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"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."
"County fund is flush, but it aids few on Whidbey"
"Forced to move away from free fares, Wenatchee bus officials say riders will pay more ... but fewer will ride."
"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."
"Storm blows down trees, power lines, traps two in car on West Beach Road"
Fill-in teachers bring plenty of training and flexiblity to part-time jobs
"Central Whidbey Fire & Rescue, like most island fire departments, depends on able-bodied volunteers to protect homes and rescue the injured."
Feel what it's like to be inside a burning building. See today's Police & Courts section
Local property managers say Navy never surveyed them about local rental rates
"A view of island streets, as seen through emergency reports"
"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"
Oak Harbor council members bring different agendas to the table as a new year gets under way.
"Businesses get a break, but everyone else will pay higher utility fees"
Editors a century ago had dreams of a huge Whidbey metropolis
New Navy planes; a gentrified economy; health care and business in cyberspace — key people tell us what the future holds for Whidbey
"Top brass call ferries, highways critical to region's bases; express worries about I-695 cuts"
"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."
"A view of Whidbey, through emergency 911 reports"
"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."
Vote takes effect before Initiative 695 becomes law