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WICA plans first live play in more than a year

The show will run June 10-20.

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Jason Blair, owner of Red Fish, Blue Fish, nets an angelfish.

Finny business: ‘Fish Nerd’ opening new shop

The store is coming to Greenbank Farm this spring.

Jason Blair, owner of Red Fish, Blue Fish, nets an angelfish.
Photo by Bob VonDrachek
One photographer spotted a gray whale the morning of March 8 from the public parking lot at Hidden Beach in Greenbank.

Homecoming: Gray whales return to Whidbey waters

The gentle giants include a well-known gray that has been coming back each year for 30 years.

Photo by Bob VonDrachek
One photographer spotted a gray whale the morning of March 8 from the public parking lot at Hidden Beach in Greenbank.
Joe Hempel (right), and Kristin Galbreaith finish their 35-minute, one-mile swim from Seawall Park in Langley. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Scantily clad is the dress code for these cold rush swimmers

Immersed for 30 minutes in frigid water would kill most of us. It energizes these swimmers.

Joe Hempel (right), and Kristin Galbreaith finish their 35-minute, one-mile swim from Seawall Park in Langley. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Langley city crews get to root of issue

Public works staff with the city of Langley investigated tree root locations this week as part of the city’s project dedicated to improving utility lines.… Continue reading

Oak Harbor Lions seeking sponsors for annual flag program

The Oak Harbor Lions Club is seeking sponsors for its Flag Sponsorship Program. Twelve times a year, members of the Oak Harbor Lions Club display… Continue reading

  • Mar 5, 2021
A Tyrannosaurus rex appears to eat a car at a home owned by Burt Mason and Mary Saltwick in Freeland on Whidbey Island. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Jurassic yard: Freeland couple displays dinos

These creatures from long ago won’t chomp or chase you, and you’re welcome to visit.

A Tyrannosaurus rex appears to eat a car at a home owned by Burt Mason and Mary Saltwick in Freeland on Whidbey Island. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Photo by Kira Erickson/Whidbey News Group
Christopher Baldwin, owner of Island Time Coffee Company, arranges a display in Payless Foods.

New business perks up South Whidbey shelves

Three new blends of coffee are available in stores.

Photo by Kira Erickson/Whidbey News Group
Christopher Baldwin, owner of Island Time Coffee Company, arranges a display in Payless Foods.

Some libraries open for limited in-building services

Sno-Isle Libraries is now offering limited in-building services at select community libraries. On Whidbey Island, the only library not opening is in Clinton. The libraries… Continue reading

Lions Garage sale adapts to pandemic; resumes donation pickups

The Coupeville Lions Club has resumed pick-ups of garage sale donations after a pandemic hiatus. Items being accepted are those that were sold during last… Continue reading

  • Feb 26, 2021

Oak Harbor resident earns PLU $30,000 scholarship

CAITLIN DENNEN, a student at Oak Harbor High School, has been named a Pacific Lutheran University President’s Scholar and awarded a $30,000 per year President’s… Continue reading

Debbie Jackson photo of European starlings at home in Penn Cove.

Winged creatures take flight during snow

A Penn Cove photographer was graced by the presence of several species of birds.

Debbie Jackson photo of European starlings at home in Penn Cove.
Jason McFadyen, left, organized about a dozen friends to shave their heads in support of Annie Cash as she goes through breast cancer treatment. Cash was voted top real estate agent, business person and community leader in the Whidbey News-Times’ Best of Whidbey 2020 contest. Photos by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times

Shaving locks to support one of Whidbey’s best

Annie Cash’s friends shaved their heads in a show of support.

Jason McFadyen, left, organized about a dozen friends to shave their heads in support of Annie Cash as she goes through breast cancer treatment. Cash was voted top real estate agent, business person and community leader in the Whidbey News-Times’ Best of Whidbey 2020 contest. Photos by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times
Germaine Kornegay, left, and Allenda Jenkins star in Whidbey Playhouse’s virtual production of ‘Having our Say: The Delany sisters’ first 100 years’ available to view online on Feb. 26-27. Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times

‘Having our Say’ brings history to life through two sisters’ memories

Whidbey Playhouse’s virtual production can be viewed online Feb. 26-27.

Germaine Kornegay, left, and Allenda Jenkins star in Whidbey Playhouse’s virtual production of ‘Having our Say: The Delany sisters’ first 100 years’ available to view online on Feb. 26-27. Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times
After her story went viral, April DiDonna was honored as a HOWL’s Hero by an organization that writes children’s books about organ donation. Photo provided

Oak Harbor woman now known worldwide for saying ‘I love you’

After the News-Times interveiwed her, April DiDonna’s story has gone around the world.

After her story went viral, April DiDonna was honored as a HOWL’s Hero by an organization that writes children’s books about organ donation. Photo provided
Summit Assistance Dogs breeds and trains dogs to become mobility service dogs. Each litter is named with a specific letter — the most recent litter includes Nelson, Nugget, Neela and Nali. Three of the puppies are seen here with founder Sue Meinzinger. Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times

Dog training campus being built on North Whidbey

Facility will train mobility service dogs for people who need them

Summit Assistance Dogs breeds and trains dogs to become mobility service dogs. Each litter is named with a specific letter — the most recent litter includes Nelson, Nugget, Neela and Nali. Three of the puppies are seen here with founder Sue Meinzinger. Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times
The woman inside the unicorn suit says she dons the outfit just to bring people a smile. Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times

Big pink unicorn follows in chicken’s footsteps

Whidbey Island is home to all sorts of characters - including inflatable ones.

The woman inside the unicorn suit says she dons the outfit just to bring people a smile. Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times
Capt. Robert Miles, retired U.S. Navy, served in active duty for more than two decades before teaching Oak Harbor High School students leadership, confidence and practical skills through Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps. Here he is pictured throughout his career. Photo courtesy Jason Lamont

Oak Harbor NJROTC alums come together to honor mentor

Capt. Robert Miles had a lasting impact on his NJROTC students at Oak Harbor High School.

Capt. Robert Miles, retired U.S. Navy, served in active duty for more than two decades before teaching Oak Harbor High School students leadership, confidence and practical skills through Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps. Here he is pictured throughout his career. Photo courtesy Jason Lamont
Elizabeth Johnson and rescue dog Wilbur

Island a haven for practitioners of holistic treatments

Some holistic healers on Whidbey have seen a dramatic increase in demand this past year.

Elizabeth Johnson and rescue dog Wilbur
John and Rebecca Roberts have been trail angels for the Pacific Northwest Trail since 2012.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Wandering the rugged Pacific Northwest Trail

The trail snakes down the island on its often-confounding route from the Rocky Mountains to the Pacific Ocean.

John and Rebecca Roberts have been trail angels for the Pacific Northwest Trail since 2012.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)