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North Whidbey man jailed for car insurance fraud

Arnold F. Bodner, 58, pleaded guilty in Island County Superior Court April 16 to a single count of insurance false claim, which was a felony charge because the amount of the claim exceeded $1,500.

Maple Leaf Cemetery groundskeeper William West, at left, and caretaker Michael Dougliss plant the first tree that is part of a new remembrance project. (Photo provided)

Cemetery offers trees as way to memorialize their loved ones

People can have a tree planted in memory of a loved one, who doesn’t have to be buried in the cemetery, for a donation of $100.

Maple Leaf Cemetery groundskeeper William West, at left, and caretaker Michael Dougliss plant the first tree that is part of a new remembrance project. (Photo provided)

School district registering for alternative program

Students, even those who live outside the district, are invited to register for South Whidbey’s new ALE program.

WICA celebrating 25th anniversary

The organization founded in 1996 is the result of a 10-year, community-funded effort.

Aja and Rainey Stewart, 4, search for bees in a tree in bloom.

Island farmers abuzz about absence of native bees

Eighteen farmers approached the county commissioners at a recent meeting about the issue, voicing their concerns about the lack of native pollinators.

Aja and Rainey Stewart, 4, search for bees in a tree in bloom.

Amid good news on COVID, a troubling drop in vaccine demand

The wrinkle in the good news for Whidbey Island and the nation is that demand for vaccinations is decreasing, which is very bad news for public health and businesses.

EOD to conduct explosive training May 24

The training is needed as part of the unit’s certification for deployment and is in accordance with established military training and readiness requirements.

Whidbey Homeless Coalition Executive Director Jonathan Kline explains how 15 bunks will be set up in the sanctuary of the former Jehovah’s Witness church outside Coupeville. Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times

Neighbors voice concerns about proposed shelter near Coupeville

Neighbors shared their comments, concerns and criticism of the Whidbey Homeless Coalition’s proposed overnight emergency shelter on Morris Road near Coupeville during a meeting last… Continue reading

Whidbey Homeless Coalition Executive Director Jonathan Kline explains how 15 bunks will be set up in the sanctuary of the former Jehovah’s Witness church outside Coupeville. Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times

Filing to open for long list of local positions

Candidates must file for the election May 17-21.

Langley agrees to sell oddly shaped parcel

It’s an odd, triangle-shaped piece of pavement down by the South Whidbey Harbor.

Project would protect Lone Lake farmland

The Whidbey Camano Land Trust applied for $790,000 from a program to protect 37 acres.

Special vaccine clinics planned in Langley, Oak Harbor

A couple of special vaccination clinics are planned for this week. Island County Public Health will host a pop-up vaccine clinic during the first day… Continue reading

Students persuade council to take climate action

South Whidbey High School students led the charge at a Langley City Council meeting last week.

Big pigs turn on chickens | Island Scanner

Thursday, April 22 At 3:30 p.m., a caller reported that the manager of a business on Ault Field Road was having employees pour excess milk… Continue reading

Permanent pickleball courts discussed by parks and rec

The very preliminary design calls for six courts.

Luanne Seymour shows a few different-sized quilts that the group she helped start, Whidbey Blanket Makers, recently made. (Photo by Kira Erickson/South Whidbey Record)

Sew much good

A troop of knitters and quilters who have found solace in the activity since the pandemic began have turned their efforts inwards to help cover those in need on Whidbey.

Luanne Seymour shows a few different-sized quilts that the group she helped start, Whidbey Blanket Makers, recently made. (Photo by Kira Erickson/South Whidbey Record)
South Whidbey Fire/EMS responded around 7:29 p.m. Wednesday evening to a structure fire near Venturi Way. (Photo by Heather Mayhugh)

Langley fire Wednesday claims home, family dog

A cooking accident involving a knocked-over propane tank fueled the flames that destroyed the building, according to South Whidbey Fire/EMS.

South Whidbey Fire/EMS responded around 7:29 p.m. Wednesday evening to a structure fire near Venturi Way. (Photo by Heather Mayhugh)

Despite council resolution, anti-racism training not mandatory for city staff

The mayor and council members clashed on the decision.

Meeting set to interview three for assessor position

The Island County Republican Party Central Committee was tasked with nominating three people to replace Mary Engle, who resigned as the elected assessor earlier this year to become planning director.