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Langley settles lawsuit; mayor takes issue with claim

The City of Langley last week paid $15,000 to settle a lawsuit by Langley resident John Norby over alleged breaches of the state’s Public Records… Continue reading

Tokitae returns to Clinton-to-Mukilteo ferry route

The MV Tokitae is back in action. The 144-vehicle vessel returned to the Clinton-to-Mukilteo route around noon on Tuesday following “yearly maintenance and an annual… Continue reading

  • Jan 12, 2018

Lockdown on base lifted, no evidence of gunfire found

Navy security wasn’t able to identify a noise that caused the lock down of Naval Air Station Whidbey Island’s Ault Field base Saturday morning. Access… Continue reading

Police: Suspect, 28, taped himself beating a homeless man

A 28-year-old Oak Harbor resident is facing a felony assault charge after he videotaped himself beating up a homeless man, court documents state. Jon M.… Continue reading

Housing Authority of Island County scores HUD grant

The Housing Authority of Island County recently received a $51,269 grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to go toward the salaries… Continue reading

State capital budget fails to pass

The state legislature had until the end of 2017 to pass a state capital budget. If a capital budget wasn’t passed, grant monies for the… Continue reading

  • Jan 10, 2018

Goosefoot gives out $88,000 to nonprofits

Ten Whidbey Island nonprofit organizations are the beneficiaries of Goosefoot Community Fund’s first official grant cycle. Goosefoot awarded close to $88,000 in grants. The Goosefoot… Continue reading

Sea Float Scramble brings about 1,000 scavengers to Langley

One-of-a-kind glass orbs and wishing stones littered Seawall Park in Langley Saturday morning, but if you blinked you might have missed a chance to take… Continue reading

Shoudy chosen as mayor pro tem

In a unanimous vote on Jan. 2, Langley council members selected Ursula Shoudy as the new mayor pro tem. Shoudy, who has served on the… Continue reading

  • Jan 10, 2018

County looking for Freeland code input

Island County Planning and Community Development is seeking more feedback on its draft development regulations for Freeland. As a result of earlier public comments, the… Continue reading

Property owners give trail-saving effort a timeline

In July, Langley resident Shelley Ackerman launched efforts to prevent a trail system near her home from being sold, logged and developed. After months of… Continue reading

Photo by Jessie Stensland / Whidbey News-Times
                                Louis Scarpino of Oak Harbor appears in Island County Superior Court in a restraint chair Wednesday because he was accused of being disorderly and intimidating a judge the day before.

Suspected car thief accused of intimidating judge

A suspected car thief was wheeled into court in a restraint chair Wednesday because he bit a microphone, turned over a table and threatened a… Continue reading

Photo by Jessie Stensland / Whidbey News-Times
                                Louis Scarpino of Oak Harbor appears in Island County Superior Court in a restraint chair Wednesday because he was accused of being disorderly and intimidating a judge the day before.

Uptick in sightings reassures whale experts

The Southern Resident orcas are making their way back to the shores of Whidbey Island after a summer and early fall hiatus. They’re going to… Continue reading

Freeland couple welcomes Whidbey’s first 2018 baby

A Freeland couple welcomed Whidbey Island’s first baby of 2018 hours into New Year’s Day. Ford Ellis Williams was born at 8:39 a.m. in his… Continue reading

Kiteboarders battle big waves at Useless Bay

Strong winds this past week attracted a few kiteboarders to Useless Bay. Three adrenaline junkies donned wetsuits and strapped in their harnesses to charge the… Continue reading

County museum offering free admission in Jan.

For the month of January, admission to the Island County Museum in Coupeville is free. Admission fees are sponsored by the Island County Historical Society’s… Continue reading

  • Jan 6, 2018

Langley City Council asks for climate change action

The Citizens’ Climate Lobby’s carbon fee-and-dividend proposal did not get the Langley City Council’s stamp of approval on Tuesday night at city hall. Instead, the… Continue reading

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                                County Prosecutor Greg Banks, center, attorney Lee Pence and County Commisioner Helen Price Johnson sit around the work session table Wednesday. Tensions hit a boiling point during the meeting that included yelling and name-calling.

County commissioner calls prosecutor ‘snake,’ liar

Tensions boiled over Wednesday when Island County Prosecutor Greg Banks asked the Island County Board of Commissioners for permission to hire an outside attorney for… Continue reading

Laura Guido / Whidbey News Group
                                County Prosecutor Greg Banks, center, attorney Lee Pence and County Commisioner Helen Price Johnson sit around the work session table Wednesday. Tensions hit a boiling point during the meeting that included yelling and name-calling.

County museum offering free admission in January

For the month of January, admission to the Island County Museum in Coupeville is free. Admissions fees are sponsored by the Island County Historical Society’s… Continue reading

  • Jan 6, 2018

2017: A year in review

So long, 2017. Monday is the start of a new year. It’s unclear what’s in store for 2018, but if it’s anything like this year,… Continue reading