Amendment allows city of Oak Harbor to clean graffiti, bill property owners

A new rule in Oak Harbor is aimed at getting graffiti cleaned up quickly. Tuesday, the city council approved an amendment to the city code… Continue reading

Petitions aim to preserve Holland Happening name

There’s a sentiment among many Oak Harbor residents that their community is slowly losing its identity. The towering Garry oak tree in front of the… Continue reading

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                                Event organizer Linda Wehrman holds up the peace sign to passing cars Thursday on Highway 20 in Coupeville during an anti-war protest.

Demonstrators take to streets again to protest war

The image of groups of people standing with large card stock on street corners near State Highway 20 has almost become a familiar sight, though… Continue reading

Photo by Laura Guido/Whidbey News-Times 
                                Event organizer Linda Wehrman holds up the peace sign to passing cars Thursday on Highway 20 in Coupeville during an anti-war protest.

WNPA Olympia News Bureau opens for 2020 Legislative session

WNPA News Service The Washington Newspaper Publisher Association’s Olympia news bureau opened this past Wednesday with two reporters in new permanent quarters on the Capitol… Continue reading

  • Jan 10, 2020

Man accused of extorting women online for sexual favors, images

A detective with the Island County Sheriff’s Office uncovered evidence that a former Island County man has been blackmailing girls and women across the country… Continue reading

New year, new name for Oak Harbor Senior Center

The facility formerly known as the Oak Harbor Senior Center is starting the year with a new identity. As of Jan. 2, it’s now called… Continue reading

  • Jan 7, 2020

North Whidbey Rotary launches grant program

It wasn’t quite enough to just raise money for a general cause. Members of the Rotary Club of North Whidbey Sunrise wanted to ensure funding… Continue reading

Customers worry about insurance ‘probation surcharge’

Some homeowners on Whidbey Island received a troubling notice recently, notifying them they might need to pay extra fees on their flood insurance because of… Continue reading

Whidbey man accused of molesting, assaulting girl

A 23-year-old man is accused of molesting and assaulting a child in Langley, according to court documents. Prosecutors charged Pierce F.D. Jackson in Island County… Continue reading

Rude friends and loose pigs | Island Scanner

The following were gathered from calls made to the Island County Sheriff’s Office: Thursday, Dec. 12 At 9:18 a.m., a 911 call was abandoned. Upon… Continue reading

  • Jan 7, 2020

County needs volunteers for annual Point in Time count

Later this month, an annual one-day effort gets underway to count the people in Island County who don’t have addresses. The department leading the effort… Continue reading

County commissioner looks back on first year in office

Island County Commissioner Janet St. Clair is a nerd. The kind of nerd who spends the holidays pouring over a book about “mastering council meetings”… Continue reading

Oak Harbor man, 19, dies in crash

A 19-year-old Oak Harbor man died early in the morning Jan. 3 in a collision near Pass Lake in the Deception Pass area. Around 2:40… Continue reading

Group plans to seek injunction against Growlers

The group Citizens of Ebey’s Reserve plans to file a motion for a preliminary injunction against the Navy this month in an attempt to restrict… Continue reading

Appeals Court reverses conviction in freedom of speech case

In a case testing free speech restrictions, the state Court of Appeals recently reversed the convictions of a man accused of trying to intimidate two… Continue reading

Island County seeks planning commission applicants

The Island County Board of Commissioners is seeking applicants from North Whidbey and Camano Island, and Central and South Whidbey to serve on the Island… Continue reading

  • Jan 3, 2020

Organizer, cemetery recognized for ‘exemplary’ Memorial Day event

Oak Harbor resident Kelly Davidson had thought her community could “do better” than its previous, small Memorial Day ceremonies. It turned out she was right.… Continue reading

County officials settle dispute over possible tax calculation delay

A dispute between two elected officials that had the potential to impact homebuyers may have come to a solution after all. The issue began with… Continue reading

A look at the stories that helped to shape 2019

Whidbey Island residents in 2019 participated in political and environmental demonstrations, lost loved ones, listened to and either enjoyed or resented the sound of Growlers… Continue reading

  • Dec 31, 2019

Medical issue caused rollover crash, police say

A 65-year-old woman suffered only minor injuries in a dramatic rollover crash on Pioneer Way in Oak Harbor Saturday afternoon. Surveillance video of the incident… Continue reading