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Man injured in house fire dies

A man has died from burn wounds from a residential fire in Greenbank. Shawn M. Cavanah died Sunday from injuries he sustained Friday afternoon at… Continue reading

Ron Muzzall

Ron Muzzall is named Washington’s newest state senator

The Whidbey Island farmer was among 3 Republicans looking to replace retired state Sen. Barbara Bailey.

Ron Muzzall

County looks for new planning director

Island County is searching for a new planning director, and the department will be re-structured in the meantime. The current director, Hiller West, has asked… Continue reading

Student faces felony for alleged assault on school bus

A 14-year-old student at South Whidbey Middle / High School is facing a felony charge for allegedly assaulting another student on a school bus Oct.… Continue reading

Stolen car crashes into theater building

The driver of a stolen car struck two parked vehicles, a garage, a cop car and the Whidbey Playhouse during a brief chase in Oak… Continue reading

Crab season closes again

Joining their commercial counterparts, recreational crabbers will no longer be dropping pots in Puget Sound Marine Areas 8-1 and 8-2 for the remainder of 2019.… Continue reading

Candidates at odds over direction of school district

Voters will choose between a realist and an idealist in the only contested race for the South Whidbey School Board. Linda Racicot, a retired teacher,… Continue reading

Missing man’s skull discovered in woods

A hunter walking through woods near Greenbank Oct. 12 discovered the skull of a Freeland man who had been missing nearly 19 years, the Island… Continue reading

Economist, financial planner offer discussion

Understanding the complex factors that affect the economy can be difficult. To help people navigate, Western Washington University economist James McCafferty and financial planner Tyrel… Continue reading

  • Oct 21, 2019
Photo submitted by North Whidbey Fire and Rescue
                                Late Chief Tim Lemon with North Whidbey Fire and Rescue was honored during a ceremony in Renton.

Late fire chief honored at ceremony in Renton

This past week, 23 firefighters from North Whidbey Fire and Rescue traveled from Oak Harbor to Renton to render honors to Chief Tim Lemon, who… Continue reading

  • Oct 21, 2019
Photo submitted by North Whidbey Fire and Rescue
                                Late Chief Tim Lemon with North Whidbey Fire and Rescue was honored during a ceremony in Renton.

Attorney, client fighting over hospital settlement

WhidbeyHealth Public Hospital District settled an age discrimination lawsuit in August, but the plaintiff and his attorney are still arguing over money. Seattle attorney Gregory… Continue reading

Housewarming party goes badly on North Whidbey

A housewarming party in Oak Harbor Oct. 12 ended with two women in the hospital and one woman in jail, according to court documents. A… Continue reading

Nonprofit, WhidbeyHealth improve care for women

Women’s health care shouldn’t be considered a specialty area of medicine, according to Tabitha Sierra, patient safety and experience coordinator at WhidbeyHealth. “The intent to… Continue reading

Petty Officer 1st Class Jessie Ewing of VP-40 is greeted by his daughter Gala Ewing Thursday. He returned to Whidbey Island with the last active duty P-3C Orion.

Last active duty P-3C Orion flies into history

An era of Naval aircraft history came to an end this month at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island. “This is a big deal,” said Capt.… Continue reading

Petty Officer 1st Class Jessie Ewing of VP-40 is greeted by his daughter Gala Ewing Thursday. He returned to Whidbey Island with the last active duty P-3C Orion.

Navy SAR conducts medical evacuation on Olympic Peninsula

On Oct. 3, a search and rescue team from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island responded to a call to transport a 59-year-old heart attack victim… Continue reading

  • Oct 15, 2019
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                                A Langley man in a single-seat kit aircraft crashed Friday afternoon after his plane lost power while in the process of landing at Whidbey Airpark on South Whidbey.

Langley man injured in fiery plane crash

A 65-year-old Langley man was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle on Friday afternoon after his plane crashed at Whidbey Airpark on South Whidbey.… Continue reading

Photo provided by Island County Sheriff’s Office 
                                A Langley man in a single-seat kit aircraft crashed Friday afternoon after his plane lost power while in the process of landing at Whidbey Airpark on South Whidbey.

Another Narcan Night set for Oct. 24

Island County’s opioid outreach team is hosting Narcan Night 6 p.m., Oct. 24 at Oak Harbor Library to discuss warning signs of overdose, how to… Continue reading

Man files another public records lawsuit against Langley

A South Whidbey man has filed another lawsuit against the city of Langley, claiming a violation of the state’s Public Records Act. Eric Hood, acting… Continue reading

I-976 could detour Island Transit buses

If passed, Initiative 976 has the potential to significantly diminish bus and paratransit service in Island County. To discuss the impacts, Island Transit Executive Director… Continue reading

Commissioner will delegate vote for state senate appointment

Island County Commissioner Helen Price Johnson won’t vote on a state senate appointment, but the county won’t lose a vote in choosing a candidate. Commissioners… Continue reading