Ron Newberry

Smelt fishers getting jiggy this time of year

On a chilly overcast afternoon, Dean Bannister slid his bucket to the other side of the dock, took a seat and looked for his luck… Continue reading

Whidbey Playhouse takes giant steps in technology

One day early last month, Janis Powell felt like the whole world was crashing down around her. She was sitting in her office at the… Continue reading

Farmers working to relaunch ‘Whidbey Island Grown’ campaign

At a time when innovative marketing ideas were taking root in surrounding areas to promote local agriculture, a group of farmers and residents from Whidbey… Continue reading

Sedro-Woolley family touched by Oak Harbor benefit

Acts of kindness can have a profound effect on people. Even more so when the acts come from complete strangers. Taci Belisle made a rare… Continue reading

Coupeville school board extends superintendent’s contract

Superintendent Jim Shank received an “excellent” annual review by the Coupeville School Board, extending his contract with the school district for another year, said school… Continue reading

Coupeville Elementary prepares to tackle ‘James and the Giant Peach Jr.’

Wendy Wasik couldn’t be more proud of her little earthworm. That’s the role her son Nicholas is playing in the Coupeville Elementary School production, “James… Continue reading

Actor reunited with Christmas bells

It took some determination and a little extra digging for the case of the missing Christmas bells to be solved at the Whidbey Playhouse this… Continue reading

Island County film liaison picked for Washington Filmworks board

Board members with Washington Filmworks have already known about Island County and its potential for scenic backdrops. Since Sherrye Wyatt joined the board this month,… Continue reading

‘Iowa farm girl’ devotes life to education

Onawa is a small rural town in western Iowa that has a history of thinking big. The town boasts the widest main street in the… Continue reading

Oak Harbor church prepares for one special prom night

Aside from being a worship pastor at Life Church in Oak Harbor, Michelle Oakland also is a mother of four with two of her kids… Continue reading

Woodworker turns piles into possibilities

The voles that take up residence in the debris piles around the Pacific Rim Institute for Environmental Stewardship aren’t crazy about Robert Pelant’s latest project.… Continue reading

Power outage untimely for Seahawks fans in Coupeville

Before the Seattle Seahawks’ season faded to black Saturday, several television sets around Coupeville beat them to it. Power was interrupted for about 45 minutes… Continue reading

High school senior makes lasting impact at Oak Harbor club

In Norrie Perreault’s years at the Boys &Girls Club of Oak Harbor, she’s heard her share of pouts and whimpers. But the sound she heard… Continue reading

Coupeville couple grateful for Central Whidbey Hearts and Hammers

As Arlene and Allen House have advanced in years, keeping up with the maintenance around their Coupeville home has grown increasingly challenging. Both are in… Continue reading

Deception Pass park manager cautions visitors to stay off icy lakes

Park rangers at Deception Pass State Park have posted “danger” signs, warning people to stay off the rapidly melting ice at Pass and Cranberry lakes.… Continue reading

Playhouse Santa is looking for his Christmas bells

It would be quite un-Santa like to carry any hard feelings. Ron Wilhelm doesn’t. All he wants are his Christmas bells back. No questions asked.… Continue reading

Toy soldiers get police ride home to Oak Harbor

Melissa Riker expected that her new job would take her to new and exciting places. A visit to the Oak Harbor Police Department to retrieve… Continue reading

Coupeville man killed in fire ‘one of nicest guys you could ever meet’

He hadn’t worked at Penn Cove Shellfish in a few years, but Phil Harris was still considered family at the company. And that family was… Continue reading

House fire claims the life of Coupeville man

A Coupeville man perished Friday night in the third house fire in less than 48 hours on North and Central Whidbey. Central Whidbey Fire &… Continue reading

Coupeville couple has its hands full with hummingbirds

Charles and Ruth Hammer have never seen anything like the feeding frenzy taking place on the back porch of their Coupeville home this winter. Hummingbirds… Continue reading