Lt. j.g. Matthew Esche

Lt. j.g. Matthew posted 92 stories to Whidbey News-Times.
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New 564 area code is coming to Whidbey and rest of region

Whidbey residents may see phone-related changes in the new year. Phone companies…

  • Jan 4th, 2017 4:29pm

Coupeville man nearly shot in ‘chilling’ incident

A Coupeville man brandishing a gun was “a hair’s breadth away” from…

  • Dec 21st, 2016 5:02pm

Navy water test results raise fears in Central Whidbey

A water sample from a well at a former fire training area…

  • Dec 16th, 2016 4:11pm

Navy tests show contamination in two Central Whidbey wells

The Navy is providing bottled drinking water to two homes on Central…

  • Dec 14th, 2016 2:34pm

Navy meetings on Growler EIS get underway

Navy officials are prepared for just about any questions citizens might have…

  • Dec 7th, 2016 1:30am

Coupeville man’s death ruled to be a homicide

The Island County coroner ruled this week that a 71-year-old Coupeville man’s…

  • Dec 1st, 2016 1:30am

Residents urged to respond to Navy impacts

An anti-noise group is urging residents to take action when it comes…

  • Dec 1st, 2016 1:30am

More Navy jet noise will be coming to Coupeville, draft study shows

Navy leaders prefer that all EA-18G Growler aircraft carrier landing practice occur…

  • Nov 16th, 2016 9:38pm

Navy sets meetings for next week on well testing

Tests to check for chemical in firefighting foam deemed potentially harmful by EPA

  • Nov 21st, 2016 1:22pm

Town of Coupeville will independently test water for firefighting chemical

Both the Town of Coupeville and the Navy will test the town’s…

  • Nov 10th, 2016 1:30am

Incumbents prevail in early polls

The incumbent candidates in state and county races affecting Whidbey Island were…

  • Nov 8th, 2016 9:47pm

Customer ‘dumbfounded’ by movie set money

A phony $20 bill that a woman tried to spend at the…

  • Nov 3rd, 2016 3:03pm

New marshal in town

Garden’s newest challenge is patrolling the mean streets of Coupeville as the new town marshal.

  • Nov 3rd, 2016 3:42pm

There’s a new marshal in town: Garden brings years of experience and variety of skills to job

Garden is also a jack of all trades when it comes to the world of first responders. He’s held just about every conceivable position in the sheriff’s office that a commissioned officer can. He’s a captain with the Oak Harbor Fire Department, where he’s worked for 30 years, and an EMT with the hospital. Garden’s newest challenge is patrolling the mean streets of Coupeville as the new town marshal. He started in September.

  • Oct 12th, 2016 5:33pm

Up to $150,000 in fake money may be hitting county

The Island County sheriff is warning businesses on Whidbey Island to be on the lookout for counterfeit cash.

  • Oct 12th, 2016 5:15pm

Wonn Road beach access trial delayed

A trial that is supposed to decide the ownership of a sliver of waterfront property in Greenbank is now delayed.

  • Oct 5th, 2016 9:09pm

Island County settles lawsuit over Ledgewood landslide

Island County commissioners this month settled two lawsuits brought by Central Whidbey homeowners affected by a massive 2013 landslide.

  • Sep 28th, 2016 7:54pm

Nortier at wheel in effort to get IT on track

Mike Nortier, the director, has been riding bus routes to help him get a feel for both the system and the riders.

  • Aug 19th, 2016 5:50pm

Traffic snarls expected with summer road construction

Beware Whidbey Island drivers. It’s going to be a busy year for roadwork and next year won’t be any better.

  • Jun 15th, 2016 8:02pm

Wonn Road hearing set for June 30

A judge may make a decision this summer on the ownership of a small piece of beachfront property in Greenbank that’s been in litigation for three years.

  • Jun 15th, 2016 8:01pm

Boat runs aground with Scouts aboard

One of Whidbey Island’s most famous boats made headlines Sunday when it ran aground in the San Juan islands with a troop of Coupeville Boys Scouts aboard.

