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The bridge across the lagoon at Windjammer Park is undergoing a joint restoration project between the city and the two Rotary clubs in Oak Harbor. The city said it will be closed until June. Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times

Windjammer Park bridge closed for renovation

Two Rotary clubs have partnered with the city to renovate the bridge.

The bridge across the lagoon at Windjammer Park is undergoing a joint restoration project between the city and the two Rotary clubs in Oak Harbor. The city said it will be closed until June. Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times

Coupeville students on new schedule as of April 12

The new schedule allows for more in-person instruction.

Clinton artist Pat McVay cut into a massive section of the 330-year-old Garry oak tree that used to stand in front of the Oak Harbor post office. He will turn it into an acorn sculpture. Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times

Giant acorn to emerge from felled post office tree

Oak Harbor will soon have a new sculpture made from Garry oak wood.

Clinton artist Pat McVay cut into a massive section of the 330-year-old Garry oak tree that used to stand in front of the Oak Harbor post office. He will turn it into an acorn sculpture. Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times
The Port of Coupeville is considering creating an industrial development district to levy a tax that could bring in millions of dollars to help it maintain its historic structures, like the century-old Coupeville Wharf, as well as expand into other areas of economic development. Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times

Port considers tax that could raise up to $7.5 million

Port commissioners are considering creating an industrial development district.

The Port of Coupeville is considering creating an industrial development district to levy a tax that could bring in millions of dollars to help it maintain its historic structures, like the century-old Coupeville Wharf, as well as expand into other areas of economic development. Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times

Weekend food trucks offering a taste of normalcy

The Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce Food Truck Turnout event is 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. this weekend.

Six-year-olds Tilly Gignoux, left, and Kaylee Martin, right, construct a chair from sand at West Beach in Deception Pass State Park on Thursday afternoon.
(Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times)

Deception Pass State Park prepping for peak season

An unusually sunny stretch this week almost felt like a test run for summer at Deception Pass State Park as rangers prepare for an even… Continue reading

Six-year-olds Tilly Gignoux, left, and Kaylee Martin, right, construct a chair from sand at West Beach in Deception Pass State Park on Thursday afternoon.
(Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times)
Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times
The Coupeville-Port Townsend route will stay on a one-boat schedule longer than initially planned because too many ferry workers are away from work after they contracted or were exposed to COVID-19. Reservations on the second boat through June 6 were canceled.

Coupeville ferry short crew; some reservations canceled

The ferry system should have a better idea in the next few weeks if the second boat will be delayed beyond June 6.

Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times
The Coupeville-Port Townsend route will stay on a one-boat schedule longer than initially planned because too many ferry workers are away from work after they contracted or were exposed to COVID-19. Reservations on the second boat through June 6 were canceled.
Frances Schultz, holding a picture of her younger self, recently turned 100 years old. Her daughter, Connie Van Dyke, right, said her mother’s photo looks like one of actress Barbara Stanwyck. Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times

At 100, Oak Harbor woman reflects on busy life

Frances Schultz turned 100 years old on March 30.

Frances Schultz, holding a picture of her younger self, recently turned 100 years old. Her daughter, Connie Van Dyke, right, said her mother’s photo looks like one of actress Barbara Stanwyck. Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times

Report: Tax funded 6.6 miles of road work

There are more street improvement projects on the way.

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