Mental health patient flees ER, steals car, leads chase

A mental health patient left the hospital against doctor’s orders, stole a car, led police on a high-speed chase and rammed into a cop car… Continue reading


A whale of a friend: Gov. Jay Inslee praises efforts to save marine creatures, add viewing site on Whidbey Island

Presidential hopeful Gov. Jay Inslee brought his message to save the whales to Whidbey Island Wednesday. The 2020 Democratic candidate didn’t spot any orcas or… Continue reading


After 40 years, SVC closing its South Whidbey Center

Skagit Valley College will likely shutter classrooms on South Whidbey after teaching students in the community for 40 years. Thomas Keegan, president of the community… Continue reading


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                                Water Aerobics instructor Christine Burton leads a class.

Pool fixes to be completed before summer’s end

John Vanderzicht Memorial Pool in Oak Harbor is back in business, with fresh new paint, brighter lights, a deep clean and other upgrades, including the… Continue reading

Photo by Maria Matson/Whidbey News-Times
                                Water Aerobics instructor Christine Burton leads a class.

Man gets 6 months for ‘communicating with a minor for immoral purposes’

A 32-year-old petty chief in the Navy originally accused of raping a boy he met on a dating app pleaded guilty to a lesser offense… Continue reading

Community Green is open

The Town of Coupeville has announced that the newly improved public parking lot, also called the Community Green, is officially open. Paving and striping the… Continue reading

  • Jul 19, 2019

Islanders join protest against detention centers

Vigils, signs and demonstrations for ‘Lights for Liberty’ events across Whidbey Friday

Kingsview opens Coupeville office

Kingsview Asset Management recently opened the doors to its new office and welcomed its newest advisor partner, Trenton Lay. Kingsview is located at 200 S.… Continue reading

  • Jul 16, 2019
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Whidbey Island Fair kicks off Thursday, runs July 18-21

Fair has showcased Whidbey Island agriculture, local talent for over 90 years

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Sportsmen’s Association event Saturday

The public is invited to the Central Whidbey Sportsmen’s Association event match 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturday, July 20. Entrance fee is four tickets for… Continue reading

  • Jul 16, 2019

County awards land preservation grants

Island County commissioners last week awarded grants to two projects that will protect open space and expand walking trail systems in North and Central Whidbey.… Continue reading

SVC lauds student achievements at 62nd annual Honors Reception

With many family members and friends in attendance, Skagit Valley College Whidbey Island Campus celebrated student achievement at the college’s 62nd Annual Honors Reception on… Continue reading

  • Jul 16, 2019

Beecher earns degree from George Fox University

HAILEY BEECHER, of Oak Harbor, was among more than 900 undergraduate, adult degree and graduate-level students who received diplomas from George Fox University this spring.… Continue reading

  • Jul 16, 2019

CWU honor roll list includes islanders

Island County students studying at Central Washington University qualified for the 2019 spring quarter honor roll. Undergraduate students who earn a 3.5 or better gpa… Continue reading

  • Jul 16, 2019

Rotary installs new board of directors

The Rotary Club of Oak Harbor installed its new Board of Directors recently at the CPO Club. Brad Whittaker, District 5050 governor and Bruce Enter,… Continue reading

  • Jul 16, 2019

Groundbreaking July 25 for next Habitat Home

The public is invited to attend a groundbreaking ceremony for a new Habitat for Humanity home at 377 Coe St., Coupeville at 2:30 p.m. Thursday,… Continue reading

  • Jul 16, 2019

Extortion scheme increases bail for suspected molester

A judge in Island County Superior Court increased a suspected child molester’s bail Friday because the man allegedly engaged in an extortion scheme with his… Continue reading

Series of police cases involve felony DUIs

Police and prosecutors on Whidbey Island have been busy in recent weeks with a series of felony-level cases in which drivers were suspected of being… Continue reading

Report shows WhidbeyHealth still short on cash

A persistent decline in inpatient visits is contributing to low cash reserves for the island hospital district. WhidbeyHealth Controller Jennifer Reed told board commissioners Monday… Continue reading

VAQ-130 holds change of command

The “Zappers” of Electronic Attack Squadron 130 held a change of command ceremony July 3 at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island. Cmdr. Jack “Farva” Curtis… Continue reading

  • Jul 12, 2019