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Attorney General's office says hospital reimbursement in criminal trial not ‘OK’

  • Sep 19, 2015 at 10:00AM updated Sep 22, 2015 at 6:49AM

The Washington State Attorney General’s Office has filed an appeal of a judge’s decision regarding reimbursement of attorney’s fees in a criminal case against an administrator at Whidbey General Hospital.

Experts count five births for Southern Residents since December

  • Sep 19, 2015 at 6:00AM updated Sep 22, 2015 at 6:49AM

If there happen to be more orca whales spotted along the coasts of Whidbey Island in the coming years, don’t attribute it to luck.

Island County fire marshal to lift burn ban

  • Sep 21, 2015 at 1:41PM

Island County Sheriff Mark Brown, who is also the county's fire marshal, announced he will lift an outdoor burning ban this week. The ban removal goes into effect at 8 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 22, according to a Monday news release. The decision was made after evaluations indicated an adequate increase in fuel moisture levels.

DjangoFest Northwest: Immersing Langley in gypsy jazz

  • Sep 19, 2015 at 8:00AM updated Sep 21, 2015 at 9:18AM

The sounds of plucked guitars, thrumming bass and tinny snare drums, plus accordions, piano and plenty of horns will wash over Langley as DjangoFest Northwest returns for its 15th year.

Longtime South End developer, businessman dies

  • Sep 19, 2015 at 6:00AM updated Sep 21, 2015 at 8:49AM

Erl Bangston, the founder of a successful Whidbey Island real estate company and longtime developer, died last week.

Greenbank Farm port lawsuit dropped

  • Sep 19, 2015 at 12:00PM

A lawsuit claiming the Port of Coupeville violated the Open Public Meetings Act has been dropped by the complainant. “I can’t find the smoking gun,” said Diane Paul, who filed the lawsuit in Island County Superior Court last month. Paul alleged commissioners Marshall Bronson and John Carr had discussed a vote to terminate negotiations with the Greenbank Farm Management Group prior to the July 8 port meeting.

Port of Coupeville to hold special meeting Monday to discuss Greenbank Farm issues

  • Sep 19, 2015 at 12:00PM

The future of the Greenbank Farm remains uncertain as tenant leases are unresolved and officials can’t agree on a direction. As a result, the commissioners for the Port of Coupeville will hold a special meeting next week to further discuss the issues. It is scheduled for 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 21 at the Coupeville Masonic Lodge.

Whidbey Island Community Orchestra promotes concertmaster to conductor

  • Sep 19, 2015 at 12:00PM

Whidbey Island Community Orchestra has a new, familiar, and prominent musician at the helm.

Council prioritizes seniors, economy in 2016

  • Sep 18, 2015 at 4:00PM

The Langley City Council’s priorities for the 2016 budget shared a handful of small tasks and noticeably omitted some of the major lingering issues.

Whidbey Island Community Orchestra promotes concertmaster to conductor

  • Sep 19, 2015 at 12:00PM

Whidbey Island Community Orchestra has a new, familiar, and prominent musician at the helm.

South Whidbey Invite set for Saturday

  • Sep 19, 2015 at 4:00PM

The Falcons’ boys and girls cross country team will host the South Whidbey Invitational at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 19 at South Whidbey High School.

Football to play Cedar Park Christian on Saturday at home

  • Sep 19, 2015 at 6:00PM

South Whidbey will play Cedar Park Christian at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 19 at Waterman’s Field.

Boy’s tennis home match postponed

  • Sep 18, 2015 at 4:00PM

South Whidbey’s first home match of the season scheduled for Sept. 17 against Overlake was postponed due to rainfall.

City officials ponder right size for Langley urban growth area

  • Sep 19, 2015 at 8:00AM

Langley’s planning chief and the Planning Advisory Board are at odds over proposed changes to the city’s urban growth area.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Georgia Gardner will get my vote for hospital board

  • Sep 19, 2015 at 4:00PM

Editor, We are so blessed to have Whidbey General Hospital on our wonderful Island. I have been visiting an elderly friend at WGH; she is 95 years old. The care and treatment she is receiving is of the highest standard. Everyone from the person who cleans her room to the social worker to the attending physician, gives her the best care available anywhere, and we have it right here. I had my MRI there last week. It was so convenient to not have to leave the Island for our tests. My family has been experiencing exceptional care at WGH since 1970, from cardio rehab to the annual blood draws.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Hospital race for commissioner is nonpartisan

  • Sep 19, 2015 at 2:00PM

Editor, Rob Born supporters’ statements that Georgia Gardner is Democrat-backed are a manipulative ploy to conjure “us vs. them” sentiment and garner Republican votes for Born. Not only are these statements false but they are intentionally divisive and aimed at obliterating any and all attention to substantive issues. Gardner is a CPA with proven long-term community service activity in a number of roles, including that of a current hospital commissioner. In that role, she has consistently focused on seeking the best possible solutions for ensuring that WGH functions as well as possible in service to all the people of Whidbey Island, not an easy task given the context of the current state of the healthcare industry in this country.

Whidbey General Hospital considers new pharmacy

  • Sep 18, 2015 at 6:00PM

With no place to fill a prescription in Coupeville, officials at Whidbey General Hospital are considering opening a retail pharmacy.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | It’s ‘imperative’ to retain Gardner in hospital race

  • Sep 19, 2015 at 12:00PM

Editor, Electing hospital commissioners should be treated like a job interview and some questions should be asked, such as what are the candidate’s experiences, credentials, skills and personality traits that make for a good addition to the firm? “Works well with others” is the difference between getting hired or not in most jobs. Can the candidate take criticism and accept the limitations of the position, without straying into another’s domain of responsibility? Hospital commissioners have only one employee: the CEO, whom they hire and sometimes fire. The commissioners cannot direct the hospital administration, nor can they direct employees to do or not do anything.

Hallucinating man fished from Penn Cove

  • Sep 18, 2015 at 4:00PM

A man high on methamphetamine was rescued from the frigid waters of Penn Cove Monday afternoon.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Tim Callison is the right guy to lead Langley

  • Sep 19, 2015 at 10:00AM

Editor, I am well pleased to write this letter to the editor to emphasize my strong endorsement of Tim Callison’s efforts to serve Langley as its next mayor. Mr. Callison brings a fine mind, a sense of dedicated service and a clear understanding of the challenges/purpose of our mayor’s great obligations to the citizens of our wonderful city. He will strive constantly to place the needs of our community and its people first and foremost while preventing short-term opportunists from misdirecting resources for personal gain.

Island County pitches planning policies

  • Sep 19, 2015 at 6:00PM

Island County’s Planning Commission on Monday recommended final approval of a set of countywide planning policies that will underlie the forthcoming update of the county’s comprehensive plan.

EDITOR'S COLUMN | Three-hour debate was time well spent

  • Sep 19, 2015 at 6:00AM

I watched the Republican debate on television Wednesday, most of it anyway. I flipped on the TV a little late, but nevertheless was among the 23 million reported Americans who tuned in. That’s a lot of people, but a pale shadow of the nearly 320 million who call the United States home. Where was everyone? Better things to do, I guess, than learn about those who may just one day be president.

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