Ron Newberry

Ron posted 65 stories to South Whidbey Record.
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Schooner breaks free from mooring, takes unmanned trip during storm

After a harrowing ordeal Tuesday, Mark Saia arrived home around midnight and…

  • May 27th, 2017 12:00pm

Ebey’s Reserve braces for continued growth on prairie’s ridge

The proof is in the guest book. Visitors come to the Jacob…

  • May 27th, 2017 8:00am

Minor earthquake jolts Whidbey residents

A 3.1-magnitude earthquake struck about two miles offshore from Ebey’s Landing Wednesday…

  • Apr 21st, 2017 6:00pm

Opportunities to catch salmon improve slightly in 2017 around Whidbey but still grim

Salmon fishers on Whidbey Island might find a saltwater fishing license to…

  • Apr 15th, 2017 6:00am

Land trust purchase means lucky ducks, but not hunters

For decades, residents near Crockett Lake on Central Whidbey have awakened to…

  • Apr 12th, 2017 2:00pm

Climate lecture series brings two prominent speakers to Whidbey

Retired Oak Harbor physician Marshall Goldberg likens Xiuhtezcatl Martinez to a rock…

  • Mar 18th, 2017 10:00am

Iconic Central Whidbey barn burns to ground

Fire took down an iconic Central Whidbey barn Monday night, turning the…

  • Mar 7th, 2017 2:04pm

Coupeville High School declares ‘emergency’ over leaky roof

Whidbey Island’s cold, wet winter has been particularly unkind to Coupeville High…

  • Mar 4th, 2017 10:00am

Navy pilot creates ultimate thrill in backyard for son: a roller coaster

If there were an award for world’s coolest dad, Scott Brazelton would…

  • Mar 3rd, 2017 3:22pm

Whidbey talent show expands its search

Organizers of Whidbey Has Talent are searching farther and wider to add…

  • Feb 11th, 2017 8:00am

Whidbey bird lovers go to extremes during winter

On a sloping piece of wooded property at the end of Towhee…

  • Jan 17th, 2017 6:00pm

House fire claims the life of Coupeville man

A Coupeville man perished Friday night in the third house fire in…

  • Jan 11th, 2017 12:00pm

Whidbey elk picks wrong tarp to tangle with

Bruiser, it seems, can’t catch a break these days. Whidbey Island’s lone…

  • Jan 4th, 2017 10:00am

Canopy involved in Growler mishap on NAS Whidbey

A malfunction in the environmental control system of an E/A-18G Growler led…

  • Dec 21st, 2016 4:00pm

Island County tourism office looks to streamline film permit process

Sherrye Wyatt estimates that at least a dozen major film productions have…

  • Dec 7th, 2016 10:00am

Woman found alive below Deception Pass Bridge

At first, it seemed like the body spotted Monday evening on a rocky ledge below Deception Pass Bridge was part of technical rope rescue skills scheduled that evening. A call was placed to the duty officer at North Whidbey Fire and Rescue asking if the fire department had begun its drills already.“They had seen something that wasn’t moving,” said Mike Brown, fire chief with the agency. “They asked, ‘Did you put a play victim in place early, or a dummy, down for the drill?’

  • Aug 16th, 2016 9:22pm

Quiet next three months expected for Whidbey anglers

The beach was quiet along the Keystone Spit near Driftwood Park Sunday. Ordinarily a buzz of human activity this time of year, nature was stealing the show as diving ducks darted below the water and a pair of porpoises surfaced so close that you could hear them exhale through their blowholes.

  • Aug 9th, 2016 10:22pm

Coupeville counselor’s self therapy: acrylics

As a mental health counselor and grief specialist, Mark Lucero often helps people get through some of the most heart-wrenching experiences of their lives. He works with those who’ve lost a loved one, are facing a terminal illness or are coping with other major life events. Sometimes, the emotional investment Lucero puts into comforting others and guiding them through life changes can lead him on his own path to recharge himself.

  • Jul 13th, 2016 10:00pm

Alaska Airlines lands on Whidbey Island for television commercial

If you didn’t know better, you might’ve thought that a Hollywood film crew had returned to Whidbey Island.

  • Jul 5th, 2016 9:04pm

Two Whidbey Island food businesses pick up awards

Each year, the Washington Restaurant Association recognizes four businesses in the state for the charitable contributions they make in their communities.

