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Fundraiser set up for family of late North Whidbey firefighter

Tyler Rico, 32, a volunteer firefighter and EMT, husband and father passed away on Monday.

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Those looking to enjoy oysters on the half shell in Penn Cove, Saratoga Passage or Holmes Harbor should look elsewhere. The three areas are closed to recreational shellfish harvesting because of high levels of marine biotoxins.

Penn Cove, Saratoga Passage, Holmes Harbor closed to shellfish harvesting due to marine biotoxins

Shellfish harvested from the affected areas after Aug. 16 should be disposed of.

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Those looking to enjoy oysters on the half shell in Penn Cove, Saratoga Passage or Holmes Harbor should look elsewhere. The three areas are closed to recreational shellfish harvesting because of high levels of marine biotoxins.

Police chief says spate of motorcycle thefts ‘unusual’

Oak Harbor police officers are looking for three motorcycles reported as stolen in the last week.

Oak Harbor area housing projects inching forward

One of the largest construction companies in the nation snapped up a big project south of the city.

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Harborview Mobile Home Park residents have signed a petition asking the city of Oak Harbor to respond to their concerns about the fire danger posed by the large wood piles left by a real estate developer in the field above Safeway. Scott Thompson, the developer, said he does not know when he will remove them because he is waiting to receive a model home permit from the city.

Neighbors say woodpiles a fire danger

Thirty-four people asked Oak Harbor to do something about the woodpiles on a nearby property.

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Harborview Mobile Home Park residents have signed a petition asking the city of Oak Harbor to respond to their concerns about the fire danger posed by the large wood piles left by a real estate developer in the field above Safeway. Scott Thompson, the developer, said he does not know when he will remove them because he is waiting to receive a model home permit from the city.
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Tour offers glimpse of work spaces

T hose interested in the creative processes of local artists can take a peek into almost 50 work spaces across the island during the Whidbey Working Artists Summer Open Studio Tour this weekend.

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One of the patios on F dock at the Oak Harbor Marina is closed to visitors because years of storms have damaged it, resulting in the loss of some of its walls. (Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times)

Repairs planned for marina’s F dock to cost $700,000

The city will use a combination of the insurance settlements, marina funds and a grant for $392,000 from the state Department of Commerce to pay for the project.

One of the patios on F dock at the Oak Harbor Marina is closed to visitors because years of storms have damaged it, resulting in the loss of some of its walls. (Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times)
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A new All-Hazard Alert Broadcast sirens to warn residents of incoming tsunami threats was installed on West Beach Road near Joseph Whidbey State Park along with four others on the island.

New tsunami sirens installed on North, Central Whidbey

There are five new tsunami warning sirens on Whidbey Island to alert residents of impending threats.

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A new All-Hazard Alert Broadcast sirens to warn residents of incoming tsunami threats was installed on West Beach Road near Joseph Whidbey State Park along with four others on the island.

Firefighters respond to six fires in one day

Chief says some of those blazes may be ‘suspicious.’

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Oak Harbor school board clears the room after audience shouts disrupt meeting

State law allows school boards to clear the room if someone is interrupting the meeting.

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An artist rendering of the “Angel de la Creatividad” sculpture proposed for Windjammer Park in Oak Harbor. Photo provided.

Oak Harbor council delays decision on ‘Angel’ sculpture

City council members are waiting until Sept. 7 to make any further decisions about the sculpture.

An artist rendering of the “Angel de la Creatividad” sculpture proposed for Windjammer Park in Oak Harbor. Photo provided.
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Summer school focuses on fun activities, social education

Oak Harbor summer school students can learn karate, take magic lessons and taste garden greens.

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City of Oak Harbor to give $50k to Homeless Coalition

Oak Harbor may use some of its federal relief funds to support the Whidbey Homeless Coalition.

Native American remains unearthed at building site

Archaeologists are working with Native American tribes to repatriate remains found in Oak Harbor.

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Oversized truck knocks out Comcast service on island

Thousands on Whidbey Island were left without internet, cable and cell phone services Sunday.

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Fireworks spark blaze on Keystone Avenue

A witness driving by the area of the fire saw someone lighting off bottle rockets or Roman candles.

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Projects inch closer to federal funding

Projects to revitalize a wharf and promote economic development near receiving federal funding.

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Oak Harbor Marina fee increases to pay for dredging

City officials agree the Oak Harbor Marina needs to be dredged soon.

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Boats zip along the Oak Harbor course during 2018 Hydros for Heroes. (Photo by Jim Waller/Whidbey News-Times)

Hydros racing in Oak Harbor through weekend

Between 40 and 45 teams will take to the water this weekend during “Hydros for Heroes” race.

Boats zip along the Oak Harbor course during 2018 Hydros for Heroes. (Photo by Jim Waller/Whidbey News-Times)
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Paula Fries working on a mural on the corner of Southeast Dock Street and Southeast Pioneer Way in downtown Oak Harbor. The mural spans two walls and features Mount Baker, rolling hills and a soon-to-be gate to a secret garden.

Coupeville artist creating scenic Oak Harbor mural

The newest addition to the downtown Oak Harbor art scene is a stunning mural of Mount Baker.

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Paula Fries working on a mural on the corner of Southeast Dock Street and Southeast Pioneer Way in downtown Oak Harbor. The mural spans two walls and features Mount Baker, rolling hills and a soon-to-be gate to a secret garden.