Emily Gilbert

Shane Hoffmire, left, and Joel Servatius, right, are vying for a seat on Oak Harbor City Council. Hoffmire received Mayor Bob Severns’ first public endorsement of his political career over Servaitus, the incumbent.

Oak Harbor mayor endorses newcomer over incumbent

Bob Severns endorsed Shane Hoffmire, who is challenging Councilmember Joel Servatius in November.

 

A copy of City Attorney Grant Weed’s notice of his intent to terminate his contract with the city of Oak Harbor early. Weed and Assistant City Attorney and Public Records Officer Anna Thompson told the mayor the same day of their plans to stop working with the Oak Harbor.

Oak Harbor legal staff leaving, citing ‘compromised’ working relationships

The two key people in Oak Harbor’s legal department resigned from their positions on the same day.

 

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“Island Spirit” is back home on Southeast Pioneer Way in Oak Harbor.

‘Island Spirit’ sculpture returns to Pioneer Way

The bronze statue had been missing since late 2019 when it was taken out in an accident.

 

Whidbey Island schools have seen only a few ‘devious licks’ copycats

A viral TikTok challenge has touched Whidbey, but the trend was short-lived.

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Crew jumps from rescue boat that lost steering in storm

By the next day, the boat had washed ashore on the Navy’s property in Crescent Harbor.

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Driver airlifted after crash Sunday

The driver’s passenger made it through mostly unscathed.

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Coupeville volleyball won against Mount Vernon Christian 3-0 on Sept. 14. Schools are hoping more people sign up to become referees because almost all sports are facing a shortage of officials.

School sports need more refs to step up to the plate

High school sports are back in full swing, but a lack of qualified referees could spell trouble.

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Coupeville volleyball won against Mount Vernon Christian 3-0 on Sept. 14. Schools are hoping more people sign up to become referees because almost all sports are facing a shortage of officials.

School buses crash with students on board but no one injured

The buses weren’t seriously damaged and were able to complete their routes later in the afternoon.

Fundraiser set for firefighter who suffered a stroke

A fundraiser for Daniel Hovelsrud, 28, has raised almost $20,000 to help him with medical expenses.

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Cadesha Pacquette sets up a pop-up picnic spread similar to one she created for a young girl’s birthday party. Pacquette said her new venture has been popular with military families celebrating a spouse’s return from deployment, anniversaries or just to have fun outdoors.

Pop-up beach picnics are a popular way to celebrate coming home

Navy wife’s new business a big hit for deployments, anniversaries

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Cadesha Pacquette sets up a pop-up picnic spread similar to one she created for a young girl’s birthday party. Pacquette said her new venture has been popular with military families celebrating a spouse’s return from deployment, anniversaries or just to have fun outdoors.
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Pick your own sunflowers at North Whidbey farm

The farm stand is now offering u-pick sunflowers from its fields north of Oak Harbor.

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A barn on Fakkema Road caught fire early Tuesday morning. No animals were in the barn and no one else on the property was injured.

Fire destroys barn on Fakkema Road early Tuesday morning

Firefighters battled a blazing barn as it burned to the ground on North Whidbey early Tuesday morning. There were no animals in the barn on… Continue reading

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A barn on Fakkema Road caught fire early Tuesday morning. No animals were in the barn and no one else on the property was injured.
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Olympic View Elementary

Options mulled to reduce $429 million school project

A bond measure is planned for the February ballot.

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Olympic View Elementary

Fire, police chiefs lobby for building improvements

Oak Harbor’s growth has impacted the fire and police departments’ abilities to maintain service.

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Welcome back: Photos from Oak Harbor’s first day of school

Oak Harbor schools had their first day Sept. 9.

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Council moves forward with accepting controversial sculpture

Oak Harbor City Council approved two agreements that effectively accept “Angel de la Creatividad.”

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Island Transit buses just got a little cleaner

Island Transit is installing new air purification systems on all of its buses.

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Rotary bridge costs over $120,000

The cost of replacing an old bridge at Windjammer Park went up again.

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More than 1,000 will be on the road this Sunday for the Whidbey Island Marathon and its companion races.

Marathon will close bridge for 45 minutes Sunday morning

More than 1,000 runners will be on the road this Sunday for the Whidbey Island Marathon and the event’s companion races. The marathon will begin… Continue reading

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More than 1,000 will be on the road this Sunday for the Whidbey Island Marathon and its companion races.
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#9 is Will Rankin, senior.

Fall sports return, with some changes

Traditional fall school sports are already underway after two nontraditional school years.

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#9 is Will Rankin, senior.