On a gusty Wednesday evening, a wave strikes the beach on the west side of Whidbey Island. The westerly winds that come from the Strait of Juan de Fuca are particularly strong in this area off West Beach Road in Oak Harbor. - Ron Newberry

Whidbey's wicked westerly winds need a name

  • Jul 27, 2016 at 7:00AM updated at 3:04PM

The westerly winds that regularly blow in from the Strait of Juan de Fuca are as much a part of the Whidbey Island fabric as any other natural feature.

Humble beginnings: Whidbey Coffee owner is building success beyond Whidbey's shores

  • Jul 27, 2016 at 3:00PM updated Jul 28, 2016 at 9:59AM

Just before the lunch-time rush, a customer pulls up to the drive-through window at Freeland’s Whidbey Coffee wearing a T-shirt with a vintage company logo. On the other side of the window, Megan Williams is having trouble containing her excitement.

New children’s novel sets story at Fort Casey

  • Jul 27, 2016 at 5:00AM updated at 3:20PM

Evans’ book, “This is Not a Werewolf Story,” is a middle grade novel aimed at 9-to-12-year-old readers that is set at Fort Casey on Whidbey Island.

Fishing vessel runs aground in Penn Cove

  • Jul 26, 2016 at 6:00PM updated Jul 27, 2016 at 3:12PM

A 32-foot private fishing vessel came aground in Penn Cove Tuesday, prompting emergency responders to work together quickly to help contain a fuel spill.

Lavender Wind Festival will go on despite loss of some 2,000 plants

  • Jul 27, 2016 at 7:00AM

The pretty purple fields at Lavender Wind Farm off West Beach are a far cry from last year’s “bumper” crop.

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