Debra Vaughn

An audacious plan: ‘Everyone thought it was nuts — but he did it, and did it well’

It was 1964 and the Millers wanted to live some place other than Navy housing. With the help of a VA loan, they purchased a 1935 bungalow for the then princely sum of $12,500. They also purchased a home with a history and a story.


A game changer: NAS Whidbey prepares to bring in P-8, phase out venerable P-3

Naval Air Station Whidbey Island is preparing to become the primary home on the West Coast for the Navy’s newest maritime patrol aircraft, the P-8A Poseidon.


Large turnout for Wienermobile in Oak Harbor

The sound of wiener whistles and hot dog puns filled the air when the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile cruised into Oak Harbor.


Annual Night Out raises police awareness

The national event, held on the first Tuesday of August, is meant to raise awareness of police programs. Every community celebrates it differently: it can be a block party or a town festival or something in between.

Organizers still seeking sponsors, volunteers for hydro races

Organizers of an Oak Harbor hydroplane race event are hoping more volunteers, vendors and sponsors step up.

Wienermobile rolling into Oak Harbor on Thursday

Taylor Lennox and Mayra Martinez don’t need to wish to be an Oscar Mayer wiener — they already drive one.

Blue Angels will fly over Whidbey base today

The Navy’s Blue Angels will conduct a flyover at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island's Ault Field Monday, Aug. 1 en route to Seattle for Seafair. Base officials expect the flyover between 1 and 1:30 p.m., but that time could change.

A mess to clean up: Issue of homelessness is one community must address, says interim chief

The Freund family homestead is one of the last, large patches of green space in Oak Harbor city limits. Just west of Safeway, the 20 acres contain a knot of woods, three homes and outbuildings. It also is home to uninvited guests who camp overnight and leave trash and their belongings behind.

District takes steps to improve student safety on campus

School may be out for the summer but workers are busy making a number of upgrades to Oak Harbor Public Schools, including safety improvements.

In wake of Dallas, locals step up to thank police

The killing of five Dallas police officers happened far away from here, but local residents want Oak Harbor Police to know they’ve got their backs.

Day was perfect for party in park

That party on a perfect Oak Harbor sunny day featured snacks, balloons and play time on the original equipment, and some new features, including an “Expressions Swing” that lets an older child or adult swing facing a baby.

City OKs ‘family friendly’ biz in former site of troubled nightclub

Assured that the successor to a rowdy night spot won’t be following that same path, the Oak Harbor City Council unanimously approved a nightclub application.

Schools, hospital need candidates to fill vacancies

The Oak Harbor School Board and Whidbey Island Public Hospital District are both searching for volunteers to fill open seats.

2016 Miss Pioneer Way crowned

Twenty local little girls participated in the first Miss Pioneer Way Pageant July 4 at the Whidbey Playhouse, packing the house with friends and family.

ATV damage to Centennial Grove cuts deep for volunteers, donors

A young man on an ATV undid hours of hard work of volunteers, damaging dozens of Garry oak saplings planted at Oak Harbor’s Centennial Oak Grove.

Fort Nugent celebration on Thursday

The City of Oak Harbor plans to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of Fort Nugent Park Community Playground with a party and unveiling of new equipment.

Superintendent gets glowing review, 3.3 percent raise

The Oak Harbor School Board approved a 3.3-percent pay raise for Superintendent Lance Gibbon on the heels of a glowing evaluation.

Police looking for ATV rider who damaged saplings at Oak Harbor’s Centennial Oak Grove

A man on an ATV undid the hard work of volunteers Friday night, damaging dozens of Garry oak saplings planted at Oak Harbor's Centennial Oak Grove. A woman coming home from work from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island reported seeing someone in an ATV tearing around the former Boyer property at the corner of Fakkema Road and State Highway 20.

Oak Harbor’s old-fashioned 4th celebration

A little drizzle and wind didn't dampen the patriotic spirit of parade-goers.

Eye in the sky: From his perch high above Oak Harbor, crane operator can see you

Brian Lay can see all of Oak Harbor from his window. As the operator of a 123-foot crane on the city’s waterfront, his office is by far the tallest in town. North, cars zip along the spine of the city on State Highway 20. The Seaplane Base hunches on Maylor Point to the east. Just south, clouds saunter across the harbor.