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19 hrs ago | South Whidbey Record

Former deputy joins Langley police force

Michael Beech swears in as an officer of the Langley Police Department during a city council meeting Aug. 18. He joins the city after two decades as an Island County Sheriff's Office deputy.

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Related Topix: Langley, WA

23 hrs ago | Journal of the San Juans

Convicted sex offender back behind bars 24 hours after release

A San Juan Island man who recently served six months for a felony sex offense faces a new round of criminal charges for allegedly spending time with a woman and her child shortly after his release from jail.

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Related Topix: San Juan County, WA, Snohomish County, WA, Snohomish, WA

Yesterday | South Whidbey Record

Mini burglar hits Neil's Clover Patch

Neil's Clover Patch Cafe became the latest victim in a string of commercial burglaries on South Whidbey this past weekend.

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Related Topix: Coupeville, WA, Prison

Yesterday | Whidbey News-Times

Nudist's campaign fails to gain traction

Dave Olinger puts on his "ferocious" face while holding a rifle. He is running as a write-in candidate for Island county sheriff.

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Sat Aug 16, 2014

South Whidbey Record

New officer joins Langley police ranks

Officer Michael Beech will swear in as a member of the Langley Police Department during the city council meeting at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 18. Beech served in the United States Marine Corps for four years and worked for the Island County Sheriff's Office for two decades.

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Related Topix: Langley, WA

South Whidbey Record

EDITORIAL | Port commissioners were right to wait

Resisting a new-car smell that apparently still lingers at the 90-year-old Island County Fairgrounds, Port of South Whidbey commissioners this week agreed the board needs more information before it can decide whether or not to take on the role of property manager.

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Related Topix: Langley, WA, Coupeville, WA, Opinion

Fri Aug 15, 2014

South Whidbey Record

Port still interested, but fairgrounds idea needs more study

Before the commissioners would agree to taking over the 13-acre property during Wednesday's special meeting - a packed affair with about a dozen people crowded into the small conference room at the port's Freeland office - they asked Island County Commissioner Helen Price Johnson for more information and more time.

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Related Topix: Freeland, WA, Canada, Langley, WA

South Whidbey Record

Auditor's Office rejects hundreds of primary election ballots

More than 200 ballots were rejected Monday at the Island County Auditor's office due to late postmarks and other issues.

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Related Topix: Camano Island, WA

King County Journal

Freeland bicyclist reported OK following collision with van | UPDATE

South Whidbey Fire/EMS firefighter Jon Gabelein directs traffic Thursday morning in the intersection of Highway 525 and Fish Road following a bicycle versus van accident.

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Related Topix: Freeland, WA, Fire

Thu Aug 14, 2014

NewsTarget.com

Marine mystery disease along Pacific Coast baffles scientists

Sea stars up and down the Pacific Coast are dying off in record numbers, and scientists say they can't figure out what's going on.

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South Whidbey Record

Freeland bicyclist reported OK following collision with van

South Whidbey Fire/EMS firefighter Jon Gabelein directs traffic Thursday morning in the intersection of Highway 525 and Fish Road following a bicycle versus van accident.

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Related Topix: Fire, Freeland, WA, Coupeville, WA

Wed Aug 13, 2014

NWCN.com

Counties at 'imminent risk' of losing drug treatment funding

OAK HARBOR, Wash. -- Homeless camps now dot the scenic landscape in Oak Harbor. Transients live almost side-by-side with retirees and vacationers along the shores of the city's Windjammer Park.

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Related Topix: Oak Harbor, WA, US Politics, US News, Jay Inslee, US House of Representatives, Democrat, Healthcare Law, Law

South Whidbey Record

Freeland Hall still a community affair after 100 years

The Freeland Improvement Society originally commissioned the hall to be built, with the help of the First Thursday Club, in August 1914.

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Related Topix: Wedding

South Whidbey Record

Highland Games awash in muscles, bagpipes and Scots

The 16th annual Whidbey Island Highland Games at Greenbank Farm on Saturday began just as it should, under a blanket of fog and in a sea of plaid.

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Related Topix: Greenbank, WA

Whidbey News-Times

Island County at risk of losing recovery funds

Island County was identified as one of several Washington state counties that are at imminent or critical risk of losing their chemical dependency programs.

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Related Topix: Medicaid, Health

Whidbey News-Times

Jeweler finds Pioneer Way a perfect setting

"People are very savvy and very smart," she said. "So you need to be very honest and upfront with them.

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Related Topix: Oak Harbor, WA, Coupeville, WA

Tue Aug 12, 2014

South Whidbey Record

Police launch 'Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over' campaign

Summer is a time for parties and picnics in the sun, but don't let a DUI ruin your fun, the Washington Traffic Safety Commission warned this week.

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Related Topix: Drugs, Skagit County, WA

South Whidbey Record

Conservation Futures board members sought for Island County

Two positions are open for the three-year-terms, which are appointed by the Island County commissioners.

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Related Topix: Oak Harbor, WA, Langley, WA, Coupeville, WA

HeraldNet

Around Snohomish and Island counties

Schick is moving from a job as a deputy fire chief in Louisville, Colorado, along with his wife, Diane.

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Related Topix: Snohomish County, WA, Granite Falls, WA, Monroe, WA

Sun Aug 10, 2014

Whidbey News-Times

Toxic algae closes Cranberry Lake

Cranberry Lake in Deception Pass State Park is closed for an indeterminate time due to a toxic blue-green algae.

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