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- posted Oct 26, 2013 at 4:47 PM
Another former city employee has filed a claim for damages against Oak Harbor over allegations the mayor acted outside of employment law. Renee Recker, the mayor’s former executive assistant, filed a claim Thursday for wrongful termination. She is asking for $701,250 in damages. “It is her intention to sue Mayor Dudley personally, as well as the city, if the claim is not resolved to her satisfaction,” said her attorney, Christon Skinner, in a letter to the city.
- posted Oct 26, 2013 at 4:54 PM
Residents of the City of Oak Harbor are fortunate to have a strong slate of candidates for City Council. Right now, the city needs a council that works hard, engages in healthy public discussions, is open to hearing all sides of the issues and unites for the good of the community. With that in mind, the Whidbey News-Times is endorsing the following:
- posted Oct 26, 2013 at 4:50 PM
The blanket of fog that persisted over Whidbey Island this week was a factor in car accidents, reduced operations at Whidbey Island Naval Air Station, delayed ferries and it affected sporting events. When it’s foggy, Washington State Trooper Mark Francis encourages motorists to reduce speed and increase following distance while driving during foggy conditions. He said heavy fog was a factor in a Whatcom County accident Oct. 22 that killed two people on State Highway 548.
- posted Nov 16, 2013 at 11:23 AM— updated Nov 19, 2013 at 8:34 AM
Eric Tremblay isn’t sure what to expect when he touches down in the Philippines next week. When he signed up to help with disaster relief work, his job was to help salvage and take down structures damaged by a magnitude 7.1 earthquake that hit the islands on Oct. 15. That was before a massive typhoon struck the Philippines three weeks later, leaving thousands dead and creating more widespread devastation.
- posted Nov 16, 2013 at 11:21 AM— updated Nov 19, 2013 at 10:14 AM
The mayor’s proposal to cut salaries and benefits for elected officials is returning to the Oak Harbor City Council. During a meeting in May, the council members unanimously voted to table the controversial resolutions to the second meeting in November. That meeting is Tuesday, Nov. 19. Only Councilman Jim Campbell expressed support for the mayor’s proposal.
- posted Nov 16, 2013 at 11:20 AM— updated Nov 19, 2013 at 10:14 AM
A former bookkeeper accused of stealing more than $200,000 from two North Whidbey community organizations was charged with two felonies. Wendy Murphy, 50, of Oak Harbor, allegedly stole from Rolling Hills-Glencairn Community Service and Hillcrest Village Water Co. during a three-year period. She was sued by the two entities after the theft was discovered early this year. Prosecutors charged Murphy Nov. 4 in Island County Superior Court with two counts of first-degree theft with aggravating circumstances.
- posted Nov 16, 2013 at 11:26 AM— updated Nov 19, 2013 at 2:53 PM
Editor, My wife and I, along with friends, attended the “Musical Tribute to Veterans” program sponsored by the Navy League, at the Oak Harbor High School on Veterans Day. Thanks to all who made this such a heartwarming, moving, patriotic event.
- posted Nov 20, 2013 at 9:50 AM
Although the calendar indicates otherwise, the holiday season is starting to take shape around some parts of North Whidbey. Members of the Oak Harbor Garden Club have been on the hunt for quality clippings of Douglas Fir for their annual wreath-making project. The pieces will come together inside a shop at a club member’s home starting Nov. 29, and the work will continue at least through the first week of December.
- posted Oct 28, 2013 at 10:17 AM— updated Oct 29, 2013 at 8:17 AM
An admirer of the region’s beautiful waterfalls, William “Billy” Wolf set out alone July 5 on his motorcycle. That afternoon, Wolf lost control of his bike, slid into a ravine, hit a log or rock and went over his handlebars. He broke his neck, injuring his spine which rendered him paralyzed. As he lie paralyzed face down somewhere in the North Cascades, Wolf said he prayed that God would either take him, or someone would find him.
- posted Oct 28, 2013 at 10:27 AM
The injury bug and King's took another bite out of the Coupeville High School football team in the Wolves' 28-0 loss in Shoreline Friday, Oct. 25.
- posted Oct 28, 2013 at 10:20 AM
Whidbey Island Bank will no longer be headquartered in Oak Harbor following a merger with Olympia-based Heritage Financial Corporation. Washington Banking Company, the holding company for Whidbey Island Bank, and Heritage Financial jointly announced Wednesday the signing of an agreement for the “strategic merger.” Coupeville resident Al Sherman said he was surprised by the news, but cheered the impressive growth of the bank over the past decade.
- posted Oct 28, 2013 at 10:08 AM
Editor, We have seen the “just vote yes” signs everywhere for the hospital bond. We have seen the reasons given by the hospital administration for increasing our property taxes, but we have not seen any direct, measurable facts given to support this request. They have not supplied any facts or figures to back up any of their claims.
