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Yabba dabba loo! Flinstone toilets on the way

Oak Harbor is looking to add two Portland Loos at Flintstone Park. The stainless steel toilets are known for their semi-transparent design that aid in… Continue reading

 

Yabba dabba loo! Flinstone toilets on the way

Oak Harbor is looking to add two Portland Loos at Flintstone Park. The stainless steel toilets are known for their semi-transparent design that aid in… Continue reading

 

Oak Harbor council limits spending authority in anticipation of COVID-19 impacts

The Oak Harbor City Council significantly reduced the spending authority for all contracts in order to brace for the economic effects of COVID-19. Councilmember Joel… Continue reading

 

Crash run into post offices, Dollar Tree

A spate of vehicles crashing into buildings is just an anomaly, according to Oak Harbor Fire Chief Ray Merrill. Last Thursday, a teal Honda Accord… Continue reading

Board aiming to limit spread of virus

Island County Board of Health is exploring a variety of ways to keep transmission of the COVID-19 virus low. In just over a week, positive… Continue reading

Oak Harbor Public Schools decide on plan for fall opening

The Oak Harbor School Board made the unanimous decision Monday night to employ a phased plan for reopening schools in the fall. The school board… Continue reading

Whidbey Island Music Festival goes virtual

The greatest composers probably didn’t imagine that centuries after writing their opuses, people would be performing them for a virtual audience. It’s a story becoming… Continue reading

Julianne Blynn prepares a War Pig hot dog for customers during the Open Air Thursdays. Photo by Brandon Taylor

Bringing Thursdays to life

Downtown Oak Har-bor was a little busier than normal Thursday night. Although it was overcast, restaurants and shops were experiencing more visitors than usual, according… Continue reading

Julianne Blynn prepares a War Pig hot dog for customers during the Open Air Thursdays. Photo by Brandon Taylor

Two Democrats ahead in one commissioner race, two Republicans in the other

Voters in Island County may choose between two Democrats for one county commissioner position and two Republicans for another in the November general election. One… Continue reading

Two districts reveal plans for fall opening

Whidbey Island’s school districts have so far decided to approach the beginning of the new school year with caution, a decision that mirrors many other… Continue reading

Vacancy on Oak Harbor council filled

Oak Harbor City Council appointed substitute teacher Millie Goebel to fill a vacancy created after councilmember Bill Larsen moved outside of city limits. Goebel was… Continue reading

City awards last round of CARES funds

Oak Harbor has reviewed the remaining CARES grant applications submitted by small businesses seeking to recoup losses caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Of the remaining… Continue reading

  • Aug 7, 2020

Planning director quits, assessor hired to serve in interim

The Island County planning director submitted her letter of resignation last week and will be temporarily replaced by county Assessor Mary Engle. Jessica Carpenter had… Continue reading

50 years since bloody roundup

Fifty years ago, a group of men in boats and airplanes used explosives and fear to drive a large family of Southern Resident orcas into… Continue reading

Two dead, including Oak Harbor man, in wrong-way collision

Two people are dead after a 76-year-old Oak Harbor man drove the wrong way on Highway 20 in Skagit County and struck another car head-on… Continue reading

Report: Claims of assault at political event may be untrue, exaggerated

A report by detectives with the Bellingham police about a Fourth of July incident in Oak Harbor casts doubts on a videographer’s allegations that he… Continue reading

SATURDAY, JULY 18 At 5:01 p.m., a caller reported finding a bone in the Double Bluff area. At 5:22 p.m., a resident reported that a… Continue reading

Coupeville man, 75, injured one-car crash Aug. 2

A 75-year-old Coupeville man was seriously injured in a crash in Central Whidbey Aug. 2. The Washington State Patrol reported that Lynn C. Cantrell was… Continue reading

Two Democrats ahead in Dist. 1 commissioner race, two Republicans in Dist. 2

If the first count of primary ballots holds, voters in Island County will have to choose between two Democrats for one county commissioner position and… Continue reading

‘Rogue sheep’ observed | Island Scanner

THURSDAY, JULY 9 At 1:07 a.m., a Goss Lake Road resident reported that someone was outside rocking the motorhome. At 3:33 a.m., a caller reported… Continue reading