Kira Erickson

Island distiller brewing up hand sanitizer

In response to the growing demand for hand sanitizer, one of Whidbey’s distilleries is fulfilling requests and converting its alcohol for this purpose. Cadée Distillery… Continue reading

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                                David Welton has been building a 1/6 scale model of a 1916 Bristol M-1C, a British WW1 fighter named “Red Devil.” With more time spent at home recently, he estimates the project will be finished within the next few weeks. For story, see page A2.

He’s a model for using quarantine time constructively

With recent orders from the governor to stay home, several Whidbey residents have leapt at the opportunity to finish long-term projects started months ago. David… Continue reading

Photo by Georgia Edwards
                                David Welton has been building a 1/6 scale model of a 1916 Bristol M-1C, a British WW1 fighter named “Red Devil.” With more time spent at home recently, he estimates the project will be finished within the next few weeks. For story, see page A2.

Outdoor observance

Although public gatherings are banned and many church services suspended, an Episcopalian priest and Langley resident was looking for a way to celebrate safely. While… Continue reading

Ferry ridership dips significantly

Following similar trends in other forms of public transportation, ferry routes connecting Whidbey Island to the rest of the state have seen a drop in… Continue reading

School lunch program begins for all students on break

Starting Monday, all South Whidbey children will be able to receive “grab and go” lunches from the school district. According to a letter from Superintendent… Continue reading

Mayor declares state of emergency, closes city hall

The mayor for the Village by the Sea signed a proclamation of emergency Monday, in compliance with county, state and federal declarations. Declaring an emergency… Continue reading

Langley council defers decision on sidewalk construction bid

The public works department of Langley is looking to begin a new sidewalk improvement project. Funded by a federal grant, a bid was recommended to… Continue reading

Langley council, mayor clash over hiring protocol

The city of Langley will soon be hiring a new finance director / city clerk, two jobs that have shared the same position for several… Continue reading

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                                Coordinator Jean Matheny exchanges soup with Rick Klein, a former longtime volunteer in the Island Church soup kitchen.

Lunches are in the bag

In an effort to continue serving community meals, several soup kitchens have taken to dishing up in the parking lots and offering to-go lunches. Administrator… Continue reading

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                                Coordinator Jean Matheny exchanges soup with Rick Klein, a former longtime volunteer in the Island Church soup kitchen.

Food banks running low in wake of pandemic

A parallel with the current shortage in grocery stores, Whidbey food banks are in need of donations as supplies run low. Good Cheer Food Bank… Continue reading

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                                Clinton resident Jake Stewart selects a box of Kleenex from the Star Store as part of a delivery order.

Help behind the wheel

Often, a crisis can bring out the best in people. On South Whidbey, residents have banded together to help deliver items to their fellow homebound… Continue reading

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                                Clinton resident Jake Stewart selects a box of Kleenex from the Star Store as part of a delivery order.

Langley chamber proposes aid for small businesses

City of Langley leaders are searching for ways to support small businesses during an economic downturn caused by the coronavirus outbreak and the governor’s order… Continue reading

Have doughnuts, will deliver

With the coronavirus outbreak coming to Whidbey Island, several entrepreneurs have been looking for ways to reach customers from their homes. Restaurants, wineries, florists and… Continue reading

Plenty to eat and drink for St. Patrick’s Day

Although many public events have been cancelled in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, those looking to celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day are in luck. As… Continue reading

‘The food abides’ at new Bayview restaurant

Frequenters of the Goose Community Grocer may have noticed a recent change in signs, as a new restaurant moved into the adjacent space previously occupied… Continue reading

Going the extra mile

What began as a part-time hobby to help people has turned into a nearly full-time occupation. While recovering from donating a kidney to a friend,… Continue reading

Creative workshop offers jewelry with hints of spring

Nature lovers will have a chance to create their very own jewelry from their favorite plants this spring. South Whidbey Parks and Recreation will hold… Continue reading

Coming clean about goats

For Molly Jacobson, the creation of her Clinton soap business has involved all kinds of kids. There are the goat kids that often enliven her… Continue reading

Outbreak drains blood banks

Among the many impacts of the coronavirus outbreak is a shortage of blood. Bloodworks Northwest, a statewide blood bank, is asking for healthy and willing… Continue reading

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                                A desolate shelf of toilet paper in the Goose Community Grocer on Thursday.

Supplies wiped out at stores

Due to increasing fears about coronavirus, shoppers may have found already that several products are in short supply, in big box stores and local businesses… Continue reading

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                                A desolate shelf of toilet paper in the Goose Community Grocer on Thursday.