Ron Newberry

Sitting in the kitchen of her comfortable Oak Harbor home, Monday, March 6, 2017, Doris Janz said she has no secret for her longevity. She turns 100 on Sunday, March 12 and is still able to live on her own, though her daughter and son-in-law stop by daily to help out and run errands. She’s been painting for nearly half her life and her walls are filled with her paintings. Photo by Ron Newberry/Whidbey News-Times

The world through Doris Janz’s eyes

In her cozy Oak Harbor cottage, Doris Janz is sitting at her kitchen table, trying to put a finger on the secret to her longevity… Continue reading

Sitting in the kitchen of her comfortable Oak Harbor home, Monday, March 6, 2017, Doris Janz said she has no secret for her longevity. She turns 100 on Sunday, March 12 and is still able to live on her own, though her daughter and son-in-law stop by daily to help out and run errands. She’s been painting for nearly half her life and her walls are filled with her paintings. Photo by Ron Newberry/Whidbey News-Times
A sign mounted to an entrance sign to Admiral’s Cove reveals good news Friday, March 3, 2017 for residents awaiting test results from water samples taken from their community wells last month: No contaminants were detected. Photo by Ron Newberry/Whidbey News-Times

Admiral’s Cove well tests come back clean

Admiral’s Cove residents are breathing a sigh of relief after water samples taken from community wells revealed no detected contaminants. An engineering services company was… Continue reading

A sign mounted to an entrance sign to Admiral’s Cove reveals good news Friday, March 3, 2017 for residents awaiting test results from water samples taken from their community wells last month: No contaminants were detected. Photo by Ron Newberry/Whidbey News-Times
Moss covers the roof at Coupeville High School Thursday, March 2, 2017. The roof is leaking despite being only 10-years-old. Photo by Ron Newberry/Whidbey News-Times

Coupeville school board requests ‘emergency’ relief for leaky roof

Whidbey Island’s cold, wet winter has been particularly unkind to Coupeville High School, where a leaky roof could lead to a significant unplanned expenditure. The… Continue reading

Moss covers the roof at Coupeville High School Thursday, March 2, 2017. The roof is leaking despite being only 10-years-old. Photo by Ron Newberry/Whidbey News-Times
Wyatt Brazelton, 3, is all smiles as he prepares to go on a ride around the roller coaster that his father built for him in their Oak Harbor backyard Wednesday, March 1, 2017. Photo by Ron Newberry/Whidbey News-Times

Navy pilot creates ultimate thrill in backyard for son: a roller coaster

If there were an award for world’s coolest dad, Scott Brazelton would be tough to top. As if flying jets weren’t enough for consideration, Brazelton… Continue reading

Wyatt Brazelton, 3, is all smiles as he prepares to go on a ride around the roller coaster that his father built for him in their Oak Harbor backyard Wednesday, March 1, 2017. Photo by Ron Newberry/Whidbey News-Times
McKenzie Meyer, center, shares a lighter moment with Eric Wertz, right, during Coupeville High School’s Wolf PAC Theatre Troupe rehearsal for “Arsenic and Old Lace” at Coupeville’s Performing Arts Center Monday night, Feb. 27, 2017. Photo by Ron Newberry/Whidbey News-Times

Coupeville drama club tackles wacky dark comedy

Playing the character of the “evil nephew” in “Arsenic and Old Lace” seems to suit Eric Wertz quite well. The Coupeville High School junior was… Continue reading

McKenzie Meyer, center, shares a lighter moment with Eric Wertz, right, during Coupeville High School’s Wolf PAC Theatre Troupe rehearsal for “Arsenic and Old Lace” at Coupeville’s Performing Arts Center Monday night, Feb. 27, 2017. Photo by Ron Newberry/Whidbey News-Times
Donovan McCulley, foreground, and other Oak Harbor High School students work on preparing dishes during Chef Mary Arthuer’s culinary arts class Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017. The school’s culinary arts team won a state championship for the eighth time in 12 years on Saturday and will now advance to the National ProStart Invitational in Charleston, S.C. Photo by Ron Newberry/Whidbey News-Times

Oak Harbor culinary team regains state champ form

It’s easy to wind up in Chef Mary Arthur’s classroom if you let your nose guide you. On Thursday, culinary students were busy cooking up… Continue reading

