Cassandra Calderon

3 Sisters breaking mold as women in agriculture

The vast majority of the public have, at best, a distant relationship with the channels through which their food is produced. Roshel Donwen, Jennifer Jones and Jessica Muzzall are trying to change that, and they’re challenging what the agriculture industry looks like while doing so.


Work to slow highway traffic through October

Between now and October, Island County residents and visitors can expect considerable delays when traveling on State Highway 20 south of Coupeville.


Hot rocks: Local search for painted stones is catching fire

A race car, a ladybug, a flower or even a dinosaur — 4-year-old Olivia King knows that the painted rocks she’s looking for can be anything. So, holding her little brother A.J.’s hand in Windjammer Park last Friday, she kept her eyes peeled for the brightly painted stones.


Oak Harbor business baking with nursing moms in mind

Jenna King has always loved baking, but it wasn’t until she had her second child that King saw her passion as a vehicle to help breastfeeding moms.

Human Services looks to link with government funding

Island County Human Services once again hopes to connect local service agencies with government funding.

COER members disappointed that health board meeting cancelled

Members of the Citizens of Ebey's Reserve, or COER, were left disappointed Tuesday afternoon when the Island County Board of Health's monthly meeting was cancelled on short notice. The group previously asked the board to address potential health hazards of noise produced by the Naval Air Station Whidbey Island's EA-18G Growler aircraft training flight at the Outlying Field near Coupeville. The members planned to address their concerns for the third time with the health board.

Stay-at-home mom turns passion into business

A stay-at-home mother of two in Oak Harbor, Lilian Charapich turned her love of crocheting into a small business operation in 2014 on Etsy, an online global marketplace that focuses on selling handmade and vintage items.

County pushes deadline for comprehensive plan update

Island County did not meet the June 30 deadline for completing its 2016 periodic review of the Comprehensive Plan, but planners are moving forward with a phased approach to subsequent updates.

Island County Board of Health divided over issue of jet noise

While most government agencies and boards have denied they have authority to act on a local activist group’s concerns with jet noise, members of the Island County Board of Health disagreed on how to respond to the issue on Tuesday afternoon.

Ordinance gives more control over fireworks

For Island County Sheriff Mark Brown and the county commissioners, it simply doesn’t make sense to allow people to shoot off fireworks when dry weather conditions are dangerous enough to permit a burn ban.

Property values rise average of 20 percent

As the demand for housing continues to rise, property owners in Island County are seeing big increases in home and land values this year.

Candidates in primary face off in LWV forum

Candidates vying for state and county elected positions faced off in two back-to-back League of Women Voters forums last week.

Freeland stretch funded for bridge-to-ferry trail

Freeland residents and visitors will soon have a new non-motorized trail to walk, rollerblade or ride their bicycles on.

Health board will not take action on jet noise: Resolution passes on a 3-2 vote

In a resolution narrowly passed by the Island County Board of Health Wednesday, members of Citizens of Ebey’s Reserve, or COER, who have been the primary proponent of jet noise complaints and the alleged health impacts produced by Navy flight operations on the island, were told that the board will not take action to “protect against the unknown, unquantifiable and unverifiable public health and safety claims” COER has raised.

County, WEAN at odds over critical areas conservation regulations

For a second time, the Island County Commissioners are asking a hearings board to find its conservation regulations in compliance with the state Growth Management Act, or GMA.

The Weed Cream Guy: Vet sets out to help others in pain

“The Weed Cream Guy” was not a title Byron Burns of North Whidbey ever aspired to, but after the army veteran and former fire protection engineer tried a topical cannabis product several years ago for his own back pain, he immediately decided he wanted to make similar products available to the public.

COER the target of fowl speculation

Commissioner weighs in on erroneous assertions that the activist group wants to ban chickens

Oak Harbor bowling league for people with disabilities, difficulties gets rolling

Cue Peggy Callister, a retired recreational therapist, is the founder of the Handy Dandy Bowling League.

Making a difference: Kids First helping foster children

The gift card program is the brainchild of the local nonprofit organization Kids First Island County. It was launched just a month ago.

Oak Harbor High School grad making waves with successful international marketing co.

For Arianna O’Dell, marketing is very much professional problem-solving. And often telling others that she is best at solving problems, the 2008 Oak Harbor High School graduate is making a career, and waves, doing just that.