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Park’s closure brings changes

The closure this summer of Oak Harbor’s Windjammer Park will mean some changes are necessary in the city’s annual Fourth of July celebration. The carnival… Continue reading

Town council to fill sudden vacancy

Town of Coupeville Councilwoman Christine Crowell announced she is leaving her seat early because of an illness in her family. Crowell’s departure means her seat… Continue reading

Jury finds man guilty of vehicular homicide

A jury in Island County Superior Court this week found a man guilty of vehicular homicide for causing a car accident that killed 18-year-old Keesha… Continue reading

Don’t forget new fireworks rules for Island County

Don’t be surprised if you see fireworks light up the skies across the island as early as 9 a.m. on Tuesday morning. Island County adopted… Continue reading

Strawberry Daze returns with more to eat and do

Paige Mueller-Flack hopes to combine education, fun activities and a family-farm atmosphere into the second annual celebration of strawberries at Bell’s Farm. Despite a tough… Continue reading

Navy releases preferred plan for Growler practice

It calls for decrease in training, increase in practice at OLF Coupeville

City auction set for Saturday

Only one place in Oak Harbor will be selling a 1978 6600 tractor, high jump uprights and mats, a typewriter and an industrial mixer on… Continue reading

Defense attorney wants mistrial after juror’s ‘shenanigans’

A defense attorney is asking for a mistrial after some odd behavior by a juror involving a zombie-related sign and dried insects. Oak Harbor resident… Continue reading

Saratoga Orchestra event is set for Sat. in Freeland

Whidbey’s Saratoga Orchestra is getting tropical with its annual fundraising event. This year’s theme is “Island Time — A Taste of the Tropics.” The event… Continue reading

Hannold defends planning commissioner

Island County Commissioner Rick Hannold defended his appointment of Shannon Williams to the county planning commission after she expressed concern about the types of people… Continue reading

Board vetoes transit fares

Island Transit will not charge riders fares on its buses, with the exception of one Camano Island route. Members of the Island Transit board voted… Continue reading

New Coupeville schools superintendent from Oak Harbor

Coupeville School District announced its new superintendent, Steve King. King comes from Oak Harbor School District, where he is currently the assistant superintendent. Originally from… Continue reading

A chance to get to know the Captain Whidbey, new owners

Over a century old and a central Whidbey landmark, the Captain Whidbey Inn is far from gathering dust in old age. The inn is bustling… Continue reading

New education, training program for juvenile court

Island County Juvenile Court will soon start a pilot program aimed at reducing recidivism through education and career training. The county board of commissioners agreed… Continue reading

Fed agency study lowers risk level for firefighting foam

Navy officials need to review a new study on chemicals found in some firefighting foam that contaminated well water on Whidbey before deciding if further… Continue reading

Island County EDC head stays ‘positive’

Promoting economic development in Island County comes with its own unique set of challenges, but Sharon Sappington said she plans to face each one with… Continue reading

Naval search and rescue team rescues two people from Cascade Mountains

A Search and Rescue (SAR) team from Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island rescued two people on Forbidden Peak in the Cascade Mountains, Tuesday, June… Continue reading

  • Jun 20, 2018
Mucking about looking for squirts in the sand is part of the fun of digging for clams. This summer, Sound Water Stewards teaches six Digging for Dinner classes. Photo provided

Mucking about in clamming class

‘Digging for Dinner’ a popular Sound Water activity

Mucking about looking for squirts in the sand is part of the fun of digging for clams. This summer, Sound Water Stewards teaches six Digging for Dinner classes. Photo provided
Photo by Laura Guido/Whidbey News-Times.
                                Donovan McCulley cheers at the end of the commencement ceremony Saturday.

Oak Harbor grads show ‘inspirational ambition’

Oak Harbor High School’s class of 2018 reached graduation through four years of hard work, dedication and some last minute scrambles to finish assignments after… Continue reading

Photo by Laura Guido/Whidbey News-Times.
                                Donovan McCulley cheers at the end of the commencement ceremony Saturday.
Photo by Patricia Guthrie/Whidbey News Group
                                Sheriff candidates Rick Felici (second from left) and Lane Campbell (standing) addressed questions Friday at forum attended by 45 people.
                                Island County Sheriff candidates Rick Felici (second from left) and Lane Campbell (standing) addressed questions at a Friday forum attended by 45 people. Reece Rose (right) of the Old Goats-Fully Informed Voters group helped moderate the luncheon discussion at the Holmes Harbor Rod & Gun Club. Photo by Patricia Guthrie/Whidbey News Group

Candidates for sheriff address homelessness, other issues

Homelessness, property theft, drugs and other issues addressed

Photo by Patricia Guthrie/Whidbey News Group
                                Sheriff candidates Rick Felici (second from left) and Lane Campbell (standing) addressed questions Friday at forum attended by 45 people.
                                Island County Sheriff candidates Rick Felici (second from left) and Lane Campbell (standing) addressed questions at a Friday forum attended by 45 people. Reece Rose (right) of the Old Goats-Fully Informed Voters group helped moderate the luncheon discussion at the Holmes Harbor Rod & Gun Club. Photo by Patricia Guthrie/Whidbey News Group