Michael Watkins

It’s the season for fire safety

Each year, many lives are lost due to house fires that could have easily been prevented, tragically disrupting lives and leaving families to mourn the… Continue reading

Fire that killed three on North Whidbey was accident, investigators say

Fire that killed three on North Whidbey was accident, investigators say

A fire that claimed the lives of a mother and two children on North Whidbey Sunday was a tragic accident, according to detectives, fire investigators… Continue reading

Fire that killed three on North Whidbey was accident, investigators say
North Whidbey house fire claims three

North Whidbey house fire claims three

Police are still investigating Sunday’s deadly house fire north of Oak Harbor and say they are not ruling out any possibilities in the investigation. The… Continue reading

North Whidbey house fire claims three
Resident Australians adapt to American way of life

Resident Australians adapt to American way of life

For now, Whidbey is home for members of the Royal Australian Air Force. To make the long-term guests feel at home on the island, “Welcome… Continue reading

Resident Australians adapt to American way of life
Number of water rescues on the rise

Number of water rescues on the rise

As the number of water rescue calls continue to rise, so does their need for more boats and training to rescue people. To improve their… Continue reading

Number of water rescues on the rise
Oak Harbor students artistic talents displayed

Oak Harbor students artistic talents displayed

Local students showed off their creative talents during an opening reception Thursday for the annual Oak Harbor Library Teen Art Show. More than 300 pieces… Continue reading

Oak Harbor students artistic talents displayed
Photo by Michael Watkins/Whidbey News-Times                                Sen. Barbara Bailey presents letters of appreciation to the 2016 Sailors of the Year Friday at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island.

Luncheon honors NAS Whidbey sailors of the year

Naval Air Station Whidbey Island’s Sea, Shore and Reserve Sailors of the Year were honored by the community during a luncheon Friday at the Officer’s… Continue reading

Photo by Michael Watkins/Whidbey News-Times                                Sen. Barbara Bailey presents letters of appreciation to the 2016 Sailors of the Year Friday at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island.
Oak Harbor, Coupeville EIS meetings draw much different crowds

Oak Harbor, Coupeville EIS meetings draw much different crowds

Navy public meetings held to inform the public may have resulted in attendees leaving with more questions than answers. Last week, Navy officials conducted a… Continue reading

Oak Harbor, Coupeville EIS meetings draw much different crowds
First snow falls on Whidbey

First snow falls on Whidbey

Wyatt Waite, Grace Waite, Maggie Waite and Isabel Waite take advantage of thefirst snow of the season in Oak Harbor Friday.… Continue reading

First snow falls on Whidbey
Luncheon pays tribute to WWII veterans

Luncheon pays tribute to WWII veterans

More than 90 WWII veterans are currently living in Island, San Juan and Skagit counties

Luncheon pays tribute to WWII veterans

The first of five public meetings will start next week to discuss results of the Navy’s long-awaited impact survey released last month.

The Navy is holding a series of meeting this week on the draft Environmental Impact Survey, or EIS, on the proposed increase in the number… Continue reading

Holiday spirit lights up downtown Oak Harbor

Holiday spirit lights up downtown Oak Harbor

The crane that towers over Oak Harbor is no longer the city’s lone landmark twinkling with holiday spirit. Santa arrived downtown Saturday in a pirate… Continue reading

Holiday spirit lights up downtown Oak Harbor
On 75th anniversary, Pearl Harbor attack vivid in Oak Harbor woman’s memory

On 75th anniversary, Pearl Harbor attack vivid in Oak Harbor woman’s memory

It has been 75 years, but Pauline Williams remembers watching Japanese aircraft drop bombs and the machine gun fire that shattered an otherwise calm, sunny… Continue reading

On 75th anniversary, Pearl Harbor attack vivid in Oak Harbor woman’s memory
School bus cameras catching passing violators

School bus cameras catching passing violators

Drivers thinking about illegally passing a school bus should think twice. The Oak Harbor School District is partnering with Gatekeeper Systems, Inc. to install video… Continue reading

School bus cameras catching passing violators

Tree lighting, Santa arrives downtown Saturday

Oak Harbor is gearing up for the holidays with its annual tree lighting and events Saturday on Pioneer Way. Carolers will be singing at businesses… Continue reading

Residents learn about Navy well testing for fire chemicals

Residents learn about Navy well testing for fire chemicals

More than 80 people who live near Naval Air Station Whidbey Island arrived at Oak Harbor Elementary School Monday to learn about a chemical in… Continue reading

Residents learn about Navy well testing for fire chemicals
Photo by Michael B. Watkins/Whidbey News-Times                                Construction workers from WhidbeyHealth cross at State Highway 20 in Coupeville as protesters behind them protest the Dakota Access Pipeline stand outside Wells Fargo Bank in Coupeville last week. The group opposes the bank funding the pipeline project and the potential impact to the environment and native people’s land.

Group rallies in Coupeville in support of Sioux Tribe

More than 100 island residents converged on Coupeville Tuesday to rally in support of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s efforts to halt the Dakota Access… Continue reading

Photo by Michael B. Watkins/Whidbey News-Times                                Construction workers from WhidbeyHealth cross at State Highway 20 in Coupeville as protesters behind them protest the Dakota Access Pipeline stand outside Wells Fargo Bank in Coupeville last week. The group opposes the bank funding the pipeline project and the potential impact to the environment and native people’s land.
Oak Harbor schools’ fill the bus campaign a big success

Oak Harbor schools’ fill the bus campaign a big success

More than 19,000 much-needed food items collected by students of Oak Harbor Public Schools were delivered to North Whidbey Help House in Oak Harbor Tuesday.… Continue reading

Oak Harbor schools’ fill the bus campaign a big success
The Brothers in Arms Motorcycle Club prepares to donate complete holiday meals and gift cards to those less fortunate. Photo by Michael Watkins/Whideby News-Times

Bikers bring bounty to those in need

Local club rides with the purpose of giving back to the community

The Brothers in Arms Motorcycle Club prepares to donate complete holiday meals and gift cards to those less fortunate. Photo by Michael Watkins/Whideby News-Times
Ethan Lane, a music teacher from Marysville, plays a bugle to sound the call to assembly at Fort Casey State Park Saturday for the 9th Coast Artillery District, a living history group that focuses on bringing together pieces of actual history into a collection for the public to experience at various forts and historical locations throughout the Northwest. Photo by Michael B. Watkins/ Whidbey News-Times.

March back in time: Volunteers bring history to life at Fort Casey

History came alive at Fort Casey State Park last weekend as a group of volunteers marched back in time. Self-described history preservationists, members of the… Continue reading

Ethan Lane, a music teacher from Marysville, plays a bugle to sound the call to assembly at Fort Casey State Park Saturday for the 9th Coast Artillery District, a living history group that focuses on bringing together pieces of actual history into a collection for the public to experience at various forts and historical locations throughout the Northwest. Photo by Michael B. Watkins/ Whidbey News-Times.