THE KEY to Koetje’s success in politics and business in the city, he said, was his support of Naval Air Station Whidbey Island. In fact, it’s hard to imagine any other mayor in the nation being a greater booster of a local military base than Koetje, who held the office from 1972 to 1996.
Two teens with a drone and sheriff’s deputies thwarted South Whidbey boat bandits out for a joyride Wednesday. The unusual case, complete with a happy ending, made regional and even national TV news this week.
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.
Lightning filled the sky on the west side of Whidbey Island Thursday night, July 21. The lightning and thunder show started in the evening and continued well into the next morning.
The following items were selected from reports made to the Island County Sheriff’s Office: Saturday, July 2 At 12:59 a.m., a caller on Hawks Prairie Road reported that their cat had kittens on the porch. The caller said they expect the cat is about to have more kittens. They requested assistance on what to do.
An Oak Harbor High School student who excels at politics and policymaking might get to meet President Barack Obama, and even shake his hand next week. Lauren May, who’s entering her senior year, is one of two girls from Washington state who were elected as a “senator” to the American Legion Auxiliary Girls Nation, which takes place in Washington, D.C.
A University of Washington researcher is hunting for answers about last year’s landslides in Old Clinton, and he’s seeking the community’s help. Justin Brooks, a graduate student with the university’s Earth and Space Sciences, applied geoscience masters program, is studying the series of slides that destroyed or damaged several cabins on Campers Row Walk in 2014 and 2015.
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.
As the demand for housing continues to rise, property owners in Island County are seeing big increases in home and land values this year.
School may be out for the summer but workers are busy making a number of upgrades to Oak Harbor Public Schools, including safety improvements.
North Whidbey Fire and Rescue and Navy Region Northwest combined efforts to perform a high-angle rescue after the two boys slid down into an area of the bluff about 50 feet that was too steep to safely climb out without help.
Speculation circulating on social media accuses activist group of wanting 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.
The only person fired in connection with a young man’s death inside the Island County jail has returned to work.
The killing of five Dallas police officers happened far away from here, but local residents want Oak Harbor Police to know they’ve got their backs.
Whidbey Island YogaFest is 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at Fort Nugent Park. Admission is free with donation of a canned food item for Oak Harbor Help House.
Nintendo created a frenzy last week when it released the “Pokemon Go” application for users in the United States, New Zealand and Australia to download for free on their smartphones.
The Navy is asking members of the public what they think about plans for removing any potentially explosive materials from an off-limits wetlands in Central Whidbey Island.
The Oak Harbor Fire Department got its first new position in 19 years, but it didn’t come without a little fireworks.
An Oak Harbor man was transported to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle this morning after being involved in an accident that injured three people just north of the Deception Pass Bridge.