Whidbey Island

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.

 

Joe Hempel (right), and Kristin Galbreaith finish their 35-minute, one-mile swim from Seawall Park in Langley. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Scantily clad is the dress code for these cold rush swimmers

Immersed for 30 minutes in frigid water would kill most of us. It energizes these swimmers.

 

A Tyrannosaurus rex appears to eat a car at a home owned by Burt Mason and Mary Saltwick in Freeland on Whidbey Island. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Jurassic yard: Freeland couple displays dinos

These creatures from long ago won’t chomp or chase you, and you’re welcome to visit.

 

The new Mukilteo terminal's east elevators (left near stairs) are now open. They're located just a few steps from the transit center. (Washington State Ferries)

Study examines Everett-Whidbey passenger ferry service

So far, no government is seriously considering such a service, which would cost millions of dollars.

The new Mukilteo terminal's east elevators (left near stairs) are now open. They're located just a few steps from the transit center. (Washington State Ferries)
Dirt is moved during the deconstruction of a seawall on Friday, Jan. 29, 2020 in Langley, Wa. Shoreline restoration underway north of Langley involves removal of an old barge and bulkheads. Sea level rise makes such habitat improvements all the more important to endangered salmon and their prey. The project is a partnership between Seahorse Siesta property owners and the Northwest Straits Foundation. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Small fish, big barriers: A county confronts climate change

Island County has 196 miles of shoreline to protect as sea levels rise. And erosion is only one of the challenges.

Dirt is moved during the deconstruction of a seawall on Friday, Jan. 29, 2020 in Langley, Wa. Shoreline restoration underway north of Langley involves removal of an old barge and bulkheads. Sea level rise makes such habitat improvements all the more important to endangered salmon and their prey. The project is a partnership between Seahorse Siesta property owners and the Northwest Straits Foundation. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
The toll booths of the new Mukilteo ferry terminal, slated to open on Dec. 29. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

At last, $187 million Mukilteo ferry terminal to open Dec. 29

First, boats will suspend service for 13 hours to allow for finishing touches and training.

The toll booths of the new Mukilteo ferry terminal, slated to open on Dec. 29. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Georgia Gerber with her whale statue on display along First Street on Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020 in Langley, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Whidbey’s Georgia Gerber creates iconic shapes in bronze

She turns abstract forms into some of the region’s most beloved public art, including the Pike Place Market pig.

Georgia Gerber with her whale statue on display along First Street on Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020 in Langley, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Ron Muzzall

Muzzall captures Senate seat as Price Johnson concedes

The contest in the 10th District emerged as one of the year’s most expensive electoral battles

Ron Muzzall
Mike Etzell says a lifetime of riding public transit gave his children confidence and the mobility needed for their independence.

Youth Find Confidence and Independence Riding Public Transit

It’s not easy raising children, especially in today’s hectic, high-speed world. Mike Etzell raised four, including twins. He says a lifetime of riding public transit… Continue reading

Mike Etzell says a lifetime of riding public transit gave his children confidence and the mobility needed for their independence.
Walk-in wellness 7 days a week — close to home!

Walk-in wellness 7 days a week — close to home!

New walk-in clinic is well-equipped for safe, convenient care

Walk-in wellness 7 days a week — close to home!
Ferry reportedly hits, possibly kills humpback near Mukilteo

Ferry reportedly hits, possibly kills humpback near Mukilteo

The crew was unaware of a collision. Washington State Ferries and NOAA are reviewing photos and videos.

Ferry reportedly hits, possibly kills humpback near Mukilteo
Slow to Start, Local Man Finds Big Trade Off in Riding Bus

Slow to Start, Local Man Finds Big Trade Off in Riding Bus

Stinger Anderson absolutely would not get on a bus. He owned a car and it was easy to drive where he needed to go. Now,… Continue reading

Slow to Start, Local Man Finds Big Trade Off in Riding Bus
Sandra Oldemeyer, executive director of Welcome Home Oak Harbour seniors’ care residence, says she loves the diverse population and the inviting setting.

Welcome Home: Sharing a passion for care and community

Sandra Oldemeyer is passionate about welcoming residents home to Welcome Home. “There’s definitely a sense of community and family,” Sandra says from the Oak Harbor… Continue reading

Sandra Oldemeyer, executive director of Welcome Home Oak Harbour seniors’ care residence, says she loves the diverse population and the inviting setting.
Ron Muzzall

Ron Muzzall is named Washington’s newest state senator

The Whidbey Island farmer was among 3 Republicans looking to replace retired state Sen. Barbara Bailey.

Ron Muzzall
Find cheddar from another udder at these local dairy farms

Find cheddar from another udder at these local dairy farms

St. John Creamery and Glendale Shepherd produce goat and sheep cheeses, respectively.

Find cheddar from another udder at these local dairy farms
Piper Travis

County settles for $3.1M in woman’s jail-related death

Jail staff neglected a Whidbey Island woman as she became seriously ill, her family alleged.

Piper Travis
Viva Las Langley! Artist Tim Leonard’s neon signs are lighting up the village

Viva Las Langley! Artist Tim Leonard’s neon signs are lighting up the village

Viva Las Langley. The nine-foot neon motel sign near the entrance to Langley is a retro atomic boomerang in blue and green lights with a… Continue reading

Viva Las Langley! Artist Tim Leonard’s neon signs are lighting up the village
Mark Sargent of Whidbey Island is on the screen with Texas YouTuber Patricia Steere as she broadcasts “The Flat Earth and Other Hot Potatoes” from her Houston home. The two also share cameo roles (and some sexual tension) in the documentary “Behind the Curve” which was picked up by Netflix. (Mark Mulligan / Houston Chronicle)

Netflix picks up Flat Earther documentary

Mark Sargent recently returned from a speaking engagement in New Zealand. To him it’s not a land “down under.” “Geographically, it is on the outer… Continue reading

Mark Sargent of Whidbey Island is on the screen with Texas YouTuber Patricia Steere as she broadcasts “The Flat Earth and Other Hot Potatoes” from her Houston home. The two also share cameo roles (and some sexual tension) in the documentary “Behind the Curve” which was picked up by Netflix. (Mark Mulligan / Houston Chronicle)
Find Comforts on South Whidbey

Find Comforts on South Whidbey

Hard work and dedication pay off with a destination BB and winery

Find Comforts on South Whidbey
Construction workers begin taking off the outside wall braces of the terminal building at the site of the new Mukilteo ferry terminal. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Mukilteo ferry terminal takes shape and could open in 2020

The Whidbey Island ride might be short, but it’s the busiest for traffic — 2.3 million vehicles per year.

Construction workers begin taking off the outside wall braces of the terminal building at the site of the new Mukilteo ferry terminal. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
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