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Oak Harbor man charged with animal cruelty

An Oak Harbor man was charged with animal cruelty after a report of a suspicious dog death.

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Island Scanner Feb. 25 - March 9.

In Our Opinion: Central Whidbey location is right for homeless shelter

Since 2017, the Haven has offered a warm, safe place to sleep for people who have no other options for shelter from the storm. A… Continue reading

Comments accepted on shoreline plan amendments

Island County and state Department of Ecology are accepting comments on a periodic review of the county’s Shoreline Master Program. The county has prepared draft… Continue reading

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From left, George Henny, Goosefoot Director of Program Marian Myszkowski, Goosefoot President Jean Singer, Island Senior Resources Executive Director Cheryn Weiser and Goosefoot Vice President Chris Salomone talk about a proposed affordable housing project in Bayview.

South Whidbey leaders unite to build affordable housing

A steering committee is moving forward with the creation of a master plan for innovative and sustainable workforce housing in Bayview.

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From left, George Henny, Goosefoot Director of Program Marian Myszkowski, Goosefoot President Jean Singer, Island Senior Resources Executive Director Cheryn Weiser and Goosefoot Vice President Chris Salomone talk about a proposed affordable housing project in Bayview.
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Oak Harbor resident Joe Cardinal captured this image of an unidentified light in the sky earlier this month.

Forget Bigfoot, UFOs are where the action’s at on Whidbey Island

There have been several sightings in the skies above of strange lights over the past few years.

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Oak Harbor resident Joe Cardinal captured this image of an unidentified light in the sky earlier this month.

County, communities to get millions in stimulus

Island County government and the three municipalities on Whidbey Island are projected to receive a combined total of $22.32 million through the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.

In Our Opinion: Those fighting for racial equality should focus on county government

It’s a little ironic, but perhaps not surprising, that so much of the discussion about racial equality and inclusion on Whidbey Island in recent years… Continue reading

Man comatose after brutal assault in North Whidbey home

Deputies arrived to the East Henni Road home and found the victim unconscious, struggling to breathe

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Detectives allegedly found a half pound of suspected methamphetamine in a car driven Codie Burley, who was arrested on warrants, according to court documents.

Whidbey man wanted in shooting, other crimes, arrested by task force

A 24-year-old Coupeville man wanted on felony warrants in several cases.

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Detectives allegedly found a half pound of suspected methamphetamine in a car driven Codie Burley, who was arrested on warrants, according to court documents.

Snow plow plowed a ton of snow | Island Scanner

Island Scanner Feb. 11-23.

Navy to send letters to farms warning of chemicals in groundwater

The chemical compounds known as PFAS were found years ago in groundwater at levels above the EPA’s lifetime health advisory limit.

Fewer COVID restrictions, more vaccines

As of March 11, nearly 19 percent of Island County residents have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Whidbey Environmental Action Network is challenging the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission’s decision to allow the issuance of permits for the U.S. Navy to conduct clandestine training in state parks, including Fort Ebey seen above. Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times

Group sues over Navy training in state parks

The group is challenging a decision to allow the Navy to conduct training operations in state parks.

Whidbey Environmental Action Network is challenging the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission’s decision to allow the issuance of permits for the U.S. Navy to conduct clandestine training in state parks, including Fort Ebey seen above. Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times

Man sentenced for sex assault at care facility

The man sexually assaulted a 79-year-old dementia patient at an Oak Harbor long-term care center.

Federal judge rejects injunction request against Navy Growlers

The decision wasn’t a surprise, and it doesn’t directly affect the underlying lawsuits by the state Attorney General’s Office and COER.

Hospital renovation moving forward

The $22.5 million project is on on track despite the district’s “cash poor” status and the pandemic.

Camano man accused of murder appears in court

The man was accused of shooting two people, killing one, at a Camano Island home on Feb. 28.

High court ruling in drug possession case has multitude of implications

Sheriff Rick Felici said an inmate at the jail on a felony drug possession case would be released.