A crew member from the Washington State Department of Natural Resources regulates the spread of fire during a controlled burn at the Pacific Rim Institute in Coupeville last week. - Michael Watkins/Whidbey News-Times

A fiery solution: Prairie burns are essential for survival of native plants

  • Sep 28, 2016 at 6:00AM

To help restore endangered plant life invaded by non-native species, a controlled burn of prairie land was conducted last Thursday at the Pacific Rim Institute for Environmental Stewardship.


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Fort Casey a 'deadly' attraction for zombie TV show

  • Sep 24, 2016 at 6:00AM updated Sep 26, 2016 at 9:18AM

It can be easy to lose your head on the set of Z Nation. Jodi Binstock normally leaves that to the zombies on her television series. But this week it was Binstock, the show’s producer, who nearly lost her head when she stood above the gun emplacements at Fort Casey State Park and soaked in the surroundings.

Oak Harbor Public Schools’ communications officer follows family’s calling

  • Sep 21, 2016 at 5:00AM updated Sep 22, 2016 at 8:00AM

At last, Conor Laffey can attend a family function and no longer get teased about being an outcast.

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Race Report: Ragnar Trail Cascades

“Eat my dust,” said no runner EVER, but that’s what over 1,700 participants in the inaugural running of Ragnar Trail Cascades did (and I theirs), literally, while on the trails and in The Village at Loup Loup Ski Bowl this past weekend. Fifteen four-person ultra and 204 eight-person regular teams converged upon this little known...

Mermaid makes a splash, friends at Oak Harbor park

  • Sep 17, 2016 at 6:00AM

As Hannah Gluth basked in the sun along the water’s edge at an Oak Harbor park Wednesday, every move she made was followed by warm, adoring eyes.


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