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- posted Nov 13, 2013 at 8:55 AM— updated Nov 14, 2013 at 10:16 AM
The Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce is getting a bump in funding from the city next year. Last week, members of the City Council unanimously approved a renewal of the tourism services contract with the chamber. Under the agreement, the chamber receives lodging tax funds earmarked for tourism-promoting efforts.
- posted Nov 13, 2013 at 9:15 AM— updated Nov 14, 2013 at 10:15 AM
Island County Commis-sioner Kelly Emerson has filed a second lawsuit against the county, claiming the Planning Department is still refusing to grant her a building permit for her deck. “I think that my husband and I have shown a sounding (sic) level of tolerance,” Emerson said Tuesday. “The actions of the county staff are unacceptable.”
- posted Nov 13, 2013 at 9:23 AM— updated Nov 14, 2013 at 10:15 AM
Administrators of the controversial clean water utility program discovered that more than 1,400 additional parcels must be assessed in 2014. Island County Treasurer Anna Maria Nunez, who was out of the state for three months because to an illness in her family, told the Island County Board of Commissioners Wednesday that a computer glitch was to blame for the error. Properties designated as tax-exempt were not charged the utility fee even though they are not exempt.
- posted Dec 5, 2013 at 10:22 AM
The Oak Harbor High School swim team finished with a 9-1 record in 2012-13, and coach Alex Thierry doesn’t see why the Wildcats can’t meet that mark again this winter.
- posted Nov 13, 2013 at 9:37 AM
No words can express the sadness being felt in our community in the wake of the deaths of twins Janesah and Janeah Goheen. Janesah died Monday at Harborview Medical Center. Janeah was declared dead at the scene of the Oct. 31 accident near Anacortes. The girls, who lived in Oak Harbor, were 17.
- posted Nov 13, 2013 at 9:35 AM
Life gets so crazy for Marcus Raymond that sometimes he literally doesn’t know where he’s going. As a traveling entertainer, Raymond is booked on cruise ships all over the world. He remembers once arriving at an airport ticket window and being asked for his destination. So frazzled by sleep deprivation, his head spinning from so many other trips, he honestly couldn’t remember.
- posted Nov 14, 2013 at 11:49 AM
Volunteers are needed Saturday to assist with providing food for the memorial service Saturday for the Goheen twins, who died following an Oct. 31 car accident near Anacortes. Organizers are seeking volunteers to donate baked goods, fruit or veggie trays and appetizers for the service on Saturday.
- posted Nov 13, 2013 at 9:25 AM
avigating the murky waters of the Washington Health Exchange can be tricky, but there are resources out there. “I’ve been speaking for days,” said Lisa Clark, Opportunity Council Island County Service Center director. Informational meetings are being held up and down the island with new ones getting booked all the time. State certified health exchange navigators are traveling around the county to answer questions, and help people use the system.
- posted Dec 6, 2013 at 2:49 PM
Oak Harbor Mayor Scott Dudley’s benefits will shrink in just over a year. Members of City Council shot back at his proposal to eliminate health insurance coverage for all elected officials with a resolution that will only affect the mayor’s benefits. The council unanimously approved the resolution during Tuesday’s meeting. It eliminates elected officials’ eligibility to participate in the city’s high-deductible health care plan and prevents the city from paying for medical premiums for dependents of elected officials.
- posted Nov 13, 2013 at 9:39 AM
Editor, Oak Harbor Mayor Scott Dudley wants to spin the outcome of this election as not being a referendum on him, but rather the result of “campaigning, campaigning hard.” Since the mayor personally campaigned at least as hard as any of the actual candidates, even going door-to-door in his attempt to defeat the City Council members with whom he has differences, perhaps it was about how he campaigned, with distortions, untruthfulness and attempts to discredit those whom he cannot fire.
- posted Nov 13, 2013 at 9:40 AM
Editor, Daughters of Norway Ester Moe Lodge no. 39 held its annual Nordic Fest, and what a good crowd we had. We sincerely thank our Whidbey Island friends, neighbors and visitors, who came from far and near, for their enthusiastic support of our 14th Annual Nordic Fest. You made our day great in so many ways.
