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Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times

Summer sailboat racing returns to cove

Mainsails and spinnakers from about 20 boats will dot the water in Penn Cove from Friday to Sunday.

Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times
Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times
Katie Toft and her four-year-old daughter Bailey walk across the newly renovated Rotary Memorial Bridge. Katie Toft's father, Dick Toft, is one of the Rotarians memorialized on a plaque next to the bridge.

Rotary bridge reopens after $87,000 renovation

The newly renovated Rotary Memorial Bridge was dedicated at Windjammer Park Thursday.

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Katie Toft and her four-year-old daughter Bailey walk across the newly renovated Rotary Memorial Bridge. Katie Toft's father, Dick Toft, is one of the Rotarians memorialized on a plaque next to the bridge.

Stabilization center open after 6-month delay

Oak Harbor’s center for people struggling with mental health issues or substance use opened June 28.

Naval Air Station Whidbey Island Commander Capt. Matthew Arny overlooks the flight line at Ault Field. Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times

Base commander reflects on 33-year Navy career

Naval Air Station Whidbey Island Commander Capt. Matthew Arny will retire in July.

Naval Air Station Whidbey Island Commander Capt. Matthew Arny overlooks the flight line at Ault Field. Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times
Melissa and Mark Stewart own One Willow Farm in Oak Harbor where they offer eggs, chicken and turkey. The couple went through a special program for military veterans wanting to become farmers before they opened their own farm. Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times

Navy vet gets back to roots at One Willow Farm

The husband and wife duo opened their poultry farm near Oak Harbor amid the pandemic last year.

Melissa and Mark Stewart own One Willow Farm in Oak Harbor where they offer eggs, chicken and turkey. The couple went through a special program for military veterans wanting to become farmers before they opened their own farm. Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times
Caraleigh Hernandez, 10, left, and her sister Denelle, 14, play on the beach at Deception Pass State Park. (Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times)

Number of visitors nears pre-pandemic levels

Ferry riders and park visitors have increased.

Caraleigh Hernandez, 10, left, and her sister Denelle, 14, play on the beach at Deception Pass State Park. (Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times)
Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times
Charlie Kimmel feeds Silkie rooster Beatbox and some of his feathered friends.

Beatbox is a one-rooster welcoming committee

The friendly rooster resides on a North Whidbey farm.

Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times
Charlie Kimmel feeds Silkie rooster Beatbox and some of his feathered friends.
Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times
Tracy Dietz's Australian shepherd, Sirius, jumps in the pool after a tennis ball at her home north of Oak Harbor. She offers pool use, dog training and a play area at FluffyButt Dog Training operated out of her house.

Every day’s a puppy pool party at FluffyButt camp

Tracy Dietz opened FluffyButt Dog Training at her home just north of Oak Harbor earlier this month.

Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times
Tracy Dietz's Australian shepherd, Sirius, jumps in the pool after a tennis ball at her home north of Oak Harbor. She offers pool use, dog training and a play area at FluffyButt Dog Training operated out of her house.
Artist rendering provided

Survey says: Most don’t want sculpture

Only 26.18 percent of responses favored the sculpture, while 70.66 percent said they do not want it.

Artist rendering provided

Oak Harbor celebrating 4th of July with a bang

This Sunday will bring out revelers from all over the island to celebrate the Fourth of July.

Oak Harbor water supply stable after Anacortes plant gets more chlorine

The city of Anacortes announced Thursday that its customers no longer needed to conserve water.

Photo by Karina Andrew/Whidbey News-Times

Chlorine shortage leads to water supply worries

North Whidbey residents have been asked to voluntarily reduce water usage.

Photo by Karina Andrew/Whidbey News-Times

New commander takes helm at NAS Whidbey

Capt. Eric Hanks has been selected to replace Capt. Matthew Arny.

Rowing club may find a home at Windjammer Park

Rowers of all ages may be coming to Windjammer Park in Oak Harbor, if a local club’s plans work out.

More federal relief money than expected headed to Whidbey

Whidbey Island will soon receive millions of dollars of American Rescue Plan funding.

Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times
Kathy Hawn has had a police scanner for most of her life. She’s gained a following on Facebook for posting what she hears called over the radio.

Woman listens to police scanner so you don’t have to

Kathy Hawn posts all 911 emergency dispatches she hears in her Facebook group, Alert Whidbey 2.0.

Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times
Kathy Hawn has had a police scanner for most of her life. She’s gained a following on Facebook for posting what she hears called over the radio.
An artist’s rendering of “Angel de la Creatividad” by Mexico City artist Sebastián shows the 37-foot-tall metal sculpture in its proposed location in Windjammer Park. Rendering provided.

Survey about ‘Angel’ sculpture open until June 16

The sculpture has been mired in controversy since it was presented to the park board in February.

An artist’s rendering of “Angel de la Creatividad” by Mexico City artist Sebastián shows the 37-foot-tall metal sculpture in its proposed location in Windjammer Park. Rendering provided.
Pacific Northwest Naval Air Museum President Wil Shellenberger is hoping to find more volunteer docents so the museum can show off the PBY-5A Catalina aircraft’s interior to the public. Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times.

Navy museum seeking docents to show off the PBY-5A Catalina

The museum plans to offer tours of the WWII-era plane on the weekends this summer and needs docents.

Pacific Northwest Naval Air Museum President Wil Shellenberger is hoping to find more volunteer docents so the museum can show off the PBY-5A Catalina aircraft’s interior to the public. Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times.
Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times
Roughly half of the trees on Cherry Valley Logging's 40-acre property on North Whidbey will go to a Skagit County fish habitat project, owner Justin Vanhulle. The other half will be sent to a mill.

Despite how it may seem, clear-cutting not increasing

The Department of Natural Resources says local logging has stayed steady over the past five years.

Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times
Roughly half of the trees on Cherry Valley Logging's 40-acre property on North Whidbey will go to a Skagit County fish habitat project, owner Justin Vanhulle. The other half will be sent to a mill.
Ed Klaszky, a firefighter with Clark County Fire Dept. in Nevada, during a controlled burn training exercise organized by the Oak Harbor Fire Department on Saturday, May 22. Photo by Bryan Fick/WestCoast Fire Media

Firefighters get invaluable training

The Oak Harbor Fire Department conducted a controlled burn to give firefighters practical, hands-on experience at a house on Southeast Ely Street on Saturday.… Continue reading

Ed Klaszky, a firefighter with Clark County Fire Dept. in Nevada, during a controlled burn training exercise organized by the Oak Harbor Fire Department on Saturday, May 22. Photo by Bryan Fick/WestCoast Fire Media
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