Strict measures to fight Coronavirus will impact business

— Created March 18, 2020 by Kathy Reed

By Kathy Reed Gov. Jay Inslee has enacted strict new measures to help minimize, or at least slow, the spread of the Novel Coronavirus COVID-19. As many know, Monday Inslee announced all restaurants, bars, entertainment and recreational facilities will be closed until the end of the month and he imposed more limits on large gatherings, […]

Schools work to provide food to students during closures

— Created March 18, 2020 by Kathy Reed

By Kathy Reed Before the announcement of the closure of restaurants and many other businesses, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee announced schools across the state are to be closed through April 24, in hopes of containing the spread of the COVID-19 virus. The mandated closure has parents scrambling to make arrangements for their children’s care and […]

WhidbeyHealth opens drive-through COVID-19 testing site

— Created March 18, 2020 by Kathy Reed

As the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases continues to rise in Island County – 11 cases confirmed as of press time Tuesday – WhidbeyHealth announced it has opened a drive-through site to collect specimens for Coronavirus, COVID-19 testing. The location opened at 8 a.m. Monday. Patients can call to determine whether they meet criteria to […]

COVID-19’s cost to the arts

— Created March 18, 2020 by Kathy Reed

By Kathy Reed The arts community is one of the earliest economic casualties of the Coronavirus pandemic. As stringent new guidelines were issued last week to restrict the size of gatherings, concerts, plays and stage productions around the country were forced to close. Now, in the wake of Gov. Jay Inslee’s newest restrictions, even museums […]

First COVID-19 case confirmed in Island County

— Created March 10, 2020 by Kathy Reed

By Kathy Reed/Whidbey Weekly Island County has its first case of Coronavirus. In a press release Tuesday afternoon, Island County Public Health (ICPH) officials confirmed an Island County resident has tested positive for COVID-19. According to the release, the individual is a man in his 50s and is being cared for at a location outside […]

Make Way for Musselfest

— Created March 4, 2020 by Kathy Reed

By Kacie Jo Voeller Whidbey Weekly Ready the spoons and prepare to taste test across the town of Coupeville this weekend during the annual Musselfest event and chowder competition featuring 16 local restaurants. Festivities get underway at 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, with tastings starting at 11 a.m. For over three decades, the Penn Cove […]

“LIKE” documentary tackles impact of social media

— Created March 4, 2020 by Kathy Reed

By Kathy Reed Whidbey Weekly Are we addicted to social media? South Whidbey School District and the Clyde Theater in Langley are teaming up for a presentation of a film which focuses on that very question. The new documentary, “LIKE,” will be shown Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Clyde, with a discussion […]

COVID-19 concerns reach Whidbey Island

— Created March 4, 2020 by Kathy Reed

By Kathy Reed Whidbey Weekly Acting out of an abundance of caution, Oak Harbor Public Schools has informed parents and staff that a North Whidbey Middle School staff member is self-quarantining due to the staff member’s spouse’s contact with potential victims of the COVID-19 virus. The staff member’s spouse has been quarantined as a precaution. […]

Enjoy sounds from south of the border at ¡Fiesta Latina!

— Created February 26, 2020 by Kathy Reed

By Kathy Reed Whidbey Weekly Whidbey Island Orchestra is spicing things up and invites everyone to enjoy the party at its newest program, ¡Fiesta Latina!, to be performed at 7 p.m. Friday, March 6 and again at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 8 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Freeland. Performances are always free, but donations are […]

Judge rules Oak Harbor affordable housing project unlawful

— Created February 26, 2020 by Kathy Reed

By Kathy Reed Whidbey Weekly The Oak Harbor Main Street Association has won its appeal asking for the reversal of an Oak Harbor City Council decision allowing an affordable housing project to be built along Pioneer Way downtown. In a decision handed down last week in Island County Superior Court, Judge Alan Hancock concluded the […]