Oak Harbor in talks with Anacortes for fiber optics

Oak Harbor is in talks with Anacortes to install “wet fiber” in water lines near Deception Pass and Pass Lake. The fiber optic cables would… Continue reading


Man airlifted to Seattle hospital after crash Sunday

An Arlington man was injured in a one-car crash Sunday morning on North Whidbey, the Washington State Patrol reported. Mark Strait, 45, was airlifted to… Continue reading


Winter Chinook run underway in Puget Sound

The winter run of Chinook, or blackmouth salmon, is underway in Puget Sound with reports of fish as large as 10 pounds being reeled in.… Continue reading


Woman accused of stealing, hiding gun

A 46-year-old South Whidbey woman was arrested for allegedly stealing a gun after witnesses followed her in a car, according to court documents. A Freeland… Continue reading

Judge rules against downtown Oak Harbor housing project

A proposed housing development for low-income people does not conform to Oak Harbor zoning code for the downtown area and is, therefore, not lawful, Island… Continue reading

Interim city attorney appointed during Feb. 18 council meeting

Oak Harbor Mayor Bob Severns appointed a new top lawyer during the city council meeting of Tuesday Feb. 18. Anna Thompson will act as interim… Continue reading

  • Feb 21, 2020

Oak Harbor will look at alternatives to utility rate hikes

Oak Harbor ratepayers may not be facing increased utility rates, for now. After several residents at the Tuesday City Council meeting voiced concerns about a… Continue reading

  • Feb 21, 2020

Johnson seeking third term on board of county commissioners

Island County Commissioner Jill Johnson is seeking a third term this fall. And she’ll have competition. Two Democratic candidates have already filed for the position… Continue reading

Woman allegedly threatened officer over animal cruelty citation

An Oak Harbor woman was recently arrested for allegedly threatening to kill a police officer who cited her for animal cruelty, according to court documents.… Continue reading

County gathering flood forms for FEMA | CORRECTED

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

Growing Coupeville’s 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

New Mexican restaurant opens in Oak Harbor

A new Mexican restaurant opened Wednesday in what used to be the Donut Master shop near the Safeway gas station in Oak Harbor. Taqueria El… Continue reading

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

‘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