Whidbey Island

Downtown Coupeville on Whidbey Island, March 2021. (Harry Anderson)

Whidbey Island real estate prices continue to climb

Despite a slight lull in August and September, it continues to be a seller’s market on Whidbey.

 

Cars line up waiting to board the ferry from Mukilteo to Clinton on July 28. (Sue Misao / Herald file)

A third of ferry sailings cancelled due to crew shortages

Slashed service could persist in Mukilteo, Edmonds and elsewhere. It’s unprecedented, officials said.

 

Signs supporting incumbent candidates for the South Whidbey school board were stolen and arranged in a vulgar message on school grounds Sunday. (Contributed photo)

A bad spell during a Whidbey Island school board campaign

The yard signs of incumbents were arranged into a vulgar message on school property.

 

Rob Schouten's "Skyfall" oil painting is inspired by the San Juan Islands.

His etchings and paintings explore the mysteries of nature

You can Rob Schouten’s aquatint etchings and oil paintings at his gallery and art garden in Langley.

Rob Schouten's "Skyfall" oil painting is inspired by the San Juan Islands.
The A. J. Eisenberg airport in Oak Harbor currently offers charter flights, fuel sales, flight instruction and private sightseeing. (Karina Andrew / Whidbey News-Times)

Port of Coupeville eyes Oak Harbor’s A.J. Eisenberg Airport

Local pilots are hoping the port can revitalize the airport and restore some of its old services.

The A. J. Eisenberg airport in Oak Harbor currently offers charter flights, fuel sales, flight instruction and private sightseeing. (Karina Andrew / Whidbey News-Times)
The state ending its 877-764-HERO program where the public could report ferry cutters. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

That jerk who cuts in the ferry line can be fined $139

Meanwhile, the state has ended the 877-764-HERO program, whereby the public could report violators.

The state ending its 877-764-HERO program where the public could report ferry cutters. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Whidbey Island preschool quarantines after COVID-19 outbreak

Across the school district, 26 students and eight staff have tested positive for the virus this year.

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Oak Harbor legal staff quits over ‘compromised’ relationships

The city attorney and the senior assistant city attorney, who is also the public records officer, both resigned.

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The Voting Commissioners of the Washington State Redistricting Commission released draft Legislative District maps Tuesday. (Washington State Redistricting Commission)

Early maps of legislative districts endanger some incumbents

Under one redistricting proposal, Mill Creek joins Everett. Under another, Monroe joins Wenatchee.

The Voting Commissioners of the Washington State Redistricting Commission released draft Legislative District maps Tuesday. (Washington State Redistricting Commission)

Whidbey public records advocate blasts cities’ responses

Eric Hood has collected about $1 million through Public Records Act lawsuits.

Community members stand and recite the Pledge of Allegiance while listening to a South Whidbey School District board meeting. (Photo by Karina Andrew/Whidbey News-Times)

South Whidbey schools delay decision on Pledge of Allegiance

The move did not sit well with some residents who claim their voices are being silenced.

Community members stand and recite the Pledge of Allegiance while listening to a South Whidbey School District board meeting. (Photo by Karina Andrew/Whidbey News-Times)
Several audience members refused to wear a mask or leave the building after Oak Harbor School Board President John Diamond asked them to comply with Gov. Inslee’s indoor mask mandate during the Aug. 30 meeting. (Jason Uemoto, file)

Oak Harbor school board disrupted a 2nd time by anti-maskers

Future meetings will be virtual “for the safety of staff, students and community,” the district said.

Several audience members refused to wear a mask or leave the building after Oak Harbor School Board President John Diamond asked them to comply with Gov. Inslee’s indoor mask mandate during the Aug. 30 meeting. (Jason Uemoto, file)
A couple looks out toward the water from Boy and Dog Park on Thursday, July 22, 2021 in Langley, Wash. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Sick of mainland life? Escape to south Whidbey

This artsy, bucolic place is a world away from the tiresome hustle-bustle across the water

A couple looks out toward the water from Boy and Dog Park on Thursday, July 22, 2021 in Langley, Wash. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Recreational shellfish harvest closed in much of Puget Sound

The closure includes clams, oysters, mussels, scallops and other species, due to a bio-toxin.

Whidbey man allegedly strangled husband, then performed CPR

The alleged strangling occurred after the man’s husband brought home a desk, sparking an argument.

Pledge of Allegiance interrupts South Whidbey school board

An audience member wondered why it is not part of the agenda, like a regular statement about indigenous people.

Whidbey Island tourism spikes in 2021

Daily visitors to Island County boomed this year despite COVID, with economic impact far-reaching.

Whidbey bartender tossed in street and run over during brawl

The chaotic scene unfolded outside of Off the Hook in Oak Harbor on Saturday night.

A photo circulated widely on social media shows a black bear in the backyard of a South Whidbey residence. (Screenshot)

Rare sighting: Black bear spotted on South Whidbey Island

A photo on Facebook convinced an expert, and it could be the first black bear on the island in 50 years.

A photo circulated widely on social media shows a black bear in the backyard of a South Whidbey residence. (Screenshot)
Ferries pass during a crossing from the Mukilteo Ferry Terminal and the Clinton Terminal on Monday, April 26, 2021 in Mukilteo, Washington.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

State ferry fares to rise this fall, and even more next fall

The 2.5% hike in each of the next two years will apply to everyone: drivers, bikers and walkers.

Ferries pass during a crossing from the Mukilteo Ferry Terminal and the Clinton Terminal on Monday, April 26, 2021 in Mukilteo, Washington.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)