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South Whidbey son, director gets OK to film Coupeville Wharf

Joseph Itaya didn’t tiptoe around the subject.

Freeland elephant finds new home on North End

No matter how creative Lynn Backus is with her chainsaw art, she can’t sell a piece of her work without people seeing it.

Whale of an accomplishment: Orca Network founders recognized by Whidbey Audubon Society

On more than one occasion, Anna Swartz poked fun at the couple standing next to her. These were good-natured jabs, the sort of thing that happens among friends at recognition dinners such as the one hosted by the Whidbey Audubon Society this past week in Coupeville.

Camera phone shot wins Whidbey Camano Land Trust calendar photo contest

Before you empty your wallet on the latest, fanciest digital camera or lens, take note of the winning entry in the Whidbey Camano Land Trust calendar photo contest.

State spares Joseph Whidbey park from rec business activity pilot

Supporters of Joseph Whidbey State Park upset with the idea of private development in their park can breath a sigh of relief. Joseph Whidbey is no longer under consideration for recreational business activities (RBA). At least, for now. The scenic waterfront park in Oak Harbor didn’t make the final cut of state parks being considered for the proposal, a controversial idea Washington State Parks is exploring that would allow private investors to help develop visitor amenities in an effort to provide additional revenue for a cash-strapped state parks system.

Whidbey Camano Land Trust launches photo contest

When Janelle Castro interviewed for the outreach manager position at the Whidbey Camano Land Trust last spring, she shared an idea that she thought would be a natural fit for Island County.

Coupeville man to lend a hand in the Philippines after typhoon

Eric Tremblay isn’t sure what to expect when he touches down in the Philippines today.

Cornet Bay fuel cleanup underway

Alan Hall can’t complain about where he works these days. When he steps out of his portable office, he can stare out at scenic Cornet Bay and sometimes even catch a glimpse of a hovering bald eagle.

Central Whidbey collisions claim two South End lives

Two South Whidbey people were killed this week in separate accidents that occurred on the same stretch of highway on Central Whidbey.

South Whidbey grad returns to scout island film location

The story has been etched in Joseph Itaya’s mind for 10 years.

Big halibut caught near Anacortes

This wasn’t the sort of fishing Brian Punch grew up around back home in Louisiana. Yet a tip he got from his dad when he was a boy resonated with him while he and two friends were fishing for halibut earlier this month near Anacortes. Punch’s friend, Aaron Manisi, asked him what he ought to do with some trout that stayed in his freezer too long.

Let the fishing begin

It’s always the big fish that spike the most interest.

No coho this year anglers; state closes season for low expected return

For many salmon anglers who cast their lines in the waters around Whidbey Island, 2015 was a fishing season to remember with a solid presence of pinks topped off with a strong showing of silvers.

Park staff, beavers enjoy a busy year at Deception Pass

Jack Hartt and his staff at Deception Pass State Park will remember 2015 as another busy year bustling with visitors and projects.

Greenbank couple, land trust protect a little piece of paradise

When Frances Sweeney was a young girl, one of her childhood sanctuaries was her grandparents’ home in Los Alamitos, Calif. She remembers the chili peppers in their garden, the eucalyptus trees and the orange groves nearby. After her grandfather died in 1969, her grandmother finally relented to the demands of a developer and sold the land.

2.7 million visited Deception Pass Park in 2014

The magic of Deception Pass State Park was on display on a sunny late afternoon last week and was rubbing off on 4-year-old Haylee Fortinberry.

Whidbey Coffee master Dan Ollis | Brewing success for 25 years

His iPad is a constant whirl of activity. Dan Ollis keeps the device handy for communication on the fly. As president of a buzzing coffee company with 122 employees, he’s often on the go, making the front seat of his black Chevy Tahoe his mobile office.

Whidbey Playhouse to present the classic comedy, “Pirates of Penzance”

Ron Wohl could get used to performing at the Whidbey Playhouse. Wohl, an Anacortes resident known around Skagit County for his theatrical flair, is making his Whidbey Playhouse debut in the popular comic operetta, “Pirates of Penzance,” which opens Friday night.

Tall tale of big bull elk in North Whidbey proves true

For months, Sasha Castaneda told a tale that only seemed to raise eyebrows.

Making a big splash on Whidbey

Leave it to a pod of orcas to crash the gray whales’ annual party. While Whidbey Island celebrates the annual return of gray whales, a large pod of Southern Resident orcas have been splashing around Saratoga Passage in recent days, upstaging the larger marine mammals. It’s a rare sight to see resident orcas in the waterway between Whidbey and Camano islands in April and even more unusual to see them travel so deeply into Holmes Harbor near Freeland.