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If approved by voters, Initiative 976 would cut Island Transit funding

If passed, Initiative 976 has the potential to significantly diminish bus and paratransit service in Island County. To discuss the impacts, Island Transit Executive Director… Continue reading

Commissioner won’t vote on appointment of Senate replacement

Island County Commissioner Helen Price Johnson won’t vote on a state senate appointment, but the county won’t lose a vote in choosing a candidate. Commissioners… Continue reading

Oak Harbor man sentenced to jail in knife incident

A man who menaced his wife with a knife May 18 at Navy housing in Oak Harbor was recently sentenced to jail. Tyler A. McLellan,… Continue reading

Interpersonal abuse education training open to community members

Free interpersonal abuse training is available for businesses and community members. The two-and-a-half hour session will cover prevalence of abuse, types and signs, understanding and… Continue reading

  • Oct 15, 2019

Suspicious duffle-bag carrier eyed | Island Scanner

The following were taken from calls made to the Oak Harbor Police Department: Tuesday, Oct. 1 At 1:59 p.m., a caller asked the police to… Continue reading

Student from Oak Harbor makes honor roll at Oregon State

MICHELLE L. DAUGHTREY, of Oak Harbor, made the summer term scholastic honor roll at Oregon State University, earning a 3.5 or higher. Daughtrey is a… Continue reading

  • Oct 15, 2019

Newspaper writers win top awards

Two Whidbey News Group staff members received top writing awards at a statewide newspaper competition Friday. Jessie Stensland, editor of the Whidbey News-Times and South… Continue reading

  • Oct 15, 2019

Suspects plucked in guitar case

A man with a pilfered guitar was arrested in a low-key sting operation by the Island County Sheriff’s Office last Thursday, according to court documents.… Continue reading

Whidbey hikers beware, hunting season is here

Hikers, bikers, runners, horseback riders and general wanderers of Whidbey trails should be aware some areas may be off limits after deer hunting season started… Continue reading

  • Oct 15, 2019

Knead Feed closing doors after 45 years

This weekend is the final chance for residents to grab one of Knead & Feed’s orange rolls or cinnamon buns. The family-run business of 45… Continue reading

GOP picks candidates for Bailey Senate seat

A North Whidbey entrepreneurial farmer is the top choice to replace state Sen. Barbara Bailey. Ron Muzzall topped the list of three candidates chosen by… Continue reading

Uber ends operations in Oak Harbor — for now

Uber isn’t currently operating in Oak Harbor, but that should change soon. Nick Greven has been driving for the ride-sharing companies Uber and Lyft in… Continue reading

Now is the wrong time for a street repair tax

Few people seem very excited about an Oak Harbor ballot measure that would raise sales tax by a small amount to fund street repairs and… Continue reading

  • Oct 11, 2019

Accomplice in Oak Harbor bank robbery sentenced

Three days before being discharged from the Navy, an Oak Harbor man helped a friend rob a bank by acting as a lookout. Five months… Continue reading

Whidbey car chase leads over septic tank

When a driver being chased by a deputy came to a dead end on a Central Whidbey road, he didn’t stop. Instead, he drove into… Continue reading

Candidates for fire commissioner share differing visions

The two North Whidbey Fire and Rescue commissioner candidates expressed vastly different visions for the future of the embattled district in separate interviews. Marv Koorn… Continue reading

Petty Officer 1st Class Jessie Ewing of VP-40 is greeted by his daughter Gala Ewing Thursday. He returned to Whidbey Island with the last active duty P-3C Orion.

Last active duty P-3C Orion flies into history

An era of Naval aircraft history came to an end Thursday afternoon at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island. “This is a big deal,” said Capt.… Continue reading

Petty Officer 1st Class Jessie Ewing of VP-40 is greeted by his daughter Gala Ewing Thursday. He returned to Whidbey Island with the last active duty P-3C Orion.

Crabbing season reopens around Whidbey

Commercial crabbers aren’t the only ones setting and pulling autumn pots around Whidbey Island this year. That’s because the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife… Continue reading

SAR lifts injured hiker in Olympic National Park

A Search and Rescue team from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island rescued a 70-year-old woman in the Olympic National Park Wednesday, Sept. 25. The SAR… Continue reading

  • Oct 8, 2019

NPS extends deadline for leasing proposals

The National Park Service extended the deadline by four weeks for responses to a Request for Proposals, or RFPs, for awards of up to three… Continue reading

  • Oct 8, 2019