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Smoothie biz opens on Pioneer

Scott and Calysta Webb long dreamed of running a business. Originally, they were planning to open a coffee shop, but when they arrived on Whidbey… Continue reading

 

Island Transit amps up service, coronavirus safety

Island Transit is now offering more service than it did at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to communications consultant Rena Shawver. Service has… Continue reading

 

Driver cited after driving into Whidbey Coffee wall

At 11 a.m. Thursday, a cream-colored Acura sedan careened up a curb and crashed into Whidbey Coffee in Oak Harbor, near the intersection of Southwest… Continue reading

 

Nanobubbles one idea for ending toxic blooms in lake

The recent closure of Lone Lake on South Whidbey due to toxic blue-green algae is nothing new but part of what has become an annual… Continue reading

Island Drug moves back to Clinton

Nearly a month after closing the doors to its Ken’s Korner location, Island Drug has found a new home in the South Whidbey community. The… Continue reading

Man heading to prison for sex crimes involving online extortion

A former Whidbey Island resident who blackmailed girls and women across the country will likely be spending more than five years in prison, court documents… Continue reading

Suspect crashes car while trying to flee State Patrol

An Oak Harbor man is accused of leading a Washington state trooper on a brief chase in a car full of drugs before crashing into… Continue reading

COVID-19 focus shifts back to older population

Although state and county data from a few weeks ago demonstrated an increase in COVID-19 cases for people in their 20s, most recent data shows… Continue reading

Bicyclist hit by car airlifted to Everett

A bicyclist pedaling on the side of State Highway 525 north of Freeland was seriously injured Tuesday afternoon when he was struck by a car,… Continue reading

NAS Whidbey SAR rescues three off Snowking Mountain

A Search and Rescue team from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island rescued three stranded hikers off Snowking Mountain in the Glacier Peak Wilderness on Sunday,… Continue reading

  • Jul 31, 2020

Pharmacy leaving its Ken’s Korner location

After 15 years at Ken’s Korner in Clinton, Island Drug is looking for a new location after being unable to secure a new lease with… Continue reading

Top: Scott McMullen, Greg Gilday, Suzanne Woodard.
                                Bottom: Angie Homola, Ivan Lewis.

Four Democrats, lone Republican vie for House seat

Responding to the myriad effects and after-effects of the COVID-19 pandemic will undoubtedly occupy state lawmakers for years to come. The central issue, as in… Continue reading

Top: Scott McMullen, Greg Gilday, Suzanne Woodard.
                                Bottom: Angie Homola, Ivan Lewis.

Chamber gets new director

The Greater Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce Executive Board named Vicki Graham as its new executive director on July 15. Graham previously worked for four… Continue reading

Former council candidate accused of making threat

A former candidate for Oak Harbor City Council was recently arrested for allegedly threatening to kill a man and violating a court order July 21,… Continue reading

Oak Harbor Police Department video shows gun bandished during child exchange

A 26-year-old Navy man is accused of brandishing a handgun during a July 18 child exchange in front of the Oak Harbor Police Department after… Continue reading

Human Services gives $170,000 in COVID-19 aid

Over the past month, Island County Human Services has fulfilled $170,000 in requests for residents impacted by COVID-19 requiring rental assistance and other needs. During… Continue reading

Photo by Kira Erickson/Whidbey News-Times
                                Artist Christine Crowell hangs a mosaic piece of hers in the window of Artworks Gallery.

Art gallery opening Aug. 1

A new art gallery has threaded its way into Langley, just in time for the celebration of its 15th anniversary. Previously located at the Greenbank… Continue reading

Photo by Kira Erickson/Whidbey News-Times
                                Artist Christine Crowell hangs a mosaic piece of hers in the window of Artworks Gallery.
Lt. Nick Woods, attached to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit (EODMU) 5, controls a Mark II Talon remotely operated vehicle (ROV) during a Certification Exercise (CERTEX) on Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Wash., July 16. Elements of EODMU-1 and EODMU-5 qualified as ready for future operational deployments during the CERTEX, which centered on integrating the two units’ Sailors with a goal of building a cohesiveness that will help them counter undersea threats and contribute to winning the high-end fight once deployed in support of Navy and geographic combatant command mission priorities. U.S. Navy EOD is the world’s premier combat force for eliminating explosive threats so the Fleet and nation can fight and win wherever, whenever and however it chooses. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Marc Cuenca/Released

Ordnance training held off Whidbey

U.S. Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit One from San Diego and Unit Five from Guam arrived in Naval Air Station Whidbey Island to conduct… Continue reading

Lt. Nick Woods, attached to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit (EODMU) 5, controls a Mark II Talon remotely operated vehicle (ROV) during a Certification Exercise (CERTEX) on Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Wash., July 16. Elements of EODMU-1 and EODMU-5 qualified as ready for future operational deployments during the CERTEX, which centered on integrating the two units’ Sailors with a goal of building a cohesiveness that will help them counter undersea threats and contribute to winning the high-end fight once deployed in support of Navy and geographic combatant command mission priorities. U.S. Navy EOD is the world’s premier combat force for eliminating explosive threats so the Fleet and nation can fight and win wherever, whenever and however it chooses. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Marc Cuenca/Released

Three from North and Central Whidbey challenging Larsen

Three Whidbey candidates and four others are attempting to unseat longtime U.S. Representative Rick Larsen for his position in the second congressional district. Republicans James… Continue reading

Three in race for 10th District House of Representatives

Voters will have the choice between a little bit of everything in the legislative race for state representative, position two. Incumbent Democrat Dave Paul is… Continue reading