Making out like, well, Bandits

The tension was palpable Tuesday night in the Oak Harbor Elementary gymnasium. David Ybarra’s eyes lit up as the scores for each team were announced,… Continue reading


Backlog of repairs needed at WhidbeyHealth

Officials explain need for $20 million federal loan


Oak Harbor man accused of fracturing woman’s skull

An Oak Harbor man is accused of hitting a woman and fracturing her skull, according to court documents. Prosecutors charged Dederick R. Norwood, 23, in… Continue reading


Neidlinger remembered as world-class musician

With a long beard and strong opinions, Buell Neidlinger was a well-known and colorful local character on Whidbey Island. Many residents may not have been… Continue reading

School violence topic of public forum

Students to lead discussion at WICA talk

Despite loss, Wright’s Crossing not giving up

Wright’s Crossing LLC lost again in its effort to reverse a decision by the Island County commissioners. The development group, however, isn’t giving up on… Continue reading

Boy, 13, arrested for threat at school

A student in Oak Harbor was arrested last week for allegedly making a threat. On March 15, a 13-year-old North Whidbey Middle School student told… Continue reading

Discrimination lawsuit filed against Penn Cove Shellfish

The owner of Penn Cove Shellfish, LLC denies allegations of racial discrimination raised in a lawsuit filed by a former employee. “At this point, it’s… Continue reading

Knights battle monsters and more at Empire of Medieval Pursuits ‘Winter War’

Monsters and the armored knights hunting them roamed the woods Saturday near Cornet Bay. Over 90 mythical creatures, lords, ladies, magisters and other medieval characters… Continue reading

‘Informed’ and ‘furious’ students lead call for safer schools

Sophomore Keelie Partridge stood on a rock so the other Oak Harbor High School students could see her. The sky was overcast and there was… Continue reading

Tribe demands release of captive orca

‘She must be reunited with her family’

WhidbeyHealth seeking $20 million loan

Public meeting set for March 21

Fight costs man chunk of his ear, suspect charged

A love triangle led to a “brutal beating” in which part of a man’s ear was bitten off, Island County Chief Criminal Prosecutor Eric Ohme… Continue reading

Woman, 66, accused of filing bogus dental claims

The former office manager for an Oak Harbor dentist is accused of stealing thousands of dollars by making false insurance claims, court documents say. Prosecutors… Continue reading

Point in Time Count shows more than 170 are without permanent homes

Over 170 people were counted as either unsheltered or in temporary housing during the annual Point in Time Count in January, according to a presentation… Continue reading

Number of incumbents expected to seek re-election in November

It’s a big election year for Island County with many county positions on the November ballot. In addition, state representatives will also be asking for… Continue reading

Navy: Two wells near Ault Field base contaminated

The Navy says it has identified two additional wells contaminated with a chemical found in a certain type of firefighting foam. This time the Navy… Continue reading

‘Person of interest’ in murder wanted on $1 million bail

The 34-year-old man named as a “person of interest” in the murder and decapitation of a woman on Camano Island is being sought on a… Continue reading

Material costs blamed for sewer plant overage

The cost of construction and materials is very high right now. That’s largely the reason for a $20-million increase in the projected cost of Oak… Continue reading

Oak Harbor developer wants Board to reconsider appeal denial

The developer Wright’s Crossing, LLC filed a motion to reconsider Thursday after the Growth Management Hearings Board dismissed its appeal. In December, Wright’s Crossing submitted… Continue reading