Ron Newberry

Ron posted 795 stories to Whidbey News-Times.
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Prime habitat: Audubon’s pledge kick-starts efforts by Whidbey Camano Land Trust to acquire haven for wildlife

From the heart of Donald Borgman’s property, a vast field of tall, yellow grasses bend in the wind. The grass seems to go on like this forever before reaching shrubs, small trees and ultimately a stand of evergreens that part in the center just enough to reveal Mount Baker and all of its splendor. Borgman wants the property to stay like this forever.

  • Jun 15th, 2016 2:00pm

Bringing fun to the ballet

Oak Harbor dance studio owner lightens up musical score of "Cinderella" to bring comic tone to audience.

  • Jun 14th, 2016 9:12pm

Frasers, Whidbey Coffee recognized for charitable contributions

Scott Fraser, chef and owner of Frasers Gourmet Hideaway in Oak Harbor, and Dan Ollis, owner of Whidbey Coffee Co., each received Restaurant Neighbor Awards from the Washington Restaurant Association at its State of the Industry Forum in Seattle Wednesday.

  • Jun 10th, 2016 8:59pm

Coupeville seniors receive diplomas

Coupeville’s gym was muggy and jam packed for the early evening ceremony, which featured a speech from senior class president McKenzie Rice, a salutatorian address from Loren Nelson and heartfelt messages from faculty speaker Barbara Ballard, who is retiring after 23 years of teaching English in Coupeville.

  • Jun 7th, 2016 10:01pm

Exemplary employee: New Leaf worker is recognized for going above and beyond

Jessica Zook got a shock before the start of her shift last week when Michele McKenna dropped in the break room and handed her a certificate and a sleek glass trophy recognizing her for her dependability and dedication to her work.

  • Jun 7th, 2016 9:55pm

Berry pickers on Whidbey in short supply until school’s out

Jerry Bell spotted a clearing in the gray sky and guessed it wouldn’t be long before his body started warming up. The chill from the nearby Strait of Juan de Fuca was still in the morning air, keeping Bell and the strawberries he watches over from overheating.

  • Jun 4th, 2016 2:00pm

Historic Haller House gets reprieve — for now: Late donation opens doors for grant opportunity

A group working to save Coupeville’s Haller House got a double dose of good news last week to keep alive hopes that it can purchase the home, restore it and one day turn it into a heritage and visitor center to showcase Washington’s territorial period.

  • Jun 1st, 2016 12:00pm

Relay For Life event is personal for Oak Harbor woman

It was already shaping up to be a challenging year for Heather Buenaventura. Over the summer, she had accepted the role as co-chair of Relay For Life of Whidbey Island with good friend Wendy Charboneau after nine years in a support role. Buenaventure figured it was time to see what it would be like to take on the responsibility of organizing Oak Harbor’s annual fundraising event that benefits the American Cancer Society.

  • Jun 3rd, 2016 4:15pm

Actress steps out of her comfort zone: Oak Harbor native tackles her biggest role in “South Pacific”

"South Pacific," which won 10 Tony Awards as well as a Pulitzer Prize for Drama when it first opened, is the work of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein inspired by the James Michener book, “Tales of the South Pacific.” The play revolves around two love stories threatened by both war and prejudice.

  • Jun 1st, 2016 6:16pm

No coho season for Whidbey anglers

State and tribal leaders finally set 2016 salmon seasons, closing all Puget Sound waters to coho with exception of Hood Canal

  • May 27th, 2016 4:32am

Blazing a quilt trail?

Joyce Kuhn beams as she cranes her neck to admire a colorful new addition to her old red barn. What used to be a bare spot is now a large, red-white-and-blue square made of plywood that features the Ohio Star. She and her husband constructed the art piece and installed it this spring.

  • May 24th, 2016 9:59pm

Joseph Whidbey State Park dropped from list for possible development

Supporters of Joseph Whidbey State Park upset with the idea of private development in their park can breathe a sigh of relief.

  • May 20th, 2016 10:10pm

Banner year for tomatoes: Warm spring appeals to many crops on Whidbey Island

In the four decades since returning to the family farm, Sheila Case-Smith can’t remember a warmer May.

  • May 17th, 2016 11:31pm

Construction projects to start on Coupeville school facilities

By next month, much of the grounds in the Coupeville School District are expected to be abuzz with construction activity and the dust won’t settle until late August

  • May 13th, 2016 8:57pm

An award to write home about

Liam Blas, 6, was presented with a gold medallion last Friday, recognizing him for handwriting skills uncommon for a kindergartner.

  • May 10th, 2016 9:53pm

On top of the world: Science teacher gears up for ‘once in a lifetime’ experience in the Arctic

It’s been a dream of Frostad’s since he was 12 to one day travel to Svalbard, Norway, a frozen group of islands in the Arctic Ocean that captured his imagination as a child in the pages of National Geographic.

  • May 7th, 2016 2:00pm

County thanks beach restoration partners

Nearly 30 people attended the April 29 boat tour, including state, federal, tribal and county representatives as well as from nonprofits. State Senator Barbara Bailey, who lives near Ala Spit, and State Representative Dave Hayes also took the tour to get a closer look at what state funding has helped support.

  • May 6th, 2016 10:36pm

Deadline nears to save historic home

After three and a half years of attempting to save a 19th century home from an uncertain future, Lynn Hyde is trying to remain hopeful in the face of a looming fundraising deadline.

  • May 3rd, 2016 10:33pm

Weather, traditions provide Dutch treat at Holland Happening | Slideshow

Warm, sunny weather brought thousands to downtown Oak Harbor over the weekend to celebrate the city’s Dutch heritage.

