Ron Newberry

Ron posted 795 stories to Whidbey News-Times.
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Oak Harbor Music Festival seeks volunteers for Labor Day weekend

As the Labor Day weekend event approaches, organizers are still seeking volunteers who are interested in helping.

  • Aug 23rd, 2016 9:36pm

Tour Whidbey art studios this weekend

Of the 52 artists participating in the Whidbey Working Artists Summer Open Studio Tour this weekend, 16 of them are first-timers.

  • Aug 23rd, 2016 9:35pm

Woman found beneath Deception Pass bridge in stable condition

The 74-year-old Oak Harbor woman found on the rocks underneath the Deception Pass Bridge Monday sustained multiple fractures but her injuries don’t appear to be life threatening.

  • Aug 22nd, 2016 7:25pm

Body recovered in waters off Whidbey

The body of an elderly man was recovered in the water off the western shores of Whidbey Island Saturday afternoon.

  • Aug 24th, 2016 5:38pm

Coast Guard ends search for man, 79, who leapt from ferry

The United States Coast Guard suspended its search of the waters of Admiralty Inlet Friday for a Coupeville-Port Townsend ferry passenger who jumped into the water near Whidbey Island on Thursday night.

  • Aug 24th, 2016 5:37pm

Enjoying the ride: Severns give first State of the City as mayor

“Somebody asked me the other day, ‘Is being the mayor a full-time job?’” Severns said. “I didn’t answer the question very well at the time.” In short: Without question.

  • Aug 20th, 2016 10:49pm

Grounded boat only spilled 5 gallons of fuel

The private fishing boat that grounded near Monroe Landing last month spilled less than five gallons of diesel into Penn Cove.

  • Aug 20th, 2016 11:00pm

Search continues for ferry jumper

The U.S. Coast Guard and other local agencies continue their search for a ferry passenger who jumped into the waters of Admiralty Inlet Thursday night.

  • Aug 24th, 2016 5:38pm

Show stopper: Unusual pickup wins ‘Best of Show’ at North Whidbey Lions 31st Car Show

When Andy Ochoa learned that his restored 1952 Chevrolet COE pickup was going to be immortalized with a miniature diecast model by a major California toy car manufacturer last year, he knew his truck had arrived.

  • Aug 17th, 2016 2:00pm

Unknown how injured woman ended up under Deception Pass bridge

How the 74-year-old Oak Harbor woman got to the rocks 180 feet below the bridge, nobody knows for sure, said Island County Sheriff Mark Brown said.

  • Aug 21st, 2016 9:17pm

What do you call a 15-foot inflatable pig?

It’s the ninth year for the Pigfest, started by Fraser as a thank you gesture for the community. The festival used to be located on Fidalgo Avenue near Fraser’s restaurant, Frasers Gourmet Hideaway, but was moved to Pioneer Way because of its growth.

  • Aug 12th, 2016 9:31pm

Pigfest, car show ready for crowds

It’s a crapshoot to guess what might be the lasting image from one of Oak Harbor’s biggest weekends of 2016.

  • Aug 9th, 2016 10:40pm

Season in the wake: Disappointed anglers fishing for new pastimes now that salmon season is closed in waters around Whidbey

For many salmon anglers who live on Whidbey Island, the months of August, September and even October are highly anticipated. They are the rewarding months when salmon are most abundant in the area and one or more species of salmon are typically allowed to be caught. But these next three months will be quieter than many anglers can ever remember experiencing.

  • Aug 9th, 2016 9:55pm

State park manager shares tales and insight

When one of Washington’s most breathtaking state parks is part of your everyday life for 12 years, you tend to gain some unique insight.

  • Aug 5th, 2016 8:06pm

Spotlight is on spruced up lighthouse

There’s a more polished look to the Admiralty Head Lighthouse these days.

  • Aug 5th, 2016 8:04pm

Engaging romance: Oak Harbor man pops the question on the big screen

Mat Sypert wanted to ask his Oak Harbor High School sweetheart to marry him in a unique way. Ashley Lewis, Simpson’s sister, came up with the idea of the drive-in proposal and Sypert ran with it.

  • Aug 2nd, 2016 10:10pm

Road less traveled: Hoypus Point Forest offers mixture of grand views, history and deep woods escape at Deception Pass

The first time I set foot on this road on the perimeter of Hoypus Point Forest, it was part of a First Day Hike on an icy New Year’s Day morning, part of a tradition at Deception Pass State Park and other state parks. Returning last week on a day that would reach well into 70s in Oak Harbor, the air was still cool, though this time it was welcome.

  • Aug 2nd, 2016 10:04pm

Humble beginnings: Whidbey Coffee owner is building success beyond Whidbey’s shores

Just before the lunch-time rush, a customer pulls up to the drive-through window at Freeland’s Whidbey Coffee wearing a T-shirt with a vintage company logo. On the other side of the window, Megan Williams is having trouble containing her excitement.

  • Jul 28th, 2016 4:59pm

New children’s novel sets story at Fort Casey

Evans’ book, “This is Not a Werewolf Story,” is a middle grade novel aimed at 9-to-12-year-old readers that is set at Fort Casey on Whidbey Island.

  • Jul 27th, 2016 1:00pm

Fishing vessel runs aground in Penn Cove

A 32-foot private fishing vessel came aground in Penn Cove Tuesday, prompting emergency responders to work together quickly to help contain a fuel spill.

  • Jul 29th, 2016 9:59pm

Whidbey’s wicked westerly winds need a name

The westerly winds that regularly blow in from the Strait of Juan de Fuca are as much a part of the Whidbey Island fabric as any other natural feature.

