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Democrats in the Washington State House are proposing to pay for transportation improvements partly by raising the gas tax by 18 cents. (Sound Publishing file photo)

House Democrats lay out massive $26B transportation package funded by gas tax hike

An 18-cent gas tax increase and a fee on carbon emissions would fund new roads and more.

  • Jan 23, 2021
Democrats in the Washington State House are proposing to pay for transportation improvements partly by raising the gas tax by 18 cents. (Sound Publishing file photo)
South Whidbey resident Doug Hansen displays a large American flag Wednesday that once flew over the White House during the Jimmy Carter Administration. Photo by Kira Erickson/Whidbey News-Times

A day of firsts

In recognition of Inauguration Day, Whidbey Island man displays flag once flown over White House.

South Whidbey resident Doug Hansen displays a large American flag Wednesday that once flew over the White House during the Jimmy Carter Administration. Photo by Kira Erickson/Whidbey News-Times
Sno-Isle Libraries on Whidbey Island have laptops and hotspot devices available to check out just like a book. Photo provided.

Laptop, wifi hotspot devices available at Whidbey libraries

Patrons can now check out technology just like a library book.

Sno-Isle Libraries on Whidbey Island have laptops and hotspot devices available to check out just like a book. Photo provided.

South Whidbey Parks and Rec OKs trail relocation

Commissioners agreed to relocate a path that is part of the Community Park network of trails.

Town mayor updates residents with annual address

Coupeville Mayor Molly Hughes took a look back on the year.

Training in Coupeville schools puts suicide prevention in the Forefront

Parents and caregivers can sign up for upcoming classes for training to help prevent suicide.

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Island Scanner Dec. 25 - Jan. 1.

Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times
Carol Johnston has watched this Pacific madrone grow for the past 14 years. It is slated to be removed during McDonald’s upcoming renovation in early February.

Madrona to make way for bigger McDonald’s

An Oak Harbor woman hoped to save the large tree that is to be cut down for an upcoming renovation.

Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times
Carol Johnston has watched this Pacific madrone grow for the past 14 years. It is slated to be removed during McDonald’s upcoming renovation in early February.

Washington’s vaccination schedule draws criticism from Island County

Island County commissioners are upset about where certain groups fall in the vaccination phases.

Capital projects includes funds for big projects to sewer, parks

Several notable projects are planned for this year and next.

Co-sponsored by Muzzall, bill would speed up state reopening

The bill would allow indoor dining, gyms and social gatherings to resume, all with safety protocols

Court day delayed due to psychosis

The woman was arrested on suspicion of assault in the first degree, a domestic violence crime.

Man arrested at Walmart in Oak Harbor with stolen truck

An Anacortes business owner reported the truck as stolen. It was found at the Oak Harbor Walmart.

Prosecutor calls commissioner ‘a terrible person’ during public meeting

The two have had a tense relationship for years.

Public comment sought for Navy’s parks proposal

Those with comments must register by 5 p.m. on Jan. 20 on the state parks’ website.

The Tokitae ferry pulls into the new Mukilteo ferry terminal Thursday afternoon. Photo by Kira Erickson/Whidbey News Group

State ferries ridership reaches a 50-year low

The Mukilteo-Clinton route ridership dropped in 2020, but not as much as others in the ferry system.

The Tokitae ferry pulls into the new Mukilteo ferry terminal Thursday afternoon. Photo by Kira Erickson/Whidbey News Group
An Owl Haven Lane home on South Whidbey was damaged by a fire Wednesday morning, although the homeowner was able to save many of his possessions. Photo provided by South Whidbey Fire/EMS

Fire Wednesday morning results in minor damage, slight injuries

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

An Owl Haven Lane home on South Whidbey was damaged by a fire Wednesday morning, although the homeowner was able to save many of his possessions. Photo provided by South Whidbey Fire/EMS

Legislature opens with call for cooperation on COVID-19 relief

The state legislature launched its virtual session this week.

Meeting to address changes to Langley zoning

The meeting will take place 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 20 via Zoom.