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Oak Harbor facing vacancies in key positions

The city of Oak Harbor has recently experienced some major staff turnover in key positions that are still in the process of being filled. Countless… Continue reading

Unemployment still high, but some industries see job growth

The Washington State Employment Security Department reports that the unemployment rate continues to be high, but certain industries have begun to see job growth when… Continue reading

Oak Harbor yacht club captain rescues two kayakers

A sailor who had recently practiced water rescues put his training to work Sunday night and pulled two people from an overturned kayak in Penn… Continue reading

Trials to resume, but won’t look quite the same

Island County Superior Court is scheduled to hold its first jury trial on Aug. 18, nearly five months since they were halted because of the… Continue reading

Council in a jam over sandwich boards

Langley officials decided to temporarily suspend an ordinance prohibiting the display of sandwich board signs. City council members were in a pickle Monday night when… Continue reading

Baby deer shot, injured by pellet gun in Coupeville

A baby deer was shot and injured by a pellet gun last month, most likely within the town limits of Coupeville where the discharge of… Continue reading

Photo by Olivia Vanni/Herald file
                                Cars full of passengers headed to Whidbey Island pull into the ferry lines in Mukilteo on June 26.

Ferry ride isn’t a pleasure cruise in COVID-19 summer of 2020

Fewer boats mean longer waits on weekends. No more frolicking on the boat.

Photo by Olivia Vanni/Herald file
                                Cars full of passengers headed to Whidbey Island pull into the ferry lines in Mukilteo on June 26.

2 accused of witness tampering in child abuse case

An 11-year-old boy ran to deputies for help and claimed he was being abused and continually threatened by his stepfather, who he believes is a… Continue reading

Smoothie biz opens on Pioneer

Scott and Calysta Webb long dreamed of running a business. Originally, they were planning to open a coffee shop, but when they arrived on Whidbey… Continue reading

Island Transit amps up service, coronavirus safety

Island Transit is now offering more service than it did at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to communications consultant Rena Shawver. Service has… Continue reading

At 11 a.m. Thursday, a cream-colored Acura sedan careened up a curb and crashed into Whidbey Coffee in Oak Harbor, near the intersection of Southwest… Continue reading

Nanobubbles one idea for ending toxic blooms in lake

The recent closure of Lone Lake on South Whidbey due to toxic blue-green algae is nothing new but part of what has become an annual… Continue reading

Island Drug moves back to Clinton

Nearly a month after closing the doors to its Ken’s Korner location, Island Drug has found a new home in the South Whidbey community. The… Continue reading

Man heading to prison for sex crimes involving online extortion

A former Whidbey Island resident who blackmailed girls and women across the country will likely be spending more than five years in prison, court documents… Continue reading

Suspect crashes car while trying to flee State Patrol

An Oak Harbor man is accused of leading a Washington state trooper on a brief chase in a car full of drugs before crashing into… Continue reading

COVID-19 focus shifts back to older population

Although state and county data from a few weeks ago demonstrated an increase in COVID-19 cases for people in their 20s, most recent data shows… Continue reading

Bicyclist hit by car airlifted to Everett

A bicyclist pedaling on the side of State Highway 525 north of Freeland was seriously injured Tuesday afternoon when he was struck by a car,… Continue reading

NAS Whidbey SAR rescues three off Snowking Mountain

A Search and Rescue team from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island rescued three stranded hikers off Snowking Mountain in the Glacier Peak Wilderness on Sunday,… Continue reading

  • Jul 31, 2020

Chamber gets new director

The Greater Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce Executive Board named Vicki Graham as its new executive director on July 15. Graham previously worked for four… Continue reading

Top: Rick Larsen, Tim Hazelo
                                Bottom: James Golder, Carrie Kennedy

Three from North and Central Whidbey challenging Larsen

Three Whidbey candidates and four others are attempting to unseat longtime U.S. Representative Rick Larsen for his position in the second congressional district. Republicans James… Continue reading

Top: Rick Larsen, Tim Hazelo
                                Bottom: James Golder, Carrie Kennedy