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Oak Harbor Sears store is here to stay

The Sears brand has been in Oak Harbor for decades in a variety of shapes and forms. And even though the mega U.S. retailer filed… Continue reading

Photo by Jessie Stensland / Whidbey News-Times
                                Oak Harbor Mayor Bob Severns and Project Engineer Brett Arvidson, at right, struggle briefly with a computer during the ribbon cutting Thursday for the city’s new, state-of-the-art sewage treatment plant. As part of the ceremony, Severns was able to hit a key on the laptop to direct the water cleaned by the plant to go directly into the harbor for the first time. State lawmakers, representatives from the EPA and the state Department of Ecology, a leader from the Swinomish tribal community, the director of the Puget Sound Partnership, city council members and public works staff attended the event in celebration. Severns pointed out that the project came to fruition only with the help from all these partners.

Ceremony celebrates sewage treatment plant coming online

By Jessie Stensland jstensland@whidbeynewsgroup.com… Continue reading

Photo by Jessie Stensland / Whidbey News-Times
                                Oak Harbor Mayor Bob Severns and Project Engineer Brett Arvidson, at right, struggle briefly with a computer during the ribbon cutting Thursday for the city’s new, state-of-the-art sewage treatment plant. As part of the ceremony, Severns was able to hit a key on the laptop to direct the water cleaned by the plant to go directly into the harbor for the first time. State lawmakers, representatives from the EPA and the state Department of Ecology, a leader from the Swinomish tribal community, the director of the Puget Sound Partnership, city council members and public works staff attended the event in celebration. Severns pointed out that the project came to fruition only with the help from all these partners.

Downtown event will have Santa, singing

Santa Claus is comin’ to town— and hopefully this year, children won’t have to wait in long lines to see him. Families will be able… Continue reading

More than a cup of joe: Rock Island Coffee

Gordon Koetje and Brenda Marti wanted to create more than a coffee shop. And by most measures, they’ve accomplished that goal. The owners of Coupeville’s… Continue reading

Chicken-killing dog| Island Scanner

The following items were selected from reports made to the Island County Sheriff’s Office: Thursday, Nov. 15 At 10:24 a.m., a Ridgeway Drive resident reported… Continue reading

New partnership provides toys for tots

Few happy stories start with the opening of a bill. But that’s exactly what happened one day in early November to Tom Keltner, South Whidbey… Continue reading

Ridership is up on ferry route

Ridership has greatly increased in the past year on the Washington State Ferries route between Port Townsend and Coupeville. “Ridership on the Washington State Ferries… Continue reading

Intersection work planned next year

Several safety projects are on the list

Social Security benefits high for county residents

Island County retirees receive more Social Security benefits on average than people in most other counties in the state, according to a study by SmartAsset.… Continue reading

Church hosting Christmas bazaar and other holiday activities

Christmas festivities in Coupeville will begin just as soon as December arrives. On Dec. 1, the annual Greening of Coupeville’s Christmas Tree Lighting and Parade… Continue reading

Commissioner bemoans lack of input in reserve rules

An Island County commissioner is upset at the lack of representation from districts two and three in decisions regarding Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve in… Continue reading

Elves added to holiday happenings in Langley

Expect to see a lot of little green people this weekend. And maybe one big red jolly guy. One Santa and two elf events scheduled… Continue reading

Beach yeller | Island Scanner

The following items were selected from reports made to the Island County Sheriff’s Office: Thursday, Oct. 8 At 12:14 p.m., a Jones Road resident reported… Continue reading

Coupeville man accused of assault in fight over money

A Coupeville man is facing a felony charge for allegedly choking a 23-year-old woman during a fight over money, according to court documents. Prosecutors charged… Continue reading

Field Carrier practice at Ault Field Nov. 19- Nov. 25

There are aircraft carrier-based flight training operations scheduled to occur at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island’s Ault Field through Sunday, Nov. 25. There are no… Continue reading

  • Nov 23, 2018

Genealogy group aims to preserve history of veterans

Veterans Day has passed, but a local genealogy group still wants to remind people of the stories shared by those who served, especially those of… Continue reading

Mammoth find

Dog’s discovery turns out to be a 13,000-year-old tooth

Plan outlines millions of dollars in capital projects for Oak Harbor

From pickleball courts and stand-alone restrooms to road construction and land purchases, Oak Harbor’s capital facilities plan outlines how as much as $40 million may… Continue reading

Woman, 28, facing jail for allegedly passing fake $50

A 28-year-old woman is wanted on an arrest warrant for allegedly passing a fake $50 bill at a South Whidbey gas station Sept. 28, according… Continue reading

Motorist drives her flaming truck away from gas pumps

A quick-thinking driver of a flaming pickup truck avoided a disaster by moving the vehicle away from gas pumps Sunday afternoon, according to North Whidbey… Continue reading