Patricia Guthrie

Monday at dusk, Brian Corbett casts his line from a dock near Coupeville Ferry Landing. Nothing came back, no pinks, no silvers, no dinner. “I guess we’re just out here fishing for compliments,” said the visitor from New Jersey. Photo by Patricia Guthrie/Whidbey News-Times

State restricts fishing, county urges anglers to pee-lease use the portable toilets

What do portable toilets and pink salmon have in common? Anglers, of course. This month, people with fishing poles may be searching for both —… Continue reading

Monday at dusk, Brian Corbett casts his line from a dock near Coupeville Ferry Landing. Nothing came back, no pinks, no silvers, no dinner. “I guess we’re just out here fishing for compliments,” said the visitor from New Jersey. Photo by Patricia Guthrie/Whidbey News-Times

Smoke staying in our skies — and eyes — through the weekend

B.C. wildfires blanket Washington with’ worst’ air quality in the nation

At the Windjammer Park lagoon, Clayton Kester practices his flips. Monday afternoon, many kids (and adults) jumped from the raft and waded in the water or soaked up the sun. “I love the hot weather,” said Clayton’s mother, Jenny Kester. “When the sun’s out, we’re out.” Temperatures are expected to drift into the high 80s, maybe 90s on Whidbey this week.

Too hot? Too dry? Too bad. More is on the way to Whidbey.

Higher temperatures lead to stricter burn ban

At the Windjammer Park lagoon, Clayton Kester practices his flips. Monday afternoon, many kids (and adults) jumped from the raft and waded in the water or soaked up the sun. “I love the hot weather,” said Clayton’s mother, Jenny Kester. “When the sun’s out, we’re out.” Temperatures are expected to drift into the high 80s, maybe 90s on Whidbey this week.
Conservation Futures Funds finalize the 129-acres purchase for a bluff/tideland Barnum Point County Park on Camano Island. Photo by Benjamin Drummond Tractors working out on the 129-acres Penn Cove Farms that raises 1,600 dairy calves for western Washington dairy farms. Photo provided by Whidbey Camano Land Trust

Conservation Futures Program to benefit forest, shores and farmland on Whidbey

County commissioners approve $1.1 million in tax-funded grants

Conservation Futures Funds finalize the 129-acres purchase for a bluff/tideland Barnum Point County Park on Camano Island. Photo by Benjamin Drummond Tractors working out on the 129-acres Penn Cove Farms that raises 1,600 dairy calves for western Washington dairy farms. Photo provided by Whidbey Camano Land Trust

New approaches explored for backlog of code violations in Island County

Commissioner: ‘What we want to do is get people on a path to enforcement’

Whidbey’s 360 area code now needed for all local calls

Western Washington joins the national trend of 10-digit dialing

Hands off your phone by Sunday, or face fines

Hands off your phone by Sunday, or face fines

New state law cracks down on distracted driving

Hands off your phone by Sunday, or face fines
$50 million WhidbeyHealth wing set to open next week

$50 million WhidbeyHealth wing set to open next week

CEO Forbes “couldn’t be prouder” of taxpaxer-funded state-of-art facility

$50 million WhidbeyHealth wing set to open next week
Keeping to the state daily limit of 40 clams weighing no more than ten pounds, Becky Cormier counts the butter clams she unearthed at Penn Cove recently. Photo by Patricia Guthrie/Whidbey News-Times

Be safe when clamoring for clams, health agency advises

Interactive map provides warnings, zooms in on beaches

Keeping to the state daily limit of 40 clams weighing no more than ten pounds, Becky Cormier counts the butter clams she unearthed at Penn Cove recently. Photo by Patricia Guthrie/Whidbey News-Times
Longtime Race Week volunteers Christine Russell (left) and Liza Tewell head back to Oak Harbor Marina after observing Monday’s first round of races.

Penn Cove a challenging course for Race Week sailors

35th annual Oak Harbor event a mix of tense days, toga nights

Longtime Race Week volunteers Christine Russell (left) and Liza Tewell head back to Oak Harbor Marina after observing Monday’s first round of races.
Searching for clams on Penn Cove beaches occupies many summer days for Becky Cormier, who lives nearby. Some of her clams end up as bait for crabs while others are fried for some “really yummy clam fritters.” Photo by Patricia Guthrie/Whidbey News-Times

Be safe when clamoring for clams, health agency advises

Interactive map provides warnings, zooms in on beaches

Searching for clams on Penn Cove beaches occupies many summer days for Becky Cormier, who lives nearby. Some of her clams end up as bait for crabs while others are fried for some “really yummy clam fritters.” Photo by Patricia Guthrie/Whidbey News-Times

Overdose antidote added to county opioid outreach team

Outside funding delivers 100 Narcan kits

Compass Health program tackles mental health needs for Island County children

Compass Health program tackles mental health needs for Island County children

“They’ll get all up in your life” says grateful Mom

Compass Health program tackles mental health needs for Island County children

No job layoffs for Island County despite state budget impasse

Human resources director: “We have to do this cruel dance. I just hate it”

Expect traffic delays on Highway 525 until fall

Expect traffic delays on Highway 525 until fall

Commuters along Whidbey’s main corridor from Coupeville to Clinton can expect to be delayed driving to and from work through June, and possibly longer, as… Continue reading

Expect traffic delays on Highway 525 until fall

Island County officials brace for state budget crisis crunch

State lawmakers delay could to lead lay-offs, program cuts

Ebey’s Trail grant approval veers off course

Long-winded jet noise debate flies again at county meeting

Secrets to longevity: Whidbey Island residents are among the longest living in Washington, study says

Secrets to longevity: Whidbey Island residents are among the longest living in Washington, study says

Joe Lumsden calls it the “Camelot Lite” effect. Others credit the ocean air, volunteering spirit, laid back lifestyle, low crime rate, outdoor activities and spectacular… Continue reading

Secrets to longevity: Whidbey Island residents are among the longest living in Washington, study says
Finally, it’s slated to open July 7, 2017. Patients from the old part of WhidbeyHealth Medical Center will be moved to its new wing, the health system announced Monday. Photos taken June 12, 2017 show work in progress.

WhidbeyHealth new addition to open July 7

Transferring of patients planned with military precision

Finally, it’s slated to open July 7, 2017. Patients from the old part of WhidbeyHealth Medical Center will be moved to its new wing, the health system announced Monday. Photos taken June 12, 2017 show work in progress.

WhidbeyHealth gets clean bill of financial health

WhidbeyHealth passed its yearly financial physical Monday. An independent audit firm told hospital administrators and board commissioners that it found “no material or significant weaknesses”… Continue reading