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- posted Oct 16, 2013 at 10:30 AM
Voters will again have a chance to participate in the process. The Island County Auditor’s Office next week will mail out just a bit more than 50,000 ballots next week for the Nov. 5 general election. Island County Deputy Auditor Michele Reagan said the ballots should be mailed on Oct. 16, but the statute allows for the ballots to be mailed out by Oct. 18.
- posted Oct 16, 2013 at 10:40 AM
Every October, the Whidbey News-Times recognizes and celebrates National Women in Business Month. And for very good reason. Women-led and -owned businesses play a key role in keeping our community vital and strong. Despite the economic difficulties of recent years, the National Women’s Business Council reported that women-owned businesses performed just as well as men-owned businesses between 2007 and 2010.
- posted Oct 16, 2013 at 10:37 AM— updated Oct 17, 2013 at 2:27 PM
It’s a memory that Suzie Bartlett wishes would just fade away. A moment in her life she wishes could be erased. But the scene was so traumatic, she doubts she’ll ever be able to forget it. Bartlett was upstairs in her Anacortes apartment changing clothes after work when she heard the scream from below.
- posted Oct 16, 2013 at 10:46 AM
Editor, Recently, the world-reknowned Cleveland Clinic reported it’s cutting operating expenses by 6 percent in 2014 because of the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Cleveland Clinic spokeswoman Eileen Shiel said, “We know we’re going to get paid differently and reimbursed less to do more.” The year 2014 will bring some income reduction to Whidbey General Hospital as well as every other hospital across the nation. Is this the time to spend $50 million, $90 million with interest, to construct 39 new private rooms while abandoning the current rooms for future clinical use?
- posted Oct 16, 2013 at 10:29 AM— updated Oct 17, 2013 at 2:28 PM
In terms of facilities, Whidbey General Hospital is facing stiff competition from its neighbors. In recent years, nearby hospitals poured tens of millions of dollars into upgrading their facilities. Providence Regional Medical Center in Everett almost two years ago opened a 700,000-square-foot addition at its Colby Campus while Island Hospital in Anacortes completed upgrades in 2007 and 2012. In recent years, nearby hospitals poured tens of millions of dollars into upgrading their facilities. Providence Regional Medical Center in Everett almost two years ago opened a 700,000-square-foot addition at its Colby Campus while Island Hospital in Anacortes completed upgrades in 2007 and 2012.
- posted Oct 16, 2013 at 10:48 AM
Editor, Can someone tell me what has happened to Oak Harbor? First, I want to start with a positive as we live in one of the most beautiful places on Earth, but why are so many homes and apartment buildings run down?
- posted Oct 16, 2013 at 10:23 AM— updated Oct 17, 2013 at 2:28 PM
Talon Industries and Krieg Construction will be installing a new utility pipeline for Whidbey Island Naval Air Station that will require the closure of Torpedo Road at Crescent Harbor Road to State Highway 20.
- posted Oct 16, 2013 at 10:35 AM— updated Oct 17, 2013 at 2:28 PM
On paper, the two men running for Position No. 6 on the Oak Harbor City Council are very similar. Incumbent Councilman Jim Campbell and challenger Skip Pohtilla both had high-level careers involving the Navy. Both are proud grandfathers who chose to live in Oak Harbor after living overseas. Both men pride themselves on being independent thinkers and chafe at the idea that they’re on one side or the other of the mayor-council divide.
- posted Oct 16, 2013 at 10:47 AM
Editor, I am the wife of a disabled combat veteran who, like Lucas Yonkman, served in Afghanistan and fought for our country. His time overseas makes us really appreciate those dedicated individuals who step up for their country. While serving in the military is honorable and builds amounts of character, it does not in and of itself provide qualifications to make decisions on behalf of a community.
- posted Oct 16, 2013 at 10:43 AM
Editor, I have so many questions about the issue of genetically modified organisms: Why shouldn’t we have a right to know if GMOs are in the food we purchase and eat? Why are some large chemical corporations spending more than $17.2 million to fight I-522? What is it they are hiding or concerned about us knowing? Do they care about our health or the health of their bottom line?
- posted Oct 16, 2013 at 10:27 AM— updated Oct 17, 2013 at 2:27 PM
Sarah Saya admits this is out of her comfort zone. But she’s giving a beauty pageant a whirl. And people on Whidbey Island can help her. Saya, 20, from Oak Harbor, will be competing in the Miss Washington USA 2014 Pageant Friday and Saturday, Oct. 18-19, at the Highline Performing Arts Center in Burien.
