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 […]

Phase IV on pause, masks now required

— Created July 1, 2020 by Kathy Reed

By Kathy Reed Gov. Jay Inslee has hit the pause button on the state’s “Safe Start” plan due to increasing COVID-19 cases. As of now, all Washington counties will be stopped at Phase III, a benchmark Island County hit last week. Those counties still in Phase I or II will be allowed to progress as […]

New weekly market to launch in Langley

— Created July 1, 2020 by Kathy Reed

By Kacie Jo Voeller As Phase III reopening continues on Whidbey Island, new opportunities and events are also starting to take flight, including the New Friday Street Market in Langley. Each Friday through Sept. 25, Langley’s First and Second Streets will showcase vendors and retailers from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. In addition to items […]

Local family questions accuracy of COVID death toll

— Created June 24, 2020 by Kathy Reed

By Kathy Reed As of this writing, Island County has lost 12 people to COVID-19 and case numbers, which have held steady for several weeks, are once again ticking up. One local family – who has asked not to be identified by name – is questioning the accuracy of how COVID-19 deaths are being reported. […]

Lions go online: garage sale gems just a click away

— Created June 24, 2020 by Kathy Reed

By Kacie Jo Voeller This year, bargain hunters can look for deals from the Coupeville Lions Garage Sale all summer long. The sale, which has moved online for 2020, will feature items from appliances to furniture and more, available through the Facebook group Coupeville Lions Garage Sale and via the organization’s website,   Brian Pulk, […]

Recipes sought for Coupeville Community Cookbook

— Created June 24, 2020 by Kathy Reed

By Kathy Reed Now may be the perfect time to share that “secret” recipe, for a good cause. The Coupeville Farm to School program is putting together a community cookbook and recipes must be submitted by Saturday to be included. “We’re looking for recipes that you like to cook at home,” said Zvi Bar-Chaim, coordinator […]

Proceeding with caution: Island County moves toward Phase III

— Created June 17, 2020 by Kathy Reed

Editor’s Note: Whidbey Weekly learned just prior to going to press that the camping ban has been lifted for Island County, effective immediately. By Kathy Reed Island County is moving steadily toward Phase III of the state’s “Safe Start” plan to reopen businesses. County commissioners and the Island County Board of Health met Tuesday (after […]

Short window opens to apply for CARES Act grant funding; North Whidbey businesses can apply through Tuesday

— Created June 17, 2020 by Kathy Reed

By Kathy Reed The City of Oak Harbor has joined forces with Island County to create a local small business grant program using funds received from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES), but the application window is short. North Whidbey businesses located within the 98277 zip code can apply for small […]

Local movie theaters practicing wait and see approach

— Created June 17, 2020 by Kathy Reed

By Kacie Jo Voeller After months of closure in the wake of COVID-19, certain businesses are gradually starting to open their doors. Movie theaters, museums, libraries and more will be allowed to open once Phase III of Washington’s “Safe Start” approach begins, and in Island County, Phase III is near. For two local theaters, the […]