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After 15 years on lam, sailor is back in the news

James Tait Praefke vanished from the brig at Navy Base Kitsap Bangor 15 years ago.

Group of residents call for removal of BLM banner from South Whidbey High School

The banner has been on a fence near the tennis courts since July 28.

Lincoln Fresch, left, and Quintarius Eaves “clap the sillies out” during song time at Little Oaks Preschool & Childcare Center. Photo by Kira Erickson/Whidbey News Group.

Open throughout pandemic, child care facilities follow strict rules

Day cares and preschools are allowed for in-person activites and have experienced an enrollment boom

Lincoln Fresch, left, and Quintarius Eaves “clap the sillies out” during song time at Little Oaks Preschool & Childcare Center. Photo by Kira Erickson/Whidbey News Group.

Shellfish closure extended Monday to other areas of Whidbey Island

The closure now includes almost all of the west side of the island due to marine biotoxins.

Sunlight Beach Dike repairs needed to mitigate flooding

Storms have eroded the dike in recent years, and it needs repairs to protect nearby properties.

  • Sep 9, 2020
Kate Mistler stands with I Support The Girls donation box outside of her home at 1008 Diane Ave. in Oak Harbor.

Whidbey’s first ‘Bras & Beauty Happening’ Saturday

Women in need of bras, underwear, and hygiene items can get them for free at an event this Saturday.

Kate Mistler stands with I Support The Girls donation box outside of her home at 1008 Diane Ave. in Oak Harbor.

All students are eligible for free meals the rest of the year

Oak Harbor, Coupeville and South Whidbey school districts are offering free meals to all kids

Island County gathers materials in response to court order

A federal court issued the subpoena for information related to jet noise from NAS Whidbey.

Man accused of assaulting homeless man, police officers

An Oak Harbor man is charged with assaulting a homeless man with a leash and biting a police officer.

OB/GYN alleges discrimination in lawsuit against WhidbeyHealth

Dr. Melissa Chin alleges discrimination based on her gender and national origin.

Wyatt and Deanna Loasby show off a potato harvested last month from South Whidbey School Farms’ garden. Photo provided by South Whidbey School Farms.

Outdoor classes plotted for South Whidbey schools

The South Whidbey School District is seeking the community’s help to build an outdoor classroom.

Wyatt and Deanna Loasby show off a potato harvested last month from South Whidbey School Farms’ garden. Photo provided by South Whidbey School Farms.

Pool, Park and Rec District torn between reopening, repairing

North Whidbey Pool, Park and Recreation District commissioners struggled last week with the decision whether to reopen the pool in the midst of the pandemic.… Continue reading

Driver loses control, tips his truck

A 59-year-old man sustained minor injuries following a rollover accident north of Freeland Sunday afternoon, according to the Washington State Patrol. Tracy Hatch of Shoreline… Continue reading

Pandemic yields plethora of UFO sightings

Perhaps people are staying up later at night because of the pandemic. Perhaps they are drinking more or taking more mind-expanding drugs. Or maybe the… Continue reading

Whidbey Children’s Theatre offers online classes

The Whidbey Children’s Theatre was just one week and five rehearsals away from the opening night of its production of “Les Miserables” when the decision… Continue reading

Watch out for whales over this holiday weekend

The Labor Day weekend will likely draw skippers to the water – veterans and novices alike – and the Orca Network wants to remind them… Continue reading

City assesses need for housing shortage plan

The City of Oak Harbor is knee-deep in an effort to assess needs for its housing action plan, which is supposed to identify strategies to… Continue reading

Accused murderer bails out, turns himself in to Helena, Mont., police

An Oak Harbor man accused of committing a 2011 murder in Montana posted a $500,000 bail bond last week and was released from Island County… Continue reading

Deception Pass Bridge work will extend another year

$22 mil project was originally slated to be completed this fall

Panel looking at South Whidbey passenger ferry

A passengers-only ferry between South Whidbey and Everett is one of nine possible routes being considered in a feasibility study by a state planning organization.… Continue reading