Pacific Rim Institute partnering with new 23-year-old sheep farmer

News that the CEO of Pacific Rim Institute wanted to partner with young farmers came at a serendipitous time for Elijah Iles, 23. The Freeland… Continue reading


Town to look at Rec Hall use rates, guidelines

Coupeville Town Council assigned a committee to review use and rate structures at the Rec Hall. The committee was appointed after Mayor Molly Hughes raised… Continue reading


School violence topic of public forum

Students to lead discussion at WICA talk


Despite loss, Wright’s Crossing not giving up

Wright’s Crossing LLC lost again in its effort to reverse a decision by the Island County commissioners. The development group, however, isn’t giving up on… Continue reading

Boy, 13, arrested for threat at school

A student in Oak Harbor was arrested last week for allegedly making a threat. On March 15, a 13-year-old North Whidbey Middle School student told… Continue reading

Boy, 16, sentenced for accidental house fire

A teenager who accidentally started a fire that destroyed a Honeymoon Bay house was sentenced to juvenile detention Thursday. The boy pleaded guilty in Island… Continue reading

Discrimination lawsuit filed against Penn Cove Shellfish

The owner of Penn Cove Shellfish, LLC denies allegations of racial discrimination raised in a lawsuit filed by a former employee. “At this point, it’s… Continue reading

Navy seeks comment on proposed new health clinic

A public meeting to discuss proposed construction of a new Naval health clinic is set for 5-7 p.m. Thursday, March 22 at the Bakerview Restaurant/Chief… Continue reading

Knights battle monsters and more at Empire of Medieval Pursuits ‘Winter War’

Monsters and the armored knights hunting them roamed the woods Saturday near Cornet Bay. Over 90 mythical creatures, lords, ladies, magisters and other medieval characters… Continue reading

‘Informed’ and ‘furious’ students lead call for safer schools

Sophomore Keelie Partridge stood on a rock so the other Oak Harbor High School students could see her. The sky was overcast and there was… Continue reading

South Whidbey port gets $500k grant for parking lot

Curt Gordon’s decade-long mission to build a parking lot is finally getting somewhere. State lawmakers included a $500,000 appropriation in the capital budget for the… Continue reading

Tribe demands release of captive orca

‘She must be reunited with her family’

WhidbeyHealth seeking $20 million loan

Public meeting set for March 21

Community weaves together fundraiser after fiber theft

In late February, Lydia Christiansen and her husband Alan woke up to a small business owner’s worst nightmare. A trailer carrying most of their inventory… Continue reading

Navy extends comment period on special ops training to March 23

The area where the Navy conducts special operations training may be expanded to include Whidbey Island. In addition, the number of training operations conducted each… Continue reading

Fight costs man chunk of his ear, suspect charged

A love triangle led to a “brutal beating” in which part of a man’s ear was bitten off, Island County Chief Criminal Prosecutor Eric Ohme… Continue reading

Woman, 66, accused of filing bogus dental claims

The former office manager for an Oak Harbor dentist is accused of stealing thousands of dollars by making false insurance claims, court documents say. Prosecutors… Continue reading

Point in Time Count shows more than 170 are without permanent homes

Over 170 people were counted as either unsheltered or in temporary housing during the annual Point in Time Count in January, according to a presentation… Continue reading

Number of incumbents expected to seek re-election in November

It’s a big election year for Island County with many county positions on the November ballot. In addition, state representatives will also be asking for… Continue reading

Navy: Two wells near Ault Field base contaminated

The Navy says it has identified two additional wells contaminated with a chemical found in a certain type of firefighting foam. This time the Navy… Continue reading