- posted Oct 17, 2013 at 10:35 AM
Finishing out the regular season with a 6-1 win over visiting Marysville-Pilchuck Wednesday, Oct. 16, the Oak Harbor High School tennis team now takes aim at the Wesco 3A North divisional tournament.
- posted Oct 16, 2013 at 10:42 AM
Editor, I am writing concerning the numerous letters denouncing new candidates for Oak Harbor City Council. It is disheartening to me that the mindset of some individuals who take the time to write letters as concerned citizens is, “vote against any candidate supported by the mayor.”
- posted Oct 17, 2013 at 11:07 AM
Aaron Curtin and Ben Etzell of Coupeville High School combined to win the 1A Northwest District 1 doubles tennis championship at South Whidbey High School Tuesday, Oct. 15.
- posted Oct 17, 2013 at 12:37 PM
The League of Women Voters will hold a fall election forum, 7-9 p.m. tonight at the Oak Harbor Elks Lodge.
- posted Oct 18, 2013 at 8:04 AM
Same song, different verse for the Oak Harbor High School volleyball team as it lost another close match, this time 3-1 at Stanwood Thursday, Oct. 17.
- posted Oct 18, 2013 at 8:57 AM
Sultan slipped ahead of Coupeville in the Cascade Conference soccer standings with a 2-0 win over the visiting Wolves Thursday, Oct. 17.
- posted Oct 18, 2013 at 8:40 AM
Lifted by a strong performance by its eighth-grade teams, Wildcat United won a three-team middle school cross country meet at Windjammer Park Thursday, Oct. 17.
- posted Oct 18, 2013 at 9:11 AM— updated Oct 18, 2013 at 10:48 AM
Rallying after dropping the first game, the Coupeville High School volleyball team collected its first Cascade Conference win of 2013 with a 3-1 win at Sultan Thursday, Oct. 17.
- posted Oct 18, 2013 at 9:28 AM— updated Oct 18, 2013 at 11:53 AM
Oak Harbor High School soccer coach Mike Lonborg may not have any finger nails left after the Wildcats' 1-0 tense win over visiting Glacier Peak Thursday, Oct. 17.
- posted Oct 18, 2013 at 3:19 PM— updated Oct 19, 2013 at 8:30 AM
It’s emotional enough being crowned homecoming royalty once. To relive the suspense for a second time? “There was so much drama,” said Bianca Blake. Blake was voted senior class princess at Oak Harbor High School. Twice.
- posted Oct 19, 2013 at 4:29 PM— updated Oct 21, 2013 at 10:16 AM
An investigation by the state Auditor’s Office into the North Whidbey Park and Recreation District found a long list of problems, including missing money, in a now-defunct fund set up for the aquatics club. The Auditor’s Office forwarded the report to the Island County Prosecutor’s Office. Prosecutor Greg Banks said he contacted the Oak Harbor Police Department for a follow-up. The auditors recommend that the district go after both a former Aquajets coach and former administrative assistant, or possibly an insurance bonding company, for $7,818 in investigative costs.
- posted Oct 19, 2013 at 4:32 PM
An article appearing on page one of Wednesday’s Whidbey News-Times hit close to home. “Burn camp helps healing,” told the story of Oak Harbor’s Suzi Bartlett and her 12-year-old son, Joey. When he was 8, Joey was burned over 27 percent of his body. He was on the back porch, trying to light a newspaper with a match and a couple of drops of gas from an empty gas can that sat nearby.
- posted Oct 21, 2013 at 9:58 AM— updated Oct 21, 2013 at 10:17 AM
Island County Board of Commissioners adopted a $71-million budget 2-1 Monday with Commissioner Kelly Emerson dissenting. Emerson said she did not support the board’s decision to increase property taxes by 1 percent, a limit that was approved by voters more than 10 years ago and is routinely implemented each year. “I will be opposed to this budget,” Emerson said. “I did not need the 1 percent increase this year or last year. It’s a little too much increase for me.”
- posted Oct 21, 2013 at 9:25 AM— updated Oct 21, 2013 at 10:17 AM
Maxwelton Farm on South Whidbey has filed a land-use petition against Island County claiming Planning Director David Wechner acted outside his scope of authority. Wechner sent a cease and desist letter dated Aug. 30 to Maxwelton Farms. He ordered them to stop work on water-filled agricultural ditches “as a result of agricultural ditch maintenance without a SEPA environmental checklist,” according to court documents.