Emily Gilbert

Photo by Cara Hefflinger
After Coupeville resident Geri Nelson saw these two Great Horned owlets and their mother, she posted to social media to see if there was any local photography interest. Cara Hefflinger came to the tree, camera in hand.

Coupeville owl family makes an appearance in photographer’s lens

O ne woman’s discovery of a brood of owlets in Coupeville caught the eyes of many admirers on social media, including one South End photographer.

Photo by Cara Hefflinger
After Coupeville resident Geri Nelson saw these two Great Horned owlets and their mother, she posted to social media to see if there was any local photography interest. Cara Hefflinger came to the tree, camera in hand.
The Oystercatcher’s owner and chef, Tyler Hansen, prepares a dozen 3 Sisters beef bolognese lasagnas to go on the shelves at 3 Sisters Market. Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times

Chef liaises with other business owners

A Coupeville chef has expanded his partnership with local business owners to help his restaurant survive during the coronavirus pandemic. From the Oystercatcher’s dining room,… Continue reading

The Oystercatcher’s owner and chef, Tyler Hansen, prepares a dozen 3 Sisters beef bolognese lasagnas to go on the shelves at 3 Sisters Market. Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times
Multiple fire agencies responded to a mobile home in Oak Harbor Sunday night. Photo by Bryan Fick/WestCoast Fire Media

Drain cleaner ignites fire that decimates Oak Harbor home

No one was injured by the flames although one of the occupants lost three rats.

Multiple fire agencies responded to a mobile home in Oak Harbor Sunday night. Photo by Bryan Fick/WestCoast Fire Media
Rishi Sharma checks levels in his camera before interviewing WWII combat veteran Frank Burns of Freeland last Saturday. Sharma travels the country interviewing WWII combat veterans for his oral history project and nonprofit, Heroes of the Second World War. Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times

Recording for posterity tales of WWII vets across the U.S.

Rishi Sharma has met more than 1,100 World War II combat veterans to document their stories.

Rishi Sharma checks levels in his camera before interviewing WWII combat veteran Frank Burns of Freeland last Saturday. Sharma travels the country interviewing WWII combat veterans for his oral history project and nonprofit, Heroes of the Second World War. Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times

Whidbey schools to receive millions in federal stimulus

The COVID-19 relief package includes more than $122 billion for K-12 education across the nation.

Judy Thorpe, left, Tracy Weissel, Sarah Westcott and Michael Thorpe listen to the audience during a community meeting at the Central Whidbey Sportsmen’s Association in Coupeville last Friday. About 40 people came to the meeting to discuss their concerns about the Whidbey Homeless Coalition’s proposed emergency overnight shelter on Morris Road near Coupeville. Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times

325 people sign petition opposing new shelter

Forty people gathered Thursday at the Central Whidbey Sportsmen’s Association to voice their concerns about the shelter.

Judy Thorpe, left, Tracy Weissel, Sarah Westcott and Michael Thorpe listen to the audience during a community meeting at the Central Whidbey Sportsmen’s Association in Coupeville last Friday. About 40 people came to the meeting to discuss their concerns about the Whidbey Homeless Coalition’s proposed emergency overnight shelter on Morris Road near Coupeville. Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times
Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times

Port reflects on 2020, looks at projects, possible levy

Port officials are considering asking voters for a levy to tackle large capital maintenance projects at its historic properties, including the iconic Greenbank Farm and Coupeville Wharf.

Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times
Blake Lewis, 7, at Bush Point where he threw a message in a bottle out to sea. Ruth Smethers later picked it up in Port Townsend. Photo provided by Jessie Lewis

Writer, finder connected over message in bottle

The message traveled all the way from Bush Point to Port Townsend.

Blake Lewis, 7, at Bush Point where he threw a message in a bottle out to sea. Ruth Smethers later picked it up in Port Townsend. Photo provided by Jessie Lewis
Photo by Bob VonDrachek
One photographer spotted a gray whale the morning of March 8 from the public parking lot at Hidden Beach in Greenbank.

