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Arson suspected in North Whidbey Fire

A possible arson significantly damaged a North Whidbey home Friday morning. No one was injured in the blaze. North Whidbey Fire responded to a residential… Continue reading

Flight practices scheduled for coming week

Aircraft carrier-based flight training operations scheduled to occur at Ault Field during the week of Dec. 9-15. Outlying Landing Field Coupeville is closed to jet… Continue reading

  • Dec 5, 2019

County passes $110 million budget, property tax increases

Island County on Monday passed its $110-million budget and increased its three property tax levies by 1 percent over last year. The property tax increases… Continue reading

Bunny ailment hits Whidbey

Now may not be the best time for Whidbey Island residents or visitors to pick up any furry hitchhikers — no matter how cute. The… Continue reading

Trail project, Island Transit van pool purchases put on hold

An on-again, off-again trail project in Clinton is off again, and Island Transit’s plans to purchase 24 replacement vans is being deferred to an undetermined… Continue reading

Man accused of stabbing woman in the head with glass shard

A Langley man who stabbed a woman in the head with a shard of glass is being held in jail on $10,000 bail, according to… Continue reading

County eyes code changes to encourage affordable housing

Island County is in the first steps of implementing code changes to encourage development of more affordable housing options, such as accessory dwelling units, duplexes… Continue reading

Firefighters work on a garage fire Saturday night on North Whidbey. Photo provided by North Whidbey Fire and Rescue

Improperly stored ashes spark blaze in garage

Wood stove ashes in a cardboard box led to a large garage fire Saturday night on North Whidbey. The two occupants and a dog got… Continue reading

Firefighters work on a garage fire Saturday night on North Whidbey. Photo provided by North Whidbey Fire and Rescue

Island County proposes $110 million budget

Island County is anticipating the construction of two major facilities in 2020 and adding several new staff members in its $110 million budget for 2020.… Continue reading

Ryan’s House director retires from nonprofit she founded

After a decade of helping homeless young people on Whidbey Island, Ryan’s House for Youth Founder and Executive Director Lori Cavender is retiring from the… Continue reading

Whidbey producer filming ghost-hunting comedy series

Whidbey’s long and rich history and abundance of historical structures would make the island a seemingly perfect place to encounter apparitions. An eager albeit not… Continue reading

Couple pleads guilty to lying about boy’s cancer to get life insurance

An Oak Harbor man who attempted to fraudulently obtain life insurance on his son after the boy was diagnosed with terminal cancer will be going… Continue reading

I-1639 mandated training class offered

North Whidbey Sportsmen’s Association is offering a series of safety classes to the general public. The next course — I-1639 Mandated Training — is Saturday,… Continue reading

  • Nov 29, 2019

Weed burner ignites house fire

A man using a propane weed burner inadvertently ignited a tree Sunday morning, and the fire spread to his Greenbank home. His response with a… Continue reading

Assault victim found walking barefoot after escape

A Whidbey woman jumped out the window of a home to escape from a man who had beaten, strangled and threatened to kill her on… Continue reading

Council considers removing council from permit decisions

Oak Harbor officials are considering a step toward removing politics from decisions regarding development. During a council workshop meeting last Wednesday, Development Director Steve Powers… Continue reading

A case of catnapping reported | Island Scanner

The following reports were gathered from 911 calls made to the Island County Sheriff’s Office: Thursday, Nov. 7 At 7:40 a.m., a driver reported that… Continue reading

Harman says he’ll pay for election recount

A Whidbey News-Times article about errors in election result displays inspired an Oak Harbor mayoral candidate to ask for a manual recount. Pat Harman, who… Continue reading

Oak Harbor man killed in collision

Oak Harbor resident Jason Lynch was killed when his car struck a log truck near the Skagit Regional Airport Tuesday afternoon. Lynch, 43, was driving… Continue reading

Leana Doughty, center, Rotary of Oak Harbor’s Student of the Month for November, poses with club President Steve Schwalbe, at left, and Oak Harbor High School Principal Nate Salisbury.

Doughty Rotary’s Student of the Month

Rotary Club of Oak Harbor’s Student of the Month for October is Leana Doughty. Doughty has been a member of National Honor Society throughout high… Continue reading

  • Nov 19, 2019
Leana Doughty, center, Rotary of Oak Harbor’s Student of the Month for November, poses with club President Steve Schwalbe, at left, and Oak Harbor High School Principal Nate Salisbury.