Brandon Taylor

Pool, Park and Rec District torn between reopening, repairing

North Whidbey Pool, Park and Recreation District commissioners struggled last week with the decision whether to reopen the pool in the midst of the pandemic.… Continue reading


City assesses need for housing shortage plan

The City of Oak Harbor is knee-deep in an effort to assess needs for its housing action plan, which is supposed to identify strategies to… Continue reading


Fire departments see jump in carbon monoxide alarm calls

Fire departments on Whidbey are seeing an increase in carbon monoxide related calls, but often it’s just that the batteries or sensors in the carbon… Continue reading


Oak Harbor Public Schools collecting Chromebooks for reuse

Following Gov. Jay Inslee’s closure of schools, Oak Harbor schools distributed 3,200 Chromebooks near the end of the school year so that students could continue… Continue reading

Port of Coupeville hires financial advisor

The Port of Coupeville’s board of commissioners is looking to hire a new financial advisor to assist in the pursuit of a line of credit… Continue reading

City of Oak Harbor hires new development services director

After a series of interviews, David Kuhl has emerged as the City of Oak Harbor’s new development services director. Kuhl was selected over two other… Continue reading

Algae making Pass Lake toxic, says Parks Rec

Pass Lake exceeds the state standard for toxic algae, according to the state Parks and Recreation Commission. People are advised against swimming in the Fidalgo… Continue reading

Search for body in water yields no discovery

Multiple agencies responded to a false report Saturday about a body in the water underneath the Deception Pass bridge. A single caller reported seeing a… Continue reading

Using garden hoses, neighbors help fight fire

Freeland residents used garden hoses to help firefighters battle a house fire Saturday. No one was injured in the fire that severely damaged an unattended… Continue reading

Congressman tours Oak Harbor businesses that received federal relief funds

Second District Con-gressman Rick Larsen visited several Oak Harbor businesses that received federal COVID-19 relief funding. The representative met Thursday with local business owners and… Continue reading

Rock-A-Thon benefits Alzheimers research

Regency on Whidbey’s second annual Rock-A-Thon to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Association is adopting safety guidelines for COVID-19. According to Community Relations Director Teri… Continue reading

Yabba dabba loo! Flinstone toilets on the way

Oak Harbor is looking to add two Portland Loos at Flintstone Park. The stainless steel toilets are known for their semi-transparent design that aid in… Continue reading

Oak Harbor council limits spending authority in anticipation of COVID-19 impacts

The Oak Harbor City Council significantly reduced the spending authority for all contracts in order to brace for the economic effects of COVID-19. Councilmember Joel… Continue reading

Crash run into post offices, Dollar Tree

A spate of vehicles crashing into buildings is just an anomaly, according to Oak Harbor Fire Chief Ray Merrill. Last Thursday, a teal Honda Accord… Continue reading

Julianne Blynn prepares a War Pig hot dog for customers during the Open Air Thursdays. Photo by Brandon Taylor

Bringing Thursdays to life

Downtown Oak Har-bor was a little busier than normal Thursday night. Although it was overcast, restaurants and shops were experiencing more visitors than usual, according… Continue reading

Julianne Blynn prepares a War Pig hot dog for customers during the Open Air Thursdays. Photo by Brandon Taylor

Vacancy on Oak Harbor council filled

Oak Harbor City Council appointed substitute teacher Millie Goebel to fill a vacancy created after councilmember Bill Larsen moved outside of city limits. Goebel was… Continue reading

Oak Harbor seeks interim finance director and other staff changes

During last Tuesday’s scheduled meeting, Oak Harbor City Council discussed current and upcoming vacancies in various departments. Weed Graafstra and Associates Inc. was appointed to… Continue reading

Oak Harbor facing vacancies in key positions

The city of Oak Harbor has recently experienced some major staff turnover in key positions that are still in the process of being filled. Countless… Continue reading

Unemployment still high, but some industries see job growth

The Washington State Employment Security Department reports that the unemployment rate continues to be high, but certain industries have begun to see job growth when… Continue reading

Smoothie biz opens on Pioneer

Scott and Calysta Webb long dreamed of running a business. Originally, they were planning to open a coffee shop, but when they arrived on Whidbey… Continue reading