More major events topple due to COVID-19

— Created May 20, 2020 by Kathy Reed

By Kathy Reed When it comes to longstanding community events that define summer on Whidbey Island, it’s like the lyrics to Queen’s “Another One Bites the Dust” just keep swirling around – “…and another one’s gone, and another one’s gone…” Over the past week or so, the following events have fallen victim to the COVID-19 […]

It’s still Memorial Day

— Created May 20, 2020 by Kathy Reed

By Kathy ReedVirus or no virus, Memorial Day 2020 will happen. It might look a little different, plans may have been re-worked, but Whidbey Island will still observe the holiday honoring those veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice in their service to our country, and those who have also served or are still serving. The […]

Amid reopening, islanders explore new ways of doing business

— Created May 20, 2020 by Kathy Reed

By Kacie Jo Voeller From restaurants to retailers, Whidbey Island businesses have made many changes in the wake of COVID-19. Adaptations have ranged from temporary closures to online ordering on the island and beyond. Now, the time has come for the state to begin reopening in four phases through the “Safe Start” program, as outlined […]

Phased reopening draws complaints, raises concerns

— Created May 15, 2020 by Kathy Reed

By Kathy Reed Just a week into the first part of Gov. Jay Inslee’s four-phased approach to reopening the state’s businesses, confusion and consternation seem to be in the driver’s seat. While a majority of people seem to support the plan to reopen the economy slowly and safely, there has been some confusion over how […]

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 […]

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