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Photo by Theresa Farage
A photographer captured the Northern Lights over North Whidbey Tuesday night. Theresa Farage went to Dugualla Bay Heights Road looking toward La Conner armed with her Nikon D5200 camera and iPhone 12 Pro Max.

Northern Lights over Whidbey

The dazzling northern lights appeared in the skies across the state this week.

 

Fe Mischo, left, and Dan Evans.

Voters to pick between business owner, community advocate for city council

Two former Island County commissioner candidates vie for a seat on Oak Harbor City Council.

 

Schools mull smaller bond

Oak Harbor School Board members are considering a 22-year bond for $184 million on February’s ballot.

 

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Halloween happens on Whidbey

Spooky season is back in swing and there are plenty of events that promise a ghoulishly good time.

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TEASER

Hoffmire takes on Servatius in feisty face-off

Voters will choose between someone with a decade-long incumbency and a newcomer to local politics.

TEASER

Another outbreak hits Oak Harbor schools

Interim Superintendent Karst Brandsma said 30 students and six staff members had COVID-19.

Blaine Oborn

Council passes motion of no confidence in city administrator

The council passed a motion with a long list of grievances against City Administrator Blaine Oborn.

Blaine Oborn

Agencies losing staff who won’t get vaccine

Some employees may leave their jobs because they won’t comply with the governor’s vaccination mandate.

Oak Harbor School Board candiates, John Diamond, upper left, Erik Mann, upper right, Jessica Thompson, lower left, and Jason Uemoto, lower right.

School board races offer stark differences

Two people outspoken in their criticism of Oak Harbor’s School Board seek to unseat two incumbents.

Oak Harbor School Board candiates, John Diamond, upper left, Erik Mann, upper right, Jessica Thompson, lower left, and Jason Uemoto, lower right.

COVID outbreak reported at Oak Harbor preschool

Hand-in-Hand Early Learning Center will be closed for the next 14 days following an outbreak.

Cornet Bay dock

Pier in Cornet Bay to be replaced

Demolition at the Cornet Bay Marina pier at Deception Pass State Park has begun.

Cornet Bay dock
Melany Alanis, senior

Wildcats set 11 school records for weightlifting after summer training

After a summer of hard work, seven female athletes broke 11 school records by lifting heavy.

Melany Alanis, senior
Shane Hoffmire, left, and Joel Servatius, right, are vying for a seat on Oak Harbor City Council. Hoffmire received Mayor Bob Severns’ first public endorsement of his political career over Servaitus, the incumbent.

Oak Harbor mayor endorses newcomer over incumbent

Bob Severns endorsed Shane Hoffmire, who is challenging Councilmember Joel Servatius in November.

Shane Hoffmire, left, and Joel Servatius, right, are vying for a seat on Oak Harbor City Council. Hoffmire received Mayor Bob Severns’ first public endorsement of his political career over Servaitus, the incumbent.
A copy of City Attorney Grant Weed’s notice of his intent to terminate his contract with the city of Oak Harbor early. Weed and Assistant City Attorney and Public Records Officer Anna Thompson told the mayor the same day of their plans to stop working with the Oak Harbor.

Oak Harbor legal staff leaving, citing ‘compromised’ working relationships

The two key people in Oak Harbor’s legal department resigned from their positions on the same day.

A copy of City Attorney Grant Weed’s notice of his intent to terminate his contract with the city of Oak Harbor early. Weed and Assistant City Attorney and Public Records Officer Anna Thompson told the mayor the same day of their plans to stop working with the Oak Harbor.
Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times
“Island Spirit” is back home on Southeast Pioneer Way in Oak Harbor.

‘Island Spirit’ sculpture returns to Pioneer Way

The bronze statue had been missing since late 2019 when it was taken out in an accident.

Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times
“Island Spirit” is back home on Southeast Pioneer Way in Oak Harbor.

Whidbey Island schools have seen only a few ‘devious licks’ copycats

A viral TikTok challenge has touched Whidbey, but the trend was short-lived.

Photo by John Fisken
Oak Harbor Wildcats go after the ball during the homecoming football game against the Stanwood Spartans Sept. 17. The Wildcats lost 34-14.

Homecoming in Oak Harbor

Oak Harbor High School homecoming football game Sept. 17 had plenty of exciting moments.

Photo by John Fisken
Oak Harbor Wildcats go after the ball during the homecoming football game against the Stanwood Spartans Sept. 17. The Wildcats lost 34-14.

Blood drive to pop up

A pop-up blood drive is planned at First United Methodist Church in Oak Harbor on Sept. 30.

Photo by John Fisken
Coupeville volleyball won against Mount Vernon Christian 3-0 on Sept. 14. Schools are hoping more people sign up to become referees because almost all sports are facing a shortage of officials.

School sports need more refs to step up to the plate

High school sports are back in full swing, but a lack of qualified referees could spell trouble.

Photo by John Fisken
Coupeville volleyball won against Mount Vernon Christian 3-0 on Sept. 14. Schools are hoping more people sign up to become referees because almost all sports are facing a shortage of officials.

School buses crash with students on board but no one injured

The buses weren’t seriously damaged and were able to complete their routes later in the afternoon.

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