Debra Vaughn

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.

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.

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.

‘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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Agencies hold disaster training

Emergency and military personnel from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island last week practiced how to handle that worst-case scenario as part of a large, multi-state drill dubbed “Cascadia Rising.”

Hospital unveils new WhidbeyHealth signs

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.