Whidbey Island

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

Island County settles landslide suit for $1.5 million

Island County commissioners recently settled two lawsuits brought by Central Whidbey homeowners affected by a massive 2013… Continue reading

Schools FYI

Marysville schools get back on the same page For the first time in 32 years, all the middle schools in the Marysville School District will… Continue reading

Whidbey sailor slowly recovering

David Hawxhurst was sitting in what turned out to be the lucky seat of the heavy armored vehicle. High explosives went off under it, sending… Continue reading

Community Calendar

Benefits Edmonds Masonic Lodge pancake breakfast, 7 a.m. to noon today, 515 Dayton St., Edmonds. Dine out to benefit Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, 5… Continue reading

Leaky ferries put Keystone-Port Townsend run at risk

While two of the state’s oldest ferries sat in a shipyard awaiting repair, legislators and ferry executives grappled Thursday with the possibility that… Continue reading

Our Towns

Arlington: Firefighters get live practice time ARLINGTON - Firefighters from north Snohomish County got some live fire-and-rescue practice recently, courtesy of the Stillaguamish Tribe. Old… Continue reading

By adopting, Whidbey couple reunite three sisters from Haiti

FREELAND - The Hansen sisters twist one another’s hair into tight knots and recite movie lines while watching Disney’s “Mulan.” In their yellow bedroom, Altanie,… Continue reading

Stage calendar

Theater Skagit County and north “The Complete Works of Shakespeare — Abridged”: 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through Aug. 25, Anacortes Community… Continue reading


Celebrate the sound of the flute Flute Quest, an event celebrating the American Indian flute, continues today and Sunday at Country Village in Bothell. The… Continue reading

FYI Your Schools

The Marysville School District will have new text books available for public inspection at the district service center through July 19. The books, recommended by… Continue reading

Outdoors calendar

BIKES rides (www.bikesclub.org): * Whidbey Island in any weather, 9 a.m. July 19 and 30, meet at Harbour Pointe Evangelical Lutheran Church, 5425 Harbour Pointe… Continue reading

Soaring smiles at Fly Day

EVERETT - The blue sky became a playground Saturday. Children went up in single-engine airplanes from Paine Field in Everett. For 20 minutes or so,… Continue reading

Service today for fallen sailors

OAK HARBOR - The lives of two sailors who were killed July 17 in Iraq will be remembered during a memorial service at 4 p.m.… Continue reading

Island County gets an advance look at future sea levels

Island County is getting a leg up in planning for the likelihood of rising sea levels. Washington Sea Grant, an outreach arm of… Continue reading