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Jackie French, interpretative specialist at Central Whidbey State Parks, points out burn marks on a Douglas fir and explains how its thick bark is fire resistant. French has a passion for outdoor education and leads junior ranger programs and guided hikes at state parks on the island. Photo by Laura Guido/Whidbey News-Times

Whidbey State Parks gets a new interpretive specialist

What began as an admiration for Steve Irwin developed into a passion for outdoor education. And that passion took Jackie French from her home state… Continue reading

Jackie French, interpretative specialist at Central Whidbey State Parks, points out burn marks on a Douglas fir and explains how its thick bark is fire resistant. French has a passion for outdoor education and leads junior ranger programs and guided hikes at state parks on the island. Photo by Laura Guido/Whidbey News-Times

Cause of Freeland house fire under investigation

Officials from Whidbey fire districts, the sheriff’s office and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are investigating the cause of a fire… Continue reading

Dogs die in house fire

A fire destroyed a home in the Scatchet Head area late Monday night, killing three dogs. The owner and a renter who lived there were… Continue reading

Homesteading on Whidbey

Sarah Kirkconnell wants to change what people envision when they hear the word “homesteading.” “They have this notion of someone out there with a dress… Continue reading

Sheriff candidates offer different ideas

The two candidates for Island County sheriff agree low staffing is one of the department’s biggest challenges, but propose different solutions and strategies moving forward.… Continue reading

Dog rescued from bluff

Firefighters from South Whidbey Fire/EMS and Central Whidbey Island Fire and Rescue conducted a rescue of the four-legged variety Wednesday afternoon. At about 3:30 p.m.,… Continue reading

Freeland shopping center proposes to build sewage treatment facility

Owners of Freeland Plaza Shopping Center have submitted an application to replace the building’s septic system with a newer sewage treatment technology. The proposed membrane… Continue reading

Commissioner candidate outpaces Hannold in funding

Candidate for Island County district three commissioner Janet St. Clair has raised approximately $40,000 more than her opponent, incumbent Rick Hannold, according to Public Disclosure… Continue reading

Fire destroys Glendale home

A fire destroyed a home just before midnight on Friday July 13 near Glendale on South WHidbey. Deputy Chief Jon Beck of South Whidbey Fire/EMS… Continue reading

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

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

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

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

Protesters rally against Trump immigration policy

More than 200 people lined Highway 525 near the Bayview Park and Ride on South Whidbey Saturday morning to protest separations of undocumented immigrant families.… Continue reading

Three kayakers rescued Sunday

Central Whidbey Island Fire and Rescue picked up three kayakers struggling against the wind and current Sunday between Hidden Beach and Camano Island, according to… Continue reading

‘Lost’ pots can deplete crab number

Fewer crab pots lost means more crab on the table. That’s the message Island County Marine Resources Committee and Northwest Straits Foundation is getting out… Continue reading

Hannold defends member of planning commission

Island County Commissioner Rick Hannold defended his appointment of Shannon Williams to the county planning commission after she expressed concern about the types of people… Continue reading

New education, training program for juvenile court

Island County Juvenile Court will soon start a pilot program aimed at reducing recidivism through education and career training. The county board of commissioners agreed… Continue reading