Debra Vaughn

Large turnout for Wienermobile in Oak Harbor

The sound of wiener whistles and hot dog puns filled the air when the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile cruised into Oak Harbor.

Whidbey General Hospital cited by state for staffing plan lapse

The state Department of Health cited Whidbey General Hospital for violating a state law designed to ensure nurses and hospitals work together to create nurse staffing plans that keep patients safe.

Navy reverses its decision to boot WIC from base

After getting political pushback from at least two lawmakers, Navy officials reversed a decision that would have ended WIC service at Whidbey Island Naval Air Station.

Oak Harbor schools warn about fundraising scam

Oak Harbor School District officials want local families to be aware that an unidentified company is trying to hit parents up for a bogus fundraiser. The company is calling parents and asking them to buy advertising rights on a T-shirt to benefit local middle schools.

Art of the Brew: Oak Harbor brewmaster concocts award-winning beers

Flyers produces six beers year round and an assortment of other speciality beers that appear seasonally, or when time allows Savoy to brew an extra batch. The craft brewery is producing some of the best beers in the country. Two beers developed by Savoy recently won top awards at a national competition — again.

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 Middle School student places among the top spellers, nearly earns spot in national bee

Spelling has always come naturally to Natasha Decker. It’s not just talent but hard work that took her within a hair’s breadth of reaching the Scripps National Spelling Bee — a prestigious televised event featuring the best spellers in the country.

State trooper involved in crash in Oak Harbor Wednesday night

Three people were hurt and traffic was snarled Wednesday night after a state trooper collided with another driver at the intersection of Highway 20 and Whidbey Avenue in Oak Harbor.

Whidbey General Hospital holds town meeting

A new hospital wing and more speciality doctors are just a few of the good things coming to Whidbey General Hospital in the next several years, said hospital Commissioner Nancy Fey.

Bill aims at PE waivers, but may hurt NJROTC

Many NJROTC students are a little baffled as to why state lawmakers put forward a bill that would prevent them from waiving gym if they take military science classes. The bill, if passed, may inadvertently stifle participation in military science. That’s not sitting well with many people in Oak Harbor, home of Naval Air Station Whidbey Island and one of the best high school military science programs in the region.

Tractor Supply Co. files application to occupy part of Oak Harbor Kmart building

Tractor Supply Co. plans to occupy the former Kmart building in Oak Harbor off Highway 20. Documents filed with the city planning department show the rural lifestyle retailer plans to remodel and occupy the east side of the building and the outdoor garden area. Plans show 33,000 square feet divided into areas for retail, stock, feed and hay.

Larsen talks transportation during Whidbey visit

Roads, bridges, highways, ferries — all are essential for the economic health of the state and Island County, and Congress needs to pass a long-term bill to pay for critical infrastructure, Congressman Rick Larsen told county officials. He visited Coupeville Wednesday to talk with Island County leaders about transportation needs for the area and to tout a $478-billion, six-year transportation proposal floated by the White House.

Oak Harbor pool board weighs fee hikes

With maintenance costs mounting at Oak Harbor’s public pool, it may get pricier to go for a swim.

North Whidbey Parks and Rec District hires a new director

It’s taken months, but they think they’ve finally found their man. North Whidbey Parks and Recreation board hired Steve McCaslin to run the district.

Incumbents take lead in races for Whidbey General Hospital board

Voters decisively chose a seasoned insider over a Whidbey General Hospital critic. Initial election results show incumbent Georgia Gardner leading the race for a seat on the hospital board with nearly 60 percent of the vote over critic Rob Born, who pulled in 40 percent.

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.

Annual paper toss marks end of year for graduates

They tore it, crumpled it, crinkled it, stomped it, hurled it and even swam through it. In a matter of minutes Thursday, Oak Harbor High School students emptied hundreds of three-ring binders worth of term papers onto school floors.

Jet-noise foes confront the county Board of Health again

Activists concerned about Navy jet noise decided they weren't done grilling the Island County Board of Health. Members of the Citizens of Ebey's Reserve, or COER, returned in force for the second time Tuesday, bringing a list of actions they think the board should take and some tough words for public officials they say aren't listening to their constituents.

Sea Hunt: Search for A-6E reveals final resting place on sea floor

Peter Hunt peered into the dark, murky depths of Rosario Strait. It was August and the air was hot and still, the water a flat gray sheet. His bones ached from hunching over a six-inch sonar screen on the dash of his powerboat, Sea Hunt. For hours, he’d slowly steered Sea Hunt over a search grid, eyes flicking up for only a few seconds at a time, lest he miss it. He was on the hunt for his own white whale, an A-6E Intruder that crashed just after take-off from Whidbey Island Naval Air Station in 1989.

A mess to clean up: Issue of homelessness is one community must address, says interim chief

The Freund family homestead is one of the last, large patches of green space in Oak Harbor city limits. Just west of Safeway, the 20 acres contain a knot of woods, three homes and outbuildings. It also is home to uninvited guests who camp overnight and leave trash and their belongings behind.