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Holiday Gingerbread Challenge taking entries

It’ll be sweet — so get ready to put on your creative thinking cap, get your hands a bit sticky and put your favorite sugary… Continue reading

Photo by Laura Guido/ Whidbey News-Times.
                                During Oak Harbor’s celebration on Pioneer Way Saturday, Tracy, 10, and Katelyn, 5, tell Santa Claus what they want for Christmas this year. He regrettably informed them he cannot give live animals.

Santa comes to downtown Oak Harbor

Carolers sang, Santa helped Mayor Bob Severns light the tree downtown and children told the man in red what they hoped to he’d bring them… Continue reading

Photo by Laura Guido/ Whidbey News-Times.
                                During Oak Harbor’s celebration on Pioneer Way Saturday, Tracy, 10, and Katelyn, 5, tell Santa Claus what they want for Christmas this year. He regrettably informed them he cannot give live animals.

Coupeville lights up for the holidays

T he annual Greening of Coupeville went without a hitch Saturday, kicking off December’s local holiday festivities. Children and families lined the town’s Main Street,… Continue reading

Mailbox snoop| Island Scanner

The following were reported to the Island County Sheriff’s Office: SATURDAY, Nov. 17 At 4:43 p.m., a Laurel Lane caller reported that a woman came… Continue reading

Fruitcake may be ancient, but it’s a fresh topic at OH Library

Nobody wanted to eat this fruitcake, not for 350 years. But it’s far from unwanted. This “ancient fruitcake” is the title of an upcoming presentation… Continue reading

Navy is ‘terminating discussions’ about impact of Growlers on historic properties

The Navy announced after 4:30 p.m. Friday that it was terminating discussions with agencies and parties over how the Navy will mitigate impacts the increase… Continue reading

Planners wants to extend moratorium on short-term rentals

The Coupeville Planning Commission wants more time to study the effects of short-term rentals. Planning Director Owen Dennison asked the town council Tuesday for an… Continue reading

Sebo returns to help open namesake center

Former Whidbey Island Sebo’s Do-it-Center owner Bob Sebo returned to Whidbey Island for the recent opening of a center named for him and his wife,… Continue reading

  • Nov 30, 2018

Playhouse reveals cast for ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’

Whidbey Playhouse has announced its cast selection for “A Streetcar named Desire.” The Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Tennessee Williams is a study of the unraveling… Continue reading

  • Nov 30, 2018

Field carrier schedule for Dec. 3 – 9

There are aircraft carrier-based flight training operations scheduled to occur at Ault Field the week of Monday, Dec.3 through Sunday, Dec. 9. There are no… Continue reading

  • Nov 30, 2018

Town of Coupeville wins grants for big projects

Two relatively large road and sidewalk projects are set to move forward in Coupeville thanks to grants from the Transportation Improvement Program. The state-funded program… Continue reading

Program helps students at their pace

A new Coupeville program, Tutorial Time, is helping students catch up in the classroom. It’s an early-morning program held on Tuesdays and Thursdays. It’s aim… Continue reading

County feeling housing ‘squeeze’

Island County’s affordable housing crisis is worsened by a “squeezing effect” happening throughout the state, according to a recent study. The North Puget Sound Association… Continue reading

One month later, no sign of missing man

Fitch hasn’t been seen since Oct. 29

Oak Harbor Sears store is here to stay

The Sears brand has been in Oak Harbor for decades in a variety of shapes and forms. And even though the mega U.S. retailer filed… Continue reading

Photo by Jessie Stensland / Whidbey News-Times
                                Oak Harbor Mayor Bob Severns and Project Engineer Brett Arvidson, at right, struggle briefly with a computer during the ribbon cutting Thursday for the city’s new, state-of-the-art sewage treatment plant. As part of the ceremony, Severns was able to hit a key on the laptop to direct the water cleaned by the plant to go directly into the harbor for the first time. State lawmakers, representatives from the EPA and the state Department of Ecology, a leader from the Swinomish tribal community, the director of the Puget Sound Partnership, city council members and public works staff attended the event in celebration. Severns pointed out that the project came to fruition only with the help from all these partners.

Ceremony celebrates sewage treatment plant coming online

By Jessie Stensland jstensland@whidbeynewsgroup.com… Continue reading

Photo by Jessie Stensland / Whidbey News-Times
                                Oak Harbor Mayor Bob Severns and Project Engineer Brett Arvidson, at right, struggle briefly with a computer during the ribbon cutting Thursday for the city’s new, state-of-the-art sewage treatment plant. As part of the ceremony, Severns was able to hit a key on the laptop to direct the water cleaned by the plant to go directly into the harbor for the first time. State lawmakers, representatives from the EPA and the state Department of Ecology, a leader from the Swinomish tribal community, the director of the Puget Sound Partnership, city council members and public works staff attended the event in celebration. Severns pointed out that the project came to fruition only with the help from all these partners.

Downtown event will have Santa, singing

Santa Claus is comin’ to town— and hopefully this year, children won’t have to wait in long lines to see him. Families will be able… Continue reading

More than a cup of joe: Rock Island Coffee

Gordon Koetje and Brenda Marti wanted to create more than a coffee shop. And by most measures, they’ve accomplished that goal. The owners of Coupeville’s… Continue reading

Chicken-killing dog| Island Scanner

The following items were selected from reports made to the Island County Sheriff’s Office: Thursday, Nov. 15 At 10:24 a.m., a Ridgeway Drive resident reported… Continue reading

New partnership provides toys for tots

Few happy stories start with the opening of a bill. But that’s exactly what happened one day in early November to Tom Keltner, South Whidbey… Continue reading