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Above, Ruth Richards, right, a member of the Island County Marine Resources, and Jamie Harltey, left, a volunteer and member of Sound Water Stewards, sift through sand samples at Cornet Bay Friday to test for the presence of forage fish eggs. The abundance of forage fish is critical to the ecosystem and food chain in Puget Sound.

First-documented evidence of smelt eggs found at Cornet Bay

Abundance of forage fish such as smelt considered critical to Puget Sound ecosystem

 

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VAQ-138 Yellow Jackets return to NAS Whidbey

Nearly seven months after leaving the Pacific Northwest on deployment, the final…

 

District 10 leaders elected as party whips

Apparently District 10 elected leaders know how to whip it. Whip it…

 

Toy soldiers line Pioneer Way in Oak Harbor last week. The Oak Harbor Main Street Association came up with the idea for the community to “adopt a soldier,” and decorate them for public display. Four were stolen and another four vandalized over the weekend. Photo by Ron Newberry/Whidbey News-Times

Toy soldiers vandalized, stolen in Oak Harbor

Oak Harbor Main Street Association’s new holiday tradition attracts a grinch

Toy soldiers line Pioneer Way in Oak Harbor last week. The Oak Harbor Main Street Association came up with the idea for the community to “adopt a soldier,” and decorate them for public display. Four were stolen and another four vandalized over the weekend. Photo by Ron Newberry/Whidbey News-Times
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                                South Whidbey Fire/EMS Deputy Chief Wendy Moffatt douses the flames.

Mailman saves mail before scrambling from burning truck

A United States Postal Service truck burst into flames in Freeland on…

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                                South Whidbey Fire/EMS Deputy Chief Wendy Moffatt douses the flames.
The state ferry Tokitae pulls into Mukilteo5. Washington State Ferries announced Friday that the boat’s sister ship, the “Suquamish,” will also serve the route for six months of the year when it joins the fleet late next year. Whidbey News Group photo by Justin Burnett

Whidbey Island to get newest state ferry on Clinton route

Several routes were considered, but the Clinton-Mukilteo run had the greatest need

The state ferry Tokitae pulls into Mukilteo5. Washington State Ferries announced Friday that the boat’s sister ship, the “Suquamish,” will also serve the route for six months of the year when it joins the fleet late next year. Whidbey News Group photo by Justin Burnett

Audit finds misappropriation of funds from Oak Harbor Senior Center

Oak Harbor officials discovered in March that a former Senior Center employee…

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Residents learn about Navy well testing for fire chemicals

More than 80 people who live near Naval Air Station Whidbey Island…

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State pondering where to put new 144-car ferry

The fate of an effort to bring the fourth and final 144-car…

NAS Whidbey SAR rescues stranded boaters

A Search and Rescue team of five from Naval Air Station Whidbey…

  • Nov 28th, 2016

Tree lighting, Santa arrives downtown Saturday

Oak Harbor is gearing up for the holidays with its annual tree…

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                                Oasis for Animals owner Jean Favini holds a kitten who survived the fire named Bob. Favini says Bob ate for the first time when a Record reporter visited her office.

Oasis owner rescues cats from burning shelter

Nearly 20 cats owe at least one of their nine lives to…

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                                Oasis for Animals owner Jean Favini holds a kitten who survived the fire named Bob. Favini says Bob ate for the first time when a Record reporter visited her office.
State Rep. Dave Hayes was named to the position of whip in the state House of Representatives Monday.

10th District state Rep. David Hayes named House whip

Tenth District Rep. Dave Hayes, R-Camano Island, was elected by his colleagues…

State Rep. Dave Hayes was named to the position of whip in the state House of Representatives Monday.

Draft decision would allow Navy training over Olympic forest

The United States Forest Service has released a draft Decision Notice that…

After jail call, rape suspect’s bail raised to $250,000

George S. Agustin, 62, allegedly asked wife to contact victim

Coupeville man’s death ruled a homicide

The Island County coroner ruled this week that a 71-year-old Coupeville man’s…

Oak Harbor man shot by neighbor arrested after release from hospital

An Oak Harbor man who was shot after hitting a neighbor with…

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Oak Harbor chamber rakes in tourism dollars

All of the groups that applied for lodging taxes from Island County…

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Anti-jet noise leader says fake comment on website led to threats

The president of a group opposed to Navy jet noise on Central…

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                                Central Whidbey resident Steve Swanson, a former emergency room doctor, talked about jet noise and how a potentially hazardous chemical that the Navy is testing wells for accumulates in the body over years. The public meeting was held Monday in Coupeville.

