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Langley celebrates whales in style

The gray whales are back in waters around Whidbey Island, and Langley Mayor Tim Callison led a parade through town Saturday to welcome the giants… Continue reading

Multi-family zoning proposal raises concerns

Residents objecting to a proposed rezoning ordinance told the Langley City Council Monday that they are distrustful of the process being used to clear the… Continue reading

Traveling machete, disappearing boat | Island Scanner

The following items were selected from reports made to the Island County Sheriff’s Office: Thursday, April 4 At 8:57 a.m., a caller reported that a… Continue reading

Man accused of stealing truck, dog

A homeless man accused of stealing a truck with a dog inside in Oak Harbor Tuesday caused a ruckus in Island County Superior Court the… Continue reading

Embattled WhidbeyHealth CEO resigns

Geri Forbes has resigned as WhidbeyHealth CEO. Hospital district commissioners announced Tuesday morning during a special meeting that Forbes’ contract would be amended to accept… Continue reading

‘Salmon’ to brighten Langley whale parade

Once again, Langley will be welcoming the whales with open arms. The annual “Welcome the Whales Festival and Parade” weekend is this Saturday and Sunday… Continue reading

Photo by Kevin Lundgren
                                A car got loose and hit a mailbox in Freeland Wednesday.

Wayward car backs into mailbox, snarls traffic

Kevin Lungren thought it was pretty funny when a car decided to drive itself into the mailbox outside his office in Freeland. “It was like… Continue reading

Photo by Kevin Lundgren
                                A car got loose and hit a mailbox in Freeland Wednesday.

Parents lash out at South Whidbey school board with litany of complaints

Student bullying, bad behavior and special ed top concerns

City council to consider zoning for multi-family use

The Langley City Council is scheduled Monday to review proposed zoning ordinance changes that could usher in multi-family units to help with the lack of… Continue reading

In this Dec. 31, 2018 photo, a Washington state ferry sails on a foggy day in Elliott Bay near West Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, file)

Higher prices are on the horizon for state ferry riders

State lawmakers are eyeing a fare hike and an increase in the boat-building surcharge.

  • Apr 12, 2019
In this Dec. 31, 2018 photo, a Washington state ferry sails on a foggy day in Elliott Bay near West Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, file)

Man accused of purposely crashing into car with kids inside

An Oak Harbor man is accused of purposely crashing his car into another car with his estranged girlfriend and their four kids inside on April… Continue reading

Construction workers begin taking off the outside wall braces of the terminal building at the site of the new Mukilteo ferry terminal. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Mukilteo ferry terminal takes shape and could open in 2020

The Whidbey Island ride might be short, but it’s the busiest for traffic — 2.3 million vehicles per year.

Construction workers begin taking off the outside wall braces of the terminal building at the site of the new Mukilteo ferry terminal. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Driver with four prior DUIs arrested again

A driver with four prior DUI convictions was arrested on South Whidbey early this month for allegedly driving drunk again, according to court documents. But… Continue reading

Garden Club celebrates 70 years, holds plant sale

South Whidbey Garden Club is celebrating 70 years of gardening on Whidbey Island. The club has grown from a handful of members to 105. Members… Continue reading

  • Apr 12, 2019
Photo provided. Lanni Johnson sitting in front of the capitol building steps where she has been on a hunger strike for the last 9 days to save the Southern Resident Orcas. Johnson is joined by supporter, Phil Myers, who can be seen in an orca onesie.

Woman on a 17- day hunger strike to save the Southern Resident Orcas

By Emma Epperly WNPA Olympia News Bureau Lanni Johnson is a 71-year-old woman who has been sitting in front of the Capitol Building in Olympia… Continue reading

  • Apr 11, 2019
Photo provided. Lanni Johnson sitting in front of the capitol building steps where she has been on a hunger strike for the last 9 days to save the Southern Resident Orcas. Johnson is joined by supporter, Phil Myers, who can be seen in an orca onesie.

Legislation to reduce rape kit processing times heads to governor

By Emma Epperly WNPA Olympia News Bureau A bill to reduce the processing time for sexual assault kits passed the Washington legislature in two unanimous… Continue reading

  • Apr 11, 2019

Outgoing hospital CEO to get ‘incentive pay’

WhidbeyHealth commissioners decided Monday to give the outgoing CEO her annual incentive compensation. Whidbey Island Public Hospital District Board of Commissioners president Ron Wallin said… Continue reading

Audubon Seabird Survey talk set for April 11

Whidbey Audubon Society welcomes Jennifer Lang, conservation science coordinator of Seattle Audubon, to its April 11 general meeting at the Coupeville Recreation Hall to tell… Continue reading

  • Apr 9, 2019

Freeland Water, Sewer District updating plan

Freeland Water and Sewer District is updating its comprehensive water plan. The district updated its water system plan last October and has posted that draft… Continue reading

  • Apr 9, 2019

Could Whidbey locales be certifiably creative?

New state program promoting economy, vitality through culture