Kira Erickson

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

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

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                                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

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

New owner aims to realize restaurant’s potential

When Jennifer Hua became the new owner of the Hong Kong Gardens restaurant back in September, she knew she had a long road ahead of… Continue reading

Whidbey couple wins $50,000 in state lottery

So many things could have gone differently the day Betsy and Amir Shirazi won the lottery. Coming back home on the evening of Jan. 19,… Continue reading

Four seek board seat in conservation district

Whidbey voters registered with the county will have a chance to decide who will be the newest member of a non-regulatory, governmental entity dedicated to… Continue reading

Activists wrap kids in care

Combining the generosity and artistry of the South Whidbey community with a healthy dose of activism, Luanne Seymour found a way to comfort children being… Continue reading

Whidbey activists craft pouches to help orphaned baby wildlife in Australia

In some cases, social media really can serve as the great unifier. When Kaili Slate and Denice Bochantin saw the devastation wildfires had been causing… Continue reading

Crunch time: Family’s granola business growing quickly

When her daughter was growing up, Marybeth Shirley wanted to make her a breakfast option that didn’t contain wheat. Switching to a grain-free diet had… Continue reading

Off-island couple have first baby to be born on Whidbey in 2020

Whidbey Island’s first baby of the new year was born to parents from a different island. Leah Swearingen and her husband Christian Carter, both residents… Continue reading

Green burial plots to be added to cemeter y

The demand for green burial in Langley continues to grow. At a meeting on Dec. 16, the City Council approved the addition of eight more… Continue reading

Photo courtesy of Debbie Stewart
                                Orcas J26 and J42 on Dec. 25, near Glendale Beach. J26 is an adult male known as Mike, who spends some quality time traveling very closely with his younger sister J42 known as Echo.

Orcas visit Whidbey for the holidays

On Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, whale-watchers on the South End were treated with a special present: The J pod the Southern Resident orcas traveled… Continue reading

Photo courtesy of Debbie Stewart
                                Orcas J26 and J42 on Dec. 25, near Glendale Beach. J26 is an adult male known as Mike, who spends some quality time traveling very closely with his younger sister J42 known as Echo.

Ring in the New Year across Whidbey Island

With New Year’s Eve approaching, there are several different events and celebrations planned for just about everywhere on the island. In Oak Harbor, catch the… Continue reading

Sound Waters University making waves

Sound Waters University is an opportunity for participants to learn about everything environmental in the space of just one day. The annual conference exploring the… Continue reading

Pet detectives join search for missing service dog

A pet detective who hears messages from the dead is using her unusual skills to sniff out the case of Tank, the missing service dog… Continue reading

Dolls of historical figures are available at Purple Moon.

Whidbey offers unique gift ideas

Shoppers looking for gifts beyond the usual online and big-box options have only to visit some of the many shops scattered across Whidbey Island. Known… Continue reading

Dolls of historical figures are available at Purple Moon.

Bunny ailment hits Whidbey

Now may not be the best time for Whidbey Island residents or visitors to pick up any furry hitchhikers — no matter how cute. The… Continue reading

A wild card: South Whidbey resident ventures into tarot reading

Gerry Reed does not look like a stereotypical tarot card reader. A grandfather, the Langley resident sports a cheery red tie and blue-and-tortoiseshell glasses. But… Continue reading

Whidbey Clay Center throwing an open house

Anyone who has ever wanted to learn how to make a ceramic pot or bowl has a prime opportunity. Whidbey Clay Center will be hosting… Continue reading