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Couple returns to Coupeville

  • Today at 5:00AM updated at 8:35AM

Twenty-three years after leaving Coupeville, Concerts on the Cove founders David and Pat Howell have returned to town, hoping to leave their mark once again.

Central Whidbey beats North Whidbey, sets up title showdown | 9/10 Softball

  • Today at 7:17AM

Central Whidbey and North Whidbey will battle for the District 11 9/10 softball championship and a trip to the state tournament at 3 p.m. Saturday, July 4, at Bakerview Park in Mount Vernon.

North Whidbey continues winning ways | Junior Baseball

  • Today at 6:15AM

The North Whidbey Little League 13/14 Junior baseball team opened the district tournament the way it handled the regular season — by winning.

Central Whidbey tops Sedro-Woolley | 9/10 Softball

  • Today at 5:38AM

The Central Whidbey Little League 9/10 softball all-stars jumped to an early lead and steadily pulled away from Sedro-Woolley for a 12-6 win in the district tournament in Mount Vernon Thursday, July 2.

Crabbing 101: Tips for the new season

  • Today at 5:00AM

Crabs aren’t finicky when it comes to taste. Doug Rollin of Oak Harbor has tried all sorts of different baits to try to catch Dungeness crabs in Puget Sound.

Navy makes boy’s wish come true

  • Today at 4:00AM

Electronic Attack Squadron 138, the “Yellowjackets,” along with the Make-A-Wish Foundation, helped to make a young boy’s dream come true. The boy received hands-on experience inside an EA-18G Growler as well as his own flight suit and helmet at Whidbey Island Naval Air Station during an open house and Prowler Sunset event Saturday, June 27.

Loans, grants to ease taxpayer burden on Oak Harbor's sewage treatment plant

  • Today at 6:00AM

A combination of loans and grants from the state and federal government for the new sewage treatment plants will save Oak Harbor taxpayers $28 million over 30 years, according to the city finance director. In addition, the city staff plans to apply for additional grants and loans in future funding cycles, which could further defray costs.

Oak Harbor council to review marathon management

  • Today at 5:00AM

Oak Harbor City Council may be deciding the future course of the Whidbey Island Marathon next week. During the last meeting, Councilman Joel Servatius asked for a detailed financial report on the marathon as well as options for either continuing or severing the contract with the Elks Lodge for running next year’s marathon.

Ferry runs added during Deception Pass work closures

  • Jul 2, 2015 at 2:57PM

Extra sailings are planned for the Clinton-to-Mukilteo ferry route during the nighttime closure of Deception Pass Bridge later this month. The Washington State Department of Transportation made the announcement Friday. The added runs are intended to accommodate traffic to and from Whidbey Island during a week that may otherwise leave some motorists stranded for hours.

Champion shooters: Whidbey team claims national title

  • Today at 6:00AM

The title “national champions” has a nice ring to it, especially on this Fourth of July weekend. S-cubed, a 10-meter air rifle team from Whidbey Island, won the Civilian Marksmanship Program championship in the sporter class June 27 in Anniston, Ala.

Coupeville grad helping group develop safer football helmet

  • Today at 3:00AM

One of the reasons 2011 Coupeville High School graduate Andre Stone didn’t play football for the Wolves was because of the risks involved. Now, ironically, he is aiming to help curb football head injuries.

Kitty holds woman hostage | Island Scanner

  • Today at 6:00AM

Island County Sheriff’s Office The following items were selected from reports made to the Island County Sheriff’s Office: Saturday, May 30 At 12:01 a.m., a caller reported discovering a large marijuana grow operation on Cranberry Drive. The caller said there were grow lights in every room and children living there.

Parks district still seeking director

  • Today at 3:00AM

After a months-long search for a new director, North Whidbey Parks and Recreation District is back to square one.

Larsen talks transportation during Whidbey visit

  • Today at 5:00AM

Roads, bridges, highways, ferries — all are essential for the economic health of the state and Island County, and Congress needs to pass a long-term bill to pay for critical infrastructure, Congressman Rick Larsen told county officials. He visited Coupeville Wednesday to talk with Island County leaders about transportation needs for the area and to tout a $478-billion, six-year transportation proposal floated by the White House.

It ain’t over until the fat legislator sings | The Petri Dish

  • Today at 4:00AM

The session that would never end is still not over. For six months – officially 168 days and counting on Thursday – the state’s 147 citizen legislators and chief executive have been passing policies and playing politics.

Remove the blinders, put campus in Clinton | Letters

  • Today at 4:00AM

Editor, Why is Washington State University looking at Greenbank Farm, where the community gathers, eats, shops, walks the trails and marvels at the brilliance of cooperation it took to make the farm a community asset for all to enjoy?

Problems inside jail need to be corrected | Letters

  • Today at 3:00AM

Editor, It’s hard to believe that such a litany of errors, omissions, and/or missteps could happen anywhere. Yet, with the worst of all possible outcomes, the recent death of Keaton Farris, we see that even in our own county jail such is possible.

Mental health issues won’t just disappear | Letter

  • Today at 2:00AM

Editor, Shocking and deeply disturbing are my first reactions after reading the article about Keaton Farris’s death in the Coupeville jail.

If you must light off fireworks in this heat, be smart and safe | Opinion

  • Today at 2:00AM

It isn’t right that Island County’s fire marshal can impose restrictions on — even ban — recreational fires and outdoor burning but doesn’t have the power to impose similar restrictions on personal fireworks discharge, even during a record dry season.

Hearings board gives Island County deadline to comply with critical areas rules

  • Today at 2:00AM

Island County’s 2014 beaver dam rules sprang a big leak recently when a state regulatory board found they failed to protect critical areas as required by state law and were not based on best available science. The Growth Management Hearings Board for Western Washington issued the ruling late last month. It identified six other failures in the fish and wildlife habitat conservation areas update adopted by the Island County commissioners in September.

Hearings set on ferry fare hikes

  • Today at 1:00AM

A fare hike for Washington State Ferries is the subject of public hearings in July, including one on Whidbey Island. The state Transportation Commission is considering a proposal to boost the base price of one-way travel on Oct. 1, and again May 1, 2016.

Patriotism on display in Oak Harbor this weekend

  • Jul 1, 2015 at 7:00AM updated Jul 2, 2015 at 2:07PM

The stage is set for Oak Harbor’s traditional celebration of patriotic pride, and organizers say this year promises to be bigger and brighter than ever.

North Whidbey rallies for another comeback win | 9/10 Softball

  • Jul 2, 2015 at 9:53AM

Just call them the Comeback Kids. The North Whidbey Little League 9/10 all-star softball team came from seven runs down to defeat Sedro-Woolley 13-11 in the district tournament Wednesday, July 1, in Mount Vernon.

Whidbey General Hospital paid majority of Gipson’s legal defense

  • Jul 1, 2015 at 3:00AM updated Jul 2, 2015 at 9:37AM

Whidbey General Hospital paid its chief nursing officer’s legal fees in defending against a gross-misdemeanor criminal charge of which she was found not guilty.

Big comeback gives North Whidbey win | 9/10 Softball

  • Jul 1, 2015 at 12:00PM updated Jul 2, 2015 at 8:49AM

It's hard to imagine a better way for the North Whidbey Little League 9/10 softball team to start its district tournament, and a tougher way for Central Whidbey to begin its.

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