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Island County conducts homeless tally

Patricia Hoesman may have been surrounded by people Thursday morning, as she sat in front of an empty cup of coffee at a table with… Continue reading

 

Hospital plans for ‘year of action’

Last year was the hospital’s “year of listening,” according to CEO Ron Telles, and 2020 will be “the year of action.” During Wednesday morning’s monthly… Continue reading

 

Proposal would mean hefty utility rate hikes

The rates Oak Harbor residents pay each month for city-provided utilities will increase by about $50 over the next five years to a total of… Continue reading

 

Fake TV salesman sent to prison, ordered to repay $759,000 to victims

A man who defrauded more than a 100 people through illegitimate electronic businesses and ran a “boiler room” operation out of a rental house in… Continue reading

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                                The Haller House is one of the historic properties that received a portion of the $1 million Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve preservation grant.

$1 million in state historic preservation grants awarded in Ebey’s Reserve

A $1-million grant from the state will go a long ways toward repairing and protecting many of the structures that are intrinsic to the rich… Continue reading

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                                The Haller House is one of the historic properties that received a portion of the $1 million Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve preservation grant.

Hospital searched for bombs after threat

The Washington State Patrol Bomb Squad searched WhidbeyHealth Medical Center in Coupeville Sunday morning based on a tip from the FBI, but nothing explosive was… Continue reading

Nurse to challenge Smith for seat in House

A longtime nurse and Whidbey resident is challenging incumbent Rep. Norma Smith, R-Clinton, for her seat in the state House of Representatives. Democrat Suzanne Wood-ard… Continue reading

Mussel farm forced to end Quilcene operation

After nearly 25 years of farming in Quilcene Bay, Penn Cove Shellfish is moving its farming operation out of the Jefferson County waters. The mussel… Continue reading

Ex-county inmate sues over jail fall

An inmate at Clallam Bay Corrections Center is suing Island County over a fall he blames on a missing shower mat in Island County jail… Continue reading

Wanted man sentenced for assault, resisting arrest

A Clinton man who assaulted a woman and teenage girl and wrestled deputies near an open septic tank was recently sentenced to jail. Justin M.… Continue reading

FEMA threat draws county rebuke

Island County commissioners are “aghast” at recent actions taken by the Federal Emergency Management Agency that could affect local shoreline property owners. During a work… Continue reading

MLK event emphasizes dreams, unity

While Pastor Fannie Dean thinks it’s important to remember and acknowledge the dream Martin Luther King Jr. spoke about at the Lincoln Memorial nearly 60… Continue reading

Uber returns to the road in Oak Harbor

After an absence of more than three months, Uber is back in Oak Harbor. The ride-share company stopped operating in the city last September because… Continue reading

Man repeatedly violated court order, police say

A 37-year-old Clinton man is being held in jail on $35,000 bail for continually violating court orders barring him from contacting a former girlfriend, who… Continue reading

Driver who allegedly knocked out power, cell service charged

An Anacortes man is accused of fleeing from the scene of a vehicle collision that disrupted cell phone and internet service on Whidbey Island and… Continue reading

Officer injured in DUI suspect’s getaway attempt

An Oak Harbor police officer was injured and a police car was damaged during the investigation of a suspected intoxicated driver who tried to speed… Continue reading

WhidbeyHealth predicts growth in outpatient services

WhidbeyHealth leaders are projecting increased use of its birthing center and outpatient services in the public hospital district’s 2020 budget. Controller Jennifer Reed said she’d… Continue reading

Woman injured in restaurant after customer accidentally fires a gun

An 80-year-old woman who was accidentally shot while eating dinner at an Oak Harbor restaurant Friday night is recovering, according to police. The 57-year-old Coupeville… Continue reading

Homeless emergency grabs attention of lawmakers

Lawmakers are scrambling to confront a crisis that leaves people sleeping out in the cold and rain. The complex of contributing factors of homelessness in… Continue reading

  • Jan 10, 2020

City moving forward with new road

Oak Harbor is moving forward with a project to build a new road despite a grant request being turned down. The city council recently approved… Continue reading