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Sound Waters University: turning education into action

A popular one-day university for all things environmental is returning to South Whidbey in February 2018, but it comes with a slight wrinkle. Sound Waters… Continue reading

Plan to refurbish story pole at fairgrounds taking shape

For generations, the indigenous “story pole” has towered over the main entrance of the Whidbey Island Fairgrounds. After years of aging and decreasing stability, plans… Continue reading

Camano murderer gets 18-year sentence

Though he pleaded guilty in November and was sentenced to prison Friday, a 37-year-old man is still maintaining he’s innocent in the July 28, 2016… Continue reading

Donors provide gifts for Whidbey seniors in need

Christmas came early for about 60 senior citizens needing a boost. Fifty-six Whidbey Island residents donated gifts and care packages to Island Senior Resources’ Adopt-a-Senior… Continue reading

Artists sought for Langley Street Dance

Entertainers are being sought for next year’s Langley Street Dance on July 14, 2018. A “Request for Proposal” document was recently posted to the city’s… Continue reading

  • Dec 23, 2017

New Langley telescopes prove to be a hit

It was the perfect day to do some sightseeing around Langley on Wednesday for West Seattle residents DeeDee Coghill and Alexis Berridge-Green. And Langley’s two… Continue reading

Ex-sheriff takes over as South Whidbey precinct commander

A familiar face from Island County law enforcement is taking over the reins at the South Whidbey precinct. Lt. Mike Hawley, the former sheriff and… Continue reading

Grant expands apprenticeship program at Nichols Brothers

Nichols Brothers Boat Builders is going to have a flock of new apprentices starting in January 2018. The Northwest Workforce Council, which helps develop labor… Continue reading

Clinton dock repair dates set

Construction crews will begin work on the Clinton Beach Dock on Dec. 26, Port of South Whidbey Executive Director Angi Mozer announced last week. The… Continue reading

  • Dec 20, 2017

Whidbey’s real estate market stays hot through the cold months

Although Whidbey’s real estate market is in the midst of the supposed slow season, the market is still hot despite the brisk temperatures, Realtors say.… Continue reading

Sno-Isle Libraries levy moves forward

Sno-Isle Libraries decided it will ask voters to maintain current funding levels by placing a ballot measure in April 2018. The Board of Trustees met… Continue reading

  • Dec 20, 2017

State: Grant can’t pay for First Street repave

The City of Langley will likely have to dig into its own pockets if it wants to repair First Street’s roadway. Transportation Improvement Board officials… Continue reading

Ed Hartin, fire chief at Central Whidbey Island Fire and Rescue, was recently recognized by the American Red Cross. Photo provided by Central Whidbey Island Fire and Rescue

Central Whidbey fire chief recognized

The American Red Cross recognized Ed Hartin, fire chief with Central Whidbey Island Fire and Rescue, for his efforts in improving cardiac arrest survival in… Continue reading

  • Dec 20, 2017
Ed Hartin, fire chief at Central Whidbey Island Fire and Rescue, was recently recognized by the American Red Cross. Photo provided by Central Whidbey Island Fire and Rescue

County solid waste facilities to close on holidays

Island County announced solid waste facility closures for the holidays. Solid waste facilities in Island County — including the Coupeville Solid Waste Complex, Bayview Recycle… Continue reading

  • Dec 19, 2017
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                                Oak Harbor residents Kenneth Bruneau and Sharon Tobin were killed in a head-on crash Monday morning.

Two people killed in head-on collision in Oak Harbor

Two Oak Harbor residents were killed in a head-on accident on Highway 20 Monday morning, the Washington State Patrol reported. Kenneth Bruneau, 79, was northbound… Continue reading

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                                Oak Harbor residents Kenneth Bruneau and Sharon Tobin were killed in a head-on crash Monday morning.

Counties pressure state to fund mandates

Island County is joining an effort to get the state’s attention regarding unfunded mandates. The members of the Washington State Association of Counties believe the… Continue reading

Gym floor project at South Whidbey Elementary School South Campus gets new cost

A previous bid for new gym flooring at South Whidbey Elementary School South Campus was approximately $12,000 lower than the actual cost. The South Whidbey… Continue reading

  • Dec 16, 2017

New tenants added to South Whidbey Community Center

The South Whidbey School Board approved five new leases for tenants at the South Whidbey Community Center at its regular monthly meeting on Wednesday, Dec.… Continue reading

  • Dec 16, 2017

Parking proposal makes Langley business owners uneasy

Two design proposals concerning changes to parking on First Street in Langley are set to be revealed sometime in January 2018, one of which has… Continue reading

A house for sale in Coupeville. Island County recently completed a housing needs analysis and found most of the available housing stock are single-family homes, which leaves a deficit for lower income individuals. Photo by Laura Guido/Whidbey News-Times

Report outlines countywide housing needs

A recent housing needs analysis found a significant deficit in available, affordable housing in Island County for households making $50,000 a year or less. The… Continue reading

A house for sale in Coupeville. Island County recently completed a housing needs analysis and found most of the available housing stock are single-family homes, which leaves a deficit for lower income individuals. Photo by Laura Guido/Whidbey News-Times