Keven Graves

Editorial: Attaching labels is divisive behavior we shouldn’t tolerate

Island County Commissioner Rick Hannold says he doesn’t like using labels But he sure didn’t show it when he criticized those who don’t exactly share… Continue reading


What was that in the sky Sunday? We’d like to know as well

A weather photo of what some suggest looks like a rocket being fired from the northern end of Whidbey Island has generated a fair amount… Continue reading


If the truth doesn’t matter, we’re in big trouble

It’s been said that we shouldn’t let the current state of politics become “the new normal.” But are we too late? There’s a different landscape… Continue reading


Reject the ‘fake news’ lie, support local journalism

The motive behind the whole “fake news” narrative is clear, and the intentions, at best, nefarious. By repeating something over and over, some people will… Continue reading

Publisher’s Column: Hold newspapers accountable, yes, but see social media spin for what it is

When Langley Mayor Tim Callison sent the South Whidbey Record a $64 bill last week for time a reporter spent interviewing the city attorney in… Continue reading

How did my state lawmakers vote in Olympia? provides a free periodic roll call service to media outlets as long as the legislature is in session. The reports are customized to the… Continue reading

Special page intended to send key message to the other Washington

In 1991, I was the editor who wrote and produced the Whidbey News-Times’ one and only Extra edition. Few people are aware that there were… Continue reading

Opinion: News-Times picking up mantle as Coupeville newspaper closes

On Thursday, Jan. 19, we will be publishing the last edition of The Whidbey Examiner, the sister newspaper of the Whidbey News-Times and South Whidbey… Continue reading

After 22 years, The Examiner will cease publication

In May 1994, I was one of the five people who founded The Whidbey Examiner, a newspaper that was launched to serve the Coupeville and… Continue reading

Publisher’s Column: Funk scholarship honor representative of his legacy

Former Whidbey News Group co-owner and publisher Wallie Funk received a well-deserved honor this past week. The Washington Newspaper Publisher Association presented a proclamation to… Continue reading

Publisher’s column: #thankful for that ever-swinging pendulum

Ever long for the days before the Internet highway came ripping and tearing through our society and into our homes? I do. I know I… Continue reading

Publisher’s Column: Don’t squander your chance to prove our elections system works

Not since my parents vigorously argued over Richard Nixon in 1972 have I seen a presidential race as contentious and divisive as this year’s battle… Continue reading


If there's a clear winner declared on election day, should the losing candidate concede right away?… Continue reading

News-Times launches improved website, new civil commenting

New cleaner, easier to read, more mobile friendly

Flight center giving vets free admission Nov. 11

Future of Flight Aviation Center & Boeing Tour admitting veterans for free Nov. 11

Johnson the best choice for county commissioner

We urge voters to return Johnson to continue the work she has begun

Graduates, never allow anyone to take away from your potential to succeed | Publisher’s Column

Graduates, you alone will determine your success. Sometimes that will come with support from others, but it may also be in spite of those who lack faith in you.

Consider tossing your hat in ring during Filing Week | Publisher’s Column

Filing Week is an opportunity to put democracy to work and ensure the voters have a choice come Election Day.

Best of Whidbey voting continues until May 31 | In Our Opinion

Voting for Best of Whidbey 2016 is under way. The annual contest is a fun and engaging way for readers of the Whidbey News-Times to pick their favorite businesses, foods, drinks, people and more.

A strong newspaper should be empowering, not a scary concept | Publisher’s Column

These past few months, the Whidbey News-Times and its sister newspaper, The South Whidbey Record, saw unprecedented subscriber growth at a time when many newspapers across the country are battling just to hang on to subscribers.