Emily Gilbert

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
Germaine Kornegay, left, and Allenda Jenkins star in Whidbey Playhouse’s virtual production of ‘Having our Say: The Delany sisters’ first 100 years’ available to view online on Feb. 26-27. Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times

‘Having our Say’ brings history to life through two sisters’ memories

Whidbey Playhouse’s virtual production can be viewed online Feb. 26-27.

Germaine Kornegay, left, and Allenda Jenkins star in Whidbey Playhouse’s virtual production of ‘Having our Say: The Delany sisters’ first 100 years’ available to view online on Feb. 26-27. Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times

Letter claims students being ‘indoctrinated’

Eighty people signed a letter to the Oak Harbor school board detailing their concerns.

Oak Harbor school enrollment expected to decline next year

Enrollment had been climbing steadily the previous eight years but is expected to drop next year.

After her story went viral, April DiDonna was honored as a HOWL’s Hero by an organization that writes children’s books about organ donation. Photo provided

Oak Harbor woman now known worldwide for saying ‘I love you’

After the News-Times interveiwed her, April DiDonna’s story has gone around the world.

After her story went viral, April DiDonna was honored as a HOWL’s Hero by an organization that writes children’s books about organ donation. Photo provided

Oak Harbor schools levy passing in first vote counts

Voters approved the levy with 53.74% voting yes, while 46.26% voted no, according to initial counts.

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. The city is considering accepting the gift from a late public art supporter’s estate. Rendering provided

Artwork considered for Oak Harbor park

A 37-foot-tall metal sculpture may go to Windjammer Park although some are skeptical of the gift.

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. The city is considering accepting the gift from a late public art supporter’s estate. Rendering provided
Summit Assistance Dogs breeds and trains dogs to become mobility service dogs. Each litter is named with a specific letter — the most recent litter includes Nelson, Nugget, Neela and Nali. Three of the puppies are seen here with founder Sue Meinzinger. Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times

Dog training campus being built on North Whidbey

Facility will train mobility service dogs for people who need them

Summit Assistance Dogs breeds and trains dogs to become mobility service dogs. Each litter is named with a specific letter — the most recent litter includes Nelson, Nugget, Neela and Nali. Three of the puppies are seen here with founder Sue Meinzinger. Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times
Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times A new contractor will finish the work to restore Deception Pass and Canoe Pass bridges after the former contractor was taken off the project. The project was initially delayed by a year, but a WSDOT communications specialist said the new contractor will submit a schedule soon.

New contractor starts Monday on Pass bridge restoration

The new contractor was selected after the previous one defaulted on its contract.

Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times A new contractor will finish the work to restore Deception Pass and Canoe Pass bridges after the former contractor was taken off the project. The project was initially delayed by a year, but a WSDOT communications specialist said the new contractor will submit a schedule soon.
Oak Harbor girls softball team members are allowed to workout together under current COVID-19 restrictions, but are not yet allowed to return to formal practices and competition. School sports may resume this month if Island County and others in the North region can move into Phase 2. Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times

Athletic directors ‘cautiously optimistic’ for return of sports

School sports may be starting this month for Island County athletes if COVID-19 conditions are met.

Oak Harbor girls softball team members are allowed to workout together under current COVID-19 restrictions, but are not yet allowed to return to formal practices and competition. School sports may resume this month if Island County and others in the North region can move into Phase 2. Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times

Zencity says Oak Harbor public opinion mostly positive

The $15,000 software is meant to help the city make more informed decisions.

Aiden Santos of Anacortes went fishing at Cranberry Lake in Deception Pass State Park last Saturday. The state park would be used as a Navy training site along with 27 others under a new 5-year proposal.

Commission approves Navy’s 5-year plan for SEAL training in state parks

The proposal drew both criticism and support from Whidbey Island residents.

Aiden Santos of Anacortes went fishing at Cranberry Lake in Deception Pass State Park last Saturday. The state park would be used as a Navy training site along with 27 others under a new 5-year proposal.
The <em>Platypus</em>, an abandoned boat that has been sitting at the Coupeville Wharf, has finally been hauled away. People from all over the country reached out to the Port of Coupeville with interest in the boat, but none of their plans came to fruition. Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times

Derelict boat hauled away from Coupeville dock

The Platypus gained nationwide interest, but it has been hauled away for salvage and destruction.

The <em>Platypus</em>, an abandoned boat that has been sitting at the Coupeville Wharf, has finally been hauled away. People from all over the country reached out to the Port of Coupeville with interest in the boat, but none of their plans came to fruition. Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times

Oak Harbor schools plan to reopen despite fears raised

Oak Harbor school leaders presented plans for bringing grades 7-12 back into class.

Sno-Isle Libraries on Whidbey Island have laptops and hotspot devices available to check out just like a book. Photo provided.

Laptop, wifi hotspot devices available at Whidbey libraries

Patrons can now check out technology just like a library book.

Sno-Isle Libraries on Whidbey Island have laptops and hotspot devices available to check out just like a book. Photo provided.
Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times
Carol Johnston has watched this Pacific madrone grow for the past 14 years. It is slated to be removed during McDonald’s upcoming renovation in early February.

Madrona to make way for bigger McDonald’s

An Oak Harbor woman hoped to save the large tree that is to be cut down for an upcoming renovation.

Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times
Carol Johnston has watched this Pacific madrone grow for the past 14 years. It is slated to be removed during McDonald’s upcoming renovation in early February.

Capital projects includes funds for big projects to sewer, parks

Several notable projects are planned for this year and next.

Public comment sought for Navy’s parks proposal

Those with comments must register by 5 p.m. on Jan. 20 on the state parks’ website.