Kira Erickson

Police academy closures delay officer hires

Among the many unintended consequences of the COVID-19 outbreak is a delay in getting new police officers added to Whidbey police forces. The Oak Harbor… Continue reading

Nature-based school on Whidbey adapts to social distancing

Nature-based school on Whidbey adapts to social distancing

During times of social distancing and school closures, a primarily outdoor school has had to shift some of its interaction online for students, a first… Continue reading

Nature-based school on Whidbey adapts to social distancing

Langley votes to defer utility payment late fees

The city of Langley has decided to extend the suspension of late fees for utility payments until one full billing cycle after the end of… Continue reading

Langley names new finance director, clerk

During the Langley city council meeting on Monday, Mayor Tim Callison announced his selection of Monica Felici for the job of finance director-city clerk. He… Continue reading

Village by the Sea gains creative district designation

Langley has officially been designated the fourth “creative district” by the Washington State Arts Commission. Currently, only three other cities in the state hold the… Continue reading

Whidbey Island clinics try new ways of treating patients

During times when telecommuting and teleconferencing are seemingly the new norm, it’s only natural that telemedicine should also follow. Pediatric Associates of Whidbey Island began… Continue reading

Deadline for property taxes won’t be extended

Despite the coronavirus pandemic, Island County will not be extending the deadline to pay property taxes this year. The due date for payments will remain… Continue reading

Easter baskets for those in need

Easter baskets for those in need

Whidbey kids may be receiving an early visit this year from the Easter Bunny — or perhaps, the Easter Dinosaur. A Freeland resident, her family… Continue reading

Easter baskets for those in need
Residents craft face masks in response to shortage

Residents craft face masks in response to shortage

Sometimes problems require creative solutions. In the midst of a shortage of masks, people across Whidbey are working hard to provide replacements for health care… Continue reading

Residents craft face masks in response to shortage

Whidbey Island clinics trying out telemedicine

During times when telecommuting and teleconferencing are the new norm, it’s only natural that telemedicine should also follow. Pediatric Associates of Whidbey Island began holding… Continue reading

Nonprofit redirecting grant funds to relief

A Langley nonprofit dedicated to economic and community development has decided to direct its funds towards providing relief during COVID-19. The Goosefoot Community Fund’s annual… Continue reading

Island distiller brewing up hand sanitizer

Island distiller brewing up hand sanitizer

In response to the growing demand for hand sanitizer, one of Whidbey’s distilleries is fulfilling requests and converting its alcohol for this purpose. Cadée Distillery… Continue reading

Island distiller brewing up hand sanitizer
He’s a model for using quarantine time constructively

He’s a model for using quarantine time constructively

With recent orders from the governor to stay home, several Whidbey residents have leapt at the opportunity to finish long-term projects started months ago. David… Continue reading

He’s a model for using quarantine time constructively

Island food banks in need of donations

A parallel with the current shortage in grocery stores, Whidbey food banks are in need of donations as supplies run low. North Whidbey’s Help House… Continue reading

Photos by Kira Erickson/Whidbey News-Times                                Owner Molly Jacobson holds recently born twin goats in her store.

Coming clean about goats

For Molly Jacobson, the creation of her soap business has involved all kinds of kids. There are the goat kids that often enliven her small… Continue reading

Photos by Kira Erickson/Whidbey News-Times                                Owner Molly Jacobson holds recently born twin goats in her store.
Jewelery workshop set for April 10

Jewelery workshop set for April 10

Nature lovers will have a chance to create their very own jewelry from their favorite plants this spring. South Whidbey Parks and Recreation will hold… Continue reading

Jewelery workshop set for April 10

Blood bank in need of donations; drives scheduled on Whidbey Island

Among the many impacts of the coronavirus outbreak is a shortage of blood. Bloodworks Northwest, a statewide blood bank, is asking for healthy and willing… Continue reading

Trio of fire masters takes on outdoor cooking

Trio of fire masters takes on outdoor cooking

Like all new businesses, it began as a spark of an idea. As their Langley restaurant business was winding down, chef and blacksmith Jon-Paul “JP”… Continue reading

Trio of fire masters takes on outdoor cooking
Photo by Kira Erickson/Whidbey News Group                                The Cove chef and co-owner Damien Cortez sifts through a new shipment of mussels from Penn Cove Shellfish.

Musselfest to kick off with Friday Mingle

Whidbey’s biggest party celebrating all things mussel is back and bigger than ever before for its 34th year. Rain or shine, the fun will happen… Continue reading

Photo by Kira Erickson/Whidbey News Group                                The Cove chef and co-owner Damien Cortez sifts through a new shipment of mussels from Penn Cove Shellfish.
Future is crystal clear for young business owner

Future is crystal clear for young business owner

A young Freeland entrepreneur is defying stereotypes about a younger generation that it is lazy or entitled. Oliver was only a teenager in 2016 when… Continue reading

Future is crystal clear for young business owner