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Schools are closed through the end of the school year

— Created April 8, 2020 by Kathy Reed

By Kathy Reed Students in Washington K-12 schools will not be returning to the classroom to finish the school year. Gov. Jay Inslee, along with Superintendent of Public Instruction, Chris Reykdal, announced Monday school closures will be extended for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year due to the novel coronavirus outbreak. This affects all […]

After over 50 years combined service, two Island County judges seek new paths

— Created April 8, 2020 by Kathy Reed

By Kacie Jo Voeller 2020 will be a year of change for Island County’s judiciary system. After this year’s election, Island County Superior Court will see two new judges seated on the bench. With over 50 years of service between them, the court’s current judges, Alan Hancock and Vickie Churchill, have chosen to not seek […]

Live a little greener: Earth Day and more online

— Created April 8, 2020 by Kathy Reed

By Kacie Jo Voeller             From building rain gardens to calculating a household’s carbon footprint, Whidbey Earth and Ocean Month often brings inspiration and new ways for community members to go green. The month typically brings a number of events and a festival to the area, but this year’s celebration will look different than it […]

Community shows support with #WhidbeyStrong

— Created April 1, 2020 by Kathy Reed

By Kacie Jo Voeller             Business in Island County looks different these days. The importance of social distancing and the stay-at-home order are clear in the wake of COVID-19, but the implications have left many local businesses either shutting their doors or offering altered services to help the community stay safe. Eric Peterson, owner of […]

Whidbey’s farms feeding us now and into the future

— Created April 1, 2020 by Kathy Reed

By Kathy Reed In the new normal of this COVID-19 world, not even a virus can stop Mother Nature and the burgeoning crops all over Whidbey Island. Farm stands, if not up and running yet, will be soon. The Coupeville Farmers Market has pushed its opening day back to April 18, while Bayview Farmers Market […]

Building a “Bridge of Hope:” Campaigns emerge to send words of encouragement to seniors

— Created April 1, 2020 by Kathy Reed

By Kathy Reed Whidbey Island residents of all ages are being asked to send a little kindness to some of our most vulnerable. Even before Gov. Jay Inslee issued his official “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order last week, nursing homes and assisted living facilities had already put strict limits in place regarding visitors. Social distancing […]

Community organizations offer resources, support for locals

— Created April 1, 2020 by Kathy Reed

By Kacie Jo Voeller As Washington continues to follow a stay-at-home order due to safety concerns from the COVID-19 pandemic, many are feeling the effects of a change in lifestyle and work. However, even as challenges from unemployment to temporary closures surface, community organizations are stepping up to provide aid to individuals, families, businesses and […]

COVID-19 effects being felt in Island County

— Created April 1, 2020 by Kathy Reed

By Kathy Reed The number of those infected with COVID-19 continues to rise in Island County as government officials, healthcare workers and community members pull together to battle the pandemic. According to Island County Public Health, 109 people had tested positive for the virus as of press time Tuesday. Of those, 44 cases were related […]

Gov. Inslee: “Stay Home, Stay Healthy”

— Created March 25, 2020 by Kathy Reed

By Kathy Reed According to Gov. Jay Inslee, it is time to “hunker down.” In an address to the state Monday evening, Inslee announced he is requiring all residents to stay home. This order, which is enforceable by law, will last at least two weeks and could possibly be extended. “It’s time to hunker down […]

State parks are closed, the marathon’s postponed, but outdoor activities remain

— Created March 25, 2020 by Kathy Reed

By Kacie Jo Voeller             Each year in mid-April, hundreds of participants run the Deception Pass Bridge as part of the Whidbey Island Marathon. This year, with the unprecedented effects of COVID-19 in Washington state and beyond, the race has been postponed to a “to-be-determined” later date.  In the wake of Whidbey Island taking community […]