News

Participants, workers sought for 2020 census

As federal census preparations intensify in Island County, researchers emphasize the historical significance of the population count. And, baby boomers have to wait a little… Continue reading

 

County gathering flood forms for FEMA

Island County Department of Emergency Management is collecting flood damage assessment forms in the hopes of receiving aid from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and… Continue reading

 

Growing Coupevilles from-scratch program

Coupeville School District has received an $82,345 grant to grow its Connected Food Program. The grant from the state department of education is being used… Continue reading

 

‘Sexually violent predator’ won’t be living on Whidbey

Island County’s first “sexually violent predator” will get to leave the special commitment center on McNeil Island after 20 years, but he is still supposed… Continue reading

Ebey’s farm leases awarded to organic potato growers

Three properties in the heart of Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve will not be leased to any of the Central Whidbey families that have been… Continue reading

COER seeking injunction to stall flights at OLF Coupeville

An anti-noise group sought a preliminary injunction in federal court Thursday, asking that a judge order the Navy to temporarily halt its expansion of EA-18G… Continue reading

Health workers on lookout for coronavirus

One person in Island County who had possible contact with the coronavirus and displayed symptoms was voluntarily isolated for a few days before a test… Continue reading

Navy training exercise tests local emergency response

Naval Air Station Whidbey conducted its annual anti-terrorism training exercise, Citadel Shield-Solid Curtain, this past week. Emergency response organizations across the island participated in training… Continue reading

Family forced out of home by flooding

While the sun is a welcome reprieve and the City of Oak Harbor has lifted its water use restrictions, the aftermath of last weekend’s downpour… Continue reading

  • Feb 12, 2020

Charges filed in accidental restaurant shooting

The volunteer coach for the Oak Harbor High School’s NJROTC air rifle team is facing charges related to an alleged accidental shooting at a crowded… Continue reading

Effort gets rolling to save iconic OH barn

In the era of A-ha and parachute pants — the 1980s — a young James Croft would spend his nights skating at the Roller Barn.… Continue reading

$500,000 bail set for molesting suspect

A 34-year-old Navy man accused of child molestation is being held on $500,000 bail, an unusually high amount for Island County Superior Court. On Feb.… Continue reading

Holland Happening will retain its name

Holland Happening is going to be happening after all. Leaders at the Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce decided to reserve a decision to change the… Continue reading

Fate of housing project in judge’s hands

The future of a proposed 51-unit, low-income housing development in downtown Oak Harbor is in the hands of Island County Superior Court Judge Alan Hancock.… Continue reading

Man arrested after low-speed, nighttime bicycle pursuit

A man who led a deputy sheriff on a very slow-speed pursuit on his bicycle at night is facing criminal charges, according to court documents.… Continue reading

Man ordered to write letter of apology to deputy sheriff

During a sentencing hearing Wednesday, a judge ordered a Central Whidbey man who pointed a gun at a deputy to write a letter of apology.… Continue reading

‘Shaker’ on North Whidbey was Navy training exercise

A loud explosion heard near Naval Air Station Whidbey Seaplane Base at around 10:30 a.m. Wednesday was part of a routine training exercise conducted by… Continue reading

Photo by Brandon Taylor / Whidbey News-Times
                                Cougar Road on North Whidbey was closed because of flooding Friday. Firefighters used a boat to evacuate residents.

Excess rain causes sewage discharges, manhole cover explosion

Island County is among 19 counties in Washington officially in a state of emergency due to heavy rainfall. And for good reason. A manhole cover… Continue reading

Photo by Brandon Taylor / Whidbey News-Times
                                Cougar Road on North Whidbey was closed because of flooding Friday. Firefighters used a boat to evacuate residents.

Oak Harbor celebrates sailors of the year

By Steve Bristow Special to the News-Times Oak Harbor Mayor Bob Severns and city council proclaimed Jan. 24 as “Sailor of the Year Day.” Beginning… Continue reading

  • Feb 4, 2020

Road work will close intersection at Reggata Drive and Crescent Harbor Road

Road work is scheduled to begin next week on a long-awaited intersection improvement in North Whidbey. Minor work with minimal traffic impacts will occur Feb.… Continue reading