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Septic pumping cost may swell

The cost of getting a septic tank pumped on Whidbey Island may increase significantly. Joantha Guthrie, manager of Island County’s solid waste division, said a… Continue reading

Hanging out | Island Scanner

The following items were selected from reports made to the Island County Sheriff’s Office: Thursday, Oct. 17 At 10:21 a.m., a Saratoga Road resident reported… Continue reading

  • Nov 1, 2019

Hospital changes ER contract

As part of an ongoing effort to change its culture, WhidbeyHealth is choosing a different organization to manage its emergency department. Starting Jan. 21, 2020,… Continue reading

National outbreak of chicken-related illness hits county

Don’t kiss your chicken, health officials caution. Island County is one of four counties in the state where someone contracted salmonella from backyard poultry last… Continue reading

WhidbeyHealth’s Cancer Care gains accreditation

The Commission on Cancer, a quality program of the American College of Surgeons, has granted three-year accreditation to the cancer program at WhidbeyHealth Medical Center.… Continue reading

  • Oct 29, 2019

Wishing whale fundraiser kicks off Nov. 2

Members of Langley Arts Fund know how to make a splash. The group commissioned noted South Whidbey artist Georgie Gerber to create a 12-foot, bronze… Continue reading

Traveling Film Festival wanders back o Whidbey

Now in its fifth season of sharing thought-provoking cinema to small towns and rural communities all over North America, Wandering Reel Traveling Film Festival returns… Continue reading

  • Oct 25, 2019

Cemetery eyes adding green burial locations

Living a green life is popular with the people of South Whidbey. And so, apparently, is staying green in death. Langley’s Woodmen Cemetery recently sold… Continue reading

Man faces vehicular assault charge

A man who drove a car off the road and caused a collision that seriously injured a passenger on North Whidbey last December is facing… Continue reading

Man injured in house fire dies

A man has died from burn wounds from a residential fire in Greenbank. Shawn M. Cavanah died Sunday from injuries he sustained Friday afternoon at… Continue reading

Ron Muzzall

Ron Muzzall is named Washington’s newest state senator

The Whidbey Island farmer was among 3 Republicans looking to replace retired state Sen. Barbara Bailey.

Ron Muzzall

County looks for new planning director

Island County is searching for a new planning director, and the department will be re-structured in the meantime. The current director, Hiller West, has asked… Continue reading

Student faces felony for alleged assault on school bus

A 14-year-old student at South Whidbey Middle / High School is facing a felony charge for allegedly assaulting another student on a school bus Oct.… Continue reading

Stolen car crashes into theater building

The driver of a stolen car struck two parked vehicles, a garage, a cop car and the Whidbey Playhouse during a brief chase in Oak… Continue reading

Crab season closes again

Joining their commercial counterparts, recreational crabbers will no longer be dropping pots in Puget Sound Marine Areas 8-1 and 8-2 for the remainder of 2019.… Continue reading

Candidates at odds over direction of school district

Voters will choose between a realist and an idealist in the only contested race for the South Whidbey School Board. Linda Racicot, a retired teacher,… Continue reading

Missing man’s skull discovered in woods

A hunter walking through woods near Greenbank Oct. 12 discovered the skull of a Freeland man who had been missing nearly 19 years, the Island… Continue reading

Economist, financial planner offer discussion

Understanding the complex factors that affect the economy can be difficult. To help people navigate, Western Washington University economist James McCafferty and financial planner Tyrel… Continue reading

  • Oct 21, 2019
Photo submitted by North Whidbey Fire and Rescue
                                Late Chief Tim Lemon with North Whidbey Fire and Rescue was honored during a ceremony in Renton.

Late fire chief honored at ceremony in Renton

This past week, 23 firefighters from North Whidbey Fire and Rescue traveled from Oak Harbor to Renton to render honors to Chief Tim Lemon, who… Continue reading

  • Oct 21, 2019
Photo submitted by North Whidbey Fire and Rescue
                                Late Chief Tim Lemon with North Whidbey Fire and Rescue was honored during a ceremony in Renton.

Attorney, client fighting over hospital settlement

WhidbeyHealth Public Hospital District settled an age discrimination lawsuit in August, but the plaintiff and his attorney are still arguing over money. Seattle attorney Gregory… Continue reading