News

Victory Homes to get $33 million rebuild

"The oldest Navy enlisted housing in Oak Harbor appears destined to become some of its newest. Victory Homes, a collection of 198 small houses situated on a knoll above Skagit Valley College, will be demolished and replaced as part of a two-year project."

  • Jan 21, 2000

Help for veterans found lacking

"County fund is flush, but it aids few on Whidbey"

  • Jan 20, 2000

Transit: Wenatchee system expects fewer riders with new fares

"Forced to move away from free fares, Wenatchee bus officials say riders will pay more ... but fewer will ride."

  • Jan 20, 2000

Transit: Island County board grapples with fare idea

"To charge or not to charge? Bus directors still don't know, but suspect a sales tax request is in the offing to keep buses on local roads."

  • Jan 20, 2000

Wild wind whips island

"Storm blows down trees, power lines, traps two in car on West Beach Road"

  • Jan 13, 2000

“Substitutes: French today, P.E. tommorrow”

Fill-in teachers bring plenty of training and flexiblity to part-time jobs

  • Jan 13, 2000

Firefighters need a few good volunteers

"Central Whidbey Fire & Rescue, like most island fire departments, depends on able-bodied volunteers to protect homes and rescue the injured."

  • Jan 13, 2000

LIVE FIRE!

Feel what it's like to be inside a burning building. See today's Police & Courts section

  • Jan 13, 2000

Housing pay: How did they figure?

Local property managers say Navy never surveyed them about local rental rates

  • Jan 7, 2000

“Police blotter, Jan. 8, 2000”

"A view of island streets, as seen through emergency reports"

  • Jan 7, 2000

Housing Pay: Allowances cut on Whidbey

"Navy cuts Basic Allowance for Housing rates on Whidbey for new transfers and people with changing family conditions, saying that housing costs here don't justify higher pay"

  • Jan 7, 2000

New Mayor: Council looks ahead

Oak Harbor council members bring different agendas to the table as a new year gets under way.

  • Jan 7, 2000

City backs away from B&O tax

"Businesses get a break, but everyone else will pay higher utility fees"

  • Jan 4, 2000

View from 1891

Editors a century ago had dreams of a huge Whidbey metropolis

  • Dec 30, 1999

Turn of a Century: The future

New Navy planes; a gentrified economy; health care and business in cyberspace — key people tell us what the future holds for Whidbey

  • Dec 30, 1999

Navy hints at cutbacks of its own

"Top brass call ferries, highways critical to region's bases; express worries about I-695 cuts"

  • Dec 29, 1999

Y2K is here

"But should anyone care? Old fears about power outages, phone outages, bank collapses, etc., are overblown, officials in those industries say. But it's still not a bad idea to be prepared for a disaster -- whether it happens on New Year's Eve or not."

  • Dec 29, 1999

“Police blotter, Dec. 25”

"A view of Whidbey, through emergency 911 reports"

  • Dec 23, 1999

Sailors say they sign on for more than just pay

"Overtime, family stress, travel, expensive housing, but healthy benefits all come into play when they decide whether to re-enlist, or try their luck with higher-paying civilian jobs."

  • Dec 20, 1999

Hospital OKs rate increases

Vote takes effect before Initiative 695 becomes law

  • Dec 17, 1999