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Suspect accused of raping, beating woman

A Freeland man is accused of beating a 23-year-old woman with a piece of firewood, cutting her with a knife and trying to rape her… Continue reading

Law would celebrate public lands in Washington state

By Madeline Coats WNPA Olympia News Bureau Lawmakers seek to celebrate public lands in Washington state by designating the fourth Saturday of September as Public… Continue reading

  • Feb 14, 2019

Sheriff will enforce new gun law

Rick Felici is not among the sheriffs in the state who are refusing to enforce a controversial new law on gun control. It’s not that… Continue reading

Lawmakers seek permanent solution to the homeless crisis

By Madeline Coats WNPA Olympia News Bureau A group of 11 Democratic lawmakers aims to address the rights of homeless people and their ability to… Continue reading

  • Feb 13, 2019

Continued resistance against gun control initiative; Attorney General defends law

By Madeline Coats WNPA Olympia News Bureau The state attorney general has stepped in with a warning to more than half the state’s county law… Continue reading

  • Feb 13, 2019

Journalists criticize proposal giving the legislature exemptions to public disclosure laws

By Emma Epperly WNPA Olympia News Bureau Media organization representatives from across Washington lambasted proposed legislation that exempts the legislature from portions of the Public… Continue reading

  • Feb 13, 2019

Transportation organization seeks input on draft plan

Island Regional Transportation Planning Organization is taking comments on its draft 2019 Coordinated Transit-Human Services Transportation Plan through Feb. 20. The draft plan can be… Continue reading

  • Feb 12, 2019

Court reverses dismissal of records suit

The state appeals court reversed a summary judgment that dismissed a public records lawsuit against the city of Langley. The Court of Appeals ruled that… Continue reading

Stolen guns recovered during man’s eviction from Oak Harbor residence

Deputies discovered stolen guns during an eviction on North Whidbey Jan. 18, according to court papers. They arrested Bryan R. Seiler, 33, of Oak Harbor,… Continue reading

Man faces felonies for allegedly stealing earbuds from store

A Mount Vernon man is being held in jail on $10,000 bail after stealing a $15 pair of earbuds from the Walgreens store in Oak… Continue reading

SVC presents lecture series on Whidbey

Skagit Valley College Whidbey Island Campus is presenting an art history lecture series, “If It’s Not Baroque, Don’t Fix It.” Attendees will hear engaging stories… Continue reading

  • Feb 12, 2019

Fort Casey in search of tour commanders

Fort Casey State Park is looking for volunteer tour commanders. A volunteer information meeting is set for 9:30-11:30 a.m. Thursday, March 21 at the Fort… Continue reading

  • Feb 12, 2019

Bill aims to remove personal, religious exemptions to vaccine

By Ashley Hiruko ahiruko@soundpublishing.com A house bill could add pressure on Washington parents to vaccinate their children, and it’s generating arguments on all sides of… Continue reading

  • Feb 12, 2019

Loot, gun recovered from stolen minvan

An estimated $30,000 worth of stolen silver coins, $10,000 worth of stolen jewelry and a stolen handgun were recovered from a stolen vehicle on South… Continue reading

WhidbeyHealth reports 2018 as a ‘tough year,’ with $6.3 million loss

Unplanned expenses in 2018 led to a “tough year” for WhidbeyHealth, board commissioners learned Monday. “We lost about $6.3 million this fiscal year,” Ron Telles,… Continue reading

Environmental group declares court victory over prolific logger

A local environmental group is declaring victory against a prolific logger over county forestry regulations. Whidbey Environmental Action Network spent decades complaining that rules governing… Continue reading

Needle exchange is ‘all about recovery’

If the county health needle exchange program didn’t exist, there could’ve been more than 42,000 used needles scattered about the community last year. It’s likely… Continue reading

Field carrier landing practices scheduled Feb. 11-17

There are aircraft carrier-based flight training operations scheduled to occur at Ault Field and the Outlying Landing Field (OLF) in Coupeville the week of Feb.… Continue reading

  • Feb 12, 2019

Picking a location for a new airport, other aviation issues before lawmakers

By Emma Epperly WNPA Olympia News Bureau Addressing the need for a new airport and encouraging the growth of the aviation profession was the topic… Continue reading

  • Feb 11, 2019

Lawmakers consider 1 percent loans for college students

By Emma Scher WNPA Olympia News Bureau Democrats are pushing to fund a program that would give Washington high school graduates access to state student… Continue reading

  • Feb 10, 2019