- posted Oct 28, 2013 at 10:05 AM
Editor, I’m ashamed. Last week, I attended the Leauge of Women Voters forum. The event included school board candidates. When the subject of bullying in our schools came up, candidate Bill Burnett said it is a “silly issue” that is basically made up by educators and parents.
- posted Oct 28, 2013 at 10:13 AM
Friends of Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve will host its sixth annual Community Potluck, 6-8:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1 at the historic Crocket Barn off Fort Casey Road. Bring a favorite culinary delight to share with neighbors and please bring your own utensils and plates. Beer and Wine will be available for purchase and non-alcoholic beverages will be provided.
- posted Oct 28, 2013 at 10:26 AM
In 1945, Laurin “Bud” Zylstra brought home dozens of American, German and Japanese artifacts upon returning from his service during World War II. Zylstra, of Oak Harbor, is one of many Whidbey Island residents who donated items that now comprise the PBY Memorial on Seaplane Base in Oak Harbor. The growing memorial is hoping to continue expanding with the help of additional donations from the Whidbey Island and surrounding communities.
- posted Oct 28, 2013 at 10:31 AM
Residents can weigh in on the public participation plan for the county’s fish and wildlife conservation efforts at the Island County commissioners’ regular Monday board meeting. Public comment will begin no earlier than 6:15 p.m. Monday, Oct. 28. Senior Planner Brad Johnson said the update to the Fish and Wildlife Habitat Conservation Areas was originally supposed to be completed in 2005 as part of the state-mandated Comprehensive Plan update.
- posted Oct 28, 2013 at 10:29 AM
Marysville-Pilchuck High School’s football playbook centers around main character Austin Joyner, but the Tomahawks added another page – Killian Page – to the script to defeat Oak Harbor 39-21 Friday, Oct. 25, at Quil Ceda Stadium in Marysville.
- posted Oct 28, 2013 at 10:27 AM— updated Oct 29, 2013 at 9:05 AM
The Navy has rescheduled public meetings for the Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement, or SEIS, for the home basing of the P-8A Poseidon aircraft. The draft SEIS addresses the potential environmental effects of home basing P-8A squadrons at Jacksonville Naval Air Station in Florida and Whidbey Island Naval Air Station. The Navy will host two open house public meetings. They are 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13, at North Whidbey Middle School, 67 N.E. Izett St., Oak Harbor.
- posted Oct 28, 2013 at 10:30 AM
An 18-year-old man whose alleged threatening emails to an employee at North Whidbey Middle School caused a lockdown earlier this month was charged with a felony, according to court documents. Prosecutors charged Charles S. Ferguson in Island County Superior Court Oct. 14 with one count of harassment — threats to kill. If convicted, he could face from three to eight months in jail under the standard sentencing range.
- posted Oct 28, 2013 at 10:14 AM
During the last seven weeks we have taken a look at various pathways people choose in their pursuit of God. If you are like me, I have walked more than one pathway throughout my life with varying results. Some paths I may not again take. Others I’ll walk weekly, if not daily. The concept was developed by writer Gary Thomas in his book, “Sacred Pathways: Discover Your Soul’s Path to God.”
- posted Oct 28, 2013 at 10:47 AM
The Oak Harbor youth football senior division team continued its undefeated season with a 33-8 thumping of Lakewood in the quarterfinals of North Cascade Youth Football League tournament Saturday, Oct. 26, at Fort Nugent Park.
- posted Oct 28, 2013 at 10:11 AM— updated Oct 29, 2013 at 8:18 AM
Oak Harbor Middle School students had the opportunity to meet a former student turned successful author last week. “Remember this day, and keep it in your head for a long time because you might be the second OHMS author,” said Alice Mikos, an OHMS teacher librarian. Brittany Geragotelis returned to her former school on Oct. 18 to speak to students about becoming an author.
- posted Oct 28, 2013 at 10:07 AM
Editor, Over the past year, I’ve come to know Lucas Yonkman well. After seeing Lucas’ exchange with the Oak Harbor City Council, wherein an attempt was made to disarm him, a law abiding, legal, concealed weapon carrier and trained army infantry veteran, I had a feeling there was more to come from him. I saw how he maintained his composure and acted with professionalism, poise, class and restraint. I quickly realized that this man had an opportunity to positively impact his community.
- posted Oct 28, 2013 at 10:09 AM
Editor, I’ve been employed at Whidbey General Hospital for more than 20 years. If I’m a friend of Whidbey General Hospital, it’s not about passing the bond to keep my job. It’s about living and working here, and making Whidbey Island my home. Is it too much to hope that where we live and work also be one of the places to get great health care?
- posted Oct 28, 2013 at 10:28 AM
Students and staff in the Oak Harbor School District are mourning the loss of a high school student who died Wednesday night. The student attended Oak Harbor High School.