  • Jun 20th, 2016 5:17pm

Whidbey strawberry pickers in short supply until school gets out

Jerry Bell spotted a clearing in the gray sky and guessed it wouldn’t be long before his body started warming up. The chill from the nearby Strait of Juan de Fuca was still in the morning air, keeping Bell and the strawberries he watches over from overheating. “I’m semi-retired, or tired, anyways,” said Bell, 88, one of the founders of Bell’s Farm near Coupeville. “I let the kids do this now.”

  • Jun 7th, 2016 9:38pm

Historic home in Coupeville gets reprieve — for now

Perhaps it’s fitting that the once grand home of a Civil War Army major isn’t going down without a fight. A group working to save Coupeville’s Haller House got a double dose of good news last week to keep alive hopes that it can purchase the home, restore it and one day turn it into a heritage and visitor center to showcase Washington’s territorial period. Historic Whidbey, a nonprofit working to acquire the 150-year-old house, didn’t raise the $250,000 it had hoped to reach by a May 19 deadline to be eligible to apply for a state grant, but a significant pledge by a donor and a sympathetic gesture by the homeowner kept the project from being defeated.

  • Jun 2nd, 2016 12:00am

State spares Joseph Whidbey park from rec business activity pilot

Supporters of Joseph Whidbey State Park upset with the idea of private development in their park can breath a sigh of relief. Joseph Whidbey is no longer under consideration for recreational business activities (RBA). At least, for now. The scenic waterfront park in Oak Harbor didn’t make the final cut of state parks being considered for the proposal, a controversial idea Washington State Parks is exploring that would allow private investors to help develop visitor amenities in an effort to provide additional revenue for a cash-strapped state parks system.

  • May 31st, 2016 1:51pm

No coho this year anglers; state closes season for low expected return

For many salmon anglers who cast their lines in the waters around Whidbey Island, 2015 was a fishing season to remember with a solid presence of pinks topped off with a strong showing of silvers.

  • May 27th, 2016 10:23pm

New group to advocate for, support Central Whidbey State Parks

About an hour into the meeting, it was time to get down to business.

  • Apr 29th, 2016 8:48pm

Trout aplenty in Whidbey lakes

Some trout flipped and flopped on the surface, bursting with new life in a giant, new world.

  • Apr 22nd, 2016 10:54pm

Making a big splash on Whidbey

Leave it to a pod of orcas to crash the gray whales’ annual party. While Whidbey Island celebrates the annual return of gray whales, a large pod of Southern Resident orcas have been splashing around Saratoga Passage in recent days, upstaging the larger marine mammals. It’s a rare sight to see resident orcas in the waterway between Whidbey and Camano islands in April and even more unusual to see them travel so deeply into Holmes Harbor near Freeland.

  • Apr 12th, 2016 10:21pm

Digitizing history, one photo at a time

A day rarely goes by that Rick Castellano doesn’t feel a sense of approval from Janet Enzmann.

  • Mar 30th, 2016 10:59pm

RBA idea at Joseph Whidbey State Park is ‘terrible,’ public says

It’s a good thing sticky notes were in abundant supply at the Coupeville Recreation Hall Monday night.

  • Mar 23rd, 2016 6:00pm

Whidbey Island inspired film winds up being shot in Canada

Joseph Itaya’s dream was to bring Whidbey Island to the big screen. In spirit, he believes he was still able to accomplish that.

  • Mar 17th, 2016 3:08pm

Park staff, beavers enjoy a busy year at Deception Pass

Jack Hartt and his staff at Deception Pass State Park will remember 2015 as another busy year bustling with visitors and projects.

  • Dec 30th, 2015 9:12pm

Researcher sheds light on mysterious Whidbey family

He was as mysterious as the fog that snakes its way over Ebey’s Prairie. Who was Frank Pratt, Jr.?

  • Dec 15th, 2015 10:26pm

Whidbey church to host free Thanksgiving dinner

A church in Greenbank is cooking up a free holiday meal for the public in celebration of Thanksgiving.

  • Nov 17th, 2015 11:06pm

Central Whidbey collisions claim two South End lives

Two South Whidbey people were killed this week in separate accidents that occurred on the same stretch of highway on Central Whidbey.

  • Sep 11th, 2015 10:10pm

San Juan Island plane makes emergency landing at OLF

A single-engine civilian aircraft carrying four people made an emergency landing at the Naval Outlying Field near Coupeville this past week.

  • Sep 8th, 2015 9:40pm

Camera phone shot wins Whidbey Camano Land Trust calendar photo contest

Before you empty your wallet on the latest, fanciest digital camera or lens, take note of the winning entry in the Whidbey Camano Land Trust calendar photo contest.

