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Floatplane wreckage recovery in Puget Sound begins

The U.S. Navy will use a remotely operated vehicle Deep Drone 8,000, a barge and a crane in recovery efforts.

 

Dan Neumeyer peers out the window of his Hummingbird Yurt. (David Welton)

Otherworldly structures constructed on Whidbey Island

The small buildings — yurts, with a Western twist — were built by Earth dweller Dan Neumeyer.

 

An EA-18G Growler taxis down the airstrip on Naval Air Station Whidbey Island during the squadron’s welcome home ceremony in August 2017. (Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Scott Wood/U.S. Navy)

Talks break down over ‘remedy’ in Whidbey Island Growler lawsuit

“From the get-go, everyone recognized that it was probably going to end up in the court’s hands.”

 

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Human remains wash ashore, possibly from floatplane crash

A female torso found near Sequim could be connected to a floatplane crash near Whidbey Island.

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From left to right: Troy Chapman, Kristi O’Donnell and Keith Bowers are three of five members of the Hot Club of Troy. The band is the opening act at DjangoFest Northwest. (David Welton)

Django music festival returns to Whidbey Island this week

DjangoFest is taking place from Sept. 21-25 at the Whidbey Island Center for the Arts in Langley.

From left to right: Troy Chapman, Kristi O’Donnell and Keith Bowers are three of five members of the Hot Club of Troy. The band is the opening act at DjangoFest Northwest. (David Welton)
Remnants of red dye released to help check shellfish health on Monday, Sept. 12, 2022 in Oak Harbor, Washington. (Penn Cove Shellfish)

Follow that plume: Scientists dye Whidbey waters to protect shellfish

Red dye was released from the Oak Harbor wastewater treatment plant on Monday for a study on shellfish safety.

Remnants of red dye released to help check shellfish health on Monday, Sept. 12, 2022 in Oak Harbor, Washington. (Penn Cove Shellfish)
Possession Point Bait Company owner Dan Cooper fishes live herring out of his holding pond with a net on Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2022 in Clinton, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Fish on! Whidbey bait shop delivers $7 bucket of herring to your boat

Possession Point Bait Co. owner Dan Cooper keeps afloat the Clinton fishing business his family started in the 1960s.

Possession Point Bait Company owner Dan Cooper fishes live herring out of his holding pond with a net on Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2022 in Clinton, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Autumn Covington makes all of the bakehouse's six-ounce cookies. (Rachel Rosen/Whidbey News-Times)

Cookie shop stirs up excitement on Whidbey Island

A new family-owned business in downtown Oak Harbor has been whisking up quite a buzz lately.

Autumn Covington makes all of the bakehouse's six-ounce cookies. (Rachel Rosen/Whidbey News-Times)
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Floatplane wreckage located in Mutiny Bay

Wreckage of a floatplane that crashed into Mutiny Bay last week has been located on the seafloor.

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Ross Andrew Mickel shows off the new tasting bar at Ross Andrew Winery in 2013. (Ross Andrew Winery via Facebook)

Wine industry mourns Woodinville vintner, family killed in plane crash

Ross Andrew Mickel, wife Lauren Hilty and child Remy Mickel were a “bright and shining light in the lives of everyone who knew them.”

Ross Andrew Mickel shows off the new tasting bar at Ross Andrew Winery in 2013. (Ross Andrew Winery via Facebook)
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Whidbey Island waters to be dyed red for shellfish study

The study will help scientists evaluate the affects of a sewage spill on shellfish safety.

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Body of Whidbey Island plane crash victim identified

A body found near the site of a floatplane crash in Mutiny Bay has been identified as 29-year-old Gabby Hanna.

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Actress Megan Hilty says sister was on floatplane that crashed

The Broadway and TV star’s sister Lauren Hilty was among those killed in a floatplane crash off Whidbey Island.

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Personal items to be returned to families of Whidbey Island seaplane crash victims

The National Transportation Safety Board declined to say what personal items were found.

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Witnesses recall Whidbey Island plane crash, rescue efforts

At least five boats of witnesses raced to the crash site in hopes of saving those aboard the aircraft.

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A Coast Guard cutter searches for a crashed chartered floatplane near Mutiny Bay Monday afternoon in Freeland, Washington on September 5, 2022.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

911 calls for Whidbey Island seaplane crash detail chaotic scene

911 calls reveal a plane that seemingly went straight down and plunged into the water.

A Coast Guard cutter searches for a crashed chartered floatplane near Mutiny Bay Monday afternoon in Freeland, Washington on September 5, 2022.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
A pair of U.S. Coast Guard vessels search the area, Monday, Sept. 5, 2022, near Freeland, Wash., on Whidbey Island north of Seattle where a chartered floatplane crashed the day before. The plane was en route from Friday Harbor, Wash., to Renton, Wash. (AP Photo/Stephen Brashear)

10 victims identified in float plane crash off Whidbey Island

They were in a de Havilland Canada DHC-3 Otter traveling from Friday Harbor on San Juan Island to Renton Municipal Airport.

A pair of U.S. Coast Guard vessels search the area, Monday, Sept. 5, 2022, near Freeland, Wash., on Whidbey Island north of Seattle where a chartered floatplane crashed the day before. The plane was en route from Friday Harbor, Wash., to Renton, Wash. (AP Photo/Stephen Brashear)
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Retired Spokane teacher among floatplane crash victims

Pat Hicks, a retired schoolteacher, was among the 10 people who died in a plane crash Sunday off Whidbey Island.

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Washington vintner, pregnant wife and toddler killed in plane crash

The Medina couple and their son were among the 10 aboard a floatplane that crashed off Whidbey Island Sunday.

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Seattle attorney with zest for travel died in Whidbey floatplane crash

Gabby Hanna, 29, was one of the 10 people who died in a floatplane crash Sunday off Whidbey Island.

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