Brandon Taylor

Oak Harbor delays decision on utility rate increase

The Oak Harbor City Council has delayed a decision to increase the city’s utility rates largely due to unemployment caused by the COVID-19 health crisis.… Continue reading

 

City eyes ban on smoking in parks

Oak Harbor officials are considering an ordinance that would prohibit smoking in city parks. During Tuesday’s teleconferenced meeting, city council members discussed a proposed ordinance… Continue reading

 

Black Lives Matter: Formed in response to George Floyd’s killing, weekend protest stays peaceful

A Black Lives Matter protest in Oak Harbor Saturday remained peaceful and, despite foul weather, drew a sizable crowd with more than 50 people participating.… Continue reading

 

Graduation plans move foward, with adaptations

End of year plans for schools across the nation were derailed as the COVID-19 pandemic spread. Schools were forced to close, sporting events and many… Continue reading

Veterinary clinic in Oak Harbor celebrating 40th anniversary

Best Friends Veterinarian Center in Oak Harbor celebrated its 40th anniversary last month. In that time, Eric Anderson, the clinic’s chief of staff, has treated… Continue reading

Larsen resigns from Oak Harbor City Council

A seat has opened on Oak Harbor’s city council. Bill Larsen resigned from his position as a council member on May 15. He purchased and… Continue reading

Relief in works for Oak Harbor businesses

The city of Oak Harbor is partnering with Island County and the Greater Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce to assist businesses impacted by COVID-19. “This… Continue reading

Help House says demand has decreased

North Whidbey Help House is doing well despite the COVID-19 health crisis, according to Executive Director Jean Wieman. U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen, D-Everett, visited the… Continue reading

Photo by Brandon Taylor Oak Harbor High School students drive around the high school in decorated cars
                                 Photo by Brandon Taylor Oak Harbor High School students drive around the high school in decorated cars
                                 Photo by Brandon Taylor Oak Harbor High School students drive around the high school in decorated cars
                                 Photo by Brandon Taylor Oak Harbor High School students drive around the high school in decorated cars
                                 Photo by Brandon Taylor Oak Harbor High School students drive around the high school in decorated cars
                                 Photo by Brandon Taylor Oak Harbor High School students drive around the high school in decorated cars

Celebrating 2020 grads

The Oak Harbor police and fire departments, North Whidbey Fire and Rescue and the Naval Air Station Whidbey Island Fire Department were on scene at… Continue reading

Photo by Brandon Taylor Oak Harbor High School students drive around the high school in decorated cars
                                 Photo by Brandon Taylor Oak Harbor High School students drive around the high school in decorated cars
                                 Photo by Brandon Taylor Oak Harbor High School students drive around the high school in decorated cars
                                 Photo by Brandon Taylor Oak Harbor High School students drive around the high school in decorated cars
                                 Photo by Brandon Taylor Oak Harbor High School students drive around the high school in decorated cars
                                 Photo by Brandon Taylor Oak Harbor High School students drive around the high school in decorated cars

City of Oak Harbor extends 2 percent funding contracts

Events funded by Oak Harbor’s lodging tax that may have been cancelled this year due to the pandemic are receiving an extension on their contracts… Continue reading

Responders receive ‘thank you’ meal

Island County first responders received a free meal for their service during the COVID-19 crisis. The meal was sponsored by the county commissioners and several… Continue reading

DOD transfer delays leave some families in limbo

To limit spread of COVID-19, the Department of Defense extended travel restrictions for military personnel until June 30, a decision that puts the lives of… Continue reading

Blue Fox petitions to avoid becoming pandemic casualty

If it can’t open for business soon, the Blue Fox Drive-In may be closing its doors for good, according to the theater’s owner. As a… Continue reading

Oak Harbor utility rate decision postponed

The decision that would determine the monthly rate Oak Harbor residents would pay for city-provided utilities over the next four years has been postponed in… Continue reading

American Association of University Women award scholarships

The Whidbey American Association of University Women awarded scholarships to Whidbey girls to aid their education in STEM programs. The association faced hurdles in processing… Continue reading

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                                A closeup of the Asian hornets destructive mandibles.

‘Murder hornets’ not seen on Whidbey — yet

‘Murder hornets’ have not been seen on Whidbey Island, but they would like it here. “They should find this environment very suitable,” WSU Extension Director… Continue reading

Photo provided by the Washington State Department of Agriculture
                                A closeup of the Asian hornets destructive mandibles.

Memorial Day event adapts to the times

Rather than cancel this year’s Memorial Day service at Maple Leaf Cemetery, Kelly Davidson is adapting the event to abide by social distancing guidelines. “I… Continue reading

County creates Recovery Task Force

As Island County begins the process of reopening post-pandemic, an economic recovery task force comprised of local leaders is being formed. “Now that the health… Continue reading

Acorn sculpture plans change

Plans for transforming remnants of the 330-year-old Garry oak tree that once stood next to the Oak Harbor post office into something artistic have changed.… Continue reading

Schools adapt to pandemic closures

Last week, schools on Whidbey joined the rest of the state in moving classes online as buildings are shuttered for the school year due to… Continue reading