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Dirt is moved during the deconstruction of a seawall on Friday, Jan. 29, 2020 in Langley, Wa. Shoreline restoration underway north of Langley involves removal of an old barge and bulkheads. Sea level rise makes such habitat improvements all the more important to endangered salmon and their prey. The project is a partnership between Seahorse Siesta property owners and the Northwest Straits Foundation. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Small fish, big barriers: A county confronts climate change

Island County has 196 miles of shoreline to protect as sea levels rise. And erosion is only one of the challenges.

Dirt is moved during the deconstruction of a seawall on Friday, Jan. 29, 2020 in Langley, Wa. Shoreline restoration underway north of Langley involves removal of an old barge and bulkheads. Sea level rise makes such habitat improvements all the more important to endangered salmon and their prey. The project is a partnership between Seahorse Siesta property owners and the Northwest Straits Foundation. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Santosa’s daughter Gwen, 2, tests out some of the toys in the new Mother Mentors “boutique.” Photo by Kira Erickson/South Whidbey Record

Mother Mentors boutique opens on South End

The first day of operation is this Saturday, Feb. 13.

Santosa’s daughter Gwen, 2, tests out some of the toys in the new Mother Mentors “boutique.” Photo by Kira Erickson/South Whidbey Record
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Level 3 sex offender moves to Whidbey

Jeffery Charles Sitton moved to a home on Sunrise Park Way in Greenbank.

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Man accused of criminal impersonation, exposure

The man had been using a false name and even wore a wig on occasion.

Online intruders disrupt Port of South Whidbey meeting

Videos of pornography and Confederate flags were shared on the screens of the new attendees,

South Whidbey High School Senior Sarah Zundel plays trombone.

Whidbey students qualify for ensemble groups

South Whidbey and Oak Harbor student musicians qualified for prestigious groups.

South Whidbey High School Senior Sarah Zundel plays trombone.

Year-round school coming to Washington

By Joseph Claypoole WNPA News Service Picture this — the summer months are coming to an end, children are heading back to school, but they… Continue reading

  • Feb 12, 2021

Oak Harbor schools levy passing in first vote counts

Voters approved the levy with 53.74% voting yes, while 46.26% voted no, according to initial counts.

Restaurants can open now that Island County moved to Phase 2

Restaurants in Island County will finally be able to serve food indoors, albeit with restrictions. Gov. Jay Inslee announced Thursday that the North Region, of… Continue reading

An artist’s rendering of “Angel de la Creatividad” by Mexico City artist Sebastián shows the 37-foot-tall metal sculpture in its proposed location in Windjammer Park. The city is considering accepting the gift from a late public art supporter’s estate. Rendering provided

Artwork considered for Oak Harbor park

A 37-foot-tall metal sculpture may go to Windjammer Park although some are skeptical of the gift.

An artist’s rendering of “Angel de la Creatividad” by Mexico City artist Sebastián shows the 37-foot-tall metal sculpture in its proposed location in Windjammer Park. The city is considering accepting the gift from a late public art supporter’s estate. Rendering provided

City council throws its support behind new aquatics center aquatics center

The aquatics center has been discussed for decades, but is finally beginning to make some progress.

Oak Harbor firefighters responded to a garage fire last week. Photo provided
Oak Harbor firefighters responded to a garage fire last week. Photo provided

Larsen letter: Island County shortchanged on vaccine

U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen sent the White House a letter complaining about the lack of of local supply.

Unemployment in county reaches dismal high

“I do think we have a long road ahead of us,” said a regional economist.

Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times A new contractor will finish the work to restore Deception Pass and Canoe Pass bridges after the former contractor was taken off the project. The project was initially delayed by a year, but a WSDOT communications specialist said the new contractor will submit a schedule soon.

New contractor starts Monday on Pass bridge restoration

The new contractor was selected after the previous one defaulted on its contract.

Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times A new contractor will finish the work to restore Deception Pass and Canoe Pass bridges after the former contractor was taken off the project. The project was initially delayed by a year, but a WSDOT communications specialist said the new contractor will submit a schedule soon.

Island Drug receives extra vaccine in mistake

Instead of 200 doses that were expected last week, Island Drug received 2,000.

County should have received more vaccine

The number of vaccinated people in Island County is slightly less than the state average.

Victoria Adaus Myers, left, broke ground on a new home this week with her family, Arryn, 6, Katherine, 8, and Aaron. Photo provided.

Family breaks ground for Habitat for Humanity home

A lifelong Whidbey resident and her family have started building their own home in Oak Harbor.

Victoria Adaus Myers, left, broke ground on a new home this week with her family, Arryn, 6, Katherine, 8, and Aaron. Photo provided.

Leaders confront gov’s office over reopening plan

Island County officials are not happy Whidbey is stuck in Phase 1 of the state’s reopening plan.

Three new staffers recently joined South Whidbey Fire/EMS. Photo provided.

Three new staff members join South Whidbey Fire/EMS team

South Whidbey Fire/EMS hired three new staff members in January by configuring its team to be more cost effective and efficient. The department filled one… Continue reading

  • Feb 5, 2021
Three new staffers recently joined South Whidbey Fire/EMS. Photo provided.