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Initiative to expand hydrogen fuel production unanimously passes Senate

By Sean Harding WNPA Olympia News Bureau A bipartisan bill to enable public utility districts to sell and distribute hydrogen fuel and sponsored by 33… Continue reading

  • Feb 26, 2019

Annual Daddy-Daughter Ball will be March 2

It’s that time of year again for dads to take their daughters out for an evening of fun and dancing. The 17th annual Daddy-Daughter Ball… Continue reading

  • Feb 26, 2019
Flamenco dancer Savannah Fuentes is bringing her latest show to Whidbey Island. (Photo submitted)

Bringing Flamenco to Whidbey Island

Seattle-based Flamenco dancer Savannah Fuentes is bringing her latest show, “Luz, an Evening of Flamenco,” to Whidbey. The show is 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 1… Continue reading

  • Feb 26, 2019
Flamenco dancer Savannah Fuentes is bringing her latest show to Whidbey Island. (Photo submitted)

Storytelling Fest set for Saturday

“Village by the Sea Storytelling Festival,” Whidbey Island’s first storytelling festival, will be presented 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 2 at the Whidbey Island Center for… Continue reading

  • Feb 26, 2019

Agency suggests more negotiations on Growlers

An independent federal agency is asking the Navy to continue working with the community and carry out long-term mitigation regarding its planned expansion of training… Continue reading

Commissioners question county’s fire regulations

A large expense in a county facilities project has sparked confusion among commissioners about Island County’s fire regulations. The Island County commissioners, during a work… Continue reading

Survey says: Pool, trails network top picks for parks

An aquatic center and a linked trail system are at the top of South Whidbey residents’ wish list for new recreational projects, a recent survey… Continue reading

Legislature “prays” for Congress to curb Trump’s ability to launch a nuke

By Sean Harding WNPA Olympia New Bureau Democratic lawmakers have asked the U.S. Congress to ensure the President does not have the sole authority to… Continue reading

  • Feb 25, 2019

Law would support full recovery of gray wolves

By Madeline Coats WNPA Olympia News Bureau A proposed bill would support the full recovery of gray wolves in Washington state, as well as protect… Continue reading

  • Feb 25, 2019

Ethical issues with facial recognition addressed by Legislature

By Emma Scher WNPA Olympia News Bureau Washington State may impose restrictions on law enforcement’s use of facial recognition technology. House Bill 1654 would require… Continue reading

  • Feb 25, 2019

51st state movement highlights cultural divide in Washington State

By Emma Scher WNPA Olympia News Bureau Robert Brown is a resident of Stevens County in Eastern Washington, but he believes the policies coming out… Continue reading

  • Feb 25, 2019

Legislators push to ensure funding of career and technical education programs

By Emma Epperly WNPA Olympia News Bureau School districts would be required to use excess career and technical education funding for specific purposes under proposed… Continue reading

  • Feb 25, 2019

House passes bill to raise age limit for tobacco sales

By Madeline Coats WNPA Olympia News Bureau A proposed law to raise the minimum age of vapor and tobacco sales from 18 to 21 was… Continue reading

  • Feb 25, 2019

Funding to encourage thoughtful online behavior in students proposed

By Emma Epperly WNPA Olympia News Bureau Media literacy and digital citizenship would be the focus of a grant program for Washington school districts. Senate… Continue reading

  • Feb 25, 2019

South Whidbey homes deemed safe following landslide

Three homes in the path of a small South Whidbey landslide were evacuated Thursday while Island County engineers surveyed the area, according to South Whidbey… Continue reading

Freeland woman part of civil rights education initiative

Freeland resident ERINA HORIKAWA was part of an effort to expand civil rights education in local schools through Whitman Teaches the Movement, a partnership between… Continue reading

  • Feb 22, 2019

Senate bill would ban homeless camps near schools

By Sean Harding WNPA Olympia News Bureau A bipartisan bill introduced in the Washington state Senate would ban homeless camps near schools and day cares.… Continue reading

  • Feb 22, 2019

Law could prohibit eye tattoos in Washington state

By Madeline Coats WNPA Olympia News Bureau State lawmakers aim to prohibit scleral tattooing, otherwise known as the practice of scarring or inserting pigment onto… Continue reading

  • Feb 22, 2019

Tots receive truckload of learning

Island Disposal gives lessons in safety, garbage and recycling

Program connects social worker with law enforcement

Law enforcement officers aren’t social workers. But most days, they respond to multiple calls that have more to do with helping someone in a mental… Continue reading