Emily Gilbert

Whidbey Island Grown goes virtual this weekend

Whidbey Island Grown goes virtual this weekend

Organizers hope the event will support local farms.

Whidbey Island Grown goes virtual this weekend
North Whidbey fire chief: Levy needed to replace essential equipment

North Whidbey fire chief: Levy needed to replace essential equipment

The fire district is asking voters for a 15-cent levy lid lift for equipment upgrades in November.

North Whidbey fire chief: Levy needed to replace essential equipment
Whidbey Island Boats and Boards owner Steve Adams has paddled all over the world, but says Whidbey Island’s world-class scenery make it an ideal place to explore. Photo provided.

On-call paddling company delivers the kayak to you | Corrected

It’s a completely mobile business.

Whidbey Island Boats and Boards owner Steve Adams has paddled all over the world, but says Whidbey Island’s world-class scenery make it an ideal place to explore. Photo provided.

Stabbing aboard Coupeville-Port Townsend ferry forces cancellation Wednesday

The last sailing was canceled on Wednesday night as law enforcement responded to the stabbing.

A haze caused by wildfire smoke hangs over Oak Harbor earlier this week. Photo by Jim Waller/Whidbey News-Times.

Burn ban in effect as smoke moves in

No outdoor burning is allowed in unincorporated Island County, but propane barbecues are OK.

A haze caused by wildfire smoke hangs over Oak Harbor earlier this week. Photo by Jim Waller/Whidbey News-Times.
One of the benefits of having a million bees in your garden is that every flower gets pollinated, according to Ryan Nefcy. Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times.

Happy to bee the ‘Bug Man’

Ryan Nefcy has built a reputation as Whidbey’s go-to guy for all things buggy through Facebook.

One of the benefits of having a million bees in your garden is that every flower gets pollinated, according to Ryan Nefcy. Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times.

Shellfish closure extended Monday to other areas of Whidbey Island

The closure now includes almost all of the west side of the island due to marine biotoxins.

Kate Mistler stands with I Support The Girls donation box outside of her home at 1008 Diane Ave. in Oak Harbor.

Whidbey’s first ‘Bras & Beauty Happening’ Saturday

Women in need of bras, underwear, and hygiene items can get them for free at an event this Saturday.

Kate Mistler stands with I Support The Girls donation box outside of her home at 1008 Diane Ave. in Oak Harbor.

All students are eligible for free meals the rest of the year

Oak Harbor, Coupeville and South Whidbey school districts are offering free meals to all kids

South Whidbey High School graduate Mary F. Bakeman swam from Hat Island to Whidbey Island on Aug. 29 as a way to stay busy during the COVID-19 pandemic. Photo provided.

South Whidbey High School grad swims from Hat Island to Whidbey

Mary F. Bakeman completed the swim in one hour and four minutes.

South Whidbey High School graduate Mary F. Bakeman swam from Hat Island to Whidbey Island on Aug. 29 as a way to stay busy during the COVID-19 pandemic. Photo provided.

Watch out for whales over this holiday weekend

The Labor Day weekend will likely draw skippers to the water – veterans and novices alike – and the Orca Network wants to remind them… Continue reading

Deception Pass Bridge work will extend another year

Deception Pass Bridge work will extend another year

$22 mil project was originally slated to be completed this fall

Deception Pass Bridge work will extend another year
Oak Harbor Christian School sees bump in enrollment among plans for in-person classes this fall

Oak Harbor Christian School sees bump in enrollment among plans for in-person classes this fall

The small, K-8 school has about 70 students enrolled.

Oak Harbor Christian School sees bump in enrollment among plans for in-person classes this fall
(Left to right) Capt. Jerry Helm, Jeff Patton, Dalton Martin and Kole Kellison of Central Whidbey Fire & Rescue battled flames at the Palmer Fire in eastern Washington for a week. Photo by Jerry Helm.

Coupeville High School alumni respond to massive Palmer Fire

Three Coupeville Wolves spent a week battling the flames in eastern Washington.

(Left to right) Capt. Jerry Helm, Jeff Patton, Dalton Martin and Kole Kellison of Central Whidbey Fire & Rescue battled flames at the Palmer Fire in eastern Washington for a week. Photo by Jerry Helm.
Cheri and David Anderson of Coupeville have received statewide recognition for their hundreds of hours spent volunteering at Fort Casey Historical Park. Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times.

Coupeville couple named Washington State Parks volunteers of the year

Two Coupeville residents have received statewide recognition for their efforts at Fort Casey Historical Park. Cheri and David Anderson are Washington State Parks 2019 volunteers… Continue reading

Cheri and David Anderson of Coupeville have received statewide recognition for their hundreds of hours spent volunteering at Fort Casey Historical Park. Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times.
Auston Reisman skim boards at Double Bluff.                                Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times.

Skimming the shoreline

Thrill-seekers rejoice: Skimboarding may become your next adventure. Skimboarding, or skimming, is a board sport where riders glide across the top of a wave as… Continue reading

Auston Reisman skim boards at Double Bluff.                                Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times.
Call him ‘Flipper’

Call him ‘Flipper’

A few lucky boaters in Penn Cove got quite the show when a common dolphin was spotted splashing in the afternoon on Wednesday, Aug. 19.… Continue reading

Call him ‘Flipper’
Whidbey’s first legal distillery turns 10

Whidbey’s first legal distillery turns 10

The island’s first (legal) distillery, Whidbey Island Distillery in Langley, turns 10 on Sunday. Owners Beverly and Steve Heising turned their 9-acre property into a… Continue reading

Whidbey’s first legal distillery turns 10

County revises rule for outdoor activities

Anyone gathering outdoors in groups of more than 10 people must first submit a waiver request to the Island County health officer. That request must… Continue reading

West Whidbey, Deception Pass closed to shellfish harvesting because of biotoxins

West Whidbey, Deception Pass closed to shellfish harvesting because of biotoxins

Eating shellfish harvested from a wide swath of Whidbey Island beaches can have some nasty health effects, state officials are warning. Because of high levels… Continue reading

West Whidbey, Deception Pass closed to shellfish harvesting because of biotoxins