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- 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.
- Oct 10, 2013 at 12:53PM
The Ebey’s Landing Reserve is an orqanization that was formed to protect the history of Col. Isaac Ebey and Ebey’s Landing.
- Oct 10, 2013 at 12:52PM
In response to Ms. Spina’s letter concerning the unfairness of the Whidbey News-Times article, I find one statement very concerning: “The WNT is part of the Whidbey Island community and should be putting its efforts alongside ours to help find a way to solve the island’s problems, not publishing hit pieces like this one.”
- Oct 10, 2013 at 12:45PM
We are writing as members of the community who have received services at Whidbey General Hospital, and who happen to also work in the Medical Ambulatory Care/Oncology Unit (MAC) at WGH.
- Oct 10, 2013 at 1:20PM
If you were asked, “Do you support the men and women in the service of this country?” I’m reasonably sure you’d say, “Sure!”
- Oct 10, 2013 at 1:25PM
On behalf of Whitehead-Muzzall Post No. 7392, Veterans of Foreign Wars, I would like to thank the person or persons unknown, who chose to break into one of our storage units and remove approximately 1,000 pounds of assorted wiring.
- Oct 10, 2013 at 1:24PM
I read your Oct. 2 front page article about the government shutdown with much interest. I am a subcontractor who maintains the Commissaries at both Oak Harbor and Smokey Point.
- Oct 11, 2013 at 8:47AM
The Oak Harbor High School cross country teams finished second to Edmonds-Woodway in a tri-meet at Stanwood Thursday, Oct. 10.
- Oct 11, 2013 at 8:57AM
Oak Harbor dumped Marysville Getchell for the second time this spring with a 5-2 win in Marysville Thursday, Oct. 10.
- Oct 11, 2013 at 8:16AM
Though it is making positive strides, the Coupeville High School volleyball is still looking for its first Cascade Conference win after dropping a 3-0 match to visiting Granite Falls Thursday, Oct. 10.
- Oct 11, 2013 at 9:25AM
With a shuffled lineup, the Oak Harbor High School volleyball team dealt visiting Glacier Peak a 3-0 loss Thursday, Oct. 10.
- Oct 11, 2013 at 10:00AM
The differences are pretty stark between the two candidates running for position 5 on the Oak Harbor City Council. Councilman Joel Servatius emphasizes his education, experience as a businessman and a community volunteer, and skills as a critical thinker.
- Oct 12, 2013 at 10:00AM
The inadvertent unearthing of a Native American burial ground on Pioneer Way two years ago will likely end up costing the average Oak Harbor utility ratepayers an extra $6 to $8 a month for three years. The costs also depleted a fund earmarked for road projects and delayed road work. But while the archaeological work is over, other costs associated with the issue continue to accumulate and could increase rates more in the future.
- Oct 13, 2013 at 10:00AM
As you read through this edition of the Whidbey News-Times, learning what your local community is up to, please take a moment to consider about what it takes to get that newspaper into your hands. Normally, we wouldn’t expect readers to think about all of that. However, the week of Oct. 6-12 marks National Newspaper Week, and Saturday, Oct. 12, is International Newspaper Carrier Day. Carrier Day is a salute to the hundreds of thousands of people who deliver more than 44 million newspapers to more than 100 million readers every day.
- Oct 13, 2013 at 10:00AM updated Oct 15, 2013 at 8:14AM
Shocking many in the courtroom, Robert “Al” Baker took the stand Thursday afternoon in his own defense and claimed his wife’s death is a mystery to him. The 62-year-old Antarctic physicist and pizza man is accused of brutally murdering Kathie Baker in the days before his girlfriend came to visit the couple’s Greenbank home last June. Baker testified that he doesn’t know anything about the murder.
- Oct 14, 2013 at 8:55AM
This wasn’t just any old trip to a pumpkin patch for Sara Goss. And she knows, this month won’t mark just any old Halloween. Goss’ traditional family trip to Sherman’s Pioneer Farm in Coupeville included a new family member -- Goss’ first child, 3-month-old son Taylor Arnold.
- Oct 14, 2013 at 8:00AM updated Oct 15, 2013 at 8:14AM
An EA-18G Growler from Whidbey Island Naval Air Station made an emergency landing in Eastern Washington this past Wednesday. “During a routine training flight, a caution light illuminated in the cockpit of the EA-18G signaling the pilot to make a precautionary landing as soon as possible,” said NAS Whidbey Public Affairs Officer Mike Welding.
- Oct 14, 2013 at 9:00AM updated Oct 15, 2013 at 9:15AM
Approximately 1,000 pounds comprising several large barrels of wiring was stolen from the Oak Harbor Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 7392 last weekend. It’s not the first time in recent history this has happened. Last year, someone stole about $100 of wire that was left near the Conex recycling container located behind the VFW, according Myron Brundage, senior vice commander of the post.
- Oct 14, 2013 at 9:00AM updated Oct 15, 2013 at 8:13AM
North Whidbey Middle School was locked down for 35 minutes Wednesday after a school employee received a threat from a person off campus. Although the threat was unrelated to school, officials notified the Oak Harbor Police Department and took the precautionary step of locking exterior doors, placing the building into a modified lockdown, according to Oak Harbor School District Superintendent Lance Gibbon. Once police arrived, evaluated the situation and determined students were not targeted in the threat, students were released at 2:35 p.m., five minutes later than normal dismissal, Gibbon said. After-school activities at the school were canceled as another precautionary measure.
- Oct 14, 2013 at 9:00AM updated Oct 15, 2013 at 9:15AM
During the 2014 budget process, Commissioner Kelly Emerson did not speak much. Primarily, she said, because it has been tough to gain support for her initiatives that favor cutting taxes and what she deems non-essential services and programs. “The reason I’m silent is there’s no support,” Emerson said. “Why spend taxpayer time arguing something that you’re not going to get support for.”
- Oct 14, 2013 at 9:53AM
Kestrel SkyHawk swooped in with bald and golden eagles for the public to see. SkyHawk, the education director at the Sarvey Wildlife Care Center, held a presentation with live raptors Thursday, Oct. 10 at the Coupeville Recreation Hall. More than 80 people attended the event, which was hosted by the Whidbey Audubon Society.