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Lawmakers consider 1 percent loans for college students

By Emma Scher WNPA Olympia News Bureau Democrats are pushing to fund a program that would give Washington high school graduates access to state student… Continue reading

  • Feb 10, 2019

Lawmakers celebrate Filipino Americans in Washington state

By Madeline Coats WNPA Olympia News Bureau A proposed bill would establish October as Filipino American History Month in the state of Washington. House Bill… Continue reading

  • Feb 10, 2019

Proposed legislation would vacate some marijuana convictions

By Emma Scher WNPA Olympia News Bureau Some convicted of misdemeanor marijuana possession may be able to apply to have the crime vacated from their… Continue reading

  • Feb 9, 2019

Presentation planned on long-term care bill

A Whidbey Island group is offering a presentation on a bill regarding long-term care, according to the Whidbey Island’s Puget Sound Advocates for Retirement Action… Continue reading

  • Feb 8, 2019

Singing birders’ praises: Craig and Joy Johnson lauded for educational efforts

Birders on the prowl for woodpeckers, wrens and Rufous hummingbirds on Whidbey Island are bound to run into Craig and Joy Johnson. Maybe not in… Continue reading

Winter storm forecast leads to many canceled events around Whidbey

Predictions of another weekend of snow and icy roads have led many events around Whidbey Island to be postponed or canceled. With a winter storm… Continue reading

Federal lawsuit filed over drinking water contamination on Whidbey

Lawyers for a North Whidbey woman filed a lawsuit in federal court Tuesday against a manufacturing corporation and fire equipment companies they say are responsible… Continue reading

In touch with giants

Orca Network offers hands-on encounters with gray whales

Suicide review teams could prevent youth deaths

By Madeline Coats WNPA Olympia News Bureau A bipartisan group of 22 representatives is working to improve crisis planning in Washington schools to prevent youth… Continue reading

  • Feb 7, 2019

House talks housing: tenants and landlords remain divided

By Emma Scher WNPA Olympia News Bureau A package of bills aimed at reforming eviction practices were considered in the House Civil Rights and Judiciary… Continue reading

  • Feb 7, 2019

Death penalty slated for execution

By Emma Epperly WNPA Olympia News Bureau Legislators propose replacing the moribund death penalty with the mandatory imposition of life imprisonment without parole. The Senate… Continue reading

  • Feb 6, 2019

Burial, cremation, or…compost?

By Emma Scher WNPA Olympia News Bureau Giving a whole new meaning to “pushing up daisies,” Washington residents may be able to compost their bodies… Continue reading

  • Feb 6, 2019

First law of the year

Washington Governor Jay Inslee signed the first bill of the 2019 legislative session at a ceremony in the State Reception Room on Monday, Feb. 4.… Continue reading

  • Feb 5, 2019
Even though two-year-old Maggie is a beloved pet, she is subjected to breed-based discrimination in municipalities that ban pit bulls. Proposed legislation would make allowances for well-behaved canines regardless of pedigree. Photo by Tessa Kriechbaumer

Profiled pooch owners may be able to appeal breed-based dog bans in their cities

By Emma Scher WNPA Olympia News Bureau Cities that ban certain dog breeds would have to provide an appeal process for owners under proposed legislation… Continue reading

  • Feb 5, 2019
Even though two-year-old Maggie is a beloved pet, she is subjected to breed-based discrimination in municipalities that ban pit bulls. Proposed legislation would make allowances for well-behaved canines regardless of pedigree. Photo by Tessa Kriechbaumer

Lawmakers propose limits on scope of Public Records Act for Legislature

By Emma Epperly WNPA Olympia News Bureau Legislation proposed on the last day of January would largely exempt state legislators from the Public Records Act… Continue reading

  • Feb 5, 2019

Legislators roll out school safety proposals

By Emma Epperly WNPA Olympia News Bureau School resource officers, threat assessments, and statewide school safety best practices are all topics of proposed legislation this… Continue reading

  • Feb 5, 2019

Washington State explores new ways to assist homeless college students

By Emma Scher WNPA Olympia News Bureau Two proposed bills could give homeless college students free room and board, reduced-price meals and access to short-term… Continue reading

  • Feb 5, 2019

Wright’s Crossing loses another appeal of county decision

Wright’s Crossing LLC lost a third appeal of an Island County commissioners’ decision blocking a proposed urban growth area expansion and large housing development on… Continue reading

Civil case against rapist to be dismissed

After eight years of litigation, the state Attorney General’s Office is dismissing a civil action aimed at classifying a former Whidbey Island man as a… Continue reading

Photo provided by the sheriff’s office. Deputies searched the vehicle and found many items.

Stolen loot, gun recovered from stolen vehicle

An estimated $30,000 worth of stolen silver coins, $10,000 worth of stolen jewelry and a stolen handgun were recovered from a stolen vehicle on South… Continue reading

Photo provided by the sheriff’s office. Deputies searched the vehicle and found many items.