Donovan McCulley, foreground, and other Oak Harbor High School students work on preparing dishes during Chef Mary Arthuer’s culinary arts class Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017. The school’s culinary arts team won a state championship for the eighth time in 12 years on Saturday and will now advance to the National ProStart Invitational in Charleston, S.C. Photo by Ron Newberry/Whidbey News-Times
Therese Kingsbury, Oak Harbor Arts Commission member, and Melissa Riker, executive director of Oak Harbor Mainstreet Association, stand before an empty shop on Pioneer Way that will be transformed into a “Pop-up Stone Sculpture Gallery” during the month of April. The owner of the building is allowing Mainstreet to use the shop, once home to Maurices, to help bring more visitors downtown. Photo by Ron Newberry/Whidbey News-Times

Sculpture gallery coming to Pioneer Way during April

Sculptors and their pieces to ‘take over’ downtown Oak Harbor in April

Therese Kingsbury, Oak Harbor Arts Commission member, and Melissa Riker, executive director of Oak Harbor Mainstreet Association, stand before an empty shop on Pioneer Way that will be transformed into a “Pop-up Stone Sculpture Gallery” during the month of April. The owner of the building is allowing Mainstreet to use the shop, once home to Maurices, to help bring more visitors downtown. Photo by Ron Newberry/Whidbey News-Times
Skip Pohtilla, chairman of the Oak Harbor Arts Commission, shows a much smaller version of the sort of oak leaves that will be part of Oak Harbor’s new public art piece Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017 in front of City Hall. The “Autumn Leaves” metal sculpture will show 10 leaves blowing in the wind. The sculpture will rest on the side of State Highway 20 near NE 4th Avenue. Photo by Ron Newberry/Whidbey News-Times

Oak Harbor goes big on latest art piece

In the two years since the City of Oak Harbor began working with an architectural firm on a new public art sculpture, there have been… Continue reading

Skip Pohtilla, chairman of the Oak Harbor Arts Commission, shows a much smaller version of the sort of oak leaves that will be part of Oak Harbor’s new public art piece Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017 in front of City Hall. The “Autumn Leaves” metal sculpture will show 10 leaves blowing in the wind. The sculpture will rest on the side of State Highway 20 near NE 4th Avenue. Photo by Ron Newberry/Whidbey News-Times
A sampler from CH2M, a global engineering company and contractor for the Navy, tests water from the community wells at the Admiral’s Cove Water District Monday, Feb. 20, 2017. The tests were conducted to look for certain chemicals that might’ve come from firefighting foam at Coupeville’s Outlying Landing Field. Photo by Ron Newberry/Whidbey News-Times.

Navy starts second phase of well testing

The wait is almost over for the more than 1,000 residents who make up Admiral’s Cove. Within three weeks, residents from the Central Whidbey neighborhood… Continue reading

A sampler from CH2M, a global engineering company and contractor for the Navy, tests water from the community wells at the Admiral’s Cove Water District Monday, Feb. 20, 2017. The tests were conducted to look for certain chemicals that might’ve come from firefighting foam at Coupeville’s Outlying Landing Field. Photo by Ron Newberry/Whidbey News-Times.
Fishermen arrive at the boat launch at Cornet Bay Monday, Feb. 13, 2017. Salmon fishers were out fishing for blackmouth, which will be open in Marine Area 9 in Admiralty Inlet this week. Photo by Ron Newberry/Whidbey News-Times

Blackmouth success expected in Admiralty Inlet

North Puget Sound residents got a taste of spring last weekend with blue skies and enough sunshine to get people outside. The unseasonable weather extended… Continue reading

Fishermen arrive at the boat launch at Cornet Bay Monday, Feb. 13, 2017. Salmon fishers were out fishing for blackmouth, which will be open in Marine Area 9 in Admiralty Inlet this week. Photo by Ron Newberry/Whidbey News-Times
Volunteer Dick Malone of Oak Harbor stands on the grounds of Fort Casey State Park in Coupeville Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017. Malone, who provides guided tours of the former World War I-era army post and is a docent at Admiralty Head Lighthouse, was named ‘Volunteer of the Year’ by Washington State Parks this month. Photo by Ron Newberry/Whidbey News-Times

Oak Harbor man lands new title: State Parks Volunteer of the Year

The old fort is still a sight to behold, attracting visitors for its history as well as the natural beauty all around it. To get… Continue reading

