Ron Newberry

Coupeville eyes possibility of a new elementary school

Long before Dave Ebersole walked the grounds as principal of Coupeville Elementary School, he ran around the same fields as a child. Ebersole, who grew… Continue reading

Duck hunters get the squeeze at Crockett Lake

For decades, residents near Crockett Lake on Central Whidbey have awakened to the sound of shot gun blasts in the predawn hours of fall and… Continue reading

Kids tune up for Whidbey Has Talent

Even emcees need to rehearse their lines. That experience has been much more fun this year for the teens who’ll be hosting Whidbey Has Talent,… Continue reading

Coupeville schools going back to model that lets middle schoolers be kids

During her career as an educator, Glenda Merwine got the opportunity to interact with students of all ages. As a teacher and later as an… Continue reading

Twin Falls picks one of its own for superintendent post

Members of the Coupeville School Board breathed a collective sigh of relief Monday after the Twin Falls School District in Idaho announced that it was… Continue reading

Former pipefitter gives family, public a boatload of adventures

He couldn’t shake the image. Brett Ginther would go to sleep at night and have the same dream about an unusual boat. The dream became… Continue reading

Whidbey Reads book is set on remote island

The storyline and setting grabbed Jane Lopez-Santillana’s attention. In her mind, the fictitious tale about a scientist studying a rare, mysterious, glowing algae bloom that… Continue reading

Wazzu on Whidbey thanks to technology

Tim Lawrence admits to having a lot of ideas buzzing around in his head. One of them calls for a glass beehive in the lobby… Continue reading

Coupeville superintendent eyes Idaho post

The idea of Jim Shank leaving as superintendent in the Coupeville School District for another job became a shocking reality last week when it was… Continue reading

A sign of spring: Farmers market starting Saturday

The arrival of spring came and went rather unceremoniously this month. Prolonged cold, wet weather has a way of doing that. Proof of spring’s emergence… Continue reading

Oak Harbor loses devoted community leader

When Lance Gibbon thinks about Gary Wallin, he remembers a man with an enormous heart. “I worked with Gary in a lot of different ways,”… Continue reading

Participants let nothing rain on their parade

Maybe the luckiest group at Oak Harbor’s 44th St. Patrick’s Day Parade was the high school drumline. The group got its signals crossed and arrived… Continue reading

Want a free historic farmhouse? Relocation costs not included

When Lorraine Weatherby was a young girl in the 1930s, she and three siblings lived in a tall white farmhouse on what was then known… Continue reading

Busy year in store for Deception Pass State Park

Nothing gets Jack Hartt more flushed than the thought of another toilet backing up at Deception Pass State Park. It’s a problem that dates back… Continue reading

Climate change ‘rock star’ to speak on Whidbey

Retired Oak Harbor physician Marshall Goldberg likens Xiuhtezcatl Martinez to a rock star. Securing Martinez for two speaking engagements on Whidbey Island was no small… Continue reading

Space heater likely cause of Smith barn fire

An investigation into the fire that burned down the historic Smith Barn in Coupeville revealed that combustibles in front of a space heater was the… Continue reading

Break out signs for St. Patrick’s Day parade

The Irish Wildlife Society is trying to kick-start on old tradition during Oak Harbor’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade Friday. Clan signs on sticks will be… Continue reading

Farmer overwhelmed by community response

Sunshine returned to Ebey’s Prairie Wednesday, and along with it, a smile from Georgie Smith accompanied by some of her quirky humor. It was clear… Continue reading

Oak Harbor church rings in 125 years

Pastor David Parker’s first trip to the belfry at Oak Harbor First United Methodist Church revealed impeccable timing. Using his cell phone light to guide… Continue reading

Iconic Central Whidbey barn burns to ground

Fire took down an iconic Coupeville barn Monday night, turning the historic structure into a twisted heap of metal and charred timber. Firefighters with Central… Continue reading