Emily Gilbert

An artist’s rendering of “Angel de la Creatividad” by Mexico City artist Sebastián shows the 37-foot-tall metal sculpture in its proposed location in Windjammer Park. Rendering provided.

Survey about ‘Angel’ sculpture open until June 16

The sculpture has been mired in controversy since it was presented to the park board in February.

An artist’s rendering of “Angel de la Creatividad” by Mexico City artist Sebastián shows the 37-foot-tall metal sculpture in its proposed location in Windjammer Park. Rendering provided.
Pacific Northwest Naval Air Museum President Wil Shellenberger is hoping to find more volunteer docents so the museum can show off the PBY-5A Catalina aircraft’s interior to the public. Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times.

Navy museum seeking docents to show off the PBY-5A Catalina

The museum plans to offer tours of the WWII-era plane on the weekends this summer and needs docents.

Pacific Northwest Naval Air Museum President Wil Shellenberger is hoping to find more volunteer docents so the museum can show off the PBY-5A Catalina aircraft’s interior to the public. Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times.
Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times
Roughly half of the trees on Cherry Valley Logging's 40-acre property on North Whidbey will go to a Skagit County fish habitat project, owner Justin Vanhulle. The other half will be sent to a mill.

Despite how it may seem, clear-cutting not increasing

The Department of Natural Resources says local logging has stayed steady over the past five years.

Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times
Roughly half of the trees on Cherry Valley Logging's 40-acre property on North Whidbey will go to a Skagit County fish habitat project, owner Justin Vanhulle. The other half will be sent to a mill.
Photo courtesy Whidbey Island Grown Cooperative

Eat local this Memorial Day weekend

The Whidbey Island Grown Cooperative is encouraging people to eat locally this Memorial Day weekend.

Photo courtesy Whidbey Island Grown Cooperative
Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times

Oak Harbor Memorial Day to be held in person this year

Veterans will be honored during a Memorial Day service May 31 at Maple Leaf Cemetery in Oak Harbor.

Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times
Two Oak Harbor residents were injured when one driver suffered a medical episode and crashed head-on into a pickup truck. The woman was airlifted to the Providence Regional Medical Center in Everett and the driver of the pickup was taken to Island Hospital in Anacortes. (Photo provided by Washington State Patrol)

Oak Harbor woman airlifted following car crash near bridge

The woman was airlifted following a medical episode that caused her to crash head-on into an oncoming car.

Two Oak Harbor residents were injured when one driver suffered a medical episode and crashed head-on into a pickup truck. The woman was airlifted to the Providence Regional Medical Center in Everett and the driver of the pickup was taken to Island Hospital in Anacortes. (Photo provided by Washington State Patrol)
The new interpretive panels that explain the story of the former World War I era Army post have been installed in recent months at Fort Casey State Park near Coupeville. Photo by Ron Newberry/Whidbey News-Times

Fort Casey’s ‘Big Guns’ get a facelift

The two “Big Guns” at Fort Casey Historical State Park are undergoing a major makeover for the first time since they were brought to Whidbey… Continue reading

The new interpretive panels that explain the story of the former World War I era Army post have been installed in recent months at Fort Casey State Park near Coupeville. Photo by Ron Newberry/Whidbey News-Times
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Scouts BSA Troop 4058 and Coupeville Cub Scout Pack 4058 collected over 1,000 items of food from the community to donate to the Gifts from the Heart Food Bank in Coupeville.

Scouts donate 1,000 items to food bank

A Coupeville food bank was the recipient of a sizable donation after 25 Scouts BSA members collected more than 1,000 food items. Members of Troop… Continue reading

Photo courtesy Preston Howard
Scouts BSA Troop 4058 and Coupeville Cub Scout Pack 4058 collected over 1,000 items of food from the community to donate to the Gifts from the Heart Food Bank in Coupeville.
Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times
Seniors Anthony Pierzchala, right, and Charlie Dubois working with junior Eric Lindsey, back left, during teacher Chris Whiteman’s advanced engineering class. Someone stole $1,000 worth of tools from the program earlier this month.
Seniors Anthony Pierzchala, right, and Charlie Dubois working with junior Eric Lindsey, back left, work on projects during teacher Chris Whiteman’s advanced engineering class. Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times

Community steps up to replace stolen tools

School officials expressed thanks to those who donated.

Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times
Seniors Anthony Pierzchala, right, and Charlie Dubois working with junior Eric Lindsey, back left, during teacher Chris Whiteman’s advanced engineering class. Someone stole $1,000 worth of tools from the program earlier this month.
Seniors Anthony Pierzchala, right, and Charlie Dubois working with junior Eric Lindsey, back left, work on projects during teacher Chris Whiteman’s advanced engineering class. Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times
Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times
Chopped garlic and parsley and salt and spot shrimp in 2020.

