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VAQ-130 returns home to Whidbey Island

  • Apr 19, 2014 at 3:00AM updated at 11:59AM

Aircrew of Electronic Attack Squadron 130 Zappers were welcomed home with open arms Thursday following a nine-month deployment. “He’s gonna see his daddy today,” said Katelin Grant of her 16-month-old son, Benjamin.

AARP tax program helps local economy | Letter

  • Apr 19, 2014 at 1:00AM updated at 6:43AM

Editor, Tax season is officially over, and we can’t let it go by without thanking the AARP Tax-Aide volunteers who provided weeks of free tax assistance for individuals at Sno-Isle Libraries in Oak Harbor, Coupeville and the South Whidbey Senior Center.

Hospital officials' memories ‘suspect’ | Letter

  • Apr 19, 2014 at 4:00AM updated at 6:09AM

Editor, I believe it’s time for a little history lesson regarding the Whidbey News Time’s article, “Hospital board to consider Bayview property sale.” The article notes that, “As for the wide gulf between the county’s assessed value of the property in 2007 and the purchase price, the circumstances remain unclear. None of the current commissioners were on the board at th

Heroin: Relatively cheap, drug’s use is rising on Whidbey

  • Apr 18, 2014 at 3:44PM

Once considered a drug for rock stars and hardcore users, heroin has gained a troubling prominence on Whidbey Island, as it has in many communities across the nation. While heroin may not be as popular — or perhaps as destructive — as methamphetamine, Detective Carl Seim with the Oak Harbor Police Department said he worries that the relatively inexpensive but powerful high from black-tar heroin will make it a plague upon the community.

Hunt hands over Oak Harbor School Board reins

  • Apr 18, 2014 at 4:00AM updated at 5:29PM

Well-known Oak Harbor resident Peter Hunt recently stepped down as president of the Oak Harbor School Board as he continues a battle with Parkinson’s disease Hunt is remaining on the board for now, but said he is scheduled to undergo brain surgery later this year. “At this time, I don’t think I can be as effective as president,” Hunt said.

Stage is set for Holland Happening next week

  • Apr 19, 2014 at 2:00AM

Holland Happening will celebrate its 46th year April 25-27 in downtown Oak Harbor. The event, a celebration of Oak Harbor’s Dutch heritage and King’s Day, a national holiday in the Netherlands, will start out lightly April 25 with the opening of the carnival and return of the Dutch dinner.

A Dutch revival: Oak Harbor High’s culinary arts students bring back Holland Happening dinner

  • Apr 19, 2014 at 3:00AM

Nobody ever said restoring an Oak Harbor tradition as big as the Dutch Dinner would be easy. For Nathan Yoast, the effort actually brought him to tears. Yoast couldn’t take it anymore Wednesday as he set down his knife and rinsed his eyes after chopping dozens of onions in the culinary arts class at Oak Harbor High School.

Change city’s name to ‘Dudley Harbor?’ | Letter

  • Apr 18, 2014 at 4:08PM

Editor, Our elected officials go behind closed doors and plan the execution of the very symbol of Oak Harbor. They destroyed the “oak.”

Schools are where communities unite | Soundoff

  • Apr 19, 2014 at 1:00AM

At least once a year in an Oak Harbor classroom, students witness one of the most profound acts of selflessness a person can make — the reenlistment of a Navy parent. This illustrates perfectly the vital connection between Oak Harbor schools and our Navy community. April is the Month of the Military Child around our nation. However, here in Oak Harbor, we focus on the needs of our military students every day. In fact, over half of our students are dependents of active-duty parents, and Oak Harbor Schools have been working with the unique needs of Navy families for more than 70 years.

Harold Robinett : One hundred and still laughing

  • Apr 19, 2014 at 3:00AM

Freeland resident Harold Robinett recently joined a select group of people in this world. This month, he became a centenarian. Born in Oregon in 1914, Robinett has led a full life, from joining the Navy to finding love twice, all while making unforgettable treats along the way.

Dancing helps seniors to stay in step

  • Apr 19, 2014 at 2:00AM

As seniors age gracefully, many are also learning to move gracefully. Fortunately for seniors living on Whidbey Island, there are plenty of options when it comes to dancing. And none of them require previous training or experience. “I had two left feet,” said Vivian Camus. “I didn’t have any rhythm.”

COER to report on D.C. trip at meeting

  • Apr 19, 2014 at 1:00AM

Top members of the Citizens of Ebey’s Reserve traveled to Washington, D.C. last month to lobby against the Navy’s EA-18G Growlers. They will report on their trip during a meeting 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, April 23, at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 20103 State Highway 525, Freeland.

