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Oak Harbor delays decision on utility rate increase

The Oak Harbor City Council has delayed a decision to increase the city’s utility rates largely due to unemployment caused by the COVID-19 health crisis.… Continue reading

 

City eyes ban on smoking in parks

Oak Harbor officials are considering an ordinance that would prohibit smoking in city parks. During Tuesday’s teleconferenced meeting, city council members discussed a proposed ordinance… Continue reading

 

Whidbey thrift stores prepare to reopen, others remain closed

Good Cheer thrift stores in Langley and Clinton are reopening, but the stores won’t be accepting donations until July 1. According to a press release,… Continue reading

  • Jun 5, 2020

 

Veterinarian accused of misconduct

An Oak Harbor veterinarian is accused of failing to use analgesics before and after painful surgeries and procedures on dogs, failing to intubate and monitor… Continue reading

Photo by Kira Erickson/Whidbey News-Times
                                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

Photo by Kira Erickson/Whidbey News-Times
                                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

Ex-sheriff is cruising into retirement after 32 years

He was a school teacher who didn’t want to be a cop. He was a cop who never wanted to be sheriff. But Mike Hawley… Continue reading

Commissioner says governor’s new mask rule defies basic science, logic

An Island County commissioner said she will refuse to follow Gov. Jay Inslee’s latest rule related to COVID-19 because she believes it does not follow… Continue reading

Oak Harbor man who resisted police arrested

A confrontation between Oak Harbor police and a man who was acting erratically turned violent when officers tried to restrain him in a parking lot… Continue reading

Counselor charged with unprofessional conduct

A mental health counselor in Oak Harbor has been charged with unprofessional conduct, according to a notice from the state Department of Health. Todd Webb… Continue reading

SAR rescues hiker from Mount Baker

A Search and Rescue team from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island rescued a 28-year-old hiker with a compound arm fracture Wednesday at the Twin Sisters,… Continue reading

  • Jun 5, 2020

Landing practices scheduled at Ault Field June 3

Aircraft carrier-based flight training operations are scheduled to occur at Outlying Landing Field Coupeville during the week of Monday, June 8 through Sunday, June 14,… Continue reading

  • Jun 5, 2020

Three dog afternoon | Island scanner

Tuesday, May 19 At 5:46 p.m., a caller reported that a Greenbank girl claimed her father keeps her locked in her room all day. At… Continue reading

Black Lives Matter: Formed in response to George Floyd’s killing, weekend protest stays peaceful

A Black Lives Matter protest in Oak Harbor Saturday remained peaceful and, despite foul weather, drew a sizable crowd with more than 50 people participating.… Continue reading

Graduation plans move foward, with adaptations

End of year plans for schools across the nation were derailed as the COVID-19 pandemic spread. Schools were forced to close, sporting events and many… Continue reading

Veterinary clinic in Oak Harbor celebrating 40th anniversary

Best Friends Veterinarian Center in Oak Harbor celebrated its 40th anniversary last month. In that time, Eric Anderson, the clinic’s chief of staff, has treated… 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

Local libraries adapt programs to support social distancing

Even with all locations closed to the public because of COVID-19, the Sno-Isle Libraries have been finding a way to reach patrons with online programming.… Continue reading

  • Jun 2, 2020

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

Fire damages Fleet Reserve building

The Fleet Reserve Building in Oak Harbor was damaged in a mid-morning fire Sunday, the Oak Harbor Fire Department reported. Fire Chief Ray Merrill said… Continue reading