Ron Newberry

Port of Coupeville Harbormaster Long Bechard talks on the phone while pushing a container full of oil spill containment booms at the Coupeville Wharf Friday afternoon. Even though only about two or three quarters of hydraulic steering fluid leaked from the burst hose of a vessel that docked at the wharf, the sheen spread out hundreds of feet as can be seen in the background. Photo by Ron Newberry/Whidbey News-Times

Small spill creates initial concern in Penn Cove

Business owners on the Coupeville Wharf got a mild scare early Friday afternoon when a boater pulled up to purchase gas and noticed a ruptured… Continue reading

Port of Coupeville Harbormaster Long Bechard talks on the phone while pushing a container full of oil spill containment booms at the Coupeville Wharf Friday afternoon. Even though only about two or three quarters of hydraulic steering fluid leaked from the burst hose of a vessel that docked at the wharf, the sheen spread out hundreds of feet as can be seen in the background. Photo by Ron Newberry/Whidbey News-Times
A judge checks the Oak Harbor culinary arts team for clean and sanitary hands at the ProStart National Invitational, which was held April 28-30 in Charleston, S.C. Oak Harbor placed 16th out of 48 teams. Photo courtesy Mary Arthur

Oak Harbor culinary students place 16th at nationals

Mary Arthur is in awe of the generosity and support she sees from the Oak Harbor community year after year. Arthur’s state champion culinary arts… Continue reading

A judge checks the Oak Harbor culinary arts team for clean and sanitary hands at the ProStart National Invitational, which was held April 28-30 in Charleston, S.C. Oak Harbor placed 16th out of 48 teams. Photo courtesy Mary Arthur
Public affairs officer Tony Popp attends an Earth Day event at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island Thursday, April 21. 2017. He retired April 26, 2017 after 43 years of federal service. Photo by Ron Newberry/Whidbey News-Times

Tony Popp, familiar face on base, retires

On the first day of the rest of his life, Tony Popp woke up with a stuffy nose and sinus congestion. Instead of reaching for… Continue reading

Public affairs officer Tony Popp attends an Earth Day event at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island Thursday, April 21. 2017. He retired April 26, 2017 after 43 years of federal service. Photo by Ron Newberry/Whidbey News-Times
Clam diggers survey the beaches on the west end of Penn Cove Saturday, April 29. State Fish and Wildlife enforcement officers reminded clammers over the weekend that that beach is closed until June 1. Photo by Patricia Guthrie/Whidbey News-Times

Enforcement officers remind clam diggers that Penn Cove beach is closed

A new rule closing shellfish harvesting at a popular Whidbey Island beach is catching many clammers by surprise. Enforcement officers with the Washington Department of… Continue reading

Clam diggers survey the beaches on the west end of Penn Cove Saturday, April 29. State Fish and Wildlife enforcement officers reminded clammers over the weekend that that beach is closed until June 1. Photo by Patricia Guthrie/Whidbey News-Times
Bruiser, Whidbey Island’s lone elk, gets into his biggest tangle since coming to North Whidbey in the fall of 2012. In February, State Department of Fish and Wildlife enforcement officers and biologists had to tranquilize him over concern for his well-being after he got tangled up in a heavy rope swing. They freed him of the debris and days later were able to shoo him off a beach back into the woods. He had been dehydrated. Photos courtesy of Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Whidbey’s lone elk recovering after lengthy ordeal

Oh, Bruiser. The troubles you continue to encounter. Whidbey Island’s lone elk is recovering well from an odd ordeal that left him in his biggest… Continue reading

Bruiser, Whidbey Island’s lone elk, gets into his biggest tangle since coming to North Whidbey in the fall of 2012. In February, State Department of Fish and Wildlife enforcement officers and biologists had to tranquilize him over concern for his well-being after he got tangled up in a heavy rope swing. They freed him of the debris and days later were able to shoo him off a beach back into the woods. He had been dehydrated. Photos courtesy of Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.
Jessica Larson, land steward for the Whidbey Camano Land Trust, speaks to residents near Crockett Lake Thursday, April 27, 2017, about a plan to eradicate noxious weeds near the lake over the next three years. The main culprit is hairy willow-herb, which grows on more than 100 acres near Crockett Lake, making it the worst infestation in Washington state. Photo by Ron Newberry/Whidbey News-Times

