Brandon Taylor

Oak Harbor staff works to clarify zoning code

Island County Superior Court ruled against Oak Harbor’s low-income housing development for downtown area in February. The project led to an ongoing development moratorium in… Continue reading


Fireworks sales may soar with annual displays canceled for ’20

The big white tents have taken up shop across the island. The fuse on firework season has been lit in Oak Harbor. Other municipalities and… Continue reading


CARES funds available for businesses in unincorporated county

Small businesses in unincorporated Central and South Whidbey that were impacted by COVID-19 closures will have the ability to apply for relief funding from the… Continue reading


Sailor follows her father’s path to NAS Whidbey

Past and present collided recently when Naval Linguist Abigail Burns posed in front of EA-6B Prowlers displayed outside of Naval Air Station Whidbey Island. In… Continue reading

Greenbank Farm to receive solar panel donations

Starting on July 1 the Greenbank Farm will receive solar panels from Island Community Solar, Glacier Energy and Whidbey Sun and Wind. Port of Coupeville… Continue reading

Oak Harbor analyzes COVID-19’s impact on city revenues

Oak Harbor’s revenue was not heavily impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic in the first three months of the year, according to a recent analysis by… Continue reading

Many Island parks reopen over weekend

Many Island County parks that were closed due to COVID-19 reopened over the weekend. Island County parks will continue to remind park-goers to use social… Continue reading

Council approves formation of CARES selection panel

More than two dozen North Whidbey businesses have already applied for grants through a program funded by the federal government and co-managed by the city… Continue reading

Naval Air Museum seeks donations

The Pacific Northwest Naval Air Museum started off the year great. It was in the process of purchasing land to consolidate the different aspects of… Continue reading

Arts Commission moving ahead with Driftwood Day

While many events were canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Oak Harbor Arts Commission isn’t planning to cancel Driftwood Day in September. In the… Continue reading

CARES funds applications available from city

Small businesses in North Whidbey are now able to apply for CARES Act funding intended to help recoup losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic. City… Continue reading

Oak Harbor High School’s top graduates share post-graduation plans

On top of the finals and midterms and all the other stress seniors face during their last year of school, this year’s class had to… Continue reading

Ports planning to partner to issue federal funding

The Port of Coupeville plans to partner with the Port of South Whidbey to administer CARES relief funds for businesses located in the unincorporated areas… Continue reading

Second Black Lives Matter rally draws several hundred

Several hundred people crowded around one of Oak Harbor’s busiest intersections over the weekend to loudly and peacefully protest police brutality against African-American people. Black… Continue reading

Oak Harbor delays decision on utility rate increase

The Oak Harbor City Council has delayed a decision to increase the city’s utility rates largely due to unemployment caused by the COVID-19 health crisis.… Continue reading

City eyes ban on smoking in parks

Oak Harbor officials are considering an ordinance that would prohibit smoking in city parks. During Tuesday’s teleconferenced meeting, city council members discussed a proposed ordinance… Continue reading

Black Lives Matter: Formed in response to George Floyd’s killing, weekend protest stays peaceful

A Black Lives Matter protest in Oak Harbor Saturday remained peaceful and, despite foul weather, drew a sizable crowd with more than 50 people participating.… Continue reading

Graduation plans move foward, with adaptations

End of year plans for schools across the nation were derailed as the COVID-19 pandemic spread. Schools were forced to close, sporting events and many… Continue reading

Veterinary clinic in Oak Harbor celebrating 40th anniversary

Best Friends Veterinarian Center in Oak Harbor celebrated its 40th anniversary last month. In that time, Eric Anderson, the clinic’s chief of staff, has treated… Continue reading

Larsen resigns from Oak Harbor City Council

A seat has opened on Oak Harbor’s city council. Bill Larsen resigned from his position as a council member on May 15. He purchased and… Continue reading