Christmas time is tamale time

Preparation brings family together

Central Whidbey Fire’s Santa brings holiday cheer

Operating Central Whidbey Island Fire and Rescue’s Santamobile is quite an undertaking. The volunteer elves start by getting familiar with the apparatus and then are… Continue reading

DECA students help pets in need for the holidays

Oak Harbor High School’s DECA team held food drives in the past so they decided to change things up this year. “They wanted to do… Continue reading

Caroling contest benefits local nonprofit causes

Holiday music will ring through the streets of Coupeville 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday. Teams of carolers, representing local nonprofits, will be competing in the… Continue reading

Suspected car thief accused of intimidating judge

A suspected car thief was wheeled into court in a restraint chair Wednesday because he bit a microphone, turned over a table and threatened a… Continue reading

Navy flight training schedule has changed

Naval Air Station Whidbey Island’s training schedule for Outlying Landing Field in Coupeville has changed for this week, according to a news release. Field carrier… Continue reading

  • Dec 20, 2017

NAS Whidbey rated top large base

Installation Excellence Award ‘truly unexpected’

Holiday tree house

Walking into Melanie and Darin Hand’s home during the holidays feels like stepping into Santa’s workshop. The Oak Harbor couple’s growing collection includes eight trees,… Continue reading

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                                Lt. Mike Hawley is taking over as the commander of the South Whidbey precinct for the Island County Sheriff’s Office.

Ex-sheriff takes over as South Whidbey precinct commander

A familiar face from Island County law enforcement is taking over the reins at the South Whidbey precinct. Lt. Mike Hawley, the former sheriff and… Continue reading

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                                Lt. Mike Hawley is taking over as the commander of the South Whidbey precinct for the Island County Sheriff’s Office.

Festival association awards $31,000 in community grants

Coupeville Festival Association distributed $31,000 in community grants last week to nonprofit groups and projects aimed at bettering the Central Whidbey community. Those grants, combined… Continue reading

Navy SAR transports man to UW hospital

A search-and-rescue team from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island conducted a medical evacuation from Olympic Medical Center in Port Angeles to the University of Washington… Continue reading

  • Dec 19, 2017

Oak Harbor looks at grant program for historic properties

Oak Harbor staff is exploring whether the city is certifiable. Specifically, city planners are looking into whether the city can become a “certified local government,”… Continue reading

New signs teach about native trees and plants

Visitors can now learn about native plants and Oak Harbor’s historic trees thanks to new signs at the Post Office Native Plant Garden and Smith… Continue reading

Report outlines county’s housing needs

A recent housing needs analysis found a significant deficit in available, affordable housing in Island County for households making $50,000 a year or less. The… Continue reading

Camano murderer receives 18-year sentence

Though he pleaded guilty in November and was sentenced to prison Friday, a 37-year-old man is still maintaining he’s innocent in the July 28, 2016,… Continue reading

Two people killed in head-on collision

Two Oak Harbor residents were killed in a head-on accident on Highway 20 Monday morning, the Washington State Patrol reported. Kenneth Bruneau, 79, was northbound… Continue reading

Home for the holidays: VAQ-142 back on Whidbey

The Gray Wolves of Electronic Attack Squadron 142 returned to Naval Air Station Whidbey Island Tuesday after a six-month deployment. Over 100 family members and… Continue reading

Oak Harbor teacher in reach of Grammy

Darren McCoy has never been this close to making it to the Grammys, and he’s been closer than most. Two years ago he was among… Continue reading

Binoculars, birds and keeping tabs on habitat

Whidbey’s Audubon annual count adds up for conservation

Grants to help fund town road repairs

Some Coupeville roads will be getting a facelift in the coming year. Coupeville Town Council approved three road related projects this week, mostly utilizing grant… Continue reading