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Restaurants can open now that Island County moved to Phase 2

Restaurants in Island County will finally be able to serve food indoors, albeit with restrictions. Gov. Jay Inslee announced Thursday that the North Region, of… Continue reading

An artist’s rendering of “Angel de la Creatividad” by Mexico City artist Sebastián shows the 37-foot-tall metal sculpture in its proposed location in Windjammer Park. The city is considering accepting the gift from a late public art supporter’s estate. Rendering provided

Artwork considered for Oak Harbor park

A 37-foot-tall metal sculpture may go to Windjammer Park although some are skeptical of the gift.

An artist’s rendering of “Angel de la Creatividad” by Mexico City artist Sebastián shows the 37-foot-tall metal sculpture in its proposed location in Windjammer Park. The city is considering accepting the gift from a late public art supporter’s estate. Rendering provided

City council throws its support behind new aquatics center aquatics center

The aquatics center has been discussed for decades, but is finally beginning to make some progress.

Oak Harbor firefighters responded to a garage fire last week. Photo provided
Oak Harbor firefighters responded to a garage fire last week. Photo provided

Larsen letter: Island County shortchanged on vaccine

U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen sent the White House a letter complaining about the lack of of local supply.

Unemployment in county reaches dismal high

“I do think we have a long road ahead of us,” said a regional economist.

Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times A new contractor will finish the work to restore Deception Pass and Canoe Pass bridges after the former contractor was taken off the project. The project was initially delayed by a year, but a WSDOT communications specialist said the new contractor will submit a schedule soon.

New contractor starts Monday on Pass bridge restoration

The new contractor was selected after the previous one defaulted on its contract.

Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times A new contractor will finish the work to restore Deception Pass and Canoe Pass bridges after the former contractor was taken off the project. The project was initially delayed by a year, but a WSDOT communications specialist said the new contractor will submit a schedule soon.

Island Drug receives extra vaccine in mistake

Instead of 200 doses that were expected last week, Island Drug received 2,000.

County should have received more vaccine

The number of vaccinated people in Island County is slightly less than the state average.

Victoria Adaus Myers, left, broke ground on a new home this week with her family, Arryn, 6, Katherine, 8, and Aaron. Photo provided.

Family breaks ground for Habitat for Humanity home

A lifelong Whidbey resident and her family have started building their own home in Oak Harbor.

Victoria Adaus Myers, left, broke ground on a new home this week with her family, Arryn, 6, Katherine, 8, and Aaron. Photo provided.

Leaders confront gov’s office over reopening plan

Island County officials are not happy Whidbey is stuck in Phase 1 of the state’s reopening plan.

Middle, high school students return next week

Three people at Olympic View Elementary test positive for virus

Oak Harbor spent $1.1 million of CARES Act money last year

The city’s single most expensive purchase was a modular building for engineering staff.

$25.8 billion transportation plan hikes gas tax 18 cents

Washington drivers will pay an extra 18 cents per gallon in gas taxes if a new 16-year, $25.8 billion transportation package backed by House Democrats… Continue reading

  • Feb 2, 2021

Homeless Coalition shelter project moving forward

Whidbey Homeless Coalition has plans to turn a former church into a 35-bed shelter.

Navy’s anti-terrorism force protection exercise started this week

NAS Whidbey Island, Indian Island, Naval Station Everett and Naval Base Kitsap will be involved.

Oak Harbor lists legislative priorities

The Oak Harbor City Council voted in favor of a draft of the city’s legislative agenda brought to council members last month. The draft outlines… Continue reading

Officials decry COVID-19 reopening inequity

People are frustrated that Island County is still in Phase 1 while other counties moved to Phase 2.

South Whidbey School District to delay return of students

Superintendent Jo Moccia made the call Monday not to allow the return of first graders on Feb. 8.