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


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


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

Bail set at $150K for Langley man accused of molesting, assaulting girl

A 23-year-old South Whidbey man is accused of molesting and assaulting a child in Langley, according to court documents. Prosecutors charged Pierce F.D. Jackson in… Continue reading

South Whidbey Parks and Recreation board seeks to fill vacancy

The South Whidbey Parks and Recreation District is currently seeking applicants to fill a vacancy on its Board of Commissioners. Because the position is for… Continue reading

Court reverses conviction in freedom of speech case

In a case testing free speech restrictions, the state Court of Appeals recently reversed the convictions of a man accused of trying to intimidate two… Continue reading

‘Dirty but not like blood’ | Island scanner

Dec. 12 At 9:18 a.m., a 911 call was abandoned. Upon recall a female answered but her voiced sounded far away. Female said “Oh (expletive).”… Continue reading

  • Jan 3, 2020

County officials settle dispute over possible tax calculation delay

A dispute between two elected officials that had the potential to impact homebuyers may have come to a solution after all. The issue began with… Continue reading

2019: A year of news and happenings on South Whidbey

January l Firefighters spent nearly 10 hours putting out a fire that damaged much of an unoccupied, 7,000-square-foot Shore Avenue house. l Greenbank resident John… Continue reading

  • Dec 31, 2019

Year of earthquakes was typical on island

At least 27 earthquakes with a magnitude of 1.0 or more had epicenters on Whidbey Island or the surrounding waters this year, according to the… Continue reading

‘Bait’ package leads to arrest of suspected thief

Police and federal agents stopped an alleged Oak Harbor Grinch who was trying to steal Christmas from a few families last week. The U.S. Postal… Continue reading