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Couple creates Whidbey’s first commercial cidery

Driftwood Hard Cider taps into growing market

Island County one of state’s ‘Most Insured Places’

If there’s a car accident, medical emergency or even a death, chances are Island County residents are covered. A recent analysis by the financial planning… Continue reading

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                                Oak Harbor resident Lewis Cox, at right, pleaded not guilty in Island County Superior Court Monday to a child pornography charge. He appeared with attorney Steve McKay.

OH child porn suspect was employed at behavorial health agency

An Oak Harbor man accused of possessing child pornography worked as an administrator for Compass Health, according to the nonprofit organization. Lewis Cox, 49, pleaded… Continue reading

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                                Oak Harbor resident Lewis Cox, at right, pleaded not guilty in Island County Superior Court Monday to a child pornography charge. He appeared with attorney Steve McKay.
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                                Jaimy Brown of Clinton is one of the many people who use Island Transit’s van pool program.

Island Transit starts Ridelink

Building on the experience of providing passenger vans for commuter services, Island Transit is launching a new program of transportation options for social service agencies.… Continue reading

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                                Jaimy Brown of Clinton is one of the many people who use Island Transit’s van pool program.

Summer must be here: Bubba Burger is back

‘It’s local, it’s delicious and it’s predictable’

Thomas hangs herself in jail

A former Clinton woman who traveled to California to kill her sister hanged herself in jail, the Associated Press reported. Linda Thomas was found Monday… Continue reading

Using holistic healing to help pain without pills

Program seeks alternatives to prescription opioids

Maxwelton parade struggles to keep afloat

Modern fundraising to sustain future of July Fourth tradition

Dennis McCaslin and Cindy Balthazar stand in front of the Joseph B. Libbey House, a historic structure built in 1870 that new owner McCaslin is working to restore. “We’re going to save it,” he said.

Historical home gets makeover

Coupeville’s historic Gothic structure known as the “Libbey House” is getting a makeover, with a partial demolition of a crumbling add-on to the house and… Continue reading

Dennis McCaslin and Cindy Balthazar stand in front of the Joseph B. Libbey House, a historic structure built in 1870 that new owner McCaslin is working to restore. “We’re going to save it,” he said.

If you build an osprey nest, will they come?

Bonnie Thie eagerly awaits the day when she sees an osprey poking its white head out of a nest high above the Whidbey Camano Land… Continue reading

  • Jun 1, 2018

County launches app for service requests

Concerns about potholes, dead animals, vandalism in parks and more can now be submitted to Island County using a smartphone on a new online app.… Continue reading

No one injured in sailboat fire

South Whidbey Fire/EMS personnel responded to a report of a boat fire at 12:30 p.m. Thursday near Possession Point, according to a report on the… Continue reading

  • Jun 1, 2018
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                                Tom Hellinger stands next to a halibut he caught in Puget Sound.

Freeland man hooks ‘fish of a lifetime’

Tom Hellinger didn’t know he had hooked into a monster until the bottom feeder rose to the surface. “I knew it was a nice fish,”… Continue reading

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                                Tom Hellinger stands next to a halibut he caught in Puget Sound.

Warehouse comes alive as art incubator

Freeland Artist Studios hosts annual tour

Date set on Nichols appeal

Two sides in a case involving a fatal collision on South Whidbey will be argued before the state Court of Appeals July 18, according to… Continue reading

Recent drug court graduate Conrad Standinger, center, stands with his case manager Ken Delano and Carolyn Pence, drug court coordinator. His accomplishments were recently celebrated by staff and other participants in the program during Island County Drug Court Month. Photo by Laura Guido/Whidbey News Group

Drug court graduate’s accomplishments are celebrated

Conrad Standinger doesn’t remember being put into the Island County Adult Felony Drug Court program, but he’s glad he was. “I really am thankful for… Continue reading

Recent drug court graduate Conrad Standinger, center, stands with his case manager Ken Delano and Carolyn Pence, drug court coordinator. His accomplishments were recently celebrated by staff and other participants in the program during Island County Drug Court Month. Photo by Laura Guido/Whidbey News Group

New look for familiar frozen treat

Whidbey Island Ice Cream gets a modern makeover

Glaiza Price, who owns and operates Cosmic Ice Cream with her husband Patrick, peeks out the van’s window. The space-themed van has started popping up at events this year to serve 24 flavors of soft serve ice cream. Photo by Laura Guido/Whidbey News-Times

‘Out of this world’ ice cream rolls onto island

An encounter with an ice cream van in New York, a conversation with a young nephew and a newborn girl inspired an Oak Harbor couple… Continue reading

Glaiza Price, who owns and operates Cosmic Ice Cream with her husband Patrick, peeks out the van’s window. The space-themed van has started popping up at events this year to serve 24 flavors of soft serve ice cream. Photo by Laura Guido/Whidbey News-Times

County finishing Freeland zone code

Staff from Island County Planning and Community Development will hold a community workshop to finalize new zoning districts and development standards in Freeland, according to… Continue reading

  • May 25, 2018
Scott Swenson, a National Park Service carpenter, puts the final pieces in on a ramp on the newly restored Pratt Sheep Barn. The 1930s barn will serve as a classroom one it officially opens in July. Photo by Laura Guido/Whidbey News Group

Historic sheep barn repurposed

Tucked away on the Pratt Loop Trail, a formerly dilapidated 1930s sheep barn will soon serve as a classroom. Rehabilitation of the National Park Service… Continue reading

Scott Swenson, a National Park Service carpenter, puts the final pieces in on a ramp on the newly restored Pratt Sheep Barn. The 1930s barn will serve as a classroom one it officially opens in July. Photo by Laura Guido/Whidbey News Group