Debra Vaughn

Oak Harbor teacher finalist for Grammy Award

Oak Harbor High School teacher Darren McCoy is one step closer to the Grammy Awards. The choir director is one of 25 music teachers nationwide being considered for the Music Educator Award, awarded at the Special Merit Awards Ceremony during Grammy Week.

Whidbey General Hospital to start posting its board meetings online

In an effort to improve transparency and community involvement, the hospital board at Whidbey General Hospital plans to videotape and post its meetings on its website.

Most senior Oak Harbor officer ready to hang it up

If you’ve had to call the Oak Harbor police — or, ahem, been misbehaving — there’s a good chance you’ve met Steve Nordstrand.

Photos sought for Whidbey Island vid project

Local video production guru Rafael Guzman of Oak Harbor wants to feature your photos in a special Whidbey Island project.

Friends rally to win van for disabled Whidbey woman

Melissa Mitchell's friends and family are rallying to give her a chance to win an adapted van, courtesy of a contest run by the National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association, a nonprofit dedicated to expanding mobility options for people with disabilities. The organization is giving away vehicles equipped with the adaptive equipment each winner needs.

Oak Harbor teachers take case for funds public | Corrected

Oak Harbor school teachers took their discontent with the state Legislature to the streets Friday, taking a one-day walkout to wave picket signs along State Highway 20 and rally on the waterfront.

Safeway says ‘thank you” with $100,000 check

Safeway wanted to say “thanks” to Oak Harbor’s military community so it donated $100,000 to the Navy Marine Corps Relief Society and raffled off two pairs of tickets to a Seahawks military-appreciation game. Representatives presented the money in a giant check at a store grand opening Friday.

Naval hospital may see repairs, modernization starting in 2017

It’s far from a done deal, but Naval Hospital Oak Harbor may be getting a major renovation soon.

Ready for the school year: Graham’s first day at Oak Harbor Elementary | Slideshow

Graham Rueter, 5, started kindergarten today, Friday, at Oak Harbor Elementary.

Larsen asks Navy to keep WIC on NAS Whidbey Seaplane Base

Congressman Rick Larsen is asking the secretary of defense to make an exception to a rule that would lead to the closure of the Women Infants and Children’s program at the Seaplane Base.

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.

Pageant crowns new Miss Oak Harbor

The new Miss Oak Harbor is Mara Powers, a top student at Oak Harbor High School.

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.

Candidates for Oak Harbor mayor, Whidbey General Hospital board square off in forum

The men vying to become Oak Harbor’s next mayor both say they can bring a more collegial relationship with the city council and city staff.

Oak Harbor pays tribute to veterans

Veterans and their loved ones were treated to a moving program Wednesday at Oak Harbor High School that featured live music, singing and dancers swinging through a toe-tapping performance of “Boogie-Woogie Bugle Boy

EIS on NAS Whidbey growth taking longer than expected

The Navy is taking longer than it expected to finish an Environmental Impact Statement on the number of EA-18G Growlers that may be based at Whidbey Island Naval Air Station.

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.

Council considers store at Oak Harbor Marina

Visitors and liveaboards at the Oak Harbor Marina may soon have a place nearby to pick up those forgotten items.

Film looks at screen technology and impact on teens

The public is invited to attend a free screening of the film scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday at the Oak Harbor Cinema, 1321 SW Barlow St.

Oak Harbor service organization is helping women in need pay for mammograms

For more than 20 years, a local service organization has done its part to help local women prevent breast cancer.