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- posted Dec 5, 2013 at 10:22 AM
The Oak Harbor High School swim team finished with a 9-1 record in 2012-13, and coach Alex Thierry doesn’t see why the Wildcats can’t meet that mark again this winter.
- posted Dec 5, 2013 at 10:17 AM
A strong competitive spirit and work ethic should help the Coupeville High School girls basketball team challenge for a spot in the first division in the Cascade Conference this season, according to coach David King.
- posted Dec 5, 2013 at 10:19 AM
The Coupeville High School boys basketball team has more experience and greater depth than the past few seasons. The question is, will that result in more wins?
- posted Dec 4, 2013 at 8:23 AM
If fundraising goes as expected, stray animals caught on Whidbey Island could have a new home. Officials with the Whidbey Animals’ Improvement Foundation are raising money and constructing a new campus. Nearly $2 million has been raised and leaders are looking to collect another $1.8 million to pay for construction of a new 8,700-square-foot-building on 9.8 acres of land located across the street from the current shelter near Coupeville.
- posted Dec 4, 2013 at 8:19 AM— updated Dec 6, 2013 at 2:42 PM
Over the next three years, six crews of the Royal Australian Air Force will train to fly the new EA-18G Growler at Whidbey Island Naval Air Station. The pilots will join the base’s Fleet Replacement Squadron and Electronic Attack Squadron 129. As part of the U.S. government’s Foreign Military Sales program, the Australian government is purchasing 12 of the Boeing-made Growlers.
- posted Dec 4, 2013 at 8:18 AM— updated Dec 6, 2013 at 3:28 PM
An Oak Harbor man is accused of choking his wife and restraining her from leaving after fighting about whether he should drink while watching Ultimate Fighting Championship, court documents show. Erik Selvidge, 25, was ordered held in Island County Jail in lieu of $100,000 bail. Island County Superior Court Judge Vickie Churchill ruled at a Nov. 18 hearing that there was probable cause to hold him on suspicion of kidnapping and assault.
- posted Dec 4, 2013 at 8:39 AM
Editor, The Navy is in violation of Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act with the construction of its “supposedly planned” wall of jersey barriers tied together with heavy steel cable. One federal agency cannot disregard the policies of another federal agency – not even Whidbey Island Naval Air Station.
- posted Dec 4, 2013 at 8:42 AM
Editor, During this season, a time of renewal, when we all look toward a new year, we would like to take a moment to look back in time in anticipation of the future. The United States of America, the first democracy in the modern world. By the Civil War there were only six democratic countries. Now with 130-plus democracies worldwide, we remain the template by which others define and grow.
- posted Dec 4, 2013 at 8:45 AM
Editor, The Veterans Day program at the high school was a thrill. I thank all those who participated to make it an event we will long remember.
- posted Dec 4, 2013 at 8:43 AM
Editor, Coupeville Mayor Nancy Conard and the Island County commissioners know there is a growing realization that the county and Navy have a problem — what to do about the jet noise disclosure statement. The current statement is obviously written to provide homebuyers with the least possible information so they aren’t discouraged from buying.
- posted Dec 4, 2013 at 8:24 AM
Oak Harbor Police Dept. The following items were selected from reports made to the Oak Harbor Police Department:
- posted Dec 4, 2013 at 8:46 AM
Washington State Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler made national news when he quickly rejected President Obama’s call for insurers to extend individual health insurance policies which were cancelled because of the Affordable Care Act, or ACA, also referred to as Obamacare. While five million insurance policies have been cancelled to date, the Obama administration estimates that as many as 18 million of these policies will be cancelled because of the ACA.
- posted Dec 4, 2013 at 8:44 AM
Editor, I just wanted to say kudos to your reporter, Sara Hansen. She did the article for my annual Model Railroad Open House. As a result we had more than 350 visitors, an all time record, a half ton of food for Gifts From The Heart and $200 in cash donations.
- posted Dec 4, 2013 at 8:40 AM
The following is an open letter written by Congressman Rick Larsen to Navy Admiral William “Bill” Gortney, commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command: Dear Admiral Gortney, I am pleased that Fleet Forces Command has chosen to go forward with a full Environmental Impact Statement for EA-18G operations at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island’s Ault Field and the Outlying Field, Coupeville.
