Emily Gilbert

More federal relief money than expected headed to Whidbey

Whidbey Island will soon receive millions of dollars of American Rescue Plan funding.

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Oak Harbor top 10 reveal their plans post-high school

Oak Harbor High School seniors graduate on June 19.

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Teen, retriever make top 8 in kennel show

Madison Thompson was one of the youngest competitors in her division of 80 kids.

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Members of the North Puget Sound Dragon Boat Club launched their 40-foot-long dragon boat at Oak Harbor Marina for the season on Wednesday.

Dragon boats returning to water

After a year off the water, members of the local dragon boating team are looking for new members.

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Members of the North Puget Sound Dragon Boat Club launched their 40-foot-long dragon boat at Oak Harbor Marina for the season on Wednesday.
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Deception Pass Bridge wrapped up as repairs, painting continue

The sheeting prevents paint chips and sandblasting materials from falling into the water.

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Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times

Oak Harbor couple to celebrate 70th anniversary

The longtime Whidbey residents first met in 1950.

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Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times
Vera Easton, 4, with mother Maggie on the first day of U-pick strawberries at Bell's Farm near Coupeville.

For local farm, seasonal help is slim pickings

Berry pickers are needed for Bell’s Farm.

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Vera Easton, 4, with mother Maggie on the first day of U-pick strawberries at Bell's Farm near Coupeville.
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Kathy Hawn has had a police scanner for most of her life. She’s gained a following on Facebook for posting what she hears called over the radio.

Woman listens to police scanner so you don’t have to

Kathy Hawn posts all 911 emergency dispatches she hears in her Facebook group, Alert Whidbey 2.0.

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Kathy Hawn has had a police scanner for most of her life. She’s gained a following on Facebook for posting what she hears called over the radio.
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City staff have said that Northwest Elwha Street will be a better an entrance to Oak Harbor's future 75-acre park despite the city council and a public survey indicating residents would prefer initial access on Gun Club Road.

Council refuses to pay for traffic study after the fact

The council voted 4-3 to reject an amendment to cover the cost of the traffic study.

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City staff have said that Northwest Elwha Street will be a better an entrance to Oak Harbor's future 75-acre park despite the city council and a public survey indicating residents would prefer initial access on Gun Club Road.
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. Rendering provided.

Survey about ‘Angel’ sculpture open until June 16

The sculpture has been mired in controversy since it was presented to the park board in February.

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. Rendering provided.
Pacific Northwest Naval Air Museum President Wil Shellenberger is hoping to find more volunteer docents so the museum can show off the PBY-5A Catalina aircraft’s interior to the public. Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times.

Navy museum seeking docents to show off the PBY-5A Catalina

The museum plans to offer tours of the WWII-era plane on the weekends this summer and needs docents.

Pacific Northwest Naval Air Museum President Wil Shellenberger is hoping to find more volunteer docents so the museum can show off the PBY-5A Catalina aircraft’s interior to the public. Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times.
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Improvements may finally come to Northeast 7th Avenue in 2023

The busy, worn-down road is popular with adult and child pedestrians from nearby apartments, but it lacks sidewalks, bicycle lanes and street lighting.

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A fire swept through a family’s home on North Oak Harbor Road Sunday, May 30. (North Whidbey Fire and Rescue photo)

Fire destroys Oak Harbor home over Memorial Day weekend

Despite the total loss, there were no injuries reported.

A fire swept through a family’s home on North Oak Harbor Road Sunday, May 30. (North Whidbey Fire and Rescue photo)

OH Lodging Tax Fund gives out $9,576 in grants

Three different groups were awarded the grants.

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Roughly half of the trees on Cherry Valley Logging's 40-acre property on North Whidbey will go to a Skagit County fish habitat project, owner Justin Vanhulle. The other half will be sent to a mill.

Despite how it may seem, clear-cutting not increasing

The Department of Natural Resources says local logging has stayed steady over the past five years.

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Roughly half of the trees on Cherry Valley Logging's 40-acre property on North Whidbey will go to a Skagit County fish habitat project, owner Justin Vanhulle. The other half will be sent to a mill.
Katie McGowan, left, and Ava Lang, right, walking to lunch in downtown Oak Harbor. (Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times)

Ten new businesses opening in downtown Oak Harbor

A new bar, salon, tea shop, furniture store and more are coming to Oak Harbor.

Katie McGowan, left, and Ava Lang, right, walking to lunch in downtown Oak Harbor. (Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times)

Staff at odds with council over 75-acre park plan

After city staff changed the access point to an alternative that residents argued would be more disruptive to their neighborhood, city council members changed the access back an original plan.

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Eat local this Memorial Day weekend

The Whidbey Island Grown Cooperative is encouraging people to eat locally this Memorial Day weekend.

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Oak Harbor Memorial Day to be held in person this year

Veterans will be honored during a Memorial Day service May 31 at Maple Leaf Cemetery in Oak Harbor.

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Two Oak Harbor residents were injured when one driver suffered a medical episode and crashed head-on into a pickup truck. The woman was airlifted to the Providence Regional Medical Center in Everett and the driver of the pickup was taken to Island Hospital in Anacortes. (Photo provided by Washington State Patrol)

Oak Harbor woman airlifted following car crash near bridge

The woman was airlifted following a medical episode that caused her to crash head-on into an oncoming car.

Two Oak Harbor residents were injured when one driver suffered a medical episode and crashed head-on into a pickup truck. The woman was airlifted to the Providence Regional Medical Center in Everett and the driver of the pickup was taken to Island Hospital in Anacortes. (Photo provided by Washington State Patrol)