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- Oct 8, 2013 at 8:00AM updated at 10:42AM
Emily Huffer, a Running Start junior at Oak Harbor High School, earned a spot on this year's USA Swimming Scholastic All-America team.
- Oct 8, 2013 at 9:00AM
Vote “no” on the Whidbey General Hospital bond, which would immensely expand Whidbey General at its Coupeville location. The voters have already previously told Whidbey General “no” on this very same proposal in 2011. It deserves to be rejected again. Whidbey General, a municipal corporation organized under RCW 70.44.010, is situated within the Ebey’s Landing National Historic Reserve and also within the AICUZ noise zones of the Navy’s OLF Coupeville. Whidbey General is therefore very much noise-impacted by Navy jet noise at the OLF. The proposed, massive expansion of Whidbey General in Coupeville would therefore increase encroachment upon the Navy’s OLF Coupeville and would subject more hospital patients to jet noise, and thus it is a seriously bad idea for all rational residents of Whidbey Island.
- Oct 8, 2013 at 9:00AM
Some opponents of the hospital bond have likened our facility to a “Band-Aid.” Their implication is that we don’t need to modernize and sustain Whidbey General, if all one may ever need from our medical community is stitches, an aspirin, and a long ambulance ride off-island. My father is a retired commander in the United States Coast Guard, and has sailed to both ends of the Earth as a plank owner and XO on the Polar Star. He taught all of us never to go out on the water without a Coast Guard-approved live preserver.
- Oct 8, 2013 at 10:00AM
A finding this month by the Washington State auditor’s office pointed out what Island County already knows: the county is backlogged on processing property tax supplements. The finding states that “Island County lacked adequate internal controls to ensure timely processing of property tax adjustments.” However, the county started efforts last year to catch up on the backlog and estimates they should be caught up by June of next year, according to Island County Treasurer Ana Maria Nunez.
- Oct 8, 2013 at 10:00AM updated Oct 10, 2013 at 12:25PM
North Whidbey skies could see unmanned Navy aircraft flying by 2016. Four of the MQ-4C Tritons will be based out of Ventura County Naval Base in California, but the existing P3 tactical support center at Whidbey Island Naval Air Station will be expanded to support both the P8-A and the Triton, according Ted Brown, installations and environmental public affairs officer for U.S. Fleet Forces Command. The Triton is expected to supplement the P-8A Poseidon in patrol missions, and is expected to be operational at NAS Whidbey by 2015-2016, Brown said.
Mayor Dudley’s campaigning antics criticized by Oak Harbor councilmen during breakfast candidates forum
- Oct 8, 2013 at 11:00AM
Perhaps the most telling moment at a breakfast voters’ forum Thursday came when a councilman verbally attacked the Oak Harbor mayor. The Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce hosted the forum, which was the second this election season. This time, each candidate had 10 minutes to introduce themselves and answer questions. The rocky relationship between Oak Harbor Mayor Scott Dudley and the majority of council members intruded into the forum as two councilmen criticized Dudley — who was in the audience — for openly campaigning for their challengers and other council candidates he prefers.
- Oct 8, 2013 at 2:30PM
Whidbey News-Times staff earned a total of 19 awards, announced during the 126th annual Washington Newspaper Publishers Association’s Better Newspaper Contest A total of 78 newspapers from around the state participated in the contest. News-Times assistant editor Jessie Stensland was named News Writer of the Year for the second year in a row.
- Oct 9, 2013 at 9:00AM
Fundamental to what drove those who founded our form of government was a division of power. They had seen the abuse which accompanied concentration of power in one person. Thus, we have an executive and representatives to make up the executive and legislative branches of government.
- Oct 9, 2013 at 9:00AM
The proposed site of a new Mukilteo Ferry Terminal moved forward last month with the Port of Everett Commission authorizing the acceptance of the fuel tank farm from the U.S. Air Force. The former fuel tank farm, located one-third of a mile east of the current ferry landing, is the proposed site of a new $140 million ferry terminal. Only $102 million is in the state’s budget through 2019, which would cover engineering and early construction. The state Department of Transportation, Ferries Division will need to drum up the other $38 million to fully fund the massive project.
- Oct 9, 2013 at 10:00AM
Despite looming closures to Island County’s Women, Infants and Children program, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has found funding to allow the national program to operate as usual through the end of October. The possible halting of WIC services was the result of the federal governmental shutdown that began Monday, Oct. 1, because of Congress’s inability to agree on a national budget. The news was a relief to Island County’s WIC programs and offices in Oak Harbor, Langley, Whidbey Island Naval Air Station and Camano Island.
