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Photo provided                                “Auntie” Jackie Huerta often has her 8-year-old granddaughter, Naomi Jean, to help her in the kitchen.

Oak Harbor caterer is adapting her business to COVID-19

An Oak Harbor caterer with a love of cooking for the masses has had to reinvent herself and her business as a result of COVID-19,… Continue reading

Photo provided                                “Auntie” Jackie Huerta often has her 8-year-old granddaughter, Naomi Jean, to help her in the kitchen.
Going to the dogs, and occasional cat

Going to the dogs, and occasional cat

Dogs don’t chase after this ambulance. They ride inside. What’s up with that? It’s the pet ambulance. Veterinarians Dr. Eric Patrin and Dr. Rob Jung… Continue reading

Going to the dogs, and occasional cat
Garden pros offer sage advice

Garden pros offer sage advice

Starting a garden for the first time may seem daunting, but it can also be a therapeutic pastime for those staying at home and looking… Continue reading

Garden pros offer sage advice
Whidbey Island pastor hoping to read to her flock

Whidbey Island pastor hoping to read to her flock

Animal stories aren’t just for kids, as a Clinton resident and pastor is hoping to demonstrate during a Zoom story time session this Friday. Catherine… Continue reading

Whidbey Island pastor hoping to read to her flock
BBQ JOINT PECAN PRALINES

BBQ JOINT PECAN PRALINES

BBQ JOINT PECAN PRALINES 1 cup heavy cream 3 cups brown sugar packed ¼ teaspoon cream of tartar pinch of salt 4 Tablespoons butter 1… Continue reading

  • May 5, 2020
BBQ JOINT PECAN PRALINES

Need help? There’s likely a number you can call

The volume of calls to Whidbey organizations offering assistance have not shown a drastic increase, but demonstrate a need to connect with local resources during… Continue reading

Oak Harbor’s Zook awarded Central College scholarships

Oak Harbor resident SAMUEL ZOOK was one of more than 700 students at Central College who would have been honored at the college’s annual Scholarship… Continue reading

  • Apr 24, 2020

Island students make OSU honor roll

Students who have made the Scholastic Honor Roll for winter term at Oregon State University were recently announced. The list includes the following from Whidbey… Continue reading

  • Apr 24, 2020
David Krolokouski and Juan Zalapa, right, prepare meals every Sunday in the kitchen of Pickles Deli in Clinton.

Keeping it clean

A currently unemployed cook has been keeping busy making and delivering healthy meals to essential workers from Coupeville to Clinton. Juan Zalapa, who worked in… Continue reading

David Krolokouski and Juan Zalapa, right, prepare meals every Sunday in the kitchen of Pickles Deli in Clinton.

Passing the time while social distancing, Whidbey-style

We Rock Dwellers are of an independent stripe in how we do most things. That holds true, I have discovered, for how we pass time… Continue reading

Pet shop where tortoise lives open for business

Pet shop where tortoise lives open for business

Life at the Ken’s Korner shopping plaza in Clinton has come to a crawl for Raja, a 9-year-old tortoise. There are less feet on the… Continue reading

Pet shop where tortoise lives open for business
Nature-based school on Whidbey adapts to social distancing

Nature-based school on Whidbey adapts to social distancing

During times of social distancing and school closures, a primarily outdoor school has had to shift some of its interaction online for students, a first… Continue reading

Nature-based school on Whidbey adapts to social distancing
Custodians vs coronavirus

Custodians vs coronavirus

When Oak Harbor High School closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, custodians were faced with the momentous task of sanitizing every nook and cranny of… Continue reading

  • Apr 7, 2020
Custodians vs coronavirus
Residents craft face masks in response to shortage

Residents craft face masks in response to shortage

Sometimes problems require creative solutions. In the midst of a shortage of masks, people across Whidbey are working hard to provide replacements for health care… Continue reading

Residents craft face masks in response to shortage
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.

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.
Rare visitor appears at Crockett Lake Preserve

Rare visitor appears at Crockett Lake Preserve

Jann Ledbetter is accustomed to seeing raptors perched on the weathered posts just off the highway near Crockett Lake Preserve. One caught her attention earlier… Continue reading

  • Mar 24, 2020
Rare visitor appears at Crockett Lake Preserve
Photo by Brandon Taylor/Whidbey News Group                                Daniel Tarango makes a pulled rib sandwich in the BBQ Joint on Midway Boulevard in Oak Harbor.

Your social distancing survival guide

Athough dine-in service is not allowed and social distancing is the order of the day because of the coronavirus pandemic, the following Whidbey Island businesses… Continue reading

  • Mar 20, 2020
Photo by Brandon Taylor/Whidbey News Group                                Daniel Tarango makes a pulled rib sandwich in the BBQ Joint on Midway Boulevard in Oak Harbor.
Photo by Brandon Taylor/Whidbey News-Times John Del Prete’s fourth-grade class finally sees their published book, “Invisible Pollution in the Salish Sea,” since beginning the project in September.

4th grade students publish book on Salish Sea

John Del Prete’s fourth-grade class crowded around two cardboard boxes stacked on a small cluster of desks near the whiteboard. The students were electric in… Continue reading

Photo by Brandon Taylor/Whidbey News-Times John Del Prete’s fourth-grade class finally sees their published book, “Invisible Pollution in the Salish Sea,” since beginning the project in September.

Rockin’ a Hard Place: Love in the time of coronavirus

Last weekend, as I have for the past three years, I volunteered at Musselfest in Coupeville, selling grilled hot dogs to raise money for the… Continue reading

  • Mar 13, 2020

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