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Martha Rose is out as Island Transit chief

  • Sep 19, 2014 at 3:51PM

The embattled executive director of Island Transit quit Friday after a tense meeting with the board of directors and an hour-long executive session. It was unclear whether the board asked Martha Rose to turn in her keys during the closed-door session, or even whether she retired or resigned. The board members voted unanimously — with Island County Commissioner Helen Price Johnson participating via speakerphone — to accept Rose’s letter of resignation. Afterward, Rose said she was retiring, not resigning.

Oak Harbor mayor, ousted organizer battle over rights to marathon Facebook page

  • Sep 20, 2014 at 6:00AM

City of Oak Harbor administration and the former coordinator of the city-owned marathon are playing tug-of-war over a social media venue. Mayor Scott Dudley said he was outraged that Tamra Sipes won’t hand over the proverbial keys to the Whidbey Island Marathon Facebook page. He maintains that the city owns the page because she was under contract when she created it. Dudley said he will pursue the issue in court, if necessary.

Kite Festival soars this weekend

  • Sep 20, 2014 at 3:00AM

Colorful kites of all shapes and sizes will fill the sky above Camp Casey once again this month during the Whidbey Island Kite Festival. The festival and sport kite competition is Saturday, Sept. 20 and Sunday, Sept. 21.

School board president is new Oak Harbor Chamber director

  • Sep 20, 2014 at 6:00AM

The Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce announced Friday that Oak Harbor School Board president and local businesswoman Christine Cribb was appointed as its new director, effective Monday. “We live in a phenomenal community,” Cribb said Friday. “I’m humbled and excited.” Her predecessor, Kathy Reed, was fired Friday, Sept. 12. The board met and voted unanimously to end Reed’s employment, effective the same day. The board has not disclosed the reason for the firing other than it wanted to go “in a different direction.”

Smart thing would be plugging ears | Letter

  • Sep 20, 2014 at 3:00AM

Editor, Here I go again. I am 96 years old and I’m not a mental giant like some of the leaders of the anti-OLF group think they are. I am old fashioned enough to know there’s an easy way to solve most problems. If my family were home when the planes started going over my house, I would say, “Here come our noisy friends.”

Hannold is a better choice than Jacks | Letter

  • Sep 20, 2014 at 3:00AM

Editor, Let me say right from the start that I completely, wholeheartedly and unequivocally endorse Rick Hannold for election to the District No. 3 seat on the Island County Board of Commissioners. I strongly urge all of you who were so kind as to honor me with your votes in last month’s primary to cast your vote for Rick this November.

Candidate’s backers seem to be anti-NAS | Letter

  • Sep 20, 2014 at 2:00AM

Editor, We need to vote for Rick Hannold for Island County commissioner, District 3, this November. Here’s one big reason why: “Progressives” backing liberal Karla Jacks for the District 3 job are after Whidbey Island Naval Air Station.

Who was watching the watchers at Island Transit? | Letter

  • Sep 20, 2014 at 1:00AM

Editor, Concerning Island Transit and Ms. Martha Rose, I feel I must acknowledge this issue. I have never been a supporter of the free bus service. Nearly all the buses I see are mostly empty, other than kids riding the free bus, rather than taking the taxpayer school bus along with other people with driving issues.

Now that Rose is gone, it’s time to focus on change | In Our Opinion

  • Sep 20, 2014 at 6:00AM

After months of turmoil and calls for her head, Island Transit’s executive director resigned Friday. With Martha Rose finally handing over the keys, the process of recovering from IT’s financial mess and rebuilding the public’s trust can now begin.

Couples say honesty key in marriage longevity

  • Sep 20, 2014 at 2:00AM

After marrying in 1949, Dennis Lougheed spent the next six decades following a policy of total honesty. It’s apparently worked well for him and his wife, Barbara Calhoun.

Sculpture pays tribute to Oak Harbor's first inhabitants

  • Sep 20, 2014 at 1:00AM

More than three years after he first started sculpting a 3-foot tall figure of a Native American, Wayne Lewis finally witnessed the artwork’s official dedication Thursday. The sculpture titled “Island Spirit” had actually been installed on Southeast Pioneer Way and on public display for months, but perhaps fitting with this project, the dedication was delayed until this week.

