Step into 2021 with the First Day Hike

— Created December 30, 2020 by Kacie Jo Voeller

By Kacie Jo Voeller             Start the new year off on the right foot with the First Day Hike on New Year’s Day, which is a free day at Washington’s state parks. The Deception Pass Park Foundation will offer a number of self-guided hiking and other options throughout Deception Pass State Park, including a scavenger […]

Brief closure to precede new Mukilteo ferry terminal opening

— Created December 23, 2020 by Kathy Reed

By Kathy Reed Folks used to traveling on the Clinton-to-Mukilteo ferry route should prepare for a brief pause in service next week in advance of the opening of the new Mukilteo ferry terminal. The route will shut down Monday evening after the final crossing and will remained closed most of the day Tuesday, reopening for […]

Storyphone offers remote stories for winter break and beyond

— Created December 23, 2020 by Kathy Reed

By Alec Brown Looking for something to spark the imagination during winter break? Sno-Isle Libraries is now offering Storyphone, a remote storytelling service where customers can call in and listen to stories for free. You can call 360-651-7171 to listen to a new story each week. They are available in English, Spanish, Korean and Russian. […]

COVID vaccinations begin on Whidbey

— Created December 16, 2020 by Kathy Reed

By Kathy Reed The first COVID-19 vaccinations will be administered starting today on Whidbey Island. According to Island County Public Health Director Keith Higman, WhidbeyHealth was scheduled to receive 975 doses of the Pfizer vaccine this week. A subsequent press release from WhidbeyHealth Monday afternoon confirmed the facility was set to receive the first doses […]

Amid pandemic, Oak Harbor Public Schools looks forward

— Created December 16, 2020 by Kacie Jo Voeller

By Kacie Jo Voeller There have been no COVID-19 cases among students and staff following Oak Harbor Public Schools’ hybrid learning model, but the district has temporarily moved to a distance learning model due to rising case rates in Island County. In a special board meeting held Dec. 9, OHPS officials, employees, and parents came […]

Christmas Angels set up shop on Whidbey

— Created December 16, 2020 by Kathy Reed

By Kathy Reed Whidbey’s Island Angels – or perhaps they should be called Christmas Angels – are hard at work filling in the gaps for those Whidbey residents in need this holiday season. The unofficial group, founded this year by Cindy Buchanan on South Whidbey, has been growing in scope on every front over the […]

PAWZ by the Sea goes virtual

— Created December 16, 2020 by Kathy Reed

By Kathy Reed It’s never too late to grab the leash and head out the door for a walk or a run, but there’s even more incentive to do it by the end of the year. PAWZ by the Sea 5K or 10K run/walk, normally held on Memorial Day, will be taking place after all […]

Tri-county agency promotes safe and healthy home heating with wood

— Created December 16, 2020 by Kathy Reed

By Melanie Hammons As winter officially approaches, many people on Whidbey Island have found themselves taking the chill out of the air with a cozy fire in the fireplace or wood stove. But how does an increase in home heating with wood affect air quality? The air we breathe forms an invisible, yet vital component […]

“The Nutcracker” dances onto the big screen

— Created December 9, 2020 by Kacie Jo Voeller

By Kacie Jo Voeller               Enjoy the magic of Whidbey Island Dance Theatre’s (WIDT) annual production of “The Nutcracker,” a beloved holiday classic with an island twist, from the comfort of home (or a car) this year.  The production, which is normally performed live, will instead be featured as a film at the Blue Fox […]

Bah, humbug! Mask bandits rip through Coupeville

— Created December 9, 2020 by Kathy Reed

By Kathy Reed It seems the Grinch has come early in Coupeville, stealing a little holiday cheer right off the faces of some of the town’s most popular seasonal visitors. Every year a “mystery” group of volunteers places about 65 cheerful snowmen around the community, adding a festive flair to holiday events. This year – […]