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A fallen tree blocked both lanes of East Harbor Road on South Whidbey on Wednesday, Jan. 13. Photo by Diane Jhueck

Windstorm wreaks havoc across island

Power was knocked out to thousands of customers in the first big storm of the year.

A fallen tree blocked both lanes of East Harbor Road on South Whidbey on Wednesday, Jan. 13. Photo by Diane Jhueck

Woman sues Uber over injury suffered in 2018

The woman is suing the car-for-hire company over an injury that occurred in Oak Harbor in 2018.

Island County employee killed in car accident

The 35-year-old woman died at the scene of the accident on Dec. 18.

County joins regional group in reopening plan

Island County has joined San Juan, Skagit and Whatcom counties following new state guidance.

Coupeville School District approves reopening plan

Some students could be back in class on Feb. 1.

Firefighter Jeff Rhodes (left), Firefighter Keith Dawson (center, back), Acting Lieutenant Alex Majestic (right) practice a CPR response without the LUCAS 3 Chest Compression System the agency wants to buy. Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times

District turns to crowdfunding for CPR tool

Central Whidbey Island Fire and Rescue is looking to raise $18,580 to buy a CPR tool.

Firefighter Jeff Rhodes (left), Firefighter Keith Dawson (center, back), Acting Lieutenant Alex Majestic (right) practice a CPR response without the LUCAS 3 Chest Compression System the agency wants to buy. Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times

Oak Harbor school board adopts decision matrix for older grades

Students in grades 7-12 could be back to hybrid in-person learning in early February.

Pandemic impact on calls to law enforcers was mixed

Most crime fell, but 911 calls for mental health crises and sexual assaults grew in 2020.

State health officer temporarily helping county

Dr. Lindquist has been serving on an emergency basis since Dec. 31 and will continue until Jan. 20.

On Wednesday, Trump supporters gather at the intersection of Highway 20 and Southeast Pioneer Way in Oak Harbor to show their support for the outgoing president, and to protest the election of Joe Biden The event coincided with the storming of the U.S. Capitol by other President Donald Trump supporters. Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times

Oak Harbor Pro-Trump rally draws crowd

Police were called for an alleged assault after most of the group had left.

On Wednesday, Trump supporters gather at the intersection of Highway 20 and Southeast Pioneer Way in Oak Harbor to show their support for the outgoing president, and to protest the election of Joe Biden The event coincided with the storming of the U.S. Capitol by other President Donald Trump supporters. Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times
The past two weeks of rainy weather have caused two landslides near Eugene Elfrank’s Hastings Road residence in Clinton. Fire department officials said landslides are nothing out of the ordinary for this time of year for certain areas of Whidbey. Pictured here is the debris from the most recent slide that happened Monday night. Photo provided by Eugene Elfrank

2021 brings landslides, downed trees, power lines

Fire department officials said landslides are not unusual this time of year for some areas.

The past two weeks of rainy weather have caused two landslides near Eugene Elfrank’s Hastings Road residence in Clinton. Fire department officials said landslides are nothing out of the ordinary for this time of year for certain areas of Whidbey. Pictured here is the debris from the most recent slide that happened Monday night. Photo provided by Eugene Elfrank
Mary Engle

Assessor doubles as planning head till March

Mary Engle said she hasn’t decided whether she will seek the position on a permanent basis.

Mary Engle

Man accused of repeatedly stabbing woman in the head

The woman suffered five lacerations to her head.

Man accused of repeatedly stabbing woman in the head

The woman suffered five lacerations to her head.

In its 27th year, annual Sound Waters University sailing online in February

Online attendees can learn about whales, earthquakes, treaty rights and all things Salish Sea.

Board to consider hiring public health officer

Officials will meet Wednesday to hire a new public health officer to replace one who quit.

Island County has plans to realign Penn Cove Road after a section was impacted by a small landslide last month a quarter mile west of the Monroe Landing boat launch. Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times

County to move Penn Cove Road after small landslide

Island County wants to add 6 feet to the northwest side of the road to move it away from the bluff.

Island County has plans to realign Penn Cove Road after a section was impacted by a small landslide last month a quarter mile west of the Monroe Landing boat launch. Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times

North Whidbey food bank helped by builders’ association

The group’s raised $5,550 in donations for the North Whidbey Help House.

Officials: There is no vaccine waitlist on Whidbey

Vaccines will be given out according to the state’s distribution plan, not by a community list.

Pantry to provide new parents with baby items

A Whidbey nonprofit is hoping to ease some of the financial burden for new parents.