Ron Newberry

Schooner breaks free from mooring, takes unmanned trip during storm

After a harrowing ordeal Tuesday, Mark Saia arrived home around midnight and soaked in his hot tub, allowing his body to thaw and his mind… Continue reading


Ebey’s Reserve braces for continued growth on prairie’s ridge

The proof is in the guest book. Visitors come to the Jacob Ebey House from points all over the United States. Some come from different… Continue reading


Minor earthquake jolts Whidbey residents

A 3.1-magnitude earthquake struck about two miles offshore from Ebey’s Landing Wednesday night, delivering a brief jolt to many Whidbey Island residents while others slept… Continue reading


Opportunities to catch salmon improve slightly in 2017 around Whidbey but still grim

Salmon fishers on Whidbey Island might find a saltwater fishing license to be a slightly better investment this year. Some, however, may still dispute that.… Continue reading

Land trust purchase means lucky ducks, but not hunters

For decades, residents near Crockett Lake on Central Whidbey have awakened to the sound of shotgun blasts in the predawn hours of fall and winter.… Continue reading

Climate lecture series brings two prominent speakers to Whidbey

Retired Oak Harbor physician Marshall Goldberg likens Xiuhtezcatl Martinez to a rock star. Securing Martinez for two speaking engagements on Whidbey Island was no small… Continue reading

Iconic Central Whidbey barn burns to ground

Fire took down an iconic Central Whidbey barn Monday night, turning the historic structure into charred rubble. Firefighters with Central Whidbey Fire & Rescue responded… Continue reading

Coupeville High School declares ‘emergency’ over leaky roof

Whidbey Island’s cold, wet winter has been particularly unkind to Coupeville High School, where a leaky roof could lead to a significant unplanned expenditure. The… Continue reading

Navy pilot creates ultimate thrill in backyard for son: a roller coaster

If there were an award for world’s coolest dad, Scott Brazelton would be tough to top. As if flying jets weren’t enough for consideration, Brazelton… Continue reading

Whidbey talent show expands its search

Organizers of Whidbey Has Talent are searching farther and wider to add to the talent pool for this spring’s show. Auditions this year also will… Continue reading

Whidbey bird lovers go to extremes during winter

On a sloping piece of wooded property at the end of Towhee Lane, wild birds enjoy a little slice of paradise. Aside from abundant natural… Continue reading

House fire claims the life of Coupeville man

A Coupeville man perished Friday night in the third house fire in less than 48 hours on North and Central Whidbey. Central Whidbey Fire &… Continue reading

Whidbey elk picks wrong tarp to tangle with

Bruiser, it seems, can’t catch a break these days. Whidbey Island’s lone resident elk got his antlers tangled up with a bicycle about three weeks… Continue reading

Canopy involved in Growler mishap on NAS Whidbey

A malfunction in the environmental control system of an E/A-18G Growler led to an on-deck emergencythat seriously injured two aircrew and damaged the aircraft at… Continue reading

Island County tourism office looks to streamline film permit process

Sherrye Wyatt estimates that at least a dozen major film productions have taken place on Whidbey and Camano islands over the past three years. From… Continue reading

Woman found alive below Deception Pass Bridge

At first, it seemed like the body spotted Monday evening on a rocky ledge below Deception Pass Bridge was part of technical rope rescue skills scheduled that evening. A call was placed to the duty officer at North Whidbey Fire and Rescue asking if the fire department had begun its drills already.“They had seen something that wasn’t moving,” said Mike Brown, fire chief with the agency. “They asked, ‘Did you put a play victim in place early, or a dummy, down for the drill?’

Quiet next three months expected for Whidbey anglers

The beach was quiet along the Keystone Spit near Driftwood Park Sunday. Ordinarily a buzz of human activity this time of year, nature was stealing the show as diving ducks darted below the water and a pair of porpoises surfaced so close that you could hear them exhale through their blowholes.

Coupeville counselor’s self therapy: acrylics

As a mental health counselor and grief specialist, Mark Lucero often helps people get through some of the most heart-wrenching experiences of their lives. He works with those who’ve lost a loved one, are facing a terminal illness or are coping with other major life events. Sometimes, the emotional investment Lucero puts into comforting others and guiding them through life changes can lead him on his own path to recharge himself.

Alaska Airlines lands on Whidbey Island for television commercial

If you didn’t know better, you might’ve thought that a Hollywood film crew had returned to Whidbey Island.

Two Whidbey Island food businesses pick up awards

Each year, the Washington Restaurant Association recognizes four businesses in the state for the charitable contributions they make in their communities.