Regency seeks morale boost for staff following COVID cases

— Created November 25, 2020 by Kathy Reed

By Kathy Reed Several residents at Regency on Whidbey’s Memory Care Unit in Oak Harbor have tested positive for COVID-19, prompting a request that members of the community pitch in to provide small items to send encouragement to staff members at the facility. The request came via an email from the Oak Harbor Chamber of […]

Creative holiday collaboration benefits Whidbey nonprofits

— Created November 25, 2020 by Kathy Reed

By Alec Brown Whidbey Community Foundation has once again joined with Whidbey sculptor Georgia Gerber and her husband, Randy Hudson, to raise money through art. WCF announced its fourth annual partnership at the beginning of the month. This year’s sculpture, entitled “Three French Hens,” joins sculptures from the previous three years and all are available […]

Miss Oak Harbor to reign once more in 2021

— Created November 25, 2020 by Kathy Reed

By Kathy Reed After a three year hiatus, there will be a Miss Oak Harbor crowned again in 2021. Board president and Pageant Director River Powers has taken up the mantle of Miss Oak Harbor, bringing the scholarship pageant back for a new round of competition, albeit virtually in 2021, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. […]

Island County provides support for pandemic, upcoming holidays

— Created November 25, 2020 by Kacie Jo Voeller

By Kacie Jo Voeller             The holiday season of 2020 has coincided with a recent surge in COVID-19 cases, leading to calls for smaller or virtual holiday celebrations and staying close to home. Washington Governor Jay Inslee has called for mitigation measures to help curb the spread of the virus. Throughout the pandemic, Island County […]

‘Tis the season to keep it local

— Created November 18, 2020 by Kathy Reed

By Kathy Reed We may have to stay close to home for the holidays this year, but there’s no reason we can’t take the time to appreciate what Island County has to offer and better yet, share it with those who can’t be with us. In the spirit of helping local businesses through the tough […]

“Otterly” Awesome! Land Trust hosts river otter presentation

— Created November 18, 2020 by Kathy Reed

By Melanie Hammons Now you see them, now you don’t. That just may be the most descriptive phrase you could apply to the North American River Otter, according to Dr. Heide Island, professor of Comparative Animal Behavior and Neuroscience at Pacific University.  Island will give a free informational presentation on the creatures via Zoom at […]

Governor imposes restrictions once more

— Created November 18, 2020 by Kathy Reed

By Kathy Reed The rapidly growing number of COVID-19 cases across the state has prompted Washington Gov. Jay Inslee to reimpose tough restrictions. In a rare Sunday press conference, Inslee laid out a four-week plan to try to stem an increasing infection rate and keep hospitals across the state from becoming overwhelmed. “Left unchecked, it […]

Mobile Turkey Unit still delivering Thanksgiving

— Created November 11, 2020 by Kathy Reed

By Kathy Reed Mobile Turkey Unit has been delivering Thanksgiving meals to Central and South Whidbey Island residents for more than 20 years now, and its board of directors was not about to let a global pandemic stand in its way this year, either. “The meals are going to look exactly the same for our […]

Public comments sought on addition to Trustland Trails system

— Created November 11, 2020 by Kacie Jo Voeller

By Kacie Jo Voeller The South Whidbey Parks and Recreation District (SWPRD) is currently taking comments from the public on its proposed addition to Trustland Trails. Comments must be received by Monday and will be reviewed and discussed by the SWPRD Board of Commissioners. Doug Coutts, executive director of SWPRD, said the proposed trail additions […]

2020 General Election Results

— Created November 11, 2020 by Kathy Reed

By Kathy Reed Whidbey Weekly Tight political races seem to be the norm in the 2020 General Election held last week. In the race for Legislative Dist. 10 State Senate, incumbent Republican Ron Muzzall led Helen Price Johnson by just over 1,300 votes as of press time, while in the contest for State Representative Position […]

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