New patrol boat to help with Puget Sound security

  • Apr 19, 2014 at 2:00AM

Island County secured a $225,000 grant to purchase a new all-weather patrol vessel. Funding for the boat was issued through the Homeland Security Grant Program under Operation Stonegarden.

Island County outlines plan for Ala Spit

  • Apr 19, 2014 at 2:00AM

A preliminary plan for the restoration of Ala Spit County Park was approved Monday with the aim of making the area more hospitable to salmon. While the initiative has been applauded by conservationists, some say the work has created a safety hazard for park visitors. Island County removed 800 feet of rock and crushed concrete from a center portion of the spit in 2012 in order to restore it to its original state.

Federal grants will fund pedestrian projects in Oak Harbor

  • Apr 19, 2014 at 1:00AM

A total of $374,500 in federal funds will make Oak Harbor a safer place for pedestrians. The city was recently awarded two grants through the Transportation Alternatives Program, a gas-tax fund dedicated to pedestrian and bicycle-related projects.

Bats wake up as Wildcats thump Stanwood | Baseball

  • Apr 18, 2014 at 1:00PM

Breaking out of an offensive slump, the Oak Harbor High School baseball team pounded visiting Stanwood 10-0 in five innings Thursday, April 17.

Wildcats produce 3 double winners | Track

  • Apr 18, 2014 at 9:37AM

Three Wildcats won two individual events, but the Oak Harbor High School track teams both fell to visiting Shorecrest Thursday, April 17.

Ode to mighty Quercus Garryana | Letter

  • Apr 6, 2014 at 2:00PM updated Apr 18, 2013 at 9:26AM

Farewell to thee mighty Oak, Twas not rot nor blight Made thee croak.

Glad tree’s no longer next to parking spot | Letter

  • Apr 12, 2014 at 10:00AM updated Apr 18, 2013 at 9:26AM

Editor, Reading all the negative letters concerning the cutting of the post office Garry oak tree, it seems to me that the ones protesting its removal most are the ones with the least knowledge of the health of the tree and the hazard it had become.

Driver's horn made a 'fart sound' when he passed other cars | Island Scanner

  • Apr 16, 2014 at 5:00AM updated Apr 18, 2013 at 9:19AM

Tuesday, April 8 At 11:52 a.m., a Southwest Downfield Way resident reported that a framer fell off the back of the house. At 8:45 p.m., a caller reported that a woman, possibly on drugs, was screaming in a parking lot on Highway 20. At 9:03 p.m., a resident of Northeast 16th Avenue reported that a neighbor is throwing things off a balcony. At 10:36 p.m., a Southeast Pasek Street resident reported that he has a BB gun and he is going to shoot people who are trying to steal gas from his car.

County reverses Glendale beach access decision

  • Apr 16, 2014 at 4:00AM updated Apr 18, 2013 at 9:19AM

Reversing a decision made last month, Island County commissioners moved forward Monday with grant applications to acquire beach access properties adjacent to Glendale. Commissioner Jill Johnson originally opposed the grant applications saying that she did not want the county to be responsible for the maintenance of any additional properties.

Oak Harbor robotics team heads to nationals

  • Apr 16, 2014 at 6:00AM updated Apr 18, 2013 at 9:19AM

A team of students at Oak Harbor High School has a shot at becoming world-champion robot designers. For the first time since Whidbey Island Wildcat Robotics team was formed six years ago, they are going to the FIRST Robotics world championship competition next week in St. Louis, Mo.

Oak Harbor Arts Commission to propose plan for wood from felled Garry oak | Corrected

  • Apr 16, 2014 at 3:00AM updated Apr 18, 2013 at 9:18AM

The wood from the post office oak tree should be turned into several, or perhaps many, works of art by wood carvers and others artists from the Whidbey community. That was the general, albeit loose, consensus of the members of the Oak Harbor Arts Commission during its meeting Monday night.

Wildcats outlast Chargers in rain | Girls golf

  • Apr 18, 2014 at 10:00AM

The Oak Harbor High School girls golf team fought off wind, rain and Marysville Getchell for a 385-400 win at the Whidbey Golf Club Thursday, April 17.

Stone runs to another Coupeville school record | Track

  • Apr 18, 2014 at 8:50AM

Sophomore Makana Stone added her name, again, to the Coupeville High School track record book with a swift run at King's Thursday, April 17.

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