  • Jun 14th, 2016 10:43pm

County’s voter turnout high for presidential primary

There’s keen interest in the May 24 presidential primary elected among Island County voters, even though the results are unlikely to effect the race.

  • May 19th, 2016 1:00am

Victim’s family amass for sentencing hearing

The sprawling group of Garcia’s family and friends delivered a message to the judge, to the community and to the angry young man who shot and killed him. Garcia was loved.

  • May 12th, 2016 12:00am

Coupeville teen dies in crash

An 18-year-old Coupeville woman injured in a possible DUI-related accident Monday morning later died that day at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, the Washington State Patrol reported.

  • May 4th, 2016 6:35pm

Salish out of service for month

Anyone planning to drive onto the Coupeville-To-Port Townsend ferry in May should make reservations as soon as possible, a Washington State Ferries spokesman warns.

  • May 4th, 2016 6:35pm

Charges filed in Island County jail assault

An inmate held in the Island County jail is accused of brutally beating another inmate over an insult, according to court documents.

  • Apr 27th, 2016 4:53pm

Island Transit to charge on some routes

For the first time in Island Transit’s 29-year history, the agency will begin charging fees this summer — but only on one route.

  • Apr 20th, 2016 4:39pm

Nortier signs on for transit

Members of the Island Transit board unanimously approved a contract Monday that the agency’s attorney, Matt Hendricks, negotiated with Nortier.

  • Apr 12th, 2016 11:58pm

Quake felt in Coupeville

A minor earthquake was recorded in the San Juan islands Tuesday morning and was felt as far away as Coupeville.

  • Apr 6th, 2016 6:38pm

Island Transit narrows new director choices

Mike Nortier, the former commanding officer at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, is one of three finalists for the next director of Island Transit.

  • Mar 23rd, 2016 5:00pm

Coupeville ferry to close for earthquake retrofitting

The Coupeville ferry dock will be closed for a weekend next fall to make it safer in the event of the Big One.

  • Jan 27th, 2016 6:20pm

Family settles for $4M over county jail death

For the father of a young man who died in Island County jail, a three-county settlement for $4 million really wasn’t about the money. It was about what the money says, the acknowledgement of unconscionable negligence, Coupeville resident Fred Farris explained.

  • Dec 16th, 2015 8:25pm

Trees to be cut along highway

Contractors will be removing about 100 trees along Highway 20 near Coupeville to make room for a future road project, according to the state Department of Transportation.

  • Nov 24th, 2015 11:08pm

Coupeville man jumps from bridge

A 75-year-old Coupeville man died after jumping from Deception Pass Bridge Sunday afternoon, according to Island County Coroner Robert Bishop.

  • Nov 18th, 2015 6:42pm

Coupeville grad charged in sexual assault

A former captain of the Coupeville High football team pleaded not guilty to raping a teenage girl this week.

  • Nov 11th, 2015 5:30pm

Former town planner loses battle with cancer

Larry Cort, longtime Coupeville resident and former town planner, passed away at his home Oct. 28.

  • Nov 4th, 2015 8:47pm

Cort resigns as Oak Harbor city administrator

Oak Harbor City Administrator Larry Cort retired as the top non-elected city official last week to focus on his cancer treatments.

  • Sep 23rd, 2015 8:38pm

$100K bail for Coupeville grad, men face charges for burglary that paralyzed man

A second young Coupeville man was arrested in connection with a July 27 burglary that left a resident paralyzed.

  • Sep 2nd, 2015 8:12pm

Island County undersheriff resigns position

The man who has helped run the Island County Sheriff’s Office since 2007 is leaving.

  • Aug 27th, 2015 8:11pm

Judge tosses lawsuit over Whidbey real estate jet noise disclosures

A judge threw out a lawsuit against two Whidbey real-estate companies over noise disclosures related to aircraft noise Friday afternoon.

  • Aug 27th, 2015 7:48pm