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Al Koetje remembered as city leader, Navy supporter, loyal friend

The former mayor and businessman who helped guide the city of Oak Harbor during a time of growth and aspirations passed away Oct. 28. Al… Continue reading

Where to connect to wifi locally for free

Connecting to the internet can be crucial to staying informed and conducting personal business during the current health crisis. With schools conducting classes online the… Continue reading

  • May 8, 2020

Oak Harbor utility rate decision postponed

The decision that would determine the monthly rate Oak Harbor residents would pay for city-provided utilities over the next four years has been postponed in… Continue reading

American Association of University Women award scholarships

The Whidbey American Association of University Women awarded scholarships to Whidbey girls to aid their education in STEM programs. The association faced hurdles in processing… Continue reading

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                                A closeup of the Asian hornets destructive mandibles.

‘Murder hornets’ not seen on Whidbey — yet

‘Murder hornets’ have not been seen on Whidbey Island, but they would like it here. “They should find this environment very suitable,” WSU Extension Director… Continue reading

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                                A closeup of the Asian hornets destructive mandibles.

Virtual open mic nights lend voice to performers

Entertainment venues may be closed to the public, but the show must go on as Whidbey performers are still finding a way to garner an… Continue reading

Still need a mask? Local crafters have you covered

With several grocery stores—whether part of a larger chain or locally owned—now requiring the use of face masks to enter, now may be a good… Continue reading

Island County sued over driveway cut off by landslide repair

A Central Whidbey resident is suing the county because his driveway wasn’t reconnected to a road after access was cut off by the massive 2013… Continue reading

Johnson selected for statewide board

  • May 8, 2020

Ice cream company launches ‘pint club’

Islanders longing for the days of slinging back a pint at their favorite brewery can soon help themselves to a pint of something new, as… Continue reading

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                                Firefighters cut open the roof of a North Whidbey home to extinguish a fire in a concealed space.

House damaged after kitchen fire spreads

Nobody was injured when a kitchen fire spread into the walls and a concealed ceiling space of a North Whidbey home Thursday morning. Chief John… Continue reading

Photo by John Fisken
                                Firefighters cut open the roof of a North Whidbey home to extinguish a fire in a concealed space.

Island Scanner

Thursday, April 23 At 12:25 p.m., a caller reported that an 80-year-old woman with COVID-19 on East Harbor Road wasn’t answering her door. At 12:52… Continue reading

Oak Harbor man killed in motorcycle crash

The Washington State Patrol identified an Oak Harbor man killed in a motorcycle crash on North Whidbey Saturday night as Matthew J. Cramer. Records show… Continue reading

New appeal filed in vehicular homicide

A woman who drove drunk and killed South Whidbey resident Timothy Keil in 2015 is once again appealing her conviction. Issaquah attorney Corey Parker is… Continue reading

Parents worried cuts will devastate special ed

Parents of students in special education told the Coupeville School Board they are worried that staffing cuts may devastate an exceptional program. Nine parents spoke… Continue reading

SPIN Cafe teaming up with churches to serve sack meals

Two homeless men on bicycles made their way down to Bayshore Drive in Oak Harbor Monday afternoon to pick up free lunches. SPIN Cafe no… Continue reading

Leader, educator honored by school board, council

A city councilwoman, schoolteacher, Langley resident, early proponent of salmon education and the Maxwelton Outdoor Classroom. An appreciator of the arts. Wife, mother, grandmother and… Continue reading

Memorial Day event adapts to the times

Rather than cancel this year’s Memorial Day service at Maple Leaf Cemetery, Kelly Davidson is adapting the event to abide by social distancing guidelines. “I… Continue reading

Local experts are providing advice during quarantine

Staying home for days on end can be tough. Luckily, Whidbey experts are offering their advice for how to survive while under quarantine. A chief… Continue reading

Langley to require face masks downtown

The Village by the Sea has issued an emergency proclamation requiring individuals to wear face coverings when visiting the downtown corridor. The question of what… Continue reading