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This photo of bear tracks on the beach was captured near Randall Point in Clinton last week.

Tracks indicate bear may still be on island

The bear nicknamed “Whidbey the Pooh” appears to be sticking around longer than expected.

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This photo of bear tracks on the beach was captured near Randall Point in Clinton last week.
WhidbeyHealth Community Pharmacy opened in Coupeville on Sept. 21. (Photo by Karina Andrew/Whidbey News-Times)

Hospital district opens new pharmacy in Coupeville

Coupeville hasn’t had a retail pharmacy in town since Linds Pharmacy closed more than six years ago.

WhidbeyHealth Community Pharmacy opened in Coupeville on Sept. 21. (Photo by Karina Andrew/Whidbey News-Times)

Whidbey Island schools have seen only a few ‘devious licks’ copycats

A viral TikTok challenge has touched Whidbey, but the trend was short-lived.

Patriots snarl traffic | Island Scanner

Saturday, Sept. 4 At 10:58 p.m., a caller at a Bells Beach Road residence reported that a bat was found in the rental house and… Continue reading

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Whidbey News-Times, South Whidbey Record welcome new publisher

RJ Benner has been named the publisher of the Whidbey News-Times and the South Whidbey Record.

  • Sep 22, 2021
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Crew jumps from rescue boat that lost steering in storm

By the next day, the boat had washed ashore on the Navy’s property in Crescent Harbor.

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COVID increase may be due to Labor Day gatherings

The 14-day case rate for Sept. 2-15 was 281 per 100,000 people.

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Driver airlifted after crash Sunday

The driver’s passenger made it through mostly unscathed.

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South End school board candidates talk priorities

The candidates focused on facility maintenance and the availability of trade-oriented electives.

Biotoxins close all Island County beaches

Clam and mussel seasons generally run through August and September, but not this year.

  • Sep 21, 2021
Pastor Greg Steible, left, and church stewardship chair Jim Rohrback present Mother Mentors Director Kate McVay with a check for $10,000 on Sept. 12. (Photo provided)

Whidbey Presbyterian donates to Mother Mentors

The church presented Mother Mentors Director Kate McVay with a check for $10,000 on Sept. 12.

Pastor Greg Steible, left, and church stewardship chair Jim Rohrback present Mother Mentors Director Kate McVay with a check for $10,000 on Sept. 12. (Photo provided)

Blood drive to pop up

A pop-up blood drive is planned at First United Methodist Church in Oak Harbor on Sept. 30.

Friend attacked by snakes | Island Scanner

Wednesday, Sept. 1 At 3:12 p.m., a resident reported that his camera was used while it was at a pawn shop. At 4:11 p.m., a… Continue reading

South Whidbey public records advocate blasts cities’ incomplete, litigious responses

South Whidbey resident Eric Hood has collected around $1 million in Public Records Act lawsuits.

School buses crash with students on board but no one injured

The buses weren’t seriously damaged and were able to complete their routes later in the afternoon.

Fundraiser set for firefighter who suffered a stroke

A fundraiser for Daniel Hovelsrud, 28, has raised almost $20,000 to help him with medical expenses.

Port to hold public hearing about proposed tax levy

The Port of Coupeville is seeking community input about creating an industrial development district.

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A barn on Fakkema Road caught fire early Tuesday morning. No animals were in the barn and no one else on the property was injured.

Fire destroys barn on Fakkema Road early Tuesday morning

Firefighters battled a blazing barn as it burned to the ground on North Whidbey early Tuesday morning. There were no animals in the barn on… Continue reading

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A barn on Fakkema Road caught fire early Tuesday morning. No animals were in the barn and no one else on the property was injured.
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Options mulled to reduce $429 million school project

A bond measure is planned for the February ballot.

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Olympic View Elementary

COVID cases trend downward

At the same time, the number of people getting vaccinated in the county has picked up.