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Vehicle decals no longer required on Navy bases

  • Jul 22, 2013 at 10:00AM

Whidbey Island Naval Air Station, along with Navy bases across the country, no longer requires vehicles to have permanent installation-access decals as of July 1. Instead, gate security will rely on electronic credentialing and increased scrutiny in verifying identification cards manually, according to a Navy news release.

Town’s liquor store going dry

  • Jul 22, 2013 at 11:00AM

A voter-approved initiative proved to be the death knell for a small Coupeville business. Nearly two years after a voter initiative privatized liquor sales in Washington state, Coupeville Liquor Store will shut its doors in the coming months.

Island Scanner

  • Jul 22, 2013 at 11:00AM

Oak Harbor Police Department The following items were selected from reports made to police:

We need to speak out on privacy concerns | Letter

  • Jul 22, 2013 at 12:00PM

Editor, There were a lot of noises and flashes on the Fourth of July, just as there was a lot of news coverage of Edward Snowden. The focus of both events seems to be on the sensational instead of focusing on the substance.

Whidbey General Hospital | Births

  • Jul 22, 2013 at 1:00PM

Harrison Stanley Roger Tamura, 9 pounds, 4 ounces, was born July 7. He is the son of Jeffrey Tamura and Breanda Willson of Oak Harbor.

Judge loses her patience with Lambert

  • Jul 23, 2013 at 9:00AM updated at 5:35PM

Joshua Lambert questioned himself at trial. He described killing his grandfathers to the jury. He swore at the judge and prosecutor during hearings. After issuing dozens of stern warnings, Island County Superior Court Judge Vickie Churchill ruled Thursday afternoon that Lambert may no longer represent himself in his double murder trial.

Microsoft billionaire loses on Whidbey transaction

  • Jul 23, 2013 at 11:00AM

It may seem like pocket change to a billionaire, but Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer lost money in a Whidbey Island real estate transaction, Forbes magazine reports. The magazine reported that Ballmer and his wife own 10 view properties in the Ledgewood area near Coupeville, but recently sold a 1,144-square-foot beach house for $169,500.

Naval Hospital Oak Harbor | Births

  • Jul 23, 2013 at 1:00PM

Nikko Jace Hand, 7 pounds, 8 ounces, was born July 8. He is the son of Dylan and Liz Hand. Abigail Joy Stephens, 6 pounds, 14 ounces, was born July 9. She is the daughter of Mary Chan and Jerrell Stephens.

Lambert forcibly removed after becoming violent at murder trial

  • Jul 23, 2013 at 5:00PM updated Jul 24, 2013 at 5:29AM

An accused double murderer became violent during his trial and was subdued by five law enforcement officers Tuesday afternoon. Joshua Lambert has become increasing agitated during the ongoing trial in Island County Superior Court, which began two weeks ago. He was acting as his own attorney — and asserts an insanity defense — but the judge removed him of that duty after his continued outbursts and inappropriate behavior in court.

Harleys hit the streets in Oak Harbor

  • Jul 24, 2013 at 9:00AM

Shannon Olson watched with envious eyes as a parade of Harley-Davidson motorcycles rolled out of the parking lot of the Coachman Inn & Suites Thursday night. Olson, a front desk clerk, got to see the start of a motorcycle parade that traveled through downtown Oak Harbor. Dozens of Harleys rode by her.

New programs aiming to curb rising Navy suicides

  • Jul 24, 2013 at 10:00AM

With U.S. Navy suicides on the rise, nationwide and local efforts are being made to increase soldier resiliency. While Navy suicide rates are historically lower than national and Department of Defense rates, they have trended upward over the past three years “indicating a problem,” according to a report released by the Navy in April.

Questioning the need for Navy ‘DUI Days’ | In our Opinion

  • Jul 24, 2013 at 11:00AM

Some Whidbey Island Naval Air Station squadrons have an incentive program that rewards sailors for not getting behind the wheel after drinking. Simply put, the program says, avoid alcohol-related incidents and the whole squadron gets a day off.

Washington Business Week offers unlimited potential | Opinion

  • Jul 24, 2013 at 11:00AM

Each summer for the past 38 years, students and adult leaders from across our state have gathered at university campuses for week-long free enterprise “boot camps” called Business Week. There are other summer youth camps and school programs that focus on potential business careers, so what’s so special about Business Week?

Extreme makeover; real estate company devotes day to sprucing up elementary school

  • Jul 24, 2013 at 12:00PM

With a paint brush in one hand and a smile on his face, Steve Olson bore a look of contentment as he spread a fresh coat of red paint on a guard rail at Oak Harbor’s Olympic View Elementary School. Around him were five dozen associates working toward a common goal.

