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- posted Oct 10, 2013 at 12:45 PM
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.
- posted Oct 10, 2013 at 1:20 PM
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!”
- posted Oct 10, 2013 at 1:25 PM
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.
- posted Oct 10, 2013 at 1:24 PM
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.
- posted Oct 11, 2013 at 8:47 AM
The Oak Harbor High School cross country teams finished second to Edmonds-Woodway in a tri-meet at Stanwood Thursday, Oct. 10.
- posted Oct 11, 2013 at 8:57 AM
Oak Harbor dumped Marysville Getchell for the second time this spring with a 5-2 win in Marysville Thursday, Oct. 10.
- posted Oct 11, 2013 at 8:16 AM
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.
- posted Oct 11, 2013 at 9:25 AM
With a shuffled lineup, the Oak Harbor High School volleyball team dealt visiting Glacier Peak a 3-0 loss Thursday, Oct. 10.
- posted Oct 10, 2013 at 9:27 AM
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.
- posted Oct 10, 2013 at 9:28 AM
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.
- posted Oct 12, 2013 at 12:47 PM
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.
- posted Oct 12, 2013 at 12:42 PM— updated Oct 15, 2013 at 8:14 AM
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.
- posted Oct 14, 2013 at 8:55 AM
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.
- posted Oct 14, 2013 at 8:58 AM— updated Oct 15, 2013 at 8:14 AM
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.
- posted Oct 14, 2013 at 9:54 AM— updated Oct 15, 2013 at 8:13 AM
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.
- posted Oct 14, 2013 at 9:58 AM— updated Oct 15, 2013 at 9:15 AM
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.”
- posted Oct 14, 2013 at 9:53 AM
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.
- posted Oct 14, 2013 at 10:01 AM— updated Oct 15, 2013 at 8:13 AM
Island County commissioners opted to delay the adoption of the 2014 budget Monday to allow the public to review and comment on the final presentation. Budget Director Elaine Marlow showed a Powerpoint presentation to the board at Monday’s budget public hearing, and broke down the county’s revenues and expenditures in graphs and pie charts. The presentation had not yet been posted on the county’s website at the time of the hearing and Commissioner Helen Price Johnson, who made the motion, said she felt the public might like a chance to review the Powerpoint prior to adoption.
- posted Oct 14, 2013 at 9:50 AM— updated Oct 15, 2013 at 8:13 AM
People began to cheer when former state senator Mary Margaret Haugen entered the room. “We are here for a single purpose, to thank Mary Margaret Haugen for serving this community,” said Island County Commissioner Helen Price Johnson. Approximately 100 residents from all over Whidbey Island descended upon the Coupeville Recreation Hall Wednesday to thank Haugen for her decades of service representing the 10th Legislative District, which represents Island County and parts of Skagit and Snohomish counties.
- posted Oct 14, 2013 at 9:04 AM— updated Oct 15, 2013 at 9:15 AM
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.
- posted Oct 14, 2013 at 10:12 AM
Day off from school doesn’t mean preparation stops for next week’s Oak Harbor homecoming festivities
- posted Oct 14, 2013 at 10:26 AM
It is easy for me to vote “yes” on the upcoming bond issue.
- posted Oct 14, 2013 at 10:29 AM
So what is a contractor for the port doing holding a political forum for candidates hoping to get elected to the port? The private Greenbank Farm Management Group’s foray into campaign politics raises questions of appropriateness and conflicts of interest.
- posted Oct 14, 2013 at 10:07 AM— updated Oct 14, 2013 at 11:06 AM
Central Whidbey residents will be able to learn about the candidates running for the Port of Coupeville. The Greenbank Farm is hosting a candidate forum from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., Monday, Oct. 14. It will follow a format designed by the League of Women Voters
- posted Oct 14, 2013 at 10:19 AM
Here we go again, folks. How long do we, the taxpayers, have to pay for the stupidity of the previous city council? Another $6-8 a month for bones, a few more for storm drains, a few more for water treatment and a few more for this, that and other things.