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WhidbeyHealth Cancer Care granted national accreditation

The Commission on Cancer, a quality program of the American College of Surgeons, has granted three-year accreditation to the cancer program at WhidbeyHealth Medical Center.… Continue reading

  • Nov 1, 2019

County might increase septage treatment rate

The cost of getting a septic tank pumped on Whidbey Island may increase significantly. Joantha Guthrie, manager of Island County’s solid waste division, said a… Continue reading

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

Confidential informant used in cocaine investigation

A member of the Navy who admitted using cocaine agreed to be a confidential informant for law enforcement and was involved in a series of… Continue reading

Burglar captured on video sneaking into Oak Harbor dentist office

A 21-year-old man was captured on surveillance video when he entered an Oak Harbor dentist’s office on the evening of Oct. 24, according to court… Continue reading

Hospital changes ER management contract

As part of an ongoing effort to change its culture, WhidbeyHealth is choosing a different organization to manage its emergency department. Starting Jan. 21, 2020,… Continue reading

State lawmakers eye island transportation

At approximately 7:30 a.m. Wednesday morning, the sunrise turned the waters at Deception Pass a bright orange behind a seemingly endless stream of cars traveling… Continue reading

Real estate offices have new co-owner

Eric and Aleshia Mitten, owners of Windermere Real Estate/Whidbey Island in Coupeville and Oak Harbor, announced to their brokers and staff on Oct. 24 that… Continue reading

  • Oct 29, 2019

Crash into sewage station clogs traffic, causes fire

A 19-year old woman drove a pickup into a power pole and sewage lift station Sunday evening and caused a power outage, a small fire… Continue reading

National salmonella outbreak from backyard poultry reaches county

Don’t kiss your chicken, health officials caution. Island County is one of four counties in the state where someone contracted salmonella from backyard poultry last… Continue reading

South Whidbey girl faces felony for alleged school bus assault

A 14-year-old student at South Whidbey Middle / High School is facing a felony charge for allegedly assaulting another student on a school bus Oct.… Continue reading

Bank robber sentenced to prison

A man who robbed an Oak Harbor bank April 30 and terrorized two employees was sent to prison last week. Duane Payne, a 20-year-old Oak… Continue reading

Horses, ram, dogs run free | Island Scanner

The following items were selected from reports made to the Island County Sheriff’s Office: Thursday, Oct. 17 At 10:21 a.m., a Saratoga Road resident reported… Continue reading

  • Oct 29, 2019

Driver of stolen car crashes into parked cars, theater building

The driver of a stolen car struck two parked vehicles, a garage, a cop car and the Whidbey Playhouse during a brief chase in Oak… Continue reading

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                                An undercover agent purchased 50 pounds of methamphetamine from suspects in Oak Harbor.

Feds bust alleged meth smugglers in Oak Harbor

City, county, tribal and federal law enforcement took part in a drug bust in Oak Harbor Wednesday that resulted in the seizure of 50 pounds… Continue reading

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                                An undercover agent purchased 50 pounds of methamphetamine from suspects in Oak Harbor.

Park and Rec candidate wants greater transparency

An Oak Harbor man is trying to increase the North Whidbey park district’s transparency and public involvement. Christopher Wiegenstein said he’s running for a North… Continue reading

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                                Gerhardt Hofstetter reads a book and sips black tea at Spin Cafe, which recently re-opened.

Spin Cafe re-opens and re-organizes

Thursday afternoon, about a half dozen people sat in Spin Cafe, most of them sipping coffee or tea. One of those people, Gerhardt Hofstetter, had… Continue reading

Photo by Laura Guido/Whidbey News-Times
                                Gerhardt Hofstetter reads a book and sips black tea at Spin Cafe, which recently re-opened.

Man charged with vehicular assault

A man who drove a car off the road and caused a collision that seriously injured a passenger on North Whidbey last December is facing… Continue reading

Investor service downgrades school district bond rating

Coupeville School District’s recent budget shortfalls, mostly caused by declining enrollment, have led to a lower credit rating on outstanding bonds. Taxpayers won’t be affected… Continue reading

School board candidates concerned about district budget woes

A man running as an “advocate for the taxpayer” is challenging a longtime educator and incumbent on the Coupeville School District board. At the candidate… Continue reading