Kira Erickson

Families like the one above won’t line the streets of Oak Harbor this year for a St. of Patrick’s Day Parade. This is one of the events canceled so far this year because of the pandemic. File photo/Whidbey News-Times

The COVID effect: Show might go on this year

Here’s a list of what many of Whidbey’s favorite events are doing this year.

Families like the one above won’t line the streets of Oak Harbor this year for a St. of Patrick’s Day Parade. This is one of the events canceled so far this year because of the pandemic. File photo/Whidbey News-Times

Comprehensive plan talks veer into debate over systemic racism in Langley

A proposal to add “dismantling systemic racism” as a goal in the comprehensive plan has spawned debate

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WICA plans first live play in more than a year

The show will run June 10-20.

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Christopher Baldwin, owner of Island Time Coffee Company, arranges a display in Payless Foods.

New business perks up South Whidbey shelves

Three new blends of coffee are available in stores.

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Christopher Baldwin, owner of Island Time Coffee Company, arranges a display in Payless Foods.
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Cindy Buchanan, founder of Whidbey Island Angels, hangs up a toddler's Minnie Mouse outfit.

South Whidbey do-gooders join forces to help those in need

A new resource center opened this week in Freeland.

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Cindy Buchanan, founder of Whidbey Island Angels, hangs up a toddler's Minnie Mouse outfit.

Sink or swim? Survey looks at public pool programs

Community members have until April 1 to answer questions about what programs they would like to see at a proposed aquatics center.

OutCast Productions offers virtual pandemic pandemonium

The theater’s newest production includes nine short plays available for streaming at home.

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Tim Grove, left, and Byron Hamilton work on potholing the Langley streets Thursday morning.

Langley city crews get to root of issue

The city’s infrastructure project is currently in Phase 2A.

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Tim Grove, left, and Byron Hamilton work on potholing the Langley streets Thursday morning.
Nine deer, including these three, showed up at Coupeville Town Hall on Feb. 23. Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times

Deer ordinance may be in the works for Coupeville

One resident said the sheer amount of deer urine is “overwhelming” and creates puddles at his door.

Nine deer, including these three, showed up at Coupeville Town Hall on Feb. 23. Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times
The Whidbey Scenic Isle Way runs through Greenbank, with water views. Photo by Sherrye Wyatt

Scenic byway earns national designation

T he Cascade Loop, including the Whidbey Scenic Isle Way, is now a National Scenic Byway.

The Whidbey Scenic Isle Way runs through Greenbank, with water views. Photo by Sherrye Wyatt

UW professor floats idea for tunnel between Whidbey, Mukilteo

The underwater alternative to the state’s ferry system involves a tunnel 610 feet below sea level.

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In one of the tanks in his new store, fish follow business owner Jason Blair’s finger.

Finny business: ‘Fish nerd’ opening store in Greenbank

Jason Blair’s store will have a variety of aquarium fish and aquascapes.

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In one of the tanks in his new store, fish follow business owner Jason Blair’s finger.

Langley Arts Fund taking charge of sculpture project

Council members agreed to transfer the sculpture program from the arts commission to the nonprofit.

Langley bugged about banning pesticides

The city wants to discourage the use of insecticides within city limits although it can’t enforce it.

Adam Wundrow of Whidbey Sun and Wind installs a solar panel.

South Whidbey School Farms gets upgrades

Grow lights are now powered by solar panels.

Adam Wundrow of Whidbey Sun and Wind installs a solar panel.

Hospital finances in critical condition

Last week WhidbeyHealth had negative 1.7 days of cash on hand for operating expenses.

Langley council continues wireless ordinance talks

The council agreed to separate smart meters from the discourse about a forthcoming wireless ordinance.

Letter raises concerns about politics in schools

The letter to the South Whidbey School Board contains 38 signatures.

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The Maersk Singapore in Holmes Harbor Thursday afternoon.

Big boats moored in Holmes Harbor

Two of the four had left by Friday morning.

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The Maersk Singapore in Holmes Harbor Thursday afternoon.

South Whidbey students returning to school next week

First and third graders will return to school Feb. 22 and others will be phased back in March.