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Island County, WASouth Whidbey Herald

Seven valedictorians top SWHS class of 2021

There is no doubt that the past school year has provided an interesting conclusion to the high school careers of this year’s batch of South Whidbey seniors. The COVID-19 pandemic created an unforgettable and unprecedented backdrop as the close-knit group of students completed their final years of high school, but it did not prevent them from achieving — even with online classes, cancelled and delayed athletics, and the repercussions of isolation and social distancing.
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Turkey “causing issues” | Island Scanner

The following were compiled from calls made to the Island County Sheriff’s Office:. At 7:27 a.m., a Pinewood Circle resident reported that someone dumped a dead baby deer and garbage next to the mailbox. At 8:18 a.m., a Timber Lane resident reported receiving threatening robocalls. At 11:08 a.m., a Buckthorn...
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Letter: Is location south of Coupeville truly the best option?

I invite the readership of your newspaper to assist me in evaluating the planning for a project — a homeless shelter on Whidbey Island. • The homeless population on Whidbey Island is centered/concentrated in downtown Oak Harbor and its environs;. • The ”services” needed by the homeless are located in...
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Langley, WASouth Whidbey Herald

South Whidbey man accused of violating no-contact order

A South Whidbey man is accused of entering a house without permission and in violation of a court order the day after he got out of jail for previously damaging the abode with a pickaxe, according to court documents. On June 3, seven deputies with the Island County Sheriff’s Office...
Oak Harbor, WAwhidbeynewstimes.com

Whidbey Island Farmers Market launches at park

The new Whidbey Island Farmers Market saw an exceptionally successful opening Sunday despite the dreary weather. More than 600 people braved the gray skies and on-and-off drizzling to shop for fresh produce and local farm and craft goods June 6. Elizabeth Agin, farmers market board director, said the turnout far exceeded board members’ expectations.
Clinton, WASouth Whidbey Herald

Man hurt in Clinton fire that consumes residence

A man sustained third degree burns to his leg from a fire that engulfed a Clinton home Sunday. South Whidbey Fire/EMS responded to the Homestead Avenue residence at 12:35 p.m. on June 6. Twenty-one firefighters helped fight the blaze, which was believed to have originated in the garage while one...
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Assessed value of homes continues to rise sharply

The average homeowners in Island County may discover a significant increase when they receive a notice of value from the county Assessor’s Office this month. Chief Appraiser Chad Falke said the average value in the county increased by about 9.83 percent for the 2021 notices, which are based on sales in 2020 and the first month of 2021. That’s the largest year-over-year value increase in at least the last five years.
Oak Harbor, WAwhidbeynewstimes.com

Council refuses to pay for traffic study after the fact

A disagreement among Oak Harbor City Council members and staff over plans for the city’s future 75-acre park continued during a meeting June 1 when council members rejected staff’s recommendation to pay for a traffic study that had already been completed. The council voted 4-3 to reject an amendment that...
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Mercer Island, WAMercer Island Reporter

Working away on Island Crest Way

City crews recently repaired irrigation, added more than 50 yards of soil and planted nearly 2,000 plants within the median of Island Crest Way. Photo courtesy of the City of Mercer Island. In consideration of how we voice our opinions in the modern world, we’ve closed comments on our websites....
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Bank robber who appeared on TV show sentenced

A former South Whidbey man who robbed a bank just before appearing on a reality TV show in 2010 was sentenced to prison last week. Richard T. Young, who is now a Tennessee resident, pleaded guilty in Island County Superior Court June 4 to second-degree robbery. Under the terms of...
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Skagit Valley Herald

Pushing past the pandemic: SVC environmental conservation program returns to the field

WHIDBEY ISLAND — A group of Skagit Valley College students studying environmental conservation visited a habitat restoration project June 1 on central Whidbey Island. While a far cry from typical field trips into Eastern Washington and the ones Environmental Conservation Chair Claus Svendsen hopes to one day schedule abroad, the outing was part of a recent relaunching of excursions important to the students' studies.