Justin Burnett

$10.5 mil sewers planned for Freeland

If the stars line up, construction of a $10.5 million effort to bring sewers to Freeland’s commercial core could begin as soon next summer.

A clutch of chickens arrived unexpectedly in Langley.

Rooster ruckus: Why did the chickens come to town? That’s a mystery to residents

Arriving in stealth and by means unknown, a clutch of at least eight chickens took up roost in Langley recently and, in short order, had town’s residents clucking. They have since been caught.

A clutch of chickens arrived unexpectedly in Langley.
Laura Price

Longtime deputy new sheriff’s detective

One of Whidbey Island’s finest and best-known law enforcement officers is sporting a new badge and uniform.

Laura Price

Fireworks bill debuts in state House

The Island County commissioners may soon have the flexibility they so desired last year to temporarily ban fireworks in times of extreme drought.

Costs still undetermined, but hospital ready to vote on name change

Whidbey General Hospital commissioners are expected to vote on a new name next week, even though all of the costs of rebranding aren’t clear.

Whidbey General Hospital CEO Geri Forbes announced that the hospital is changing its name to WhidbeyHealth.

Hospital no longer ‘General’: ‘We’re changing our name,’ CEO reveals

WhidbeyHealth. No, it’s not a typo. It’s Whidbey General Hospital’s new name.

Whidbey General Hospital CEO Geri Forbes announced that the hospital is changing its name to WhidbeyHealth.
A Mutiny Bay man is accused of setting his own house on fire over a grudge with a neighbor. He was charged Jan. 4 and is in Island County Jail in lieu of $100

Man jailed for allegedly setting house on fire in South Whidbey

A Mutiny Bay man who was heard yelling “Burn, (expletive), burn” outside his house as flames spread through the living room is accused of setting his own house on fire over a grudge with his neighbor.

A Mutiny Bay man is accused of setting his own house on fire over a grudge with a neighbor. He was charged Jan. 4 and is in Island County Jail in lieu of $100
Herb Helsel works on an antique clock in his shop

Owners of Langley clock shop moving toward retirement in digital world

In the heart of downtown Langley is a little store where time stands still. It’s a place of warm incandescent light, little brass gears, tiny screws and old-world craftsmanship.

Herb Helsel works on an antique clock in his shop
New owner Ken Strange stands in front of Bailey's Store.

Central Whidbey teacher takes over Corner Store

A respected Central Whidbey school teacher and tennis coach has bid adieu to a life of academia to become the proud new owner of Bailey’s Corner Store in Cultus Bay.

New owner Ken Strange stands in front of Bailey's Store.
South Whidbey residents wait in line for ethanol-free fuel at the Valero gas station in Clinton Wednesday. More than 4

Storm socks Whidbey Island

A winter storm this week severely damaged homes, seriously injured a Freeland man and left thousands on the South End without power for days.

South Whidbey residents wait in line for ethanol-free fuel at the Valero gas station in Clinton Wednesday. More than 4
Linda Thomas

South Whidbey woman, 71, pleads not guilty to killing sister

Clinton resident Linda Thomas has pleaded not guilty in a California court to murder and other charges for the slaying of her sister last month.

Linda Thomas
Cary Gray pedals up Second Street in Langley. He’s preparing to leave town in December

Whidbey unicyclist to resume tour of the Americas

Cary Gray: artist, author, sustainability nut, world record holder, wild man. Also capable of building semi-functional catapults, and currently works at Prima Bistro in Langley. If the 26-year-old St. Louis, Mo., native has a resume, it probably looks something like that. In town on a longer-than-expected pit stop, Gray is a free-spirit adventurer who’s been pedaling his way through the Americas since 2013.

Cary Gray pedals up Second Street in Langley. He’s preparing to leave town in December
Linda Thomas

South Whidbey woman accused of murder wrote own obituary

The Clinton woman charged with the premeditated murder of her sister in California placed her own obituary in a Whidbey Island newspaper before the crime was committed. Linda Thomas, 71, went into the office of the South Whidbey Record on Sept. 22 and paid for the obituary. Island law enforcement also confirmed that Thomas was driven to California by a South Whidbey man.

Linda Thomas

Whidbey woman accused of premeditated murder in California

An elderly Clinton woman traveled to her sister’s house in California carrying a handgun, zip ties and duct tape and a letter describing her wishes to be cremated. She then shot and killed her sibling before the gun was wrestled from her hands, according to a police report on the incident.

Overhead passenger ferry loading in Clinton not out of the question

Overhead passenger loading at the Clinton ferry terminal isn’t an impossible dream, Washington’s District 10 senator said this week.

Maribeth Crandell

Holmes Harbor shellfish protection district here to stay

Despite the temporary opening of shellfish harvesting in Holmes Harbor this spring, the first in nine years, it doesn’t appear the area’s designation as a shellfish protection district will go away any time soon.

Maribeth Crandell

Holmes Harbor Golf Course failing to draw any potential buyers

A two-week window for prospective buyers to make offers on the Holmes Harbor Golf Course has come and gone without a single bid. For Holmes Harbor Sewer District commissioners who are trying to shed unwanted ownership of the golf course’s 50 acres of fairways, that they didn’t get even a nibble was disappointing, but not surprising.

Cynthia Trenshaw sits at her kitchen table in her Freeland home. She’s excited about a new non-profit group

New Whidbey nonprofit helps elderly age in place

South Whidbey at Home will provide volunteer help to seniors on small but essential services.

Cynthia Trenshaw sits at her kitchen table in her Freeland home. She’s excited about a new non-profit group

Bones found during Freeland dig ‘prehistoric,’ says coroner

An expert with the state Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation was in Freeland on Tuesday examining ancient human remains discovered at a home construction site.

Anglers line up for early morning fishing this summer at the Keystone spit in Coupeville. The shoreline is a popular place for anglers during odd years when pink salmon pass through.

Humpy season can lead to more than lines tangling

The humpy salmon season is reaching its peak, and every day legions of anglers swarm Whidbey Island beaches for their share of pink gold.

Anglers line up for early morning fishing this summer at the Keystone spit in Coupeville. The shoreline is a popular place for anglers during odd years when pink salmon pass through.