Washington election season kicks into gear with candidate filing


An election season thick with intrigue gets formally underway in Washington on Monday when candidates can begin filing for hundreds of local, state and federal offices. 

Local small business honored by Small Business Administration


The Small Business Administration is honoring Good Bagels Cafe in Anacortes and the two brothers who built the business.

Police Blotter, April 19 - 25, 2024


Police arrested and sent off to jail a minor who had been in the middle of Oakes swinging at passing motorists.

Homelessness on the rise among Washington’s K-12 students


State officials say better tracking of students without stable housing could explain some of the increase.

Washington seeks to fix discrimination from racially restrictive property deeds


A program set to launch in July will enable Washington families, including some on Fidalgo Island, affected by housing discrimination to get financial assistance for home purchases.

Cybersecurity researchers spotlight a new ransomware threat – be careful where you upload files


Modern web browsers are increasingly becoming like virtual computers, able to send email and play music and videos. The downside is it’s a new way for hackers to get into your computer.

Hikes: Earth Day at Smiley's Bottom


Once upon a time, there was a wetland surrounded by forests and beaches. The ponds hosted a diverse habitat of plants and wildlife that called it home for thousands of years. Tribal members lived on the beaches nearby.

In Washington education chief race, upstart candidate raises twice as much as incumbent


Newcomer Reid Saaris (left) has raised $211,000 already — but current superintendent Chris Reykdal (right) says there’s still a long way to go.

Police Blotter, April 12 - 18, 2024


Anacortes Police worked a number of cases this week, including one attempted bank fraud.

WA charter school performance on par with other public schools, state report says


Washington’s charter school students are scoring similar or better than their traditional public school peers, according to a new report released by the State Board of Education.