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Driver plunges car into Oak Harbor bay

A driver rounding the corner on Bayshore Drive last Thursday night lost control and ended up in the water near Flintstone Park. The driver, 20,… Continue reading

City’s outside hire says sewer project is on track

The part-time project manager hired to oversee the completion of Oak Harbor’s sewage treatment plant said the project is “tracking and on-schedule.” Gary Goltz, hired… Continue reading

National Night Out deemed a success

The smoke crept under the door, slowly filling the air in the small bedroom. Children quickly stuffed bed sheets and towels in the door crack,… Continue reading

Teacher bargaining tone changes from sour to sweet

After what was described as a “contentious” start, bargaining for certified teachers in the Oak Harbor school district is making positive progress, say members of… Continue reading

Republican incumbents’ seats could be in danger in narrow contests

If Tuesday’s primary results are an indicator of how November’s election will go, Republican incumbents may have cause to be worried. Primary election results show… Continue reading

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Vester earns Heroes’ Legacy Scholarship

JAHLEEL VESTER, son of Joyceline Vester, of Oak Harbor, is a winner of the Heroes’ Legacy Scholarships For Children of Fallen or Disabled Service Members.… Continue reading

  • Aug 7, 2018

Sanchez receives NAS Whidbey scholarship

NICOLE AYN SANCHEZ, of Oak Harbor, is a recipient of a $2,000 college scholarship awarded at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island. Sanchez’s parents are Febryan… Continue reading

  • Aug 7, 2018

‘This is the best job I could’ve asked for’

What began as an admiration for Steve Irwin developed into a passion for outdoor education. And that passion took Jackie French from her home state… Continue reading

Sea level report predicts larger storm water surges

Water may rise by a foot by 2060

Commissioners show impatience with Planning board

A recent work session seemed to highlight growing impatience among members of the Board of Island County Commissioners with the county Planning Commission, especially when… Continue reading

Man who wielded machete guilty of rape

A man who chased a woman with a machete and raped her at an Oak Harbor home recently pleaded guilty to felony charges. Johnson C.… Continue reading

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                                John White of Freeland works to paint the “Big Guns” at Fort Casey. It was a good day to paint, with the sunshine and fresh air, he said. The work is being done by volunteers in preparation for the 50th anniversary of the “Big Guns” arrival, which will be held on Aug. 11.

Fort Casey celebrates 50th anniversary of biggest draw

Volunteers from all over are working hard to get the “Big Guns” ready at Fort Casey Historical State Park. It’s all in preparation for the… Continue reading

Photos by Maria Matson/Whidbey News-Times
                                John White of Freeland works to paint the “Big Guns” at Fort Casey. It was a good day to paint, with the sunshine and fresh air, he said. The work is being done by volunteers in preparation for the 50th anniversary of the “Big Guns” arrival, which will be held on Aug. 11.

Statewide shooting ban added to other fire-prevention strategies on WDFW lands

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) will add a temporary statewide restriction on firearm use beginning Saturday, Aug. 4, to fire-prevention rules already… Continue reading

  • Aug 6, 2018
Photo by Maria Matson / Whidbey News Group.
                                Jean Sherman stands with her 100th birthday bouquet.

Town celebrates 100th birthday of longtime resident

This year, Jean Sherman is being thrown a giant birthday bash and everyone’s invited. It’s Sherman’s 100th birthday. The public celebration begins at noon at… Continue reading

Photo by Maria Matson / Whidbey News Group.
                                Jean Sherman stands with her 100th birthday bouquet.

Sex offender changes address on North Whidbey

A Level 2 sex offender has changed addresses on North Whidbey, according to the Island County Sheriff’s Office. Robert J. Andres, 25, will be living… Continue reading

Ceremony to be held Wednesday for Tokitae

A spotlight is once again being placed on Lolita, also known as “Tokitae,” as well as the other orcas rounded up and captured in Penn… Continue reading

DNR bans outdoor burning statewide

Ninety-six percent of the state is experiencing drought-like conditions, which means a high risk of wildfires. In response, Public Lands Commissioner Hilary Franz is instituting… Continue reading

  • Aug 3, 2018

Sheriff’s investigation results in arrest of alleged heroin supplier

The Island County Sheriff’s Office focus on “drug houses” on South Whidbey has paid off. The strategy has led to multiple arrests this year, including… Continue reading

Cougar spotted | Island Scanner

The following items were selected from reports made to the Island County Sheriff’s Office: Tuesday, July 17 At 11:02 a.m., a caller reported fishermen were… Continue reading