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City council candidates focus on development at forum

The city of Oak Harbor needs to get out of the way of developers and allow the growth and development that will spur the economy… Continue reading

 

Piper Travis

County settles for $3.1M in woman’s jail-related death

Jail staff neglected a Whidbey Island woman as she became seriously ill, her family alleged.

 

Getting clean: Family reunites, offers hope for others battling addiction

Daniel and Adriana Aivles were addicted to heroin and living out of a car during some of Oak Harbor’s coldest months. They had given up… Continue reading

 

Man held on $100,000 bail for child porn

An Oak Harbor man admitted to having “multiple gigabytes” of child pornography on his computer and fantasizing about bringing a grade-school-age girl to his home… Continue reading

Workshop looks at rising sea level

Whidbey Island dwellers may have a interest in the effects rising sea levels will have on their properties and community. To help people prepare for… Continue reading

Sewage plant recognized as project of the year

Oak Harbor’s new clean water facility was recently honored as one of the “projects of the year” by the American Public Works Association. The organization… Continue reading

Pumpkin pickers needed

Liz Sherman picks sugar pie pumpkins at Sherman’s Pioneer Farm in Coupeville. The farm has promised 1,500 of the gourds will be available for volunteers… Continue reading

  • Sep 17, 2019

Leaders work on plan to end homelessness

Whidbey leaders and residents have been discussing the issue of homelessness for years, but Island County will soon have a plan to end it. The… Continue reading

Agreement reached between hospital, island fire districts

After months of negotiating, North and Central Whidbey fire districts have reached agreements to continue longstanding deals with the hospital for ambulance staffing. During discussions,… Continue reading

Dog owners still breaking leash laws at Greenbank Farm

To address ongoing issues with dogs straying into farmland at the Greenbank Farm, the Port of Coupeville is considering adding fencing and signage to make… Continue reading

Island County cuts off its funding for Spin Cafe

An Oak Harbor day shelter for homeless people is hoping to repair its relationship with Island County after learning last week the county terminated its… Continue reading

Oak Harbor Motors saying ‘thanks’ for 40 years and counting

The Horrobins rolled into town back when someone could purchase a new car for about $4,000. The vehicles on their lot, the price tags and… Continue reading

Residents seek class-action lawsuit against Navy over Growlers

Attorneys representing 24 individuals and couples in Central Whidbey filed a lawsuit Thursday that seeks damages from the Navy over EA-18G Growler aircraft practice. The… Continue reading

Main Street petitions to reverse city’s approval of LIHI project

Oak Harbor Main Street Association is asking a superior court judge to reverse a decision made by city council members to approve a Low Income… Continue reading

County ban on outdoor burning lifted Tuesday

Due to the increase in “fuel moisture levels,” the Island County Sheriff’s Office Tuesday lifted a ban on outdoor burning. Residential yard debris and land-clearing… Continue reading

  • Sep 13, 2019

Field carrier landing practice scheduled Monday, Sept. 16

One aircraft carrier-based flight training operation is scheduled between Monday Sept. 16 and Sunday 22 at at the Outlying Landing Field Coupeville. The Coupeville carrier… Continue reading

  • Sep 13, 2019

Four residents ask to be considered for senate seat

At least four people from Whidbey Island are asking to be appointed to the state senate position that will be empty at the end of… Continue reading

Man dies in seventh motorcycle crash since May

A 24-year-old sailor was killed in a collision Saturday afternoon on Ault Field Road. The incident was the seventh motorcycle accident on Whidbey Island since… Continue reading

Client Jackie Milligan, left, and driver Millie Leengran, right, participate in the Medical Transportation program at Island Senior Resources. Photo courtesy of Island Senior Services

Senior Resources seeking volunteer drivers

Finding a ride to the doctor can be an ordeal for senior citizens or people with disabilities, but Whidbey wheels get turning when a need… Continue reading

Client Jackie Milligan, left, and driver Millie Leengran, right, participate in the Medical Transportation program at Island Senior Resources. Photo courtesy of Island Senior Services

Hearts Open to Real Lives: The Science of Gender presentations Sept. 14 and 15

Two workshops/community conversations entitled, “Hearts Open to Real Lives: The Science of Gender,” will be presented on Whidbey Island on Saturday, Sept. 14 and Sunday,… Continue reading

  • Sep 10, 2019