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Hannold defends planning commissioner

Island County Commissioner Rick Hannold defended his appointment of Shannon Williams to the county planning commission after she expressed concern about the types of people… Continue reading

Board vetoes transit fares

Island Transit will not charge riders fares on its buses, with the exception of one Camano Island route. Members of the Island Transit board voted… Continue reading

New Coupeville schools superintendent from Oak Harbor

Coupeville School District announced its new superintendent, Steve King. King comes from Oak Harbor School District, where he is currently the assistant superintendent. Originally from… Continue reading

A chance to get to know the Captain Whidbey, new owners

Over a century old and a central Whidbey landmark, the Captain Whidbey Inn is far from gathering dust in old age. The inn is bustling… Continue reading

New education, training program for juvenile court

Island County Juvenile Court will soon start a pilot program aimed at reducing recidivism through education and career training. The county board of commissioners agreed… Continue reading

Fed agency study lowers risk level for firefighting foam

Navy officials need to review a new study on chemicals found in some firefighting foam that contaminated well water on Whidbey before deciding if further… Continue reading

Island County EDC head stays ‘positive’

Promoting economic development in Island County comes with its own unique set of challenges, but Sharon Sappington said she plans to face each one with… Continue reading

Naval search and rescue team rescues two people from Cascade Mountains

A Search and Rescue (SAR) team from Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island rescued two people on Forbidden Peak in the Cascade Mountains, Tuesday, June… Continue reading

  • Jun 20, 2018
Mucking about looking for squirts in the sand is part of the fun of digging for clams. This summer, Sound Water Stewards teaches six Digging for Dinner classes. Photo provided

Mucking about in clamming class

‘Digging for Dinner’ a popular Sound Water activity

Mucking about looking for squirts in the sand is part of the fun of digging for clams. This summer, Sound Water Stewards teaches six Digging for Dinner classes. Photo provided
Photo by Laura Guido/Whidbey News-Times.
                                Donovan McCulley cheers at the end of the commencement ceremony Saturday.

Oak Harbor grads show ‘inspirational ambition’

Oak Harbor High School’s class of 2018 reached graduation through four years of hard work, dedication and some last minute scrambles to finish assignments after… Continue reading

Photo by Laura Guido/Whidbey News-Times.
                                Donovan McCulley cheers at the end of the commencement ceremony Saturday.
Photo by Patricia Guthrie/Whidbey News Group
                                Sheriff candidates Rick Felici (second from left) and Lane Campbell (standing) addressed questions Friday at forum attended by 45 people.
                                Island County Sheriff candidates Rick Felici (second from left) and Lane Campbell (standing) addressed questions at a Friday forum attended by 45 people. Reece Rose (right) of the Old Goats-Fully Informed Voters group helped moderate the luncheon discussion at the Holmes Harbor Rod & Gun Club. Photo by Patricia Guthrie/Whidbey News Group

Candidates for sheriff address homelessness, other issues

Homelessness, property theft, drugs and other issues addressed

Photo by Patricia Guthrie/Whidbey News Group
                                Sheriff candidates Rick Felici (second from left) and Lane Campbell (standing) addressed questions Friday at forum attended by 45 people.
                                Island County Sheriff candidates Rick Felici (second from left) and Lane Campbell (standing) addressed questions at a Friday forum attended by 45 people. Reece Rose (right) of the Old Goats-Fully Informed Voters group helped moderate the luncheon discussion at the Holmes Harbor Rod & Gun Club. Photo by Patricia Guthrie/Whidbey News Group

Power outage planned for Thursday in Coupeville

About 900 Puget Sound Energy customers in Coupeville will be left in the dark during a planned power outage from about 10 p.m. Thursday, June… Continue reading

Expert: Chief followed protocol

David Marks’ arrest of suspect ‘exactly what we teach’

Judge disgusted by killer’s ‘lack of remorse’

Joshua Lambert will spend the rest of his life in prison. The 37-year-old murderer was re-sentenced in Island County Superior Court June 15 to 80… Continue reading

Town places moratorium on short-term vacation rentals

Coupeville Town Council has voted not to allow any new applications for short-term vacation rentals for the next six months. During the moratorium, the town… Continue reading

Molka Xete, a new restaurant in Greenbank, specializes in street-style tacos that are five for $10. They make all the food from scratch, including sauces, tacos, tortillas and chips.

Center of island buzzing with new businesses

‘Molka Xete’ opens while store, deli and pot shop get ready

Molka Xete, a new restaurant in Greenbank, specializes in street-style tacos that are five for $10. They make all the food from scratch, including sauces, tacos, tortillas and chips.
Marc Gallaway

Oak Harbor grad earns state Principal of the Year honor

Marc Gallaway, a 1988 graduate of Oak Harbor High School and currently the principal at Selah Middle School, was named 2018 Washington State Middle Level… Continue reading

Marc Gallaway

Survey shows mostly positive impression of rural events

Though public hearings on the issue have often been contentious on both sides, a small survey conducted by Island County found most neighbors feel rural… Continue reading

Port executive director gets raise

The Port of Coupeville Executive Director is receiving a pay raise. Chris Michalopoulos’s salary, including medical costs, will increase from $72,000 to $90,000 per year.… Continue reading

Motorcyclist killed, bicyclist injured in Whidbey accidents

A motorcyclist was killed and a bicyclist injured in separate accidents Monday on Whidbey. Joshua Bybee, 30, of Freeland, died in a motorcycle accident. The… Continue reading