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Congressman tours Oak Harbor businesses that received federal relief funds

Second District Con-gressman Rick Larsen visited several Oak Harbor businesses that received federal COVID-19 relief funding. The representative met Thursday with local business owners and… Continue reading

Rock-A-Thon benefits Alzheimers research

Regency on Whidbey’s second annual Rock-A-Thon to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Association is adopting safety guidelines for COVID-19. According to Community Relations Director Teri… Continue reading

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                                Whidbey Island Waldorf School teacher William Dolde leads his kindergarten class on a trip into the woods in 2016. Dolde said he is used to teaching his classes outdoors, immersed in nature. It’s a model the Waldorf School is adopting for all of its kindergarten classes this year.

Back to nature

Like so many other schools on the island, the Whidbey Island Waldorf School has had to make adjustments to its upcoming school year as a… Continue reading

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                                Whidbey Island Waldorf School teacher William Dolde leads his kindergarten class on a trip into the woods in 2016. Dolde said he is used to teaching his classes outdoors, immersed in nature. It’s a model the Waldorf School is adopting for all of its kindergarten classes this year.

Series of big-ticket county projects in works

Several new improvement projects are in the works for Central and South Whidbey. Island County Assistant Engineer Kelly Ojala said the projects are still in… Continue reading

Virus testing remains available

WhidbeyHealth is continuing to offer COVID-19 testing, free of charge in many cases, to a broad range of people. WhidbeyHealth Chief Nursing Officer Erin Wooley… Continue reading

Navy landing practices scheduled next week

Aircraft carrier-based flight training operations are scheduled at Ault Field on North Whidbey and Outlying Landing Field Coupeville during the week of Monday, Aug. 17… Continue reading

  • Aug 14, 2020

Yabba dabba loo! Flinstone toilets on the way

Oak Harbor is looking to add two Portland Loos at Flintstone Park. The stainless steel toilets are known for their semi-transparent design that aid in… Continue reading

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                                Performers from Whidbey Island Music Festival 2019. From left to right: violinist Corentin Pokorny, soprano Amanda Forsythe, baroque cellist Elisabeth Reed and Stephen Stubbs on the lute.

Whidbey Island Music Festival goes virtual

The greatest composers probably didn’t imagine that centuries after writing their opuses, people would be performing them for a virtual audience. It’s a story becoming… Continue reading

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                                Performers from Whidbey Island Music Festival 2019. From left to right: violinist Corentin Pokorny, soprano Amanda Forsythe, baroque cellist Elisabeth Reed and Stephen Stubbs on the lute.

Oak Harbor council limits spending authority in anticipation of COVID-19 impacts

The Oak Harbor City Council significantly reduced the spending authority for all contracts in order to brace for the economic effects of COVID-19. Councilmember Joel… Continue reading

Crash run into post offices, Dollar Tree

A spate of vehicles crashing into buildings is just an anomaly, according to Oak Harbor Fire Chief Ray Merrill. Last Thursday, a teal Honda Accord… Continue reading

Board aiming to limit spread of virus

Island County Board of Health is exploring a variety of ways to keep transmission of the COVID-19 virus low. In just over a week, positive… Continue reading

Oak Harbor Public Schools decide on plan for fall opening

The Oak Harbor School Board made the unanimous decision Monday night to employ a phased plan for reopening schools in the fall. The school board… Continue reading

50 years since bloody roundup

Fifty years ago, a group of men in boats and airplanes used explosives and fear to drive a large family of Southern Resident orcas into… Continue reading

Julianne Blynn prepares a War Pig hot dog for customers during the Open Air Thursdays. Photo by Brandon Taylor

Bringing Thursdays to life

Downtown Oak Har-bor was a little busier than normal Thursday night. Although it was overcast, restaurants and shops were experiencing more visitors than usual, according… Continue reading

Julianne Blynn prepares a War Pig hot dog for customers during the Open Air Thursdays. Photo by Brandon Taylor

Two Democrats ahead in one commissioner race, two Republicans in the other

Voters in Island County may choose between two Democrats for one county commissioner position and two Republicans for another in the November general election. One… Continue reading

Two districts reveal plans for fall opening

Whidbey Island’s school districts have so far decided to approach the beginning of the new school year with caution, a decision that mirrors many other… Continue reading

Vacancy on Oak Harbor council filled

Oak Harbor City Council appointed substitute teacher Millie Goebel to fill a vacancy created after councilmember Bill Larsen moved outside of city limits. Goebel was… Continue reading

City awards last round of CARES funds

Oak Harbor has reviewed the remaining CARES grant applications submitted by small businesses seeking to recoup losses caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Of the remaining… Continue reading

  • Aug 7, 2020

Planning director quits, assessor hired to serve in interim

The Island County planning director submitted her letter of resignation last week and will be temporarily replaced by county Assessor Mary Engle. Jessica Carpenter had… Continue reading

Two dead, including Oak Harbor man, in wrong-way collision

Two people are dead after a 76-year-old Oak Harbor man drove the wrong way on Highway 20 in Skagit County and struck another car head-on… Continue reading