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Hospital predicts growth in outpatient services will help budget

WhidbeyHealth leaders are projecting increased use of its birthing center and outpatient services in the public hospital district’s 2020 budget. Controller Jennifer Reed said she’d… Continue reading

Clinton man repeatedly violated court orders, according to police

A 37-year-old Clinton man is being held in jail on $35,000 bail for continually violating court orders barring him from contacting a former girlfriend who… Continue reading

Driver who knocked out cell service charged

An Anacortes man is accused of fleeing from the scene of a vehicle collision that disrupted cell phone and Internet service on Whidbey Island and… Continue reading

Uber returns to North Whidbey

After an absence of more than three months, Uber is back in Oak Harbor. The ride-share company stopped operating in the city last September because… Continue reading

New Trustland trail already popular

The Trustland Trails recently got a new addition. In early December, about a third of a mile was added to the existing few miles of… Continue reading

Mardi Gras parade marching to Langley as part of Mystery Weekend

Amateur sleuths looking to participate in Langley’s Mystery Weekend may find themselves joining a new type of event this year. Just in time for Fat… Continue reading

Officer injured in getaway attempt

An Oak Harbor police officer was injured and a police car was damaged during the investigation of a suspected intoxicated driver who tried to speed… Continue reading

It’s snow fun

South Whidbey got a modest amount of snowfall on Monday, to the delight of school kids. More snow fell Tuesday, prompting school to cancel classes… Continue reading

Crunch time

When her daughter was growing up, Marybeth Shirley wanted to make her a breakfast option that didn’t contain wheat. Switching to a grain-free diet had… Continue reading

New campground planned near Langley

Campers may have a new place to stake their tents, starting this summer. The proposed campground, a South Whidbey Parks and Recreation project, will be… Continue reading

Friday Harbor couple welcomes first Whidbey baby of 2020

Whidbey Island’s first baby of the new year was born to parents from a different island. Leah Swearingen and her husband Christian Carter, both residents… Continue reading

Island County seeking volunteers for annual Point in Time count

Later this month, an annual one-day effort gets underway to count the people in Island County who don’t have addresses. Island County Human Services is… Continue reading

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Man accused of extorting women online for sexual favors, images

A detective with the Island County Sheriff’s Office uncovered evidence that a former Island County man has been blackmailing girls and women across the country… Continue reading

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South Whidbey Children’s Center director to retire in May

For Kris Barker, being executive director of the South Whidbey Children’s Center has been a role of both work and play. After nearly nine years… Continue reading

Flood insurance customers worry about new ‘surcharge’

Some homeowners on Whidbey Island received a troubling notice recently, notifying them they might need to pay extra fees on their flood insurance because of… Continue reading

Student’s comment about school shooting caused panic, but he will not be charged

A 19-year-old Oak Harbor High School student who made comments about a school shooting on a messaging app will not be charged with a crime.… Continue reading

A cold opening

On a surprisingly sunny New Year’s Day, South Enders waded into the waiting waters of Double Bluff Beach at noon. Some quickly waded back out… Continue reading

County seeks planning commission applicants

The Island County Board of Commissioners is seeking applicants from North Whidbey and Camano Island to serve on the Island County Planning Commission. Members must… Continue reading

  • Jan 3, 2020

COER plans to seek injunction against Growlers

The group Citizens of Ebey’s Reserve plans to file a motion for a preliminary injunction against the Navy this month in an attempt to restrict… Continue reading

Strong year for retail in Langley

Several data sets point to 2019 as a successful year for tourism-related business in Langley. The 4 percent lodging tax, which applies to hotels and… Continue reading