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Lawmakers seek to regulate homeless camps on church property

By Emma Scher WNPA Olympia Bureau Washington cities like Lynnwood, Kirkland, Bothell, Seattle and Sammamish all have municipal codes regulating temporary homeless encampments. Senate Bill… Continue reading

  • Feb 20, 2019

 

Into ‘the pit:’ No one knows what to do with all of the garbage, needles in homeless encampment

Those going into an area on the island known as “the pit” are often advised not to wear shoes that are valuable. The piece of… Continue reading

 

Federal agency sends historic preservation recommendations to Navy

An independent federal agency is asking the Navy to continue working with the community and carry out long-term mitigation regarding its planned expansion of training… Continue reading

 

Proposed Public Records bill is dead

By Emma Epperly WNPA Olympia News Bureau A proposal to provide exemptions to the Public Records Act for the Legislature is dead, according to bill… Continue reading

  • Feb 20, 2019

Social media extortion could be a new crime in Washington state

By Madeline Coats WNPA Olympia News Bureau Washington state senators aim to make social media extortion a crime punishable as a class C felony. Senate… Continue reading

  • Feb 19, 2019

State senators aim to create self-harm hotline

By Madeline Coats WNPA Olympia News Bureau State lawmakers are seeking to create a hotline designated for reports of potential self-harm and criminal acts. Senate… Continue reading

  • Feb 19, 2019

Oak Harbor residents on George Fox University Dean’s List

The following local students were among those who earned Dean’s List recognition at George Fox University for the fall 2018 semester. Oak Harbor DEJANELLE BUNCH,… Continue reading

  • Feb 19, 2019

Land Trust seats new board members

The Whidbey Camano Land Trust recently welcomed three new members to its board of directors. Janet Hall, of Freeland, and Jay Adams and Michael McGarry,… Continue reading

  • Feb 19, 2019

Bill tackles candidate returns, felon voting, campaign finance

By Emma Epperly WNPA Olympia News Bureau A measure calling for a constitutional amendment and laws that would tackle felon voting, campaign finance and presidential… Continue reading

  • Feb 19, 2019

Mental wellness conference planned for first responders

Imagine a day in which you help a couple whose baby died of SIDS, chase after a man who beat his wife and mediate a… Continue reading

Accused rapist may have his bail revoked for alleged witness tampering

An accused rapist may have his bail revoked after he allegedly tampered with a witness, court documents state. Maurice Bandy, 49, of Freeland is accused… Continue reading

Puget Sound’s southern resident orcas, which use echo-location to find food, would be protected by a new speed limit for vessels approaching the endangered species. (Photo by Ken Rea, SpiritofOrca.com)

Lawmakers proposing restrictions to protect orcas

By Sean Harding WNPA Olympia News Bureau Lawmakers, whale watchers and environmentalists reached a rare consensus at a hearing on a proposed speed limit for… Continue reading

  • Feb 19, 2019
Puget Sound’s southern resident orcas, which use echo-location to find food, would be protected by a new speed limit for vessels approaching the endangered species. (Photo by Ken Rea, SpiritofOrca.com)

Nerf turf: New biz a place for friendly battles

Bailey Callison and her husband Ben really enjoy shooting each other. So much so, that while Ben Callison was stationed in Italy, Bailey Callison went… Continue reading

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Fire damages Coupeville residence

A tipped over candle resulted in extensive damage to a Coupeville home Thursday night but no injuries. Central Whidbey Island Fire and Rescue personnel responded… Continue reading

Presidents’ Day holiday delays garbage, recycling pickup

Oak Harbor city offices will be closed Feb. 18 in observance of the Presidents’ Day holiday. Garbage and recyclables usually collected on Monday, Feb. 18,… Continue reading

  • Feb 15, 2019

Coupeville council adopts quick fix to fund sidewalk project

An oversight could’ve led to the Coupeville missing out on more than $100,000 in grant funds to complete a long-awaited project. Construction of a section… Continue reading

Lions aim for $30k at annual auction

Last year, their club raised over $30,000 for Coupeville high school seniors — and the Coupeville Lions plan to do it again — or top… Continue reading

Town reduces building permit fees

Coupeville’s building official said he believed the town’s building permit fees were inexplicably high, and Tuesday the council rectified the disparity. Coupeville Town Council lowered… Continue reading

Man says edibles led him to molest girl, 11

A Greenbank man allegedly admitted to sexually molesting an 11-year-old girl and blamed marijuana edibles for his crime, according to court documents Prosecutors charged Randall… Continue reading