Emily Gilbert

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Senior Caden Leckelt during Oak Harbor vs. Ferndale varsity foodball game on Feb. 20. The Wildcats lost 41-7.

School sports back, but fans told to go online

All three school districts have been exploring streaming options for sports.

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Senior Caden Leckelt during Oak Harbor vs. Ferndale varsity foodball game on Feb. 20. The Wildcats lost 41-7.
The ‘Angel de la Creatividad’ sculpture is currently bright red, but it is unknown whether it will stay that color if it is installed in Oak Harbor. Rendering provided

‘Angel’ sculpture mulled, others move forward

City council members voted to direct staff to explore accepting the 37-foot-tall gift.

The ‘Angel de la Creatividad’ sculpture is currently bright red, but it is unknown whether it will stay that color if it is installed in Oak Harbor. Rendering provided
Senior Annie Salinger listens during a leadership class at Oak Harbor High School. Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times

Oak Harbor High School students back in class

They are the first high school students on Whidbey to be allowed back inside.

Senior Annie Salinger listens during a leadership class at Oak Harbor High School. Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times
Students from Oak Harbor High School’s Wildcats for Life club, a pro-life student organization, have come under criticism after drawing chalk hearts on the sidewalk to promote the club. A <em>change.org</em> petition to ban the group has gained more than 2,000 signatures in the past week, as of Thursday morning. Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times

Petition takes aim at OHHS anti-abortion club

An online petition to shut down group has more than 2,000 signatures.

Students from Oak Harbor High School’s Wildcats for Life club, a pro-life student organization, have come under criticism after drawing chalk hearts on the sidewalk to promote the club. A <em>change.org</em> petition to ban the group has gained more than 2,000 signatures in the past week, as of Thursday morning. Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times
Debbie Jackson photo of European starlings at home in Penn Cove.

Winged creatures take flight during snow

A Penn Cove photographer was graced by the presence of several species of birds.

Debbie Jackson photo of European starlings at home in Penn Cove.
Photo by John Fisken
The inside of the Oak Harbor McDonald’s is unrecognizable as demolition of the store got underway this week.

Demolition making way for bigger restaurant

The new McDonald’s is set to reopen in July.

Photo by John Fisken
The inside of the Oak Harbor McDonald’s is unrecognizable as demolition of the store got underway this week.

Variant of COVID-19 found in county

The press release did not specify if the person who tested positive for the variant lived on Whidbey or on Camano.

State commission amends Navy park usage approval

Last week’s meeting was called to clarify the commission’s intent about the amendment.

Jason McFadyen, left, organized about a dozen friends to shave their heads in support of Annie Cash as she goes through breast cancer treatment. Cash was voted top real estate agent, business person and community leader in the Whidbey News-Times’ Best of Whidbey 2020 contest. Photos by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times

Shaving locks to support one of Whidbey’s best

Annie Cash’s friends shaved their heads in a show of support.

Jason McFadyen, left, organized about a dozen friends to shave their heads in support of Annie Cash as she goes through breast cancer treatment. Cash was voted top real estate agent, business person and community leader in the Whidbey News-Times’ Best of Whidbey 2020 contest. Photos by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times
Germaine Kornegay, left, and Allenda Jenkins star in Whidbey Playhouse’s virtual production of ‘Having our Say: The Delany sisters’ first 100 years’ available to view online on Feb. 26-27. Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times

‘Having our Say’ brings history to life through two sisters’ memories

Whidbey Playhouse’s virtual production can be viewed online Feb. 26-27.

Germaine Kornegay, left, and Allenda Jenkins star in Whidbey Playhouse’s virtual production of ‘Having our Say: The Delany sisters’ first 100 years’ available to view online on Feb. 26-27. Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times

Letter claims students being ‘indoctrinated’

Eighty people signed a letter to the Oak Harbor school board detailing their concerns.

Oak Harbor school enrollment expected to decline next year

Enrollment had been climbing steadily the previous eight years but is expected to drop next year.

After her story went viral, April DiDonna was honored as a HOWL’s Hero by an organization that writes children’s books about organ donation. Photo provided

Oak Harbor woman now known worldwide for saying ‘I love you’

After the News-Times interveiwed her, April DiDonna’s story has gone around the world.

After her story went viral, April DiDonna was honored as a HOWL’s Hero by an organization that writes children’s books about organ donation. Photo provided
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Arts Commission talks sculpture backlash, potential for windmill

People were divided on proposed 37-foot-tall sculpture.

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Oak Harbor schools levy passing in first vote counts

Voters approved the levy with 53.74% voting yes, while 46.26% voted no, according to initial counts.

An artist’s rendering of “Angel de la Creatividad” by Mexico City artist Sebastián shows the 37-foot-tall metal sculpture in its proposed location in Windjammer Park. The city is considering accepting the gift from a late public art supporter’s estate. Rendering provided

Artwork considered for Oak Harbor park

A 37-foot-tall metal sculpture may go to Windjammer Park although some are skeptical of the gift.

An artist’s rendering of “Angel de la Creatividad” by Mexico City artist Sebastián shows the 37-foot-tall metal sculpture in its proposed location in Windjammer Park. The city is considering accepting the gift from a late public art supporter’s estate. Rendering provided
Summit Assistance Dogs breeds and trains dogs to become mobility service dogs. Each litter is named with a specific letter — the most recent litter includes Nelson, Nugget, Neela and Nali. Three of the puppies are seen here with founder Sue Meinzinger. Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times

Dog training campus being built on North Whidbey

Facility will train mobility service dogs for people who need them

Summit Assistance Dogs breeds and trains dogs to become mobility service dogs. Each litter is named with a specific letter — the most recent litter includes Nelson, Nugget, Neela and Nali. Three of the puppies are seen here with founder Sue Meinzinger. Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times
Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times A new contractor will finish the work to restore Deception Pass and Canoe Pass bridges after the former contractor was taken off the project. The project was initially delayed by a year, but a WSDOT communications specialist said the new contractor will submit a schedule soon.

New contractor starts Monday on Pass bridge restoration

The new contractor was selected after the previous one defaulted on its contract.

Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times A new contractor will finish the work to restore Deception Pass and Canoe Pass bridges after the former contractor was taken off the project. The project was initially delayed by a year, but a WSDOT communications specialist said the new contractor will submit a schedule soon.
The woman inside the unicorn suit says she dons the outfit just to bring people a smile. Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times

Big pink unicorn follows in chicken’s footsteps

Whidbey Island is home to all sorts of characters - including inflatable ones.

The woman inside the unicorn suit says she dons the outfit just to bring people a smile. Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times

Middle, high school students return next week

Three people at Olympic View Elementary test positive for virus