  • Jul 27th, 2016 10:04pm

A walk through island history

National Park Service to offer rare glimpse inside Ferry House on Aug. 20

  • Jul 22nd, 2016 10:25pm

Wild lightning show

Lightning filled the sky on the west side of Whidbey Island Thursday night, July 21. The lightning and thunder show started in the evening and continued well into the next morning.

  • Jul 22nd, 2016 6:29pm

Boys rescued after slide down steep park bluff | Slideshow

North Whidbey Fire and Rescue and Navy Region Northwest combined efforts to perform a high-angle rescue after the two boys slid down into an area of the bluff about 50 feet that was too steep to safely climb out without help.

  • Jul 19th, 2016 10:15pm

Sea tales: Whidbey maritime history is ingrained in Roger Sherman

For the sake of delivering a talk about maritime history last week, Roger Sherman left the comforts of his own home and addressed a small group on the porch of the Island County Museum.

  • Jul 19th, 2016 9:44pm

Pokemon fever: Phone app drawing players into virtual scavenger hunt

Nintendo created a frenzy last week when it released the “Pokemon Go” application for users in the United States, New Zealand and Australia to download for free on their smartphones.

  • Jul 15th, 2016 8:22pm

Playhouse becomes summer getaway: Youthful cast of ‘Beauty and the Beast Jr.’ find theater fun pastime

Dusting oneself off and trying again is all part of the education theater students have been receiving under Stan Thomas, who started the Would Be Players youth drama program at the Oak Harbor playhouse five years ago.

  • Jul 13th, 2016 12:00pm

Art a sort of self-therapy for counselor

Mark Lucero, 51, has played with art in various forms for most of his life, but he didn’t start showing his paintings professionally at galleries around Whidbey Island until 14 years ago.

  • Jul 8th, 2016 8:27pm

Hooked on fishing: Kids derby about fun, building confidence

The Kids’ Fishing Derby is about building confidence, said Gary Jandzinski, who’s been helping to put on the event with the Buccaneers for the past 11 years. Saturday’s outing, which drew 89 children, marked the event’s 36th year.

  • Jul 5th, 2016 9:46pm

Boater drifts off, so does his vessel

Beachfront residents in Admirals Cove got a surprise Wednesday night when a vessel with Washington State Ferries appeared prominently in the water behind their homes to assist a boat that was adrift. The Salish, one of two ferries that shuttle passengers between Coupeville and Port Townsend this time of year, was notified by the U.S. Coast Guard shortly after 9 p.m. that a boat was seen drifting in Admiralty Bay and getting close to shore.

  • Jul 1st, 2016 10:57pm

Whidbey locations used for commercial shoot

If you didn’t know better, you might’ve thought that a Hollywood film crew had returned to Whidbey Island.

  • Jul 1st, 2016 10:56pm

Kids Fishing Derby Saturday at Oak Harbor Marina

The Oak Harbor Yacht Club Buccaneers are expecting more than 100 children for the 36th annual Kids Fishing Derby at the Oak Harbor Marina Saturday.

  • Jun 28th, 2016 10:40pm

Duck and cover: Petulant bird dive-bombing Pioneer patrons

It would be easy to surmise that the bird has simply gone cuckoo. But a more likely explanation for the blackbird that is swooping down and whacking unsuspecting pedestrians in the back of the head in downtown Oak Harbor is that it’s just being an overprotective parent.

  • Jun 28th, 2016 10:37pm

Helping hands: Program for deaf youth focuses on teamwork, growth

The program serving deaf and hard of hearing youth is in its fourth year with Northwest Youth Corps and is one of the few of its kind in the country.

  • Jun 24th, 2016 10:09pm

Efforts continuing establishment of sister city in the Philippines

A group that has worked to establish such a relationship between Oak Harbor and the Philippines village of Santa Rita is excited about several developments in the works, including a donation that has helped a vocational school wellness program get started.

  • Jun 24th, 2016 8:54pm

Reacquainted with an old friend: Former owner blown away by first sail on Suva since 1985

The Suva, a 91-year-old, Gatsby-era schooner, is back for its second sailing season in Penn Cove this summer. The boat was originally owned by Coupeville millionaire Frank Pratt Jr., who commissioned naval architect Ted Geary to build it out of Burmese teakwood.

  • Jun 21st, 2016 6:58pm

Father/hero: Dad’s final act was to save his family

Ronnie McGaha lost his life in 2011 when a tornado struck their two-story home in Harvest, Ala. But quick action to get his family in the safest location of the house before it caved in on top of them was credited with keeping his wife, daughter and son from serious harm.

  • Jun 18th, 2016 3:00pm

No better place for learning: Hillcrest school garden the hub of this year’s Garden Tour

The showcase nature of Hillcrest’s school garden led the Oak Harbor Garden Club to feature it as the hub of this month’s 17th annual Garden Tour and Tea.

  • Jun 18th, 2016 2:00pm

After being knocked out of service, ferry to PT back on route

Passengers who rely on Coupeville-to-Port Townsend ferry service breathed a sigh of relief Thursday when a relief boat in South Puget Sound passed inspection, clearing the way for the resumption of two-boat service Sunday.

  • Jun 17th, 2016 10:27pm

Ferry Kennewick out of service until mid July; Coupeville to get second boat Sunday

For the second time in as many months, ferry service between Coupeville and Port Townsend has been reduced to one boat due to a rudder issue. It will return to two vessels Sunday when the Chetzemoka returns to service across Admiralty Inlet.

  • Jun 16th, 2016 8:57pm