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Community Harvest preparing to serve 3,000 residents on Thanksgiving Day

  • Nov 14, 2015 at 5:00AM updated Nov 25, 2015 at 2:16PM

Skip Pohtilla continues to be amazed at how things tend to fall in place this time of year. With so many hands involved in pulling off an event the scale of the North Whidbey Community Harvest, one might expect a little panic to set in by mid November. With so many hands involved in pulling off an event the scale of the North Whidbey Community Harvest, one might expect a little panic to set in by mid November. But not so.

Medical pot to eventually become recreational

  • Nov 25, 2015 at 6:00AM

Washington authorized the medical use of marijuana on Nov. 3, 1998, creating a regulatory system that was completely separate from that for recreational marijuana. Sales figures for medical marijuana aren’t tracked or tallied because sales outlets are unregulated, said Mikhail Carpenter, a spokesperson for the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board.

Pot's impact on Whidbey hazy | Part 1 of 3

  • Nov 25, 2015 at 6:00AM

In November 2012, Washington state decided to “try a new approach” to recreational marijuana with Initiative 502, decriminalizing its use for residents 21 and older. Sales began in July 2014 in much of the rest of the state and three months later on Whidbey Island. Now, 1.5 years after legalization, we examine what effects, pro and con, legalization has had on Whidbey Island. Part 1 of this series looks at the law’s overall impact. Part 2 profiles a grower/processor, and part 3 profiles a retailer. We welcome readers’ feedback.

City looks at ways to improve pedestrian safety

  • Nov 25, 2015 at 6:00AM

After school on a dark, blustery afternoon earlier this month, a 9-year-old boy was hit by a car walking home from Broadview Elementary.

Freeland escrow company accused of bilking investors

  • Nov 25, 2015 at 5:00AM

A Freeland father and daughter, both principal officers in an escrow company, are accused of conspiring to steal and commit Securities Act violations, according to court documents.

Coupeville Chamber holding Sip ‘n’ Shop

  • Nov 25, 2015 at 5:00AM

In conjunction with Small Business Saturday, the Coupeville Chamber of Commerce is offering a chance to sip on local wine, dine on local appetizers and shop in the town’s variety of small shops.

Looking Back: Young boy OK after being thrown in front of horses

  • Nov 25, 2015 at 3:00AM

100 years ago Fifty-six turkeys met their fate at the shootout at George Case’s country home. It was reported that all attendees enjoyed themselves, and a lunch was served by Mrs. Case. Chas. Wolfsen was the best shot, carrying away six birds. Mayor Ely went away with two.

Storm a reminder that newspaper serves vital role during trying times | Publisher

  • Nov 25, 2015 at 2:00AM

Last week’s storm was a reminder of just how important it is to people to remain connected during trying times. As the winds slammed the island Tuesday, peaking at 55 mph at Whidbey Island Naval Air Station, trees toppled onto power lines and into roads.

Local grads shine at the collegiate level

  • Today at 5:00AM

A handful of Oak Harbor and Coupeville high school graduates competed in collegiate athletics this fall, and none were more impressive than the cross country runners who helped their schools place among the country’s best in their respective national championship meets.

Fall athletes receive letters, awards, honors

  • Nov 25, 2015 at 5:00AM

Here’s a rundown of Oak Harbor and Coupeville high school athletes who picked up awards this fall.

Youth wrestlers compete in Wildcat Throwdown | WWWC

  • Nov 24, 2015 at 1:13PM

Following are the results from last weekend’s Wildcat Thanksgiving Throwdown results for Whidbey Wildcats Wrestling Club:

New director ‘rejuvenating’ Oak Harbor Senior Center | The Bridge

  • Nov 21, 2015 at 4:00AM updated Nov 24, 2015 at 12:28PM

When she took the helm as senior services administrator for the City of Oak Harbor in September, Mary Anderson brought with her a vitality that seems to have permeated the Oak Harbor Senior Center.

Competitive nature helps Hesselgrave succeed

  • Nov 24, 2015 at 9:48AM

I guess it is safe to say that Wiley Hesselgrave is competitive. The senior football and basketball player is also the most accomplished male athlete in his class at Coupeville High School.

Oak Harbor holds scrimmage for public | Wrestling

  • Nov 23, 2015 at 12:00PM updated Nov 24, 2015 at 8:47AM

The public can get a glimpse of the 2015-16 Oak Harbor High School wrestling team at the Purple and Gold scrimmage at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 1.

Blue Herons pile up PRs | NWAC

  • Nov 24, 2015 at 8:41AM

Nine North Whidbey Aquatic Club swimmers competed in the 2015 Pacific Northwest Swimming Division 4 Age Group Invitational at Kamiak High School in Mukilteo Nov. 21 and 22 and produced 45 lifetime bests in 47 events.

Hoop teams host Saturday Night with the 'Cats | Basketball

  • Nov 23, 2015 at 12:16PM

The Second Annual Saturday Night with the ’Cats tips off at 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 28.

Harris shoots for team, personal goals

  • Nov 21, 2015 at 5:00AM updated Nov 23, 2015 at 10:06AM

Oak Harbor High School senior Dyllan Harris has some unfinished business.

2 Wildcats sign letters of intent | Volleyball

  • Nov 19, 2015 at 1:00PM updated Nov 23, 2015 at 10:06AM

Two Oak Harbor High School seniors signed letters of intent this week to play volleyball in college next fall.

Charges filed against North Whidbey woman; horse in protective custody after another dies

  • Nov 21, 2015 at 6:00AM updated Nov 23, 2015 at 9:41AM

A North Whidbey woman is accused of neglecting three horses to the point that they were substantially underweight and one died after being tied up like a dog, according to court documents. Shannon Cuming, 45, is charged with second-degree animal cruelty in two cases and will likely be charged in a third case, according to Island County Animal Control Officer Carol Barnes.

Storm socks Whidbey Island

  • Nov 21, 2015 at 2:00AM

A winter storm this week severely damaged homes, seriously injured a Freeland man and left thousands on the South End without power for days.

Four charged in teen’s murder

  • Nov 21, 2015 at 4:00AM

Two young men, one young woman and a high school student were charged Wednesday in the shooting death of an Oak Harbor teenager.

One hundred oaks: Volunteers plant grove that will replenish city’s namesake tree

  • Nov 21, 2015 at 6:00AM

By the end of the weekend, the City of Oak Harbor will have a new oak grove. Volunteers and city staff started planting the “Centennial Oak Grove” on the former Boyer property at the north end of town early Friday morning. A symbolic 100 Garry oak saplings and many more seedlings will be placed in the rocky earth.

Oak Harbor sewage facility overwhelmed during height of big storm

  • Nov 20, 2015 at 4:45PM

Just as Oak Harbor city leaders celebrated the groundbreaking for a new sewage treatment plant with matching blue shovels Tuesday, things were going very wrong at the old plant. The city narrowly avoided dumping thousands of gallons of untreated waste into the harbor.

Holiday farce follows a frantic pace

  • Nov 21, 2015 at 9:00AM

Off-season play welcomes the holiday season with a dizzying pace at Whidbey Playhouse

Stop dropping pot on beach for dogs to find | Letter

  • Nov 21, 2015 at 2:00AM

Editor, Our two dogs have both needed emergency veterinary services this past month from ingesting marijuana tidbits at Double Bluff Beach. Just a small amount of marijuana is toxic to dogs.

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