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- posted Dec 4, 2013 at 8:07 AM— updated Dec 4, 2013 at 2:23 PM
A Coupeville-based group that sued the Navy in July over jet noise is claiming that Outlying Field Coupeville is not as essential as the Navy claims. The Navy suspended touch-and-go operations at OLF Coupeville in May, but plans to resume in January in a more limited capacity than in recent years. The landing practice field is part of Whidbey Island Naval Air Station.
- posted Dec 3, 2013 at 2:39 PM
Even with dark gray clouds overhead, fate refused to rain on the holiday happenings Saturday. Community members came together in downtown Oak Harbor for the annual Tree Lighting and Santa’s Arrival Nov. 30. Marisa LaRue traveled from Freeland with her granddaughter to do some shopping and watch the lighting. “I’m glad it’s not raining,” she said.
- posted Dec 3, 2013 at 12:32 PM
The Oak Harbor High School girls basketball team won’t be shy about shooting, according to first-year coach Jon Atkins.
- posted Dec 3, 2013 at 12:35 PM
The big question heading into the 2013-14 boys basketball season for Oak Harbor High School is whether the Wildcats can continue the success of last winter.
- posted Nov 27, 2013 at 11:15 AM
South Whidbey measles scare unfounded; port director’s employment agreement approved; digital attendance OK’d by south end parks board; South Whidbey students gather food for needy; city of Langley considers number of officers; Island Consort starts inaugural season; one-way road in Coupeville proposed to deal with erosion.
- posted Nov 27, 2013 at 12:24 PM
Tuesday, Nov. 26 At 3:11 a.m., a caller reported a Dumpster on fire at a North Oak Harbor Street location. Monday, Nov. 25 At 9:03 a.m., a caller reported a car accident on Highway 20.
- posted Nov 27, 2013 at 12:09 PM
Editor, I’m about to rescue my fifth stray cat, a young neutered male, since moving here in 2009. I have found the stray and feral cat situation here out of control. WAIF has an excellent spay and neuter program and they are a wonderful organization. I do have a theory and it doesn’t involve just blaming the military.
- posted Nov 27, 2013 at 12:17 PM
Editor, During this special season of giving thanks, we would like to acknowledge the sponsors, vendors, presenters and participants for their support of the 2013 Caregiver Conference, “Caregiver Safety Nets.” These donations made the conference experience a very rewarding one for our caregivers, who play such an important role in the lives of their loved ones and their community. Caregivers on Whidbey Island are fortunate to have the support of so many community agencies, businesses and individuals.
- posted Nov 27, 2013 at 12:08 PM
Editor, North Whidbey Aquatic Club is the only North Whidbey youth athletic team with a fullsalaried coach funded by the taxpayers. The pool board seems to understand that the subsidy they give to their NWAC and masters family members and friends is only about 30 percent of the $40-$60 each property owner is assessed for the North Whidbey park and recreation tax levy.
- posted Nov 27, 2013 at 12:15 PM
- posted Dec 2, 2013 at 10:30 AM
An 18-year-Oak Harbor woman suffered a serious injury in a rollover accident on North Whidbey Saturday morning. Kylee Hancock-O'Brien was traveling south on Monkey Hill Road in a 1998 Mercury Mountaineer and drifted off the road, the Washington State Patrol reported.
- posted Nov 27, 2013 at 12:20 PM
After two budget workshops and two meetings, the North Whidbey Park and Recreation District Board of Commissioners passed its 2014 budget. The board approved a 10 percent fee increase to all programs, except for pool rentals and swim school. Fees for swim school were raised by 20 percent 18 months ago, while other programs fees hadn’t increased since 2006.
- posted Dec 2, 2013 at 8:28 AM
Three former Oak Harbor High School runners helped their college cross country teams finish in the top 10 in the nation to highlight the athletic efforts of local graduates at the collegiate level this fall.
- posted Nov 27, 2013 at 12:27 PM— updated Dec 2, 2013 at 8:34 AM
The Navy plans three public scoping meetings early next month to obtain public input on an Environmental Impact Statement or EIS for EA-18G Growler operations at Whidbey Island Naval Air Station.
