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Island County needs more workers, higher paying jobs, report says

Island County’s economy needs younger workers, according to a recent draft report. A consultant and county planning staff presented an economic trends and conditions report… Continue reading

Three decades of advocacy: WEAN has made its mark on environmental policy in Island County

For 30 years, one group on Whidbey Island has served as a watchdog for the environment. Steve Erickson and Marianne Edain, founders of Whidbey Environmental… Continue reading

The last resorts: Tour spins the tale of South Whidbey’s former fishing camps

By WENDY LEIGH wleigh@whidbeynewsgroup.com Any South Whidbey native over the age of 60 is sure to have a tall tale about the lively fishing resorts… Continue reading

  • Aug 12, 2019

Man accused in Walmart theft, leading police chase

A man is accused of stealing a TV from Walmart and leading police on a high-speed chase before crashing and running away, according to court… Continue reading

Motorcyclist injured in collision with deer

A deer precipitated a serious motorcycle accident on South Whidbey Aug. 6, according to the Washington State Patrol. The agency reported that Morgan Will, 57,… Continue reading

Hospital settles lawsuit for $1.5 million: WhidbeyHealth admits no wrongdoing in discrimination case

WhidbeyHealth recently settled an age discrimination lawsuit for $1.5 million and a related public records violation lawsuit for $38,000. Hospital officials did not admit any… Continue reading

That ride on the ferry is going to cost more — and then more

All proposed fare increases were approved. The pilot “Good to Go!” sticker for tolls is also a go.

Promenade added to 6-year plan for Langley

The Village by the Sea is eyeing a new promenade at Seawall Park in its updated transportation plan. The proposed 12-foot concrete sidewalk is the… Continue reading

Port considers expanding harbor

The Port of South Whidbey is in the earliest stages of looking into expanding its harbor. At a special meeting Tuesday, port commissioners discussed the… Continue reading

Pigfest is cooking up new events on Sunday

The island’s biggest barbecue will have new activities, different bands and thousands of pounds of delicious pig butt. Event founder Scott Fraser and volunteers will… Continue reading

Whidbey pagans to show pride at festival

A group will be adding a little pagan spirit to this year’s Coupeville Arts and Crafts Festival. Whidbey Witches, Heathens, Druids & Pagans is holding… Continue reading

Latent fingerprints lead to burglary suspect

Fingerprints led to charges against a man accused of burglarizing a Langley home two years ago, according to court documents. The case represents a somewhat… Continue reading

Researchers look at health by the numbers

As research and understanding grow about how factors such as housing, education and environment affect health, there are now two experts tasked with mapping the… Continue reading

At long last, Langley adopts rules on short-term rentals

After more than a year of researching the topic, Langley is going to formally track and regulate its short-term rental units. The city council Monday… Continue reading

SUVA can set sail with more passengers

The U.S. Coast Guard has determined Coupeville’s resident schooner is in shipshape and Bristol fashion, enough so that it’s allowing approximately 20 more passengers at… Continue reading

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Commissioner Helen Price Johnson announces bid for state Senate

Lifelong South Whidbey resident Helen Price Johnson wants to change her title from Island County commissioner to state senator. While the 2020 election is well… Continue reading

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Man accused of illegally possessing gun

A 39-year-old Oak Harbor man is accused of trying to buy a gun in violation of a court order and lying to the ATF, according… Continue reading

County moves to collect state money for housing

Island County is taking steps to use a new state program to help fund affordable housing. In early August, the county commissioners are expected to… Continue reading

Workshop set on paying for college

Skagit Valley College Whidbey Island Campus will host a free workshop, Solving the Mystery of Paying for College, at 4 – 7 p.m. Tuesday, August… Continue reading

  • Aug 2, 2019

Park district to ask voters for bond to buy Waterman Property

South Whidbey Parks and Recreation commissioners will be turning to voters in November for help saving a trail system. On Tuesday, board members voted unanimously… Continue reading