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Painted rock phenom a welcome distraction | Letter

  • Jul 27, 2016 at 4:00AM

With all of the horrible things happening in the world and all the political mudslinging these days I’m happy to see families out and about on treasure hunts looking for these little stones.

Trump may get around to suppressing you | Letter

  • Jul 27, 2016 at 3:00AM

Martin Niemoller was a German Protestant pastor and social activist who spent nearly a decade in concentration camps. Because he had initially welcomed the advent of the National Socialist regime, he engaged in some poignant self-criticism once the war was over.

Commissioners desire unbiased policy lens | Sound Off

  • Jul 27, 2016 at 4:00AM

The Board of Island County Commissioners gives considerable attention to the importance of protecting our Island environment. Environmental considerations are always at the forefront of our choices while balancing other factors including vital infrastructure, property rights, agricultural needs and overall economic enhancement.

Church Notes

  • Jul 27, 2016 at 4:00AM

Here's what's happening at Whidbey Island churches and places of worship.

Hydroplane races to honor heroes

  • Jul 27, 2016 at 5:00AM

Hydroplanes will skip atop Oak Harbor Bay for the third consecutive year — after a nearly 40-year hiatus — thanks to Craig McKenzie’s wish to give back to the community.

Jail proposes nursing staff that won’t bust budget

  • Jul 23, 2016 at 5:00AM updated Jul 25, 2016 at 3:41PM

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.

Pape qualifies for finals at Senior Championships | NWAC

  • Jul 25, 2016 at 9:19AM

Jillian Pape of the North Whidbey Aquatic Club clocked five personal bests in six events at the Pacific Northwest Senior Long Course Championships July 21-23 in Federal Way.

Wildcat football team attends team camp | Slideshow

  • Jul 25, 2016 at 8:23AM

Photographer John Fisken caught the Oak Harbor High School football team in action when it attended team camp in Wenatchee July 17-20.

A walk through island history

  • Jul 23, 2016 at 5:00AM

National Park Service to offer rare glimpse inside Ferry House on Aug. 20

Intrepid teens use drone to track boat bandits to Whidbey

  • Jul 23, 2016 at 5:00AM

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.

Mayor who helped shape modern Oak Harbor honored

  • Jul 23, 2016 at 6:00AM

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.

How property taxes fund government | Letter

  • Jul 23, 2016 at 1:00AM

First, property values in a few neighborhoods within Island County increased by that amount, but the overall increase within the county was much less. For example, within the area served by Central Whidbey Island Fire & Rescue, AVs rose 3.9 percent.

Disillusioned by the state of our country | Letter

  • Jul 23, 2016 at 1:00AM

My heart is breaking. I love my country, but I cannot love the state it is in. What is going on? Are we killing each other because we are not technically at war and most of our conflicts are carried out with drones? Are we really such a vicious species that we always need to have a target?

Chilled by attempt to block noise comments | Letter

  • Jul 23, 2016 at 1:00AM

Instead, the public’s concern about Growler jet noise was met with systemic stonewalling, hostility and shocking disregard for the harms people suffer. Openly hostile board members have canceled a meeting with no public notice and attempted to relegate citizen input to the end of the meeting, instead of at the beginning, as has always been the practice.

How can U.S. trust Trump on economy? | Letter

  • Jul 23, 2016 at 1:00AM

Donald Trump doesn’t keep his promises and doesn’t pay his bills. Remember when he claimed that donors were offering him “millions of dollars” for his campaign? He said he told them, “I don’t want your money.” If he took their money, he said, they would own him. He would finance his own campaign and be his own man.

Island Scanner serves a purpose beyond its entertainment value | In our opinion

  • Jul 23, 2016 at 5:00AM

One of the most highly read items in the Whidbey News-Times has historically been “Island Scanner,” which is a collection of 911 calls to either the Island County Sheriff’s Office or Oak Harbor Police Department. We often hear grumbling from loyal readers when one hasn’t published in awhile. Trust us, given the its popularity, we try to run Island Scanner as often as possible. Island residents aren’t the only ones interested in the Whidbey 911 calls. There’s a radio station in Bellingham that reads News-Times’ Scanner items on the air. There was also a Facebook page dedicated to it.

Deer mauled by dogs | Island Scanner

  • Jul 23, 2016 at 5:00AM

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.

Oak Harbor High School student elected ‘senator,’ going to D.C.

  • Jul 23, 2016 at 3:00AM

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.

Researchers are studying a landslide area on Whidbey

  • Jul 23, 2016 at 2:00AM

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.

Island County Board of Health divided over issue of jet noise

  • Jul 23, 2016 at 3:00AM

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.

Property values rise average of 20 percent

  • Jul 6, 2016 at 7:00AM updated Jul 22, 2016 at 11:50AM

As the demand for housing continues to rise, property owners in Island County are seeing big increases in home and land values this year.

Wild lightning show

  • Jul 22, 2016 at 11:29AM

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.

Race the Reserve undergoes changes for 2016

  • Jul 22, 2016 at 10:26AM

Veterans of the Race the Reserve will find some changes in this year’s event when the sixth annual run winds through the back roads and trails of Central Whidbey Island Saturday, Aug. 13.

District takes steps to improve student safety on campus

  • Jul 20, 2016 at 7:00AM updated Jul 21, 2016 at 10:12AM

School may be out for the summer but workers are busy making a number of upgrades to Oak Harbor Public Schools, including safety improvements.

Hot rocks: Local search for painted stones is catching fire

  • Jul 20, 2016 at 7:00AM updated at 3:17PM

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.

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