- posted Nov 27, 2013 at 10:36 AM— updated Dec 2, 2013 at 8:35 AM
Customers at Island Pet Center will no longer see a friendly face at the back of the store. Reno, the macaw parrot, died Tuesday, Nov. 19. “I was 15 and half years old when I took her out of the box for the first time,” said Brian Knoll, Island Pet Center owner. Reno has been a prominent figure at the store for 33 years. The store opened 36 years ago.
- posted Nov 27, 2013 at 11:28 AM— updated Dec 2, 2013 at 8:12 AM
Island County commissioners voted unanimously in favor of continuing the conservation futures program after hundreds of residents contacted them in support over the last week. More than 100 people attended the Monday meeting giving nearly two hours of public comment. All but a few speakers favored the continuation of the conservation futures levy. Many said they’d like to see an increase to the tax, which costs property owners roughly $35 per year and is expected to bring in $679,814 in 2014.
- posted Nov 27, 2013 at 11:51 AM
By starting the consumer shopping frenzy called Black Friday a day early, several large retailers are being criticized for eating away at Thanksgiving Day, a traditional time for family gatherings, feasting and reflection, Whidbey residents can easily avoid the madness and keep the holidays merry by shopping on the island. Whidbey Island has an abundance of unique shops and is great for thoughtful gift items all season long.
- posted Nov 27, 2013 at 11:31 AM
Oak Harbor Mayor Scott Dudley didn’t get the answer he was expecting this week from Navy officials, but he did manage to ruffle some military feathers. Navy and Oak Harbor officials met Monday to talk about whether the base will become a customer of the city’s planned sewage treatment facility. The Navy’s answer was less than definitive: maybe.
- posted Nov 27, 2013 at 12:40 PM— updated Nov 30, 2013 at 10:14 AM
Jean Wieman could hardly believe her eyes when she saw a bright yellow school bus approach bulging inside with boxes of food. “I kept going, ‘Is that stacked with food? That’s a lot of food,” she said. When she was told it was only the first of two buses stuffed with food, her jaw dropped.
- posted Nov 27, 2013 at 10:30 AM— updated Nov 29, 2013 at 2:45 PM
Walking into the basement of Jack Tingstad’s house is like taking a trip back in time. Trains traverse the old railroads of Colorado, making their way through mining towns. “It’s a great hobby, especially in the Northwest during the winter,” Tingstad said. Tingstad will host his 13th model railroad open house from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 at his home on 508 Broadway St. Tingstad has volunteered at the food bank for 10 years, and asks those coming to see the trains bring a donation for Gifts of the Heart food bank.
- posted Nov 25, 2013 at 1:31 PM
An Oak Harbor man convicted in the rape and assault of a 21-month-old child lost on appeal. In an unpublished opinion dated Nov. 18, the State Court of Appeals affirmed Ryan A. Stephenson’s conviction for first-degree rape and assault of the child in the first degree. Senior Deputy Prosecutor Eric Ohme was happy with the ruling. He handled the case against Stephenson, 28, in a 2012 trial so disturbing that jurors were offered mental health counseling afterward.
- posted Nov 25, 2013 at 1:24 PM
Central Whidbey voters will be asked early next year whether to continue local funding for Coupeville schools. The Coupeville School Board last week approved sending two levies that will bring in millions of dollars to the district. Voters will consider the two replacement levies during a special election set for Feb. 12. “We want to stress that this is a replacement levy,” board President Kathleen Anderson said “It’s the same as what ran four years ago.”
- posted Nov 25, 2013 at 1:29 PM
A Clinton woman is facing charges in connection with a series of crimes she allegedly committed on South Whidbey Nov. 9 while under the influence of drugs, court documents indicate. Karlyn J. Romain, 39, was charged in Island County Superior Court Nov. 13 with attempting to elude, harassment (threats to kill), reckless driving, hit and run, fourth-degree assault, malicious mischief in the third degree, DUI and resisting arrest. A judge ordered Romain held Nov. 12 in lieu of $50,000 bail.
- posted Nov 25, 2013 at 1:51 PM
Pickup driver cited in highway crash; S.W. Port hit with unexpected costs; cchool board goes to fall conference; WGH agrees to cover EMS costs; master gardeners seek new students
- posted Nov 25, 2013 at 1:07 PM
A Navy man is charged with assaulting a 3-year-old child and causing a life-threatening internal injury, court documents state. The suspect is also being investigated in connection with an infant’s injuries. The baby sustained a depressed skull fracture, according to the Island County Prosecutor’s Office.
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