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Some county inmates to be released; cases delayed in response to coronavirus emergency

Island County’s law and justice system isn’t immune from the effects of the coronavirus. A series of changes have been announced in the courts to… Continue reading

Island food banks in need of donations

A parallel with the current shortage in grocery stores, Whidbey food banks are in need of donations as supplies run low. North Whidbey’s Help House… Continue reading

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                                Nurse Jackie Bassett holds a nasal swab used in coronavirus testing.

WhidbeyHealth opens drive-thru testing

People don’t have to leave their cars to get tested for coronavirus on Whidbey Island. WhidbeyHealth Medical Center in Coupeville is offering drive-thru COVID-19 testing… Continue reading

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                                Nurse Jackie Bassett holds a nasal swab used in coronavirus testing.

Navy’s sewage offer a fraction of city’s request, but mayor optimistic about negotiations

Oak Harbor leaders hope partnering with the Navy on the new sewage treatment plant will give ratepayers some relief from monthly costs that continue to… Continue reading

Judge in Growler case may consider classified info in chambers

The U.S. Justice Department wants a judge to look at classified material before making a decision on a request for a preliminary injunction on an… Continue reading

3 Island County residents positive for COVID-19, Washington schools closing for 6 weeks

Three Island County residents have now tested positive for the coronavirus, Island County Public Health reported. Friday afternoon, Gov. Jay Inslee ordered that all schools… Continue reading

Biden ahead in state, county

Former Vice President Joe Biden holds a narrow lead over Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders in the Democratic Primary in Washington state. As of Friday morning,… Continue reading

  • Mar 13, 2020
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                                John Del Prete’s fourth-grade class tears into the box that has their published book “Invisible Pollution in the Salish Sea.”

4th grade students publish book on Salish Sea

John Del Prete’s fourth-grade class crowded around two cardboard boxes stacked on a small cluster of desks near the whiteboard. The students were electric in… Continue reading

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                                John Del Prete’s fourth-grade class tears into the box that has their published book “Invisible Pollution in the Salish Sea.”

Judge Alan Hancock says he won’t seek reelection

The Honorable Island County Superior Court Judge Alan Hancock will simplify his title at the end of the year. “Grandpa.” “Husband.” Perhaps “handyman.” Hancock, 69,… Continue reading

Oak Harbor man tests positive for coronavirus

An Oak Harbor man who is the father of a student at Oak Harbor High School tested positive for the coronavirus. Island County Public Health… Continue reading

Drive-up pharmacy, Oak Harbor clinic in hospital plans

A number of changes are in the works for WhidbeyHealth. In addition to opening walk-in clinics in Oak Harbor and Clinton, the hospital district is… Continue reading

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                                Denny DeWispelaere from Oak Harbor receives a tasting of Freeland Caffe’s Manhattan style chowder from Jill Bassett and Miranda Baugh.

Musselfest muscles on

Unlike some other events across the country and state that were canceled because of coronavirus concerns, Coupeville’s annual Musselfest drew a fairly healthy sized crowd… Continue reading

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                                Denny DeWispelaere from Oak Harbor receives a tasting of Freeland Caffe’s Manhattan style chowder from Jill Bassett and Miranda Baugh.

Appeals court upholds threat conviction

The Washington State Court of Appeals recently affirmed a 13-year-old Oak Harbor boy’s conviction in a case involving an alleged threat against a school in… Continue reading

Former Navy man sentenced for child molestation

The victim of child molestation that occurred 12 years ago cannot escape the nightmares, anxiety attacks and low self worth caused by the crime. “There’s… Continue reading

Blood bank in need of donations; drives scheduled on Whidbey Island

Among the many impacts of the coronavirus outbreak is a shortage of blood. Bloodworks Northwest, a statewide blood bank, is asking for healthy and willing… Continue reading

Rep. Smith won’t seek another term

Norma Smith has one year left as a member of the Washington State House of Representatives and she isn’t going to take it easy. Smith,… Continue reading

Walk-in clinic to open in April

WhidbeyHealth is opening a new walk-in clinic in Clinton during the first week of April, the hospital district reported. Some patients on South Whidbey were… Continue reading

Growler lawsuits in two federal courts entangled

Four lawsuits in two different federal courts over Navy jet noise on Whidbey Island have recently become intertwined. The U.S. Department of Justice wants two… Continue reading

County, hospital prepare for virus

A run on toilet paper at grocery stores is perhaps the most noticeable visual impact the coronavirus has had on Whidbey Island, but that doesn’t… Continue reading

Oak Harbor road construction gets underway this summer

Construction on Fort Nugent Road and Loerland Drive is expected to occur in the summer followed by road construction in neighborhoods near Crosby Avenue in… Continue reading