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Burial, cremation, or…compost?

By Emma Scher WNPA Olympia News Bureau Giving a whole new meaning to “pushing up daisies,” Washington residents may be able to compost their bodies… Continue reading

  • Feb 6, 2019

First law of the year

Washington Governor Jay Inslee signed the first bill of the 2019 legislative session at a ceremony in the State Reception Room on Monday, Feb. 4.… Continue reading

  • Feb 5, 2019
Even though two-year-old Maggie is a beloved pet, she is subjected to breed-based discrimination in municipalities that ban pit bulls. Proposed legislation would make allowances for well-behaved canines regardless of pedigree. Photo by Tessa Kriechbaumer

Profiled pooch owners may be able to appeal breed-based dog bans in their cities

By Emma Scher WNPA Olympia News Bureau Cities that ban certain dog breeds would have to provide an appeal process for owners under proposed legislation… Continue reading

  • Feb 5, 2019
Even though two-year-old Maggie is a beloved pet, she is subjected to breed-based discrimination in municipalities that ban pit bulls. Proposed legislation would make allowances for well-behaved canines regardless of pedigree. Photo by Tessa Kriechbaumer

Lawmakers propose limits on scope of Public Records Act for Legislature

By Emma Epperly WNPA Olympia News Bureau Legislation proposed on the last day of January would largely exempt state legislators from the Public Records Act… Continue reading

  • Feb 5, 2019

Legislators roll out school safety proposals

By Emma Epperly WNPA Olympia News Bureau School resource officers, threat assessments, and statewide school safety best practices are all topics of proposed legislation this… Continue reading

  • Feb 5, 2019

Washington State explores new ways to assist homeless college students

By Emma Scher WNPA Olympia News Bureau Two proposed bills could give homeless college students free room and board, reduced-price meals and access to short-term… Continue reading

  • Feb 5, 2019

Wright’s Crossing loses another appeal of county decision

Wright’s Crossing LLC lost a third appeal of an Island County commissioners’ decision blocking a proposed urban growth area expansion and large housing development on… Continue reading

Civil case against rapist to be dismissed

After eight years of litigation, the state Attorney General’s Office is dismissing a civil action aimed at classifying a former Whidbey Island man as a… Continue reading

Photo provided by the sheriff’s office. Deputies searched the vehicle and found many items.

Stolen loot, gun recovered from stolen vehicle

An estimated $30,000 worth of stolen silver coins, $10,000 worth of stolen jewelry and a stolen handgun were recovered from a stolen vehicle on South… Continue reading

Photo provided by the sheriff’s office. Deputies searched the vehicle and found many items.

Search for Langley police chief begins

Langley Mayor Tim Callison has added six more months to the temporary duties of Don Lauer, named acting police chief last July to replace outgoing… Continue reading

Two patients were transported to WhidbeyHealth Medical Center after a car rolled over on Engle Road Monday morning. Photo by Laura Guido/Whidbey News Group

Snow and ice keep fire districts busy

Central and North Whidbey first responders stayed busy Monday morning as snow and ice descended upon Whidbey Island. However, South Whidbey and Oak Harbor officials… Continue reading

Two patients were transported to WhidbeyHealth Medical Center after a car rolled over on Engle Road Monday morning. Photo by Laura Guido/Whidbey News Group

Ferry Dock Road meeting set

Washington State Ferries will host a pre-construction meeting 5 to 7 p.m. Feb. 6 at the Clinton Community Hall. Officials will provide information about the… Continue reading

Habitat for Humanity aims to rebuild

Habitat for Humanity of Island County is taking on a big renovation job — itself. The local chapter of the national organization devoted to making… Continue reading

Mardi Gras party slated

The Fifth Annual Mardi Gras Party sponsored by Goosefoot starts dancing Fat Tuesday. The celebration will be 6 to 8:30 p.m. on March 5 at… Continue reading

  • Feb 1, 2019

Housing shortage may be impacting enrollment

Some school officials are citing a lack of affordable housing for declining enrollment in the region, which is affecting district budgets. The number of full-time… Continue reading

Navy moves forward without final Growler decision

The Navy is moving forward with a large construction project to accommodate new EA-18G Growler aircraft at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island even though a… Continue reading

Dismissal of public records lawsuit reversed

The state appeals court reversed a summary judgment that dismissed a public records lawsuit against the city of Langley. The Court of Appeals ruled that… Continue reading

Wolf spotted in garden | Island Scanner

The following items were selected from reports made to the Island County Sheriff’s Office: Thursday, Jan. 10 At 3:54 p.m., a caller reported that a… Continue reading

Langley’s Fred Lundahl named outstanding flight instructor

Fred Lundahl is known as a man about town in Langley, often seen driving visitors around in the official golf-cart shuttle, volunteering at various events… Continue reading

South Whidbey School District levies up for renewal

South Whidbey School District is seeking to extend two existing levies in the Feb. 12 special election. Residents of South Whidbey will be asked to… Continue reading