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$25.8 billion transportation plan hikes gas tax 18 cents

Washington drivers will pay an extra 18 cents per gallon in gas taxes if a new 16-year, $25.8 billion transportation package backed by House Democrats… Continue reading

  • Feb 2, 2021

Homeless Coalition shelter project moving forward

Whidbey Homeless Coalition has plans to turn a former church into a 35-bed shelter.

Navy’s anti-terrorism force protection exercise started this week

NAS Whidbey Island, Indian Island, Naval Station Everett and Naval Base Kitsap will be involved.

Officials decry COVID-19 reopening inequity

People are frustrated that Island County is still in Phase 1 while other counties moved to Phase 2.

South Whidbey School District to delay return of students

Superintendent Jo Moccia made the call Monday not to allow the return of first graders on Feb. 8.

Zencity says Oak Harbor public opinion mostly positive

The $15,000 software is meant to help the city make more informed decisions.

Island County not immune to staggering demand for COVID-19 vaccine

WhidbeyHealth canceled 12,000 vaccine appointments this past week.

Aiden Santos of Anacortes went fishing at Cranberry Lake in Deception Pass State Park last Saturday. The state park would be used as a Navy training site along with 27 others under a new 5-year proposal.

Commission approves Navy’s 5-year plan for SEAL training in state parks

The proposal drew both criticism and support from Whidbey Island residents.

Aiden Santos of Anacortes went fishing at Cranberry Lake in Deception Pass State Park last Saturday. The state park would be used as a Navy training site along with 27 others under a new 5-year proposal.
The <em>Platypus</em>, an abandoned boat that has been sitting at the Coupeville Wharf, has finally been hauled away. People from all over the country reached out to the Port of Coupeville with interest in the boat, but none of their plans came to fruition. Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times

Derelict boat hauled away from Coupeville dock

The Platypus gained nationwide interest, but it has been hauled away for salvage and destruction.

The <em>Platypus</em>, an abandoned boat that has been sitting at the Coupeville Wharf, has finally been hauled away. People from all over the country reached out to the Port of Coupeville with interest in the boat, but none of their plans came to fruition. Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times

Hot plate possible cause of small fire Monday evening

There was some minor damage.

House approves bills on public access, tax exemptions, online training

Three bills designed to keep essential functions of the state running during the COVID-19 pandemic and future emergencies passed unanimously on Jan. 22 in the… Continue reading

Lawmakers push competing COVID-19 packages

Relief for renters, schools, public health agencies and small businesses is rushing through the state Legislature, with the hope relief can reach people by the… Continue reading

A Jan. 23 roof fire in Langley did not result in any injuries. Photo provided.

No injuries reported in Langley attic blaze Jan. 23

The fire’s cause is still under investigation but was likely not intentional.

A Jan. 23 roof fire in Langley did not result in any injuries. Photo provided.

Schools rolling out cautious reopening plan

Superintendent to decide Monday if first grade students can return to in-person classes on Feb. 8.

Superintendent’s contract renewed

Jo Moccia’s annual salary is $197,825.

Oak Harbor schools plan to reopen despite fears raised

Oak Harbor school leaders presented plans for bringing grades 7-12 back into class.

Photo by Emily Gilbert
Chessie and Calamity of Missoula, Montana touched the ocean for the first time at Fort Ebey State Park, according to owner Bill Hoff. The park is one of 28 state parks the Navy has identified as a training site in its new proposal.

Coupeville Town Council opposes Navy plan for SEAL training in state parks

The Navy has proposed to use 28 state parks for training purposes. A vote is expected Thursday.

Photo by Emily Gilbert
Chessie and Calamity of Missoula, Montana touched the ocean for the first time at Fort Ebey State Park, according to owner Bill Hoff. The park is one of 28 state parks the Navy has identified as a training site in its new proposal.

Interim health officer named

Dr. Howard Leibrand is the third health officer in Island County in a month.

Whidbey Children’s Theatre continues online classes

Registration is now open for a class full of theater games, and an improv class for kids.