Emily Gilbert

U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Aranza Valdez
First lady Dr. Jill Biden speaks with a Fleet and Family Support Center life consultant during her visit to Naval Air Station Whidbey Island Tuesday, March 9. Biden visited the base to show support for military members and their families, and talk about the Joint Forces Initiative.

Navy families tell first lady about challenges they face

Families discussed mental health, lack of health care providers, education and child care challenges and more with Dr. Jill Biden.

U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Aranza Valdez
First lady Dr. Jill Biden speaks with a Fleet and Family Support Center life consultant during her visit to Naval Air Station Whidbey Island Tuesday, March 9. Biden visited the base to show support for military members and their families, and talk about the Joint Forces Initiative.
Photo by Bob VonDrachek
One photographer spotted a gray whale the morning of March 8 from the public parking lot at Hidden Beach in Greenbank.

Homecoming: Gray whales return to Whidbey waters

The gentle giants include a well-known gray that has been coming back each year for 30 years.

Photo by Bob VonDrachek
One photographer spotted a gray whale the morning of March 8 from the public parking lot at Hidden Beach in Greenbank.

Oak Harbor sets virtual open house on Harbor Heights

Public comment sought on future 75-acre regional park

Jill Biden
Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times

First lady Jill Biden talks to families at NAS Whidbey

First lady Dr. Jill Biden met with local families to listen to their concerns.

Jill Biden
Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times
Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times
Oak Harbor Garry Oak Society President Laura Renninger, seen here with group mascot Garry, said she hopes Oak Harbor residents appreciate the city’s unique namesake trees this year.

City’s mayor proclaims 2021 as ‘Year of the Oak’

Members of the Oak Harbor Garry Oak Society hope residents will take advantage of a few opportunities to celebrate the city’s namesake tree.

Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times
Oak Harbor Garry Oak Society President Laura Renninger, seen here with group mascot Garry, said she hopes Oak Harbor residents appreciate the city’s unique namesake trees this year.

Schools look for more diversity in hiring teachers

Despite 41.9 percent of the Oak Harbor student population identifying as an ethnicity other than white, only 7.9 percent of teachers identified as an ethnicity other than white.

Teachers starting to receive COVID-19 vaccines

Gov. Inslee made the group immediately eligible along with those already in Phase 1B1 of the state’s vaccination program.

Coupeville Middle School students are returning to campus, but not for class

Students in grades 6-8 will return to campus on March 8 in the afternoons for two days a week.

WhidbeyHealth EMS, North Whidbey Fire and Rescue, a Navy Search and Rescue team and state parks personnel all responded to the call for help. Photo provided by NWFR.

With tide rising, girl, 10, rescued from mud Sunday

The water was up to the girl’s shoulders by the time rescuers were able to free her.

WhidbeyHealth EMS, North Whidbey Fire and Rescue, a Navy Search and Rescue team and state parks personnel all responded to the call for help. Photo provided by NWFR.
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U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen, with WhidbeyHealth Commissioner Grethe Cammermeyer and pharmacy director Dr. Tony Triplett discuss vaccine processes during Larsen’s visit last Friday.

Larsen talks vaccines at OH council

The federal government would be releasing 13.5 million doses this week, he said.

Photo by WhidbeyHealth
U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen, with WhidbeyHealth Commissioner Grethe Cammermeyer and pharmacy director Dr. Tony Triplett discuss vaccine processes during Larsen’s visit last Friday.
Photo by John Fisken
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.

Photo by John Fisken
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