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Social media extortion could be a new crime in Washington state

By Madeline Coats WNPA Olympia News Bureau Washington state senators aim to make social media extortion a crime punishable as a class C felony. Senate… Continue reading

  • Feb 19, 2019

State senators aim to create self-harm hotline

By Madeline Coats WNPA Olympia News Bureau State lawmakers are seeking to create a hotline designated for reports of potential self-harm and criminal acts. Senate… Continue reading

  • Feb 19, 2019

Bill tackles candidate returns, felon voting, campaign finance

By Emma Epperly WNPA Olympia News Bureau A measure calling for a constitutional amendment and laws that would tackle felon voting, campaign finance and presidential… Continue reading

  • Feb 19, 2019

WICA presents Local Artist Series in March

Whidbey Island Center for the Arts, or WICA, is presenting this year’s Local Artist Series featuring Whidbey Island performances and visual artists throughout the month… Continue reading

  • Feb 19, 2019

No clear solution to garbage, needles in homeless camp

Those going into an area on the island known as “the pit” are often told they should wear shoes that aren’t too valuable. The piece… Continue reading

Puget Sound’s southern resident orcas, which use echo-location to find food, would be protected by a new speed limit for vessels approaching the endangered species. (Photo by Ken Rea, SpiritofOrca.com)

Lawmakers proposing restrictions to protect orcas

By Sean Harding WNPA Olympia News Bureau Lawmakers, whale watchers and environmentalists reached a rare consensus at a hearing on a proposed speed limit for… Continue reading

  • Feb 19, 2019
Puget Sound’s southern resident orcas, which use echo-location to find food, would be protected by a new speed limit for vessels approaching the endangered species. (Photo by Ken Rea, SpiritofOrca.com)

Police: Accused rapist tampered with witness

An accused rapist may have his bail revoked after he allegedly tampered with a witness, court documents state. Maurice Bandy, 49, of Freeland is accused… Continue reading

South Whidbey students targeted in new drug prevention program

District awarded state grant toward community-based solutions

The Bard gets a boutique to boost Shakespeare festival

To buy or not to buy? That won’t be the question if you’re mad about Shakespeare and find yourself in the Bard’s Boutique — South… Continue reading

Author to sign new book at the Langley Whale Center

A “Meet the Author” and book signing event with Whidbey Island author Sandra Pollard is scheduled at the Langley Whale Center from 1-5 p.m. Saturday,… Continue reading

  • Feb 15, 2019

School districts wrestle with too much snow and not enough time for teaching

Some may seek state waivers to avoid adding more days in June

Clinton Community Hall could be flush again soon with indoor plumbing

Fundraiser nearing top for new septic system

Voters strongly support South Whidbey school levies

Both ballot measures pass with 70 percent support

Conference will focus on mental wellbeing of first responders

Imagine a day in which you help a couple whose baby died of SIDS, chase after a man who beat his wife and mediate a… Continue reading

Law would celebrate public lands in Washington state

By Madeline Coats WNPA Olympia News Bureau Lawmakers seek to celebrate public lands in Washington state by designating the fourth Saturday of September as Public… Continue reading

  • Feb 14, 2019

Sheriff will enforce new gun law

Rick Felici is not among the sheriffs in the state who are refusing to enforce a controversial new law on gun control. It’s not that… Continue reading

Lawmakers seek permanent solution to the homeless crisis

By Madeline Coats WNPA Olympia News Bureau A group of 11 Democratic lawmakers aims to address the rights of homeless people and their ability to… Continue reading

  • Feb 13, 2019

Continued resistance against gun control initiative; Attorney General defends law

By Madeline Coats WNPA Olympia News Bureau The state attorney general has stepped in with a warning to more than half the state’s county law… Continue reading

  • Feb 13, 2019

Journalists criticize proposal giving the legislature exemptions to public disclosure laws

By Emma Epperly WNPA Olympia News Bureau Media organization representatives from across Washington lambasted proposed legislation that exempts the legislature from portions of the Public… Continue reading

  • Feb 13, 2019

South Whidbey voters approve school levies

South Whidbey residents overwhelmingly approved the extension of two levies that pay for programs, technology and capital improvements for the South Whidbey School District. The… Continue reading