Brandon Taylor

Island Transit amps up service, coronavirus safety

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

Island Transit amps up service, coronavirus safety

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

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

Vet without family will receive funeral with honors

South Whidbey Tilth extending hours

South Whidbey Tilth Farmers’ Market is considering extending its August hours to match the current July hours and may discontinue playing live music during the… Continue reading

Fire districts to hold public meetings to discuss levy lid lifts | Corrected

North and South Whidbey fire districts will be holding public meetings to discuss levy lid lifts next week. The North Whidbey Fire and Rescue is… Continue reading

North Whidbey house burns on Alamo Way while owner is away at work

North Whidbey house burns on Alamo Way while owner is away at work

Smoke filled the air and fire engines lined the street of Alamo Way in North Whidbey Thursday after a house caught fire while the owner… Continue reading

North Whidbey house burns on Alamo Way while owner is away at work

List of North Whidbey CARES recipients released July 10 | Corrected

Right about now, the Oak Harbor CARES Act grant selection committee should be nearing the end of its review process to determine which businesses will… Continue reading

Anna Zefferys, Founder of Bart’s Better Food cooks the plant-based meat alternative into a burger.                                Photo by Brandon Taylor

New biz is meatless in Freeland

After spending 12 years in New York, a Freeland native has returned to Whidbey Island to kickstart her plant-based meat alternative business. Anna Zefferys is… Continue reading

Anna Zefferys, Founder of Bart’s Better Food cooks the plant-based meat alternative into a burger.                                Photo by Brandon Taylor
Hot diggity! New stand launches in Oak Harbor

Hot diggity! New stand launches in Oak Harbor

A new hot dog stand is finding its footing in Oak Harbor. Boston-bred Doug and Julianne Blynn are the owners of the newly established Flightline… Continue reading

Hot diggity! New stand launches in Oak Harbor

Marina Advisory Committee analyzes impact of COVID-19

The impact the pandemic has had on the Oak Harbor Marina appears to be minimal so far, but marina officials are keeping their eyes on… Continue reading

Oak Harbor staff works to clarify zoning code

Island County Superior Court ruled against Oak Harbor’s low-income housing development for downtown area in February. The project led to an ongoing development moratorium in… Continue reading

Fireworks sales may soar with annual displays canceled for ’20

Fireworks sales may soar with annual displays canceled for ’20

The big white tents have taken up shop across the island. The fuse on firework season has been lit in Oak Harbor. Other municipalities and… Continue reading

Fireworks sales may soar with annual displays canceled for ’20