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City of Oak Harbor extends 2 percent funding contracts

Events funded by Oak Harbor’s lodging tax that may have been cancelled this year due to the pandemic are receiving an extension on their contracts… Continue reading

Responders receive ‘thank you’ meal

Island County first responders received a free meal for their service during the COVID-19 crisis. The meal was sponsored by the county commissioners and several… Continue reading

Port of South Whidbey offering grants

The Port of South Whidbey has created an emergency grants program, with the hope that more small businesses and nonprofits will apply for the remaining… Continue reading

Porch portraits take off in popularity as island photographer adapts to pandemic

Staying home may not be a picture perfect situation, but a Coupeville photographer is hoping to commemorate quarantined family moments with a snapshot taken from… Continue reading

Island Angels swoop in to help Whidbey families

Good deeds aren’t too hard to come by these days, as demonstrated by a Clinton resident who has been organizing the purchase and delivery of… Continue reading

Hospital resuming elective surgeries

WhidbeyHealth Medical Center officials have a timeline for reopening services, clinics and even its cafe as the community gradually recovers from the impacts of COVID-19.… Continue reading

Most felonies are domestic violence as other many cases set aside

Four people this month have appeared in Island County Superior Court after being accused of domestic-violence-related crimes. Nearly all the felonies filed last month were… Continue reading

Surprise candidates emerge during annual Filing Week

Candidate filing week had a few surprises after all for Whidbey Island, according to candidate filings as of noon on Friday. Clinton resident Ed Jenkins… Continue reading

Suspicious guy sells trunk meat | Island Scanner

Friday, May 1 At 11:21 a.m., a Wood Road resident reported that someone dumped a load of tires in his driveway. At 12:48 p.m., a… Continue reading

DOD transfer delays leave some families in limbo

To limit spread of COVID-19, the Department of Defense extended travel restrictions for military personnel until June 30, a decision that puts the lives of… Continue reading

Spike in ferry ridership spurs concerns

Despite the governor’s stay-at-home order, a sharp increase in people visited Whidbey last weekend, worrying island leaders and residents alike. The Mukilteo-Clinton route was the… Continue reading

Bayview Road house destroyed by fire

A Bayview home was fully engulfed in flames early Sunday morning. Despite the complete loss, no one was injured. Around 1:55 a.m. on May 10,… Continue reading

Blue Fox petitions to avoid becoming pandemic casualty

If it can’t open for business soon, the Blue Fox Drive-In may be closing its doors for good, according to the theater’s owner. As a… Continue reading

Pandemic’s impacts on county budget mitigated

Island County government is predicted to lose millions of dollars in sales taxes and other revenues this year because of the pandemic, but healthy reserve… Continue reading

Iconic inn gets new cedar roof thanks to grant

The iconic Captain Whidbey Inn near Coupeville is closed to visitors, but the rustic structure has a dazzling new cedar shake roof thanks to a… Continue reading

No surprises on first day of filing week

The first day of candidate filing week didn’t yield any big surprises in those who are seeking elected office to represent Whidbey Island in different… Continue reading

Navy SAR conducts 3 rescues

Search and Rescue teams from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island rescued three skiers in two rescues over the weekend in the Cascade Mountains and a… Continue reading

  • May 12, 2020

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

Where to connect to wifi locally for free

Connecting to the internet can be crucial to staying informed and conducting personal business during the current health crisis. With schools conducting classes online the… Continue reading

  • May 8, 2020

Oak Harbor utility rate decision postponed

The decision that would determine the monthly rate Oak Harbor residents would pay for city-provided utilities over the next four years has been postponed in… Continue reading