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Judy Thorpe, left, Tracy Weissel, Sarah Westcott and Michael Thorpe listen to the audience during a community meeting at the Central Whidbey Sportsmen’s Association in Coupeville last Friday. About 40 people came to the meeting to discuss their concerns about the Whidbey Homeless Coalition’s proposed emergency overnight shelter on Morris Road near Coupeville. Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times

325 people sign petition opposing new shelter

Forty people gathered Thursday at the Central Whidbey Sportsmen’s Association to voice their concerns about the shelter.

Judy Thorpe, left, Tracy Weissel, Sarah Westcott and Michael Thorpe listen to the audience during a community meeting at the Central Whidbey Sportsmen’s Association in Coupeville last Friday. About 40 people came to the meeting to discuss their concerns about the Whidbey Homeless Coalition’s proposed emergency overnight shelter on Morris Road near Coupeville. Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times

Langley considering toilet experiment at Seawall Park

The portable restrooms would be part of an experiment running from May through October.

Langley council tables herbicide resolution

The resolution will be re-drafted and brought before the city council at another meeting.

Comments accepted on shoreline plan amendments

Island County and state Department of Ecology are accepting comments on a periodic review of the county’s Shoreline Master Program. The county has prepared draft… Continue reading

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From left, George Henny, Goosefoot Director of Program Marian Myszkowski, Goosefoot President Jean Singer, Island Senior Resources Executive Director Cheryn Weiser and Goosefoot Vice President Chris Salomone talk about a proposed affordable housing project in Bayview.

South Whidbey leaders unite to build affordable housing

A steering committee is moving forward with the creation of a master plan for innovative and sustainable workforce housing in Bayview.

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From left, George Henny, Goosefoot Director of Program Marian Myszkowski, Goosefoot President Jean Singer, Island Senior Resources Executive Director Cheryn Weiser and Goosefoot Vice President Chris Salomone talk about a proposed affordable housing project in Bayview.
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Oak Harbor resident Joe Cardinal captured this image of an unidentified light in the sky earlier this month.

Forget Bigfoot, UFOs are where the action’s at on Whidbey Island

There have been several sightings in the skies above of strange lights over the past few years.

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Oak Harbor resident Joe Cardinal captured this image of an unidentified light in the sky earlier this month.
Multiple agencies responded to a house fire on Swantown Road in Oak Harbor Friday morning. North Whidbey Fire and Rescue Chief John Clark said the cause is still under investigation, but did not appear to be suspicious. Photo by John Fisken

Fire destroys home on Swantown Road Friday morning

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Multiple agencies responded to a house fire on Swantown Road in Oak Harbor Friday morning. North Whidbey Fire and Rescue Chief John Clark said the cause is still under investigation, but did not appear to be suspicious. Photo by John Fisken
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Port reflects on 2020, looks at projects, possible levy

Port officials are considering asking voters for a levy to tackle large capital maintenance projects at its historic properties, including the iconic Greenbank Farm and Coupeville Wharf.

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OH Marina rates rising 3% in April

City council members voted to raise rates earlier rather than follow the city’s Marina Advisory Board members’ recommendation to wait a few months.

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Christopher Hoppock was among 60 members of the Senior Class Council at Oak Harbor High School who took part in whimsical “Chalk It Up” fun and decorated the school parking lot. The event provided a “simple, intentional moment” for the class to get together safety and school officials predict it could be the start of a new tradition.

Chalking it up to one strange school year

Photo by John Fisken. Christopher Hoppock was among 60 members of the Senior Class Council at Oak Harbor High School who took part in whimsical… Continue reading

  • Mar 19, 2021
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Christopher Hoppock was among 60 members of the Senior Class Council at Oak Harbor High School who took part in whimsical “Chalk It Up” fun and decorated the school parking lot. The event provided a “simple, intentional moment” for the class to get together safety and school officials predict it could be the start of a new tradition.

County, communities to get millions in stimulus

Island County government and the three municipalities on Whidbey Island are projected to receive a combined total of $22.32 million through the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.

Students to get longer school days starting on April 19

The decision came after Gov. Jay Inslee’s emergency proclamation telling school districts to figure out ways to give all K-12 students in-person classes for at least 30 percent instructional time.

Town considers deer options, no-feeding ordinance

Ideas have ranged from birth control to hunting to water guns to a ban on feeding the wildlife.

Families like the one above won’t line the streets of Oak Harbor this year for a St. of Patrick’s Day Parade. This is one of the events canceled so far this year because of the pandemic. File photo/Whidbey News-Times

The COVID effect: Show might go on this year

Here’s a list of what many of Whidbey’s favorite events are doing this year.

Families like the one above won’t line the streets of Oak Harbor this year for a St. of Patrick’s Day Parade. This is one of the events canceled so far this year because of the pandemic. File photo/Whidbey News-Times

Comprehensive plan talks veer into debate over systemic racism in Langley

A proposal to add “dismantling systemic racism” as a goal in the comprehensive plan has spawned debate

Man comatose after brutal assault in North Whidbey home

Deputies arrived to the East Henni Road home and found the victim unconscious, struggling to breathe

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Detectives allegedly found a half pound of suspected methamphetamine in a car driven Codie Burley, who was arrested on warrants, according to court documents.

Whidbey man wanted in shooting, other crimes, arrested by task force

A 24-year-old Coupeville man wanted on felony warrants in several cases.

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Detectives allegedly found a half pound of suspected methamphetamine in a car driven Codie Burley, who was arrested on warrants, according to court documents.
Blake Lewis, 7, at Bush Point where he threw a message in a bottle out to sea. Ruth Smethers later picked it up in Port Townsend. Photo provided by Jessie Lewis

Writer, finder connected over message in bottle

The message traveled all the way from Bush Point to Port Townsend.

Blake Lewis, 7, at Bush Point where he threw a message in a bottle out to sea. Ruth Smethers later picked it up in Port Townsend. Photo provided by Jessie Lewis
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Parents to school board: Fully open schools

Protestors asked school leaders to let students return to full-time, in-person instruction despite social distancing guidelines.

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Eviction protections approved by state Senate

House Bill 1236 puts an end to “no-cause evictions.”

  • Mar 15, 2021