Life

Seminar targets firearms safety

A safer community is the goal of a new free firearms seminar being offered by Pacific Indoor Tactical, a recently-opened Oak Harbor shooting range and… Continue reading

On a mission to help hoarders

Downsizing, clearing clutter also part of Oak Harbor business

Rockin’ A Hard Place: Happy trails to you, until we meet in Coupeville

Over Christmas and New Year’s, some friends sat around our house sharing favorite memories over hot cider. I chimed in with the best toy I… Continue reading

Balancing life with a ‘Great Dane cane’

Big service dog makes big difference for Oak Harbor woman

Not your typical house cats

Greenbank resident John Lussmyer’s fridge is stocked with pounds upon pounds of pork, beef and chicken. The food isn’t all for Lussmyer. Much of it… Continue reading

Evan Thompson / The Record — Freeland resident Scott Robbins battles waves as he attempts to kitesurf during a windy morning on Dec. 28 at Useless Bay.

Kiteboarders battle big waves at Useless Bay

Strong winds recently attracted a few kiteboarders to Useless Bay. Three adrenaline junkies donned wetsuits and strapped in their harnesses to charge the waters from… Continue reading

Evan Thompson / The Record — Freeland resident Scott Robbins battles waves as he attempts to kitesurf during a windy morning on Dec. 28 at Useless Bay.

Local hospitals greet New Year’s wee arrivals

Two couples and three babies

  • Jan 5, 2018

Kids’ books with big people issues

Susan Jensen draws the thaw of global warming

Peter, Peter — Writer, Seeker

I opened my front door to the quietest of knocks. Our six-year-old son waited with a stranger. My heart raced at the realization of what… Continue reading

Get Outside!

Take in the outdoors on New Year’s Day

Picturing working Whidbey artists

New book highlights studio space and the creative process

Contributed photo — Island Jazz Collective perform at Rustica in Oak Harbor with their full quintet. From left to right: Dale Stirling, Don Wodjenski, Ken Bloomquist, Dr. Bob Wagner and Mark Strohschein.

Jazz collective changes tune, shape as needed

Bands on Whidbey Island have a dilemma when it comes to performing, according to Langley resident Don Wodjenski. There aren’t many venues to play, and… Continue reading

Contributed photo — Island Jazz Collective perform at Rustica in Oak Harbor with their full quintet. From left to right: Dale Stirling, Don Wodjenski, Ken Bloomquist, Dr. Bob Wagner and Mark Strohschein.

Christmas time is tamale time

Preparation brings family together

The exhibit showcases a range of mediums, including wood carving from Dexter Lewis. Lewis uses a chainsaw for his carving. Photos by Kyle Jensen/Whidbey News Group

Playing pool leads to collaborative art exhibit

‘So many artists hidden away in the woods or studio’

The exhibit showcases a range of mediums, including wood carving from Dexter Lewis. Lewis uses a chainsaw for his carving. Photos by Kyle Jensen/Whidbey News Group

Binoculars, birds and keeping tabs on habitat

Whidbey’s Audubon annual count adds up for conservation

Leaping into ‘The Nutcracker’

OH dancers perform this weekend

  • Dec 13, 2017

History haunts OH Poetry Project

Meetings encourage deep writing, listening

Island Unseen: Lab Girl, The Lorax, The Hidden Life of Trees and Me

I used to think of trees as majestic, oxygen-producing shade-providers. Not anymore. Reading Peter Wohlleben’s The Hidden Life of Trees and Hope Jahren’s Lab Girl… Continue reading

Santa Claus sitting awhile in Oak Harbor

Posing for photos until Dec. 23 at Harborview Mall

Oak Harbor performer juggles two productions at once

She’s here, she’s there, she’s everywhere