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

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.

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 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

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.

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.

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 for more information.

  • Mar 5, 2010

Third time’s the charm for Oak Harbor’s China City

Jack Ng got his start in the restaurant industry as a dishwasher. From there he buddied-up with the restaurant chefs and learned how to cook. Next, Ng took a job on a fishing boat in Alaska to cook for a crew of 120. The gig allowed him to save up some money. Afterward, Ng said he got his family together and started making his dream a reality.

  • Feb 28, 2010

Coupeville home builder awarded for energy efforts

Ted Clifton, Clifton View Homes, Coupeville, has been recognized by the National Association of Home Builders Research Center as a leader in energy-efficient construction.

  • Feb 2, 2010

First Friday benefits Greenbank Farm

“First Friday” at the Greenbank Farm Feb. 5 will feature Edmonds Winery, a new winery featured in the farm’s wine shop. The Wine and Art Walk at the Greenbank Farm gives visitors a chance to meet the winemaker Doug Peterson and his wife Lael at the wine shop, then stroll among the three galleries and the cheese shop to sample more wines from the featured winery as well as cheeses and other goodies, view wonderful art and listen to live music.

  • Jan 26, 2010

Web sales help keep business afloat

When things are slow on the sidewalk, business can be found on the Internet. That’s the experience of A Touch of Dutch owner Misty Blanton, who has built such an Internet presence that she has sold her keepsakes to people in The Netherlands.

  • Jan 25, 2010

The right bid could land your dream boat

Was there something missing under the Christmas tree this year? If the answer is “Yes, a project boat!” the Oak Harbor Marina may have a relatively inexpensive answer.

  • Jan 5, 2010

Let’s play Laser Tag on Whidbey Island

There are a lot of recreation opportunities on Whidbey Island, but not all of them are family friendly, said Jeff Rossi. As the father of two daughters, Makala, 5, and Natalie, 4, he’s concerned about such limits, and he’s taken action to provide more family fun with his new business, Galaxy Laser Tag.

  • Jan 3, 2010

New thrift store to benefit youth

There’s a new second-hand store in town. My Father’s House Community Thrift, located at the corner of Midway Boulevard and W. Whidbey Avenue, benefits Island County organizations including Adoption Assistance for Whidbey Island and North Whidbey Help House.

  • Dec 24, 2009

Biz Beat

Oak Harbor has a new, indoor place to play. GALAXY LASER TAG held its ribbon cutting ceremony earlier this month. Call 675-4824, or visit 2949 Goldie Rd. for an adventure.

  • Dec 24, 2009

Little Caesar’s is Hot-n-Ready in Oak Harbor

A new Little Caesar’s pizza restaurant opened Dec. 15 in Oak Harbor. “I’m excited to open a store in Oak Harbor,” said franchise owner Sebastian Brost, who added he has a number of other Little Caesar’s locations in Washington as well as a few in other states.

  • Dec 23, 2009