Jim Garamone

Fire victim ‘like family’

He hadn’t worked at Penn Cove Shellfish in a few years, but Phil Harris was still considered family at the company. And that family was… Continue reading


Coupeville couple has its hands full with hummingbirds

Charles and Ruth Hammer have never seen anything like the feeding frenzy taking place on the back porch of their Coupeville home this winter. Hummingbirds… Continue reading


House fire claims the life of Coupeville man

A Coupeville man perished Friday night in the third house fire in less than 48 hours on North and Central Whidbey. Central Whidbey Fire &… Continue reading


Coupeville paddler lands spot on Team USA senior dragon boat team

It’s not uncommon for Roberta Piercy to be on the water six days a week. That devotion recently landed the Coupeville resident a spot on… Continue reading

Central Whidbey Fire & Rescue tries sleek new helmets

It looks more like a motorcycle helmet, is lighter weight, offers a reduced profile and improved balance. But there’s one barrier standing in the way… Continue reading

Coupeville sophomore named Boys & Girls Club’s Youth of Year

Sometimes, strength can come from unexpected sources. Crystal Aguilar, the unit director of the Coupeville Boys &Girls Club, has found on more than one occasion… Continue reading

Whidbey-inspired film about to hit big screen

A special showing of “Lost & Found” will take place at The Clyde in Langley Dec. 27, including an appearance by the movie’s producer and director.

Central Whidbey Fire & Rescue bond would fund station renovation, rig replacements

Central Whidbey fire district proposes bond to expand station, replace three aging apparatus

Coupeville names new student school board representative

Laurence Boado admitted it was a little nerve-racking fielding questions from the Coupeville School Board. All eyes were on Boado, a Coupeville High School junior,… Continue reading

Coupeville’s resident Santa has a magical effect on people

Fire commissioner has spent three decades bringing joy to a community

Santa Mobile hits the streets Dec. 5

The Santa Mobile, orchestrated by Central Whidbey Fire & Rescue, will start its first of seven routes through Central Whidbey beginning Dec. 5.

Coupeville teacher earns national recognition

John Luvera honored for his role as educator at Island County Juvenile Detention Center

Central Whidbey fire commissioners recognized for length of service

Cheryl Engle remembers how puzzled she felt when Paul Messner asked her about running for Central Whidbey Fire &Rescue commissioner. She had worked as an… Continue reading

Whidbey Conservation District focusing on a five-year vision

Robert Gartley and his family members own roughly 80 acres of forested land on North Whidbey. When it came time to set up a forestry… Continue reading

Coupeville merchant recovering after falling from scaffold

A Coupeville merchant is recovering after passing out and falling from scaffolding along Front Street in Coupeville last week. Larry Vail, who owns the Vail… Continue reading

Art school celebrating 30 years Saturday with auction event

The Pacific Northwest Art School is inviting the public to attend its 30-year anniversary celebration and silent auction Saturday night. The event is the major… Continue reading

Island County Museum reschedules auction for January

Although the windstorm that was forecasted to wreak havoc on Whidbey Island last month didn’t amount to much, it still managed to wipe out the… Continue reading

Coupeville graduation rates soaring

Jim Shank, the superintendent of the Coupeville School District, reported a 93.5 percent graduation rate by the Class of 2016 at Monday night’s school board meeting.

Horse death shakes up crash scene

A rear-end accident in Coupeville left one woman aching from back pain last week. But it was the loss of a horse that left everyone shaken.

New transitions program teaches living and working skills in Coupeville

Dave Caffarel made himself right at home, finding the couch so cozy, there seemed little point in relinquishing his spot too quickly. Around him was… Continue reading