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Island County opioid outreach team distributing COVID vaccines

The team has been highly successful despite challenges unique to their target population.

Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times

Oak Harbor Memorial Day to be held in person this year

Veterans will be honored during a Memorial Day service May 31 at Maple Leaf Cemetery in Oak Harbor.

Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times
Two Oak Harbor residents were injured when one driver suffered a medical episode and crashed head-on into a pickup truck. The woman was airlifted to the Providence Regional Medical Center in Everett and the driver of the pickup was taken to Island Hospital in Anacortes. (Photo provided by Washington State Patrol)

Oak Harbor woman airlifted following car crash near bridge

The woman was airlifted following a medical episode that caused her to crash head-on into an oncoming car.

Two Oak Harbor residents were injured when one driver suffered a medical episode and crashed head-on into a pickup truck. The woman was airlifted to the Providence Regional Medical Center in Everett and the driver of the pickup was taken to Island Hospital in Anacortes. (Photo provided by Washington State Patrol)
A cargo ship sits at anchor in Holmes Harbor on April 24. (Photo by Marilyn Armbruster)

Cargo ships return to fill Holmes Harbor skyline

Five different vessels were docked in Holmes Harbor this week due to a nationwide demand in imports.

A cargo ship sits at anchor in Holmes Harbor on April 24. (Photo by Marilyn Armbruster)
Artist Mark Wacker hangs a fish ornament he created for the taproom barn.

Freeland Taproom to open barn doors May 27

The new venture is a collaboration between Penn Cove Brewing Company and South Whidbey resident Randy Urquhart.

Artist Mark Wacker hangs a fish ornament he created for the taproom barn.

Candidates for school board to be narrowed in primary

Nine candidates are seeking three positions on the South Whidbey School Board.

Virtual meeting on affordable housing set

The meeting is at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 25.

Langley’s mask proclamation extended

The proclamation, which was originally created in May 2020, remains unchanged.

Student petition leads to two new courses

High school student activists called on school officials to “bring education into the 21st century.”

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Retired Navy officer named assessor

Douglas “Bernie” Upchurch is the new Island County assessor and will serve at least until the end of the year.

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Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times
Seniors Anthony Pierzchala, right, and Charlie Dubois working with junior Eric Lindsey, back left, during teacher Chris Whiteman’s advanced engineering class. Someone stole $1,000 worth of tools from the program earlier this month.
Seniors Anthony Pierzchala, right, and Charlie Dubois working with junior Eric Lindsey, back left, work on projects during teacher Chris Whiteman’s advanced engineering class. Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times

Community steps up to replace stolen tools

School officials expressed thanks to those who donated.

Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times
Seniors Anthony Pierzchala, right, and Charlie Dubois working with junior Eric Lindsey, back left, during teacher Chris Whiteman’s advanced engineering class. Someone stole $1,000 worth of tools from the program earlier this month.
Seniors Anthony Pierzchala, right, and Charlie Dubois working with junior Eric Lindsey, back left, work on projects during teacher Chris Whiteman’s advanced engineering class. Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times

Cause of death still pending for diver recovered from Pass

The body of an experienced diver was found May 4.

An Exceptional Academy student adorns a veteran's grave with an American flag at Maple Leaf Cemetery in Oak Harbor, May 17, 2021. (Photos by Karina Andrew/Whidbey News-Times)

Exceptional Academy students help effort to honor veterans year-round

Students participated in the Flags and Flowers initiative for their annual service project.

An Exceptional Academy student adorns a veteran's grave with an American flag at Maple Leaf Cemetery in Oak Harbor, May 17, 2021. (Photos by Karina Andrew/Whidbey News-Times)

Jail inmate death apparent suicide

The Skagit County Multi-Agency Response Team is investigating the death.

Langley mayor moving outside city, resigning

Tim Callison is leaving his role at the end of June.

Candidates start to fill in races for local office

Candidate filing week runs May 17-21.

Investigation clears superintendent of bias, retaliation

An attorney’s investigation into the Coupeville school superintendent for alleged bias and retaliation largely exonerated him, according to the report on the inquiry.

Geoscientist Brian Sherrod stands near where the southern Whidbey Island fault line runs underground, at the Brightwater Treatment Plant in Woodinville, Washington. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Whidbey fault quake potentially a bigger ‘Big One’

An earthquake along the southern Whidbey Island fault reshaped the land some 2,700 years ago. Another big one is expected, and it could be devastating.

Geoscientist Brian Sherrod stands near where the southern Whidbey Island fault line runs underground, at the Brightwater Treatment Plant in Woodinville, Washington. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Running Start classes available over summer

Skagit Valley College is launching a summer pilot program for high schoolers to earn college credit.

Car crashes into building, boat during police chase

The car went through a building, struck a “Zodiac type boat” and came to rest against the far wall, the deputy’s report states.