Debra Vaughn

2016 Miss Pioneer Way crowned

Twenty local little girls participated in the first Miss Pioneer Way Pageant July 4 at the Whidbey Playhouse, packing the house with friends and family.

Island County ponders ban on personal fireworks

The hot, dry weather this year has Island County commissioners considering a complete ban on the sale and ignition of fireworks.

19 contestants vie for Miss Oak Harbor crown

Nineteen young women plan to compete for a title and hundreds of dollars in scholarship money at the Miss Oak Harbor Scholarship Pageant, set for 6:30 p.m. Saturday, March 19 at Oak Harbor High School.

Oak Harbor High School Color Guard taking field at Mariners game on Sunday

Turn your TV to the Seattle Mariners game Sunday and you might glimpse five Oak Harbor High School students on the field.

A game changer: NAS Whidbey prepares to bring in P-8, phase out venerable P-3

Naval Air Station Whidbey Island is preparing to become the primary home on the West Coast for the Navy’s newest maritime patrol aircraft, the P-8A Poseidon.

Fireworks displays will go on in Island County, resolution urges limiting personal use to prevent fires

Island County Board of Commissioners passed a resolution last week to “encourage all within our jurisdiction to limit the discharge of personal fireworks to reduce fire danger on our islands.”

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.

Wienermobile rolling into Oak Harbor on Thursday

Taylor Lennox and Mayra Martinez don’t need to wish to be an Oscar Mayer wiener — they already drive one.

Change of command: Base bids Nortier farewell, welcomes aboard Moore | Slideshow

Capt. Geoff “Jefe” Moore took command of Naval Air Station Whidbey Island Friday morning at the Indoor Wash Rack on base. Departing skipper Capt. Mike Nortier was given gifts and praise for his service.

Annual Night Out raises police awareness

The national event, held on the first Tuesday of August, is meant to raise awareness of police programs. Every community celebrates it differently: it can be a block party or a town festival or something in between.

Island County seeking input through online survey

Island County officials want to know what you think would make Whidbey and Camano Islands a healthier place.

City looks at ways to improve pedestrian safety

After school on a dark, blustery afternoon earlier this month, a 9-year-old boy was hit by a car walking home from Broadview Elementary.

Oak Harbor rings in holidays with tree lighting, song and visit from Santa

Santa’s entrance was the exclamation point on a Christmas tree lighting event downtown that included all the festive favorites: caroling, tasty treats, music and, of course, a Western Red Cedar festooned with lights and a giant star.

Oak Harbor sewage facility overwhelmed during height of big storm

Just as Oak Harbor city leaders celebrated the groundbreaking for a new sewage treatment plant with matching blue shovels Tuesday, things were going very wrong at the old plant. The city narrowly avoided dumping thousands of gallons of untreated waste into the harbor.

Army to conduct training at OLF Coupeville

An Army battalion from Joint Base Lewis McChord plans to team up with sailors from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island to conduct communications training at the Outlying Landing Field in Coupeville next month.

Whidbey aviators wow race fans

Fly over an arena filled with 350,000 screaming fans? Four local Navy officers can check that one off the bucket list. They flew two Naval Air Station Whidbey Island EA-18G Growlers over the Indianapolis 500 Motor Speedway just before the start of the race Sunday.

Hit-and-run driver strikes boy on bike

He was waiting to cross at the intersection of Heller Road and Crosby at around 5:30 p.m. He got the walk light, mounted his bike and pedaled across. An Oak Harbor man driving a red truck hit the boy, sending him bouncing off the hood. His head hit the pavement.

Reward increases to $10,000 for arsonist targeting Navy families on Whidbey

Officials are upping the ante, offering a reward of $10,000 for tips that lead to the arrest and conviction of the arsonist setting fires to Navy homes in Oak Harbor. "We take any threat to our families and loved ones very seriously," said Capt. Michael Nortier, Whidbey Island Naval Air Station commanding officer.

Oak Harbor changing light bulbs for energy efficiency

Oak Harbor city buildings and street lamps are getting new energy efficient lights, an upgrade that is expected to save taxpayers thousands of dollars annually. Once work is finished, a late night stroll downtown may look a little different too.

Man accused of threatening staff at Oak Harbor Middle School: Suspect appeared to be intoxicated

Oak Harbor police found and arrested a man who they believe threatened staff at Oak Harbor Middle School Thursday morning.