Brandon Taylor

Oak Harbor looks at minimizing utility rate increase

The monthly rate Oak Harbor residents pay for city-provided utilities will increase over the next four years, but there is a little wiggle room for… Continue reading

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                                Fran Leukhardt hands out food and educational materials from an Oak Harbor School District bus.

Oak Harbor School District deploys buses to distribute food

In response to the pandemic, Oak Harbor School District buses are distributing food and educational material at designated locations, according to school officials. Four school… Continue reading

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                                Fran Leukhardt hands out food and educational materials from an Oak Harbor School District bus.

Oak Harbor city council OKs construction of crosswalk on Bayshore

Pedestrian improvements are planned for Oak Harbor’s Windjammer Park. During Tuesday night’s teleconferenced city council meeting, the council approved a bid for the construction of… Continue reading

Island Transit adjusts routes as ridership drops 26 percent

Beginning March 23, Island Transit will remove many of its Whidbey Island routes in response to the coronavirus outbreak. Island Transit is not planning to… Continue reading

High school students offer free babysitting

On the last day of school at Oak Harbor High School before mandatory closure, teachers handed their students a list of resources that will allow… Continue reading

Photo by Brandon Taylor/Whidbey News-Times Harbormaster Chris Sublet is working to improve the Oak Harbor Marina and hopes to raise chinook salmon in pens.

City looks at raising marina revenue

Efforts are underway to breathe new life into the Oak Harbor Marina. Oak Harbor is looking to bring more business to the harbor by purchasing… Continue reading

Photo by Brandon Taylor/Whidbey News-Times Harbormaster Chris Sublet is working to improve the Oak Harbor Marina and hopes to raise chinook salmon in pens.

Activities

Due to growing concerns related to the coronavirus, most of the calendar events submitted to the Whidbey News-Times have been canceled. Here are a few… Continue reading

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                                John Del Prete’s fourth-grade class tears into the box that has their published book “Invisible Pollution in the Salish Sea.”

4th grade students publish book on Salish Sea

John Del Prete’s fourth-grade class crowded around two cardboard boxes stacked on a small cluster of desks near the whiteboard. The students were electric in… Continue reading

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                                John Del Prete’s fourth-grade class tears into the box that has their published book “Invisible Pollution in the Salish Sea.”

Drive-up pharmacy, Oak Harbor clinic in hospital plans

A number of changes are in the works for WhidbeyHealth. In addition to opening walk-in clinics in Oak Harbor and Clinton, the hospital district is… Continue reading

Poet says ‘yes,’ then publishes his work

Oak Harbor poet Daniel Edward Moore has published two books in the span of three months and is promoting them during reading tours across the… Continue reading

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                                Denny DeWispelaere from Oak Harbor receives a tasting of Freeland Caffe’s Manhattan style chowder from Jill Bassett and Miranda Baugh.

Musselfest muscles on

Unlike some other events across the country and state that were canceled because of coronavirus concerns, Coupeville’s annual Musselfest drew a fairly healthy sized crowd… Continue reading

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                                Denny DeWispelaere from Oak Harbor receives a tasting of Freeland Caffe’s Manhattan style chowder from Jill Bassett and Miranda Baugh.

Oak Harbor road construction gets underway this summer

Construction on Fort Nugent Road and Loerland Drive is expected to occur in the summer followed by road construction in neighborhoods near Crosby Avenue in… Continue reading

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                                Officer Scott Johnson and School Resource Officer Jeremy Andreano will patrol Oak Harbor on electric bikes.

Oak Harbor police set to put the mettle to the pedal

Oak Harbor residents may see police officers on electric bikes. The Oak Harbor Police Department purchased three electric bikes from Rad Power Bikes to use… Continue reading

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                                Officer Scott Johnson and School Resource Officer Jeremy Andreano will patrol Oak Harbor on electric bikes.

Taproom gains ally in MusselFest Chowder Contest

This year’s MusselFest marks the fifth anniversary of The Penn Cove Taproom’s opening, and the owners have an ace up their sleeve for the chowder-tasting… Continue reading

All that jazz

The halls of Oak Harbor High School hummed with the sound of different regional school jazz bands while volunteers in purple shirts offered directions to… Continue reading

Oak Harbor in talks with Anacortes for fiber optics

Oak Harbor is in talks with Anacortes to install “wet fiber” in water lines near Deception Pass and Pass Lake. The fiber optic cables would… Continue reading

Man airlifted to Seattle hospital after crash Sunday

An Arlington man was injured in a one-car crash Sunday morning on North Whidbey, the Washington State Patrol reported. Mark Strait, 45, was airlifted to… Continue reading

Winter Chinook run underway in Puget Sound

The winter run of Chinook, or blackmouth salmon, is underway in Puget Sound with reports of fish as large as 10 pounds being reeled in.… Continue reading

County gathering flood forms for FEMA | CORRECTED

Island County Department of Emergency Management is collecting damage assessment forms in the hopes of receiving aid from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and loans… Continue reading

Growing Coupeville’s from-scratch program

Coupeville School District has received an $82,345 grant to grow its Connected Food Program. The grant from the state department of education is being used… Continue reading