Inslee issues more reopening rollbacks

— Created July 29, 2020 by Kathy Reed

By Kathy Reed Island County is once again among those Phase III counties taking steps back, rather than forward, in Gov. Jay Inslee’s Safe Start plan to reopen the economy in the midst of COVID-19. One week after announcing indoor gatherings must not exceed 10 people, Inslee has issued further rollbacks, set to take effect […]

WIAA releases tentative plan for high school athletics

— Created July 29, 2020 by Kacie Jo Voeller

By Kacie Jo Voeller As back-to-school season approaches, questions about what the 2020-2021 school year will look like in the wake of COVID-19 continue to grow, and the athletic aspect is no different. As of July 21, the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA) released a statement including a plan for athletic activities which included keeping […]

When You Wish Upon A Star . . .

— Created July 29, 2020 by Kathy Reed

By Melanie Hammons Early July brings Whidbey Islanders something we look forward to every year – a sky full of colorful Independence Day fireworks. It almost wouldn’t be summer without it.  But it’s rare indeed to close out the month in equally spectacular fashion, especially with a cosmic display that only comes around once every […]

COVID cases rise, causing reopening rollbacks

— Created July 22, 2020 by Kathy Reed

By Kathy Reed An alarming increase in the number of cases of COVID-19 across the state has caused Washington Gov. Jay Inslee to not only pause any forward progression in the phased reopening of the economy but roll back some of the activities previously permitted. As of Monday, counties in Phase III of the Safe […]

Two local fire districts propose fire levy lid lifts

— Created July 22, 2020 by Kathy Reed

By Kacie Jo Voeller             On Whidbey Island, some emergency and fire service needs have been met for decades by North Whidbey Fire and Rescue and South Whidbey Fire/EMS. For both districts, call numbers have seen a steady rise in recent years. To better serve the surrounding communities, each department has proposed a respective fire […]

Local funeral home seeks acquaintances to attend veteran’s memorial service

— Created July 15, 2020 by Kathy Reed

By Kathy Reed The search is on to find anyone who knew retired U.S. Navy Sr. Chief Roy Derrick and can attend his memorial service and burial Tuesday. The veteran passed away recently but has no known family. Derrick had made arrangements for his own service, and Kelly Davidson at Wallin Funeral Home and Cremation […]

Decision on Oak Harbor housing project is appealed

— Created July 15, 2020 by Kathy Reed

By Kathy Reed The battle to build affordable housing in downtown Oak Harbor is not over. Pioneer Way Housing, LLLP has taken its fight to Division I of the State Court of Appeals in Seattle, filing an appeal asking the court to reverse an Island County Superior Court ruling won by the Oak Harbor Main […]

Groups find new ways to enjoy activities

— Created July 8, 2020 by Kathy Reed

By Kathy Reed Amid seemingly endless event cancellations and postponements, some Whidbey Island organizations have found new ways to enjoy some familiar events safely: Whidbey Island Triathlon The Whidbey Island Triathlon has been canceled for 2020. But the South Whidbey Parks and Recreation District has figured out a way to hold a virtual triathlon for […]

Safe Start plan on hold for all phases

— Created July 8, 2020 by Kathy Reed

By Kathy Reed An increase in the number of COVID-19 cases across the state has led Gov. Jay Inslee and Wash. Secretary of Health, John Wiesman, to halt any advancement to new phases of the Safe Start plan. While an indefinite pause on allowing any counties to advance to Phase IV of the plan had […]

There will still be fireworks this Fourth of July

— Created July 1, 2020 by Kathy Reed

By Melanie Hammons Folks who’ve been on Whidbey Island awhile know summertime really begins July 4, rather than June 20.  Although the customary fireworks extravaganzas at in Freeland and Oak Harbor have been canceled this year because of the coronavirus pandemic, all is not lost:  You can still bring on summer right in your own […]

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