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Successful marathon showcases Whidbey as a travel destination | Publisher's Column

  • Today at 4:00AM updated at 7:27AM

Congratulations to the City of Oak Harbor on a marathon well done. The 13th annual event drew more than 3,000 people to run along Whidbey Island’s scenic roads. And with many of those 3,000 participants came family and friends to cheer them on. That’s a pretty hefty number of visitors.

Award-winning Oak Harbor brewer takes home the gold

  • Today at 1:00AM updated at 7:21AM

When making beer, Flyers Restaurant and Brewery co-owner Tony Savoy, who doubles as a brewer, said he enjoys the creativity he can use in the process. “I’ve always liked cooking and it’s similar,” Savoy said Tuesday. “I appreciate the science side of it but I love the creative side.”

Oak Harbor adopts sister city in Philippines

  • Today at 2:00AM updated at 4:43AM

The difference between life in Oak Harbor and life back home in the Philippines is so profound that it’s difficult for Lorena Albert to describe. Albert grew up in Cabpangi, a small village within the rural farming town of Libungan in the Cotabato province, and didn’t come to the United States until she was 18. She’s lived in Oak Harbor on and off over the years and settled down in the city for good 16 years ago.

Whidbey Island Vintners Association to include distillers

  • Apr 15, 2014 at 4:23PM

Members of the Whidbey Island Vintners Association have unanimously agreed to include local distillers in the group, and will now be known as the Whidbey Island Vintners and Distillers Association.

Lions barbecue during Holland Happening

  • Apr 15, 2014 at 9:32PM

Proceeds benefit children, adults in need of vision or hearing care

Squadron returning to NAS Whidbey this week

  • Apr 15, 2014 at 8:01PM

VAQ-130 is the second carrier based squadron to deploy with the EA-18G

Leaders celebrate reading champs

  • Today at 5:00AM

Third graders at Oak Harbor Elementary school gathered in the multi-purpose room Friday to fete the Fantastics. Island County Commissioner Jill Johnson and the district’s superintendent, Lance Gibbon, joined the students in recognizing the headline-stealing, reading challenge champions.

Sometimes it takes a tragedy to make progress | Guest Column

  • Today at 5:00AM

Sometimes it takes a calamity to move anything through Congress. In the case of the Green Mountain Lookout, it took a tragedy for federal lawmakers to keep an iconic structure exactly where it is.

Very proud of church's lunch ministry team | Letters

  • Today at 3:00AM

A few weeks ago, the Whidbey News-Times did an article on homelessness here on Whidbey Island. Toni MeMaggio shared that he is giving out sack lunches to the needy every Friday and Saturday. He forgot to mention that the sack lunches are provided by Whidbey Presbyterian Church.

Green Guide is a helpful gift to Whidbey Island | Letters

  • Today at 4:00AM

“Look deep into nature and then you will understand everything better,” said Albert Einstein, a bright fellow. Congratulations and thank you for your April 7 supplement, “Whidbey Green Guide.” It’s a helpful gift to all who enjoy the wonders of this island. May we all drink deeply of its offerings in this Earth and Ocean month.

'Pinocchio' seems a more fitting story | Letters

  • Today at 2:00AM

A recent letter to the editor from Michael Monson, president of the anti-Navy group, stated people were crying “Chicken Little” because of the belief the base would close if the Coupeville group was successful in preventing the Growlers from flying out at Whidbey Island Naval Air Station’s OLF Coupeville.

Believes COER is trying to close NAS Whidbey | Letters

  • Today at 1:00AM

If Michael Monson’s letter was an attempt at humor — quoting a children’s story of farm animals running willy nilly and worrying about the “sky falling” — he should keep his day job. Many of those in his group, Citizens of Ebey’s Reserve, may not have lived here when the specter of Whidbey Island Naval Air Station being closed by the Base Realignment and Closure Commission was a very real threat.

