Ron Newberry

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.

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.

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.

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.?

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.”

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

New group to advocate for, support Central Whidbey State Parks

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

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.

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.

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.

‘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.

Camano shooter wins land trust’s 2015 calendar contest

A shadowy image of Mount Baker at sunrise was the winning photo in the first Whidbey Camano Land Trust Calendar Photo Contest.