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First lady Dr. Jill Biden speaks with a Fleet and Family Support Center life consultant during her visit to Naval Air Station Whidbey Island Tuesday, March 9. Biden visited the base to show support for military members and their families, and talk about the Joint Forces Initiative.

Navy families tell first lady about challenges they face

Families discussed mental health, lack of health care providers, education and child care challenges and more with Dr. Jill Biden.

U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Aranza Valdez
First lady Dr. Jill Biden speaks with a Fleet and Family Support Center life consultant during her visit to Naval Air Station Whidbey Island Tuesday, March 9. Biden visited the base to show support for military members and their families, and talk about the Joint Forces Initiative.

Fewer COVID restrictions, more vaccines

As of March 11, nearly 19 percent of Island County residents have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times

New building to rise along Coupeville’s Front Street

The new construction will allow for commercial space at street level and a vacation rental on the lower floor.

Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times
Restaurants, bowling alleys, movie theaters, fitness centers and other indoor business activities will be able to operate at 50% capacity when the state moves to Phase 3 of the reopening plan on March 22. Photo by Kira Erickson/Whidbey News Group

Moving to Phase 3: Fans in stadiums and more indoor dining

Gov. Jay Inslee’s reopening plan will allow businesses to operate at 50% capacity starting March 22.

Restaurants, bowling alleys, movie theaters, fitness centers and other indoor business activities will be able to operate at 50% capacity when the state moves to Phase 3 of the reopening plan on March 22. Photo by Kira Erickson/Whidbey News Group
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)
Whidbey Environmental Action Network is challenging the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission’s decision to allow the issuance of permits for the U.S. Navy to conduct clandestine training in state parks, including Fort Ebey seen above. Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times

Group sues over Navy training in state parks

The group is challenging a decision to allow the Navy to conduct training operations in state parks.

Whidbey Environmental Action Network is challenging the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission’s decision to allow the issuance of permits for the U.S. Navy to conduct clandestine training in state parks, including Fort Ebey seen above. Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times

Man sentenced for sex assault at care facility

The man sexually assaulted a 79-year-old dementia patient at an Oak Harbor long-term care center.

Oak Harbor sets virtual open house on Harbor Heights

Public comment sought on future 75-acre regional park

Jill Biden
Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times

First lady Jill Biden talks to families at NAS Whidbey

First lady Dr. Jill Biden met with local families to listen to their concerns.

Jill Biden
Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times
Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times
Oak Harbor Garry Oak Society President Laura Renninger, seen here with group mascot Garry, said she hopes Oak Harbor residents appreciate the city’s unique namesake trees this year.

City’s mayor proclaims 2021 as ‘Year of the Oak’

Members of the Oak Harbor Garry Oak Society hope residents will take advantage of a few opportunities to celebrate the city’s namesake tree.

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Oak Harbor Garry Oak Society President Laura Renninger, seen here with group mascot Garry, said she hopes Oak Harbor residents appreciate the city’s unique namesake trees this year.

Federal judge rejects injunction request against Navy Growlers

The decision wasn’t a surprise, and it doesn’t directly affect the underlying lawsuits by the state Attorney General’s Office and COER.

Schools look for more diversity in hiring teachers

Despite 41.9 percent of the Oak Harbor student population identifying as an ethnicity other than white, only 7.9 percent of teachers identified as an ethnicity other than white.

Teachers starting to receive COVID-19 vaccines

Gov. Inslee made the group immediately eligible along with those already in Phase 1B1 of the state’s vaccination program.

Hospital renovation moving forward

The $22.5 million project is on on track despite the district’s “cash poor” status and the pandemic.

Camano man accused of murder appears in court

The man was accused of shooting two people, killing one, at a Camano Island home on Feb. 28.

Coupeville Middle School students are returning to campus, but not for class

Students in grades 6-8 will return to campus on March 8 in the afternoons for two days a week.

Nine deer, including these three, showed up at Coupeville Town Hall on Feb. 23. Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times

Deer ordinance may be in the works for Coupeville

One resident said the sheer amount of deer urine is “overwhelming” and creates puddles at his door.

Nine deer, including these three, showed up at Coupeville Town Hall on Feb. 23. Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times

High court ruling in drug possession case has multitude of implications

Sheriff Rick Felici said an inmate at the jail on a felony drug possession case would be released.

House passes ban on certain police use-of-force tactics

Chokeholds are prohibited, car are chases limited and military equipment is not allowed.