Two consulting firms will help the city of Oak Harbor decide where to build the new $93.5-million wastewater treatment plant. Oak Harbor City Council approved separate professional services agreements last week with an archaeological firm and a company that provides real estate and property services.
A fire of unknown origin claimed a mobile home on North Whidbey this morning. The blaze is believed to have started sometime after midnight in a single-wide trailer at the back of an undeveloped lot on Van Dam Road. Firefighters worked to extinguish the flames for at least an hour, but the building was completely destroyed.
Kratos will lose his yard with the beautiful view of the water — not that he cares about that sort of thing — but he will gain spacious living quarters in a spot that’s more convenient for people to visit.
Filing Week for open public offices in Island County began Monday and the first 24 hours yielded a few surprises. With days to go, the following are among the candidates to file so far.
Red hot pokers bloom along a fenceline off Highway 20 in Coupeville in the early morning hours on Monday.
This purple thing can be a little confusing. Saturday’s “Paint Whidbey Purple” event was not a tribute to the Oak Harbor High School Wildcats, who bear the same colors.
Oak Harbor High School’s Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps finished 21st in the Navy National Academic, Athletic and Drill Championships last weekend. Because of budget cuts and sequestration, the competition was a “virtual” meet for the first time. In the past, the teams squared off in Pensacola, Fla.
Watching my son play rugby this past weekend, suffering his first loss of an otherwise perfect season, was bittersweet in many ways. Aside from the loss, which took the team out of the state playoffs, it was the culmination of many years of trekking to games all over the state to cheer on my son.
An annual event showcasing the businesses operating on Whidbey Island is changing its name and expanding its focus. The Biz Expo, which takes place in the fall and organized by the Island County Economic Development Council, will now be known as the “Explore Whidbey: Business and Home Show.”
Central Whidbey farmer Sarah Richards was appointed to the Conservation Futures Citizen Advisory Board this week. Richards was selected by unanimous 2-0 vote of the Island County Board of Commissioners Monday to fill one of two positions within the Coupeville School District boundaries.
The Penn Cove Water Festival welcomes Native American canoe clubs to race on Saturday, May 18, for the 22nd annual celebration at the Coupeville Wharf. Held in downtown Coupeville, the festival allows guests to relive history while honoring ancestors and those who first hosted the festival in the 1930s. The event was an annual affair until it was cancelled during World War II and then resumed 21 years ago.
When Stephen Rodrick returned to Oak Harbor and started unpeeling layers from his past, part of him became a frightened 13-year-old boy again. He’d always dreaded the idea of coming back, avoiding such a return for three decades. But on this occasion, in July of 2009, he was back by invitation, facing his fears head on, and his feelings were hard to contain.
Sunday, May 12 At 2:40 a.m., a caller reported several people climbing a tree at a Southeast Pioneer Way location. At 7:27 a.m., a Southeast Eighth Avenue resident reported a potted plant was stolen from the porch. At 9:24 a.m., a caller reported a woman was trespassing at a State Highway 20 location.
A cart track led an amateur investigator to the home of an alleged South Whidbey burglar, court documents indicate. Island County Sheriff Mark Brown sent out a press release last month, asking for the public’s help in locating Robert Burns.
A Clinton woman was arrested for seriously injuring two men by beating them with a bamboo cane last week, according to Island County Superior Court documents. Prosecutors charged Stefany J. Cornett in Superior Court on May 7 with two counts of assault in the second degree.
Three people are suspected in an April 23 laundromat burglary and a car prowl in Langley. An officer with the Langley Police Department arrested the three suspects as they were driving around town with a fishing rod that was allegedly stolen from a car, according to the police report.
Island County may have a new planning chief as soon as next week. The Board of Commissioners interviewed four finalists during two closed-door interviews Monday. The commissioners are expected to hold two more later this week.
The signature list of the state’s new 64-car ferries was corrected on the MV Salish with 80 tons of ballast recently. The other two boats in the class are expected to receive the same improvement later this summer.
Sometimes being honest can lead to a lot of pedaling. Jonathan McLaughlin, a junior at Oak Harbor High School, discovered that after trying to return a woman’s purse last month.
An attempt to clarify a policy regarding prayer at the start of Oak Harbor City Council meetings transformed into a political hot potato. News of a new policy restricting what should be said during council invocations spread quickly over the weekend, upsetting many who argue a change would violated people’s freedom of religion and speech.