Megan Hansen

The pond at Greenbank Farm has an estimated 4 feet of organic material that needs to be dredged from the bottom, a project that could cost upwards of $46,000. 2017/Whidbey News-Times file photo

Port continues levy lid lift discussions

The Port of Coupeville is taking steps to place a levy lid lift on the November ballot. Commissioners discussed the plan further during a workshop… Continue reading


Langley chocolatier Mona Newbauer offers a wide variety of gourmet chocolates in her shop, Sweet Mona’s. Some of those chocolates will make their way to Coupeville Saturday for the annual Chocolate Walk. Photo by Megan Hansen/Whidbey News-Times

Chocolate Walk tickets selling quickly

A handful of tickets remain available for Saturday’s Coupeville Chocolate Walk. For the third year, participants can spend a Saturday strolling through the historic seaside… Continue reading


Rapists, crashes, fires among top read stories of 2017

It was a busy year for the South Whidbey Record. Its staff reached nearly 500,000 online readers during the year logging more than 1.4 million… Continue reading


WAIF providing shelter to Texas hurricane cats

A group of feline refugees traveled across the country to Whidbey Island last week in hopes of finding a forever home. Whidbey Animals’ Improvement Foundation… Continue reading

Port of Coupeville seeks public input on comprehensive scheme

Ideas were abundant Tuesday from a small group of community members interested in shaping the future of the Port of Coupeville. The port, which owns… Continue reading

Oak Harbor retailer focus of racial harassment complaint

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is suing Big 5 Sporting Goods after a former employee who is African American claimed he was harassed at the… Continue reading

Field School to preserve structure on Ebey’s Reserve

The public has an opportunity to help preserve a bit of Central Whidbey history this summer. The Ebey’s Reserve Preservation Field School will celebrate its… Continue reading

Lavender on schedule for Blooming Season Concerts in Coupeville

As Sarah Richards looked over her fields, just some of her estimated 15,000 lavender plants were starting to bloom in early July. “We’re way behind… Continue reading

Deer ruckus hits Coupeville

Some of Coupeville’s four-legged residents are a bit ornery these days, and in some cases causing a ruckus. Mayor Molly Hughes told the council that… Continue reading

Freeland man selected as next Port of Coupeville executive director

Former Whidbey Telecom employee Chris Michalopoulos is the new executive director for the Port of Coupeville. Michalopoulos was one of six candidates interviewed last week… Continue reading

Port of Coupeville sets half off discount for nonprofits

The Port of Coupeville established a policy offering a 50 percent discount to nonprofits on moorage and rental fees. The move was in response to… Continue reading

Coupeville doctor in ‘satisfactory stable’ condition following plane crash

A Coupeville ophthalmologist is recovering at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle after surviving a plane crash Sunday in Olympic National Park. Agencies involved with the… Continue reading

Coupeville port sued for wrongful termination

Citing a state whistle-blower law, the former executive director for the Port of Coupeville is seeking damages in a wrongful-termination claim. Oak Harbor attorney Chris… Continue reading

Coupeville to hold workshop Tuesday for EIS comment

The Coupeville Town Council will hold a special workshop to discuss the town’s response to the Navy’s draft environmental impact statement at 6 p.m. Tuesday,… Continue reading

Port seeking firm to draft comp plan

The Port of Coupeville is looking to hire a professional consultant to prepare its 10-year comprehensive plan. The port said it anticipates the job will… Continue reading

Coupeville budget reflects staffing, salary increases

Coupeville will go into the coming year with a budget reflecting additional employees, benefits and projects. And a substantial pay increase for its mayor. The… Continue reading

Annual kite festival takes off this weekend in Coupeville

Members of Whidbey Island Kite Fliers are crossing their fingers for decent wind this weekend.

Coupeville port facing claim of open meetings violation

A Coupeville resident filed a petition against the Port of Coupeville Tuesday claiming two of the three commissioners violated the Open Public Meetings Act.

Greenbank Farm port lawsuit dropped

A lawsuit claiming the Port of Coupeville violated the Open Public Meetings Act has been dropped by the complainant. “I can’t find the smoking gun,” said Diane Paul, who filed the lawsuit in Island County Superior Court last month. Paul alleged commissioners Marshall Bronson and John Carr had discussed a vote to terminate negotiations with the Greenbank Farm Management Group prior to the July 8 port meeting.

Port of Coupeville to hold special meeting Monday to discuss Greenbank Farm issues

The future of the Greenbank Farm remains uncertain as tenant leases are unresolved and officials can’t agree on a direction. As a result, the commissioners for the Port of Coupeville will hold a special meeting next week to further discuss the issues. It is scheduled for 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 21 at the Coupeville Masonic Lodge.