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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

Jamboree by the Sea coming in April

Deception Pass Sail and Power Squadron, a Washington non-profit, is hosting two public service events called Jamboree By The Sea and Marine Swap Meet concurrently… Continue reading

  • Mar 19, 2019

County considers possible restoration at Oak Harbor Marina

Oak Harbor is trying to improve its marina both for boaters as well as fish and other wildlife. The city asked Island County’s natural resources… Continue reading

Coupeville Port looking to fill commissioner opening

Port of Coupeville commissioners are deciding how to fill a vacant seat after district 1 Commissioner William Bell announced his resignation at a port meeting… Continue reading

WhidbeyHealth CEO Geri Forbes is retiring

Geri Forbes, CEO of WhidbeyHealth, announced Friday she is retiring on July 1. During her four-year tenure overseeing Whidbey health system, Forbes oversaw the construction… Continue reading

Landing practices at Ault Field, OLF Coupeville, March 18-24

Flight training operations are scheduled to occur at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island Ault Field and Outlying Landing Field Coupeville March 18-24. Coupeville carrier operations… Continue reading

  • Mar 15, 2019

Progressives raising funds for clubhouse repairs

The Greenbank Progressive Club is seeking help to rebuild its 70-year-old community building that was crushed in the December 2018 windstorm. The club’s insurance is… Continue reading

Navy man accused of assaulting two children

A Navy man with a history of child abuse was recently charged with additional child assault charges, according to court documents. Prosecutors charged Zjehiah Herrera… Continue reading

Oak Harbor man sentenced for child porn

An Oak Harbor man who accidentally sent child pornography to a stranger was recently sent to prison. Roderick R. Balos, 38, pleaded guilty in Island… Continue reading

Preregistration open for enrolling kids in Coupeville Elementary School kindergarten

Pre-registration for kindergarten at Coupeville Elementary School starts Monday, March 18, and continues through June 21. Eligible children must be age 5 by Aug. 31,… Continue reading

  • Mar 15, 2019

Garden-tool-wielding woman sent to prison

An Oak Harbor woman who yelled at police to shoot her while she was armed with a garden implement was recently sent to prison. Sue… Continue reading

Pentagon urging weaker standard for PFAS cleanup

It’s unclear what impact, if any, the Penta-gon’s proposal to weaken standards for groundwater pollution found around military bases across the nation could have on… Continue reading

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                                A total of 36 additional EA-18G Growlers will be coming to Naval Air Station Whidbey Island.

Navy announces decision on Growlers

Under a decision announced today, the Navy will add 36 EA-18G Growler aircraft to Naval Air Station Whidbey Island and direct 80 percent of the… Continue reading

Navy photo
                                A total of 36 additional EA-18G Growlers will be coming to Naval Air Station Whidbey Island.

Year-round daylight saving time proposed for state

By Madeline Coats WNPA Olympia News Bureau Washington residents could vote to make daylight saving time year-round under a bill state senators passed on Tuesday,… Continue reading

  • Mar 13, 2019

Whidbey to revel in all things Irish this weekend

Shamrocks, shenanigans, corned beef, colcannon and more

School District Bonds voting requirements to remain the same after Senate vote fails

By Emma Epperly WNPA Olympia News Bureau School District Bonds will still need 60 percent of the vote, after a Senate constitutional amendment failed to… Continue reading

  • Mar 12, 2019

Senate unanimously votes to create statewide broadband office

By Emma Epperly WNPA Olympia News Bureau A statewide broadband office would be created under legislation passed by the Washington state Senate in a unanimous… Continue reading

  • Mar 12, 2019

No injuries in Greenbank house fire

A Greenbank family awoke early Saturday morning to an electrical fire and was able to safety exit the home. Central Whidbey Island Fire and Rescue… Continue reading