Whidbey Island

Happy four-hour ferry wait on the Fourth!

With service reduced around Puget Sound due to the pandemic, it will not be the fun ferry ride of yore.

 

A ferry pulls away from the dock in Mukilteo last Friday. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

COVID hits ferry workers; Everett firefighters quarantined

Those infected did not work in passenger areas. Reduced service is likely due to crew shortages.

 

Divers looking for wedding ring find car at bottom of lake

A Snohomish County technical water rescue team helped locate the Ford Taurus so it could be retrieved.

 

Island County gets go-ahead for Phase 2 of reopening economy

People can gather in groups five or fewer. Some businesses can open, if they follow guidelines.

This ambulance has gone to the dogs, and the occasional cat

South Whidbey Animal Clinic vets primped up a 2007 Nissan Xterra for house calls and other services.

Blue Fox petitions to avoid becoming pandemic casualty

The Whidbey Island drive-in theater screened its last movie in March.

COVID dress code: Keep your germs, cover your face in style

Face masks make a fashion statement. It’s the dress code for Costco and now the White House.

Langley to require face masks downtown

It’s a matter of making others feel more comfortable.

Turtle power! The pet shop where this tortoise lives is open

Raja the star sulcata has less company and walkers due to COVID-19. The dogs are getting hairier.

Botanical jewelry workshop on Whidbey Island set for April 10

Carrie Monforte of the South Whidbey Parks and Recreation Department will lead the $45 class.

42 test positive for COVID-19 at Whidbey Island nursing home

The Coupeville facility’s 49 residents and 100 staff members have all been tested for the virus.

The last picture show: COVID-19 closes Blue Fox Drive-In

In days before the stay-at-home order, families took in movies. Now you have to get your popcorn to go.

Oliver Gonzalez (left) in for a tasting talks with Mara Funk Sunday afternoon at JP Trodden in Maltby on October 6, 2019. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Breweries redouble cleaning regimens amid viral outbreak

Cleanliness is a big part of the beer-making process, and that’s more true than ever during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Oliver Gonzalez (left) in for a tasting talks with Mara Funk Sunday afternoon at JP Trodden in Maltby on October 6, 2019. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Island County declares state of emergency; no virus cases yet

WhidbeyHealth Medical Center says it is prepared to respond to any cases of the coronavirus.

Norma Smith will not seek re-election to the state House

A 13-year veteran, the Clinton Republican wants to pursue her next calling of teaching and mentoring

Record numbers seeking roles in Island Shakespeare Festival

More than 200 actors are vying for 20 positions in three plays at the 11th annual Langley fest.

Anti-noise group seeks halt to Growlers at Coupeville field

Naval Air Station Whidbey Island is in the process of increasing training flights by 400 percent.

The Roller Barn has been an important part of Oak Harbor for generations.

Can the 107-year-old Roller Barn on Whidbey Island be saved?

A Whidbey Island businessman wants to raise $80,000 by March 31 to buy Oak Harbor’s iconic building.

The Roller Barn has been an important part of Oak Harbor for generations.
photos by Dan Bates / The Herald 
                                WSDOT spokeswoman Diane Rhodes talks with reporters and photojournalists at the passenger terminal under construction at Mukilteo on Thursday.

Passenger building offers glimpse of Mukilteo ferry terminal

The new facility connecting Mukilteo and Whidbey Island is expected to open in October or November.

photos by Dan Bates / The Herald 
                                WSDOT spokeswoman Diane Rhodes talks with reporters and photojournalists at the passenger terminal under construction at Mukilteo on Thursday.

Ferry ridership drops due to snow, construction and options

Washington State Ferries saw a 3.2% decrease in 2019. A big factor was a February snowstorm.

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