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House Democrats propose budget that includes new taxes

By Emma Epperly WNPA Olympia News Bureau The House of Representatives’ budget proposal includes a capital gains and real estate excise tax along with business… Continue reading

  • Mar 26, 2019

Lawmakers propose an increase in school levy rates

By Emma Epperly WNPA Olympia News Bureau Voter-approved school levy lid rates would rise from $1.50 to $2.50 per $1,000 of assessed property, under Senate… Continue reading

  • Mar 25, 2019

New state revenue forecast shows a $554-million uptick

By Emma Epperly WNPA Olympia News Bureau Legislators have $554 million more to spend than originally projected for the next biennium, according to a review… Continue reading

  • Mar 22, 2019

School District Bonds voting requirements to remain the same after Senate vote fails

By Emma Epperly WNPA Olympia News Bureau School District Bonds will still need 60 percent of the vote, after a Senate constitutional amendment failed to… Continue reading

  • Mar 22, 2019

WICA presents award-winning ‘Next to Normal’

Winner of three Tony Awards, including best musical score, and the 2010 Pulitzer Prize, “Next to Normal” is an unflinching look at a suburban family… Continue reading

  • Mar 22, 2019

Teens lead effort to make theater more accessible

Three Whidbey Island girls saw the problem: wheelchair and mobility-impaired access to Whidbey Children’s Theatre was difficult at best, according to a press release. Weather… Continue reading

  • Mar 22, 2019

Author of new orca book heads to Langley

The public is invited to meet San Juan Island author Monika Wieland Shields, author of the new book “Endangered Orcas: The Story of the Southern… Continue reading

  • Mar 22, 2019

Hoedown at WICA

At 7:30 p.m. today, March 23, for one night only, the South Whidbey band Wind & Rain will perform its eclectic mix of Americana originals… Continue reading

  • Mar 22, 2019

Senators request info on PFAS standards

Washington’s two senators joined 16 of their Senate colleagues in requesting information from the Department of Defense and the Environmental Protection Agency on drinking water… Continue reading

At long last, county will simplify land-use code

For years, there have been complaints that Island County’s land-use code is too complicated for both the public and planners. Planning and Community Development staff… Continue reading

Salish Sea Early Music Fest features Bach flute sonatas

As part of the 2019 Salish Sea Early Music Festival, a program of Bach’s flute sonatas will be held 7 p.m., Saturday, March 23 at… Continue reading

  • Mar 22, 2019

Whidbey leaders discuss housing solutions

The restrictive nature of the state’s Growth Management Act, the lack of available units and delays in permits are all factors many community and government… Continue reading

County among most generous

People who live in Island County are among the most generous in the state. A recent study by financial technology company SmartAsset found that the… Continue reading

2019 Goosefoot grant cycle begins

Nonprofits need to submit inquiry letter

Talk softly, lug a big lens

Naturalist focuses on whales for Puget Sound Express boat tours

New names for South Whidbey trails

Falcon Trail and Cedar Corner are the official names for two new trails within South Whidbey Community Park. On Wednesday, commissioners with South Whidbey Parks… Continue reading

Cooking up lessons in Langley’s Learning Labs

Youth, adults take classes in revamped home ec and shop classrooms

The city of Langley plans to replace well-loved playground equipment at Generation Park with a new structure that includes glide slides, spiral climber, horizontal loop ladder, spin cup, toddler swing and more. (Photo provided)

Generation Park slated for new playground equipment

Glide slides, spiral climber, loop ladder, spin cup and more swinging in soon

The city of Langley plans to replace well-loved playground equipment at Generation Park with a new structure that includes glide slides, spiral climber, horizontal loop ladder, spin cup, toddler swing and more. (Photo provided)

Dogs still get to run free by the sea in Langley

Seawall Park exempted from new leash law

Geri Forbes’ four-year tenure marked by change, controversy and construction

Bottom line got healthier than took a turn for the worse