Whidbey General Hospital Foundation new director excited to start

  • Sep 20, 2014 at 3:00PM

When the executive director position of the Whidbey General Hospital Foundation opened up, Helen Rideau viewed it as a golden opportunity. Having worked in fundraising for about 20 years in Los Angeles, Rideau said she was excited about the chance to move to Whidbey Island. It’s a place she’s gotten to know well over the course of a three-year, long-distance relationship with a Coupeville native, now her fiance.

Coupeville expands senior services

  • Sep 20, 2014 at 1:00AM

Central Whidbey seniors won’t have to travel north or south much longer for senior programs. The Town of Coupeville is partnering with Senior Services and Coupeville United Methodist Church to add activities and programs following Senior Services’ regular Wednesday lunch, which has been offered since 2011.

Wildcats slip by Royals | Volleyball

  • Sep 19, 2014 at 10:00AM updated at 12:20PM

The final score was 3-0, but the shutout win over visiting Lynnwood Thursday, Sept. 18, was not a cakewalk for the Oak Harbor High School volleyball team.

Offense disappears in Wildcat loss | Soccer

  • Sep 19, 2014 at 10:00AM updated at 12:18PM

After averaging four goals per match in the nonleague portion of its schedule, the Oak Harbor High School soccer team couldn't find the back of the net in the conference opener, falling 2-0 to visiting Stanwood Thursday, Sept. 18.

Wolves lose in 1st Olympic League match | Tennis

  • Sep 19, 2014 at 9:00AM updated at 12:17PM

The Coupeville High School tennis team won the top two singles matches, but Klahowya swept the doubles competition on the way to a 5-2 win in Silverdale Thursday, Sept. 18.

Eagles top Oak Harbor 5-2 | Tennis

  • Sep 19, 2014 at 9:17AM

The Oak Harbor High School tennis team lost 5-2 at Arlington Thursday, Sept. 18.

Tour de Whidbey sponsor comes with a hometown connection

  • Sep 17, 2014 at 5:00AM updated Sep 19, 2014 at 9:03AM

For Dannie Brown, Tour de Whidbey is a great way to encourage others make environmentally friendly decisions.

Miscues send Wolves to defeat | Volleyball

  • Sep 19, 2014 at 9:00AM

Orcas Island took advantage of Coupeville High School's unsteady play to defeat the visiting Wolves 3-1 in volleyball Thursday, Sept. 18.

Coupeville cruises to 4-0 win | Soccer

  • Sep 19, 2014 at 9:00AM

Getting all of its goals in the first half, the Coupeville High School soccer team dominated from the outset to defeat host Orcas Island 4-0 Thursday, Sept. 18.

Readiness program educates parents

  • Sep 17, 2014 at 4:00AM updated Sep 18, 2014 at 4:43PM

The Oak Harbor School District is offering a free program to teach parents how they can improve the skills of their children before they enter kindergarten.

Drawing some lessons from dog bite incidents

  • Sep 17, 2014 at 6:00AM updated Sep 18, 2014 at 4:43PM

A 3-year-old Oak Harbor girl is healing after a she was bitten in the face by a pit bull last week.

Lending program makes business dreams possible

  • Sep 17, 2014 at 5:00AM updated Sep 18, 2014 at 4:42PM

Like many young aspiring business owners, South Whidbey residents Tiffany and Damien Cortez had a vision.

Commissioners to decide on Langley rural event center

  • Sep 17, 2014 at 3:00AM updated Sep 18, 2014 at 4:42PM

A rural event-center permit issued to Whidbey Wayfarer Farm in Langley is being appealed by neighbors who don’t want weddings to be held there.

Statewide coalition aims to help veterans in crisis

  • Sep 17, 2014 at 3:00AM updated Sep 18, 2014 at 4:42PM

Island County will join with all Washington counties in the creation of regional coalitions to address a rising population of veterans in crisis.

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