Jessie Stensland

Michael and Mary Frost of Coupeville purchase their pyrotechnics from Soroptomist Susan Sehlin at the Soroptomists International of Oak Harbor fireworks stand on Highway 20 near 7-Eleven.

Oak Harbor cops prepare for a rowdy July 4 weekend

Island County Sheriff Mark Brown is predicting a busy, possibly explosive, Fourth of July weekend. "Complaints will probably double because it's on a weekend," he said. "But weather will influence a lot of what goes on." For now, meteorologists are predicting a pleasant Independence Day weekend, with patchy clouds and highs in the upper 60s. Fireworks fans can purchase legal pyrotechnics and light them off during the prescribed times. The same rules apply in Oak Harbor, Coupeville and the unincorporated areas of the county.

Michael and Mary Frost of Coupeville purchase their pyrotechnics from Soroptomist Susan Sehlin at the Soroptomists International of Oak Harbor fireworks stand on Highway 20 near 7-Eleven.

Island County cops fear rowdy July 4 weekend

Island County Sheriff Mark Brown is predicting a busy, possibly explosive, Fourth of July weekend.

Oak Harbor man charged with assault, accused of smothering girlfriend

An 18-year-old Oak Harbor man accused of smothering his girlfriend is a facing a felony charge. Prosecutors charged Fritz Ratcliffe in Island County Superior Court with assault in the third degree, domestic violence.

Detective’s nose points out 2 pot operations

One of the two Whidbey Island men who last October for growing pot plants will likely be going to jail soon.

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‘Little Bob’ concerns addressed

Probably the most significant thing about a meeting of the Island County Economic Development Council last Wednesday was the astounding number of public officials, candidates for office and business people who attended.

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Child rape verdict follows boy’s testimony

A jury found a 34-year-old Oak Harbor man guilty of sexually assaulting a preschool-aged boy at an informal daycare.

Ann Bell

This week’s for nurses

Ann Bell jokes around with a husband and wife as the female half is hooked up to an IV line that’s bringing chemotherapy drugs to her body.

Ann Bell

America’s Third Party starts here

David Jon Sponheim and Sarah Hart know how to dream big. From a home on North Whidbey, they’ve started a uniquely grassroots effort they hope will do nothing less than change the world.

Where’s the bad beef?

Seen as boost for marina