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Student petition leads to two new courses

High school student activists called on school officials to “bring education into the 21st century.”

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Retired Navy officer named assessor

Douglas “Bernie” Upchurch is the new Island County assessor and will serve at least until the end of the year.

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Seniors Anthony Pierzchala, right, and Charlie Dubois working with junior Eric Lindsey, back left, during teacher Chris Whiteman’s advanced engineering class. Someone stole $1,000 worth of tools from the program earlier this month.
Seniors Anthony Pierzchala, right, and Charlie Dubois working with junior Eric Lindsey, back left, work on projects during teacher Chris Whiteman’s advanced engineering class. Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times

Community steps up to replace stolen tools

School officials expressed thanks to those who donated.

Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times
Seniors Anthony Pierzchala, right, and Charlie Dubois working with junior Eric Lindsey, back left, during teacher Chris Whiteman’s advanced engineering class. Someone stole $1,000 worth of tools from the program earlier this month.
Seniors Anthony Pierzchala, right, and Charlie Dubois working with junior Eric Lindsey, back left, work on projects during teacher Chris Whiteman’s advanced engineering class. Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times

Cause of death still pending for diver recovered from Pass

The body of an experienced diver was found May 4.

An Exceptional Academy student adorns a veteran's grave with an American flag at Maple Leaf Cemetery in Oak Harbor, May 17, 2021. (Photos by Karina Andrew/Whidbey News-Times)

Exceptional Academy students help effort to honor veterans year-round

Students participated in the Flags and Flowers initiative for their annual service project.

An Exceptional Academy student adorns a veteran's grave with an American flag at Maple Leaf Cemetery in Oak Harbor, May 17, 2021. (Photos by Karina Andrew/Whidbey News-Times)

Jail inmate death apparent suicide

The Skagit County Multi-Agency Response Team is investigating the death.

Langley mayor moving outside city, resigning

Tim Callison is leaving his role at the end of June.

Candidates start to fill in races for local office

Candidate filing week runs May 17-21.

Investigation clears superintendent of bias, retaliation

An attorney’s investigation into the Coupeville school superintendent for alleged bias and retaliation largely exonerated him, according to the report on the inquiry.

Geoscientist Brian Sherrod stands near where the southern Whidbey Island fault line runs underground, at the Brightwater Treatment Plant in Woodinville, Washington. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Whidbey fault quake potentially a bigger ‘Big One’

An earthquake along the southern Whidbey Island fault reshaped the land some 2,700 years ago. Another big one is expected, and it could be devastating.

Geoscientist Brian Sherrod stands near where the southern Whidbey Island fault line runs underground, at the Brightwater Treatment Plant in Woodinville, Washington. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Running Start classes available over summer

Skagit Valley College is launching a summer pilot program for high schoolers to earn college credit.

Car crashes into building, boat during police chase

The car went through a building, struck a “Zodiac type boat” and came to rest against the far wall, the deputy’s report states.

North Whidbey man jailed for car insurance fraud

Arnold F. Bodner, 58, pleaded guilty in Island County Superior Court April 16 to a single count of insurance false claim, which was a felony charge because the amount of the claim exceeded $1,500.

Maple Leaf Cemetery groundskeeper William West, at left, and caretaker Michael Dougliss plant the first tree that is part of a new remembrance project. (Photo provided)

Cemetery offers trees as way to memorialize their loved ones

People can have a tree planted in memory of a loved one, who doesn’t have to be buried in the cemetery, for a donation of $100.

Maple Leaf Cemetery groundskeeper William West, at left, and caretaker Michael Dougliss plant the first tree that is part of a new remembrance project. (Photo provided)

School district registering for alternative program

Students, even those who live outside the district, are invited to register for South Whidbey’s new ALE program.

WICA celebrating 25th anniversary

The organization founded in 1996 is the result of a 10-year, community-funded effort.

Aja and Rainey Stewart, 4, search for bees in a tree in bloom.

Island farmers abuzz about absence of native bees

Eighteen farmers approached the county commissioners at a recent meeting about the issue, voicing their concerns about the lack of native pollinators.

Aja and Rainey Stewart, 4, search for bees in a tree in bloom.

Amid good news on COVID, a troubling drop in vaccine demand

The wrinkle in the good news for Whidbey Island and the nation is that demand for vaccinations is decreasing, which is very bad news for public health and businesses.

EOD to conduct explosive training May 24

The training is needed as part of the unit’s certification for deployment and is in accordance with established military training and readiness requirements.