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Rep. Smith introduces five data privacy bills

Rep. Norma Smith, R-Clinton, is using this year’s short session to take on privacy issues in a “big data economy.” Smith has introduced five bills… Continue reading

Snohomish County Jail. (Sue Misao / Herald file)

Snohomish County inmate sues county, gets $110K — and freedom

Jimi Hamilton sued over a records request when the county cited a Jail Records Act that doesn’t exist.

Snohomish County Jail. (Sue Misao / Herald file)

Fire plan calls for levy lid lift

South Whidbey Fire/EMS recently approved a five-year strategic plan that calls for a levy lid lift. The fire department is considering asking voters to increase… Continue reading

County held to ‘unusually high bar’ by FEMA

A federal agency seems to be holding Island County a higher standard than others in the region for a national program that provides flood insurance… Continue reading

Treatment clinic to open Feb. 5

Access to a critical component of addiction recovery for Whidbey Island residents has been inconsistent at best. Early next month, a new program will launch… Continue reading

‘Action’ planned at hospital

Last year was the hospital’s “year of listening,” according to CEO Ron Telles, and 2020 will be “the year of action.” During Wednesday morning’s monthly… Continue reading

Everybody counts

For as long as the Point in Time Count has existed, Clinton hairdresser William Bolding has shown up every year to provide haircuts free of… Continue reading

Fuse lit on city fireworks ordinance

Langley Councilman Craig Cyr is fulfilling a campaign promise by trying to get fireworks banned from within city limits. At a city council meeting Tuesday… Continue reading

‘One storm away from disaster?’

High tides and strong gusts are in the forecast for this weekend, which might be a recipe for disaster in one South Whidbey community. Diking… Continue reading

Clipper trips snipped

A beloved icon of Langley’s holiday season is no more. Mayor Tim Callison announced at a city council meeting Jan. 21 that the Clipper will… Continue reading

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                                The Haller House is one of the historic properties that received a portion of the $1 million Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve preservation grant.

$1 million in state historic preservation grants awarded in Ebey’s Reserve

A $1-million grant from the state will go a long ways toward repairing and protecting many of the structures that are intrinsic to the rich… Continue reading

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                                The Haller House is one of the historic properties that received a portion of the $1 million Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve preservation grant.

Four seek board seat in conservation district

Whidbey voters registered with the county will have a chance to decide who will be the newest member of a non-regulatory, governmental entity dedicated to… Continue reading

Whidbey crafters sew pouches for Australian wildlife

In some cases, social media really can serve as the great unifier. When Kaili Slate and Denice Bochantin saw the devastation wildfires had been causing… Continue reading

Fellow Clinton resident challenges Smith

A longtime nurse and Whidbey resident is challenging incumbent Rep. Norma Smith, R-Clinton for her seat in the state House of Representatives. Democrat Suzanne Wood-ard… Continue reading

Man sentenced for assaults, resisting arrest

A Clinton man who assaulted a woman and teenage girl and wrestled deputies near an open septic tank was recently sentenced to jail. Justin M.… Continue reading

Ex-county inmate sues over jail fall

An inmate at Clallam Bay Corrections Center is suing Island County over a fall he blames on a missing shower mat in Island County jail… Continue reading

MLK event focuses on Poor People’s Campaign

Most school children in the United States learn about Martin Luther King Jr.’s renowned 1963 speech and the March on Washington. But fewer people know… Continue reading

FEMA threat draws rebuke from county

Island County commissioners are “aghast” at recent actions taken by the Federal Emergency Management Agency that could affect local shoreline property owners. During a work… Continue reading

South Whidbey High School band set to compete nationally

The South Whidbey High School’s jazz band has been chosen as one of a dozen to compete in a national competition this spring, proving that… Continue reading

Freeland pot shop makes big donation to coalition

Last month, Island Herb offered the Whidbey Homeless Coalition the challenge of matching a $10,000 donation. Eric Wing, Island Herb’s general manager, said the store’s… Continue reading