Debra Vaughn

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.

Volunteers to clean up storm mess Sunday | Corrected

Back-to-back spring storms pummeled Oak Harbor’s Windjammer Park, eroding beach front and flinging tons of driftwood into the park.

The man in charge: Moore settles in as base commander

Capt. Geoff “Jefe” Moore is settling into his new role as the skipper of Naval Air Station Whidbey Island.

Thieves ransack real estate office, steal agent’s Navy service medal

The real estate agents at Coldwell Banker Tara Properties in Oak Harbor came into work Tuesday morning to a nasty shock.

Hands-on Earth Day lesson

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

Blue Fox giving away tire mountain

At the Blue Fox Drive-In Theater, you can see a double feature, play some arcade games and — for a limited time — pick up a few free tires.

Two people injured in Oak Harbor crash caused by medical emergency

A driver experiencing a medical emergency caused a crash that sent him and another driver to the hospital Thursday afternoon. The 74-year-old Oak Harbor man was spotted swerving as he drove into town in a silver sedan on Highway 20 around 2 p.m.

Oak Harbor robotics team earns top honor at regional contest

The first thing the students want you to know is that it’s NOT about the robots.

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.

EIS on Growler impacts delayed

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

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.

Man starts ministry geared to bring children to God

Franklin Simmons was praying to God and wondering why so many of today’s young people seem lost. It’s then he felt God nudge him toward the answer — use them or lose them.

New hospital wing starting to take shape

The site that will become a new 60,000-square-foot wing at Whidbey General Hospital is starting to take shape.

Saving man’s best friend: Fire captain: ‘He was crying to the point I was crying’

They say a dog is man’s best friend, and for Mark Johnsen, it’s especially true. His 2-year-old golden retriever Andy goes everywhere with him and sleeps at the edge of his bed. The Navy veteran from Camano Island is grateful his friend is OK after a car crash last month that nearly took both their lives.

Boat beached on Whidbey after sailing trip goes awry

A sailboat was still beached near the tideline of West Beach Tuesday morning after a boat trip went very wrong last weekend.

Habitat breaks ground on first multi-family unit

Bonnie Patterson wants to make a better life for her children, and she’s willing to put in the hard work to do it.

Army sets up camp at Navy airfield

The Army paid a visit to Coupeville’s Outlying Field this week to practice skills that could save lives here someday.

Breaking barriers: New school officer is loving the job

Nathan Padrta dons his uniform, holsters his gun and heads to work — at Oak Harbor High School. He’s the school district’s new school resource officer. He’s the only Oak Harbor police officer with an office at the high school.

Oak Harbor firefighters honored for rescue

Firefighters Chris Hiteshew, Jesse Bosley, Sam Fain, Gregg Alonzo and Mike King from Navy Region Northwest Fire & Emergency Services were recognized Monday by the Naval Installations Command for saving the life of an Oak Harbor man who fell down an abandoned well.

Larsen backs electronic warfare bill: Measure would speed up elecronic warfare technology updates

Congressman Rick Larsen introduced a bill that, if passed, will help get cutting-edge electronic-warfare technology to the Navy and other service branches faster.