Business

Rich Murphy uses an old barn as a warehouse for a line of backpacks called Aarn that are designed in New Zealand and sold worldwide. Murphy and his wife, Genie, are the new North American distributers for the backpacks that emphasis balance and reducing strain while hiking. (Photo by Patricia Guthrie/Whidbey News Group)
                                Rich Murphy shows tandem packs that can attach to backpacks and be worn in front to help with balance. (Photos by Patricia Guthrie/Whidbey News Group)
                                The backpacking equipment company called Aarn began when New Zealander founders Aarn Tate and Devi Benson began designing outdoor products to be more “body-comfortable.” The material is extremely tough but light and durable. The store’s balance bags run around $70 to $150 and the full backpacks $200 to $400.

Couple brings New Zealand packs to Whidbey Island

Distributors leap from buying outdoor gear to selling it

 

Central Whidbey nonprofit has big plans for tiny house

A recent donation to Ryan’s House for Youth proved too good of an opportunity to pass up, even if it can’t be used yet. “The… Continue reading

 

Clinic getting new name

Whidbey Island Internal Medicine in Coupeville is becoming WhidbeyHealth Primary Care Coupeville. The change comes after Dr. Lee Roof’s March 1 retirement, according to a… Continue reading

  • Mar 1, 2019

 

Habitat for Humanity will host groundbreaking ceremony

Habitat for Humanity of Island County is inviting the public to attend a groundbreaking ceremony for a new home located at 3160 Summit Boulevard, Oak… Continue reading

  • Feb 26, 2019

ROCKIN’ A HARD PLACE: SPIN Café will finally get its spin

O ak Harbor’s SPIN Café is about to get the spin cycle it was always supposed to have. And wash and rinse. And also a… Continue reading

Building a North Whidbey Hearts & Hammers

Home-repair nonprofit extends its helping hand

Support is great, but WAIF still has its critics

Debating risks vs. benefit of ‘enriching’ dogs’ lives

Clothing event for those with challenges

Nonprofit giving brand-name clothes to those with special needs

New Indian restaurant opens on Pioneer Way

Gary Purewal and his traditional clay oven have come to give Oak Harbor a taste of the country where he was born. How is it?… Continue reading

Pooper Troopers cleaning up a storm

These troopers respond to one specific type of problem — and it’s brown. Shannon Useman and her husband Conrad are the island’s new self-named Pooper… Continue reading

After 20 years, Tyee restaurant is under new ownership

‘This really caught my eye’

Merchants work together to brighten girl’s Christmas

It was a whimsical guitar that caught a little girl’s eye, and the heart-felt letter that followed touched more than one person’s heart. Dina Koehn… Continue reading

Season’s Eatings

Festive recipes to keep your holidays merry and bright

  • Dec 21, 2018

New cellular sales store opens in Oak Harbor

Cellular Sales, the largest independent Verizon Wireless retailer by volume, has opened a new store in Oak Harbor as part of its expansion in Washington… Continue reading

  • Dec 11, 2018

Whidbey Golf Club board names new officers

Whidbey Golf Club’s board of trustees met Nov. 30 and elected new officers and jobs for 2019. Elected were: John Geragotelis, president; Dave Acton, vice… Continue reading

  • Dec 11, 2018

Hits lead to drop in WhidbeyHealth Sept. revenue

WhidbeyHealth suffered an unplanned budget hit, making September “not such a good month,” Ron Telles, chief financial officer, said at a recent meeting. Also, patient… Continue reading

Oak Harbor Motors holds food drive for Help House

Oak Harbor Motors is aiming to “drive out hunger” in its first-ever food drive. Through the month of November, the dealership is hosting a “Stuff-A-Truck”… Continue reading

Photo by The Everett Herald / 2016
                                Todd Morrow

Island Transit board names choice for executive director

Island Transit’s board of directors picked as its new executive director an Everett native who dedicated much of his life to transit management and charity.… Continue reading

Photo by The Everett Herald / 2016
                                Todd Morrow

Cascade Insurance merges with Leavitt Group Northwest

Leavitt Group has announced that Cascade Insurance Agency has affiliated and merged operations with Leavitt Group Northwest. Cascade Insurance Agency’s Shelli Trumbull joined Sue Blouin… Continue reading

  • Nov 6, 2018

Cary Anderson Team of Keller Williams donates curriculum

The Cary Anderson Team of Keller Williams is donating Ramsey Solutions’ Foundations in Personal Finance curriculum to Oak Harbor High School. Foundations in Personal Finance… Continue reading

  • Nov 6, 2018