Emily Gilbert

Waterfront property owners could receive up to $5,000 in grants

The new grants are part of Island County’s efforts to guard against erosion.

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Making hay to help farmers set back by wildfires in Eastern Washington

Whidbey farmers donated 15 tons of hay to farmers in Eastern Washington this weekend.

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Busy street now recognized as ‘Avenue of Oaks’

Southeast 8th Avenue has been renamed to draw attention to Oak Harbor’s namesake trees.

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City of Oak Harbor fills director job

The new finance director will begin work later this month.

Careage is now Regency Coupeville

A skilled nursing facility in Coupeville has changed ownership after decades.

Oak Harbor buys acreage on Koetje Street

The City of Oak Harbor is in the process of buying 5 acres for stormwater system improvements.

Oak Harbor will be paying out less in tourism grants next year

The city’s tourism grant funds have taken a hit during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Burn ban lifted as wet weather returns

The burn ban in Island County has been lifted now that wet weather has returned. The ban on outdoor burning ended at midnight on Friday,… Continue reading

Jeanie McElwain opens the third edition of “Getting to the Water’s Edge” to popular South Whidbey beach Double Bluff. More than 50 volunteers made the current book possible. Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times

Group’s book will lead you to the water’s edge

It may seem like getting to the water’s edge would be simple, given that Whidbey Island is surrounded by water, but there can be some… Continue reading

Jeanie McElwain opens the third edition of “Getting to the Water’s Edge” to popular South Whidbey beach Double Bluff. More than 50 volunteers made the current book possible. Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times
Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times.Kenneth Peplinski bought both the builidng and the business of the Oak Harbor Tavern, which included all of the military memorabilia donated by patrons over the years, including these two squadron signs that are decades old. He had to leave the tavern’s old building because he fell behind on payments, but he hopes to reopen the business in a new location in downtown Oak Harbor.

New owner hopes to reopen Oak Harbor Tavern

Though it will likely not be located at 940 SE Pioneer Way anymore, one of the oldest bars in the state will hopefully open its… Continue reading

Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times.Kenneth Peplinski bought both the builidng and the business of the Oak Harbor Tavern, which included all of the military memorabilia donated by patrons over the years, including these two squadron signs that are decades old. He had to leave the tavern’s old building because he fell behind on payments, but he hopes to reopen the business in a new location in downtown Oak Harbor.
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North Whidbey firefighters helping to battle wildfires in California

Four North Whidbey firefighters were part of the firefighting effort in California this past week, and smoke from the wildfires has tinged the Whidbey skyline… Continue reading

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A house fire in Admiral’s Cove just after midnight Wednesday dispalced three adults, but there were no injuries. Submitted by CWIFR Deputy Chief Charlie Smith.
A house fire in Admiral’s Cove just after midnight Wednesday dispalced three adults, but there were no injuries. Submitted by CWIFR Deputy Chief Charlie Smith.
Volunteers placed 800 lights on the atheltic field at North Whidbey Middle School Friday night in an effort to connect with the community while students stay home because of COVID-19. Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times

Seeing the light: Volunteers aim to unite community

North Whidbey Middle School PTA set up 800 lights - one for each student.

Volunteers placed 800 lights on the atheltic field at North Whidbey Middle School Friday night in an effort to connect with the community while students stay home because of COVID-19. Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times

Oak Harbor councilman ‘embarrassed’ about city permit snafu

A youth sailing club has had trouble constructing a storage shed.

Recent rain lowers county’s fire danger

Recreational fires are now permitted.

Sewage plant continues to be money suck

Sewage plant continues to be money suck

The sewage treatment plant in Oak Harbor is in need of some costly improvements.

Sewage plant continues to be money suck

Utility rate hike next year may be bigger than anticipated

Oak Harbor residents will need to foot the bill for rising costs of sewage plant, garbage service

Self-led motorcycle ride aims to support local vets

Self-led motorcycle ride aims to support local vets

The local Brothers-IN-Arms Motorcycle Club’s fundraiser is this Sunday, Sept. 27.

Self-led motorcycle ride aims to support local vets
Fundraiser to highlight mental health, local talent

Fundraiser to highlight mental health, local talent

Growing Veterans has a fundraiser this Friday at the Blue Fox Drive-In to support local veterans.

Fundraiser to highlight mental health, local talent

Navy seeks city easement to aid water cleanup

The Navy wants to install pipes next to Highway 20 in Oak Harbor to clean up a chemical underground.