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Whale experts encouraged by uptick in winter sightings

The Southern Resident orcas are making their way back to the shores of Whidbey Island after a summer and early fall hiatus. They’re going to… Continue reading

Lockdown on base lifted, no evidence of gunfire found

A lockdown of the Ault Field base at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island was lifted just before 10 a.m., but access is still limited, according… Continue reading

County Commissioner Rick Hannold, back left, Planning Director Hiller West, front, County Prosecutor Greg Banks, attorney Lee Pence and County Commissioner Helen Price Johnson sit around the work session table Wednesday. Tensions hit a boiling point during the meeting that included yelling and name calling. Photo by Laura Guido/Whidbey News-Times

County commissioner calls prosecutor ‘snake,’ accuses him of lying

Deep-rooted tensions boiled over Wednesday when Island County Prosecutor Greg Banks asked the county board of commissioners for permission to hire an outside attorney for… Continue reading

County Commissioner Rick Hannold, back left, Planning Director Hiller West, front, County Prosecutor Greg Banks, attorney Lee Pence and County Commissioner Helen Price Johnson sit around the work session table Wednesday. Tensions hit a boiling point during the meeting that included yelling and name calling. Photo by Laura Guido/Whidbey News-Times

Kids’ books with big people issues

Susan Jensen draws the thaw of global warming

Dave the Barber is back from brain surgery

Oak Harbor Midway Barber Shop celebrating milestones this year

Munns to serve as mayor pro tem

Beth Munns may find herself running council meetings or cutting ribbons this year. In a 5-2 vote Tuesday, Oak Harbor council members chose Munns as… Continue reading

Judge looking for new court commissioner

A longtime court commissioner in Island County District Court resigned this week, leaving an opening for any lawyer who wants to wear a robe. District… Continue reading

County looking at helping North Whidbey Park and Recreation District

The Board of Island County Commissioners is interested in pursuing a one-year agreement with the North Whidbey Park and Recreation District for maintenance of its… Continue reading

Wright’s Crossing appeals to state board

A developer who wants to build a large-scale development south of Oak Harbor is taking a couple of different legal tacts in an attempt to… Continue reading

Developer files suit to reverse county’s decision

Island County submitted an answer and affirmative defense last month to a lawsuit filed by a developer who wants to build a large housing project… Continue reading

Evan Thompson / The Record — Skagit Valley College’s South Whidbey Center begins classes today at its new facility, the South Whidbey Community Center in Langley.

South Whidbey Skagit Valley campus moves to new location

Skagit Valley College’s South Whidbey Center is on the move again. The local college recently relocated from South Whidbey Elementary School South Campus to the… Continue reading

Evan Thompson / The Record — Skagit Valley College’s South Whidbey Center begins classes today at its new facility, the South Whidbey Community Center in Langley.

Island County Housing Authority sees increase in federal grant

The Housing Authority of Island County in Coupeville recently received a $51,269 grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to go toward… Continue reading

County looking for public input on Freeland code

Island County Planning and Community Development is looking for more feedback on its draft development regulations for Freeland. As a result of public comment, the… Continue reading

Navy Sea Cadets ‘build leaders’

Sea Cadets from all over the country gathered last week at Camp Casey to immerse themselves in Navy culture. The winter training in Central Whidbey… Continue reading

April Fools stories mark most read of the year

Out of the thousands of articles published this year in the Whidbey News-Times, the Top Two stories read most online were fake. Two stories from… Continue reading

2017 in review

This weekend marks the end of a year of a changing political climate, tragedy, triumph and growth. Whidbey Islanders participated in national movements and experienced… Continue reading

  • Dec 29, 2017

SAR completes Med Evac in Port Angeles

A Search and Rescue team from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island conducted a medical evacuation around 4:30 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 29, according to a… Continue reading

  • Dec 29, 2017

Navy training schedule change

Field carrier landing practice at Ault field is now scheduled from late morning to mid-afternoon Thursday, Jan. 4, according to a press release. This type… Continue reading

  • Dec 29, 2017

Oak Harbor man dies in Friday morning crash

An Oak Harbor man died this morning in a two-car accident on Silver Lake Road. Peter E. Heller, 38, was driving a 1994 Chevrolet S10… Continue reading

  • Dec 29, 2017

WhidbeyHealth budget set at $272 million

Additional patients forecast at hospital, clinics