Brandon Taylor

Yabba dabba loo! Flinstone toilets on the way

Oak Harbor is looking to add two Portland Loos at Flintstone Park. The stainless steel toilets are known for their semi-transparent design that aid in… Continue reading

 

Yabba dabba loo! Flinstone toilets on the way

Oak Harbor is looking to add two Portland Loos at Flintstone Park. The stainless steel toilets are known for their semi-transparent design that aid in… Continue reading

 

Oak Harbor council limits spending authority in anticipation of COVID-19 impacts

The Oak Harbor City Council significantly reduced the spending authority for all contracts in order to brace for the economic effects of COVID-19. Councilmember Joel… Continue reading

 

Crash run into post offices, Dollar Tree

A spate of vehicles crashing into buildings is just an anomaly, according to Oak Harbor Fire Chief Ray Merrill. Last Thursday, a teal Honda Accord… Continue reading

Julianne Blynn prepares a War Pig hot dog for customers during the Open Air Thursdays. Photo by Brandon Taylor

Bringing Thursdays to life

Downtown Oak Har-bor was a little busier than normal Thursday night. Although it was overcast, restaurants and shops were experiencing more visitors than usual, according… Continue reading

Julianne Blynn prepares a War Pig hot dog for customers during the Open Air Thursdays. Photo by Brandon Taylor

Vacancy on Oak Harbor council filled

Oak Harbor City Council appointed substitute teacher Millie Goebel to fill a vacancy created after councilmember Bill Larsen moved outside of city limits. Goebel was… Continue reading

Oak Harbor facing vacancies in key positions

The city of Oak Harbor has recently experienced some major staff turnover in key positions that are still in the process of being filled. Countless… Continue reading

Unemployment still high, but some industries see job growth

The Washington State Employment Security Department reports that the unemployment rate continues to be high, but certain industries have begun to see job growth when… Continue reading

Smoothie biz opens on Pioneer

Scott and Calysta Webb long dreamed of running a business. Originally, they were planning to open a coffee shop, but when they arrived on Whidbey… Continue reading

Island Transit amps up service, coronavirus safety

Island Transit is now offering more service than it did at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to communications consultant Rena Shawver. Service has… Continue reading

At 11 a.m. Thursday, a cream-colored Acura sedan careened up a curb and crashed into Whidbey Coffee in Oak Harbor, near the intersection of Southwest… Continue reading

Chamber gets new director

The Greater Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce Executive Board named Vicki Graham as its new executive director on July 15. Graham previously worked for four… Continue reading

Lt. Nick Woods, attached to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit (EODMU) 5, controls a Mark II Talon remotely operated vehicle (ROV) during a Certification Exercise (CERTEX) on Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Wash., July 16. Elements of EODMU-1 and EODMU-5 qualified as ready for future operational deployments during the CERTEX, which centered on integrating the two units’ Sailors with a goal of building a cohesiveness that will help them counter undersea threats and contribute to winning the high-end fight once deployed in support of Navy and geographic combatant command mission priorities. U.S. Navy EOD is the world’s premier combat force for eliminating explosive threats so the Fleet and nation can fight and win wherever, whenever and however it chooses. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Marc Cuenca/Released

Ordnance training held off Whidbey

U.S. Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit One from San Diego and Unit Five from Guam arrived in Naval Air Station Whidbey Island to conduct… Continue reading

Lt. Nick Woods, attached to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit (EODMU) 5, controls a Mark II Talon remotely operated vehicle (ROV) during a Certification Exercise (CERTEX) on Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Wash., July 16. Elements of EODMU-1 and EODMU-5 qualified as ready for future operational deployments during the CERTEX, which centered on integrating the two units’ Sailors with a goal of building a cohesiveness that will help them counter undersea threats and contribute to winning the high-end fight once deployed in support of Navy and geographic combatant command mission priorities. U.S. Navy EOD is the world’s premier combat force for eliminating explosive threats so the Fleet and nation can fight and win wherever, whenever and however it chooses. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Marc Cuenca/Released
Patriot Guard Riders and Wallin Funeral Homes Director Kelly Davidson were the Pallbearers for Roy Derrick’s funeral. Photo by Brandon Taylor

Navy veteran without family receives funeral with honors

Roy Derrick was not alone when he was laid to rest on Tuesday, July 21. The retired U.S. Navy senior chief ocean systems maintenance technician… Continue reading

Patriot Guard Riders and Wallin Funeral Homes Director Kelly Davidson were the Pallbearers for Roy Derrick’s funeral. Photo by Brandon Taylor

Four in running to fill OH council position | Corrected

Four candidates with distinct backgrounds have applied for the seat on the Oak Harbor City Council vacated by Bill Larsen, who resigned earlier this year.… Continue reading

It’s still a seller’s market, despite virus

It continues to be a seller’s market for real estate in Washington state. Despite the COVID-19 pandemic and a housing shortage, rural areas like Island… Continue reading

Navy wants to conduct stealth training at Oak Harbor marina

The Navy wants to conduct training at the Oak Harbor Marina, but citizens likely won’t even notice. The Oak Harbor City Council will discuss the… Continue reading

Oak Harbor approves CARES grants

A range of small businesses on North Whidbey — from restaurants to salons to yoga studios — will receive CARES Act funding to recover losses… Continue reading

Fundraiser moves online due to COVID-19

The annual cooking fundraiser for the Coupeville Farm to School Program is still green-lit, although it has been modified to better ensure safety during the… Continue reading

Vet without family will receive funeral with honors

In 1999, a U.S. Navy veteran made arrangements for his burial with the now-defunct Burley Funeral Chapel in Oak Harbor. Fast forward 20-plus years, and,… Continue reading