Whidbey Island Marathon draws more than 3,000 runners

  • Today at 1:00AM

Evidently. the running gods are not superstitious. The 13th running of the Whidbey Island Marathon on the 13th of April attracted more than 3,000 registrations, nearly double the number from 2013. This year’s event featured a marathon, half marathon, 10K, 5K and children’s 1K.

Oak Harbor robotics team heads to nationals

  • Today at 6:00AM

A team of students at Oak Harbor High School has a shot at becoming world-champion robot designers. For the first time since Whidbey Island Wildcat Robotics team was formed six years ago, they are going to the FIRST Robotics world championship competition next week in St. Louis, Mo.

Driver's horn made a 'fart sound' when he passed other cars | Island Scanner

  • Today at 5:00AM

Tuesday, April 8 At 11:52 a.m., a Southwest Downfield Way resident reported that a framer fell off the back of the house. At 8:45 p.m., a caller reported that a woman, possibly on drugs, was screaming in a parking lot on Highway 20. At 9:03 p.m., a resident of Northeast 16th Avenue reported that a neighbor is throwing things off a balcony. At 10:36 p.m., a Southeast Pasek Street resident reported that he has a BB gun and he is going to shoot people who are trying to steal gas from his car.

County reverses Glendale beach access decision

  • Today at 4:00AM

Reversing a decision made last month, Island County commissioners moved forward Monday with grant applications to acquire beach access properties adjacent to Glendale. Commissioner Jill Johnson originally opposed the grant applications saying that she did not want the county to be responsible for the maintenance of any additional properties.

Oak Harbor Arts Commission to propose plan for wood from felled Garry oak

  • Today at 3:00AM

The wood from the post office oak tree should be turned into several, or perhaps many, works of art by wood carvers and others artists from the Whidbey community. That was the general, albeit loose, consensus of the members of the Oak Harbor Arts Commission during its meeting Monday night.

Office Max says it's not leaving

  • Today at 2:00AM

Oak Harbor city officials are scratching their heads about the future of the Office Max store visible from State Highway 20. Koetje Road LLC, the company that owns the Office Max property, submitted an application to the city’s Development Services Department to remodel the 23,700-square-foot building for a Grocery Outlet store.

COER takes jet noise concerns to Washington D.C.

  • Apr 15, 2014 at 3:16PM

Top members of the Citizens of Ebey’s Reserve traveled to Washington, D.C. last week to lobby against the Navy’s EA-18G Growlers. Members of the group said they met with both legislators and staffers from the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, the Pentagon, National Park Service, Department of the Interior, Natural Resources Defense Council and the Friends Committee on National Legislation.

School board president hands over reins

  • Apr 15, 2014 at 3:13PM

The Oak Harbor School Board Monday appointed a new president and approved a change in the district's social studies curriculum.

County looking to fill vacancy on Solid Waste panel

  • Apr 15, 2014 at 2:46PM

Duties of advisory committee members include review of solid waste programs

Soroptimist of Oak Harbor holding sale

  • Apr 15, 2014 at 2:35PM

Soroptomist Of Oak Harbor Upscale-Resale Boutique is holding a Women's Work Mothers Day Sale.

Etzell no-hits Lakewood; Wolves win 1-0 | Baseball

  • Apr 15, 2014 at 12:00PM

After pitching eight shutout innings and striking out 15, what does a pitcher do for an encore? Throw a no-hitter. Coupeville's Ben Etzell, after a stellar performance last week against Cedarcrest, fired a no-hitter as the Wolves edged visiting Lakewood 1-0 Monday, April 14.

Oak Harbor naps 4th in 21-team tournament | Girls golf

  • Apr 15, 2014 at 11:00AM

Competing against 21 other schools, the Oak Harbor High School girls golf team placed fourth at the Burlington-Edison Invitational at the Skagit Valley Golf and Country Club Monday, April 14.

Wildcats squeak out another win | Tennis

  • Apr 15, 2014 at 10:00AM

For the third time in four wins, the Oak Harbor High School tennis team eked out a 4-3 victory, this time over visiting Marysville-Pilchuck Monday, April 14.

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