  • Aug 25th, 2015 9:22pm

Artists reflect on ‘Whidbey Expressions’ to benefit Coupeville school

Gary Schallock holds a soft spot in his heart for Coupeville’s Pacific Northwest Art School.

  • Aug 13th, 2015 3:00am

Greenbank couple, land trust protect a little piece of paradise

When Frances Sweeney was a young girl, one of her childhood sanctuaries was her grandparents’ home in Los Alamitos, Calif. She remembers the chili peppers in their garden, the eucalyptus trees and the orange groves nearby. After her grandfather died in 1969, her grandmother finally relented to the demands of a developer and sold the land.

  • Jun 23rd, 2015 10:35pm

Whale of an accomplishment: Orca Network founders recognized by Whidbey Audubon Society

On more than one occasion, Anna Swartz poked fun at the couple standing next to her. These were good-natured jabs, the sort of thing that happens among friends at recognition dinners such as the one hosted by the Whidbey Audubon Society this past week in Coupeville.

  • Jun 16th, 2015 10:19pm

Mobile poultry processing comes to Whidbey

The feathers that stuck to the side of a steel work platform were a clear indication that this was no ordinary semi-truck. “It can be pretty messy,” David Bauermeister said.

  • May 29th, 2015 10:58pm

Whidbey Playhouse to present the classic comedy, “Pirates of Penzance”

Ron Wohl could get used to performing at the Whidbey Playhouse. Wohl, an Anacortes resident known around Skagit County for his theatrical flair, is making his Whidbey Playhouse debut in the popular comic operetta, “Pirates of Penzance,” which opens Friday night.

  • May 26th, 2015 11:42pm

Orca pod makes Christmas Day visit to Penn Cove

Coupeville residents got a Christmas Day surprise when a pod of orcas swam into Penn Cove and stayed awhile last Thursday.

  • Dec 30th, 2014 6:53pm

Plumber turned chef cooks up new success with hot dog eatery

The handshake is the first indication that this is no ordinary hot dog vendor. Dean Parmenter’s hands have a rough feel, the byproduct of 37 years as a plumber. But the physical demands of plumbing caused Parmenter to rethink his future and reinvent himself.

  • Dec 20th, 2014 1:31am

Whidbey birders count down to important event

In a small pond across the highway from Crockett Lake, Jill Hein spots a long string of diving ducks that scoot along the water in a straight line.

  • Dec 16th, 2014 10:38pm

2.7 million visited Deception Pass Park in 2014

The magic of Deception Pass State Park was on display on a sunny late afternoon last week and was rubbing off on 4-year-old Haylee Fortinberry.

  • Dec 12th, 2014 5:40pm

Kake return to Ebey’s Landing after 157 years

Michael Ferri, a museum volunteer and local history buff, picked up the phone, listened to the voice of a young woman and couldn’t believe his ears. She told him she was a member of a Native American Indian tribe in Southeast Alaska known as the Kake and she wanted to bring some of the tribe’s elders on a visit to Coupeville, a place that held historic significance to her people.

  • Aug 27th, 2014 4:00pm

Great Scot! Highland Games take over Greenbank

Whenever Grayson Akins returns to campus at Western Washington University and talks about her summer athletic endeavors back home on Whidbey Island, she’s often met with a blank stare. New friends are dumbfounded, yet curious, to learn more about tossing logs, stones and hay that are part of the athletic segment of the Whidbey Highland Games.

  • Aug 5th, 2014 9:23pm

‘Bounce Mania’ takes over in Loganberry Festival’s absence

One of the first things Bo Chernikoff thought of when he heard about the cancellation of the Loganberry Festival this year was the children.

  • Jul 20th, 2014 12:00am

Whidbey Coffee master Dan Ollis | Brewing success for 25 years

His iPad is a constant whirl of activity. Dan Ollis keeps the device handy for communication on the fly. As president of a buzzing coffee company with 122 employees, he’s often on the go, making the front seat of his black Chevy Tahoe his mobile office.

  • Jun 13th, 2014 11:22pm

Big halibut caught near Anacortes

This wasn’t the sort of fishing Brian Punch grew up around back home in Louisiana. Yet a tip he got from his dad when he was a boy resonated with him while he and two friends were fishing for halibut earlier this month near Anacortes. Punch’s friend, Aaron Manisi, asked him what he ought to do with some trout that stayed in his freezer too long.

  • May 30th, 2014 11:07pm