Emily Gilbert

Wildfire smoke will linger until midweek

The current air quality alert lasts until Thursday at noon.

Whidbey Island Boats and Boards owner Steve Adams has paddled all over the world, but says Whidbey Island’s world-class scenery make it an ideal place to explore. Photo provided.

On-call paddling company delivers the kayak to you | Corrected

It’s a completely mobile business.

Whidbey Island Boats and Boards owner Steve Adams has paddled all over the world, but says Whidbey Island’s world-class scenery make it an ideal place to explore. Photo provided.

Stabbing aboard Coupeville-Port Townsend ferry forces cancellation Wednesday

The last sailing was canceled on Wednesday night as law enforcement responded to the stabbing.

A haze caused by wildfire smoke hangs over Oak Harbor earlier this week. Photo by Jim Waller/Whidbey News-Times.

Burn ban in effect as smoke moves in

No outdoor burning is allowed in unincorporated Island County, but propane barbecues are OK.

A haze caused by wildfire smoke hangs over Oak Harbor earlier this week. Photo by Jim Waller/Whidbey News-Times.
Happy to bee the ‘Bug Man’

Happy to bee the ‘Bug Man’

Ryan Nefcy has built a reputation as Whidbey’s go-to guy for all things buggy through Facebook.

Happy to bee the ‘Bug Man’

Shellfish closure extended Monday to other areas of Whidbey Island

The closure now includes almost all of the west side of the island due to marine biotoxins.

Kate Mistler stands with I Support The Girls donation box outside of her home at 1008 Diane Ave. in Oak Harbor.

Whidbey’s first ‘Bras & Beauty Happening’ Saturday

Women in need of bras, underwear, and hygiene items can get them for free at an event this Saturday.

Kate Mistler stands with I Support The Girls donation box outside of her home at 1008 Diane Ave. in Oak Harbor.
South Whidbey High School graduate Mary F. Bakeman swam from Hat Island to Whidbey Island on Aug. 29 as a way to stay busy during the COVID-19 pandemic. Photo provided.

South Whidbey High School grad swims from Hat Island to Whidbey

Mary F. Bakeman completed the swim in one hour and four minutes.

South Whidbey High School graduate Mary F. Bakeman swam from Hat Island to Whidbey Island on Aug. 29 as a way to stay busy during the COVID-19 pandemic. Photo provided.

All students are eligible for free meals the rest of the year

Oak Harbor, Coupeville and South Whidbey school districts are offering free meals to all kids

Oak Harbor interim finance director, revenue projections raise concerns from City Council

A new, permanent, finance director will likely be selected in October.

Watch out for whales over this holiday weekend

The Labor Day weekend will likely draw skippers to the water – veterans and novices alike – and the Orca Network wants to remind them… Continue reading

Deception Pass Bridge work will extend another year

Deception Pass Bridge work will extend another year

$22 mil project was originally slated to be completed this fall

Deception Pass Bridge work will extend another year
Oak Harbor Christian School sees bump in enrollment among plans for in-person classes this fall

Oak Harbor Christian School sees bump in enrollment among plans for in-person classes this fall

The small, K-8 school has about 70 students enrolled.

Oak Harbor Christian School sees bump in enrollment among plans for in-person classes this fall
Coupeville High School alumni respond to massive Palmer Fire

Coupeville High School alumni respond to massive Palmer Fire

Three Coupeville Wolves spent a week battling the flames in eastern Washington.

Coupeville High School alumni respond to massive Palmer Fire
Coupeville couple named Washington State Parks volunteers of the year

Coupeville couple named Washington State Parks volunteers of the year

Two Coupeville residents have received statewide recognition for their efforts at Fort Casey Historical Park. Cheri and David Anderson are Washington State Parks 2019 volunteers… Continue reading

Coupeville couple named Washington State Parks volunteers of the year
Skimming the shoreline

Skimming the shoreline

Thrill-seekers rejoice: Skimboarding may become your next adventure. Skimboarding, or skimming, is a board sport where riders glide across the top of a wave as… Continue reading

Skimming the shoreline
Whidbey’s first legal distillery turns 10

Whidbey’s first legal distillery turns 10

The island’s first (legal) distillery, Whidbey Island Distillery in Langley, turns 10 on Sunday. Owners Beverly and Steve Heising turned their 9-acre property into a… Continue reading

Whidbey’s first legal distillery turns 10
Call him ‘Flipper’

Call him ‘Flipper’

A few lucky boaters in Penn Cove got quite the show when a common dolphin was spotted splashing in the afternoon on Wednesday, Aug. 19.… Continue reading

Call him ‘Flipper’

County revises rule for outdoor activities

Anyone gathering outdoors in groups of more than 10 people must first submit a waiver request to the Island County health officer. That request must… Continue reading

West Whidbey, Deception Pass closed to shellfish harvesting because of biotoxins

West Whidbey, Deception Pass closed to shellfish harvesting because of biotoxins

Eating shellfish harvested from a wide swath of Whidbey Island beaches can have some nasty health effects, state officials are warning. Because of high levels… Continue reading

West Whidbey, Deception Pass closed to shellfish harvesting because of biotoxins