Island County Planning Director Dave Wechner, who held that job for more than two years, suddenly walked away from his position around noon Monday. In response to a reporter's phone call minutes earlier asking whether rumors of his imminent departure were true, he emailed, "Yes, the county and I are parting ways. I hope to be walking out the door for the last time in the next few minutes."
A section of State Highway 20 is closed in Central Whidbey after a truck hauling frozen fish crashed this morning.
Doug Merriman’s backstory is so improbable that one might be tempted to think he made it all up. He’s a classical pianist turned elite paratrooper turned West Point cadet turned Green Beret instructor turned accountant turned doctor of philosophy. Tuesday, he got another title to add to his very unique resume. He’s now the city administrator for Oak Harbor.
Implementing an expert’s recommendations for improving the operations of the Island County jail will come with a high price tag.
A Port Townsend woman is facing charges for allegedly assaulting Oak Harbor police officers and trying to pull a man’s genitals off, according to court documents.
A Whidbey General Hospital administrator asked a judge to recuse herself in a case that partly hinges on whether another judge should have recused himself.
Oak Harbor High School teacher Darren McCoy is one step closer to the Grammy Awards. The choir director is one of 25 music teachers nationwide being considered for the Music Educator Award, awarded at the Special Merit Awards Ceremony during Grammy Week.
Despite the temporary opening of shellfish harvesting in Holmes Harbor this spring, the first in nine years, it doesn’t appear the area’s designation as a shellfish protection district will go away any time soon.
Six panelists discussed suicide, prevention and resources last month at the Coupeville Library.
Bunnies, bunnies, bunnies. It’s about all some people talk about in Langley these days, even in the hallowed halls of City Hall during Monday’s city council meeting.
It has been six months since Keaton Farris died inside the Island County Jail in Coupeville. His parents miss their only son’s bear hugs and goofy sense of humor. His sisters, Mia and Vivian, miss his friendship. He was the DJ at their elementary school fall festival two years ago and was gifting them his beloved “Calvin and Hobbs” collection.
It has been six months since Keaton Farris died inside the Island County Jail. His parents miss their only son's bear hugs and goofy sense of humor. His sisters, Mia and Vivian, miss his friendship. He was the DJ at their elementary school fall festival two years ago and was gifting them his beloved "Calvin and Hobbs" collection.
Implementing an expert's recommendations for improving the operations of the Island County jail will come with a high price tag. However, many of the proposals in the report were implemented weeks or even months ago at a significant cost, according to Island County Sheriff Mark Brown.
Oak Harbor School District officials want local families to be aware that an unidentified company is trying to hit parents up for a bogus fundraiser. The company is calling parents and asking them to buy advertising rights on a T-shirt to benefit local middle schools.
Friends and family of Keaton Farris are holding a candlelight vigil tonight outside the Island County Jail in Coupeville to mark the six-month anniversary of the young man's death.
Forty Island County positions will get substantial salary boosts next year, with one increasing by 19 pay grades.
It’s trash day in Katie Wright’s neighborhood, and she plans to pull her empty bin into the garage quickly. Someone set fire to recycle and trash bins in the Crescent Harbor military housing neighborhood where she lives, which is located east of Oak Harbor.
The perennial struggle between protecting wetlands and encouraging farming tilted at least temporarily toward wetlands Monday at a Planning Commission meeting. The nine-person group took one of the final steps toward protecting Island County land zoned “rural” under the county’s critical-areas ordinance. That law protects wetlands, fish and wildlife habitat conservation areas, geologically hazardous areas and frequently flooded areas.
Sen. Patty Murray and Rep. Rick Larsen said they won’t stop fighting to keep a WIC office open on base.
Whidbey Island Naval Air Station is close to completing a $600,000 replacement of existing streetlights and exterior building lights with energy-efficient LED models, the base told the press.