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Mom of missing sailor isn’t giving up search, Navy officials say they’ve done all they can do

  • Aug 19, 2015 at 7:00AM

Shawna Jones-Smith just wants her son back. Tuesday morning, she stared across the shimmering waters of Crescent Harbor and asked why nobody was out there looking for her son.

Island County Animal Control status may shift to county employees

  • Aug 19, 2015 at 4:00AM

Island County is working toward making its animal-control personnel employees of the county rather than independent contractors, county officials said.

Island County hires architect firm to study future office space needs

  • Aug 19, 2015 at 2:00AM

The Board of Island County Commissioners Tuesday, without discussion, agreed to pay $72,500 to architects NBBJ, of Seattle, to study the county’s future office-space needs.

Grant money to purchase acreage on South Whidbey

  • Aug 19, 2015 at 6:00AM

The Board of Island County Commissioners Tuesday approved without discussion the use of $138,300 in grant money to acquire 32.5 acres adjacent to the existing 654-acre Trillium Community Forest in Freeland.

Oak Harbor O’Reilly moving to former Blockbuster building

  • Aug 19, 2015 at 5:00AM

By January, O’Reilly Auto Parts in Oak Harbor will move to a new location: the former Blockbuster building at 31821 State Highway 20, Wayne Russell, the store’s manager, confirmed.

Haggen to close, sell 27 stores

  • Aug 19, 2015 at 3:00AM

Haggen’s huge expansion earlier this year may have been a bit too much. The Bellingham-based grocer announced Friday it will close or sell 27 stores in California, Arizona, Nevada, Oregon and Washington state in the next 60 days.

Clinton woman’s photo on phone book

  • Aug 19, 2015 at 3:00AM

Govinda Rosling, of Clinton, won Whidbey Telecom’s 2015-16 directory cover-art competition with an original photograph, the company said in a prepared release.

Inn’s owners file suit against Oak Harbor

  • Aug 19, 2015 at 3:00AM

The owners of a hotel in Oak Harbor are suing the city over a flooding issue.

Study looks at overnight parking at Mukilteo ferry dock

  • Aug 19, 2015 at 2:00AM

Overnight parking in Mukilteo recently took another step toward becoming reality — some day.

Create a new tax in response to McCleary? Fuhgeddaboudit | Guest Commentary

  • Aug 19, 2015 at 4:00AM

Create a new tax in response to McCleary? Fuhgeddaboudit.

Lawsuit was filed to protect voters’ interests | Guest Commentary

  • Aug 19, 2015 at 6:00AM

Last week I filed a quo warranto lawsuit against a private law firm hired by the Island County Commissioners.

People deserve better from port commission | Letter

  • Aug 19, 2015 at 4:00AM

I have to say I am utterly astounded by the behavior of two of our three Port of Coupeville commissioners, even though I am aware of the years of struggles, misunderstandings and disagreements between the port and the Farm Management Group.

Whidbey General is health care on this island | Letter

  • Aug 19, 2015 at 3:00AM

As I visit with people around the island during this campaign season, I find there are a number of misconceptions about the Whidbey General Hospital health system and, as it impacts my candidacy as hospital commissioner, I’d like to offer a little information.

Dinner to host special guests | Letter

  • Aug 19, 2015 at 4:00AM

On Thursday, Aug. 20, all personnel who served aboard the USS Midway are invited to a no-host dinner at the VFW on Goldie Road.

Church Notes

  • Aug 19, 2015 at 2:00AM

Here's what's happening at Whidbey Island churches.

Looking back: 125 years of Whidbey history

  • Aug 19, 2015 at 4:00AM

Here's what was happening in the news this week 100, 75, 50 and 25 years ago.

Whidbey open studio tour stretches southward

  • Aug 19, 2015 at 6:00AM

For the first time, Whidbey Working Artists’ annual summer studio tour is including stops south of Freeland.

Art & About

  • Aug 19, 2015 at 3:00AM

Here's what's happening at Whidbey Island studios.

Hydro thunder rumbles through Oak Harbor

  • Aug 18, 2015 at 11:00AM updated at 1:40PM

A rain storm washed out the opening activities of the 2015 Oak Harbor Hydroplane Races Friday, Aug. 14, but Mother Nature offered up sun when the boats hit the waters of Oak Harbor Bay Saturday and Sunday, and the rumbles of Friday’s thunder were replaced by the window-rattling roar of the boats.

Oak Harbor begins season with jamboree | Youth football

  • Aug 18, 2015 at 1:37PM

Teams from the Oak Harbor Youth Football League participated in a jamboree at Burlington Saturday, Aug. 15. Here are few shots of the action from photographer John Fisken.

Run In Color returns to Windjammer Park

  • Aug 18, 2015 at 11:47AM

The Third Annual Run IN Color race sponsored by Rue and Primavera Occupational, Physical and Hand Therapy is set for Saturday, Aug. 22, at Windjammer Park.

Sheriff releases audio of bogus shooting report | Audio

  • Aug 17, 2015 at 1:00PM updated Aug 18, 2015 at 9:20AM

The Island County Sheriff's Office released an audio clip of a fake 911 call of an active shooter, pursuant to a public records request. The man called into the business line of the 911 I-COM dispatch center Friday night. He told the dispatcher that he just shot his girlfriend and had her nieces tied up in the bathroom; he claimed he was thinking about shooting them with a shotgun.

Alumni invited to challenge Wildcats | Swimming

  • Aug 18, 2015 at 8:51AM

All former Oak Harbor High School swimmers are invited to challenge the current Wildcat team in a friendly competition at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 17, at John Vanderzicht Memorial Pool.

Oak Harbor apartment complex gets new military-minded owners

  • Aug 17, 2015 at 11:00AM

Oak Harbor’s Island Homestead Estates has a new name and will get a million-dollar makeover from its new owner, which says it will go out of its way to welcome military tenants.

Man facing 10 years for rape attempt

  • Aug 17, 2015 at 11:00AM

A 30-year-old Oak Harbor man accused of choking and trying to rape his girlfriend may face as much as 10 years in prison if convicted of two felony counts.

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