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Rishi Sharma checks levels in his camera before interviewing WWII combat veteran Frank Burns of Freeland last Saturday. Sharma travels the country interviewing WWII combat veterans for his oral history project and nonprofit, Heroes of the Second World War. Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times

Recording for posterity tales of WWII vets across the U.S.

Rishi Sharma has met more than 1,100 World War II combat veterans to document their stories.

Rishi Sharma checks levels in his camera before interviewing WWII combat veteran Frank Burns of Freeland last Saturday. Sharma travels the country interviewing WWII combat veterans for his oral history project and nonprofit, Heroes of the Second World War. Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times

Whidbey schools to receive millions in federal stimulus

The COVID-19 relief package includes more than $122 billion for K-12 education across the nation.

The “Angel de la Creatividad” sculpture is currently bright red and being stored on its side at a construction company’s property in Bellingham. Oak Harbor City Council members have not voted on whether to accept the gift of the art yet. Photo provided

Councilman says residents don’t want sculpture, others disagree

Oak Harbor City Council members have not yet decided whether to accept the sculpture as a gift.

The “Angel de la Creatividad” sculpture is currently bright red and being stored on its side at a construction company’s property in Bellingham. Oak Harbor City Council members have not voted on whether to accept the gift of the art yet. Photo provided
Judy Thorpe, left, Tracy Weissel, Sarah Westcott and Michael Thorpe listen to the audience during a community meeting at the Central Whidbey Sportsmen’s Association in Coupeville last Friday. About 40 people came to the meeting to discuss their concerns about the Whidbey Homeless Coalition’s proposed emergency overnight shelter on Morris Road near Coupeville. Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times

325 people sign petition opposing new shelter

Forty people gathered Thursday at the Central Whidbey Sportsmen’s Association to voice their concerns about the shelter.

Judy Thorpe, left, Tracy Weissel, Sarah Westcott and Michael Thorpe listen to the audience during a community meeting at the Central Whidbey Sportsmen’s Association in Coupeville last Friday. About 40 people came to the meeting to discuss their concerns about the Whidbey Homeless Coalition’s proposed emergency overnight shelter on Morris Road near Coupeville. Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times
Multiple agencies responded to a house fire on Swantown Road in Oak Harbor Friday morning. North Whidbey Fire and Rescue Chief John Clark said the cause is still under investigation, but did not appear to be suspicious. Photo by John Fisken

Fire destroys home on Swantown Road Friday morning

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Multiple agencies responded to a house fire on Swantown Road in Oak Harbor Friday morning. North Whidbey Fire and Rescue Chief John Clark said the cause is still under investigation, but did not appear to be suspicious. Photo by John Fisken
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Port reflects on 2020, looks at projects, possible levy

Port officials are considering asking voters for a levy to tackle large capital maintenance projects at its historic properties, including the iconic Greenbank Farm and Coupeville Wharf.

Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times

OH Marina rates rising 3% in April

City council members voted to raise rates earlier rather than follow the city’s Marina Advisory Board members’ recommendation to wait a few months.

Students to get longer school days starting on April 19

The decision came after Gov. Jay Inslee’s emergency proclamation telling school districts to figure out ways to give all K-12 students in-person classes for at least 30 percent instructional time.

Blake Lewis, 7, at Bush Point where he threw a message in a bottle out to sea. Ruth Smethers later picked it up in Port Townsend. Photo provided by Jessie Lewis

Writer, finder connected over message in bottle

The message traveled all the way from Bush Point to Port Townsend.

Blake Lewis, 7, at Bush Point where he threw a message in a bottle out to sea. Ruth Smethers later picked it up in Port Townsend. Photo provided by Jessie Lewis
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Parents to school board: Fully open schools

Protestors asked school leaders to let students return to full-time, in-person instruction despite social distancing guidelines.

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First lady Dr. Jill Biden speaks with a Fleet and Family Support Center life consultant during her visit to Naval Air Station Whidbey Island Tuesday, March 9. Biden visited the base to show support for military members and their families, and talk about the Joint Forces Initiative.

Navy families tell first lady about challenges they face

Families discussed mental health, lack of health care providers, education and child care challenges and more with Dr. Jill Biden.

U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Aranza Valdez
First lady Dr. Jill Biden speaks with a Fleet and Family Support Center life consultant during her visit to Naval Air Station Whidbey Island Tuesday, March 9. Biden visited the base to show support for military members and their families, and talk about the Joint Forces Initiative.
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One photographer spotted a gray whale the morning of March 8 from the public parking lot at Hidden Beach in Greenbank.

Homecoming: Gray whales return to Whidbey waters

The gentle giants include a well-known gray that has been coming back each year for 30 years.

Photo by Bob VonDrachek
One photographer spotted a gray whale the morning of March 8 from the public parking lot at Hidden Beach in Greenbank.

Oak Harbor sets virtual open house on Harbor Heights

Public comment sought on future 75-acre regional park

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First lady Jill Biden talks to families at NAS Whidbey

First lady Dr. Jill Biden met with local families to listen to their concerns.

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Oak Harbor Garry Oak Society President Laura Renninger, seen here with group mascot Garry, said she hopes Oak Harbor residents appreciate the city’s unique namesake trees this year.

City’s mayor proclaims 2021 as ‘Year of the Oak’

Members of the Oak Harbor Garry Oak Society hope residents will take advantage of a few opportunities to celebrate the city’s namesake tree.

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Oak Harbor Garry Oak Society President Laura Renninger, seen here with group mascot Garry, said she hopes Oak Harbor residents appreciate the city’s unique namesake trees this year.

Schools look for more diversity in hiring teachers

Despite 41.9 percent of the Oak Harbor student population identifying as an ethnicity other than white, only 7.9 percent of teachers identified as an ethnicity other than white.

Teachers starting to receive COVID-19 vaccines

Gov. Inslee made the group immediately eligible along with those already in Phase 1B1 of the state’s vaccination program.

Coupeville Middle School students are returning to campus, but not for class

Students in grades 6-8 will return to campus on March 8 in the afternoons for two days a week.

WhidbeyHealth EMS, North Whidbey Fire and Rescue, a Navy Search and Rescue team and state parks personnel all responded to the call for help. Photo provided by NWFR.

With tide rising, girl, 10, rescued from mud Sunday

The water was up to the girl’s shoulders by the time rescuers were able to free her.

WhidbeyHealth EMS, North Whidbey Fire and Rescue, a Navy Search and Rescue team and state parks personnel all responded to the call for help. Photo provided by NWFR.
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U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen, with WhidbeyHealth Commissioner Grethe Cammermeyer and pharmacy director Dr. Tony Triplett discuss vaccine processes during Larsen’s visit last Friday.

Larsen talks vaccines at OH council

The federal government would be releasing 13.5 million doses this week, he said.

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U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen, with WhidbeyHealth Commissioner Grethe Cammermeyer and pharmacy director Dr. Tony Triplett discuss vaccine processes during Larsen’s visit last Friday.