Debra Vaughn

Debra posted 332 stories to Whidbey News-Times.
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An audacious plan: ‘Everyone thought it was nuts — but he did it, and did it well’

It was 1964 and the Millers wanted to live some place other than Navy housing. With the help of a VA loan, they purchased a 1935 bungalow for the then princely sum of $12,500. They also purchased a home with a history and a story.

  • Aug 13th, 2016 3:00pm

A game changer: NAS Whidbey prepares to bring in P-8, phase out venerable P-3

Naval Air Station Whidbey Island is preparing to become the primary home on the West Coast for the Navy’s newest maritime patrol aircraft, the P-8A Poseidon.

  • Aug 9th, 2016 11:03pm

Annual Night Out raises police awareness

The national event, held on the first Tuesday of August, is meant to raise awareness of police programs. Every community celebrates it differently: it can be a block party or a town festival or something in between.

  • Aug 5th, 2016 10:56pm

Large turnout for Wienermobile in Oak Harbor

The sound of wiener whistles and hot dog puns filled the air when the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile cruised into Oak Harbor.

  • Aug 5th, 2016 11:09pm

Organizers still seeking sponsors, volunteers for hydro races

Organizers of an Oak Harbor hydroplane race event are hoping more volunteers, vendors and sponsors step up.

  • Aug 2nd, 2016 9:18pm

Wienermobile rolling into Oak Harbor on Thursday

Taylor Lennox and Mayra Martinez don’t need to wish to be an Oscar Mayer wiener — they already drive one.

  • Aug 2nd, 2016 9:18pm

Blue Angels will fly over Whidbey base today

The Navy’s Blue Angels will conduct a flyover at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island's Ault Field Monday, Aug. 1 en route to Seattle for Seafair. Base officials expect the flyover between 1 and 1:30 p.m., but that time could change.

  • Aug 1st, 2016 4:25pm

A mess to clean up: Issue of homelessness is one community must address, says interim chief

The Freund family homestead is one of the last, large patches of green space in Oak Harbor city limits. Just west of Safeway, the 20 acres contain a knot of woods, three homes and outbuildings. It also is home to uninvited guests who camp overnight and leave trash and their belongings behind.

  • Aug 1st, 2016 4:13pm

District takes steps to improve student safety on campus

School may be out for the summer but workers are busy making a number of upgrades to Oak Harbor Public Schools, including safety improvements.

  • Jul 21st, 2016 5:12pm

Day was perfect for party in park

That party on a perfect Oak Harbor sunny day featured snacks, balloons and play time on the original equipment, and some new features, including an “Expressions Swing” that lets an older child or adult swing facing a baby.

  • Jul 15th, 2016 8:20pm

In wake of Dallas, locals step up to thank police

The killing of five Dallas police officers happened far away from here, but local residents want Oak Harbor Police to know they’ve got their backs.

  • Jul 18th, 2016 5:47pm

City OKs ‘family friendly’ biz in former site of troubled nightclub

Assured that the successor to a rowdy night spot won’t be following that same path, the Oak Harbor City Council unanimously approved a nightclub application.

  • Jul 13th, 2016 3:00pm

Schools, hospital need candidates to fill vacancies

The Oak Harbor School Board and Whidbey Island Public Hospital District are both searching for volunteers to fill open seats.

  • Jul 12th, 2016 10:19pm

2016 Miss Pioneer Way crowned

Twenty local little girls participated in the first Miss Pioneer Way Pageant July 4 at the Whidbey Playhouse, packing the house with friends and family.

  • Jul 12th, 2016 8:49pm

ATV damage to Centennial Grove cuts deep for volunteers, donors

A young man on an ATV undid hours of hard work of volunteers, damaging dozens of Garry oak saplings planted at Oak Harbor’s Centennial Oak Grove.

  • Jul 8th, 2016 10:34pm

Fort Nugent celebration on Thursday

The City of Oak Harbor plans to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of Fort Nugent Park Community Playground with a party and unveiling of new equipment.

  • Jul 8th, 2016 10:33pm

Police looking for ATV rider who damaged saplings at Oak Harbor’s Centennial Oak Grove

A man on an ATV undid the hard work of volunteers Friday night, damaging dozens of Garry oak saplings planted at Oak Harbor's Centennial Oak Grove. A woman coming home from work from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island reported seeing someone in an ATV tearing around the former Boyer property at the corner of Fakkema Road and State Highway 20.

  • Jul 6th, 2016 3:19pm

Superintendent gets glowing review, 3.3 percent raise

The Oak Harbor School Board approved a 3.3-percent pay raise for Superintendent Lance Gibbon on the heels of a glowing evaluation.

  • Jul 6th, 2016 6:22pm

Oak Harbor’s old-fashioned 4th celebration

A little drizzle and wind didn't dampen the patriotic spirit of parade-goers.

  • Jul 5th, 2016 9:21pm

Annual fireworks sales in Oak Harbor help feed children in need, fund scholarships

It’s a few days before the Fourth of July and the Coulson family is P-U-M-P-E-D to ignite some fireworks. They dropped a wad of cash on an armful of legal fireworks at the Rotary Club of Oak Harbor’s tent.

  • Jul 1st, 2016 10:53pm

Eye in the sky: From his perch high above Oak Harbor, crane operator can see you

Brian Lay can see all of Oak Harbor from his window. As the operator of a 123-foot crane on the city’s waterfront, his office is by far the tallest in town. North, cars zip along the spine of the city on State Highway 20. The Seaplane Base hunches on Maylor Point to the east. Just south, clouds saunter across the harbor.

