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Bus driver wins statewide Above Beyond Award

Washington State Transit Insurance Pool and Island Transit have announced that bus operator Jim Caveness of Greenbank is a recipient of the statewide “Above &… Continue reading

Restored sheep barn becomes a classroom in Ebey’s Reserve

The public is invited to celebrate the restoration and re-purposing of the 1930s-era Pratt Sheep Barn in Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve at a community… Continue reading

  • Jul 13, 2018

Uninhabited house destroyed in blaze

Officials from Central Whidbey Island Fire and Rescue say they are unable to determine the cause of a fire that destroyed an uninhabited house Wednesday.… Continue reading

Man accused of copper theft

A 29-year-old man is accused of stealing copper wire on South Whidbey and selling it to a recycler, according to court documents. Prosecutors charged Dillon… Continue reading

Second police policy workshop planned

City council continues discussion of accountability gaps

South Whidbey Port hires new director

New executive director hired

Blasting off with Whidbey’s Rocket Man

Generations launched into space at summer mini-camp

Sailing and socializing on South Whidbey

Yacht Club has no yachts, but its sailors have plenty of passion

Dave Madeiros stands in front of his garage, where he keeps the materials he uses for his flooring business that he has owned and operated since 2001. He still lives in the first home he bought in Oak Harbor after being homeless for a two years. Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times
                                Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times
                                Dave Madeiros stands in front of his garage, where he stores materials he uses for his flooring business that he has owned and operated since 2001.

Businessman shares story of homelessness

Dave Madeiros knows well both sides of the homelessness issue. Madeiros has been a resident of Oak Harbor since 1988 — when he first came… Continue reading

Dave Madeiros stands in front of his garage, where he keeps the materials he uses for his flooring business that he has owned and operated since 2001. He still lives in the first home he bought in Oak Harbor after being homeless for a two years. Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times
                                Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times
                                Dave Madeiros stands in front of his garage, where he stores materials he uses for his flooring business that he has owned and operated since 2001.
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Whidbey Audubon Society Renee Smith Scholarship awards recipients

Three environmentally impassioned, recently graduated Whidbey high school seniors are the recipients of 2018 Whidbey Audubon Society Renee Smith Scholarships for environmental/conservation study. They were… Continue reading

  • Jul 11, 2018
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Coffee stand opens in Deception Pass Park

Standing in the drizzly rain in open-toed sandals, the foggy beach behind him and the smell of coffee in the air, it’s exactly the type… Continue reading

Photo provided. Campstuff Coffee sells durable steel and enamel mugs for under $20.
Cody Wall, a member of Search and Rescue from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, answers questions from a group of children Thursday at Camp Casey Conference Center. The unit landed its helicopter on the camp’s field to as part of Sea Cadet summer training. The aircraft drew the attention of others present at the camp as well. Photo by Laura Guido/Whidbey News-Times

Navy SAR makes appearance at Camp Casey cadet training

No one was injured or in distress when the Search and Rescue helicopter from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island landed at Camp Casey Conference Center… Continue reading

Cody Wall, a member of Search and Rescue from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, answers questions from a group of children Thursday at Camp Casey Conference Center. The unit landed its helicopter on the camp’s field to as part of Sea Cadet summer training. The aircraft drew the attention of others present at the camp as well. Photo by Laura Guido/Whidbey News-Times
A proposed low-income housing development is one example that has stirred concern from some in the community regarding affordable housing. County officials are hoping to change negative attitudes and dispel misconceptions. Photo provided

Housing is a hot button on Whidbey

Affordable housing efforts on Whidbey Island are drawing a broad range of reactions, among them fear it will attract people who engage in disruptive or… Continue reading

A proposed low-income housing development is one example that has stirred concern from some in the community regarding affordable housing. County officials are hoping to change negative attitudes and dispel misconceptions. Photo provided
A design schematic for the Ferry Dock Road project in Clinton shows a number of anticipated improvements, including a separate pickup and drop-off zone, a through lane, a five-foot-wide sidewalk along the east side of the road, improved stormwater drainage and a pedestrian platform. Photo provided by WSDOT

Project at dock begins in fall

Construction to improve the pick-up and drop-off area at Ferry Dock Road in Clinton is scheduled to start in the fall, according to a Washington… Continue reading

A design schematic for the Ferry Dock Road project in Clinton shows a number of anticipated improvements, including a separate pickup and drop-off zone, a through lane, a five-foot-wide sidewalk along the east side of the road, improved stormwater drainage and a pedestrian platform. Photo provided by WSDOT
Whidbey Island Music Festival Director Tekla Cunningham’s instruments of choice are the baroque violin, viola and viola d’amore.

Whidbey Island Music Festival announces schedule

The Whidbey Island Music Festival is announcing its thirteenth summer season of chamber music concerts. This season will include a wide-ranging series of six performances… Continue reading

  • Jul 10, 2018
Whidbey Island Music Festival Director Tekla Cunningham’s instruments of choice are the baroque violin, viola and viola d’amore.

Man accused of threat with gun

An Oak Harbor man is accused of pointing a gun at his wife and threatening to kill her, according to court documents. Prosecutors charged Zachary… Continue reading

Oak Harbor man accused of biting young child

An Oak Harbor man was arrested Saturday for allegedly biting a baby, according to the Oak Harbor police. Capt. Bill Wilke said officers were initially… Continue reading

Burn ban begins Friday the 13th

Backyard bonfires will soon be outlawed on Whidbey Island. Island County Sheriff Mark Brown, acting in his capacity as county fire marshal, has decreed a… Continue reading

Photo by Robert Pennington/Rhizome Design.
                                An old barn at the Donald Borgman Nature Preserve on North Whidbey is lit up at sunrise. The farm property has been in Donald Borgman’s family since the late 1800s.

Creatures large, small at home in new preserve

Whidbey Island’s newest nature preserve, the Donald Borgman Nature Preserve, already comes with a ringing endorsement. Bruiser appears to love the place. One of the… Continue reading

  • Jul 10, 2018
Photo by Robert Pennington/Rhizome Design.
                                An old barn at the Donald Borgman Nature Preserve on North Whidbey is lit up at sunrise. The farm property has been in Donald Borgman’s family since the late 1800s.
A new draft facilities master plan includes new department buildings on land recently purchased by the Island County. The plan is still in its early stages and designs for the new buildings likely won’t be made until next year. Photo by Laura Guido/Whidbey News-Times

New plan outlines possible county department shuffle

Offices for Island County departments may be completely reorganized, according to a new draft facilities master plan. The draft 20-year plan, presented last week to… Continue reading

A new draft facilities master plan includes new department buildings on land recently purchased by the Island County. The plan is still in its early stages and designs for the new buildings likely won’t be made until next year. Photo by Laura Guido/Whidbey News-Times