- Oct 9, 2013 at 12:00PM
The Whidbey Island Writers Association has an inspiring task — to help self-described non-writers develop into writers. The association’s mission is to help sharpen the skills of writers of all ages, said Dorothy Read, member of the association and Spirit of Writing contest leader. “We want to take them from where they are and help them grow,” she said. The group has many resources available with its new Bayview location, including classes, contests and conferences. The group’s upcoming 15th annual conference, the 2013
- Oct 10, 2013 at 8:35AM
For the second time this season, the Cedarcrest High School volleyball team shutout Coupeville 3-0, this time Tuesday, Oct. 8, in Duvall.
- Oct 10, 2013 at 8:20AM
The Coupeville High School soccer team was short on players but not short on effort in a 5-0 loss at Cedarcrest Tuesday, Oct. 8.
- Oct 10, 2013 at 8:50AM
Playing its best game of the season couldn't carry the Oak Harbor High School soccer team over Meadowdale as the Wildcats lost 1-0 to the Mavericks at Edmonds Stadium Tuesday, Oct. 8.
- Oct 10, 2013 at 9:41AM
In the 1990s I worked the last seven years of my 40-year nursing career in most all departments at Whidbey General Hospital. I can affirm that timely and appropriate care at WGH is a life saver. Whether it is to treat my husband’s healthy 27-year-old uninsured physical trainer’s acute appendicitis, which struck on a weekend night, or future injuries from the big earthquake that some say is overdue, lives are saved at WGH.
- Oct 10, 2013 at 9:23AM
Oak Harbor Mayor Scott Dudley once again surprised both supporters and detractors by firing a member of his team. The city supervisor emailed out a brief note to city officials and staff Friday afternoon announcing that Renee Recker, the mayor’s executive assistant, is no longer working for the city. On Monday, Dudley said he made the decision to terminate Recker after trying to improve her work for months. He said he even brought in a consultant to help her understand her role.
- Oct 10, 2013 at 9:00AM updated at 1:32PM
There’s little argument over the beauty of a new mural that graces a wall in historic downtown Oak Harbor. But there is a dispute over the artist’s final bill. Just a month after putting away her paint brushes, artist Nancy Hakala is claiming she will not be fully compensated for the massive mural she spent seven weeks painting on the side of a Pioneer Way building this summer.
- Oct 10, 2013 at 9:39AM
I believe watchdogs have their place in government. Too many people are apathetic about their government, local or otherwise, and that’s a sad condition of our society. I’ve sat through many a local planning commission or city council meeting and gritted my teeth, minutes ticking away into hours, as someone would inevitably stand up and begin asking a flurry of lengthy and complicated questions.
- Oct 10, 2013 at 9:58AM
"We can't pass the ball." Oak Harbor High School volleyball coach Kerri Molitor muttered the line after the Wildcats' 3-1 loss to visiting Mountlake Terrace Tuesday, Oct. 8.
- Oct 10, 2013 at 10:00AM updated Oct 15, 2013 at 8:12AM
The wedding and event markets are growing, and businesses on Whidbey Island are looking to take advantage of it. Gloria Mickunas, owner of Whidbey Party Girls! is spearheading Weddings on Whidbey and Events Tour on Nov. 9. There’s no way to get a taste of the entire island in one single day, she said, but this cumulative tour helps visitors come close to that experience. “It’s not Clinton, Oak Harbor, or Langley competing against each other, it’s about everyone working together,” Mickunas said. “My community is Whidbey Island.”
- Oct 10, 2013 at 10:32AM
Piglet was howling. The anticipation was getting to be too much for the American pitbull terrier. John and Alacyn Coupe brought Piglet to St. Mary Mission Catholic Church for a special occasion in the town that John’s great-great-great grandfather, Capt. Thomas Coupe, founded. Piglet was going to be blessed.
- Oct 10, 2013 at 10:43AM
Pushing its season record to 7-2, the Oak Harbor High School swim team overwhelmed Everett 125-54 at the Forest Park Pool Tuesday, Oct. 8.
- Oct 10, 2013 at 10:59AM
The Oak Harbor High School tennis team is up to its old tricks, playing in one-point matches. Everett eased by the Wildcats 4-3 Wednesday, Oct. 9, at Clark Park.
- Oct 10, 2013 at 12:29PM
While Ron Witherall was happy to return to work Monday at his Department of Defense job at Whidbey Island Naval Air Station, he said he plans to take his opinions about the recent federal government shutdown straight to the polls. “When I vote this time around, if there’s ‘incumbent’ behind your name, you’re out. I don’t care if you’re a Republican, Tea Party or Democrat,” Witherall said. “If you can’t work together in Congress and pass a budget, then we need new people that can work together across lines in the sand and get the job done.”
- Oct 10, 2013 at 12:35PM
A prohibition against alcohol has been lifted for two Oak Harbor parks, but city leaders created some pretty high hurdles for any group interested in holding a wine or beer garden to jump over. At the request of residents and event organizers, Councilwoman Tara Hizon proposed earlier this year to loosen city code to allow vendors and concession in city parks, as well as the sale of alcohol during special events in certain parks.