Land trust faces a hairy situation: removal of 100 acres of noxious weed

Crockett Lake is known for attracting an array of bird species, making it one of Whidbey Island’s most popular destinations for birders. On windy days,… Continue reading

Jessica Larson, land steward for the Whidbey Camano Land Trust, speaks to residents near Crockett Lake Thursday, April 27, 2017, about a plan to eradicate noxious weeds near the lake over the next three years. The main culprit is hairy willow-herb, which grows on more than 100 acres near Crockett Lake, making it the worst infestation in Washington state. Photo by Ron Newberry/Whidbey News-Times
Lingcod season starts Monday, May 1 in Puget Sound waters. Nicknamed “bucketheads,” the bottom fish are considered excellent tablefare. Photo courtesy of Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife

Anglers ready to test waters for lingcod, halibut

Many Puget Sound anglers could be developing a scratchy throat and cough this weekend as they ponder the opening of lingcod season Monday. The popular… Continue reading

Lingcod season starts Monday, May 1 in Puget Sound waters. Nicknamed “bucketheads,” the bottom fish are considered excellent tablefare. Photo courtesy of Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
Vicki Graham, events coordinator for Holland Happening, stands next to a Holland Days prop on loan from Lynden at the Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce conference room Friday. The 48th edition of Holland Happening starts Thursday. Photo by Ron Newberry/Whidbey News-Times

New coordinator is primed for Holland Happening

When Vicki Graham started as the new events coordinator at the Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce last month, she knew she had less than 60… Continue reading

Vicki Graham, events coordinator for Holland Happening, stands next to a Holland Days prop on loan from Lynden at the Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce conference room Friday. The 48th edition of Holland Happening starts Thursday. Photo by Ron Newberry/Whidbey News-Times
Aviation Support Equipment Technician 2nd Class Tyler Smith, right, holds up a necklace in front of Aviation Support Equipment Technician 2nd Class Ray Canafax during the annual Dumpster Dive competition as part of numerous Earth Day events at the base Friday, April 21, 2017. There also was a tree planting near the barracks at Ault Field. Photo by Ron Newberry/Whidbey News-Times

Sailors dig into Earth Day activities

In between sorting through a bag of moldy bread and a carton of sour milk, Ray Canafax dug something out of a plastic sack that… Continue reading

Aviation Support Equipment Technician 2nd Class Tyler Smith, right, holds up a necklace in front of Aviation Support Equipment Technician 2nd Class Ray Canafax during the annual Dumpster Dive competition as part of numerous Earth Day events at the base Friday, April 21, 2017. There also was a tree planting near the barracks at Ault Field. Photo by Ron Newberry/Whidbey News-Times
Marie Magee, co-president of the Coupeville Garden Club, prepares for the club’s annual plant sale Monday, April 24, 2017, at the Coupeville High School greenhouse. The sale, the club’s biggest fundraiser of the year, will be held Saturday, April 29 at the Rec Hall. Photo by Ron Newberry/Whidbey News-Times

Annual Coupeville Garden Club plant sale is Saturday

From geraniums to to-mato plants, the Coupeville Garden Club has a reputation for growing some handsome plants. This becomes evident every spring when the club… Continue reading

Marie Magee, co-president of the Coupeville Garden Club, prepares for the club’s annual plant sale Monday, April 24, 2017, at the Coupeville High School greenhouse. The sale, the club’s biggest fundraiser of the year, will be held Saturday, April 29 at the Rec Hall. Photo by Ron Newberry/Whidbey News-Times
Melissa Rohr, attending a school orientation in Coupeville last August, is leaving the Coupeville School District for another position in Southern California. Coupeville is now seeking a new middle school principal. Photo by Ron Newberry/Whidbey News-Times

