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9-1-1 outage hits Whidbey, service back to normal

Island County’s 9-1-1 emergency dispatch system is back to normal operation after an outage at the end of last week. “We were affected just like… Continue reading

Storm clean up continues

Mighty trees no match for fury of wind

Robots, Legos and coding help make learning fun

Coupeville Elementary is getting students ready for the future with a new STEM program, being offered for the first time this year. The idea blossomed… Continue reading

<strong>Photo by Maria Matson/Whidbey News Group.</strong>
                                Sarah Bergquist of Waste Wise holds a pile of cords that have been recently donated at the Coupeville WSU Waste Wise location, totaling 140 pounds.

Recycling help available for Christmas lights, power cords

Waste not, want not. The WSU Waste Wise of Island County wants to help people make wise “waste” choices this holiday season by getting rid… Continue reading

<strong>Photo by Maria Matson/Whidbey News Group.</strong>
                                Sarah Bergquist of Waste Wise holds a pile of cords that have been recently donated at the Coupeville WSU Waste Wise location, totaling 140 pounds.

2018: A year on Whidbey

The news on North and Central Whidbey in 2018 was dominated by sewage treatment plants, Growler jets, contaminated water and several court cases, but there… Continue reading

Pool fixes planned

‘I was appalled … by the shape the place was in and is still in.

Musicians to perform at Oak Harbor Church

Willamette University musicians will perform at the First Reformed Church in Oak Harbor on Monday, Jan. 14. The Willamette University Chamber Choir and Willamette Singers,… Continue reading

  • Dec 28, 2018

Missing man’s body found on Christmas

The body of Matthew Fitch, who went missing in late October, was found on Christmas day on a beach near Coupeville, according to a press… Continue reading

Storm takes out power islandwide

People stuck in elevators, carbon monoxide filling houses, closed roads and failed medical equipment all resulted from Thursday’s wind storm, which knocked out power to… Continue reading

Commissioners grudgingly OK contract

More than $61,000 slated for state-mandated public defense

Elementary school students’ artwork lights up the room

Coupeville Elementary School students’ art work shone bright Tuesday night. The lights were off in the two rooms showcasing their work, but the pieces stood… Continue reading

NRA basics of pistol shooting course offered

The North Whidbey Sportsmen’s Association is offering a series of monthly safety classes to the general public. The next course — NRA Basics of Pistol… Continue reading

  • Dec 25, 2018

Snohomish jail sued over death of woman who lived on Whidbey

She wasn’t ‘faking it’: A lawsuit blames the jail for her death

With some reluctance, South Whidbey kiosk gets funding

The Island County Board of Commissioners Wednesday approved a funding request to keep the South Whidbey Highway 525 visitor kiosk open, although it was to… Continue reading

Greenbank Progressive Club at Bakken and Firehouse Roads, and two houses, were significantly damaged by downed trees caused by Thursday’s windstorm. There were no reported injuries. (Photo provided)

More than 300 Whidbey Islanders still in dark

All power should return by 3 p.m. Monday, PSE says

Greenbank Progressive Club at Bakken and Firehouse Roads, and two houses, were significantly damaged by downed trees caused by Thursday’s windstorm. There were no reported injuries. (Photo provided)
Photo by Laura Guido / Whidbey News Group.
                                The audience at Wednesday night’s meeting in Coupeville cheered for Allyson Brooks, state historic preservation officer.

Tensions rise over jet noise impacts on historic sites

Wednesday night, state and local officials publicly and directly challenged Navy officials over plans to dramatically increase the number of training flights at a rural… Continue reading

Photo by Laura Guido / Whidbey News Group.
                                The audience at Wednesday night’s meeting in Coupeville cheered for Allyson Brooks, state historic preservation officer.

Man convicted for child porn charged with rape of a child

A former Oak Harbor resident convicted of possessing child pornography eight years ago is facing new sex-crime charges in Island County Superior Court. Prosecutors charged… Continue reading

Hospital retirees shocked to learn health coverage was dropped

‘This came totally out of the blue. Retirees are furious.’

Woman injured in Central Whidbey crash

Two people were injured in a head-on collision Friday afternoon on State Highway 20 in Central Whidbey, according to the Washington State Patrol. A trooper… Continue reading

Rapist tried to have wife killed, prosecutor alleges

An Oak Harbor man who raped his wife while she was sleeping and allegedly tried to have her killed was sent to prison Monday. As… Continue reading