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Recount differs by 1 vote

Island County completed a manual recount for one race last week in response to a request from an Oak Harbor mayoral candidate. Pat Harman, who… Continue reading

 

4-year-old twins called ‘heroic,’ make national news after fatal crash

Two 4-year-old girls are being heralded across the nation as heroes for climbing a steep, wooded embankment in the dark after a car crash on… Continue reading

 

Greenbank man admits to molesting child

A Greenbank man who molested a child a year ago and blamed it on marijuana edibles will likely be spending a year in jail. Randall… Continue reading

 

Three men arrested on suspicion of burglary

Three men were arrested in connection with a foiled burglary on South Whidbey Dec. 2, according to court documents. Deputies and a neighbor responded to… Continue reading

Whidbey woman accused of arson

A woman on North Whidbey was arrested on suspicion of arson Friday afternoon. Coincidentally, the case was reported just hours after another house on North… Continue reading

Island County eyes sewage disposal options

As the bill for hauling septic sludge off-island continues to enlarge, Island County leaders are considering the future of solid waste disposal. County commissioners and… Continue reading

Level III sex offender lives in Langley

The Island County Sheriff’s Office notified the public this week that a Level III sex offender will be living in Langley. Chase E. Collins, 24,… Continue reading

Island County detectives join multi-agency team

Detectives from Island County will be joining a team of Skagit County law enforcement officials that provides unbiased, experienced investigator to member agencies. Island County… Continue reading

Navy seeks public comment on PFAS removal options

The Navy is aiming to provide permanent solutions for nearly 30 North Whidbey residences with wells that tested positive for toxic chemicals. A final decision… Continue reading

Man accused of hit and run

An Oak Harbor man is facing charges for allegedly driving his pickup truck into another vehicle and leaving the scene of the Aug. 18 accident,… Continue reading

Holiday House opens doors for 16th year

An annual tradition that keeps the holidays affordable for families struggling with low income continues. Hosted by the Family Resource Center and part of the… Continue reading

County budget, property tax increases passed

Island County Monday passed its $110-million budget and increased its three property tax levies by 1 percent over last year. The property tax increases allow… Continue reading

Photo by Govinda Holtby
                                Birders look for birds to count on South Whidbey.

Bird counters needed

South Whidbey residents have the opportunity to help keep an eye on the avian population of South Whidbey, which could mean trampling outside in rural… Continue reading

Photo by Govinda Holtby
                                Birders look for birds to count on South Whidbey.

Public meeting on stormwater slated for Dec. 10

City officials want to hear what you think about Langley’s storm drainage systems. During a public meeting scheduled for Dec. 10, the city will be… Continue reading

Clinton trail project, van pool purchases put on hold

An on-again, off-again trail project in Clinton is off again, and Island Transit’s plans to purchase 24 replacement vans is being deferred to an undetermined… Continue reading

Island County budget includes new facilities, staff

Island County is anticipating the construction of two major facilities in 2020 and adding several new staff members in its $110 million budget for 2020.… Continue reading

Weed burning near home leads to small residential fire in Greenbank

A man using a propane weed burner inadvertently ignited a tree Sunday morning, and the fire spread to his Greenbank home. His response with a… Continue reading

Photo courtesy of Marli Jenkins
                                Woodhaven Faculty Liaison Kent Ratekin and freshman Kelvin Jenkins putting together a chalkboard at the Organic Farm School classroom.

Alternative high school initiative progresses

An alternative high school may soon be a reality for South Whidbey. A group of parents, teachers and community members have joined together to create… Continue reading

Photo courtesy of Marli Jenkins
                                Woodhaven Faculty Liaison Kent Ratekin and freshman Kelvin Jenkins putting together a chalkboard at the Organic Farm School classroom.

Fire district looks at levy increase

This spring, South Whidbey Fire/EMS commissioners will be seeking input on a proposed levy lid lift. Increased demand and inflation coupled with poor retention are… Continue reading

Langley considers steps to confront climate change

Climate change continues to be a hot topic in Langley. The Climate Change Conversations forum held on Nov. 15 drew a sold-out crowd. About 300… Continue reading