Kira Erickson

Lincoln Fresch, left, and Quintarius Eaves “clap the sillies out” during song time at Little Oaks Preschool & Childcare Center. Photo by Kira Erickson/Whidbey News Group.

Open throughout pandemic, child care facilities follow strict rules

Day cares and preschools are allowed for in-person activites and have experienced an enrollment boom

Lincoln Fresch, left, and Quintarius Eaves “clap the sillies out” during song time at Little Oaks Preschool & Childcare Center. Photo by Kira Erickson/Whidbey News Group.
Wyatt and Deanna Loasby show off a potato harvested last month from South Whidbey School Farms’ garden. Photo provided by South Whidbey School Farms.

Outdoor classes plotted for South Whidbey schools

The South Whidbey School District is seeking the community’s help to build an outdoor classroom.

Wyatt and Deanna Loasby show off a potato harvested last month from South Whidbey School Farms’ garden. Photo provided by South Whidbey School Farms.

The greener good: Purchase a tree as a tribute

South Whidbey’s Earth Sanctuary is offering a ripe opportunity.

Driver loses control, tips his truck

A 59-year-old man sustained minor injuries following a rollover accident north of Freeland Sunday afternoon, according to the Washington State Patrol. Tracy Hatch of Shoreline… Continue reading

Whidbey Children’s Theatre offers online classes

The Whidbey Children’s Theatre was just one week and five rehearsals away from the opening night of its production of “Les Miserables” when the decision… Continue reading

Panel looking at South Whidbey passenger ferry

A passengers-only ferry between South Whidbey and Everett is one of nine possible routes being considered in a feasibility study by a state planning organization.… Continue reading

Greene pulls ahead of Howard in final election results

Greene pulls ahead of Howard in final election results

Mail-in voting not a concern for county officials

Mail-in voting not a concern for county officials

Johnson named to South Whidbey School Board seat

Johnson named to South Whidbey School Board seat

Langley directs funds toward its initiative against systemic racism

The Langley City Council has taken its next step towards promoting racial justice with the passing of a budget ordinance that directs funds toward the… Continue reading

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                                Whidbey Island Waldorf School teacher William Dolde leads his kindergarten class on a trip into the woods in 2016. Dolde said he is used to teaching his classes outdoors, immersed in nature. It’s a model the Waldorf School is adopting for all of its kindergarten classes this year.

Back to nature

Like so many other schools on the island, the Whidbey Island Waldorf School has had to make adjustments to its upcoming school year as a… Continue reading

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                                Whidbey Island Waldorf School teacher William Dolde leads his kindergarten class on a trip into the woods in 2016. Dolde said he is used to teaching his classes outdoors, immersed in nature. It’s a model the Waldorf School is adopting for all of its kindergarten classes this year.

Series of big-ticket county projects in works

Several new improvement projects are in the works for Central and South Whidbey. Island County Assistant Engineer Kelly Ojala said the projects are still in… Continue reading

Virus testing remains available

WhidbeyHealth is continuing to offer COVID-19 testing, free of charge in many cases, to a broad range of people. WhidbeyHealth Chief Nursing Officer Erin Wooley… Continue reading

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                                Performers from Whidbey Island Music Festival 2019. From left to right: violinist Corentin Pokorny, soprano Amanda Forsythe, baroque cellist Elisabeth Reed and Stephen Stubbs on the lute.

Whidbey Island Music Festival goes virtual

The greatest composers probably didn’t imagine that centuries after writing their opuses, people would be performing them for a virtual audience. It’s a story becoming… Continue reading

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                                Performers from Whidbey Island Music Festival 2019. From left to right: violinist Corentin Pokorny, soprano Amanda Forsythe, baroque cellist Elisabeth Reed and Stephen Stubbs on the lute.

Board aiming to limit spread of virus

Island County Board of Health is exploring a variety of ways to keep transmission of the COVID-19 virus low. In just over a week, positive… Continue reading

Oak Harbor Public Schools decide on plan for fall opening

The Oak Harbor School Board made the unanimous decision Monday night to employ a phased plan for reopening schools in the fall. The school board… Continue reading

50 years since bloody roundup

Fifty years ago, a group of men in boats and airplanes used explosives and fear to drive a large family of Southern Resident orcas into… Continue reading

Two districts reveal plans for fall opening

Whidbey Island’s school districts have so far decided to approach the beginning of the new school year with caution, a decision that mirrors many other… Continue reading

Oak Harbor yacht club captain rescues two kayakers

A sailor who had recently practiced water rescues put his training to work Sunday night and pulled two people from an overturned kayak in Penn… Continue reading

Council in a jam over sandwich boards

Langley officials decided to temporarily suspend an ordinance prohibiting the display of sandwich board signs. City council members were in a pickle Monday night when… Continue reading