Coupeville starts search for middle school principal

The Coupeville School District is looking for a new principal to lead its middle school after learning that Melissa Rohr is leaving the district to… Continue reading

Melissa Rohr, attending a school orientation in Coupeville last August, is leaving the Coupeville School District for another position in Southern California. Coupeville is now seeking a new middle school principal. Photo by Ron Newberry/Whidbey News-Times
Robby the terrier trots along the hiking trail at Ebey’s Landing State Park Thursday, April 20, 2017. A 3.1-magnitude earthquake struck two miles offshore from the park Wednesday night. Photo by Ron Newberry/Whidbey News-Times.

Minor earthquake jolts Whidbey residents

A 3.1-magnitude earthquake struck about two miles offshore from Ebey’s Landing Wednes-day night, delivering a brief jolt to many Whidbey Island residents while others slept… Continue reading

Robby the terrier trots along the hiking trail at Ebey’s Landing State Park Thursday, April 20, 2017. A 3.1-magnitude earthquake struck two miles offshore from the park Wednesday night. Photo by Ron Newberry/Whidbey News-Times.
Five Western Washington fishing clubs pooled resources to stock 450 one-pound rainbow trout in Lone Lake in late February after the lake experienced a massive fish die off due to low oxygen levels in September. The state also planted more than 3,000 trout in March to aid in the recovery. This lake won’t be ready for anglers to catch 18-inch trout at this special-rules, trophy trout lake until at least the fall, one state fish biologist said. won’t Photo by Justin Burnett/Whidbey News Group

Whidbey lakes teem with trout

The life of a rainbow trout can be short once it’s transported from state hatcheries into the wild. Four lakes on Whidbey Island welcomed nearly… Continue reading

Five Western Washington fishing clubs pooled resources to stock 450 one-pound rainbow trout in Lone Lake in late February after the lake experienced a massive fish die off due to low oxygen levels in September. The state also planted more than 3,000 trout in March to aid in the recovery. This lake won’t be ready for anglers to catch 18-inch trout at this special-rules, trophy trout lake until at least the fall, one state fish biologist said. won’t Photo by Justin Burnett/Whidbey News Group
The NAS Whidbey Open House combined with the Prowler Sunset event June 27, 2015 in Oak Harbor. Photo by Ron Newberry/Whidbey News-Times

NAS Whidbey to hold open house in June

Naval Air Station Whidbey Island will celebrate its 75th anniversary with an open house on Saturday, June 24, at Ault Field. The open house is… Continue reading

The NAS Whidbey Open House combined with the Prowler Sunset event June 27, 2015 in Oak Harbor. Photo by Ron Newberry/Whidbey News-Times
Wil Shellenberger, left, president of the PBY Memorial Foundation, speaks with on-air personalities Jim Dever of KING 5’s Evening Magazine and Mark Christopher during a tour of the PBY-Naval Air Museum in Oak Harbor Thursday, April 6. Christopher, whose father was a PBY pilot during World War II, will emcee the museum’s Celebration of Flight Dinner and Auction Saturday, May 20 at the Oak Harbor Elks Lodge. Dever will serve as the auctioneer. Photo by Ron Newberry/Whidbey News-Times

PBY Museum draws on star power for fundraiser

Mark Christopher is a gifted storyteller. He’s made a career out of it, sharing his wit and voice as an on-air personality in Seattle. Christopher… Continue reading

Wil Shellenberger, left, president of the PBY Memorial Foundation, speaks with on-air personalities Jim Dever of KING 5’s Evening Magazine and Mark Christopher during a tour of the PBY-Naval Air Museum in Oak Harbor Thursday, April 6. Christopher, whose father was a PBY pilot during World War II, will emcee the museum’s Celebration of Flight Dinner and Auction Saturday, May 20 at the Oak Harbor Elks Lodge. Dever will serve as the auctioneer. Photo by Ron Newberry/Whidbey News-Times
Oak Harbor Mayor Bob Severns, left, visits with Oak Harbor Lion James House in front of the city’s welcome sign that also features the emblems of the community’s service organizations. The Oak Harbor Lions celebrated the centennial anniversary of their parent club, Lions Clubs International, by installing a new emblem. Photo by Ron Newberry/Whidbey News-Times

