Whidbey Island

Where to celebrate Fourth of July

From Edmonds to Arlington, Fourth of July festivities will flourish throughout Snohomish County with parades, fireworks, live music, barbecues and family activities. In Everett, the… Continue reading

Visit Whidbey’s wedding venues at daylong event

Getting ready to get married? Take a tour of Whidbey Island for a one-day blast to check out venue options and other wedding necessities. The… Continue reading

Front Porch: KSER launches second signal

KSER extends reach The KSER Foundation will launch its second signal, KXIR (89.9 FM), at 6:45 tonight. That’s when KXIR is scheduled to go live… Continue reading

Australian pilots training at NAS Whidbey Island

The Royal Australian Air Force now has a presence aboard Naval Air Station Whidbey Island as Flight Lieutenant Sean Rutledge became the… Continue reading

No mates to answer call of island’s solitary elk

For months, Sasha Castaneda told a tale that only seemed to raise eyebrows. A tale about spotting an enormous bull elk, sporting a “huge” rack… Continue reading

Camano Islanders split over Navy jet noise

People on north Camano Island often hear the jets from Whidbey Island Naval Air Station. Many dislike the sound of practice flights… Continue reading

Killer whale captured off Whidbey Island lives at Florida theme park

Forty-three years ago, Lolita the orca and more than 40 other killer whales were herded into Penn Cove off Whidbey Island, captured and taken to… Continue reading

Jamming at DjangoFest on Whidbey Island (gallery)

Richard Moody (left) and Quinn Bachand (right), of Victoria, B.C., jam with other musicians Thursday afternoon at Useless Bay Coffee Co. in Langley. Their band,… Continue reading

Once a Seattle coffee titan, Snohomish man roasting again

Heading north on Bickford Avenue, right around the Snohomish Business Park, it’s quite possible to suddenly be beckoned by a warm, rich, smooth… Continue reading

Whidbey Island and Heritage banks to merge

Washington Banking Co., the Oak Harbor-based parent of Whidbey Island Bank, will merge sometime next year with Olympia-based Heritage Financial Corp., the companies said Thursday.… Continue reading

Full steam ahead for Whidbey shipyard

The Nichols Brothers Boat Builders shipyard buzzes with work these days. A new Washington state ferry superstructure — what will become the Samish… Continue reading

10th Legislative District: Spendy Senate race, 2 House seats

OLYMPIA— A heated race for state Senate is attracting much of the attention in the 10th Legislative District this election. But voters also are choosing… Continue reading

State board rules in favor of Island County’s western toads

Island County needs to do a better job of protecting the western toad, a state board has… Continue reading

‘Brisk’ return of general election ballots in Island County

Many Island County voters couldn’t wait to get their ballots and get them back in. An estimated 7,000 voted ballots had been returned… Continue reading

Records document mall shooting suspect’s tormented past

Arcan Cetin did not fall through the cracks. Cetin’s struggle with mental health problems is well documented,… Continue reading

How the Island County cop caught the mall shootings suspect

The day after catching a suspected mass murderer and making international news, Lt. Mike Hawley was back… Continue reading

Oak Harbor man killed in collision near Freeland

A collision near Freeland left an Oak Harbor man dead Wednesday afternoon. Richard Clark, 24, was southbound in an Acura Integra on… Continue reading

Whidbey Island man gets 45 days for pointing laser at cop, ferry

A man accused of shining a high-powered laser at a police officer and two ferry captains has pleaded guilty to lesser charges. Mark… Continue reading

Five at Whidbey earn Bronze Stars

OAK HARBOR - Five members of a Whidbey Island Naval Air Station bomb-disposal unit have received Bronze Stars for heroism under fire after dismantling as… Continue reading

Your kindness can be deadly to baby seals

It’s the “save me” eyes that do them in. Undeniably cute, newborn baby seals are often found alone on Puget Sound beaches each summer. They… Continue reading