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Island County has plans to realign Penn Cove Road after a section was impacted by a small landslide last month a quarter mile west of the Monroe Landing boat launch. Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times

County to move Penn Cove Road after small landslide

Island County wants to add 6 feet to the northwest side of the road to move it away from the bluff.

Island County has plans to realign Penn Cove Road after a section was impacted by a small landslide last month a quarter mile west of the Monroe Landing boat launch. Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times

North Whidbey food bank helped by builders’ association

The group’s raised $5,550 in donations for the North Whidbey Help House.

Officials: There is no vaccine waitlist on Whidbey

Vaccines will be given out according to the state’s distribution plan, not by a community list.

Pantry to provide new parents with baby items

A Whidbey nonprofit is hoping to ease some of the financial burden for new parents.

Devonte and Alyssa Brown welcomed their daughter, Ellie Shiloh Brown, on Jan. 1, making her Whidbey Island’s first baby born in 2021. Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times

Whidbey’s first baby of 2021 an early surprise

Ellie Shiloh Brown is Coupeville’s newest resident.

Devonte and Alyssa Brown welcomed their daughter, Ellie Shiloh Brown, on Jan. 1, making her Whidbey Island’s first baby born in 2021. Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times
One of the shoreline restoration plans includes a pocket beach at Catalina Park in Oak Harbor, and the gazebo would need to be relocated. Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times

Council hears Oak Harbor Marina restoration options

Some big changes may be coming to Catalina Park and other areas.

One of the shoreline restoration plans includes a pocket beach at Catalina Park in Oak Harbor, and the gazebo would need to be relocated. Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times
Helen Price Johnson served for 12 years as an Island County Commissioner. Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times

Price Johnson looks to her next adventure

She served for 12 years as an Island County Commissioner. Her term ended on Dec. 31.

Helen Price Johnson served for 12 years as an Island County Commissioner. Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times
In a year dominated by COVID-19, nurse conducted tests at a WhidbeyHealth makeshift drive-thru tent in the back parking lot in March. File photo by Brandon Taylor/Whidbey News-Times

So long, 2020

A look back on a year unlike any other.

In a year dominated by COVID-19, nurse conducted tests at a WhidbeyHealth makeshift drive-thru tent in the back parking lot in March. File photo by Brandon Taylor/Whidbey News-Times

Oak Harbor schools reports 1st confirmed COVID-19 case in a staffer

The person was not identified through batch testing.

Dog Rescue

Rescuers pluck dog from side of steep bank

The dog, Morty, was not seriously injured after slipping down a steep slope in the North End.

Dog Rescue
Neil Tower

Neil Tower to go on Oak Harbor historic register

The Oak Harbor Preservation Commission has chosen the Neil Tower as its first project.

Neil Tower

Taser chasers | Island Scanner

Island Scanner Dec. 7-14.

County sales tax receipts showing a big increase

September sales tax receipts were 20 percent higher than the same month a year ago.

Camren Procopio with Kathy McCoy (photo provided)

Homeless seek shelter as numbers rise, options diminish

The Point in Time Count for 2020 recorded 143 people that were homeless in Island County.

Camren Procopio with Kathy McCoy (photo provided)

State takes over COVID tracing from county

Several staff from Island County Public Health quit, so state contact tracers have stepped in.

Man accused of drive-by shooting being held in lieu of $50,000 bail

The man was apprehended by police after a car chase in North Whidbey a few days later.

County awards tourism grants for next year

The grants were given to groups that will work to rebuild a tourism economy hurt by the pandemic.

Fr. Kyle Logan of Grace by the Sea

New priest gets warm welcome at Grace by the Sea

The Rev. Kyle Logan is the new priest at Grace by the Sea Anglican Church in Oak Harbor.

Fr. Kyle Logan of Grace by the Sea
State Rep. Dave Paul, D-Oak Harbor, talks to Boys & Girls Club of Oak Harbor Unit Director Nikki Barone about some of the new ways the club will be able to teach kids kitchen skills in its new location on Ely Street. Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times

New year, new home for Boys Girls Club of Oak Harbor

Kids will return to a new Boys & Girls Club building in January.

State Rep. Dave Paul, D-Oak Harbor, talks to Boys & Girls Club of Oak Harbor Unit Director Nikki Barone about some of the new ways the club will be able to teach kids kitchen skills in its new location on Ely Street. Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times