Debra Vaughn

June 13 unveiling scheduled for new hospital moniker

Whidbey General Hospital and its clinics will transition to the new moniker WhidbeyHealth next month.

Whidbey firefighters battle fires in Eastern Washington

Four Whidbey Island firefighters are battling “violent fire activity” in Eastern Washington until at least the end of this week.

Hands-on Earth Day lesson

Broad View talk an eye-opener for kids on how long it takes for trash to break down.

Larsen touts passage of Every Student Succeeds Act

Congressman Rick Larsen visited Crescent Harbor Elementary Thursday afternoon to tout a victory for Oak Harbor and other school districts serving large numbers of military children.

Oak Harbor Chamber hoping to light up city with holiday cheer

Jeffrey Mack has an idea he hopes will make for a brighter holiday season for Oak Harbor businesses. The owner of Whidbey Jeweler is the man behind a new plan to festoon local businesses with strings of lights.

Boy hit by SUV during Thursday storm

An SUV hit a 9-year-old boy walking home from Broadview Elementary during the blustery storm Thursday afternoon.

Public Works presents Family Fun Day

The public can see big rigs, get free treats and check out the construction site of the new sewer treatment plant at a Family Fun Day set for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, at Windjammer Park.

Parks board seeing turnover yet again

After less than five months, Dave Smith resigned from the board that oversees the North Whidbey Parks and Recreation District. Smith cited a busy schedule as the reason for his resignation.

ID regulations set for access on base

Visitors can continue to use their Washington state driver’s licenses to access Naval Air Station Whidbey Island and other naval bases in the Pacific Northwest — for now.

Petition aims to end EA-18G Growler practices over Olympics

Another group is taking aim at Whidbey Island Naval Air Station’s jets. Members of Protect Olympic Peninsula delivered a petition with more than 120,000 signatures to the United States Forest Service protesting the Navy’s plan to introduce electromagnetic transmitters to its electronic warfare training on the peninsula.

Farewell, mighty Prowler!

The EA-6B Prowler isn’t the fastest aircraft or the sexiest. A refueling probe on its nose and two bulging canopies over the cockpit give the jet the look of an overgrown metallic insect. But the Prowler’s ability to deliver a potent crotch kick to the enemy’s air defense systems made it an indispensable asset to the military for more than four decades.

Rotary celebrates 80th, honors former Oak Harbor mayor

Rotary Club of Oak Harbor — known to many around town as “the noon Rotary” — celebrated its 80th birthday Friday at the Yacht Club with paper hats, a giant cake and recognition of its most faithful member.

Former school resource officer makes school board write-in bid for Oak Harbor School Board

A retired police officer is making a write-in bid for a seat on the Oak Harbor School Board. Dennis Dickinson, 50, is running for position No. 3 against Robert Hallahan, an airline pilot.

Cases of flu on Whidbey Island on the increase

If you’re sick, stay home. Cough into your elbow. And wash those hands. That’s the best way to avoid getting sick during the worst time of year for the flu, said Colleen Keefe, Island County’s communicable disease coordinator.

Lawmaker wrangling stalling plans for coming school year

Oak Harbor School District is in a waiting game that’s left some crucial decisions undecided, including which schools some kindergarteners will attend next fall.

North Whidbey fire station nears completion

Work is nearly complete on a new North Whidbey Fire and Rescue station at the corner of Troxell and Monkey Hill roads.

Oak Harbor police celebrate centennial

The Oak Harbor Police Department open house was one of a series of events the city is holding as part of its centennial celebration.

A-3 Skywarrior moves to new home

An A-3 Skywarrior made its final journey down Ault Field Road early this morning.

New fire grade could lower fire district insurance

North Whidbey Fire and Rescue earned a better Fire Protection Class Grade — a rating that could mean lower insurance premiums for private property owners.

Sign supporting Bernie Sanders targeted by vandals

Gary Stone's "Bernie 2016" sign survived two 60 mph Whidbey Island windstorms but not a bout with a yahoo armed with spray paint.