Nathan Whalen

Little Leaguers have all-star worthy digs

Navy volunteers teamed up this week to help the Little League.


Water Festival makes waves in Coupeville

People had a cool place to go Saturday for what turned out to be the warmest day of the year so far.After weeks of dreary… Continue reading


Coupeville Arts and Crafts Festival celebrates 45 years

In the 1960s, Treva Carter was asked by leaders in Coupeville to come up with a fundraiser to help benefit the historic part of Front Street, where many of the buildings at the time sat empty.


Oak Harbor: Oh what a Night Out

More than 1,000 people enjoyed a night out Tuesday evening at Windjammer Park in Oak Harbor.

Garden keeps memory of local teacher alive

More than three years after a plane crash killed an Oak Harbor teacher, students and adults are still keeping her memory alive.Students and other volunteers… Continue reading

Pint sized horses wow the country

For the past 10 years, Linda and Pat McGinnis have participated in the American Miniature Horse Registry National Show.Their performance in last month’s show, however,… Continue reading

Ten years of community dinners

Ten years ago, the first Community Thanksgiving Dinner in Coupeville included one vegetable and 29 different desserts.A lot has changed in subsequent years. The menu… Continue reading

New voice for islanders

With a new radio station set to start broadcasting on Central Whidbey Island, organizers are looking for volunteers to make sure it keeps a local flavor. KWPA supporters plan to start broadcasting soon when its transmitter is erected north of Penn Cove. To help with the broadcasts, volunteers are needed for programs. A training session is taking place in December to show participants the ropes of broadcasting shows.

Coupeville lights up holiday spirit

The rain that had been drenching the island took a break late Saturday afternoon just long enough for the annual parade to usher in the Christmas season on Central Whidbey. The annual Greening of Coupeville parade went down Main Street toward Front Street as parade participants peppered people lining the streets with candy and the warm holiday spirit.

Night of the arts

Live music performed by students, plus nearly 150 pieces of art highlighted a show Thursday night at North Whidbey Middle School. Students from both North Whidbey and Oak Harbor middle schools gathered artwork they recently produced to display for their parents, fellow students and residents during “Night of the Arts” held Jan. 29. Middle school art teacher Kit Christopherson said the art show was a way people can see the student work.

Navy deals with a difficult commute

With limited ferry service at Keystone Harbor, commuters crossing Admiralty Inlet have had to find a variety of solutions to deal with ever-changing conditions. For a number of personnel at Whidbey Island Naval Air Station, military and civilian alike, they have to rely on vanpools, finding temporary places to stay, or making a much longer drive to and from work each day.

Chowder draws throng to MusselFest

Ten top chefs in Coupeville will engage in a heated competition this weekend to see who cooks the best mussel chowder. And it should be really good mussel chowder. The competition is one of the highlights of the annual Penn Cove Mussel Festival, which is in its 22nd year of celebrating Whidbey Island’s popular mollusk.

Habitat starts work on 20th home

Dozens of Kiwanis Club volunteers decided to chip in and give a future homeowner a help up. They came to Northgate Saturday to help an Oak Harbor woman build her new home.

Holland Happening romps through Oak Harbor

Even though Sheila Dennison moved away from Whidbey Island last year, she made sure she made it back to participate in Oak Harbor’s annual celebration of its Dutch heritage. “We had to come back here for this year’s Holland Happening,” said Dennison, who now lives in Silverdale. “It’s one of our favorite weekends.” She was one of the thousands of people who visited downtown Oak Harbor Saturday morning to witness the annual Holland Happening parade. She was with her son, Calvin, who had an inflatable snake wrapped around his head and held an inflatable shark.

Raking it in down on the farm

Amid the pea patch and the loganberry field, a few hard-working people are expanding agriculture at the Greenbank Farm while learning the basics of organic farming. Seven people have been selected as farmer trainees in the Community Supported Agriculture training center, which started its first class January at the Greenbank Farm.

Hot ride leads to nationals

After spending much of her life riding horses competitively, all that practice paid off for a Whidbey Island resident who won a national competition in April. Barb West, who lives south of Oak Harbor, won the Dodge National Circuit Finals Rodeo Championship held in Pocatello, Idaho.

Remembering their sacrifices

With flags waving, thousands of people paid respects this weekend to the people who died in service to their country. The annual Memorial Day Parade and Remembrance Ceremony took place on a sunny Saturday morning in Coupeville.

Deals abound at Coupeville Garage Sale

A throng of penny-pinching shoppers searching for the best deals on Whidbey Island will venture to Coupeville Elementary School this weekend. Shoppers will line up at the starting line eagerly awaiting the horn to blow that kicks off the annual Coupeville Lions Club garage sale. The annual garage sale takes place June 27 and June 28 in and around the school's multipurpose room.

Families celebrate fantastic Fourth

The thousands waving small American flags ensured Oak Harbor’s Fourth of July celebration kept its patriotic feel. Families, friends and visitors waved the flags along the sidewalks during the annual parade that wound along Pioneer Way in Oak Harbor. Employees from RE/MAX Acorn Properties continued their annual tradition near the front of the parade pack. They made sure each spectator had a flag to wave.

A half ton of fun: 1,000 pounds of pig covers the demand

Scott Fraser and an army of volunteers learned how far a thousand pounds of pork can stretch: It lasts about four hours, especially since thousands of hungry people arrived looking to enjoy a fabulous barbecue on a quiet August afternoon.