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Job numbers show county rebounding

Although the pandemic has hurt the local economy, unemployment numbers are gradually improving.

Oak Harbor resident Charles Ringer testifies in his defense in a child rape trial that ended in a jury deadlock. Photo by Jessie Stensland / Whidbey News-Times

Jury deadlocked in complex child rape case

The judge declared a mistrial in a child rape case involving a retired Navy pilot from Oak Harbor.

Oak Harbor resident Charles Ringer testifies in his defense in a child rape trial that ended in a jury deadlock. Photo by Jessie Stensland / Whidbey News-Times

Man gets four years in stabbing incident

Altercation took place on ferry in September

Oak Harbor Police Dept. earns state association accreditation

The accreditation didn’t change how officers do their jobs, but does include important adjustments.

Man rescued from water off Oak Harbor after boat capsizes

A Coast Guard rescue swimmer swam a man to shore in Oak Harbor after his boat capsized Sunday.

COVID-19 outbreak being investigated at Regency

18 people have tested positive for coronavirus at a long-term care facility in Oak Harbor.

Despite COVID-19, ferries could be busy on Thanksgiving

Although essential-only travel is urged, Washington State Ferries cautions people catching a state ferry over Thanksgiving weekend to be aware that routes may be busy… Continue reading

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Langley Library Manager Vicky Welfare stands at the corner of the access ramp to the library entrance. Pending state budget approval, Sno-Isle Libraries is planning to improve building access inside and out.

Langley Library due for makeover, pending approval of state budget

Sno-Isle Libraries is tentatively moving forward with plans to remodel and update the Langley Library to improve its accessibility under the Americans with Disabilities Act… Continue reading

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Langley Library Manager Vicky Welfare stands at the corner of the access ramp to the library entrance. Pending state budget approval, Sno-Isle Libraries is planning to improve building access inside and out.

Superior court trial rescheduled because of COVID exposure

A domestic assault trial was delayed after a defense attorney was exposed someone with COVID-19.

Domestic violence suspect hid loaded guns in kids’ rooms

An Oak Harbor man accused of domestic violence had guns hidden all over his house.

Oak Harbor staff survey draws ire, confusion

Oak Harbor City Council members and Mayor were surprised by the Mayor Pro-Tem’s prior announcement.

Woman injured in accidental restaurant shooting files lawsuit

The woman needed both legs amputated above the knee and has filed a lawsuit for damages.

Woman, 38, charged with second-degree murder in stabbing

A woman who stabbed her partner during a Nov. 13 power outage has been officially accused of murder.

As COVID cases rise, businesses respond to new state restrictions

As COVID-19 case numbers continue to increase sharply across the county and state, Whidbey Island has also been experiencing an escalation of the virus. At… Continue reading

Baseboard heater cause of Oak Harbor house fire

What appeared at first to be a minor blaze still caused an estimated $30,000 in damage to the home.

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Storm lashes Whidbey

High winds knock out power islandwide

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With pandemic leading to Thanksgiving cancellations, those in need have options

Thanksgiving dinners may be canceled for many this year because of the pandemic, but there is help available for people in need. One of the… Continue reading

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Woman held on $500K bail for Friday the 13th fatal stabbing

A 38-year-old woman is accused of stabbing her fiance multiple times with a kitchen knife and causing fatal injuries during a Friday, Nov. 13 power… Continue reading

Work on the Deception Pass Bridge repainting and repair project has been suspended for the winter. A new contractor may be brought in when work resumes in the spring to finish the $22 million project. Photo courtesy of WSDOT.

Work on Deception Pass Bridge suspended for winter

A new contractor may take over the project in the spring, says WSDOT.

Work on the Deception Pass Bridge repainting and repair project has been suspended for the winter. A new contractor may be brought in when work resumes in the spring to finish the $22 million project. Photo courtesy of WSDOT.
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Muzzall captures Senate seat as Price Johnson concedes

The contest in the 10th District emerged as one of the year’s most expensive electoral battles

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