  • Jul 1st, 2016 10:58pm

Base open house draws aviation fans

A few thousand people made the trek to the base Saturday to get a closer look at naval aircraft, including the EA-18G Growler, P-3C Orion, MH-60 Knighthawk helicopter, the new C-40 Clipper and a visiting P-8A Poseidon, which will soon replace the P-3Cs here.

  • Jun 28th, 2016 10:35pm

‘SimMan’ aids nurse training

Someone who wants to remain anonymous donated $180,000 to the college toward purchasing two manikins, called SimMan 3G, which allow students to practice real-life situations they’ll face on the job in a controlled setting.

  • Jun 25th, 2016 2:00pm

Hospital sculpture quietly razed: Created in 1970, piece was result of volunteerism, donations

An outdoor sculpture that’s greeted visitors to Whidbey General Hospital in Coupeville since 1970 was unceremoniously demolished several weeks ago.

  • Jun 27th, 2016 5:46pm

Oak Harbor fire chief earns elite certification

When Ray Merrill started his career as a firefighter in Oak Harbor more than 25 years ago, he wanted to put out fires, not think about how they started. Now, as Oak Harbor’s fire chief, he’s earned an elite certification as a fire and explosion investigator. Merrill is the only public sector fire chief in the region to earn the certification from the National Association of Fire Investigators, International.

  • Jun 24th, 2016 9:36pm

Oak Harbor couple gets $460,000 lottery surprise

Penny and Scott Baldwin of Oak Harbor have plans after winning $460,000 in Washington Lottery’s Hit 5 game.

  • Jun 22nd, 2016 6:41pm

Wells Fargo Bank on Midway Blvd. to close in August

Wells Fargo Bank plans to close its Midway Boulevard location Aug. 5, citing a lack of need for two branches in Oak Harbor.

  • Jun 21st, 2016 7:01pm

COER looks to state for jet noise mitigation

People concerned about the health effects of military jet noise are looking for someone, anyone who can do something about it.

  • Jun 17th, 2016 10:25pm

Oak Harbor School District staff recognized for saving a life

The Oak Harbor School District honored three of its staff Tuesday at a school board meeting for helping save the life of a North Whidbey Lions Club member.

  • Jun 17th, 2016 9:16pm

Oak Harbor superintendent gives State of Schools speech

The head of Oak Harbor Public Schools touted the accomplishments of local students at a State of the Schools address at the Greater Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce luncheon Thursday, while acknowledging challenges ahead as the Navy base grows.

  • Jun 17th, 2016 8:45pm

Class of 2016: ‘Highly-achieving’ group excelled in school

The weather was damp but that didn’t seem to dampen the spirits of the nearly 365 students graduating at Oak Harbor High School’s stadium Monday night.

  • Jun 15th, 2016 3:00pm

Teacher raises expected under new contract

Oak Harbor teachers will have salaries comparable to other local school districts after getting a pay bump under a tentative contract agreement between Oak Harbor Public Schools and the teacher’s union.

  • Jun 14th, 2016 9:39pm

WhidbeyHealth unveils new sign

With a few pulls from some strings, a purple sign with the new name of the hospital was revealed Monday morning in Coupeville: WhidbeyHealth Medical Center.

  • Jun 14th, 2016 8:49pm

Getting ready for the ‘big one’

Experts say it’s not a matter of “if,” but “when,” a 9.0 megaquake, followed by a tsunami, will strike the West Coast. The result will be widespread damage and casualties.

  • Jun 11th, 2016 3:00pm

Messy tradition continues at Oak Harbor High School

Oak Harbor High School seniors made the Student Union Building rain term papers Thursday, flinging the contents of hundreds of three-ring binders into the air and sometimes at each other.

  • Jun 10th, 2016 7:46pm

Felger is leaving the building: Well-known dean is retiring from high school after 25 years

As one of two deans of students at Oak Harbor High School Pat Felger is tasked with keeping the campus a safe learning environment. That means dealing with more serious discipline issues and some of the more unpleasant aspects that inevitably happen in a school with 1,500 teenagers.

  • Jun 10th, 2016 7:25pm

He’s safe: Young Broad View crossing guard recognized at Mariners’ ballgame

Haiden was recognized for his leadership as one of 10 students in the state selected for the AAA School Safety Patrol Hall of Fame. In honor of Haiden’s selection, the Washington State Traffic Safety Commission awarded his school a $500 grant for crossing equipment and other goodies for the Safety Patrol students.

  • Jun 8th, 2016 7:00am

City of Oak Harbor gears up for auction on Saturday

The city and other local agencies are unloading their cast off goods in one gigantic auction 10 a.m. Saturday at the city’s municipal shop, 1400 NE 16th Ave., Oak Harbor.

  • Jun 9th, 2016 4:24pm

Relay for Life tops $100,000 | Slideshow

The community gathered together Friday and Saturday to raise money for cancer research at the annual Relay for Life, held at North Whidbey Middle School in Oak Harbor.

  • Jun 7th, 2016 10:08pm

OHHS seniors to graduate June 13

Graduation for Oak Harbor High School seniors is around the corner and the public can attend events surrounding the celebration. Graduation is set for 6 p.m., Monday, June 13 at the high school’s stadium. Gates open at 4:45 p.m.

  • Jun 3rd, 2016 9:55pm