Shrimping season opens in waters off Whidbey

All shrimp species are open to harvest on Wednesday, May 19 from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. in Marina Areas 8-1 and 8-2, which covers the eastern shores of Whidbey Island from Deception Pass to Possession Point.

Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times
Chopped garlic and parsley and salt and spot shrimp in 2020.
Whidbey Homeless Coalition Executive Director Jonathan Kline explains how 15 bunks will be set up in the sanctuary of the former Jehovah’s Witness church outside Coupeville. Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times

Neighbors voice concerns about proposed shelter near Coupeville

Neighbors shared their comments, concerns and criticism of the Whidbey Homeless Coalition’s proposed overnight emergency shelter on Morris Road near Coupeville during a meeting last… Continue reading

Whidbey Homeless Coalition Executive Director Jonathan Kline explains how 15 bunks will be set up in the sanctuary of the former Jehovah’s Witness church outside Coupeville. Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times
Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times
Brittany Darby helps raise a wall at Habitat for Humanity of Island County’s two townhomes on Southeast 10th Avenue in Oak Harbor during the Women Build event Saturday.

Women Build: Lending some muscle to Habitat for Humanity

Forty women and some men volunteered for Habitat’s Women Build 2021 event this past weekend.

Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times
Brittany Darby helps raise a wall at Habitat for Humanity of Island County’s two townhomes on Southeast 10th Avenue in Oak Harbor during the Women Build event Saturday.
Shannon Hamilton, front, and Wendi Hilborn own Whidbey Farm and Market on Monroe Landing Road outside of Oak Harbor. Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times

New market opens across from drive-in

Whidbey Farm and Market has close to 100 local products.

Shannon Hamilton, front, and Wendi Hilborn own Whidbey Farm and Market on Monroe Landing Road outside of Oak Harbor. Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times
Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times
The Coupeville-Port Townsend ferry route will stay on one-boat service until at least June 27.

Coupeville route down to one ferry through June 27

Another delay in two-boat service means Coupeville ferry riders will need to squeeze onto one boat until at least June 27.

Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times
The Coupeville-Port Townsend ferry route will stay on one-boat service until at least June 27.
Worker will begin wrapping the Deception Pass bridge this month as they try to complete the project by the end of the year. The parking lot on Whidbey Island next to the bridge will be closed until March. WSDOT photo

Deception Pass bridge parking lot closed until March

The closure is supposed to ease access for construction crews as they work on the bridge.

Worker will begin wrapping the Deception Pass bridge this month as they try to complete the project by the end of the year. The parking lot on Whidbey Island next to the bridge will be closed until March. WSDOT photo
Members of the public and Whidbey Island Rocks are encouraged to paint and hide stones with Garry oak designs or other local flora and fauna this week in preparation for a hunt Saturday. Photo by Jane Geddes

Island rock hunt celebrates Oak Harbor ‘Year of the Oak’

Whidbey Island Rocks is encouraging people to paint stones with Garry oaks before a hunt Saturday.

Members of the public and Whidbey Island Rocks are encouraged to paint and hide stones with Garry oak designs or other local flora and fauna this week in preparation for a hunt Saturday. Photo by Jane Geddes
After a delay caused by the pandemic, developer Scott Thompson said construction of new homes may begin soon on the hillside across from Safeway. Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times

More housing on horizon as projects move forward

A downtown Oak Harbor business will also be getting a big makeover.

After a delay caused by the pandemic, developer Scott Thompson said construction of new homes may begin soon on the hillside across from Safeway. Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times
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The Deception Pass Sail and Power Squadron, also known as America’s Boating Club of Deception Pass, hosts jamborees and other social events, along with boater safety and education classes.

Whidbey boaters promote safety, education

The Deception Pass Sail and Power Squadron hosts education and safety classes, and social events.

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The Deception Pass Sail and Power Squadron, also known as America’s Boating Club of Deception Pass, hosts jamborees and other social events, along with boater safety and education classes.
A fire destroyed the kitchen at Currents Bistro in Coupeville. A donation fund has been set up at Whidbey Island Bank to help the business. Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times

Kitchen fire forces closure of Coupeville restaurant

The Coupeville Historic Waterfront Association will set up a donation fund for Currents Bistro.

A fire destroyed the kitchen at Currents Bistro in Coupeville. A donation fund has been set up at Whidbey Island Bank to help the business. Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times

Council mulls affordable housing strategies

Oak Harbor City Council members are considering ideas in the Housing Action Plan.