Whidbey Island

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.

 

Navy seeks to conduct SEAL training in Whidbey, Camano parks

The deadline to register to participate in public comment is 5 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 22.

 

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.
Mead maker Jeremy Kyncl pours a tasting glass of Hawthorn Tulsi Mead, a blend of hawthorn berry and holy basil, in the new Whidbey tasting room of Hierophant Meadery. Photo by Kira Erickson/South Whidbey Record

Whidbey Island meadery off to a sweet start

Jeremy Kyncl and Michelle Scandalis of Hierophant Meadery in Freeland brew their mead with local honey.

Mead maker Jeremy Kyncl pours a tasting glass of Hawthorn Tulsi Mead, a blend of hawthorn berry and holy basil, in the new Whidbey tasting room of Hierophant Meadery. Photo by Kira Erickson/South Whidbey Record

Island County considers new health officer after old one quit

The state took over COVID-19 contact tracing after an exodus of several health staffers in December.

Annabelle Richardson pours a latte at Langley Kitchen. (Kira Erickson / Whidbey News-Times)

New cafe on Whidbey Island is adapted to the COVID era

Langley Kitchen has a long list of to-go options, a pickup window and an outdoor patio.

Annabelle Richardson pours a latte at Langley Kitchen. (Kira Erickson / Whidbey News-Times)
Wearing a mask and face shield, Honeycomb Salon owner Julia Barbee, styles Gail Linnick's hair in her studio at Sola Studios, on Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2020 in Mill Creek, Wa.(Andy Bronson / The Herald)

‘No more pretty hair or feet’: Your top 2020 What’s Up? stories

Hoarding, Grouchy Chef, HGTV, TP and Starbucks cups also are among our readers’ favorites.

Wearing a mask and face shield, Honeycomb Salon owner Julia Barbee, styles Gail Linnick's hair in her studio at Sola Studios, on Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2020 in Mill Creek, Wa.(Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Denise Perkins makes coasters out of Scrabble letters, as well as beeswax candles and crystal sun catchers. (Farage Photography)

New Clinton store serves as a collective for island’s creatives

The Whidbey Artists Collective showcases artists and artisans’ wares from all over the island.

Denise Perkins makes coasters out of Scrabble letters, as well as beeswax candles and crystal sun catchers. (Farage Photography)
Sofia Samoyoa takes a photograph with a commemorative ribbon as the first car passengers to use the new Mukilteo ferry terminal offload on Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2020 in Mukilteo, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

New Mukilteo ferry terminal makes a much anticipated debut

The $187 million project, which opened Tuesday evening, replaces a 63-year-old terminal nearby.

Sofia Samoyoa takes a photograph with a commemorative ribbon as the first car passengers to use the new Mukilteo ferry terminal offload on Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2020 in Mukilteo, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Island County nurses quit over concerns about COVID response

The state will take over case investigations and contact tracing as other health officials also leave.

Allen Fletcher (Contributed photo) DATE AND LOCATION UNKNOWN

An enduring mystery on Whidbey: A skipper missing 7 years

Allen Fletcher, then 30, disappeared in Langley after the boat he captained pulled into the harbor there.

Allen Fletcher (Contributed photo) DATE AND LOCATION UNKNOWN
From the Mukilteo lighthouse, Michelle Wainstein watches for marine mammals before pile driving work begins on the new Mukilteo Ferry Terminal on Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2020 in Mukilteo, Washington. Manson Construction, the marine contractor on the ferry terminal project, is required to have monitors stand watch for marine mammals while crews do pile driving, typically several days a month. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

The mystery ‘lady in the lighthouse’ isn’t spying on you

She and other watch for sea creatures during noisy pile driving that can ruin their appetite.

From the Mukilteo lighthouse, Michelle Wainstein watches for marine mammals before pile driving work begins on the new Mukilteo Ferry Terminal on Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2020 in Mukilteo, Washington. Manson Construction, the marine contractor on the ferry terminal project, is required to have monitors stand watch for marine mammals while crews do pile driving, typically several days a month. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Langley author Barb DeMartino’s Christmas-themed children’s book was recently published, just in time for the holidays. “Tooth Fairy’s Jolly Adventure” was inspired by DeMartino’s six-year-old grandson, who lost a tooth on Christmas Eve last year. Photo by Kira Erickson/South Whidbey Record

Tooth Fairy meets Santa Claus in Langley author’s children’s book

A retired school teacher, Barb DeMartino published “Tooth Fairy’s Jolly Adventure” just in time for Christmas.

Langley author Barb DeMartino’s Christmas-themed children’s book was recently published, just in time for the holidays. “Tooth Fairy’s Jolly Adventure” was inspired by DeMartino’s six-year-old grandson, who lost a tooth on Christmas Eve last year. Photo by Kira Erickson/South Whidbey Record
People watch as a full ferry boat leave the Mukilteo Ferry Terminal on Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2020 in Mukilteo, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Is that ferry trip essential? State urges holiday discretion

Between the coronavirus pandemic, service cuts and holiday schedules, people are urged to skip travel.

People watch as a full ferry boat leave the Mukilteo Ferry Terminal on Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2020 in Mukilteo, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
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Ed Bremer, the News and Public Affairs Director of KSER, has been with the independent public radio station since it's beginning, 25 years ago. DATE UNKNOWN

KSER mourns loss of producer, ‘Sound Living’ host Ed Bremer

Until illness sidelined him in 2019, he had been with the station since its launch in 1990.

Dan Bates / The Herald
Ed Bremer, the News and Public Affairs Director of KSER, has been with the independent public radio station since it's beginning, 25 years ago. DATE UNKNOWN

No one injured in small mudslide Monday on Whidbey Island

No one was inside the waterfront vacation home at the time, in the 5900 block of Hastings Road.

Jason DeSimas (Federal Way Mirror) 2014

4 indicted in racist beating case at Lynnwood bar in 2018

Federal authorities announced the charges Friday against men from around the Pacific Northwest.

Jason DeSimas (Federal Way Mirror) 2014
The $6 million Coupeville property is on 60 acres and 860 feet of waterfront. It features a safe house with bulletproof walls, 9,000-square-foot shop, three orchards, four wells and tanks that store 17,000 gallons of propane. (Eddie Hayes / Digital Tide Productions)

For sale: Bulletproof island survival ranch and supply cache

The spread on Whidbey has an escape tunnel, workshop, 20,000 gallons of fuel and a lifetime supply of TP.

The $6 million Coupeville property is on 60 acres and 860 feet of waterfront. It features a safe house with bulletproof walls, 9,000-square-foot shop, three orchards, four wells and tanks that store 17,000 gallons of propane. (Eddie Hayes / Digital Tide Productions)
Bill Dussault, 73, left, and Janet Taggart, 90, changed the public education system nationwide to include students with disabilities in the 1970s. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

How moms in a VW van achieved a civil rights milestone in ’71

Special needs students were refused an education until six trailblazers launched a campaign around Puget Sound.

Bill Dussault, 73, left, and Janet Taggart, 90, changed the public education system nationwide to include students with disabilities in the 1970s. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
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