Debra Vaughn

Oak Harbor’s old-fashioned 4th celebration

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


Army to conduct communications training at OLF

Starting Monday, expect to see Army tents, generators, vehicles and other equipment at the Outlying Landing Field in Coupeville.


Oak Harbor VFW building gets flag mural

A New York artist known for patriotic art and political activism created his latest piece at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7392 in Oak Harbor.


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.

Open House celebrates Oak Harbor’s centennial

Oak Harbor firefighter Otto Haffner helps Andrew and Aspen Ellerbe of Oak Harbor work the fire hose.

Mock DUI offers life lessons for Oak Harbor High School students

Oak Harbor High School students converged on the scene of a gruesome car crash behind the school Friday morning.

Navy housing on alert after series of fires | UPDATED

It’s trash day in Katie Wright’s neighborhood, and she plans to pull her empty bin into the garage quickly. Someone set fire to recycle and trash bins in the Crescent Harbor military housing neighborhood where she lives, which is located east of Oak Harbor.

Need a lift?: Navy SAR conducts training

Several times a year, Naval Air Station Whidbey Island’s Search and Rescue team performs water exercises. Their rescue swimmers leap out of one of the unit’s three MH-60S helicopters.

Oak Harbor police warn residents not to leave packages on porches

Oak Harbor is seeing an uptick in thefts of packages off people’s front porches. Since yesterday, the police received reports of at least half a dozen box grabs.

Bringing peace of mind to bereaved pet owners on Whidbey

Tucked behind the regal Wallin Funeral Home and Cremation is another business for the bereaved — but this one is for pets, not people.

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.

Oak Harbor culinary team returns in top 50 nationally

Oak Harbor High School’s state championship culinary arts team didn’t place in the top five at nationals Monday. The top spot was taken by a team from Kansas.

Oak Harbor students fill school bus for Help House

Leland Deutscher isn’t exactly sure what’s in all 300 cans of food his mom dropped off — but he does know this: He likes helping people.

City of Oak Harbor deciding what to do with logged acreage on Sleeper Road

The city of Oak Harbor is investigating what it should do with 40 acres of property it owns off Sleeper Road.

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.

Months of planning pay off with Oak Harbor High School senior class music video

Getting 1,500 high schoolers to do anything together is a bit like herding cats. Video production students at Oak Harbor High School managed to pull off a music video Friday called a Lip Dub that featured every kid in school.

Oak Harbor School District superintendent earns a passing grade

The school board gave the superintendent a glowing evaluation, calling his performance excellent. He received “distinguished” — the highest rating — in several categories, including working closely with families and others in the community.

Five-car crash snarls traffic in Oak Harbor

A five-car pile up is snarling traffic in Oak Harbor right now at the corner of Whidbey Avenue and State Highway 20. Four cars rear-ended each other behind a black Dodge Charger at the light on the highway heading southbound.

$10,000 reward offered for tips on arsons at NAS Whidbey

Officials are upping the ante, offering a reward of $10,000 for tips that lead to the arrest and conviction of the arsonist setting fires to Navy homes.

Longtime Oak Harbor councilman dies

Long-time local leader Mike Milat, known for his warmth, sharp wit and selfless service to the community, died Friday at his Oak Harbor home.