Central Whidbey confronts Navy jet noise, water testing

The outspoken anti-jet-noise group Citizens of Ebey’s Reserve is no longer the…

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                                Central Whidbey resident Steve Swanson, a former emergency room doctor, talked about jet noise and how a potentially hazardous chemical that the Navy is testing wells for accumulates in the body over years. The public meeting was held Monday in Coupeville.
Katie Schisler, a senior cheerleader at Oak Harbor High School, will be performing along with 450 cheerleaders nationwide in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Thursday. The parade will be shown at noon Pacific time on NBC. Photo by Ron Newberry
                                Katie Schisler, an Oak Harbor High School senior, will be among 450 cheerleaders participating in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City. Photo by Ron Newberry/Whidbey News-Times

Cheerleader pumped up about Thanksgiving Day parade

Oak Harbor High School senior to participate in Macy’s event in New York City

Katie Schisler, a senior cheerleader at Oak Harbor High School, will be performing along with 450 cheerleaders nationwide in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Thursday. The parade will be shown at noon Pacific time on NBC. Photo by Ron Newberry
                                Katie Schisler, an Oak Harbor High School senior, will be among 450 cheerleaders participating in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City. Photo by Ron Newberry/Whidbey News-Times

Oak Harbor man facing federal child porn charge

An Oak Harbor man is facing a charge in U.S District Court…

Island County has high net wealth, low credit card debt

Island County residents are doing well financially, according to reports from financial…

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Christmas crane lights over Oak Harbor

There’s Christmas in the air

  • Nov 28th, 2016
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Aircraft carrier landing practices Monday, Tuesday

Aircraft carrier-based flight training for aircraft stationed at Naval Air Station Whidbey…

  • Nov 19th, 2016
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School bus cameras catching passing violators

Drivers thinking about illegally passing a school bus should think twice. The…

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Caller with severe arachnophobia reports finding huge spider | Island Scanner

The following items were selected from reports made to the Oak Harbor…

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Whidbey residents rally, travel to support Sioux protest

Coupeville resident Gary Piazzon is one in a growing list of Whidbey…

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South Whidbey man who videotaped rape sent to prison

A 25-year-old Langley man who videotaped himself raping an unconscious woman at…

Ferry Advisory Committee seeks applicants

The Island County Board of Commissioners is seeking applicants to fill a…

  • Dec 3rd, 2016

Jury finds man guilty of making threats on social media

A Whidbey Island man may face more than two years in prison…

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Court hears appeal of Oak Harbor double murderer

Attorneys for an Oak Harbor double-murderer argued that a judge’s decision to…

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Bruiser, Whidbey Island’s lone elk, came to the island in the fall of 2012 and has been here ever since. Photo courtesy Robert Ulrich.

Whidbey’s lonely elk frustrated yet again

State Wildlife enforcement officer sees longterm bachelor status for ‘Bruiser’

Bruiser, Whidbey Island’s lone elk, came to the island in the fall of 2012 and has been here ever since. Photo courtesy Robert Ulrich.
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Sheriff issues notification of Level 3 sex offender in community

The Island County Sheriff’s Office issued notification to the community that a…

  • Nov 16th, 2016
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Suspect injures deputy, escapes in the nude

Man charged with assault, resisting arrest, intent to deliver meth

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Navy sets meetings for next week on well testing

Tests to check for chemical in firefighting foam deemed potentially harmful by EPA

Reserve Deputy Kurt Pepper with the Island County Sheriff’s Office speaks with a driver who rolled her Suburban onto its side Thursday on Bayview Road.

Coffee blamed as cause of Suburban crash

Reaching for a cup of coffee had a frightening consequence for a…

Reserve Deputy Kurt Pepper with the Island County Sheriff’s Office speaks with a driver who rolled her Suburban onto its side Thursday on Bayview Road.

Town of Coupeville will independently test water for firefighting chemical

Both the Town of Coupeville and Navy will test the town’s wells…

Coupeville man sentenced for burglary, assault

A man who broke a Greenbank man’s back during a burglary last…

State health board votes to investigate anti-noise group’s complaint

The Washington State Board of Health has directed Department of Health staff…