Lt. j.g. Matthew Esche

New 564 area code is coming to Whidbey and rest of region

Whidbey residents may see phone-related changes in the new year. Phone companies will begin issuing a new “overlay” area code in Western Washington, possibly beginning… Continue reading


Coupeville man nearly shot in ‘chilling’ incident

A Coupeville man brandishing a gun was “a hair’s breadth away” from being shot by a deputy during an Oct. 25 incident, a prosecutor told… Continue reading


Navy water test results raise fears in Central Whidbey

A water sample from a well at a former fire training area at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island tested for a potentially toxic chemical at… Continue reading


Navy tests show contamination in two Central Whidbey wells

The Navy is providing bottled drinking water to two homes on Central Whidbey and at least one on North Whidbey after preliminary tests showed the… Continue reading

Navy meetings on Growler EIS get underway

Navy officials are prepared for just about any questions citizens might have about plans to bring more EA-18G Growlers — and more noise — to… Continue reading

Coupeville man’s death ruled to be a homicide

The Island County coroner ruled this week that a 71-year-old Coupeville man’s death at a nursing home Oct. 17 was the result of an assault… Continue reading

Residents urged to respond to Navy impacts

An anti-noise group is urging residents to take action when it comes to the Navy’s impact on Central Whidbey. More than 100 people crowded into… Continue reading

Navy sets meetings for next week on well testing

Tests to check for chemical in firefighting foam deemed potentially harmful by EPA

More Navy jet noise will be coming to Coupeville, draft study shows

Navy leaders prefer that all EA-18G Growler aircraft carrier landing practice occur at the Outlying Field Coupeville in the future. While that won’t happen, the… Continue reading

Town of Coupeville will independently test water for firefighting chemical

Both the Town of Coupeville and the Navy will test the town’s wells for a chemical that may be hazardous to people’s health. The Navy… Continue reading

Incumbents prevail in early polls

The incumbent candidates in state and county races affecting Whidbey Island were ahead of challengers in the first count of ballots Tuesday night. As expected,… Continue reading

Customer ‘dumbfounded’ by movie set money

A phony $20 bill that a woman tried to spend at the Coupeville Country Store last week may have come from a movie set, Coupeville… Continue reading

New marshal in town

Garden’s newest challenge is patrolling the mean streets of Coupeville as the new town marshal.

There’s a new marshal in town: Garden brings years of experience and variety of skills to job

Garden is also a jack of all trades when it comes to the world of first responders. He’s held just about every conceivable position in the sheriff’s office that a commissioned officer can. He’s a captain with the Oak Harbor Fire Department, where he’s worked for 30 years, and an EMT with the hospital. Garden’s newest challenge is patrolling the mean streets of Coupeville as the new town marshal. He started in September.

Up to $150,000 in fake money may be hitting county

The Island County sheriff is warning businesses on Whidbey Island to be on the lookout for counterfeit cash.

Wonn Road beach access trial delayed

A trial that is supposed to decide the ownership of a sliver of waterfront property in Greenbank is now delayed.

Island County settles lawsuit over Ledgewood landslide

Island County commissioners this month settled two lawsuits brought by Central Whidbey homeowners affected by a massive 2013 landslide.

Nortier at wheel in effort to get IT on track

Mike Nortier, the director, has been riding bus routes to help him get a feel for both the system and the riders.

Traffic snarls expected with summer road construction

Beware Whidbey Island drivers. It’s going to be a busy year for roadwork and next year won’t be any better.

Wonn Road hearing set for June 30

A judge may make a decision this summer on the ownership of a small piece of beachfront property in Greenbank that’s been in litigation for three years.