Emily Gilbert

Surprise proposal for Oak Harbor city staff survey fades away

A proposal for a staff survey that caught Oak Harbor leadership off guard has disappeared.

Bowman Bay diver found

The Skagit County Sheriff’s Office has recovered the body of a 67-year-old Bellevue man who went missing after scuba diving near Bowman Bay in Deception… Continue reading

Bystanders perform CPR on grocery store shopper

Two men helped a fellow grocery shopper at Saar’s last week by performing CPR after he collapsed.

Haller House

Haller House talk to delve into history

Restoration work on the 155-year-old Haller House in Coupeville continues to make progress.

Haller House
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Apartment fire injures one, displaces nine

Nine people were displaced after a fire swept through an apartment building on Northwest Atalanta Way in Oak Harbor on Sunday morning. Firefighters responded to… Continue reading

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Crews put out grass fire

A possible mishap with a lawn mower sparked a half-acre fire on Green Valley Road on Friday morning.

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Suicides at bridge renew interest in nets

Recent deaths at the Deception Pass Bridge have renewed calls for barriers to prevent more suicides.

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Campaign signs create stir during Oak Harbor 4th of July parade

Joel Servatius resolved a conflict of interest by paying the Fourth of July parade entrance free.

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190704-N-HC646-0252 OAK HARBOR, Wash. (August 6, 2019) Master-at-Arms 1st Class Nick Fortune gives instruction during a take down demonstration to visitors in attendance of National Night Out on Fort Nugent Park. National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Marc Cuenca/Released)

As COVID rules ease, local events calendar gets longer

Oak Harbor residents and visitors have a lot to look forward to in the next few weeks.

190704-N-HC646-0252 OAK HARBOR, Wash. (August 6, 2019) Master-at-Arms 1st Class Nick Fortune gives instruction during a take down demonstration to visitors in attendance of National Night Out on Fort Nugent Park. National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Marc Cuenca/Released)
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Lost crab pots likely taken by the sea, says WDFW officer

The Fish and Wildlife Department has removed more than 250 crab pots from marine areas 8-1 and 8-2.

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Tool company eyes former Office Max

Harbor Freight Tools has leveled its eye on the former Office Max building in Oak Harbor.

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Coupeville man airlifted after three-car accident

One person was airlifted to Providence Regional Medical Center and two others were taken to a local hospital after a three-car accident on Highway 20… Continue reading

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NAS Whidbey Fire Inspector Zach Walker looks at the damage of a small fire at a yard in military housing in Crescent Harbor Tuesday.

So long, s’mores: No campfires allowed in a stricter burn ban

The burn ban prohibits all outdoor burning, including recreational fires and fireworks.

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NAS Whidbey Fire Inspector Zach Walker looks at the damage of a small fire at a yard in military housing in Crescent Harbor Tuesday.
Queen Patsy Arthur and her court in the 1956 Fair Parade.

Decades of fair memories saved by South Whidbey Historical Society

Thousands of pages digitized and free to view online

Queen Patsy Arthur and her court in the 1956 Fair Parade.
Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times

Summer sailboat racing returns to cove

Mainsails and spinnakers from about 20 boats will dot the water in Penn Cove from Friday to Sunday.

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Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times
Mark Saia points to a repair on the Suva's NAME OF EQUIPMENT

Suva returns to the water after undergoing repairs

The 95-year-old wooden sailboat spent the last month in dry dock to replace its horn timber.

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Mark Saia points to a repair on the Suva's NAME OF EQUIPMENT

Woman eluding police drives over officer’s foot

Claudia Fontenette was charged with vehicular assault and attempting to elude police.

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Weather may be warm, but Puget Sound waters still shockingly cold

Any water temperature below 70 degrees should be treated with caution.

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An artist rendering shows the “Angel de la Creatividad” sculpture in a proposed location in Windjammer Park. Rendering provided.

City council nears end of ‘Angel’ sculpture debate

Council members voted to discuss the final placement of the sculpture at their Aug. 4 meeting.

An artist rendering shows the “Angel de la Creatividad” sculpture in a proposed location in Windjammer Park. Rendering provided.
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Katie Toft and her four-year-old daughter Bailey walk across the newly renovated Rotary Memorial Bridge. Katie Toft's father, Dick Toft, is one of the Rotarians memorialized on a plaque next to the bridge.

Rotary bridge reopens after $87,000 renovation

The newly renovated Rotary Memorial Bridge was dedicated at Windjammer Park Thursday.

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Katie Toft and her four-year-old daughter Bailey walk across the newly renovated Rotary Memorial Bridge. Katie Toft's father, Dick Toft, is one of the Rotarians memorialized on a plaque next to the bridge.