Inslee announces “Safe Start” plan for re-opening

— Created May 6, 2020 by Kathy Reed

By Kathy Reed We are now officially in Phase I of Gov. Jay Inslee’s “Safe Start” plan to re-open the state’s economy. Inslee signed the COVID-19 order Monday, after announcing last Friday his “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order will remain in effect through May 31 and could be extended, if necessary. Phase I of the […]

Together through technology

— Created May 6, 2020 by Kathy Reed

By Kacie Jo Voeller With Governor Jay Inslee’s “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order extending until May 31 throughout Washington state, many Whidbey Islanders continue to rely on technology for everyday functions from remote work to reaching out to family and friends. Maintaining connectivity and the work of internet companies has been a key piece of […]

Students stay home, stay active

— Created May 6, 2020 by Kathy Reed

By Kacie Jo Voeller             While learning currently looks vastly different from a traditional classroom for Whidbey Island’s student population, one thing remains the same: a dedication from physical educators and coaches to keep students and athletes active. Physical education classes have continued virtually, and at the high school level, many coaches continue to offer […]

Back to Nature: Inslee begins to dial back stay-at-home restrictions

— Created April 29, 2020 by Kathy Reed

By Kathy Reed The dial has slowly begun to turn in what Gov. Jay Inslee said will be a long process of returning to “normal” life after COVID-19. At a press conference Monday afternoon, Inslee announced some outdoor recreation will reopen Tuesday, May 5, including day use at some state parks and public lands, fishing, […]

Coupeville comes together to weather the COVID storm

— Created April 29, 2020 by Kathy Reed

By Kathy Reed Coupeville is the latest Whidbey Island community to pull together to support Central Whidbey small businesses. The Chamber of Commerce has announced it is launching a virtual shopping website to support businesses in Coupeville and Greenbank through COVID-19 and beyond. “The website is designed to support local businesses either with or without their […]

Whidbey’s food banks, meal programs stay strong amid increased demand

— Created April 29, 2020 by Kathy Reed

By Kathy Reed The struggle to put food on the table is real for many families on Whidbey Island as the COVID-19 crisis continues. Add a growing economic crisis and the result is increased demand at local food banks and for meal programs like Meals on Wheels and Whidbey Island Nourishes. “We have seen a […]

Whidbey small businesses stretched thin, seek support

— Created April 22, 2020 by Kathy Reed

By Kacie Jo Voeller             As closures continue and timelines for reopening stores and other services remain uncertain, small businesses in Island County and beyond have turned to federal and state programs for support. Many in the business sector are questioning if the measures will be enough to effectively help small businesses stay afloat in […]

Whidbey schools tackle online, distance learning

— Created April 22, 2020 by Kathy Reed

By Kathy Reed Classrooms may be empty for the rest of the school year, but teachers and staff at all three Whidbey Island school districts have been working hard to navigate the tricky, sometimes complicated online learning situations imposed upon all Washington State schools in the wake of COVID-19. All schools are required to provide […]

Fundraising continues despite Relay for Life cancellation

— Created April 22, 2020 by Kathy Reed

By Kathy Reed For the first time in its 33-year history, there will be no survivor’s lap, no luminaria ceremony, no continuous walks around the track at North Whidbey Middle School in Oak Harbor. COVID-19 has made it necessary to cancel this year’s Relay for Life on Whidbey Island. “This most definitely was a hard […]

Showing support for essential workers, one joyful noise at a time

— Created April 15, 2020 by Kathy Reed

By Kacie Jo Voeller Each evening at 8 p.m. through the month of April, residents of Island County and beyond can listen for the whistles of the Washington State Ferries (WSF) underway as they join the joyful noise movement. The movement is a community and worldwide initiative encouraging people to make a joyful noise each […]