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Farm to School program branches out

The Coupeville Farm to School program is on its way to planting even deeper roots. Saturday morning, members of the nonprofit program, students, families and… Continue reading

Survey shows more teens are vaping

It can taste and smell like cotton candy, but its potential negative impacts to young minds are why officials find the newest student survey results… Continue reading

Warrant issued for suspect in China

An arrest warrant has been issued for a former Clinton man who moved to China after being charged with a felony six years ago. In… Continue reading

House Democrats propose budget that includes new taxes

By Emma Epperly WNPA Olympia News Bureau The House of Representatives’ budget proposal includes a capital gains and real estate excise tax along with business… Continue reading

  • Mar 26, 2019
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                                A search and rescue team from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island save a boater off Possession Point.

Navy SAR rescues boater off South Whidbey

A search and rescue team of five individuals from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island conducted a rescue mission Monday afternoon, March 25. The SAR alert… Continue reading

  • Mar 26, 2019
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                                A search and rescue team from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island save a boater off Possession Point.

Lawmakers propose an increase in school levy rates

By Emma Epperly WNPA Olympia News Bureau Voter-approved school levy lid rates would rise from $1.50 to $2.50 per $1,000 of assessed property, under Senate… Continue reading

  • Mar 25, 2019

Lawmakers propose an increase in school levy rates

By Emma Epperly WNPA Olympia News Bureau Voter-approved school levy lid rates would rise from $1.50 to $2.50 per $1,000 of assessed property, under Senate… Continue reading

  • Mar 25, 2019

State revenue forecast shows a $554 million increase for 2019-21

By Emma Epperly WNPA Olympia News Bureau Legislators have $554 million more to spend than originally projected for the next biennium, according to the March… Continue reading

  • Mar 25, 2019

SICBA home, garden show underway

Skagit/Island Counties Builders Association, or SICBA, will hold its 39th Annual Home & Garden Show March 22-24 at the Skagit County Fairgrounds in Mount Vernon.… Continue reading

  • Mar 25, 2019

State Patrol launches bump stock buy-back program

With the governor’s signing of Senate Bill 5954, the Washington State Patrol is holding a Bump Stock Buy-Back Program. The next buy-back period will be… Continue reading

  • Mar 25, 2019

Man charged with choking woman holding toddler

A 36-year-old Oak Harbor man is facing charges for allegedly strangling his wife while she was holding a toddler, according to court documents. Prosecutors charged… Continue reading

Teenager hit crossing highway

A 16-year-old boy walked away with minor injuries after being hit by a vehicle Wednesday on Highway 525. At 7:30 a.m. first responders were dispatched… Continue reading

Hearing examiner to consider rezone, variance

The public is welcome to comment during an Oak Harbor hearing examiner meeting on a requested rezone and variance next week. The public hearing will… Continue reading

Beware the flamingos

Coupeville residents can donate to avoid a pink yard flock

Island County to simplify its code

For years, there have been complaints that Island County’s land-use code is too complicated for both the public and planners. Planning and Community Development staff… Continue reading

County residents tend to be generous

People who live in Island County are among the most charitable in the state. A recent study by financial technology company SmartAsset found that the… Continue reading

Senators request contamination standards info

Washington’s two senators joined 16 of their Senate colleagues in requesting information from the Department of Defense and the Environmental Protection Agency on drinking water… Continue reading

Local leaders discuss housing solutions — again

The restrictive nature of the state’s Growth Management Act, the lack of available units and delays in permits are all factors many community and government… Continue reading

Catholic church closes on base after 77 years

Members of a Catholic congregation at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island say they are heartbroken that services will end after 77 years. “My daughter received… Continue reading