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Rob Smith, a member of the National Parks Conservation Association holds up a dilapidated National Park Service sign and a broken shovel Monday, at Prairie Wayside in Coupeville, to show the condition of many things in need of repair or replacement in the National Park System. Smith and the NPCA were participating in a partner volunteer project along with Mission Continues, a veterans and active duty service members who spent their Martin Luther King holiday donating their time and work to the community. Photo by Michael Watkins/Whidbey News-Times

Veterans groups aid in prairie revitialization

More than 30 veteran and active duty personnel helped community members Monday…

 

Paul Decker sorts though some tangled wiring while standing in front of a pile of debris at the Pacific Rim Institute for Environmental Stewardship outside Coupeville Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017. Decker, a woodworker, has volunteered his time at the institute to lead a salvaging project to reduce debris and repurpose wood and other materials he finds. Photo by Ron Newberry

Woodworker turns piles into possibilities

The voles that take up residence in the debris piles around the…

 

Arlene House of Coupeville stands before her garage that she also uses as a classroom as a life coach and tutor. Central Whidbey Hearts & Hammers has done multiple projects at her home, including replacing the garage door and roof. Photo by Ron Newberry/Whidbey News-Times

Coupeville couple grateful for Central Whidbey Hearts and Hammers

As Arlene and Allen House have advanced in years, keeping up with…

 

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Coupeville Lions recoginize Students of the Quarter

Coupeville Lions recently honored seniors Mitchell Carroll and Valen Trujillo as the…

  • Jan 20th, 2017
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Tickets on sale for Coupeville Lions dinner, auction fundraiser

Tickets are on sale for the annual Coupeville Lions Club Scholarship Dinner…

  • Jan 20th, 2017
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Whidbey teens graduate academy

Two teens from Whidbey Island were among 149 cadets who graduated from…

  • Jan 20th, 2017
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Oak Harbor’s Ron Wilhelm, who played Santa in the Whidbey Playhouse holiday revue “Christmas at the Playhouse” last month, is missing two strings of bells he donated to the set. Santa would like the bells returned. Photo by Ron Newberry/Whidbey News-Times

Playhouse Santa is looking for his Christmas bells

It would be quite un-Santa like to carry any hard feelings. Ron…

Oak Harbor’s Ron Wilhelm, who played Santa in the Whidbey Playhouse holiday revue “Christmas at the Playhouse” last month, is missing two strings of bells he donated to the set. Santa would like the bells returned. Photo by Ron Newberry/Whidbey News-Times
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Coupeville paddler lands spot on Team USA senior dragon boat team

It’s not uncommon for Roberta Piercy to be on the water six…

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Members honored for School Board Recognition Month

January is School Board Recognition Month, and the Oak Harbor Public Schools…

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Coupeville couple has its hands full with hummingbirds

Charles and Ruth Hammer have never seen anything like the feeding frenzy…

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Realtor shows national TV audience slices of island life

House hunters across the country often dream of swapping the hustle and…

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BLOG: Readings Between the spines: My quest for the best crabbing time

Island Unseen: Random ramblings on reading, recreation, running and similar subjects

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Oak Harbor cyclist donates hair for children’s organization

It’s been a while since Brad Nelson, co-manager of Skagit Cycle Store…

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Troop helps Central Whidbey with after-Christmas cleanup

Now that Christmas has come and gone, Coupeville Boy Scout Troop 4058…

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Wagner’s book to benefit Georgetown students

The walls of Coupeville resident Robert M. Wagner’s study are papered with…

It’s the season for fire safety

Each year, many lives are lost due to house fires that could…

Ivan goes after a laser at the WAIF Cat Adoption Center in Oak Harbor. Ivan will be spending his fourth Christmas as a shelter cat. Photo by Ron Newberry

WAIF’s ‘independent’ longtime resident needs home for the holidays

Resting snugly on a sun-lit bench, Ivan was drifting slowly into cat…

Ivan goes after a laser at the WAIF Cat Adoption Center in Oak Harbor. Ivan will be spending his fourth Christmas as a shelter cat. Photo by Ron Newberry
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Whidbey elk picks wrong tarp to tangle with

Bruiser, it seems, can’t catch a break these days. Whidbey Island’s lone…

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Looking Back: High school students should prepare for possiblity of war

100 years ago, in 1916 (From the Oak Harbor News) n The…

  • Dec 23rd, 2016
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Dakota the Clydesdale spreads joy during holidays

The sight of three Christmas wreaths hung on the horse stable of…

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A European Starling goes after a block of suet in Admirals Cove. Starlings are non-native species that typically draw the ire of birders. Photo by Ron Newberry/Whidbey News-Times

Whidbey bird lovers go to extremes during winter

On a sloping piece of wooded property at the end of Towhee…

A European Starling goes after a block of suet in Admirals Cove. Starlings are non-native species that typically draw the ire of birders. Photo by Ron Newberry/Whidbey News-Times
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Resident Australians adapt to American way of life

For now, Whidbey is home for members of the Royal Australian Air…

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Family celebrates five generations

