Kira Erickson

School board planning equity policy

South Whidbey School Board took its first steps towards evaluating its education system by agreeing to draft an equity policy. During a board of directors… Continue reading

Photo provided                                Staff from Island Drug at Ken’s Korner are being temporarily relocated to the Oak Harbor store while efforts to secure a new South Whidbey location continue. From left to right: Store Manager and Pharmacy Technician Rachel Soto-Paulus, Pharmacy Technician Merissa Dahlman and Pharmacist Rich Russo.

Pharmacy leaving its Ken’s Korner location

After 15 years at Ken’s Korner in Clinton, Island Drug is looking for a new location after being unable to secure a new lease with… Continue reading

Photo provided                                Staff from Island Drug at Ken’s Korner are being temporarily relocated to the Oak Harbor store while efforts to secure a new South Whidbey location continue. From left to right: Store Manager and Pharmacy Technician Rachel Soto-Paulus, Pharmacy Technician Merissa Dahlman and Pharmacist Rich Russo.

Board renews school chief’s contract

Coupeville schools Superintendent Steve King’s three-year contract was renewed this past week by the school district’s board of directors. The unanimous vote happened during a… Continue reading

Photo provided                                WICA Box Office Manager Angelica Metcalfe sanitizes a door.

WICA reveals plans for summer programming

Summer entertainment outside of the home might be hard to come by these days, but a South Whidbey arts organization will be hosting a series… Continue reading

Photo provided                                WICA Box Office Manager Angelica Metcalfe sanitizes a door.
Coalition’s partnership blooms

Coalition’s partnership blooms

A self-titled “Crazy Bag Lady” and a gardener have joined forces for the second year in a row to sell their reusable bags and bouquets,… Continue reading

Coalition’s partnership blooms

New Friday market lends space to local vendors

While many Langley restaurants have opted to take advantage of the city’s new proclamation to move seating outdoors, the city is now inviting other vendors… Continue reading

New farmer seeking fruit for his flock

New farmer seeking fruit for his flock

A new farmer who has bitten off a little more than he can chew is asking the community for apples, which he has been using… Continue reading

New farmer seeking fruit for his flock

Worker shortage, limited capacity new norm for ferries

Ferry riders frustrated by the lengthy wait times this past weekend for the Clinton-Mukilteo route should anticipate that things might not get much better this… Continue reading

Langley City Council resumes discussions about racial injustice

Langley officials and community members decided to continue the discussion about dismantling systemic racism during Monday’s council meeting. The Langley council is taking steps towards… Continue reading

Closure of Coupeville’s Front Street curbed by opposition to proposal

Closure of Coupeville’s Front Street curbed by opposition to proposal

Coupeville leaders are no longer considering closing Front Street to traffic. Mayor Molly Hughes announced during a teleconferenced town council meeting Tuesday, June 9 that… Continue reading

Closure of Coupeville’s Front Street curbed by opposition to proposal
Community advocate, volunteer joins county race

Community advocate, volunteer joins county race

A community outreach coordinator and self-described concerned citizen advocate is the third challenger in the race for Island County Commissioner, Dist. 2 seat. Democrat Fe… Continue reading

Community advocate, volunteer joins county race

Open swim lessons set to resume in July

Many events may have been canceled this summer, but the South Whidbey Parks and Aquatics Foundation is planning to host a series of open swim… Continue reading

Photo by Kira Erickson/Whidbey News Group                                Clinton resident Claudia Fuller, right, and Freeland resident Rebecca Rickabaugh. Fuller holds a sign with a picture of her three-year-old grandson Elijah that says “Don’t shoot my grandson. Black Lives Matter.”

Langley protests shift to Black Lives Matter

For one hour out of the week, the Langley bunnies of Cascade Avenue have been ceding the long strip of grass facing the Puget Sound… Continue reading

Photo by Kira Erickson/Whidbey News Group                                Clinton resident Claudia Fuller, right, and Freeland resident Rebecca Rickabaugh. Fuller holds a sign with a picture of her three-year-old grandson Elijah that says “Don’t shoot my grandson. Black Lives Matter.”

County: No, you’re not required to pay for free COVID-19 tests

County officials are urging people who have received invoices for the free COVID tests they received back in May to ignore them. The bills were… Continue reading

Photo by Kira Erickson/Whidbey News-Times                                Just a week ago, a propane explosion rocked the trailer in which North Whidbey resident Angela Kurtz was living with her three rescue animals. It is now unrecognizable.

Woman injured in camper explosion

A North Whidbey woman whose life is in pieces after an explosion destroyed her entire home is seeking the community’s support. Around 8:55 p.m. on… Continue reading

Photo by Kira Erickson/Whidbey News-Times                                Just a week ago, a propane explosion rocked the trailer in which North Whidbey resident Angela Kurtz was living with her three rescue animals. It is now unrecognizable.

Defunding police and racial injustice discussed at Langley council meeting

South Whidbey residents are calling on Langley leaders to be the first to support change in the community. During a teleconferenced city council meeting Monday… Continue reading

Parade planned Saturday for South Whidbey grads

A celebration for the graduating class of South Whidbey High School is scheduled to occur beginning at noon in Langley this Saturday, June 13. In… Continue reading

Business reports backlash after posts about MAGA hats, masks

A South Whidbey business taking a stand against racism and police brutality wants people to know that all shoppers are welcome, regardless of political views… Continue reading

Photos provided                                Lauren Fletcher of Mutiny Bay Blues and Kyle Flack of Bell’s Farm pack weekly Food Hub orders. Flack said COVID-19 has helped people realize the importance of small-scale farming and shopping locally.

Co-op supporting farmers

An organization dedicated to supporting Whidbey agriculture has opened sales of produce and other products to retail customers, a decision made in light of COVID-19.… Continue reading

Photos provided                                Lauren Fletcher of Mutiny Bay Blues and Kyle Flack of Bell’s Farm pack weekly Food Hub orders. Flack said COVID-19 has helped people realize the importance of small-scale farming and shopping locally.
Photo by Kira Erickson/Whidbey News-Times                                Budtender Tyler Small arranges a display behind a window in Island Herb. The Freeland cannabis store experienced record-breaking sales in March.

Pot shops see green

State data shows that Island County cannabis dispensaries have had an increase in sales, a trend which managers at Whidbey stores can confirm. While state… Continue reading

Photo by Kira Erickson/Whidbey News-Times                                Budtender Tyler Small arranges a display behind a window in Island Herb. The Freeland cannabis store experienced record-breaking sales in March.