Ron Newberry

Oak Harbor church rings in 125 years

Pastor David Parker’s first trip to the belfry at Oak Harbor First United Methodist Church revealed impeccable timing. Using his cell phone light to guide… Continue reading

Iconic Central Whidbey barn burns to ground

Fire took down an iconic Coupeville barn Monday night, turning the historic structure into a twisted heap of metal and charred timber. Firefighters with Central… Continue reading

The world through Doris Janz’s eyes

In her cozy Oak Harbor cottage, Doris Janz is sitting at her kitchen table, trying to put a finger on the secret to her longevity… Continue reading

Admiral’s Cove well tests come back clean

Admiral’s Cove residents are breathing a sigh of relief after water samples taken from community wells revealed no detected contaminants. An engineering services company was… Continue reading

Coupeville school board requests ‘emergency’ relief for leaky roof

Whidbey Island’s cold, wet winter has been particularly unkind to Coupeville High School, where a leaky roof could lead to a significant unplanned expenditure. The… Continue reading

Navy pilot creates ultimate thrill in backyard for son: a roller coaster

If there were an award for world’s coolest dad, Scott Brazelton would be tough to top. As if flying jets weren’t enough for consideration, Brazelton… Continue reading

Coupeville drama club tackles wacky dark comedy

Playing the character of the “evil nephew” in “Arsenic and Old Lace” seems to suit Eric Wertz quite well. The Coupeville High School junior was… Continue reading

Oak Harbor culinary team regains state champ form

It’s easy to wind up in Chef Mary Arthur’s classroom if you let your nose guide you. On Thursday, culinary students were busy cooking up… Continue reading

Sculpture gallery coming to Pioneer Way during April

Sculptors and their pieces to ‘take over’ downtown Oak Harbor in April

Oak Harbor goes big on latest art piece

In the two years since the City of Oak Harbor began working with an architectural firm on a new public art sculpture, there have been… Continue reading

Navy starts second phase of well testing

The wait is almost over for the more than 1,000 residents who make up Admiral’s Cove. Within three weeks, residents from the Central Whidbey neighborhood… Continue reading

Blackmouth success expected in Admiralty Inlet

North Puget Sound residents got a taste of spring last weekend with blue skies and enough sunshine to get people outside. The unseasonable weather extended… Continue reading

Oak Harbor man lands new title: State Parks Volunteer of the Year

The old fort is still a sight to behold, attracting visitors for its history as well as the natural beauty all around it. To get… Continue reading

Playing Lincoln is old hat for Oak Harbor history buff

It’s not easy walking in Abraham Lincoln’s shoes. Alan Schell found playing the part of one of the United States’ most famous presidents to be… Continue reading

Oak Harbor might turn artists loose on fire hydrants

Although its role is integral in helping firefighters protect communities, a fire hydrant generally doesn’t draw much attention in a cityscape. Short and stubby, a… Continue reading

Pink salmon forecast could leave anglers feeling blue

For anglers who look forward to relatively easy catches of salmon from Whidbey Island shores every other year, the early word out of Olympia might… Continue reading

Dike project creates pocket estuary at Dugualla Bay

Wetland area at Dugualla Bay is restored to historic state during dike project

Couples still sweethearts after all these years

It’s hard for Charles Hammer to fathom that he’s been retired from the Navy for more years than he served. His last of 29 years… Continue reading

Fort Casey State Park adds three new events in 2017

Though it’s tough to quibble with any view from Fort Casey State Park, the one afforded from Battery Turman near Admiralty Head Lighthouse is breathtaking.… Continue reading

Whidbey talent show expands its search

Organizers of Whidbey Has Talent are searching farther and wider to add to the talent pool for this spring’s show. Auditions this year also will… Continue reading