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County budget dips into reserves

Island County will continue dipping into funds set aside for emergencies in order to make up for revenues lost because of COVID-19. On Monday, county… Continue reading

Enrollment drops no more than districts anticipated

Whidbey’s public schools saw enrollment drop for the 2020-21 school year, but all three districts were prepared for the decline. Oak Harbor School District is… Continue reading

Event still planned after city nixes permits

The City of Oak Harbor denied a request for a special events permit to close a section of Pioneer Way for the annual trick-or-treating event… Continue reading

Langley, chamber develop plan to sort out accounting error

The city of Langley has been working with the Langley Chamber of Commerce to straighten out financial confusion exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic and errors… Continue reading

Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times.Kenneth Peplinski bought both the builidng and the business of the Oak Harbor Tavern, which included all of the military memorabilia donated by patrons over the years, including these two squadron signs that are decades old. He had to leave the tavern’s old building because he fell behind on payments, but he hopes to reopen the business in a new location in downtown Oak Harbor.

New owner hopes to reopen Oak Harbor Tavern

Though it will likely not be located at 940 SE Pioneer Way anymore, one of the oldest bars in the state will hopefully open its… Continue reading

Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times.Kenneth Peplinski bought both the builidng and the business of the Oak Harbor Tavern, which included all of the military memorabilia donated by patrons over the years, including these two squadron signs that are decades old. He had to leave the tavern’s old building because he fell behind on payments, but he hopes to reopen the business in a new location in downtown Oak Harbor.
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Parents get involved in broadening their children’s education

Online learning in schools has become the norm because of the pandemic, but for some students it may not be a “one size fits all”… Continue reading

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North Whidbey firefighters helping to battle wildfires in California

Four North Whidbey firefighters were part of the firefighting effort in California this past week, and smoke from the wildfires has tinged the Whidbey skyline… Continue reading

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Coalition eyes former church near Coupeville for new shelter

The Whidbey Homeless Coalition is looking into the possibility of turning a building in Central Whidbey into an emergency shelter for people without homes. Jonathan… Continue reading

Andreas Wurzrainer, chef and director of the Coupeville School District’s Connected Food Program, lifts a tray with pasta, meatloaf and zucchini. Photo by Kira Erickson/Whidbey News-Times

Coupeville schools, local nonprofit, awarded grant to build school farm

The Coupeville School District, in partnership with the nonprofit Coupeville Farm to School, has received a grant that will help establish a school farm. The… Continue reading

Andreas Wurzrainer, chef and director of the Coupeville School District’s Connected Food Program, lifts a tray with pasta, meatloaf and zucchini. Photo by Kira Erickson/Whidbey News-Times

Exonerated by selfie in Texas case, man accused of sharing child porn

A man who made international news when a selfie exonerated him of assaulting his ex-girlfriend and carving an “X” on her chest is facing charges… Continue reading

A house fire in Admiral’s Cove just after midnight Wednesday dispalced three adults, but there were no injuries. Submitted by CWIFR Deputy Chief Charlie Smith.
A house fire in Admiral’s Cove just after midnight Wednesday dispalced three adults, but there were no injuries. Submitted by CWIFR Deputy Chief Charlie Smith.

New island-wide leadership program seeks applicants

A community leadership program that has been forming for the past two years is now looking for its inaugural class. Skagit Valley College is partnering… Continue reading

South Whidbey pickleballers seek a permanent place to play

South Whidbey pickleballers seek a permanent place to play

South Whidbey residents are rallying for a permanent place to play pickleball, one of the nation’s fastest growing sports. During a South Whidbey Parks and… Continue reading

South Whidbey pickleballers seek a permanent place to play
Photo submitted                                A wooden boat ran aground in Penn Cove after breaking loose from an anchor. A couple who had been living on the boat are on the run from the law.                                A wooden boat ran aground in Penn Cove after breaking loose from an anchor. A couple who had been living on the boat are on the run from the law. Photo submitted.

Couple on the run as boat floats away

The boat was left floating in Penn Cove, but ran aground last week.

Photo submitted                                A wooden boat ran aground in Penn Cove after breaking loose from an anchor. A couple who had been living on the boat are on the run from the law.                                A wooden boat ran aground in Penn Cove after breaking loose from an anchor. A couple who had been living on the boat are on the run from the law. Photo submitted.

Oak Harbor councilman ‘embarrassed’ about city permit snafu

A youth sailing club has had trouble constructing a storage shed.

Oak Harbor Police investigating faux bomb

Police are investigating the faux bomb as a criminal case.

Park board discusses pool maintenance projects

Improvements for the John Vanderzicht Memorial Pool came up at a recent meeting.

Recent rain lowers county’s fire danger

Recreational fires are now permitted.

Suit accuses Oak Harbor mayor, city administrator of unethical conduct

The public works director and a former city engineer have filed a lawsuit against city leaders.

Van fire damages nearby car, apartments

The van fire is considered suspicious, police say.