Whidbey Island

Theron Murphy, of Orem, Utah, kisses his wife, Jody, in front of the John L. Scott Real Estate office in Langley. People stand on the sidewalk on the heart, kiss, then make a hash mark on the chalkboard. The office keeps a tally and posts the monthly and yearly count. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Pucker up! Kiss your mate or dog or date

A chalkboard tally makes sure every smoocheroo counts on the streets of Langley.

Theron Murphy, of Orem, Utah, kisses his wife, Jody, in front of the John L. Scott Real Estate office in Langley. People stand on the sidewalk on the heart, kiss, then make a hash mark on the chalkboard. The office keeps a tally and posts the monthly and yearly count. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Oak Harbor grad completes Air Force basic training

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Nicholas Dugin graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. Dugin is the son… Continue reading

South Whidbey grad completes Air Force basic training

U.S. Air Force Airman Kellen Boyd graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. Boyd is the son of Keith… Continue reading

No boat? No problem — public fishing piers attract anglers

From Edmonds to Kayak Point, there are places for landlubbers to drop a line in saltwater.

Big cat reports taken seriously by Oak Harbor police

They received two calls last week about an animal in the city that looked like a cougar.

Have brushes, will travel: Sketchers draw Whidbey’s world

The Whidbey Island Sketchers group has upward of 20 members of all skill levels.

Langley to fire its top cop after probe into excessive force

Some worried that the mayor’s friendship with the police chief would influence his decision.

Tourist saves local man from flaming car on San Juan Island

The driver narrowly missed one tree when he veered down an embankment and then hit another tree.

How to muck about for clams on Puget Sound beaches

First, maybe sign up for a Sound Water Stewards clamming class, which provides a license.

An EA-18G Growler pilot practices aircraft carrier landings at Outlying Field near Coupeville on Whidbey Island. (U.S. Navy)

Navy plan: Big increase in flights to small Whidbey airfield

The latest proposal would bring four times as much jet activity to a practice runway near Coupeville.

An EA-18G Growler pilot practices aircraft carrier landings at Outlying Field near Coupeville on Whidbey Island. (U.S. Navy)

Grade-schoolers immerse themselves in geology

After listening to a talk about local geology from an expert in the field, fourth- and fifth-grade students from Twin City Elementary School in Stanwood… Continue reading

Mayor to review report on Langley police chief’s behavior

City Council members say they’ve been inundated with complaints. An outside report found no wrongdoing.

Seahawks and other frosted cookies by Schwartz Brothers Bakery​ are among the many Washington products sold on the ferries.​ (Andrea Brown / The Herald)

Eat, drink and be merry with gourmet grub on the ferry

Washington State Ferries are a floating food court of favorites from all over the state.

Seahawks and other frosted cookies by Schwartz Brothers Bakery​ are among the many Washington products sold on the ferries.​ (Andrea Brown / The Herald)

From grapes to apples: Winery expands with Whidbey’s 1st cidery

Driftwood Hard Cider in Langley is tapping into Washington’s growing hard cider market.

This Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017 photo shows an arrangement of pills of the opioid oxycodone-acetaminophen in New York. Abuse of painkillers, heroin, fentanyl and other opioids across the country has resulted in tens of thousands of children being taken from their homes and placed in the foster care system. (AP Photo/Patrick Sison)

Island County prepares to join opioid lawsuit

In 2017, nine Island County residents died as a result of an opioid overdose.

This Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017 photo shows an arrangement of pills of the opioid oxycodone-acetaminophen in New York. Abuse of painkillers, heroin, fentanyl and other opioids across the country has resulted in tens of thousands of children being taken from their homes and placed in the foster care system. (AP Photo/Patrick Sison)

Join your local Audubon Society to watch and learn about birds

The groups host bird-watching field trips that can be a short ride up the road or a drive to Canada.

Convicted killer’s motions clog Island County court system

“It was Mr. Lambert’s excessive filings that brought Odyssey to its knees,” the prosecutor said.

Skull found in Whidbey storage unit was Native American

A storage-unit “picker” found it last fall. The state forensic anthropologist analyzed it.

The beauty that lies beneath: More scenic charm under water

Thousands of divers converge on these three underwater destinations in the region.