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Halloween happens on Whidbey

Spooky season is back in swing and there are plenty of events that promise a ghoulishly good time.

 

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Hoffmire takes on Servatius in feisty face-off

Voters will choose between someone with a decade-long incumbency and a newcomer to local politics.

 

Another outbreak hits Oak Harbor schools

Interim Superintendent Karst Brandsma said 30 students and six staff members had COVID-19.

 

Gabrielle Robles at Sunnyside Cemetery in a block house.

Coupeville woman offers haunted history tour

Gabrielle Robles is taking guests on a Haunted History Tour of Whidbey Island on Oct. 29 and 30.

Gabrielle Robles at Sunnyside Cemetery in a block house.

Agencies losing staff who won’t get vaccine

Some employees may leave their jobs because they won’t comply with the governor’s vaccination mandate.

Summer catch lol

Fish on: Winter crab opened Oct. 1

Winter sport crabbing opened Oct. 1 through the end of the year in the waters around Whidbey.

Summer catch lol

COVID outbreak reported at Oak Harbor preschool

Hand-in-Hand Early Learning Center will be closed for the next 14 days following an outbreak.

Cornet Bay dock

Pier in Cornet Bay to be replaced

Demolition at the Cornet Bay Marina pier at Deception Pass State Park has begun.

Cornet Bay dock
Melany Alanis, senior

Wildcats set 11 school records for weightlifting after summer training

After a summer of hard work, seven female athletes broke 11 school records by lifting heavy.

Melany Alanis, senior

Whidbey Island schools have seen only a few ‘devious licks’ copycats

A viral TikTok challenge has touched Whidbey, but the trend was short-lived.

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Crew jumps from rescue boat that lost steering in storm

By the next day, the boat had washed ashore on the Navy’s property in Crescent Harbor.

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Photo by Michelle Root

Driver airlifted after crash Sunday

The driver’s passenger made it through mostly unscathed.

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Coupeville volleyball won against Mount Vernon Christian 3-0 on Sept. 14. Schools are hoping more people sign up to become referees because almost all sports are facing a shortage of officials.

School sports need more refs to step up to the plate

High school sports are back in full swing, but a lack of qualified referees could spell trouble.

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Coupeville volleyball won against Mount Vernon Christian 3-0 on Sept. 14. Schools are hoping more people sign up to become referees because almost all sports are facing a shortage of officials.

Fundraiser set for firefighter who suffered a stroke

A fundraiser for Daniel Hovelsrud, 28, has raised almost $20,000 to help him with medical expenses.

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Cadesha Pacquette sets up a pop-up picnic spread similar to one she created for a young girl’s birthday party. Pacquette said her new venture has been popular with military families celebrating a spouse’s return from deployment, anniversaries or just to have fun outdoors.

Pop-up beach picnics are a popular way to celebrate coming home

Navy wife’s new business a big hit for deployments, anniversaries

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Cadesha Pacquette sets up a pop-up picnic spread similar to one she created for a young girl’s birthday party. Pacquette said her new venture has been popular with military families celebrating a spouse’s return from deployment, anniversaries or just to have fun outdoors.
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A barn on Fakkema Road caught fire early Tuesday morning. No animals were in the barn and no one else on the property was injured.

Fire destroys barn on Fakkema Road early Tuesday morning

Firefighters battled a blazing barn as it burned to the ground on North Whidbey early Tuesday morning. There were no animals in the barn on… Continue reading

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A barn on Fakkema Road caught fire early Tuesday morning. No animals were in the barn and no one else on the property was injured.
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Olympic View Elementary

Options mulled to reduce $429 million school project

A bond measure is planned for the February ballot.

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Olympic View Elementary

Fire, police chiefs lobby for building improvements

Oak Harbor’s growth has impacted the fire and police departments’ abilities to maintain service.

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Island Transit buses just got a little cleaner

Island Transit is installing new air purification systems on all of its buses.

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More than 1,000 will be on the road this Sunday for the Whidbey Island Marathon and its companion races.

Marathon will close bridge for 45 minutes Sunday morning

More than 1,000 runners will be on the road this Sunday for the Whidbey Island Marathon and the event’s companion races. The marathon will begin… Continue reading

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More than 1,000 will be on the road this Sunday for the Whidbey Island Marathon and its companion races.