Emily Gilbert

Shellfish closure extended Monday to other areas of Whidbey Island

The closure now includes almost all of the west side of the island due to marine biotoxins.

Kate Mistler stands with I Support The Girls donation box outside of her home at 1008 Diane Ave. in Oak Harbor.

Whidbey’s first ‘Bras & Beauty Happening’ Saturday

Women in need of bras, underwear, and hygiene items can get them for free at an event this Saturday.

Kate Mistler stands with I Support The Girls donation box outside of her home at 1008 Diane Ave. in Oak Harbor.
South Whidbey High School graduate Mary F. Bakeman swam from Hat Island to Whidbey Island on Aug. 29 as a way to stay busy during the COVID-19 pandemic. Photo provided.

South Whidbey High School grad swims from Hat Island to Whidbey

Mary F. Bakeman completed the swim in one hour and four minutes.

South Whidbey High School graduate Mary F. Bakeman swam from Hat Island to Whidbey Island on Aug. 29 as a way to stay busy during the COVID-19 pandemic. Photo provided.

All students are eligible for free meals the rest of the year

Oak Harbor, Coupeville and South Whidbey school districts are offering free meals to all kids

Oak Harbor interim finance director, revenue projections raise concerns from City Council

A new, permanent, finance director will likely be selected in October.

Watch out for whales over this holiday weekend

The Labor Day weekend will likely draw skippers to the water – veterans and novices alike – and the Orca Network wants to remind them… Continue reading

Deception Pass Bridge work will extend another year

$22 mil project was originally slated to be completed this fall

Oak Harbor Christian School sees bump in enrollment among plans for in-person classes this fall

The small, K-8 school has about 70 students enrolled.

Coupeville High School alumni respond to massive Palmer Fire

Three Coupeville Wolves spent a week battling the flames in eastern Washington.

Coupeville couple named Washington State Parks volunteers of the year

Two Coupeville residents have received statewide recognition for their efforts at Fort Casey Historical Park. Cheri and David Anderson are Washington State Parks 2019 volunteers… Continue reading

Skimming the shoreline

Thrill-seekers rejoice: Skimboarding may become your next adventure. Skimboarding, or skimming, is a board sport where riders glide across the top of a wave as… Continue reading

Whidbey’s first legal distillery turns 10

The island’s first (legal) distillery, Whidbey Island Distillery in Langley, turns 10 on Sunday. Owners Beverly and Steve Heising turned their 9-acre property into a… Continue reading

Call him ‘Flipper’

A few lucky boaters in Penn Cove got quite the show when a common dolphin was spotted splashing in the afternoon on Wednesday, Aug. 19.… Continue reading

County revises rule for outdoor activities

Anyone gathering outdoors in groups of more than 10 people must first submit a waiver request to the Island County health officer. That request must… Continue reading

West Whidbey, Deception Pass closed to shellfish harvesting because of biotoxins

Eating shellfish harvested from a wide swath of Whidbey Island beaches can have some nasty health effects, state officials are warning. Because of high levels… Continue reading

Pinched crabs make crabbers crabby

Crabbing season is in full swing, but some crabbers may think they are pulling too many empty pots for it to just be bad luck,… Continue reading

Whidbey Island Bagel Company voted the best

When John Auburn opened a second Whidbey Island Bagel Factory in Oak Harbor, it meant adapting to a new market. That meant customizing the menu… Continue reading

Woodpalooza features wordworking talent

Woodworking may seem like a hobby for those in their golden years, but the Whidbey Island Woodworkers Guild’s Woodpalooza will show visitors that a younger… Continue reading

City of Oak Harbor mulls new contract with WAIF

Police chief presents Animal Control options to council

Coupeville festival funds expected to reach $1 million

Achieving a fund-raising milestone