Volunteer Dick Malone of Oak Harbor stands on the grounds of Fort Casey State Park in Coupeville Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017. Malone, who provides guided tours of the former World War I-era army post and is a docent at Admiralty Head Lighthouse, was named ‘Volunteer of the Year’ by Washington State Parks this month. Photo by Ron Newberry/Whidbey News-Times
Alan Schell of Oak Harbor dresses up as Abraham Lincoln and impersonates the former U.S. president in the spirit of President’s Day Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017 at Oak Harbor Christian School. Children from kindergarten through sixth grade attended the address. Photo by Ron Newberry/Whidbey News-Times

Playing Lincoln is old hat for Oak Harbor history buff

It’s not easy walking in Abraham Lincoln’s shoes. Alan Schell found playing the part of one of the United States’ most famous presidents to be… Continue reading

Alan Schell of Oak Harbor dresses up as Abraham Lincoln and impersonates the former U.S. president in the spirit of President’s Day Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017 at Oak Harbor Christian School. Children from kindergarten through sixth grade attended the address. Photo by Ron Newberry/Whidbey News-Times
The mermaid sculpture in downtown Oak Harbor should be enjoying a better view soon once a proposal to allow artists to paint fire hydrants along Pioneer Way gets off the ground. Photo by Ron Newberry/Whidbey News-Times

Oak Harbor might turn artists loose on fire hydrants

Although its role is integral in helping firefighters protect communities, a fire hydrant generally doesn’t draw much attention in a cityscape. Short and stubby, a… Continue reading

The mermaid sculpture in downtown Oak Harbor should be enjoying a better view soon once a proposal to allow artists to paint fire hydrants along Pioneer Way gets off the ground. Photo by Ron Newberry/Whidbey News-Times

Pink salmon forecast could leave anglers feeling blue

For anglers who look forward to relatively easy catches of salmon from Whidbey Island shores every other year, the early word out of Olympia might… Continue reading

Dike project creates pocket estuary at Dugualla Bay

Dike project creates pocket estuary at Dugualla Bay

Wetland area at Dugualla Bay is restored to historic state during dike project

Dike project creates pocket estuary at Dugualla Bay
Photo by Ron Newberry/Whidbey News-Times                                Charles and Ruth Hammer have been married 56 years. Charles spent 29 years as an air traffic controller in the Navy.

Couples still sweethearts after all these years

It’s hard for Charles Hammer to fathom that he’s been retired from the Navy for more years than he served. His last of 29 years… Continue reading

Photo by Ron Newberry/Whidbey News-Times                                Charles and Ruth Hammer have been married 56 years. Charles spent 29 years as an air traffic controller in the Navy.
Fort Casey State Park is hosting three new events in 2017, including a movie night outdoors, an Easter scavenger hunt and live music. Most of the events take place near the Admiralty Head Lighthouse. Photo by Michael Watkins/Whidbey News-Times

Fort Casey State Park adds three new events in 2017

Though it’s tough to quibble with any view from Fort Casey State Park, the one afforded from Battery Turman near Admiralty Head Lighthouse is breathtaking.… Continue reading

Fort Casey State Park is hosting three new events in 2017, including a movie night outdoors, an Easter scavenger hunt and live music. Most of the events take place near the Admiralty Head Lighthouse. Photo by Michael Watkins/Whidbey News-Times
Maggie Garrett, left, and Alyssa Monger hold up certificates after participating in the first ‘Whidbey Has Talent’ at Oak Harbor High School last year. Photo by Ron Newberry/Whidbey News-Times

Whidbey talent show expands its search

Organizers of Whidbey Has Talent are searching farther and wider to add to the talent pool for this spring’s show. Auditions this year also will… Continue reading

Maggie Garrett, left, and Alyssa Monger hold up certificates after participating in the first ‘Whidbey Has Talent’ at Oak Harbor High School last year. Photo by Ron Newberry/Whidbey News-Times
Smelt fishers getting jiggy this time of year

Smelt fishers getting jiggy this time of year

On a chilly overcast afternoon, Dean Bannister slid his bucket to the other side of the dock, took a seat and looked for his luck… Continue reading

Smelt fishers getting jiggy this time of year
Dianna Wilcox, right, and other actors rehearse for the musical, ‘Into the Woods,’ during Press Night at the Whidbey Playhouse Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017. Photo by Ron Newberry/Whidbey News-Times

Whidbey Playhouse takes giant steps in technology

One day early last month, Janis Powell felt like the whole world was crashing down around her. She was sitting in her office at the… Continue reading

Dianna Wilcox, right, and other actors rehearse for the musical, ‘Into the Woods,’ during Press Night at the Whidbey Playhouse Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017. Photo by Ron Newberry/Whidbey News-Times