Harold Johnson of Oak Harbor enjoys songs from a group of children who visited Harbor Tower Village in 2015. Johnson, whose ship, the USS Oklahoma, capsized during the Japanese attacks on Pearl Harbor in 1941, died Oct. 14. He was 92.  - Ron Newberry/Whidbey News-Times

Pearl Harbor survivor dies at 92: Johnson twice lived to tell stories about ships that sank during war

  • Oct 22, 2016 at 5:00AM

The late Harold Johnson, who went by “Hal,” was a longtime Oak Harbor resident and father of three who served in the Navy during World War II and later in the Korean conflict as a naval reserve.


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Race Report: Oregon Coast 30K

Lying flat on my back on the wet grass after the race, a guy behind me says, “That was hard as f&*#.” I smile and say to my sister, “What he said.” The previous afternoon, as JoDee and I previewed the final mile of the 30K/50K courses, she was tearful. My sister had injured her IT...

Cancer survivor heals through writing book on experience

  • Oct 12, 2016 at 5:00AM

Rognan doesn’t sweat the small things anymore. She’s learned to look at life differently and live more simply — in her case, in the comfort of a small cabin on a farm in Oak Harbor.

Waterfowl, deer hunting seasons begin on Saturday

  • Oct 12, 2016 at 3:00AM

What officials at the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife are calling “some of Washington’s most popular hunting seasons” will get underway Saturday, Oct. 15.

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Let’s Unstigmatize Thoughts of Suicide

“I love you and the kids, but I need to die…,” are the words I spoke to my husband one day in January of 2004. He hugged me, loaded the family into the car, and drove to our local hospital, where a nurse handed me half a tablet of Ativan and, when it had little effect,...


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