Lions’ centennial gets Oak Harbor mayor’s seal of approval

When Oak Harbor Mayor Bob Severns looks at the wood sign that greets visitors at the south end of the city, he sees more than… Continue reading

Oak Harbor Mayor Bob Severns, left, visits with Oak Harbor Lion James House in front of the city’s welcome sign that also features the emblems of the community’s service organizations. The Oak Harbor Lions celebrated the centennial anniversary of their parent club, Lions Clubs International, by installing a new emblem. Photo by Ron Newberry/Whidbey News-Times
Madison Rixe, left, and McKenzie Meyer give a demonstration of the helicopter event at the Coupeville school board meeting last month. Rixe and Meyer are among 13 Coupeville High School students who will participate in the Science Olympiad state competition at Highline College April 15. Photo by Ron Newberry/Whidbey News-Times

Coupeville High sends 13 to state Science Olympiad

Mitchell Carroll gets a rush from soaring as a track athlete at Coupeville High School whether it be in the pole vault or jumping events.… Continue reading

Madison Rixe, left, and McKenzie Meyer give a demonstration of the helicopter event at the Coupeville school board meeting last month. Rixe and Meyer are among 13 Coupeville High School students who will participate in the Science Olympiad state competition at Highline College April 15. Photo by Ron Newberry/Whidbey News-Times
The U.S. Coast Guard helicopter departs from the Keystone Spit portion of Fort Casey State Park after a false alarm involving a diver at the underwater park. A number of other emergency responders arrived as well after someone spotted the diver entering the water in jeans and a sweatshirt and was concerned when he didn’t surface. The diver had a wet suit underneath. Photo by Ron Newberry/Whidbey News-Times

Coast Guard responds to false alarm at Coupeville underwater park

A diver surfaced from the choppy waters near Fort Casey State Park Thursday afternoon and probably wondered what all the fuss was about. The diver… Continue reading

The U.S. Coast Guard helicopter departs from the Keystone Spit portion of Fort Casey State Park after a false alarm involving a diver at the underwater park. A number of other emergency responders arrived as well after someone spotted the diver entering the water in jeans and a sweatshirt and was concerned when he didn’t surface. The diver had a wet suit underneath. Photo by Ron Newberry/Whidbey News-Times
Oak Harbor’s Keith Glass casts for pink salmon in the summer of 2015. Opportunities for catching salmon will be slightly improved in some areas around Whidbey Island and restricted all together in others. The 2017 salmon seasons were released this week by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. Photos by Ron Newberry/Whidbey News-Times

2017 salmon seasons still grim around Whidbey

Salmon fishers on Whidbey Island might find a saltwater fishing license to be a slightly better investment this year. Some, however, may still dispute that.… Continue reading

Oak Harbor’s Keith Glass casts for pink salmon in the summer of 2015. Opportunities for catching salmon will be slightly improved in some areas around Whidbey Island and restricted all together in others. The 2017 salmon seasons were released this week by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. Photos by Ron Newberry/Whidbey News-Times
Andy Russell, left, Tess Hightower and Katie McClimans participate in a rehearsal for the comedy “37 Postcards” Thursday, April 6, 2017 at the Whidbey Playhouse. The show opens at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 14. Photo by Ron Newberry/Whidbey News-Times

Comedy helps actress cope with loss of her own

It should come as no surprise that Tess Hightower is drawn to comedy. She was married to comic actor Dick Gautier. He encouraged Hightower, a… Continue reading

Andy Russell, left, Tess Hightower and Katie McClimans participate in a rehearsal for the comedy “37 Postcards” Thursday, April 6, 2017 at the Whidbey Playhouse. The show opens at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 14. Photo by Ron Newberry/Whidbey News-Times