Tenley Gidlofl, 4-months-old, sits on the lap of her mother Rachel Zylstra…

  • Dec 16th, 2016
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Art & About: Artsy happenings around Whidbey

n WHIDBEY PLAYHOUSE presents “Christmas at the Playhouse” at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays…

  • Dec 16th, 2016
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Oak Harbor students artistic talents displayed

Local students showed off their creative talents during an opening reception Thursday…

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Holiday House still in need of donations

Volunteers were hard at work this week decorating and organizing Santa’s bounty…

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Looking Back: Haugen promises bill to form an Oak Harbor port district

100 years ago, in 1916: From the Oak Harbor News n Pardon…

  • Dec 14th, 2016
The final episode of the season of the zombie TV series Z Nation was shot at Fort Casey State Park in Coupeville in September. The episode airs at 6 p.m. Friday night, Dec. 16, on the SyFy Channel. Photo courtesy Frank Schaefer/Go2 Z, LLC.

Z Nation’s Fort Casey episode to air Friday night

He might cover his eyes on occasion, but Jon Crimmins is planning…

The final episode of the season of the zombie TV series Z Nation was shot at Fort Casey State Park in Coupeville in September. The episode airs at 6 p.m. Friday night, Dec. 16, on the SyFy Channel. Photo courtesy Frank Schaefer/Go2 Z, LLC.

Looking Back: Home quarantined following ‘infantile paralysis’ diagnosis

100 years ago (From the 1916 Oak Harbor News)The home of Coupeville…

  • Dec 9th, 2016
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Challenging imagination with a simple toy

To some, Rufus Rose’s handmade branch spinners may just seem like a…

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Holiday spirit lights up downtown Oak Harbor

The crane that towers over Oak Harbor is no longer the city’s…

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Festival association awards $31K in community grants

The Coupeville Festival Association awarded more than $31,000 in community grants last…

Babies born Nov. 16-23 at WhidbeyHealth

Whidbey Health Medical Center GAVIN ANTHONY FASOLO, 8 pounds, 13 ounces, was…

  • Dec 5th, 2016
Diane Tompkinson, a Coupeville artist, demonstrates a linocut at Penn Cove Gallery in Coupeville Thursday, Dec. 1. The holidays are a busy time for the printmaker. Photo by Ron Newberry/Whidbey News-Times

‘Tis the season for selling art for Whidbey artists

Whidbey artists use innovative ways to attract business this time of year

Diane Tompkinson, a Coupeville artist, demonstrates a linocut at Penn Cove Gallery in Coupeville Thursday, Dec. 1. The holidays are a busy time for the printmaker. Photo by Ron Newberry/Whidbey News-Times
An Alaska Airlines commercial was shot on three Whidbey Island locations, including next to the Coupeville High School gym in late June. The building’s brick wall was supposed to resemble a fire department. Photo by Ron Newberry/Whidbey News-Times

Island County tourism office looks to streamline film permit process

Sherrye Wyatt estimates that at least a dozen major film productions have…

An Alaska Airlines commercial was shot on three Whidbey Island locations, including next to the Coupeville High School gym in late June. The building’s brick wall was supposed to resemble a fire department. Photo by Ron Newberry/Whidbey News-Times
Finding light in the midst of stormy weather. Ebey’s Landing is always a great place for a beach walk. Photo by Holly Davison Photography

Window on Whidbey: Finding light on stormy day

A Whidbey kind of day

  • Dec 7th, 2016
Finding light in the midst of stormy weather. Ebey’s Landing is always a great place for a beach walk. Photo by Holly Davison Photography

Notable: Accounting major offering tutor services

TAYLOR NIENHUIS, daughter of Phil and Kathy Nienhuis, of Oak Harbor, is…

  • Nov 30th, 2016
Magician JR Russell is part of the act at the musical revue, “Christmas at the Playhouse,” which opens at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Whidbey Playhouse. Photo by Ron Newberry/Whidbey News-Times

Art & About: What’s happening in the arts

WHIDBEY PLAYHOUSE is hosting the holiday musical revue, “Christmas at the Playhouse,”…

  • Nov 30th, 2016
Magician JR Russell is part of the act at the musical revue, “Christmas at the Playhouse,” which opens at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Whidbey Playhouse. Photo by Ron Newberry/Whidbey News-Times
Entertainer JR Russell checks out Santa’s List prior to a rehearsal for “Christmas at the Playhouse,” Tuesday night at the Whidbey Playhouse in Oak Harbor. The holiday revue starts Dec. 1. Photo by Ron Newberry/Whidbey News-Times

Playhouse offers holiday escape from hustle, bustle

Holiday revue features carols, skits, magic and more at Whidbey Playhouse

Entertainer JR Russell checks out Santa’s List prior to a rehearsal for “Christmas at the Playhouse,” Tuesday night at the Whidbey Playhouse in Oak Harbor. The holiday revue starts Dec. 1. Photo by Ron Newberry/Whidbey News-Times
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Window on Whidbey: Eagle invites itself for dinner

Hoping to get in on the feast

  • Nov 28th, 2016
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