Life

Pet shop where tortoise lives open for business

Life at the Ken’s Korner shopping plaza in Clinton has come to a crawl for Raja, a 9-year-old tortoise. There are less feet on the… Continue reading

  • Apr 14, 2020

Island eatery serves up kindness

A South Whidbey restaurant is shifting its resources towards delivering care packages for community members who may be financially impacted by the COVID-19 crisis, or… Continue reading

Nature-based school on Whidbey adapts to social distancing

During times of social distancing and school closures, a primarily outdoor school has had to shift some of its interaction online for students, a first… Continue reading

Easter baskets for those in need

Whidbey kids may be receiving an early visit this year from the Easter Bunny — or perhaps, the Easter Dinosaur. A Freeland resident, her family… Continue reading

Residents craft face masks in response to shortage

Sometimes problems require creative solutions. In the midst of a shortage of masks, people across Whidbey are working hard to provide replacements for health care… Continue reading

He’s a model for using quarantine time constructively

With recent orders from the governor to stay home, several Whidbey residents have leapt at the opportunity to finish long-term projects started months ago. David… Continue reading

Activities

Due to growing concerns related to the coronavirus, most of the calendar events submitted to the Whidbey News-Times have been canceled. Here are a few… Continue reading

Photos by Kira Erickson/Whidbey News-Times
                                Owner Molly Jacobson holds recently born twin goats in her store.

Coming clean about goats

For Molly Jacobson, the creation of her soap business has involved all kinds of kids. There are the goat kids that often enliven her small… Continue reading

Photos by Kira Erickson/Whidbey News-Times
                                Owner Molly Jacobson holds recently born twin goats in her store.

Poet says ‘yes,’ then publishes his work

Oak Harbor poet Daniel Edward Moore has published two books in the span of three months and is promoting them during reading tours across the… Continue reading

Jewelery workshop set for April 10

Nature lovers will have a chance to create their very own jewelry from their favorite plants this spring. South Whidbey Parks and Recreation will hold… Continue reading

Trio of fire masters takes on outdoor cooking

Like all new businesses, it began as a spark of an idea. As their Langley restaurant business was winding down, chef and blacksmith Jon-Paul “JP”… Continue reading

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                                The Cove chef and co-owner Damien Cortez sifts through a new shipment of mussels from Penn Cove Shellfish.

Musselfest to kick off with Friday Mingle

Whidbey’s biggest party celebrating all things mussel is back and bigger than ever before for its 34th year. Rain or shine, the fun will happen… Continue reading

Photo by Kira Erickson/Whidbey News Group
                                The Cove chef and co-owner Damien Cortez sifts through a new shipment of mussels from Penn Cove Shellfish.

Putting a Leap Year Day ring on it

You’ll be lucky, you’ll be cursed. Your crops will wilt, your sheep will nod off — permanently. And your local whale pod may be awash… Continue reading

Garden show blooms with bucks for Whidbey artisans

Bob Bowling hopes to earn half of his annual income in the next five days. Likewise, Linda Lee Nicol. Both Whidbey residents are among the… Continue reading

Future is crystal clear for young business owner

A young Freeland entrepreneur is defying stereotypes about a younger generation that it is lazy or entitled. Oliver was only a teenager in 2016 when… Continue reading

Oak Harbor’s ‘go-to guy’ retiring after 44 years

During the last snow storm, the man behind the wheel of a truck sanding Oak Harbor streets was one of the top officials at the… Continue reading

New owner aims to realize restaurant’s potential

When Jennifer Hua became the new owner of the Hong Kong Gardens restaurant back in September, she knew she had a long road ahead of… Continue reading

Give nature a hand on Saturdays this spring

By Ron Newberry Special to the News-Times Springtime kicks off the season to get outdoors and give nature a helping hand at some really cool… Continue reading

  • Feb 21, 2020

Record number seeking roles in Shakespeare Festival

Three plays, 46 performances and 147 days until opening night.And 218 actors vying for 20 positions. Such are the early season statistics for the Island… Continue reading

Whidbey couple wins $50,000 in state lottery

So many things could have gone differently the day Betsy and Amir Shirazi won the lottery. Coming back home on the evening of Jan. 19,… Continue reading