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The barn ‘blew up’ | Island Scanner

Island Scanner Sept. 26 - 30

Waterfront property owners could receive up to $5,000 in grants

The new grants are part of Island County’s efforts to guard against erosion.

Voltage from power line, lightning pointed to as cause of internet outage

Online classes were cancelled and many businesses were impacted across Whidbey and Fidalgo islands Monday when Comcast internet went out. Nick McDonald, a spokesman for… Continue reading

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Making hay to help farmers set back by wildfires in Eastern Washington

Whidbey farmers donated 15 tons of hay to farmers in Eastern Washington this weekend.

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City of Oak Harbor fills director job

The new finance director will begin work later this month.

Langley sees influx of ‘passport tourists’ from the mainland

It will take about 10-12 weeks to process all the applications, which is a little slower than usual.

Larsen, Hazelo views differ on climate change, COVID-19, BLM

The two candidates are running for Congress in the Second District.

Smelling an odd smell | Island Scanner

Island Scanner Sept. 18 - 25.

State candidates discuss equity in education during pandemic

An issue that garnered differing opinions concerned the inherent inequality in online-only education

Careage is now Regency Coupeville

A skilled nursing facility in Coupeville has changed ownership after decades.

Exercise looks at possible Coupeville ferry reductions

The potential service reduction was just an exercise to identify ways to cut costs.

GOP event flouts state limits on gatherings

An event this Saturday in Oak Harbor encourages people to “pack this park full.”

Langley’s utility rates may be on the rise

The average family’s bill could go up by $110 next year.

Oak Harbor buys acreage on Koetje Street

The City of Oak Harbor is in the process of buying 5 acres for stormwater system improvements.

Oak Harbor will be paying out less in tourism grants next year

The city’s tourism grant funds have taken a hit during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Teachers tested in batches as students return to classes

No teachers have tested positive for the coronavirus.

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Burn ban lifted as wet weather returns

The burn ban in Island County has been lifted now that wet weather has returned. The ban on outdoor burning ended at midnight on Friday,… Continue reading

County budget dips into reserves

Island County will continue dipping into funds set aside for emergencies in order to make up for revenues lost because of COVID-19. On Monday, county… Continue reading

Enrollment drops no more than districts anticipated

Whidbey’s public schools saw enrollment drop for the 2020-21 school year, but all three districts were prepared for the decline. Oak Harbor School District is… Continue reading

Event still planned after city nixes permits

The City of Oak Harbor denied a request for a special events permit to close a section of Pioneer Way for the annual trick-or-treating event… Continue reading