Whidbey Island

Rielley, a 7-year-old standard poodle, runs at Freeland Park on Whidbey Island. Owner Laurie Cecil, a pet groomer by trade, spends 10 hours a week doing the dog’s hair. She says it is therapeutic for both her and Rielley. He is her service dog and she takes him everywhere. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

He’s a chill dog with dreadlocks — unless Led Zeppelin’s playing

Poodle is more than groomer’s pet. “He’s my service dog, marketing director and best date I’ve ever had.”

Rielley, a 7-year-old standard poodle, runs at Freeland Park on Whidbey Island. Owner Laurie Cecil, a pet groomer by trade, spends 10 hours a week doing the dog’s hair. She says it is therapeutic for both her and Rielley. He is her service dog and she takes him everywhere. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Students set sail to save the Salish Sea

While exploring the great outdoors, sometimes kids forget there’s some in-depth learning going on.

Secretary of Navy: Jet noise issue ‘top priority’

He said he couldn’t discuss ideas for solutions because of recent lawsuits.

Find cheddar from another udder at these local dairy farms

St. John Creamery and Glendale Shepherd produce goat and sheep cheeses, respectively.

Attorney general chalks up win in lawsuit against Navy

The Navy will work to clarify the potential effects Growlers may have on marbled murrelets.

Piper Travis

County settles for $3.1M in woman’s jail-related death

Jail staff neglected a Whidbey Island woman as she became seriously ill, her family alleged.

Piper Travis

Giant pumpkin gained 60 pounds per night during growth spurt

The Whidbey Island gardener’s half-ton gourd, named “Gertrude,” has been receiving visitors.

17th century cannon found in storage unit by Whidbey picker

The Southeast Asian swivel rail gun was common from the 1600s through the early 1860s.

Inmate hurt in Island County Jail attack seeks $3 million

He claims the staff was negligent in housing him in a cell with a violent and aggressive inmate.

Edmonds man dies weeks after Whidbey Island crash

Gary Hughes, 71, was a passenger in a head-on crash last month near Greenbank.

A prosecutor’s anti-Trump posts anger talk-radio hosts

Island County’s Greg Banks apologized, saying he had “done something pretty stupid.”

She knows it’s her family legacy to save Langley farmhouse

The newly restored Anderson Farm & Gardens is thriving under great-granddaughter Tamara Knapp’s care.

7 years after her death, a murder victim’s name is changed

Kathie Baker was killed by her husband. Her family successfully sought to restore her last name to Hill.

Viva Las Langley! Lighting up Whidbey town like it’s Vegas

Artist Tim Leonard’s neon signs bring a pop of color to laid-back village by the sea.

Souped up and sudsy in Langley

Racers in the annual Soup Box Derby readying creative rides for Aug. 25

What can otters tell us about watershed pollution?

An Oregon professor spent a year on Whidbey studying river otters for insight into the environment.

Naval officer accused of fabricating assault by girlfriend

In an earlier incident, he reportedly asked police officers to “break up with her for him.”

WhidbeyHealth to pay $1.5 million in age discrimination case

Hospital officials did not admit any fault as part of the settlement.

WhidbeyHealth is facing three separate malpractice lawsuits

The suits claim a man was blinded in one eye, a woman suffered brain injuries and another died.

Who let the pigs out? Peoples Bank, stashed with $30

Find a plastic bank and share the wealth. Pigs in Paradise starts Aug. 1 at seven local branches.

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