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Zencity says Oak Harbor public opinion mostly positive

The $15,000 software is meant to help the city make more informed decisions.

Island County not immune to staggering demand for COVID-19 vaccine

WhidbeyHealth canceled 12,000 vaccine appointments this past week.

Aiden Santos of Anacortes went fishing at Cranberry Lake in Deception Pass State Park last Saturday. The state park would be used as a Navy training site along with 27 others under a new 5-year proposal.

Commission approves Navy’s 5-year plan for SEAL training in state parks

The proposal drew both criticism and support from Whidbey Island residents.

Aiden Santos of Anacortes went fishing at Cranberry Lake in Deception Pass State Park last Saturday. The state park would be used as a Navy training site along with 27 others under a new 5-year proposal.
The <em>Platypus</em>, an abandoned boat that has been sitting at the Coupeville Wharf, has finally been hauled away. People from all over the country reached out to the Port of Coupeville with interest in the boat, but none of their plans came to fruition. Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times

Derelict boat hauled away from Coupeville dock

The Platypus gained nationwide interest, but it has been hauled away for salvage and destruction.

The <em>Platypus</em>, an abandoned boat that has been sitting at the Coupeville Wharf, has finally been hauled away. People from all over the country reached out to the Port of Coupeville with interest in the boat, but none of their plans came to fruition. Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times

House approves bills on public access, tax exemptions, online training

Three bills designed to keep essential functions of the state running during the COVID-19 pandemic and future emergencies passed unanimously on Jan. 22 in the… Continue reading

Lawmakers push competing COVID-19 packages

Relief for renters, schools, public health agencies and small businesses is rushing through the state Legislature, with the hope relief can reach people by the… Continue reading

Man arrested at Oak Harbor post office

A man reportedly pulled a gun on someone during an argument that started at Rite Aid.

School nurse Julie Vandergrifft collects a COVID-19 test from Olympic View Elementary school principal’s secretary Andra Shelley during voluntary weekly testing on Wednesday, Jan. 20. Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times

Oak Harbor schools levy would continue funding for nurses

“We have a lot of kids who are medically fragile,” said one school nurse.

School nurse Julie Vandergrifft collects a COVID-19 test from Olympic View Elementary school principal’s secretary Andra Shelley during voluntary weekly testing on Wednesday, Jan. 20. Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times

Oak Harbor schools plan to reopen despite fears raised

Oak Harbor school leaders presented plans for bringing grades 7-12 back into class.

Photo by Emily Gilbert
Chessie and Calamity of Missoula, Montana touched the ocean for the first time at Fort Ebey State Park, according to owner Bill Hoff. The park is one of 28 state parks the Navy has identified as a training site in its new proposal.

Coupeville Town Council opposes Navy plan for SEAL training in state parks

The Navy has proposed to use 28 state parks for training purposes. A vote is expected Thursday.

Photo by Emily Gilbert
Chessie and Calamity of Missoula, Montana touched the ocean for the first time at Fort Ebey State Park, according to owner Bill Hoff. The park is one of 28 state parks the Navy has identified as a training site in its new proposal.

Interim health officer named

Dr. Howard Leibrand is the third health officer in Island County in a month.

Whidbey Children’s Theatre continues online classes

Registration is now open for a class full of theater games, and an improv class for kids.

Democrats in the Washington State House are proposing to pay for transportation improvements partly by raising the gas tax by 18 cents. (Sound Publishing file photo)

House Democrats lay out massive $26B transportation package funded by gas tax hike

An 18-cent gas tax increase and a fee on carbon emissions would fund new roads and more.

Democrats in the Washington State House are proposing to pay for transportation improvements partly by raising the gas tax by 18 cents. (Sound Publishing file photo)
Members of the Oak Harbor High School DECA team, a business club supported by levy dollars, clear brush during a recent community clean up. A school levy is on the Feb. 9 ballot. Photo provided

$48.4 million Oak Harbor school levy on Febuary ballot

Ballots for the Oak Harbor Public Schools levy have started arriving for the Feb. 9 vote.

Members of the Oak Harbor High School DECA team, a business club supported by levy dollars, clear brush during a recent community clean up. A school levy is on the Feb. 9 ballot. Photo provided
South Whidbey resident Doug Hansen displays a large American flag Wednesday that once flew over the White House during the Jimmy Carter Administration. Photo by Kira Erickson/Whidbey News-Times

A day of firsts

In recognition of Inauguration Day, Whidbey Island man displays flag once flown over White House.

South Whidbey resident Doug Hansen displays a large American flag Wednesday that once flew over the White House during the Jimmy Carter Administration. Photo by Kira Erickson/Whidbey News-Times

District dedicated to natural resources holding election

A governmental body dedicated to protecting dirt and natural resources has an election Feb. 2.

Market Manager Peg Tennant takes some measurements at the site of the Oak Harbor Farmers Market in preparation for the season opening in May 2017. The market has permanently closed after struggling to attract vendors and customers. File photo/Whidbey News-Times

Oak Harbor Farmers Market closes after more than 20 years

A new group is already planning for a new market this spring at Windjammer Park.

Market Manager Peg Tennant takes some measurements at the site of the Oak Harbor Farmers Market in preparation for the season opening in May 2017. The market has permanently closed after struggling to attract vendors and customers. File photo/Whidbey News-Times

Town mayor updates residents with annual address

Coupeville Mayor Molly Hughes took a look back on the year.

Training in Coupeville schools puts suicide prevention in the Forefront

Parents and caregivers can sign up for upcoming classes for training to help prevent suicide.

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