- posted Dec 4, 2013 at 8:32 AM
Editor, I am wondering where Island County gets the enormous funding to pay the salaries of the 20 or so people and the line of county vehicles parked along Reservation Road to stand around and watch an excavator burst a new drainage pipe under the road? In my 30 years of supervising construction projects I never saw this many people gawking and taking photos of a couple guys doing their job.
- posted Dec 5, 2013 at 10:08 AM
A second-half surge carried Anacortes to a 53-36 win over the visiting Oak Harbor High School girls basketball team in the season opener Tuesday, Dec. 2.
- posted Dec 5, 2013 at 10:09 AM
The Oak Harbor High School boys basketball season got off to a rugged start as the Wildcats dropped a pair of lopsided home games Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec. 2 and 3.
- posted Dec 5, 2013 at 10:20 AM
With five state qualifiers returning and a deep senior class, it is not unreasonable to think the Oak Harbor High School boys wrestling team can equal its lofty performance of last winter.
- posted Dec 5, 2013 at 9:35 AM— updated Dec 5, 2013 at 12:06 PM
The Valero gas station in Bayview was robbed by a masked gunman Wednesday night. According to the Island County Sheriff's Office, a white suspect wearing a black ski mask, a woodland camouflage jacket and pants robbed the Highway 525 station with a shotgun at about 8:40 p.m., Dec. 4.
Organizer carries on family tradition: Re McClung continues to collect and distribute toys as part of Toys for Tots campaign on Whidbey Island
- posted Dec 4, 2013 at 8:26 AM
For Re McClung, watching toys pile up in her garage is a joy to see. In a way, it’s therapy. McClung said she is pleased to still be involved with the Toys for Tots donations program on Whidbey Island this holiday season. She knows what the sight of those toys would have meant to her daughter Megan McClung, a former U.S. Marine killed in Iraq in 2006. And she knows what they would have meant to her husband Michael McClung, also a former Marine who died of natural causes in July. Both had giving hearts and held soft spots for children.
- posted Dec 4, 2013 at 8:16 AM
An Oak Harbor man was arrested as part of the Anacortes Police Department’s online sting operation targeting sexual predators. Detectives with the Anacortes police posed as a 13-year-old girl on a social networking site during the operations, which was a collaboration with the Skagit County Prosecutor’s Office and the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, according to Capt. Lou D’Amelio with the Anacortes Police Department.
Tree-mendous time: After 15 years of overseeing prettiest trees in Oak Harbor, Festival of Trees decorating chairwoman to pass baton
- posted Dec 4, 2013 at 8:14 AM— updated Dec 5, 2013 at 11:36 AM
Glenn Anthony’s attempts to stop his wife were turning futile. He’d look away for a moment, and his wife would sneak in the door with another couple of packages in her arms. He didn’t want her lifting so much. “Let me get the rest of the stuff before she unloads the car,” Anthony said as he walked outdoors. It’s a busy time of year for Mollie Anthony and husband Glenn.
- posted Dec 4, 2013 at 8:08 AM— updated Dec 6, 2013 at 11:23 AM
Partners who built a development that includes the new Island Drug store have filed a $499,000 claim for damages against the city of Oak Harbor. Dry Lake Land Stewardship, LLC, alleges in a Nov. 18 claim that city staff misapplied state and city laws, resulting in a delay of the project and the alleged damages. The claim documents identify Oak Harbor residents Chris Anderson and Aaron Syring, owner of Island Drug, as members of Dry Lake Land Stewardship.
- posted Dec 4, 2013 at 8:21 AM
Those stopping by the Holiday Market on Pioneer Way in downtown Oak Harbor might see some familiar faces from the farmers’ markets during the summer. “It’s nice to have something to do in the off season,” said Lisa Phillips, beekeeper and Round Tuit Farms owner. Phillips is selling honey at the market. She has six hives that she looks after on Whidbey Island. If anyone has questions about honey, Phillips is the person to ask. She has plenty of samples to make sure people can find the right honey for them. She also sells honey from four other beekeepers, so there is a variety of honey to try.
- posted Dec 4, 2013 at 8:31 AM
Members of the Whidbey Island community will gather Friday in the spirit of the holidays and for a very worthwhile cause. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Island County is holding its annual Festival of Trees Auction and Gala. It is the nonprofit organization’s largest fundraiser of the year. Every year, the auction features an assortment of beautifully decorated trees available for purchase at auction.
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