Debra Vaughn

Fossil fuels protest in Skagit County ends with 52 arrests

People living on North Whidbey worried that a planned protest of Skagit County refineries this past weekend would include people dangling off the Deception Pass Bridge or blocking State Highway 20. Those fears didn’t materialize.

Lawmaker pushing for review of EA-18G Growler air systems

Aviators who fly the F/A-18 Hornet and EA-18G Growler are reporting problems with air contamination as well as loss of oxygen and pressurization during flight, and at least one lawmaker wants the Navy to conduct an independent review of the problem.

District: Schools’ drinking water lead-free

Oak Harbor School District drinking water does not contain lead.

Big bird causes bit of flap in base housing

Some Navy families in the Capehart Housing at Crescent Harbor saw quite a sight Tuesday when an emu flapped through the neighborhood.

June 13 unveiling scheduled for new hospital moniker

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

Hospital board president tenders resignation

Anne Tarrant, the president of the Whidbey Island Public Hospital District Board, handed in her letter of resignation Monday citing plans to relocate.

Hospital name to switch over next month

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

Longtime hospital board president stepping down

Anne Tarrant, the president of the Whidbey Island Public Hospital District Board, handed in her letter of resignation Monday citing plans to relocate.

Pulitzer winner talks politics with students

It’s hard at times to get high school students to think about larger issues like tax rates, income and the role of corporate contributions in politics — but that didn’t stop Hedrick Smith.

Once-in-lifetime teacher: Work with disabled children is ‘almost a higher calling’

The Oak Harbor School District employs 358 teachers who spend their days making a difference for the town’s children. This is the story of one of them.

Oak Harbor HS robotics team earns spirit award

The robotics team from Oak Harbor High School took home a Spirit Award at the World Robotics Championships in St. Louis, one of only four teams out of the 600 competing to do so.

Larsen looks to ease jet noise impact

It’s no secret Congressman Rick Larsen supports the Navy, so much so that he said he doesn’t see Naval Air Station Whidbey Island going anywhere.

This piggy went to Holland Happening

As if 3,000 pounds of pork isn’t enough, chef Scott Fraser is adding one more gigantic oinker to the Pigfest celebration.

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.

Larsen explores ways to reduce Growler noise

It’s no secret Congressman Rick Larsen supports the Navy — so much so that he said he doesn’t see Naval Air Station Whidbey Island going anywhere.

Top Baker

Being the No. 1 high school baker in the state is easy as pie for Genevieve Boushey. The 18-year-old Oak Harbor High School senior took top honors at a commercial baking competition in Tacoma last month, and she’s slated to represent Washington at a national competition in Louisville, Kentucky in June.

Hillcrest making drop-offs easier

Oak Harbor School District is in the midst of making student drop offs at Hillcrest Elementary safer and easier by creating a new buses-only entrance from Heller Road.

Hydro races resurrected in Oak Harbor; businessmen to hold fundraiser

It looked like the Oak Harbor hydroplane races were dead in the water, but two local businessmen are committed to making them happen — even if they take a financial hit. Craig McKenzie and Jim Woessner, of the Craig McKenzie Team of Keller Williams Whidbey, are moving forward with plans to hold an event called Hydros for Heroes scheduled for Aug. 13-14.

National magazine places Oak Harbor High School in top third of all public schools in country

For the first time, Oak Harbor High School was rated in the top third of public schools in the country by U.S. News & World Report, earning the organization’s bronze medal.

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.