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Sunny acres: Farm abloom with late summer bounty

By Wendy Leigh wleigh@whidbeynewsgroup.com When Stephen Williams first stepped foot on Whidbey Island a few years ago, he had no idea that he and his… Continue reading

  • Aug 19, 2019

Paved Kettles Trail to close for resurfacing

Island County Public Works will begin resurfacing activities on Kettles Trail as part of the Kettles Trail Rehabilitation project beginning on Monday, Aug.19. Kettles Trail… Continue reading

  • Aug 16, 2019

Wharf gets rural development grant, Oak Harbor requests still in question

County commissioners have decided to give restorations at the Coupeville Wharf a lift, but Oak Harbor’s plans for its marina remain in question. The Island… Continue reading

Port of Coupeville approves $16,000 to launch wharf restorations

Efforts to restore the Coupeville Wharf are progressing, with the Port of Coupeville recently approving $16,000 in Port reserve funding to kick off the first… Continue reading

Two transported to hospital after motorcycle accident

Two people were transported to the hospital Wednesday after hitting a deer on Libbey Road, according to Battalion Chief Chris Swiger of North Whidbey Fire… Continue reading

Contractor chosen for new behavioral health crisis center

Whidbey Island is a step closer to having its first facility for helping its most vulnerable citizens without taking them to the emergency room or… Continue reading

Festivities make for artistic, ‘ripigulous’ weekend

Whidbey Island was bustling with activity during a weekend punctuated by paintings, pagans and pigs. A new addition to the annual festivities was the first… Continue reading

Man accused of domestic violence

A man with a history of domestic violence is accused of bashing a woman’s head against the corner of a cabinet in an Oak Harbor… Continue reading

WEAN left its mark in three decades of advocacy, litigation

For 30 years, one group on Whidbey Island has served as a watchdog for the environment. Steve Erickson and Marianne Edain, founders of Whidbey Environmental… Continue reading

WhidbeyHealth aims to recruit more providers

The number of unfilled positions at WhidbeyHealth is affecting patients’ access to care, which is causing some to go off island, CEO Ron Telles said… Continue reading

County needs workers, jobs that pay more

Island County’s economy needs younger workers, according to a recent draft report. A consultant and county planning staff presented an economic trends and conditions report… Continue reading

Zylstra Road home catches fire — twice

A resident returned to find her home on Zylstra Road full of smoke Monday afternoon and then again that evening. Fire officials are still investigating… Continue reading

SAR conducts rescue July 28

A search-and-rescue team from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island rescued an injured female hiker on Mount Stuart Sunday, July 28. At approximately 6:15 p.m., the… Continue reading

  • Aug 9, 2019

Weekend’s Pigfest is cooking up new events

The island’s biggest barbecue will have new activities, different bands and thousands of pounds of delicious pig butt. Event founder Scott Fraser and volunteers will… Continue reading

Man accused of stealing, leading police chase

A man is accused of stealing a TV from Walmart and leading police on a high-speed chase before crashing and running away, according to court… Continue reading

Crosby graduates from basic training

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Sean Y. Crosby graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. Crosby is the… Continue reading

  • Aug 9, 2019

National Night Out

U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Marc Cuenca Master-at-Arms First Class Nick Fortune gives instruction during a take down demonstration during Tuesday’s… Continue reading

  • Aug 9, 2019

Hospital settles age discrimination lawsuit for $1.5 million

WhidbeyHealth recently settled an age discrimination lawsuit for $1.5 million and a related public records violation lawsuit for $38,000. WhidbeyHealth officials did not admit any… Continue reading

City council condemns state’s attorney general for Growler lawsuit

The Oak Harbor City Council is officially disappointed in the state attorney general. Members of the council passed a resolution Wednesday condemning state Attorney General… Continue reading

Mural project turning bare walls into lively art | Corrected

A young man with a paint brush and cans of spray paint spent Saturday turning the side of a building into a medley of images… Continue reading