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Bigfoot sightings abound

Hairy hoax, April Fool’s or clue to reduce carbon footprint?

Eagles Aerie donates $15,000

Twelve Whidbey Island nonprofits were recently the recipients of contributions from the Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie in Freeland. The Eagles’ mission is “People Helping… Continue reading

  • Mar 29, 2019
Lottery winner Brian Kutz, with daughter Kendra, left, and wife, Tuk, stand outside their Coupeville home. Photo by Laura Guido/Whidbey News-Times

Coupeville man wins $200K lottery

Coupeville resident Brian Kutz usually makes a “big production” out of scratching the numbers off his lottery tickets, but he didn’t get that chance the… Continue reading

Lottery winner Brian Kutz, with daughter Kendra, left, and wife, Tuk, stand outside their Coupeville home. Photo by Laura Guido/Whidbey News-Times

Bill to raise the age to purchase tobacco to 21 heads to governor to sign into law

By Emma Epperly WNPA Olympia News Bureau The legal age to purchase tobacco and vape products is about to rise from 18 to 21 under… Continue reading

  • Mar 29, 2019

New exhibit features high school in 1960s

Two island organizations are collaborating on an exhibit featuring students and activities of Langley High School during the turbulent 1960s. The multimedia virtual reunion at… Continue reading

Skagit Valley College to offer new classes

Skagit Valley College’s South Whidbey Center will offer community education courses in filmmaking, electrical continuing education, intro to fiction, oceanography and more in April Skagit… Continue reading

  • Mar 29, 2019

Mayor wants reconsideration of unleashed Seawall Park

Langley Mayor Tim Callison wants the council to rethink a policy allowing dogs to run free at Seawall Park. The council is scheduled to consider… Continue reading

Goat poop and hay made fighting blaze a challenge

A pile of goat manure was likely the primary factor in a fire Tuesday afternoon on a farm outside of Coupeville that took almost six… Continue reading

Chronic homeless population hardest to help, officials say

Many people struggle to find a place to live on the island, but certain groups of people have almost no real housing options in Island… Continue reading

Navy quiet about Top Gun 2 filming on Whidbey

Social media buzzed with debate: Is Oak Harbor being April fooled early? Rumors of film crews, Tom Cruise and a possible long-delayed comeback of the… Continue reading

‘Ghost Gun’ bill moves to Senate Committees

By Emma Epperly WNPA Olympia News Bureau Undetectable and untraceable firearms and their creation would be illegal under proposed legislation. These types of firearms are… Continue reading

  • Mar 28, 2019

Malicious harassment renamed hate crime in proposed legislation

By Emma Epperly WNPA Olympia News Bureau Newly named hate crime offenses would let courts infer the offense was due to the perception of the… Continue reading

  • Mar 28, 2019

Trees are dying but don’t panic, experts say

The trees are dying but please don’t panic. That’s the message WSU Extension Forester Kevin Zobrist is working to spread to concerned Whidbey Island residents.… Continue reading

Coupeville Farm to School program branches out

School District planted a new orchard that may provide food for students someday

Getting to Paine Field gets easier

Options begin this week for getting to and from new Everett terminal

Group helps in fire recovery

After a fire destroyed the Langley classroom laboratory of longtime, beloved science teacher Leonard Good on Wednesday, Feb. 27, the South Whidbey Hearts & Hammers… Continue reading

  • Mar 26, 2019

Man on the lam in China charged

An arrest warrant has been issued for a former Clinton man who moved to China after being charged with a felony six years ago. Prosecutors… Continue reading

Navy SAR rescues boater off Possession Point

A search and rescue team of five individuals from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island conducted a rescue mission Monday afternoon, March 25. The SAR alert… Continue reading

  • Mar 26, 2019

More teens report vaping

It can taste and smell like cotton candy, but its potential negative impacts to young minds are why officials find the newest student survey results… Continue reading

Tom Walker, left, Russ Link, Randy Hudson and Tom Fisher are The Rural Characters, circa 2019, coming together April 7 for a Clinton Community Hall benefit performance. They hope to put “the septic slush fund over the top but not above ground.” (Photo provided)

Septic system fix gets final push from DrainFest

‘Rural Characters’ reunite for benefit with ‘waste-free’ golden oldies

Tom Walker, left, Russ Link, Randy Hudson and Tom Fisher are The Rural Characters, circa 2019, coming together April 7 for a Clinton Community Hall benefit performance. They hope to put “the septic slush fund over the top but not above ground.” (Photo provided)