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Carol Johnston has watched this Pacific madrone grow for the past 14 years. It is slated to be removed during McDonald’s upcoming renovation in early February.

Madrona to make way for bigger McDonald’s

An Oak Harbor woman hoped to save the large tree that is to be cut down for an upcoming renovation.

 

Capital projects includes funds for big projects to sewer, parks

Several notable projects are planned for this year and next.

 

Public comment sought for Navy’s parks proposal

Those with comments must register by 5 p.m. on Jan. 20 on the state parks’ website.

 

Oak Harbor council decides on marina environmental restoration plan

The boat ramp will be getting a makeover, but no pocket beach is planned for Catalina Park.

Lt. j.g. William McIlvaine, left, celebrates after graduating from flight school. He was killed in a training accident in March 2013. His uncle, Phelps McIlvaine, donated a monument to Oak Harbor in honor of all service members who died while serving in Prowler squadrons. Photo courtesy Phelps McIlvaine

Prowler aircraft monument still in works years later

The Oak Harbor Park Board learned the donated monument will probably be installed this year.

Lt. j.g. William McIlvaine, left, celebrates after graduating from flight school. He was killed in a training accident in March 2013. His uncle, Phelps McIlvaine, donated a monument to Oak Harbor in honor of all service members who died while serving in Prowler squadrons. Photo courtesy Phelps McIlvaine
A tree on Highway 20 on the north side of the Deception Pass bridge held up traffic until it could be cleared early on Wednesday, Jan. 13. Photo by China Hageman

Windstorm wreaks havoc across island

Power was knocked out to thousands of customers in the first big storm of the year.

A tree on Highway 20 on the north side of the Deception Pass bridge held up traffic until it could be cleared early on Wednesday, Jan. 13. Photo by China Hageman
Firefighter Jeff Rhodes (left), Firefighter Keith Dawson (center, back), Acting Lieutenant Alex Majestic (right) practice a CPR response without the LUCAS 3 Chest Compression System the agency wants to buy. Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times

District turns to crowdfunding for CPR tool

Central Whidbey Island Fire and Rescue is looking to raise $18,580 to buy a CPR tool.

Firefighter Jeff Rhodes (left), Firefighter Keith Dawson (center, back), Acting Lieutenant Alex Majestic (right) practice a CPR response without the LUCAS 3 Chest Compression System the agency wants to buy. Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times

Oak Harbor school board adopts decision matrix for older grades

Students in grades 7-12 could be back to hybrid in-person learning in early February.

Lead actress Shannyn Sossamon talks with filmmakers Andrew Morehouse, left, and Nate Bell while filming “The Hour After Westerly” at the Fort Casey Inn. Photo by Wes Anthony/Firehouse Creative

Film featuring Whidbey free to view temporarily

“The Hour After Westerly” is free to view online until Jan. 17.

Lead actress Shannyn Sossamon talks with filmmakers Andrew Morehouse, left, and Nate Bell while filming “The Hour After Westerly” at the Fort Casey Inn. Photo by Wes Anthony/Firehouse Creative

Oak Harbor schools to return to hybrid classes for some students Monday | Updated

None of the district’s staff tested positive for the coronavirus during a week of mandatory testing.

On Wednesday, Trump supporters gather at the intersection of Highway 20 and Southeast Pioneer Way in Oak Harbor to show their support for the outgoing president, and to protest the election of Joe Biden The event coincided with the storming of the U.S. Capitol by other President Donald Trump supporters. Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times

Oak Harbor Pro-Trump rally draws crowd

Police were called for an alleged assault after most of the group had left.

On Wednesday, Trump supporters gather at the intersection of Highway 20 and Southeast Pioneer Way in Oak Harbor to show their support for the outgoing president, and to protest the election of Joe Biden The event coincided with the storming of the U.S. Capitol by other President Donald Trump supporters. Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times

Oak Harbor brands its biosolids ‘Harbor Green’

Councilman questions marketing materials, says name sounds like a pot shop

Island County has plans to realign Penn Cove Road after a section was impacted by a small landslide last month a quarter mile west of the Monroe Landing boat launch. Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times

County to move Penn Cove Road after small landslide

Island County wants to add 6 feet to the northwest side of the road to move it away from the bluff.

Island County has plans to realign Penn Cove Road after a section was impacted by a small landslide last month a quarter mile west of the Monroe Landing boat launch. Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times

Officials: There is no vaccine waitlist on Whidbey

Vaccines will be given out according to the state’s distribution plan, not by a community list.

One of the shoreline restoration plans includes a pocket beach at Catalina Park in Oak Harbor, and the gazebo would need to be relocated. Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times

Council hears Oak Harbor Marina restoration options

Some big changes may be coming to Catalina Park and other areas.

One of the shoreline restoration plans includes a pocket beach at Catalina Park in Oak Harbor, and the gazebo would need to be relocated. Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times
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A Hero for All Time: Research reveals a decorated former Fort Casey soldier

Coupeville woman writes book about local WWI soldier who gained Col. George S. Patton’s admiration.

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Bakery moves to new location

Chris’ Bakery is in a new location with a new owner.

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Helen Price Johnson served for 12 years as an Island County Commissioner. Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times

Price Johnson looks to her next adventure

She served for 12 years as an Island County Commissioner. Her term ended on Dec. 31.

Helen Price Johnson served for 12 years as an Island County Commissioner. Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times

Oak Harbor schools reports 1st confirmed COVID-19 case in a staffer

The person was not identified through batch testing.

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Wendy’s manager shares the love one drive-thru customer at a time

April DiDonna tells Oak Harbor Wendy’s customers she cares.

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