  • May 3rd, 2016 10:59pm

Whidbey choral director passes baton

Chris Hansen is stepping down as director and conductor of the Whidbey Community Chorus 15 years after he helped get the group off the ground.

  • Apr 29th, 2016 8:33pm

Holland Happening rooted in city history

Holland Happening holds a special place in Sooz Konopik’s heart.

  • Apr 26th, 2016 9:45pm

Does Whidbey have talent? First show proves it | Slideshow

Fifty-two performing artists from kindergarten through 12th grade made the cut to participate in the first Whidbey Has Talent show Sunday. They competed in three different divisions that aligned with elementary, middle and high-school grades.

  • Apr 26th, 2016 9:37pm

Ebey’s Reserve the backdrop for FilmSlam

Ebey’s Reserve is looking for independent filmmakers of all abilities to participate in the May 6-8 competition that will showcase the Reserve and shine a spotlight on the National Park Service, which is celebrating its centennial.

  • Apr 23rd, 2016 5:00am

State parks gain friends: New Friends of Central Whidbey State Parks is off and running

At a meeting attended by about 20 people Tuesday night at the Coupeville Library, it was announced that the new friends group was forging ahead and the process of taking the first baby steps began.

  • Apr 22nd, 2016 7:40pm

State stocks island lakes for trout opener

Deer Lake received a planting of 492 triploid trout about a pound and a half apiece Monday, while Goss Lake got 4,000 catchable-sized trout, which are about a half pound and between 8 and 12 inches in length.

  • Apr 19th, 2016 10:08pm

Plants grow better together: Coupeville institute plays role in global study that reveals benefits of certain companion plantings

Rarely a day goes by that Robert Pelant isn’t invigorated by some sort of interesting find on a sprawling piece of land he cherishes in Coupeville.

  • Apr 15th, 2016 10:13pm

Thieves de-tentacle the Kraken

One of the City of Oak Harbor’s most controversial pieces of artwork has been de-tentacled.

  • Apr 15th, 2016 9:52pm

Thieves de-tentacle the Kraken

One of the City of Oak Harbor’s most controversial pieces of artwork has been de-tentacled.

  • Apr 15th, 2016 9:46pm

Party crashers: Orcas arrive in time to steal the spotlight from gray whales

While Whidbey Island celebrates the annual return of gray whales, a large pod of Southern Resident orcas have been splashing around Saratoga Passage in recent days, upstaging the larger marine mammals.

  • Apr 12th, 2016 10:23pm

Island County Historical Society Museum hosts wacky workshop

A history museum isn’t generally considered the sort of place that will deliver a jolt of excitement into young minds.

  • Apr 8th, 2016 10:26pm

Turning 103 ‘no big deal’: Oak Harbor resident can’t imagine the fuss over another birthday

It’s been nearly two years since Elna Pein lived in the yellow house with the neatly groomed grass on SW 8th Avenue in Oak Harbor. She lived in the house for 33 years and mowed the lawn herself even as she approached her 102nd birthday.

  • Apr 2nd, 2016 2:00pm

One of their own: Squadron deploys to help an ailing shipmate

On an unseasonably warm spring afternoon, about 15 members of the same Navy squadron pulled up to a house on Barrington Drive in Oak Harbor, armed with enough manpower and lawn equipment to tackle a city park.

  • Apr 1st, 2016 9:36pm

Coupeville breaks out fresh greens for farmers market season

The warm weather has given Coupeville’s water-soaked soils a chance to start recovering. That’s particularly important this time of year at the town’s Community Green, where the Coupeville Farmers Market begins its 38th season Saturday.

  • Apr 1st, 2016 9:03pm

Case made for Central Whidbey parks support group

Jon Crimmins came to Oak Harbor last Wednesday night to provide background and to share support for a concept that has been on his mind since he expanded his scope and became the first area manager of Central Whidbey State Parks in 2012.

  • Mar 29th, 2016 8:57pm

Actors grow up on stage: Nothing childish about lead roles in Playhouse’s ‘Lost in Yonkers’

Harrison Keating, 12, and Brenden Darnell, 15, are playing the central characters in the Neil Simon play “Lost in Yonkers,” which opens April 1 at the Whidbey Playhouse.

  • Mar 26th, 2016 2:00pm

Museum archives heading into the digital age

Sarah Aldrich was hired a year ago as the museum’s first paid full-time archivist to tackle the chore of modernizing the museum’s archiving system. Significant gains were made in recent months as she and a team of volunteers have been photographing delicate paper documents and converting them into a searchable digital format to be available for public inquiry and research projects.

  • Mar 25th, 2016 10:47pm

Halibut season only 8 days near Whidbey

Anglers will get fewer days this year to fish for halibut in waters around Whidbey Island.

  • Mar 25th, 2016 10:25pm

Community speaks out against Joseph Whidbey State Park proposal

It’s a good thing sticky notes were in abundant supply at the Coupeville Recreation Hall on Monday night. Opponents of a proposal to develop parts of Joseph Whidbey State Park for private business put the notes to good use, providing a tall stack of reasons why they think the concept is a bad idea.

  • Mar 24th, 2016 3:55pm

Sun kisses festive parade: Weather draws large crowd for city’s annual St. Patrick’s celebration

Thursday’s downtown parade was framed by blue skies and white snow-capped mountains worthy of an Oak Harbor postcard.

  • Mar 19th, 2016 6:00am

Meeting set to discuss future of Joseph Whidbey State Park

Washington State Parks will hold a public meeting in Coupeville on Monday to discuss potential private business development at Joseph Whidbey State Park.

  • Mar 18th, 2016 10:15pm