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A LifeFlight Network helicopter was called in after a 44-year-old Oak Harbor woman lost control of her car and crossed the center line on Highway 20, crashing head-on into another driver near Coupeville Wednesday. The woman did not survive the crash. Photo by Bryan Fick/WestCoast Fire Media

Oak Harbor woman dies in Highway 20 crash

The 44-year-old lost control of her vehicle near Coupeville on Wednesday.

A LifeFlight Network helicopter was called in after a 44-year-old Oak Harbor woman lost control of her car and crossed the center line on Highway 20, crashing head-on into another driver near Coupeville Wednesday. The woman did not survive the crash. Photo by Bryan Fick/WestCoast Fire Media
Deer Lagoon Grange Master Chuck Prochaska looks through a book of historic documents on the grange. (Photo by Kira Erickson/South Whidbey Record)

Deer Lagoon Grange at center of contention in community

A social organization and historic South Whidbey location wrapped in one recently caught the attention of community members increasingly concerned about its purported association with… Continue reading

Deer Lagoon Grange Master Chuck Prochaska looks through a book of historic documents on the grange. (Photo by Kira Erickson/South Whidbey Record)

Oak Harbor to bring back students four days a week

The school board voted Thursday to change their reopening plan again so that grades 5-12 will have four full days per week of in-person instruction by the end of April.

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Benjamin the bunny visits a Whidbey beach with his owner, Lacey Winberry. He draws a lot of attention at local beaches and parks, but he also meets with groups and attends birthday parties to spread the bunny joy.

Don’t worry, be hoppy

Bunny bringing joy to islanders

Photo by Lacey Winberry
Benjamin the bunny visits a Whidbey beach with his owner, Lacey Winberry. He draws a lot of attention at local beaches and parks, but he also meets with groups and attends birthday parties to spread the bunny joy.
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Dr. Lance Gibbon, Superintendent of Oak Harbor Public Schools for the past eight years, has been selected as the next superintendent of Snoqualmie Valley School District. He starts the job on July 1

Schools chief leaving Oak Harbor for new job

His new job as the superintendent for the Snoqualmie Valley School District begins July 1.

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Dr. Lance Gibbon, Superintendent of Oak Harbor Public Schools for the past eight years, has been selected as the next superintendent of Snoqualmie Valley School District. He starts the job on July 1

Island County ranks 4th healthiest in state

The county is ranked behind San Juan, King and Whitman counties.

Multiple fire agencies responded to a mobile home in Oak Harbor Sunday night. Photo by Bryan Fick/WestCoast Fire Media

Drain cleaner ignites fire that decimates Oak Harbor home

No one was injured by the flames although one of the occupants lost three rats.

Multiple fire agencies responded to a mobile home in Oak Harbor Sunday night. Photo by Bryan Fick/WestCoast Fire Media

Deer-besieged town’s no-feeding ordinance goes into effect April 8

First-time offenders will receive a warning. Any further offenses will incur a fine of $150.

A U.S. Navy EA-18G Growler flies over Afghanistan, Jan. 23, 2020. The EA-18G has the capabilities to perform a wide range of enemy defense suppression missions with the latest electronic attack technology, jamming pods, and satellite communications. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Matthew Lotz

Growlers are getting upgrades

The updates are a five-year effort to improve the jamming capacity of the EA-18G Growlers.

A U.S. Navy EA-18G Growler flies over Afghanistan, Jan. 23, 2020. The EA-18G has the capabilities to perform a wide range of enemy defense suppression missions with the latest electronic attack technology, jamming pods, and satellite communications. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Matthew Lotz

Man arrested after alleged abduction from hospital in Coupeville

The 18-year-old woman is safe after Marysville police arrested her father a couple of hours later.

Navy SAR rescues passenger, pilot in small plane crash

A Navy helicopter rescued two people Monday night after their small plane crashed earlier that afternoon near Yacolt in Southwest Washington, the state Department of… Continue reading

South Whidbey, Coupeville enrollment go up, Oak Harbor expected to drop

Student enrollment numbers show increases for South Whidbey and Coupeville school districts.

Dr. David Parent with the eagle he rescued near Lone Lake Sunday night. Photo provided

Whidbey vet attempts to save injured bald eagle

The female eagle’s injuries were too severe for it to be saved.

Dr. David Parent with the eagle he rescued near Lone Lake Sunday night. Photo provided

Whidbey schools to receive millions in federal stimulus

The COVID-19 relief package includes more than $122 billion for K-12 education across the nation.

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Oak Harbor man charged with animal cruelty

An Oak Harbor man was charged with animal cruelty after a report of a suspicious dog death.

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The “Angel de la Creatividad” sculpture is currently bright red and being stored on its side at a construction company’s property in Bellingham. Oak Harbor City Council members have not voted on whether to accept the gift of the art yet. Photo provided

Councilman says residents don’t want sculpture, others disagree

Oak Harbor City Council members have not yet decided whether to accept the sculpture as a gift.

The “Angel de la Creatividad” sculpture is currently bright red and being stored on its side at a construction company’s property in Bellingham. Oak Harbor City Council members have not voted on whether to accept the gift of the art yet. Photo provided

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Judy Thorpe, left, Tracy Weissel, Sarah Westcott and Michael Thorpe listen to the audience during a community meeting at the Central Whidbey Sportsmen’s Association in Coupeville last Friday. About 40 people came to the meeting to discuss their concerns about the Whidbey Homeless Coalition’s proposed emergency overnight shelter on Morris Road near Coupeville. Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times

325 people sign petition opposing new shelter

Forty people gathered Thursday at the Central Whidbey Sportsmen’s Association to voice their concerns about the shelter.

Judy Thorpe, left, Tracy Weissel, Sarah Westcott and Michael Thorpe listen to the audience during a community meeting at the Central Whidbey Sportsmen’s Association in Coupeville last Friday. About 40 people came to the meeting to discuss their concerns about the Whidbey Homeless Coalition’s proposed emergency overnight shelter on Morris Road near Coupeville. Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times

Langley considering toilet experiment at Seawall Park

The portable restrooms would be part of an experiment running from May through October.

Langley council tables herbicide resolution

The resolution will be re-drafted and brought before the city council at another meeting.