Whidbey Island

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

FYI: More inspections for all state ferries

Washington State Ferries announced late Friday it has decided to step up hull inspections on all of its fleet after concerns over cracks and corrosion… Continue reading

Business briefs

A Whidbey Island shipbuilder has called back at least 50 employees after closing its doors in early November. Nichols Brothers Boat Builders Inc. has sought… Continue reading

Time to give up on old ferries, lawmakers say

The Legislature’s top transportation leaders on Monday said it is time to stop spending money trying to repair Washington’s leaking oldest ferries. One… Continue reading

Loss of Keystone car-ferry service strains town

Sim Tovani rushed between bar, kitchen and diners’ tables. She mixed drinks, took orders and ran to retrieve steaming plates of Brewhouse Burgers… Continue reading

Ferry officials scramble for options on Keystone run

It may be too early to assume that car ferry service will be down for a year between Port Townsend and Whidbey Island… Continue reading

Ferry crisis raises a difficult question: What now?

The near-certain demise of Washington’s oldest ferries had state officials scrambling Tuesday looking for new ways to move people, cars and freight from Puget Sound… Continue reading

Port Townsend wants to keep ferry

A campaign is being mounted to retain passenger-only ferry service between Port Townsend and Seattle. Ridership has been growing daily and some… Continue reading

Whidbey Island boat builder abruptly shuts its doors

Nichols Brothers Boat Builders Inc.., one of Whidbey Island’s largest employers, abruptly closed its doors today, citing financial problems and a pending lawsuit.… Continue reading

Shipbuilder calls it quits

One of Whidbey Island’s largest private employers, Nichols Bros. Boat Builders Inc. abruptly laid off its employees and closed its doors Friday, citing… Continue reading