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New candidates, names withdrawn in final day of candidate filing week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

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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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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.

An Exceptional Academy student adorns a veteran's grave with an American flag at Maple Leaf Cemetery in Oak Harbor, May 17, 2021. (Photos by Karina Andrew/Whidbey News-Times)

Exceptional Academy students help effort to honor veterans year-round

Students participated in the Flags and Flowers initiative for their annual service project.

An Exceptional Academy student adorns a veteran's grave with an American flag at Maple Leaf Cemetery in Oak Harbor, May 17, 2021. (Photos by Karina Andrew/Whidbey News-Times)

Jail inmate death apparent suicide

The Skagit County Multi-Agency Response Team is investigating the death.

Langley mayor moving outside city, resigning

Tim Callison is leaving his role at the end of June.

Candidates start to fill in races for local office

Candidate filing week runs May 17-21.

Investigation clears superintendent of bias, retaliation

An attorney’s investigation into the Coupeville school superintendent for alleged bias and retaliation largely exonerated him, according to the report on the inquiry.

Geoscientist Brian Sherrod stands near where the southern Whidbey Island fault line runs underground, at the Brightwater Treatment Plant in Woodinville, Washington. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Whidbey fault quake potentially a bigger ‘Big One’

An earthquake along the southern Whidbey Island fault reshaped the land some 2,700 years ago. Another big one is expected, and it could be devastating.

Geoscientist Brian Sherrod stands near where the southern Whidbey Island fault line runs underground, at the Brightwater Treatment Plant in Woodinville, Washington. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Lt. j.g. William McIlvaine, left, celebrates after graduating from flight school. McIlvaine’s uncle has donated a monument in his nephew’s honor after he was killed in 2013. Photo courtesy Phelps McIlvaine

Windjammer new home for Prowler crash memorial

Phelps McIlvaine donated the monument to the city in honor of his nephew, who died in a plane crash while he was stationed at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island in 2013.

Lt. j.g. William McIlvaine, left, celebrates after graduating from flight school. McIlvaine’s uncle has donated a monument in his nephew’s honor after he was killed in 2013. Photo courtesy Phelps McIlvaine

Running Start classes available over summer

Skagit Valley College is launching a summer pilot program for high schoolers to earn college credit.

Interest in virtual classes expected to persist

Enrollment in Oak Harbor Virtual Academy, the school district’s asynchronous virtual learning model, is expected to stay fairly steady next year, school board members learned Monday.

Synnove Svendsen and her boyfriend Landon Pohlman pose for a picture at a prom hosted in her family’s backyard last Saturday. (Photos by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times)

A Year to Remember….

… and an unforgettable prom

Synnove Svendsen and her boyfriend Landon Pohlman pose for a picture at a prom hosted in her family’s backyard last Saturday. (Photos by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times)

Amid good news on COVID, a troubling drop in vaccine demand

The wrinkle in the good news for Whidbey Island and the nation is that demand for vaccinations is decreasing, which is very bad news for public health and businesses.