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Photos by Laura Guido
                                John Norris winds up his magnet as he gets ready to throw it into the waters of Deer Lake, hoping to pull up something interesting.

South Whidbey man fishes for lost loot

South Whidbey resident John Norris is hunting for treasure. But he isn’t digging holes or looking for an “X” on a map. The fisherman spends… Continue reading

Photos by Laura Guido
                                John Norris winds up his magnet as he gets ready to throw it into the waters of Deer Lake, hoping to pull up something interesting.

Commercial kitchen renovation on hold as bid comes in over budget

In September 2019, the Port of South Whidbey received permit approval from the City of Langley for the expansion and renovation of the Coffman building… Continue reading

  • Feb 7, 2020

Excess rain causes sewage discharges on Whidbey

Island County is among 19 counties in Washington state officially in a state of emergency due to heavy rainfall. And for good reason. A manhole… Continue reading

Man ordered to write apology to deputy

During a sentencing hearing Wednesday, a judge ordered a Central Whidbey man who pointed a gun at a deputy to write a letter of apology.… Continue reading

Admiralty Head lighthouse closed for restoration work

Scaffolding surrounds the iconic Admiralty Head Lighthouse, which will be closed to visitors for months as workers complete a major renovation project on the 1903… Continue reading

Park and ride truck theft leads to arrest

A man accused of stealing a pickup truck from the Bayview Park and Ride Jan. 27 didn’t get very far, according to court documents. The… Continue reading

Coupeville dusting off greenhouse gas effort

Coupeville was ahead of the climate-conscious curve when it created a greenhouse gas inventory nearly 15 years ago. Now, the town is dusting off that… Continue reading

Planning director hopes to improve service

The new head of Island County’s planning department knows that it has some unhappy customers. Too many unhappy customers, she said. “I am really excited… Continue reading

Food program still a ‘win’

For the past 12 years, a dedicated group of volunteers has helped ensure kids on South Whidbey don’t go hungry. The five friends who started… Continue reading

Seat open on fire district board

South Whidbey Fire/EMS is currently accepting applications to fill a vacancy on its board of fire commissioners. Position 1 was previously occupied by Adrienne Hawley,… Continue reading

Steelhead farms seen as new can of worms

The state Department of Fish and Wildlife recently granted a fish-farming company permission to raise steelhead in several net pens in Puget Sound, including one… Continue reading

Fake TV salesman sent to prison, ordered to repay $759,000 to victims

A man who defrauded more than 100 people through illegitimate electronic businesses and ran a “boiler room” operation out of a rental house in Coupeville… Continue reading

Chocolate Walk to feature Story Slams

In addition to the rich flavor derived from the delectable cocoa bean, this year’s Coupeville Chocolate Walk will also feature a sweet treat for the… Continue reading

Crosswalk delayed by holidays, snowstorm

A long-awaited construction project in Langley is set to begin its final phase on Monday after being delayed due to a series of regulatory steps… Continue reading

Langley police chief lunches with select few of city’s smallest citizens

A very important meeting was held Thursday between Langley Chief of Police Don Lauer and six esteemed citizens. During lunchtime at South Whidbey Elementary School,… Continue reading

Whidbey Island water systems respond to state’s draft rules on PFAS

The Washington State Board of Health is proposing new rules that may provide new protections against a prevalent family of chemicals but also might place… Continue reading

School board renews superintendent’s contract

South Whidbey Superintendent Jo Moccia’s three-year contract was renewed last week with one abstention from the school board. The contract extends Moccia’s employment until June… Continue reading

Moccia suggests return to live streaming school board meetings

The South Whidbey School District is discussing the possibility of giving live streaming another try. At a board meeting last week, Superintendent Jo Moccia said… Continue reading

Rep. Smith introduces five data privacy bills

Rep. Norma Smith, R-Clinton, is using this year’s short session to take on privacy issues in a “big data economy.” Smith has introduced five bills… Continue reading

Snohomish County Jail. (Sue Misao / Herald file)

Snohomish County inmate sues county, gets $110K — and freedom

Jimi Hamilton sued over a records request when the county cited a Jail Records Act that doesn’t exist.

Snohomish County Jail. (Sue Misao / Herald file)