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Katie McGowan, left, and Ava Lang, right, walking to lunch in downtown Oak Harbor. (Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times)

Ten new businesses opening in downtown Oak Harbor

A new bar, salon, tea shop, furniture store and more are coming to Oak Harbor.

Katie McGowan, left, and Ava Lang, right, walking to lunch in downtown Oak Harbor. (Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times)
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Whidbey Island Art Trail kicks off its 10th season next week

Some of Whidbey’s galleries, sculpture parks and studios will be open to the public.

Photo by Kira Erickson

Veterans to be honored across island

Several ceremonies are planned for Memorial Day.

Town council debates food at Coupeville Arts Crafts Festival

If it happens this year, the festival will likely be a downsized version of itself.

Staff at odds with council over 75-acre park plan

After city staff changed the access point to an alternative that residents argued would be more disruptive to their neighborhood, city council members changed the access back an original plan.

Ed Klaszky, a firefighter with Clark County Fire Dept. in Nevada, during a controlled burn training exercise organized by the Oak Harbor Fire Department on Saturday, May 22. Photo by Bryan Fick/WestCoast Fire Media

Firefighters get invaluable training

The Oak Harbor Fire Department conducted a controlled burn to give firefighters practical, hands-on experience at a house on Southeast Ely Street on Saturday.… Continue reading

Ed Klaszky, a firefighter with Clark County Fire Dept. in Nevada, during a controlled burn training exercise organized by the Oak Harbor Fire Department on Saturday, May 22. Photo by Bryan Fick/WestCoast Fire Media
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Farms offering veggie, flower subscriptions

Some Whidbey Island farms still have spaces open in their Community Supported Agriculture programs.

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A rendering of the new Coupeville Boys and Girls Club building shows what it will look like from the outside after construction. (Photo courtesy of the Boys and Girls Club)

Coupeville Boys and Girls Club given $1 million from state budget

The club will use the funds to construct a new building on South Main Street.

A rendering of the new Coupeville Boys and Girls Club building shows what it will look like from the outside after construction. (Photo courtesy of the Boys and Girls Club)

Island County opioid outreach team distributing COVID vaccines

The team has been highly successful despite challenges unique to their target population.

Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times

Oak Harbor Memorial Day to be held in person this year

Veterans will be honored during a Memorial Day service May 31 at Maple Leaf Cemetery in Oak Harbor.

Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times
Two Oak Harbor residents were injured when one driver suffered a medical episode and crashed head-on into a pickup truck. The woman was airlifted to the Providence Regional Medical Center in Everett and the driver of the pickup was taken to Island Hospital in Anacortes. (Photo provided by Washington State Patrol)

Oak Harbor woman airlifted following car crash near bridge

The woman was airlifted following a medical episode that caused her to crash head-on into an oncoming car.

Two Oak Harbor residents were injured when one driver suffered a medical episode and crashed head-on into a pickup truck. The woman was airlifted to the Providence Regional Medical Center in Everett and the driver of the pickup was taken to Island Hospital in Anacortes. (Photo provided by Washington State Patrol)

New candidates, names withdrawn in final day of candidate filing week

The final day of candidate filing week was exciting on Whidbey Island, with new candidates emerging and candidates withdrawing their names. The filings for positions… Continue reading

Community Health Advisory Board to resume meetings

A county health official announced the board’s upcoming return in a meeting May 18.

Cases against Oak Harbor real estate agent resolved

An Oak Harbor real estate agent who had been held in jail without bail is now free.

The city of Oak Harbor plans to do a public survey about the “Angel de la Creatividad” sculpture, a 37-foot-tall modern depiction of an angel, and its proposed location at Windjammer Park in early June. Rendering provided.

Public survey about ‘Angel’ sculpture coming in June

City council members discussed the idea of a public survey at Tuesday night’s meeting along with other updates in the process to accept the 37-foot-gift of art.

The city of Oak Harbor plans to do a public survey about the “Angel de la Creatividad” sculpture, a 37-foot-tall modern depiction of an angel, and its proposed location at Windjammer Park in early June. Rendering provided.
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Retired Navy officer named assessor

Douglas “Bernie” Upchurch is the new Island County assessor and will serve at least until the end of the year.

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Capt. Matthew Arny, middle, and his wife Samar greet first lady Jill Biden during her visit in March. Arny told Oak Harbor City Council members he will be leaving Naval Air Station Whidbey Island in July.

NAS Whidbey Commander to retire in July

Capt. Matthew Arny’s change of command ceremony will be on July 9. He got the top job in 2018 and will be retiring from the military.

Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times
Capt. Matthew Arny, middle, and his wife Samar greet first lady Jill Biden during her visit in March. Arny told Oak Harbor City Council members he will be leaving Naval Air Station Whidbey Island in July.

Sentence in vehicular homicide reduced after drug law voided

Jeromy K. Ladwig, 40, appeared in Island County Superior Court telephonically from prison Tuesday to be resentenced. His sentence was cut from 12 years to five years and a month.

Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times
Seniors Anthony Pierzchala, right, and Charlie Dubois working with junior Eric Lindsey, back left, during teacher Chris Whiteman’s advanced engineering class. Someone stole $1,000 worth of tools from the program earlier this month.
Seniors Anthony Pierzchala, right, and Charlie Dubois working with junior Eric Lindsey, back left, work on projects during teacher Chris Whiteman’s advanced engineering class. Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times

Community steps up to replace stolen tools

School officials expressed thanks to those who donated.

Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times
Seniors Anthony Pierzchala, right, and Charlie Dubois working with junior Eric Lindsey, back left, during teacher Chris Whiteman’s advanced engineering class. Someone stole $1,000 worth of tools from the program earlier this month.
Seniors Anthony Pierzchala, right, and Charlie Dubois working with junior Eric Lindsey, back left, work on projects during teacher Chris Whiteman’s advanced engineering class. Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times

Cause of death still pending for diver recovered from Pass

The body of an experienced diver was found May 4.