Chewbacca is affectionate, playful and full of energy. He is up for adoption at the Whidbey Animal Improvement Foundation after being abandoned in a field off Highway 20 near Coupeville. (Photo provided by Shari Bibich)

‘Chewie’ ready for a home

A very good boy is searching for a forever home after being abandoned in a field off Highway 20.

South Whidbey public records advocate blasts cities’ incomplete, litigious responses

South Whidbey resident Eric Hood has collected around $1 million in Public Records Act lawsuits.

Photo by John Fisken
Coupeville volleyball won against Mount Vernon Christian 3-0 on Sept. 14. Schools are hoping more people sign up to become referees because almost all sports are facing a shortage of officials.

School sports need more refs to step up to the plate

High school sports are back in full swing, but a lack of qualified referees could spell trouble.

Photo by Zach Loescher
A barn on Fakkema Road caught fire early Tuesday morning. No animals were in the barn and no one else on the property was injured.

Fire destroys barn on Fakkema Road early Tuesday morning

Firefighters battled a blazing barn as it burned to the ground on North Whidbey early Tuesday morning. There were no… Continue reading

From left, Sarah Gallella, Jill Jackson and Erin Tombaugh take a sip of tea during their bows. (Photo by Karina Andrew/Whidbey News-Times)

Live theater returns to Whidbey Playhouse with three-woman show

The Playhouse’s first show of the long-awaited season will be “Tea for Three.”

Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times
Olympic View Elementary

Options mulled to reduce $429 million school project

A bond measure is planned for the February ballot.

COVID cases trend downward

At the same time, the number of people getting vaccinated in the county has picked up.

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Photos: Making a splash

Edmonds resident Janine Harles captured photos of orcas swimming along the Clinton shoreline.

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Welcome back: Photos from Oak Harbor’s first day of school

Oak Harbor schools had their first day Sept. 9.

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Oak Harbor's famous chicken dances with the crowds at the Oak Harbor Music Festival Saturday. Ever the trendsetter, it appears a flock of fans have copied his signature pose while he struts about the town during the multi-day music festival.

Free-range fun

Oak Harbor’s famous Chucky Chicken danced with the crowds at the Oak Harbor Music Festival Saturday. Ever the trendsetter, it Continue reading...

Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times

Pick your own sunflowers at North Whidbey farm

The farm stand is now offering u-pick sunflowers from its fields north of Oak Harbor.

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South Whidbey farm hosts fitness classes

If you’ve ever wanted to do bicep curls with a chicken or goat walking by, now might be your chance.


#9 is Will Rankin, senior.

Fall sports return, with some changes

Traditional fall school sports are already underway after two nontraditional school years.


OH Cheer Team

Wildcat cheer team claims first place

Oak Harbor High School’s Cheer Competition Team captured first place at the WSCCA Championships in the Non-Tumbling - Medium Category.… Continue reading

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Cadesha Pacquette sets up a pop-up picnic spread similar to one she created for a young girl’s birthday party. Pacquette said her new venture has been popular with military families celebrating a spouse’s return from deployment, anniversaries or just to have fun outdoors.

Pop-up beach picnics are a popular way to celebrate coming home

Navy wife’s new business a big hit for deployments, anniversaries



Sound Off: The sooner we’re vaccinated, the sooner we’ll be back to normal

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Sound Off: Local law enforcement needs continued investments

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