Homecoming: Gray whales return to Whidbey waters

The gentle giants include a well-known gray that has been coming back each year for 30 years.

Photo by Bob VonDrachek
One photographer spotted a gray whale the morning of March 8 from the public parking lot at Hidden Beach in Greenbank.

Oak Harbor sets virtual open house on Harbor Heights

Public comment sought on future 75-acre regional park

Jill Biden
Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times

First lady Jill Biden talks to families at NAS Whidbey

First lady Dr. Jill Biden met with local families to listen to their concerns.

Jill Biden
Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times

Coupeville Middle School students are returning to campus, but not for class

Students in grades 6-8 will return to campus on March 8 in the afternoons for two days a week.

WhidbeyHealth EMS, North Whidbey Fire and Rescue, a Navy Search and Rescue team and state parks personnel all responded to the call for help. Photo provided by NWFR.

With tide rising, girl, 10, rescued from mud Sunday

The water was up to the girl’s shoulders by the time rescuers were able to free her.

WhidbeyHealth EMS, North Whidbey Fire and Rescue, a Navy Search and Rescue team and state parks personnel all responded to the call for help. Photo provided by NWFR.
The ‘Angel de la Creatividad’ sculpture is currently bright red, but it is unknown whether it will stay that color if it is installed in Oak Harbor. Rendering provided

‘Angel’ sculpture mulled, others move forward

City council members voted to direct staff to explore accepting the 37-foot-tall gift.

The ‘Angel de la Creatividad’ sculpture is currently bright red, but it is unknown whether it will stay that color if it is installed in Oak Harbor. Rendering provided
Senior Annie Salinger listens during a leadership class at Oak Harbor High School. Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times

Oak Harbor High School students back in class

They are the first high school students on Whidbey to be allowed back inside.

Senior Annie Salinger listens during a leadership class at Oak Harbor High School. Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times
Students from Oak Harbor High School’s Wildcats for Life club, a pro-life student organization, have come under criticism after drawing chalk hearts on the sidewalk to promote the club. A <em>change.org</em> petition to ban the group has gained more than 2,000 signatures in the past week, as of Thursday morning. Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times

Petition takes aim at OHHS anti-abortion club

An online petition to shut down group has more than 2,000 signatures.

Students from Oak Harbor High School’s Wildcats for Life club, a pro-life student organization, have come under criticism after drawing chalk hearts on the sidewalk to promote the club. A <em>change.org</em> petition to ban the group has gained more than 2,000 signatures in the past week, as of Thursday morning. Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times
Debbie Jackson photo of European starlings at home in Penn Cove.

Winged creatures take flight during snow

A Penn Cove photographer was graced by the presence of several species of birds.

Debbie Jackson photo of European starlings at home in Penn Cove.

Variant of COVID-19 found in county

The press release did not specify if the person who tested positive for the variant lived on Whidbey or on Camano.

Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times An excavator demolishes the Oak Harbor McDonald’s on Feb. 17. The madrona tree on the left side will be taken down to make way for the new building, although one woman tried to save it.

Demolition making way for bigger restaurant

The new McDonald’s is set to reopen in July.

Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times An excavator demolishes the Oak Harbor McDonald’s on Feb. 17. The madrona tree on the left side will be taken down to make way for the new building, although one woman tried to save it.
Jason McFadyen, left, organized about a dozen friends to shave their heads in support of Annie Cash as she goes through breast cancer treatment. Cash was voted top real estate agent, business person and community leader in the Whidbey News-Times’ Best of Whidbey 2020 contest. Photos by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times

Shaving locks to support one of Whidbey’s best

Annie Cash’s friends shaved their heads in a show of support.

Jason McFadyen, left, organized about a dozen friends to shave their heads in support of Annie Cash as she goes through breast cancer treatment. Cash was voted top real estate agent, business person and community leader in the Whidbey News-Times’ Best of Whidbey 2020 contest. Photos by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times