New “Roadmap to Recovery” plan could have some bumps

— Created January 13, 2021 by Kathy Reed

By Kathy Reed Forget Washington’s “Safe Start” plan to reopen the economy in the wake of COVID – Gov. Jay Inslee has announced a new, regional approach, dubbed “Healthy Washington – A Roadmap to Recovery.” The plan, which took effect this week, separates the state’s 39 counties into eight regions, as opposed to the county-by-county […]

Mudslides Threaten Clinton Homes

— Created January 13, 2021 by Kathy Reed

By Alec Brown             Some homes in Clinton may be threatened by mudslides and saturated ground issues in the coming weeks.             Director for the Island County Department of Emergency Management, Eric Brooks, is looking into the issue and has recommendations for anyone living in the area and beyond. “As the majority of Island County […]

Island County Public Health scrambles to fill key positions

— Created January 13, 2021 by Kathy Reed

By Kathy Reed The Island County Board of Health has approved a temporary health officer. Dr. Scott Lindquist – on loan from the State Department of Health – will fill the role vacated at the end of the year by Dr. Joel McCullough. Lindquist will serve as the county’s health officer for two weeks only, […]

State DOH updates COVID vaccine rollout

— Created January 13, 2021 by Kathy Reed

By Kathy Reed Washington State Department of Health has issued an updated list of its COVID-19 vaccine rollout and it will launch a new online tool Jan. 18 to help people find out when they will be able to get the vaccine. Vaccinations are still underway for those in the first two tiers of Phase […]

Plenty of possibilities proffered at Sound Waters University

— Created January 6, 2021 by Kathy Reed

By Kathy Reed Like so many events over the past several months, Sound Waters University has had to jump on the virtual bandwagon for its 2021 “one day university on all things Puget Sound.” While going virtual this year has limited the number of courses offered, there are still plenty of educational opportunities taking place […]

Film featuring Whidbey Island available to see for free

— Created January 6, 2021 by Kathy Reed

By Alec Brown Film lovers have an opportunity to enjoy an award-winning short film featuring Whidbey Island for free, for a limited time. “The Hour After Westerly” will be available to see online until Sunday, Jan. 17. The film follows a meticulous man discovering the alternative paths he could have taken in life. Search for […]

South Whidbey Parks and Recreation Districts acquires 40 acres

— Created January 6, 2021 by Kacie Jo Voeller

By Kacie Jo Voeller             Three years ago, Shelley Ackerman, a Whidbey Island resident, started the process of trying to keep 40 acres of land on south Whidbey from being sold for logging or other development. Ackerman brought the property to the attention of the South Whidbey Parks and Recreation District (SWPRD) and after months […]

Oak Harbor debuts website to bolster businesses

— Created January 6, 2021 by Kathy Reed

By Kathy Reed The City of Oak Harbor has developed a new website aimed at helping local businesses suffering in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. Trouble is, the very businesses the city is trying to help may not even know about the website. The “” website went live in mid-December, even though few businesses […]

Local salon wins accolades and energy upgrades in PSE contest

— Created December 30, 2020 by Kathy Reed

By Melanie Hammons Robert Frost’s poem, “Nothing Gold Can Stay,” reflects upon the fleeting beauty of spring’s first flowerings.  It opens with the wistful observation, “Nature’s first green is gold.” Those poetic lines just took on a slightly different shade of meaning for a local Coupeville business.  Seaside Spa and Salon, a Green Circle Salon, […]

Langley graduate is ordained in New Zealand

— Created December 30, 2020 by Kathy Reed

By Kathy Reed It’s been a long journey from Whidbey Island to New Zealand, but one of faith and blessings for former island resident, Pixie Paris Rowe. Rowe, who moved to Whidbey in 1970 and graduated from South Whidbey High School in 1974, was recently ordained as a priest in the Anglican Church of Aotearoa, […]

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