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Lawmaker pitches target-shooting areas on some state-managed lands

By Sean Harding WNPA Olympia News Bureau A bill intended to enhance the safety of hikers, hunters and other outdoor enthusiasts would establish designated target… Continue reading

  • Jan 11, 2019

Tobacco sales to anyone under 21 could become illegal

By Madeline Coats WNPA Olympia News Bureau A proposed law requested by State Attorney General Bob Ferguson and the Department of Health would raise the… Continue reading

  • Jan 11, 2019

City plan to close jail hits obstacle

Oak Harbor officials’ plans to close the city jail and enter into a contract with Island County for jail services has hit a snag. But… Continue reading

Human Services to distribute donations during Jan. 24 count

If anyone knows the challenges faced by local families in need, it’s the staff at Island County Human Services. “We trust them to get our… Continue reading

  • Jan 11, 2019

Suspected car thief arrested after chase

Oak Harbor police officers pursued stolen cars three times in the last two weeks, the latest of which ended with an arrest. Oak Harbor Police… Continue reading

AG wants to hear from those affected by 911 outage in December

Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson wants to hear from residents impacted by the recent statewide 911 outage. Stories can be shared by sending an… Continue reading

  • Jan 11, 2019

Two injured in highway car accident

Two women were transported to WhidbeyHealth Medical Center after an accident on State Highway 20 Monday afternoon. The status of their injuries was unknown by… Continue reading

  • Jan 8, 2019
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                                Mushroom hunters found a partial skull in a woods on the north end of Whidbey Island on New Year’s Eve.

Skull found on North Whidbey

Investigation underway to determine origin, coroner says

Photo submitted.
                                Mushroom hunters found a partial skull in a woods on the north end of Whidbey Island on New Year’s Eve.

Shutdown delays final decision on Growlers

The partial federal government shutdown is delaying the secretary of the Navy’s final decision regarding EA-18G Growler aircraft at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island. Under… Continue reading

Suspects force way into home

A man and a woman fled from a deputy and pushed their way into an occupied North Whidbey house in an effort to avoid arrest,… Continue reading

Friends of Whidbey State Parks seek more members

South Whidbey, Possession Point sites subject of Jan. 12 meetings

Volunteers sought for Point in Time count

Island County Human Services is seeking volunteers for the annual count and survey of homeless individuals in the county. The state- and federally-mandated Point in… Continue reading

Foot found on Whidbey beach remains unidentified

A human foot in a boot that washed ashore on Jetty Island in Everett this week isn’t that unusual an event, but it’s still a… Continue reading

Pastor sentenced for rape of a child

A former pastor at an Oak Harbor church was sentenced to more than three years in prison for child rape Thursday. Thomas Stoneham, 55, had… Continue reading

A winning performance: Homeless man recites Shakespeare for a Spin Cafe challenge

James Parham stood with his hands clasped behind his back and spoke in a strong voice at an even cadence: “To sleep, perchance to dream:… Continue reading

Sea Float Scramble begins with fire

Look out for kids running toward a mission on Saturday. They’ll be dashing toward Seawall Park with an eye out for small glass sea floats.… Continue reading

Applications being accepted now for Sound Water Stewards training classes

Would you like to become a Sound Water Steward? Maybe you are interested in learning how to protect and preserve your favorite beach. Maybe you… Continue reading

  • Jan 2, 2019

Council plans to set city’s priorities for state lawmakers

Oak Harbor officials have ideas about what they would like to see accomplished in Olympia this year. Today, Jan. 2, City Council members are set… Continue reading

Port of Coupeville selects new wharf manager

There’s a new face at the Coupeville Wharf. Port of Coupeville officials recently selected Danielle Vracin as the new wharf manager. “I’m very excited, very… Continue reading

UFO event set for Whidbey

On Nov. 27, a man in Oak Harbor reported to a UFO tracking website that he and his fiancee had watched unusual lights in the… Continue reading