Emily Gilbert

Melissa and Mark Stewart own One Willow Farm in Oak Harbor where they offer eggs, chicken and turkey. The couple went through a special program for military veterans wanting to become farmers before they opened their own farm. Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times

Navy vet gets back to roots at One Willow Farm

The husband and wife duo opened their poultry farm near Oak Harbor amid the pandemic last year.

Melissa and Mark Stewart own One Willow Farm in Oak Harbor where they offer eggs, chicken and turkey. The couple went through a special program for military veterans wanting to become farmers before they opened their own farm. Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times

Burn ban in effect until further notice

Island County will be enforcing a Type I burn ban beginning at noon on June 30.

Caraleigh Hernandez, 10, left, and her sister Denelle, 14, play on the beach at Deception Pass State Park. (Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times)

Number of visitors nears pre-pandemic levels

Ferry riders and park visitors have increased.

Caraleigh Hernandez, 10, left, and her sister Denelle, 14, play on the beach at Deception Pass State Park. (Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times)
Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times
Charlie Kimmel feeds Silkie rooster Beatbox and some of his feathered friends.

Beatbox is a one-rooster welcoming committee

The friendly rooster resides on a North Whidbey farm.

Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times
Charlie Kimmel feeds Silkie rooster Beatbox and some of his feathered friends.
Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times
Tracy Dietz's Australian shepherd, Sirius, jumps in the pool after a tennis ball at her home north of Oak Harbor. She offers pool use, dog training and a play area at FluffyButt Dog Training operated out of her house.

Every day’s a puppy pool party at FluffyButt camp

Tracy Dietz opened FluffyButt Dog Training at her home just north of Oak Harbor earlier this month.

Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times
Tracy Dietz's Australian shepherd, Sirius, jumps in the pool after a tennis ball at her home north of Oak Harbor. She offers pool use, dog training and a play area at FluffyButt Dog Training operated out of her house.
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Survey says: Most don’t want sculpture

Only 26.18 percent of responses favored the sculpture, while 70.66 percent said they do not want it.

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Oak Harbor celebrating 4th of July with a bang

This Sunday will bring out revelers from all over the island to celebrate the Fourth of July.

Photo by Emily Gilbert/South Whidbey Record
A couple and their dog climb over the driftwood at Clinton Beach that has piled up after winter storms.

Driftwood proliferation blocks beach access, but solution ‘a long way off’

Winter storms during the past two years have inundated Clinton Beach with driftwood.

Photo by Emily Gilbert/South Whidbey Record
A couple and their dog climb over the driftwood at Clinton Beach that has piled up after winter storms.

Langley fireworks ban now in effect

Councilmembers voted against shells, smoke bombs, sparklers and their ilk last spring in a 4-1 vote.

Oak Harbor water supply stable after Anacortes plant gets more chlorine

The city of Anacortes announced Thursday that its customers no longer needed to conserve water.

Photo courtesy America's Boating Club of Deception Pass
Inquiring minds hoping to nab that crab will have two opportunities to learn the tips and tricks of the trade this month before the recreational season opens July 1.

Boating Club holding free seminar on crabbing

Crabbers have two chances this month to learn tips and tricks before the season opens on July 1.

Photo courtesy America's Boating Club of Deception Pass
Inquiring minds hoping to nab that crab will have two opportunities to learn the tips and tricks of the trade this month before the recreational season opens July 1.
Photo by Karina Andrew/Whidbey News-Times

Chlorine shortage leads to water supply worries

North Whidbey residents have been asked to voluntarily reduce water usage.

Photo by Karina Andrew/Whidbey News-Times

New commander takes helm at NAS Whidbey

Capt. Eric Hanks has been selected to replace Capt. Matthew Arny.

Rowing club may find a home at Windjammer Park

Rowers of all ages may be coming to Windjammer Park in Oak Harbor, if a local club’s plans work out.

More federal relief money than expected headed to Whidbey

Whidbey Island will soon receive millions of dollars of American Rescue Plan funding.

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Oak Harbor top 10 reveal their plans post-high school

Oak Harbor High School seniors graduate on June 19.

Oak Harbor Public School photo - group
Photo courtesy Laura Thompson

Teen, retriever make top 8 in kennel show

Madison Thompson was one of the youngest competitors in her division of 80 kids.

Photo courtesy Laura Thompson
Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times
Members of the North Puget Sound Dragon Boat Club launched their 40-foot-long dragon boat at Oak Harbor Marina for the season on Wednesday.

Dragon boats returning to water

After a year off the water, members of the local dragon boating team are looking for new members.

Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times
Members of the North Puget Sound Dragon Boat Club launched their 40-foot-long dragon boat at Oak Harbor Marina for the season on Wednesday.
Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times

Deception Pass Bridge wrapped up as repairs, painting continue

The sheeting prevents paint chips and sandblasting materials from falling into the water.

Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times
Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times

Oak Harbor couple to celebrate 70th anniversary

The longtime Whidbey residents first met in 1950.

Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times