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Man airlifted after fall in Freeland

A man was airlifted Wednesday morning with a head injury after he fell from more than 20 feet. The man, described by medical responders as… Continue reading

South Whidbey community pool still a few years out, aquatics foundation leaders say

The South Whidbey Parks and Aquatics Foundation still has a community pool in its sights, though it will likely be years until it dives headfirst… Continue reading

Langley preliminary budget hearing goes without public comment

A public hearing regarding the City of Langley’s $8.2 million preliminary budget for 2018 went without comment at the city council’s regular monthly meeting on… Continue reading

  • Nov 29, 2017

Langley’s wayfinding ideas gain direction

Addressing deficiencies with the City of Langley’s wayfinding and coming up with creative ways to improve it beyond signage were some of the subjects at… Continue reading

Conservation grant program process is undergoing changes

The Board of Island County Commissioners decided to change the scoring process of applications for the conservation futures program at a recent work session meeting.… Continue reading

Langley ethics board finds Neff acted in ‘good faith’

The Langley Ethics and Training Advisory Board opined that former city councilwoman Rene Neff’s request for allocating tourism funding to the Island Shakespeare Festival was… Continue reading

  • Nov 29, 2017

Island Transit odometer nears 30 years

Island Transit odometer nears 30 years

Man, dog rescued from drifting sailboat in Holmes Harbor

South Whidbey Fire/EMS conducted a marine rescue in Holmes Harbor on Nov. 19 when a sailboat drifted north from the shore toward Saratoga Passage. Those… Continue reading

  • Nov 29, 2017

Protecting Whidbey, naturally: conservation district celebrates 50 years

Conservation District celebrating 50 years

Fire destroys camper trailer on Smugglers Cove

A fire destroyed a camper trailer on Smugglers Cove Road around 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 19. The owner of the trailer was away and… Continue reading

  • Nov 28, 2017

Property owners attempt to save Lone Lake

The past few years haven’t been the best for Lone Lake. A favorite for outdoor enthusiasts ranging from anglers to sailors, Lone Lake’s has continually… Continue reading

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                                Operations manager Shawn Harris, left, and Linda Nienhuis, recently rode along with two trainees in anticipation for Saturday service to return.

Saturday bus service to resume next year

Saturday service is returning to Island Transit early next year. This week, the transit board adopted a budget for next year that includes Saturday bus… Continue reading

Patricia Guthrie / Whidbey News Group
                                Operations manager Shawn Harris, left, and Linda Nienhuis, recently rode along with two trainees in anticipation for Saturday service to return.

South Whidbey Parks and Recreation District approves $1 million budget for 2018

South Whidbey Parks and Recreation District recently approved a roughly $1 million 2018 budget, and district staff will see a wage bump as a result.… Continue reading

Freeland Trail ribbon cutting set for Nov. 29

Island County will host a ribbon cutting ceremony for the opening of Freeland Trail, Segment 1 Project, at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 29, at the… Continue reading

  • Nov 25, 2017

Suspect in gas station robberies arrested | Updated

The suspect in two armed robberies of a gas station in Clinton is being held in jail on $200,000 bail. The police officer who arrested… Continue reading

In surprise 3-0 vote, Langley becomes a inclusive city | UPDATED

Langley is officially an inclusive city by ordinance. In a surprising turn of events, a Langley City councilman, who for months staunchly opposed the immigration-related… Continue reading

County seeks public input on levy increase

The public will have the opportunity to weigh in on a possible 1 percent increase in Island County’s current expense property tax levy, as well… Continue reading

Campus getting new carpeting

South Whidbey School Board approved a $78,465 project to replace gym floor carpet at South Whidbey Elementary School South Campus. The room has been used… Continue reading

  • Nov 22, 2017

Growler pilot draws graffiti in the sky

It was something one might expect to see in a middle-school bathroom but not writ large across the sky. People in Okanogan were apparently surprised… Continue reading

Nothing wrong with letter, Langley ethics board says

Asked to review alleged misconduct, the Langley Ethics Training and Advisory Board cleared one of its own, Monica Guzman, of wrongdoing. The ethics board announced… Continue reading