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Retired Oak Harbor physician Marshall Goldberg likens Xiuhtezcatl Martinez to a rock…
Fire took down an iconic Central Whidbey barn Monday night, turning the…
Whidbey Island’s cold, wet winter has been particularly unkind to Coupeville High…
If there were an award for world’s coolest dad, Scott Brazelton would…
Organizers of Whidbey Has Talent are searching farther and wider to add…
On a sloping piece of wooded property at the end of Towhee…
A Coupeville man perished Friday night in the third house fire in…
Bruiser, it seems, can’t catch a break these days. Whidbey Island’s lone…
A malfunction in the environmental control system of an E/A-18G Growler led…
Sherrye Wyatt estimates that at least a dozen major film productions have…
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?’
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.
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.
If you didn’t know better, you might’ve thought that a Hollywood film crew had returned to Whidbey Island.
Each year, the Washington Restaurant Association recognizes four businesses in the state for the charitable contributions they make in their communities.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
About an hour into the meeting, it was time to get down to business.
Some trout flipped and flopped on the surface, bursting with new life in a giant, new world.
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.
A day rarely goes by that Rick Castellano doesn’t feel a sense of approval from Janet Enzmann.
It’s a good thing sticky notes were in abundant supply at the Coupeville Recreation Hall Monday night.
Joseph Itaya’s dream was to bring Whidbey Island to the big screen. In spirit, he believes he was still able to accomplish that.
Jack Hartt and his staff at Deception Pass State Park will remember 2015 as another busy year bustling with visitors and projects.
He was as mysterious as the fog that snakes its way over Ebey’s Prairie. Who was Frank Pratt, Jr.?
A church in Greenbank is cooking up a free holiday meal for the public in celebration of Thanksgiving.
Two South Whidbey people were killed this week in separate accidents that occurred on the same stretch of highway on Central Whidbey.
A single-engine civilian aircraft carrying four people made an emergency landing at the Naval Outlying Field near Coupeville this past week.
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.
Gary Schallock holds a soft spot in his heart for Coupeville’s Pacific Northwest Art School.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Coupeville residents got a Christmas Day surprise when a pod of orcas swam into Penn Cove and stayed awhile last Thursday.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
One of the first things Bo Chernikoff thought of when he heard about the cancellation of the Loganberry Festival this year was the children.
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.
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.
A shadowy image of Mount Baker at sunrise was the winning photo in the first Whidbey Camano Land Trust Calendar Photo Contest.
It’s always the big fish that spike the most interest.
When Janelle Castro interviewed for the outreach manager position at the Whidbey Camano Land Trust last spring, she shared an idea that she thought would be a natural fit for Island County.
Alan Hall can’t complain about where he works these days. When he steps out of his portable office, he can stare out at scenic Cornet Bay and sometimes even catch a glimpse of a hovering bald eagle.
For Re McClung, watching toys pile up in her garage is a joy to see.