Maria Matson

The Dale Conklin Prehistory Exhibit will be dedicated Thursday, July 19

Exhibit dedicated to ‘Mammoth Hunter’

Island County Historical Museum is officially dedicating a newly-opened prehistory exhibit at a free open house 5-6 p.m. Thursday, July 19. The “Dale Conklin Prehistory… Continue reading

 

Port’s Front Street property to be assessed

The Port of Coupeville is working to get a property’s value assessed, a small structure located next to the Coupeville wharf, currently home to the… Continue reading

 

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                                Campstuff Coffee is a mobile stand: in the morning, the trailer is located in the Deception Pass Lower Loop Campground and moves to West Beach in the afternoons.

Coffee place sets up camp at Deception Pass

Standing in the drizzle in open-toed sandals, the foggy beach behind him and the smell of coffee in the air, it’s exactly the setting that… Continue reading

 

Town council to fill sudden vacancy

Town of Coupeville Councilwoman Christine Crowell announced she is leaving her seat early because of an illness in her family. Crowell’s departure means her seat… Continue reading

Saratoga Orchestra event is set for Sat. in Freeland

Whidbey’s Saratoga Orchestra is getting tropical with its annual fundraising event. This year’s theme is “Island Time — A Taste of the Tropics.” The event… Continue reading

New Coupeville schools superintendent from Oak Harbor

Coupeville School District announced its new superintendent, Steve King. King comes from Oak Harbor School District, where he is currently the assistant superintendent. Originally from… Continue reading

A chance to get to know the Captain Whidbey, new owners

Over a century old and a central Whidbey landmark, the Captain Whidbey Inn is far from gathering dust in old age. The inn is bustling… Continue reading

Power outage planned for Thursday in Coupeville

About 900 Puget Sound Energy customers in Coupeville will be left in the dark during a planned power outage from about 10 p.m. Thursday, June… Continue reading

Town places moratorium on short-term vacation rentals

Coupeville Town Council has voted not to allow any new applications for short-term vacation rentals for the next six months. During the moratorium, the town… Continue reading

Port executive director gets raise

The Port of Coupeville Executive Director is receiving a pay raise. Chris Michalopoulos’s salary, including medical costs, will increase from $72,000 to $90,000 per year.… Continue reading

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                                Luke Carlson, 19, stands with his family. He plans to attend Washington State University to pursue a degree in agricultural education.

Coupeville sends 70 graduates into world

Beaming parents, black and red balloons and excited graduates filled Coupeville High School’s auditorium Friday evening. The school’s graduation ceremony was a night of pomp… Continue reading

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                                Luke Carlson, 19, stands with his family. He plans to attend Washington State University to pursue a degree in agricultural education.
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                                Coupeville Lions garage sale chairman Brian Pulk stands among piles of merchandise the club has collected in advance of their annual garage sale.

Coupeville Lions Club prepping for annual garage sale

The piles of furniture, lamps, toys and games pile high above Brian Pulk’s head as he stands in a barn packed to the brim with… Continue reading

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                                Coupeville Lions garage sale chairman Brian Pulk stands among piles of merchandise the club has collected in advance of their annual garage sale.
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                                <em>Chai and Dao Saipow stand</em><em> in front of the newly-renamed The Lo</em><em>wer Loft Eatery. </em>

Restaurant gets new owners, keeps menu

New name, new owners, same menu. Walking along Coupeville’s scenic front street, this little restaurant can be easy to miss, but please don’t overlook them,… Continue reading

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                                <em>Chai and Dao Saipow stand</em><em> in front of the newly-renamed The Lo</em><em>wer Loft Eatery. </em>
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                                Dennis McCaslin and Cindy Balthazar stand in front of the Joseph B. Libbey House, a historic structure built in 1870 that new owner McCaslin is working to restore.

Libbey House gets historically accurate makeover

Coupeville’s historic Gothic structure known as the “Libbey House” is getting a makeover, with a partial demolition of a crumbling add-on to the house and… Continue reading

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                                Dennis McCaslin and Cindy Balthazar stand in front of the Joseph B. Libbey House, a historic structure built in 1870 that new owner McCaslin is working to restore.

PorchStories a short but interesting look at local history

The big rock, the “Rock of Ages” in Coupeville behind Smile Cafe, was once part of a glacier. It’s what geologists call an “erratic,” or… Continue reading

Coupeville Memorial Day parade Saturday

Get ready to cheer, wave and listen to some music at their year’s patriotic Coupeville Memorial Day parade and celebration honoring those who have died… Continue reading

April showers don’t dampen Holland Happening spirit

Children waved, marching bands played and the smell of kettle corn was in the air at the annual Holland Happening Grand Parade on Saturday. Attendees… Continue reading

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                                Janelle Solomon, 12, from the Lummi Nation’s Ultimate Warrior Canoe Club carries a canoe along with Regina Miller, who is about to participate in the Woman’s Singles races. See the story on page A9 of today’s Whidbey News-Times.

Water Fest draws up to 4,000 people

Bead by bead, three-and-a-half year old Ezra Malloy strung together a colorful bracelet as Jackie Wenala explained the significance of each bead’s color to the… Continue reading

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                                Janelle Solomon, 12, from the Lummi Nation’s Ultimate Warrior Canoe Club carries a canoe along with Regina Miller, who is about to participate in the Woman’s Singles races. See the story on page A9 of today’s Whidbey News-Times.

Agreement with Water Stewards comes to a close

The Town of Coupeville terminated its agreement with Sound Water Stewards as of the latest Town Council meeting. Sound Water Stewards, formerly Island County Beach… Continue reading

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                                Consultant biologist Mark Sheehan discusses the nursery run by the Whidbey Camano Land Trust .

Prairie land a priority for Whidbey Camano trust

It takes sunlight, water, soil and blazing fire to keep these plants happy. A disappearing type of land called mesic “wet prairie” land is home… Continue reading

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                                Consultant biologist Mark Sheehan discusses the nursery run by the Whidbey Camano Land Trust .