Emily Gilbert

Projects inch closer to federal funding

Projects to revitalize a wharf and promote economic development near receiving federal funding.

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Oak Harbor Marina fee increases to pay for dredging

City officials agree the Oak Harbor Marina needs to be dredged soon.

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Bowman Bay diver found

The Skagit County Sheriff’s Office has recovered the body of a 67-year-old Bellevue man who went missing after scuba diving near Bowman Bay in Deception… Continue reading

Bystanders perform CPR on grocery store shopper

Two men helped a fellow grocery shopper at Saar’s last week by performing CPR after he collapsed.

Haller House

Haller House talk to delve into history

Restoration work on the 155-year-old Haller House in Coupeville continues to make progress.

Haller House
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Apartment fire injures one, displaces nine

Nine people were displaced after a fire swept through an apartment building on Northwest Atalanta Way in Oak Harbor on Sunday morning. Firefighters responded to… Continue reading

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Crews put out grass fire

A possible mishap with a lawn mower sparked a half-acre fire on Green Valley Road on Friday morning.

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Campaign signs create stir during Oak Harbor 4th of July parade

Joel Servatius resolved a conflict of interest by paying the Fourth of July parade entrance free.

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190704-N-HC646-0252 OAK HARBOR, Wash. (August 6, 2019) Master-at-Arms 1st Class Nick Fortune gives instruction during a take down demonstration to visitors in attendance of National Night Out on Fort Nugent Park. National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Marc Cuenca/Released)

As COVID rules ease, local events calendar gets longer

Oak Harbor residents and visitors have a lot to look forward to in the next few weeks.

190704-N-HC646-0252 OAK HARBOR, Wash. (August 6, 2019) Master-at-Arms 1st Class Nick Fortune gives instruction during a take down demonstration to visitors in attendance of National Night Out on Fort Nugent Park. National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Marc Cuenca/Released)
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Lost crab pots likely taken by the sea, says WDFW officer

The Fish and Wildlife Department has removed more than 250 crab pots from marine areas 8-1 and 8-2.

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NAS Whidbey Fire Inspector Zach Walker looks at the damage of a small fire at a yard in military housing in Crescent Harbor Tuesday.

So long, s’mores: No campfires allowed in a stricter burn ban

The burn ban prohibits all outdoor burning, including recreational fires and fireworks.

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NAS Whidbey Fire Inspector Zach Walker looks at the damage of a small fire at a yard in military housing in Crescent Harbor Tuesday.
Queen Patsy Arthur and her court in the 1956 Fair Parade.

Decades of fair memories saved by South Whidbey Historical Society

Thousands of pages digitized and free to view online

Queen Patsy Arthur and her court in the 1956 Fair Parade.
Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times

Summer sailboat racing returns to cove

Mainsails and spinnakers from about 20 boats will dot the water in Penn Cove from Friday to Sunday.

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Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times

Weather may be warm, but Puget Sound waters still shockingly cold

Any water temperature below 70 degrees should be treated with caution.

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An artist rendering shows the “Angel de la Creatividad” sculpture in a proposed location in Windjammer Park. Rendering provided.

City council nears end of ‘Angel’ sculpture debate

Council members voted to discuss the final placement of the sculpture at their Aug. 4 meeting.

An artist rendering shows the “Angel de la Creatividad” sculpture in a proposed location in Windjammer Park. Rendering provided.
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Katie Toft and her four-year-old daughter Bailey walk across the newly renovated Rotary Memorial Bridge. Katie Toft's father, Dick Toft, is one of the Rotarians memorialized on a plaque next to the bridge.

Rotary bridge reopens after $87,000 renovation

The newly renovated Rotary Memorial Bridge was dedicated at Windjammer Park Thursday.

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Katie Toft and her four-year-old daughter Bailey walk across the newly renovated Rotary Memorial Bridge. Katie Toft's father, Dick Toft, is one of the Rotarians memorialized on a plaque next to the bridge.
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Karen Achabel holds up a piece of kelp at Fort Ebey State Park on April 24. Seaweed harvesting at state parks is limited to April 15-May 15, although seaweed can be harvested from non-state park land at other times during the year.

Seaweed Smorgasbord: Greens from the sea the next power food?

Whidbey has seaweed on its shores and there are many ways an adventurous eater can try a bite.

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Karen Achabel holds up a piece of kelp at Fort Ebey State Park on April 24. Seaweed harvesting at state parks is limited to April 15-May 15, although seaweed can be harvested from non-state park land at other times during the year.

Stabilization center open after 6-month delay

Oak Harbor’s center for people struggling with mental health issues or substance use opened June 28.

Langley council picks Chaplin for mayor over fellow council member

Langley city council members chose Scott Chaplin as the next mayor over Councilmember Thomas Gill.

Naval Air Station Whidbey Island Commander Capt. Matthew Arny overlooks the flight line at Ault Field. Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times

Base commander reflects on 33-year Navy career

Naval Air Station Whidbey Island Commander Capt. Matthew Arny will retire in July.

Naval Air Station Whidbey Island Commander Capt. Matthew Arny overlooks the flight line at Ault Field. Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times