Whidbey Island

Island County jail slammed with first COVID outbreak

Three cell blocks are in quarantine and about a third of the jail staff are out with COVID.

 

Section of a tsunami high ground map. (Island County)

Tsunami warning fizzled, but future threat to Whidbey is real

State and county officials have long warned about the possibility of a tsunami striking the island.

 

Marianne Edain and Steve Erickson of WEAN at their South Whidbey home in 2019. (Laura Guido / South Whidbey Record, file)

Whidbey environment group isn’t suing county for first time in 25 years

The impact WEAN founders have had on environmental policy in Island County is extensive.

 

Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times
Jonathan Kline said a museum would be coming in to take most of the pews from the former Jehovah's Witness church on Morris Road outside Coupeville. The Whidbey Homeless Coalition wants to turn the building into an overnight shelter.

Appeal filed against homeless shelter project near Coupeville

More than 300 neighbors signed a letter saying the location isn’t an appropriate place for the shelter.

Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times
Jonathan Kline said a museum would be coming in to take most of the pews from the former Jehovah's Witness church on Morris Road outside Coupeville. The Whidbey Homeless Coalition wants to turn the building into an overnight shelter.
The area subject to the tsunami advisory Saturday includes the Strait of Juan de Fuca, Admiralty Inlet, Whidbey Island and Camano Island. People along other coastal areas of Puget Sound are advised to stay away from the water. (U.S. Tsunami Warning System) 20220115

Tsunami advisory for nearby waters lifted after 12 hours

Officials in Snohomish County encouraged people to stay away from the shoreline during much of Saturday.

The area subject to the tsunami advisory Saturday includes the Strait of Juan de Fuca, Admiralty Inlet, Whidbey Island and Camano Island. People along other coastal areas of Puget Sound are advised to stay away from the water. (U.S. Tsunami Warning System) 20220115
Bruiser, photographed here in November 2021, is Whidbey Island’s lone elk. Over the years he has gained quite the following. Fans were concerned for his welfare Wednesday when a rumor circulated social media about his supposed death. A confirmed sighting of him was made Wednesday evening after the false post. (Jay Londo )

Whidbey’s cherished iconic elk is alive and well

The island’s lone elk was sighted a few hours after an online rumor posited that “Bruiser” had died.

Bruiser, photographed here in November 2021, is Whidbey Island’s lone elk. Over the years he has gained quite the following. Fans were concerned for his welfare Wednesday when a rumor circulated social media about his supposed death. A confirmed sighting of him was made Wednesday evening after the false post. (Jay Londo )

Island County teen COVID-19 cases see severe increase

The 14-day case rate for 12- to 19-year-olds surged to 590 per 100,000 during the period ending Dec. 29.

Coupeville supports Island County’s proposed tax for housing

One council member expressed reservations about the wording of the proposal.

Everett woman dies in Whidbey Island car crash

Sharon Gamble, 77, was a passenger in a car that was hit by a driver whose SUV crossed the Highway 525 center line.

The ferry Suquamish leaving Mukilteo. (SounderBruce via Wikimedia Commons) 2020

Mukilteo’s next ferry, a hybrid-electric, will be called Wishkah

The name has ties to indigenous culture and a Nirvana album. In English, it means “stinking water.”

The ferry Suquamish leaving Mukilteo. (SounderBruce via Wikimedia Commons) 2020
Growler aircraft (AvgeekJoe Productions)

Judge is critical of Navy’s Growler environmental impact study

He ruled in favor of the anti-noise group in a lawsuit over aircraft at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island.

Growler aircraft (AvgeekJoe Productions)
Connie Bowers

Ex-rocket scientist is Island County’s new public works director

Most recently, Connie Bowers served as assistant city engineer for the city of Mukilteo.

Connie Bowers
An EA-18G Growler taxis down the airstrip on Naval Air Station Whidbey Island during the squadron’s welcome home ceremony in August 2017. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Scott Wood/Contributed photo)

Whidbey anti-noise group gets wins in Navy Growler lawsuit

A federal judge ruled in favor of Citizens of Ebey’s Reserve on several issues in the lawsuit.

An EA-18G Growler taxis down the airstrip on Naval Air Station Whidbey Island during the squadron’s welcome home ceremony in August 2017. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Scott Wood/Contributed photo)
Priscilla Lowry makes candles at her workshop on south Whidbey Island. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Whidbey beeswax candle maker’s art casts warm glow for holidays

Priscilla Lowry has been turning the building blocks of beehives into extraordinary candles since 1999.

Priscilla Lowry makes candles at her workshop on south Whidbey Island. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Rear Adm. Christopher Sweeney, commander of Puget Sound-based Carrier Strike Group 11, in Bremerton on Nov. 23, 2021. (U.S. Navy/MC3 Justin McTaggart)

From Everett, this rear admiral commands a Navy strike group

Christopher Sweeney leads Carrier Strike Group 11, a force of aircraft and ships stretching from here to San Diego.

Rear Adm. Christopher Sweeney, commander of Puget Sound-based Carrier Strike Group 11, in Bremerton on Nov. 23, 2021. (U.S. Navy/MC3 Justin McTaggart)
Alexandra Morosco works on a relief carving in her studio. The art piece is a thank-you gift to the kennel where she found her faithful canine companion, a Tibetan mastiff. (Kira Erickson / South Whidbey Record)

Whidbey Art Market returns Nov. 26 and 27

The market creator hopes that shoppers will see the value in buying locally this holiday season.

Alexandra Morosco works on a relief carving in her studio. The art piece is a thank-you gift to the kennel where she found her faithful canine companion, a Tibetan mastiff. (Kira Erickson / South Whidbey Record)
In this 2018 photo, Kyle Flack of Bell’s Farm harvests beans from the garden. (Laura Guido / Whidbey News Group file)

Whidbey farmers take stand against public health permitting

Local farmers are asking county commissioners to support a cherished Whidbey staple — the farmstand.

In this 2018 photo, Kyle Flack of Bell’s Farm harvests beans from the garden. (Laura Guido / Whidbey News Group file)
Flemish giant rabbit Sir Lancelot is held by Debbie Wilkie, owner of Critters & Co. Pet Center in Clinton. (Kira Erickson / South Whidbey Record)

Community launches effort to rescue beloved Clinton pet store

Debbie Wilkie has rescued thousands of creatures, but saving little lives can be expensive.

Flemish giant rabbit Sir Lancelot is held by Debbie Wilkie, owner of Critters & Co. Pet Center in Clinton. (Kira Erickson / South Whidbey Record)
A southern view of the Gabelein Family Trust farmland with cattle visible in foreground. (Photo provided)

County grant may protect farmland on South Whidbey’s Lone Lake

The land would be exclusively used for agricultural purposes with no public access created.

A southern view of the Gabelein Family Trust farmland with cattle visible in foreground. (Photo provided)

Survey: Oak Harbor’s city staff reveals depth of morale issues

Some employees said the work environment was toxic or described a culture of fear.