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Lawmakers could remove the statute of limitations for felony sex crimes

By Emma Epperly WNPA Olympia News Bureau The House public safety committee heard public testimony Tuesday on two bills that address the statute of limitations… Continue reading

  • Jan 23, 2019

Orchestra performing array of string music Saturday and Sunday

Whidbey’s Saratoga Orchestra will present a set of programs called “Simply Strings” 2:30 p.m. Jan. 26 at Island Church of Whidbey in Langley and 2:30… Continue reading

Rev. Peter H. Rood

St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church gets a new rector-pastor

The Rev. Peter H. Rood, an Episcopal priest and spiritual teacher, is the new rector and pastor for St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Oak Harbor.… Continue reading

Rev. Peter H. Rood

Lutefisk will be served up at sold-out Nordic Lodge dinner

It’s slimy, gooey and shakes like Jello — fishy, white jello. But the gooey lutefisk tastes good, according to Nordic Lodge president Brian Petersen. “All… Continue reading

Ham Radio Club plans “Bigfoot 200” tracking presentation

Whidbey Ham Radio Club will give a presentation on tracking Saturday, Jan. 26. The presentation will feature a group of Island County Ham Radio operators… Continue reading

  • Jan 22, 2019

Island County Republicans elect new officers

The Island County Republican Party has elected new officers for 2019. Allen McPheeters, of Oak Harbor, was elected chairman for the 2019-20 term. McPheeters, a… Continue reading

  • Jan 22, 2019

County needs more money for treatment center

Island County commissioners are asking state lawmakers for another $2.5 million for construction of a crisis stabilization center in Oak Harbor. Last session, the Legislature… Continue reading

The tide is high: Coastlines to come?

Sunday’s rare astronomical event may cause more than a spectacle in the sky. The alignment of the sun, earth and moon associated with the super… Continue reading

Men who led police chases are found and charged

Oak Harbor police caught two men who led police in high-speed chases in stolen cars this month, according to court documents. Zachary M. Pederson, 23,… Continue reading

Victim’s family denied change of name

Her family members will forever know her as Kathie Ann Hill, but they also want that to be her legal name. Hill’s niece is appealing… Continue reading

Island County family settles DSHS suit for $3 million

The state Department of Social and Health Services settled a lawsuit brought by an Island County family for $3 million, according to documents filed in… Continue reading

Man accused of raping his stepdaughter

An Oak Harbor man is accused of raping his stepdaughter over a period of years and locking her into a crawlspace to intimidate her from… Continue reading

Car thief threatens judge

A car thief who threatened a judge in court was recently sent to prison by another judge. Under a complicated plea bargain, Oak Harbor resident… Continue reading

New year, sheriff, off to busy start

With a murder and plane crash within the first two weeks of taking office, Rick Felici is off to a busy start as the new… Continue reading

Boy, 12, brings BB gun, knives to school

A 12-year-old boy could face a criminal charge for bringing a BB gun and knives to school Jan. 10, according to court documents. An administrator… Continue reading

Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy: Late civil rights leader to be celebrated with song, dance and service Sunday

Although more than 50 years have passed since Martin Luther King Jr. was killed outside his motel in Memphis, Fannie Dean still wants people to… Continue reading

Commissioners may revisit new events regulations

Island County commissioners are considering changes to recently adopted rural event regulations that had been repeatedly recommended during the year-long code update process. Commissioners Helen… Continue reading

Carlyle hits the gas on renewable energy bill

By Emma Scher WNPA Olympia News Bureau A bill to transition Washington into a state that runs entirely on renewable energy will go to the… Continue reading

  • Jan 18, 2019

Taxation with representation: Senate holds hearing on capital gains tax

By Sean Harding WNPA Olympia News Bureau People representing small business owners and low income workers had plenty to say at a public hearing Wednesday… Continue reading

  • Jan 18, 2019

‘Bring Back Our $30 Car Tabs’ initiative could be on November ballot

By Emma Epperly WNPA Olympia News Bureau “Bring Back Our $30 Car Tabs,” an initiative that would limit annual motor-vehicle registration fees to $30 except… Continue reading

  • Jan 18, 2019