis product several years ago for his own back pain, he immediately decided he wanted to make similar products available to the public.
Island County did not meet the June 30 deadline for completing its 2016 periodic review of the Comprehensive Plan, but planners are moving forward with a phased approach to subsequent updates.
Island County commissioners responded to a state board’s order to improve regulations meant to protect fish and wildlife late last month, but the environmental group that originally objected to the county’s rules says the proposed fix still isn’t enough.
As the demand for housing continues to rise, property owners in Island County are seeing big increases in home and land values this year.
The scratching of sandpaper and a mechanical buzz hum throughout Chris Oatley’s small garage turned woodshop.
Lack of affordable housing continues to be a problem.
Members of the Citizens of Ebey's Reserve, or COER, were left disappointed Tuesday afternoon when the Island County Board of Health's monthly meeting was cancelled on short notice. The group previously asked the board to address potential health hazards of noise produced by the Naval Air Station Whidbey Island's EA-18G Growler aircraft training flight at the Outlying Field near Coupeville. The members planned to address their concerns for the third time with the health board.
Bill Oakes has been building things for as long as he can remember. In college, radio-controlled airplanes held his fascination, and the act of bringing many pieces together to form a functioning whole fueled his passion for something greater — engineering.
For Island County Sheriff Mark Brown and the county commissioners, it simply doesn’t make sense to allow people to shoot off fireworks when dry weather conditions are dangerous enough to permit a burn ban.