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The must-do activities of Celebrate America in Freeland

  • Jun 30, 2015 at 6:00PM

In its 21st year, the annual Third of July fireworks festival in Freeland, Celebrate America, is now old enough to order a drink.

Fireworks will go on as Island County leaders urge restraint, caution

  • Jul 1, 2015 at 10:00AM

It’s hot and dry on Whidbey Island, so unseasonably Hades-like that the Island County fire marshal issued a countywide burn ban.

Pair survives small plane crash near Oak Harbor airport

  • Jul 1, 2015 at 8:00AM

Two people are in the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries after a skydiving plane crashed near the Oak Harbor airport Monday night, according to the Island County Sheriff’s Office.

Fireworks displays will go on in Island County, resolution urges limiting personal use to prevent fires

  • Jul 1, 2015 at 7:00AM

It’s hot and dry on Whidbey Island, so unseasonably Hades-like that the Island County fire marshal issued a countywide burn ban. But there’s one thing he can’t place an emergency ban on, no matter how extreme the weather: fireworks.

Sweet songs for dying days

  • Jun 27, 2015 at 8:00AM updated Jun 30, 2015 at 3:15PM

For those preparing to pass life’s final threshold, a group of Whidbey women offer a musical gift of transcendence and healing.

Water use restriction issued in Langley

  • Jun 29, 2015 at 3:21PM

Everyone hooked up to the City of Langley water system is being asked to limit their water use due to a main well pump malfunction. Mayor Fred McCarthy sent out a notice Monday alerting residents and business owners to restrict outdoor and other unnecessary water usage.

Whidbey General Hospital expansion design plans take next step

  • Jun 27, 2015 at 8:00AM updated Jun 29, 2015 at 10:36AM

Whidbey General Hospital is one step closer to construction this summer of a $50 million expansion project.

Langley man may lose arm after rear-end motorcycle crash | CORRECTED

  • Jun 27, 2015 at 6:00AM updated Jun 29, 2015 at 8:19AM

A Langley man was taken to Harborview Medical Center on Tuesday night after being rear-ended on his motorcycle in Bothell.

Freeland city study passes first step with reluctant OK

  • Jun 26, 2015 at 6:00PM updated Jun 28, 2015 at 7:11AM

Absolutely not. Well, maybe. OK fine, let’s send it to the Island County commissioners and let them figure it out.

Clinton, Oak Harbor grads awarded $2,400 healthcare scholarships | CORRECTED

  • Jun 24, 2015 at 12:00PM updated Jun 26, 2015 at 4:13PM

Jennifer LeRoy of Clinton and McKenzie Bailey-McIntyre of Oak Harbor, both 18, each received a $2,400 merit scholarship from Whidbey General Hospital Auxiliary: the Charlotte Dowler Memorial Scholarship and the Wilma Patrick Memorial Scholarship, respectively.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Why should people want to pull over, stop in Clinton?

  • Jun 27, 2015 at 6:00PM

Editor, Downtown Clinton is a small, community-supporting business center. When I exit the ferry I have a first destination in mind, like home or the vacation rental or a friend’s house. Rarely am I headed to get my nails done, stop at the bank or rent a U-Haul.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Untrained dogs are a danger to people, Whidbey

  • Jun 27, 2015 at 2:00PM

Editor, I’m writing regarding the recent incident in Clinton where an innocent dog was attacked and killed by a pit bull. Unfortunately, tragedies such as this and worse will continue to happen until such time that people finally wise up and decide to spend a little time in their decision when choosing a pet.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | The term “queer” represents a clear generational shift

  • Jun 27, 2015 at 4:00PM

Editor, June 28 is the 46th anniversary of the Stonewall Rebellion in New York City in 1969 which birthed what was originally known as they Gay Liberation Movement that mostly included gay men and lesbians. That movement quickly included bisexuals and transgender people — hence the LGBT community was born.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Neglect, incompetence at jail must be corrected

  • Jun 27, 2015 at 12:00PM

Editor, It’s hard to believe that such a litany of errors, omissions, and/or missteps could happen anywhere. Yet, with the worst of all possible outcomes, the recent death of Keaton Farris, we see that even in our own county jail such is possible.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Legislature also to blame in Whidbey inmate’s death

  • Jun 27, 2015 at 10:00AM

Editor, Shocking and deeply disturbing are my first reactions after reading the article about Keaton Farris’s death in the Coupeville jail. The death was attributed to dehydration, with the lack of adequate nutrition as a compounding factor. If the facts, as they have been presented, withstand further scrutiny, then everyone in the Island County’s justice system shares some responsibility for this tragedy, along with the officials we elected to oversee this system.

VIEWPOINT | Prosecutor vows thorough review of jailhouse death

  • Jun 27, 2015 at 6:00AM

I am conducting a complete review of the circumstances and actions that led to the death of Keaton Farris in the Island County Jail on April 8, 2015. The purpose of my review is to determine whether any crimes have been committed by any persons connected to his care. Many have been calling for me to quickly bring criminal charges against jail staff and others based only on the investigative report prepared by Detective Ed Wallace. To do so now would violate the principles of our criminal justice system, which require a careful and comprehensive review in a case such as this. Decisions to prosecute must be made based upon the admissible evidence and a thorough analysis of the law and procedures that govern our criminal courts.

VIEWPOINT | Sheriff moves forward with jail reforms in wake of inmate death

  • Jun 26, 2015 at 3:53PM

My thanks to the media for its role in sharing information with the family and our local community; however painful it was — and is — to hear. Tuesday, [jail] Chief De Dennis informed me of his decision to retire from service.

Body on Whidbey beach identified as Orcas Island man | Update

  • Jun 25, 2015 at 5:00PM updated Jun 26, 2015 at 3:50PM

The dead man discovered in the water off a North Whidbey beach Wednesday was an Orcas Island resident, authorities say. Island County Coroner Robert identified him as David Fleischmann, 66. He worked at the Madrona Bar and Grill restaurant on Orcas Island.

Little Leaguers end season at championship game

  • Jun 26, 2015 at 6:00PM

The Whidbey 11/12 Little League softball All-Stars mounted a late comeback but ran out of time in a 13-5 loss to host Anacortes in the District 11 championship game Tuesday, June 23.

Noah Jacob Gardner | NEW ARRIVAL

  • Jun 27, 2015 at 2:00PM

Noah Jacob Gardner was born at home on June 14, 2015 to parents Rachel and Jacob. Noah weighed 8 pounds, 6 ounces and was 21 inches long.

South Whidbey students receive Skagit Valley scholarships

  • Jun 27, 2015 at 12:00PM

Some South Whidbey students received a handful of scholarships for Skagit Valley College recently.

Granddaughter celebrates grandparents’ combined 100 years of marriage

  • Jun 27, 2015 at 10:00AM

As of June 26, Rod and Sylvia Roehnelt have spent the past five decades together as husband and wife. They recently returned from a trip to Europe where they visited their granddaughter, Zsuzsi Roehnelt. Her other grandparents, Dr. Szalamin Edit and Dr. Fejér Dénes, will also celebrate 50 years together on July 3.

PSE to build new substation

  • Jun 27, 2015 at 6:00AM

Puget Sound Energy announced the start of work on a substation in Maxwelton to help increase electric reliability on South Whidbey.

Coffee clatches with mayoral candidate Emerson set

  • Jun 26, 2015 at 6:00PM

Anyone who wants to meet Langley mayoral candidate Sharon Emerson will have plenty of chances to do so next month.

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