Business

Chef Jerry Ritchie cooks in a tight kitchen of Coupeville’s newest restaurant

Coupeville’s Front Street Grill open for business

With a spectacular view of Penn Cove and chefs preparing food originating from Whidbey Island, Coupeville’s newest restaurant is open for business.

Chef Jerry Ritchie cooks in a tight kitchen of Coupeville’s newest restaurant

Site selected for Greenbank solar panels

A community solar energy project took a step forward Wednesday when the commissioners for the Port of Coupeville selected a one-acre piece of land at the Greenbank Farm for a community solar power project.

Freeland resident Matt Deal

Bringing in the dough during a recession

Whether you realize it or not, if you’re from Oak Harbor there is a good chance you know 21-year-old Matt Deal. If not by name, then by his signature moves and hard-to-forget spring-heeled shoes. After all, there just aren’t that many guys rocking out on one of the city’s busiest street corners waving a sign for $5 pizzas.

Freeland resident Matt Deal

Roads get new asphalt, chip seal this summer

Now that summer has finally made it to Whidbey Island, it’s time for road construction to begin.

Inn owner picked for Island County board

A retired minister who’s currently the co-owner of a small Coupeville hotel was picked to be the newest member of the Island County Planning Commission.

  • Jun 16, 2010

Island County property values plummet; some tax rates to rise

The total assessed value of Island County plummeted by 12.3 percent for the tax year 2011, county Assessor Dave Mattens announced Thursday.

Fir tree seed farm could sprout at Greenbank Farm

Amidst the community garden, farmer training center and the loganberry bushes, a business is looking to add a tree seed farm on a large swath of land at the Greenbank Farm. A group of companies from Canada wants to lease land at the publicly owned farm to grow Douglas fir trees and eventually harvest their seeds.

Oak Harbor Marina guests, hoist users to pay more

The Oak Harbor City Council approved an increase in rates for the use of guest moorage slips and boat hoist at the council’s Tuesday evening in a 5-0 vote. Council members Danny Paggao and Beth Munns were absent from the meeting.

  • May 21, 2010

Groups meet on News-Times Web site

If you manage a group or organization and have been fumbling around with a large email list, WhidbeyNewsTimes.com’s new “Groups” feature may be a good alternative.

  • May 21, 2010

Penn Cove Grange encourages chickens for fun

The newly formed Penn Cove Grange is hosting a series of of workshops to address a number of agricultural issues.

  • May 14, 2010
Kelly Keilwitz of Whidbey Sun and Wind stands in front of a solar energy project recently installed at the Coupeville Public Library. The Greenbank Farm could be the next solar project should officials receive funding.

Greenbank Farm, fair compete the harness the sun

If funding becomes available, the Greenbank Farm would be the next public place on Whidbey Island to harness the power of the sun. Port of Coupeville and Greenbank Farm officials are looking for funding from Puget Sound Energy and local residents to get the money needed to build the project.

Kelly Keilwitz of Whidbey Sun and Wind stands in front of a solar energy project recently installed at the Coupeville Public Library. The Greenbank Farm could be the next solar project should officials receive funding.

Oak Harbor DECA students stand out at competition

The DECA program at Oak Harbor High School joined thousands of champion hopefuls last week during an international conference in Kentucky.

  • May 7, 2010

Still time to avoid a knock on the door

Greenbank resident Peg Urstad wants to be counted but she never received a census form, presumably because she uses a post office box, not a home mail box. "There are a lot of us who have post office boxes," Urstad said of Greenbank-area residents. "I don't want anybody knocking on my door, but I want to be counted."

  • Apr 14, 2010

Whidbey News-Times online calendar offers a lot to users

The WhidbeyNewsTimes.com calendar has been overhauled and beefed up with a lot of new features:

  • Apr 12, 2010

Job seekers have access to library notebooks

When the going gets tough, libraries get you going. Oak Harbor Library now has notebook computers for job seekers to borrow for extended in-library use. Free thumb drives are also available to job seekers who need to save their resume and other information. These are two of the free tools Sno-Isle Libraries offers to help customers get through challenging economic times.

  • Mar 30, 2010

Investment earning spike SVC scholarship funds

The Skagit Valley College Foundation Board of Governors recently approved more than $308,000 in endowed scholarship funds to be awarded to Skagit Valley College students during the 2010-2011 school year. This endowed scholarship allocation is the largest scholarship distribution the SVC Foundation has ever provided in its 32-year history.

  • Mar 30, 2010
Gwen Sam broadcasts Whidbey Chat from the KWPA studio located in the Coupeville Wharf. Her community radio show is the first live broadcast produced by the radio station.

Radio station seeks live shows, better signal

A community radio station in Coupeville reached a hallmark this week. Gwen Sam’s “Whidbey Chat” marked the first live broadcast from the radio station’s studio located on the Coupeville Wharf.

Gwen Sam broadcasts Whidbey Chat from the KWPA studio located in the Coupeville Wharf. Her community radio show is the first live broadcast produced by the radio station.
Steve Seppa

New ad campaign promotes Whidbey cattle

More Whidbey-produced beef is staying on the island. A new advertising campaign is under way to promote where residents can buy natural, pasture-raised beef that is produced on Whidbey Island. The Goose Community Grocer, which is located on Highway 525 in Bayview, startted selling beef produced under a new brand on Saturday, kicking off the campaign.

Steve Seppa

Port of Coupeville to air airport study proposal

A public meeting will take place Wednesday, March 24, at 5:30 p.m., at the Monroe Landing Fire Station to gauge public sentiment about the possibility of the Port of Coupeville conducting a feasibility study to acquire the neighboring air field.

  • Mar 12, 2010

Biz Beat

Bethany Ridge Farms of Oak Harbor was recognized by the American Angus Association recently in the association’s 2010 Pathfinder Report. Visit www.angus.org for more information.

  • Mar 5, 2010