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                                Clinton resident Claudia Fuller, right, and Freeland resident Rebecca Rickabaugh. Fuller holds a sign with a picture of her three-year-old grandson Elijah that says “Don’t shoot my grandson. Black Lives Matter.”

Langley protests shift to Black Lives Matter

For one hour out of the week, the Langley bunnies of Cascade Avenue have been ceding the long strip of grass facing the Puget Sound… Continue reading

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                                Clinton resident Claudia Fuller, right, and Freeland resident Rebecca Rickabaugh. Fuller holds a sign with a picture of her three-year-old grandson Elijah that says “Don’t shoot my grandson. Black Lives Matter.”

County: No, you’re not required to pay for free COVID-19 tests

County officials are urging people who have received invoices for the free COVID tests they received back in May to ignore them. The bills were… Continue reading

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                                Just a week ago, a propane explosion rocked the trailer in which North Whidbey resident Angela Kurtz was living with her three rescue animals. It is now unrecognizable.

Woman injured in camper explosion

A North Whidbey woman whose life is in pieces after an explosion destroyed her entire home is seeking the community’s support. Around 8:55 p.m. on… Continue reading

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                                Just a week ago, a propane explosion rocked the trailer in which North Whidbey resident Angela Kurtz was living with her three rescue animals. It is now unrecognizable.

Defunding police and racial injustice discussed at Langley council meeting

South Whidbey residents are calling on Langley leaders to be the first to support change in the community. During a teleconferenced city council meeting Monday… Continue reading

Parade planned Saturday for South Whidbey grads

A celebration for the graduating class of South Whidbey High School is scheduled to occur beginning at noon in Langley this Saturday, June 13. In… Continue reading

Business reports backlash after posts about MAGA hats, masks

A South Whidbey business taking a stand against racism and police brutality wants people to know that all shoppers are welcome, regardless of political views… Continue reading

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                                Lauren Fletcher of Mutiny Bay Blues and Kyle Flack of Bell’s Farm pack weekly Food Hub orders. Flack said COVID-19 has helped people realize the importance of small-scale farming and shopping locally.

Co-op supporting farmers

An organization dedicated to supporting Whidbey agriculture has opened sales of produce and other products to retail customers, a decision made in light of COVID-19.… Continue reading

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                                Lauren Fletcher of Mutiny Bay Blues and Kyle Flack of Bell’s Farm pack weekly Food Hub orders. Flack said COVID-19 has helped people realize the importance of small-scale farming and shopping locally.
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                                Budtender Tyler Small arranges a display behind a window in Island Herb. The Freeland cannabis store experienced record-breaking sales in March.

Pot shops see green

State data shows that Island County cannabis dispensaries have had an increase in sales, a trend which managers at Whidbey stores can confirm. While state… Continue reading

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                                Budtender Tyler Small arranges a display behind a window in Island Herb. The Freeland cannabis store experienced record-breaking sales in March.

Pot shops see green

State data shows that Island County cannabis dispensaries have had an increase in sales, a trend which managers at Whidbey stores can confirm. While state… Continue reading

Oak Harbor caterer is adapting her business to COVID-19

An Oak Harbor caterer with a love of cooking for the masses has had to reinvent herself and her business as a result of COVID-19,… Continue reading

Island triathlon taking on virtual format this year

For the first time in its history, the Whidbey Island Triathlon will be happening virtually due to COVID-19. The 24th annual event is scheduled for… Continue reading

Langley council reschedules meeting due to agenda error

Video conferencing may seem like the perfect way to recreate face-to-face public meetings, albeit virtually. However, issues with the online application may be limiting accessibility.… Continue reading

Oak Harbor boy stays strong despite cancer diagnosis

Being diagnosed with cancer is hard enough, but receiving a diagnosis during COVID-19 is even more difficult. Fortunately, an Oak Harbor boy has had his… Continue reading

Conflicting mask proclamations in Langley clarified

Langley officials don’t expect restaurant patrons to slurp oysters under surgical masks, which may come as a relief to people confused by seemingly contradictory proclamations.… Continue reading

Coupeville planning to close Front St. during June

Coupeville leaders are considering temporarily closing a portion of Front Street to traffic in order to allow pedestrians more space for social distancing in the… Continue reading

Langley sees crime spike in last 2 months

Property crimes have been on the rise in Langley for the last two months, according to Langley Police Chief Don Lauer. During a teleconferenced city… Continue reading

Not horsin’ around

Many things may be uncertain right now, but owners of a small family farm in North Whidbey are certain their mission to breed critically endangered… Continue reading

Lions member building birdhouses to help food bank

A South Whidbey man is using his time at home constructively by building birdhouses and donating all proceeds from the sales to a good cause.… Continue reading

Donations offer some relief for town businesses

Community members are banding together to offer financial help to Coupeville small businesses facing finanical losses due to COVID-19. Coupeville Historic Waterfront Association, or CHWA,… Continue reading

Langley retailers to get green light to move outdoors

The Village by the Sea is planning to issue a proclamation allowing restaurants and retailers to expand outside in designated areas. During a teleconferenced city… Continue reading