VAQ-130 is the second carrier based squadron to deploy with the EA-18G
The Oak Harbor School Board Monday appointed a new president and approved a change in the district's social studies curriculum.
Top members of the Citizens of Ebey’s Reserve traveled to Washington, D.C. last week to lobby against the Navy’s EA-18G Growlers. Members of the group said they met with both legislators and staffers from the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, the Pentagon, National Park Service, Department of the Interior, Natural Resources Defense Council and the Friends Committee on National Legislation.
Financed by non-voter-issued bonds and a fundraising foundation, the plan would see the 12.8-acre property go from a rustic, authentic, rural look to one of modern design and updated utilities with 15 fewer standing structures.
Duties of advisory committee members include review of solid waste programs
Gov. Jay Inslee and other state officials will meet outside the Legislative building at noon Tuesday, April 15 to lower the flags in memory of the victims of the Oso landslide that occurred on March 22, 2014.
Those working closely with the island’s growing homeless population offer a resounding “yes” when asked if the island needs a homeless shelter. They will also tell you that Whidbey Island will likely never have one. And that is forcing the county to think outside the box.
The Whidbey Island Marathon has gained popularity by leaps and bounds, which means residents can expect a whole lot of steely-legged runners crisscrossing the island this Sunday. Organizers are cautioning drivers to take it slow this weekend and avoid certain areas, if possible. Oak Harbor resident Tamra Sipes, organizer of the event, said it would be wise to avoid Deception Pass Bridge on Sunday morning. The bridge will be closed from 7:10 a.m. for the 7:15 a.m. start of the full marathon. The bridge reopens to traffic at approximately 7:45 a.m.
In recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Whidbey General Hospital and Citizens Against Domestic and Sexual Abuse are presenting a series of programs to highlight the problem of sexual assault in the community and discuss resources available for those impacted by it.
Those struggling financially on the island can find a free meal or groceries almost every day of the week on Whidbey Island.
OAK HARBOR POLICE The following items were selected from reports made to the Oak Harbor Police Department: Thursday, April 3 At 6:42 a.m., a Northwest Cathlamet Drive resident reported that a lawnmower was stolen out of the back yard overnight. At 8:02 a.m., a caller at a State Highway 20 business reported that a tall homeless man was talking to himself.
With the Oak Harbor school district’s student population expected to grow by about 750 by 2016, the school board is setting in motion plans to accommodate the increase. The population increase, a result of new Navy squadrons coming to Whidbey Island Naval Air Station, is expected in fiscal year 2016, which would mean the first population hike would first be seen during the 2016-17 school year.
A proposal to sell a 4.5-acre Bayview property purchased in 2007 for nearly $2 million would likely result in a financial loss for Whidbey General Hospital, a commissioner said Thursday. Anne Tarrant, president of the board, said the sale of the property is not a foregone conclusion as the commissioners have yet to make a decision. However, she acknowledged that if the board does proceed it would be a hit to hospital coffers.
It may seem like an odd thing to say, but now that the City of Oak Harbor owns a bank, it’s time to decide where to build the sewage treatment plant on the property. The city is holding a joint community 0pen house and city council workshop to gather input and discuss the history of the project at 6 p.m., Wednesday, April 16 at the Oak Harbor Elks Lodge.
Opponents of a $10.12 million, 10-year plan to change the Island County Fairgrounds got what they wanted — a slower, more public approach to saving the property. After a final public presentation of the 100-plus page proposal, which outlines everything from the property’s history to its potential for $3 million in revenue, members of a group opposing the plan announced it will not be going before the Island County Commissioners this month. One of the plan’s most vocal opponents wasn’t ready to claim victory quite yet, however, noting that she agrees with the premise that something must change at the 12.8-acre fairgrounds, located in Langley.
The public will be able to comment on the county’s new recreational marijuana ordinance this month. A public hearing is set for 10:15 a.m. Monday, April 21, in the Board of County Commissioners Hearing Room in Coupeville. A second opportunity for public input will be available later that night at 6 p.m. The county developed the ordinance in response to the state’s passing of Initiative 502, which legalized recreational marijuana. The county put a six-month moratorium in place in November while they researched and developed the regulations.
A Greenbank man will serve time in prison for driving while intoxicated, causing an injury accident on South Whidbey and then fleeing the scene last year. Brian Shelley, 42, is appealing a separate DUI conviction from Island County District Court, according to court documents.
The normally docile Oak Harbor Arts Commission meeting might be especially lively Monday night. A local artist has been distributing fliers to encourage people to attend the meeting and discuss what to do with the wood from the post office Garry oak tree, which the city recently cut down. The arts commission is tasked with coming up with ideas for making something from the wood to commemorate the ancient tree.
Measles is continuing to spread in Washington state as cases in San Juan County have spread to a Kitsap County resident.
Congress may not fund the Navy’s recent request for 22 more EA-18G Growlers for the 2015 fiscal year. U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen said Tuesday that he is still looking into the Navy’s request for additional electronic attack aircraft, but that funding them might be a stretch.