Emily Gilbert

Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times
Rishi Sharma checks levels in his camera before interviewing WWII combat veteran Frank Burns of Freeland last Saturday. Sharma travels the country interviewing WWII combat veterans for his oral history project and nonprofit, Heros of the Second World War.

Traveling interviewer records WWII vets on Whidbey Island

Rishi Sharma has met more than 1,100 World War II combat veterans to document their stories.

 

Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times
Judy Thorpe, left, Tracy Weissel, Sarah Westcott and Michael Thorpe listen to the audience during a community meeting at the Central Whidbey Sportsmen's Association in Coupeville last Friday, March 19. About 40 people came to the meeting to discuss their concerns about the Whidbey Homeless Coalition's proposed emergency overnight shelter on Morris Road in the former Jehovah's Witness building.

325 people sign petition opposing new shelter near Coupeville

Many expressed concerns over the location, lack of nearby services and safety issues.

 

Blake Lewis, 7, at Bush Point where he threw a message in a bottle out to sea. Ruth Smethers later picked it up in Port Townsend. Photo provided by Jessie Lewis

Marysville woman finds message in bottle and its young sender

The 7-year-old sent the message from Whidbey Island. The woman found it while visiting Port Townsend.

 

First lady Jill Biden (left) at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island on Tuesday. (Emily Gilbert / Whidbey News-Times) 20210309

First lady visits Whidbey to meet with military families

Jill Biden was on a West Coast listening tour of bases to learn of their challenges and obstacles.

First lady Jill Biden (left) at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island on Tuesday. (Emily Gilbert / Whidbey News-Times) 20210309
Photo by Bob VonDrachek
Shot this morning (3/8/21) from the public parking lot at Hidden Beach in Greenbank.  The whales were pretty far off shore at the time in mid channel.

Homecoming: Gray whales return to Whidbey waters

The gentle giants include a well-known gray that has been coming back each year for 30 years.

Photo by Bob VonDrachek
Shot this morning (3/8/21) from the public parking lot at Hidden Beach in Greenbank.  The whales were pretty far off shore at the time in mid channel.

With tide rising, girl, 10, rescued from mud on Whidbey

The water was up to the girl’s shoulders by the time rescuers were able to free her.

Sue and Jim Riney watch the actresses on stage during a filmed rehearsal at Whidbey Playhouse in Oak Harbor. (Emily Gilbert / Whidbey News-Times)

Play brings history to life through Delany sisters’ memories

Whidbey Playhouse’s filmed production of “Having our Say: The Delany Sisters’ First 100 Years” can be streamed online Feb. 26-27.

Sue and Jim Riney watch the actresses on stage during a filmed rehearsal at Whidbey Playhouse in Oak Harbor. (Emily Gilbert / Whidbey News-Times)

Letter claims Oak Harbor students are being ‘indoctrinated’

80 people expressed concern over the dictrict’s perceived ideology and public health restrictions.

submitted by Peg Tennant

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.

submitted by Peg Tennant
Metal scuptor Wayne Kangas made this fish-shaped weather vane out of 600 leftover stainless steel letters. (Langley Arts Fund)

This artful flying fish tells the weather in Langley

The Langley Arts Fund commissioned “Weather Vane II” by Wayne Kangas for public art in Clyde Alley.

Metal scuptor Wayne Kangas made this fish-shaped weather vane out of 600 leftover stainless steel letters. (Langley Arts Fund)
Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times Carol Johnston has watched this Pacific madrone grow for the past 14 years. It is slated to be removed during McDonald’s upcoming renovation in early February.

Madrone tree to make way for bigger McDonald’s in Oak Harbor

Despite being named a Tree City USA, the city has no special protection in place for the native tree.

Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times Carol Johnston has watched this Pacific madrone grow for the past 14 years. It is slated to be removed during McDonald’s upcoming renovation in early February.
Photo by Wes Anthony/Firehouse Creative
Lead actress Shannyn Sossamon talks with filmmakers Andrew Morehouse,center, and Nate
Bell while filming “The Hour After Westerly” at the Fort Casey Inn.

Watch film featuring Whidbey Island for free through Jan. 16

The “Twilight Zone”-esque “The Hour After Westerly” is based on a short story by Robert M. Coates.

Photo by Wes Anthony/Firehouse Creative
Lead actress Shannyn Sossamon talks with filmmakers Andrew Morehouse,center, and Nate
Bell while filming “The Hour After Westerly” at the Fort Casey Inn.
Angie Homola (left) and Greg Gilday

In 10th, candidates differ on taxes, climate and pandemic

Democrat Angie Homola and Republican Greg Gilday are vying for the 10th District’s position 2 seat.

Angie Homola (left) and Greg Gilday
Jeanie McElwain holds the new edition of “Getting to the Water’s Edge,” a book that includes information about beach accessibility, fishing spots, natural history, species identification and more, including all of the sea creatures that can be found at Double Bluff in South Whidbey. (Emily Gilbert / Whidbey News-Times)

New book leads you to the water’s edge on Whidbey Island

A little local know-how goes a long way in finding accessible beaches.

Jeanie McElwain holds the new edition of “Getting to the Water’s Edge,” a book that includes information about beach accessibility, fishing spots, natural history, species identification and more, including all of the sea creatures that can be found at Double Bluff in South Whidbey. (Emily Gilbert / Whidbey News-Times)

Oak Harbor tour boat operator aids in Deception Pass rescue

“He was just in a really bad spot. He shouldn’t have been out there.”

Possible rare ‘seven-armed octopus’ found on Whidbey beach

Possible rare ‘seven-armed octopus’ found on Whidbey beach

Scientists from across the nation believe it’s most likely a specimen of Haliphron atlanticus.

Possible rare ‘seven-armed octopus’ found on Whidbey beach
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Pioneering Whidbey Island distillery marks 10th year in business

Whidbey Island Distillery has grown from 12 barrels to 35, and built an innovative computer-controlled still.

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Common dolphin seen splashing around Whidbey’s Penn Cove

Common dolphin seen splashing around Whidbey’s Penn Cove

A couple of pods came up to Washington in the summer of 2016 and one pod decided to stay.

Common dolphin seen splashing around Whidbey’s Penn Cove
Restaurant owner recreating his childhood with ramen house

Restaurant owner recreating his childhood with ramen house

Denis Zimmermann, who grew up in Japan, switched careers to open his own restaurant in Langley.

Restaurant owner recreating his childhood with ramen house
Bagel preferences differ in Oak Harbor, Clinton

Bagel preferences differ in Oak Harbor, Clinton

The award-winning Bagel Factory plans to open shops in Bothell, Mukileo and Edmonds

Bagel preferences differ in Oak Harbor, Clinton