Oak Harbor man sues to reinstate Emerson as chairwoman

  • Jul 24, 2013 at 4:14PM

Oak Harbor resident William Burnett, a harsh critic of numerous politicians, business owners and of the Whidbey News Group newspapers, filed a lawsuit Tuesday seeking "injunctive relief" for the removal of Kelly Emerson as chairwoman of the Island County Commissioners.

Falcons, draft horses to demonstrate value at 2013 Loganberry Festival

  • Jul 25, 2013 at 10:25AM

A popular festival on Central Whidbey will soar to new heights this weekend. Three falconers will be demonstrating their craft during both days of the Loganberry Festival July 27-28 at Greenbank Farm. Farm manager Judy Feldman said the falconers – Steve Layman, Joel Gerlach and Mark Borden – will demonstrate their falcons’ abilities and talk about how raptors are a benefit for agriculture.

Ex-Police Explorer enters ‘not guilty’ plea in Island County Superior Court

  • Jul 25, 2013 at 10:00AM

A former Police Explorer accused of stealing a police car and impersonating an officer on the Navy base was arraigned Monday in Island County Superior Court. Josue A. Capellan, a 20-year-old Oak Harbor resident, pleaded not guilty to taking a motor vehicle without permission, criminal impersonation in the second degree, theft in the third degree, and possession of a pistol by a person over 18 and under 21.

Emerson disruption highlights tension between commissioners

  • Jul 25, 2013 at 10:00AM

Commissioner Kelly Emerson prematurely packed up and left a meeting of the board Monday night, clearly annoying the chairwoman. The incident is the latest in a series of disruptions showing a visibly-strained relationship between the commissioner from Camano Island and her fellow board members.

Lambert is guilty on all counts

  • Jul 25, 2013 at 3:51PM

Joshua David Lambert will spend the rest of his life behind bars as a convicted double murderer. A jury found the Lambert guilty on all counts, which include two counts of first-degree murder, kidnapping and several burglary and guns charges.

Lawsuit is unlikely to result in winner | Publisher's Column

  • Jul 26, 2013 at 9:00AM

The filing of a lawsuit last week in Federal Court by the Citizens of Ebey’s Reserve for a Healthy, Safe and Peaceful Environment was like tossing a firecracker into a hornet’s nest. The citizens group says it was their last-ditch effort after the Navy failed to respond to its concerns about the effects of jet noise from touch-and-go landings at Outlying Field Coupeville that lead to filing the lawsuit.

If OLF can be closed, why not highways? | Letter to the Editor

  • Jul 26, 2013 at 9:00AM

First off, congratulations to the folks who got the Navy to stop flying its airplanes. This goes to show what a few determined citizens can do. Now that we got the Outlying Field effectively shut down, it’s time to focus on something much more dangerous, something even more of a nuisance here on beautiful Whidbey Island. It’s time to close state highways 525 and 20.

Sound of Freedom now ‘Silence of the Lambs’ | Letter to the Editor

  • Jul 26, 2013 at 9:00AM

So the whiners, snivelers and anti-Navy types got their way in closing Oytlying Field. Of course, much of this was for the “sake of the children.” It seems they never heeded the real estate agents’ warning, so it really wasn’t their fault they moved in the vicinity.

Study to examine benefits of Island County's 4-H, Extension programs

  • Jul 26, 2013 at 10:00AM

Fourteen-year-old Hunter Newman’s day is a lot like other kid’s. He wakes up, goes to school, does his homework. But for the past four years, he’s had a few other responsibilities as well. First, it was tending to Charm, his female quarter horse, and most recently, Twister, her lively colt. Taking care of them is a busy job, requiring feeding, cleaning, and of course, lots of riding — sometimes twice a day.

Island graduate to film movie scenes on Whidbey

  • Jul 26, 2013 at 10:00AM updated Jul 29, 2013 at 8:37AM

The story has been etched in Joseph Itaya’s mind for 10 years. The story of two brothers spending a summer with their uncle in a rustic cabin on a remote island. A summer spent uncovering secrets about their grandfather and the mysterious island. Secrets that lead them on a hunt for their grandfather’s lost fortune in a race against time and sinister forces.

Lambert continues acting out at murder trial

  • Jul 26, 2013 at 10:00AM

The strange trial of an accused killer took even more unusual turns Monday in Island County Superior Court. The defendant, Joshua Lambert, was temporarily replaced by a television set in the courtroom because of his continued outbursts. The jurors were able to see his disembodied head on the screen, but they could no longer hear his voice.

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