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Road work will close intersection at Reggata Drive and Crescent Harbor Road

Road work is scheduled to begin next week on a long-awaited intersection improvement in North Whidbey. Minor work with minimal traffic impacts will occur Feb.… Continue reading

Admiralty Head lighthouse closed for restoration work

Scaffolding surrounds the iconic Admiralty Head Lighthouse, which will be closed to visitors for months as workers complete a major renovation project on the 1903… Continue reading

Man accused of stealing truck at park and ride

A man accused of stealing a pickup truck from the Bayview Park and Ride Jan. 27 didn’t get very far, according to court documents. The… Continue reading

Feeding seagulls leads to a sticky situation | Island Scanner

The following were gathered from 911 calls made to the Island County Sheriff’s Office: Sunday, Jan. 26 At 8:56 a.m., a Wellington Drive resident reported… Continue reading

To help save lives, WhidbeyHealth EMS donates another AED

Saving lives is everything behind WhidbeyHealth Emergency Medical Services’ ongoing installations of free, life-saving automatic external defibrillators all over the island. The Coupeville School District… Continue reading

  • Feb 4, 2020

New planning director hopes to improve service

The new head of Island County’s planning department knows that it has some unhappy customers. Too many unhappy customers, she said. “I am really excited… Continue reading

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                                The Haller House is one of the historic properties that received a portion of the $1 million Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve preservation grant.

$1 million in state historic preservation grants awarded in Ebey’s Reserve

A $1-million grant from the state will go a long ways toward repairing and protecting many of the structures that are intrinsic to the rich… Continue reading

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                                The Haller House is one of the historic properties that received a portion of the $1 million Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve preservation grant.

Four seek board seat in conservation district

Whidbey voters registered with the county will have a chance to decide who will be the newest member of a non-regulatory, governmental entity dedicated to… Continue reading

Concerns raised over steelhead farm near Deception Pass

The state Department of Fish and Wildlife recently granted a fish-farming company permission to raise steelhead in several net pens in Puget Sound, including one… Continue reading

Oak Harbor City Council to consider rates at meeting

The Oak Harbor City Council’s Feb. 18 meeting will help shape the future of the city. The council will consider an ordinance that sets rates… Continue reading

Whidbey water systems respond to state PFAS draft rules

The Washington State Board of Health is proposing new rules that may provide new protections against a prevalent family of chemicals, but also might place… Continue reading

Coupeville dusting off greenhouse gas effort

Coupeville was ahead of the climate-conscious curve when it created a greenhouse gas inventory nearly 15 years ago. Now, the town is dusting off that… Continue reading

Proposal would mean hefty utility rate hikes

The rates Oak Harbor residents pay each month for city-provided utilities will increase by about $50 over the next five years to a total of… Continue reading

Oak Harbor man accused of stalking, kidnapping

A 31-year-old Oak Harbor man accused of stalking a woman in Island County and kidnapping her in Skagit County is wanted on a $75,000 arrest… Continue reading

Clinic to begin offering MAT addiction treatment services in Oak Harbor

Access to a critical component of addiction recovery for Whidbey Island residents has been inconsistent at best. Early next month, a new program will launch… Continue reading

Suspect in alleged rape undergoes competency evaluation

A man living in an Oak Harbor assisted living facility accused of sexually assaulting a resident suffering from dementia was recently sent to Western State… Continue reading

County held to ‘unusually high bar’ by FEMA

A federal agency seems to be holding Island County to a higher standard than others in the region for a national program that provides flood… Continue reading

Church project near Navy base faces development restrictions

Leaders at a church are asking the city of Oak Harbor for a zoning amendment to allow construction of a new community center on the… Continue reading

Island County conducts homeless tally

Patricia Hoesman may have been surrounded by people Thursday morning, as she sat in front of an empty cup of coffee at a table with… Continue reading

Hospital plans for ‘year of action’

Last year was the hospital’s “year of listening,” according to CEO Ron Telles, and 2020 will be “the year of action.” During Wednesday morning’s monthly… Continue reading