- posted Nov 13, 2013 at 9:42 AM
Editor, When did we stop taking responsibility for our own actions? Why are we always looking to blame others for our misfortunes, either real or perceived? This is the case of the so-called Citizens Of Ebey’s Reserve. The COER want to blame the jets for their alleged misfortunes, yet refuse to acknowledge their own responsibilities for moving here, in the first place.
- posted Nov 13, 2013 at 9:39 AM
Editor, On Nov. 5, the Whidbey General Hospital bond was approved with 61.53 percent of the vote. Support was widespread up and down the island—the bond received majority approval in 33 out of 37 precincts and in several precincts, it garnered more than 75 percent. Sincere thanks to the many bond supporters, particularly the Friends of Whidbey General Hospital, who worked hard to educate the public and spread awareness of this measure.
- posted Dec 6, 2013 at 2:50 PM
The organizer of the North Whidbey Community Harvest called it a Thanksgiving like none other. The 12th annual event drew about 4,000 people to the Oak Harbor Elks Lodge on Nov. 28 while volunteers delivered meals to about 1,000 more, according to Jack Stiltz, the event’s coordinator. “This ranked as the best we’ve ever had in 12 years,” Stiltz said.
- posted Nov 13, 2013 at 9:26 AM
Buses full of newlyweds, mothers, and wedding and event enthusiasts toured the Coupeville area Saturday for the inaugural Weddings on Whidbey and Events Tour. The occasion featured more than 45 vendors ranging from the islands premiere venues to catering services and wineries. Shuttle buses took the 200 ticket holders to five locations across Central Whidbey where vendors showed off their best work.
- posted Nov 13, 2013 at 9:41 AM
Editor, Two months ago, my producing team and I came to Whidbey to put together the plan and build the infrastructure for the feature film “Lost & Found.” But, in reality, the planning began many years earlier. When I started writing the script for this film, I always had Whidbey in my mind and heart. Whidbey is majestic yet quaint, mysterious yet glorious.
- posted Dec 5, 2013 at 10:24 AM
The Oak Harbor High School competitive and sideline cheer teams are off to a fresh start.
- posted Dec 5, 2013 at 10:23 AM
"LEAD Strong" is the motto of this winter's Coupeville High School cheer squad, tying into the traditional family feeling the team has built over the years.
- posted Nov 15, 2013 at 2:16 PM— updated Nov 16, 2013 at 11:32 AM
There’s a house on Midway Boulevard filled with the memories of when Oak Harbor was a small town filled with oak trees, tracts of open land were used as ballfields by neighborhood children and just about everybody knew one another or was related. The little, yellow house doesn’t have a name, like many other historic homes on Whidbey Island, but its history tells the story of a family, as well as a community. Family members are holding an open house Sunday, Nov. 17, to allow the community to tour the recently renovated home. The gathering is 1-3:30 p.m. at 580 S.E. Midway Blvd.
- posted Nov 15, 2013 at 2:47 PM
The Oak Harbor High School volleyball team continued its hot streak by defeating Eastside Catholic 3-2 in the opening round of the state tournament Friday, Nov. 15, at Saint Martin's University in Lacey.
- posted Nov 16, 2013 at 8:34 AM
Top-ranked Southridge moved one step closer to the state volleyball title by rolling by Oak Harbor 3-0 in the quarterfinals Friday, Nov. 15, at Saint Martin's University in Lacey.
- posted Dec 6, 2013 at 2:46 PM— updated Dec 9, 2013 at 8:37 AM
Dramatic exchanges that occurred during the Navy’s public information meetings last week illustrated rising tensions over jet noise. Within the first hour of the first scoping meeting in Coupeville, two men traded heated words that led to one of them being ejected by town marshals. During the second meeting, held in Oak Harbor, community leaders on both sides of the debate made unscheduled presentations to Capt. Mike Nortier, commanding officer of Whidbey Island Naval Air Station.
- posted Dec 6, 2013 at 3:07 PM— updated Dec 9, 2013 at 8:38 AM
A man wearing a black ski mask, camouflage jacket and pants stormed the Bayview Valero gas station Wednesday night and forced the store’s clerk to hand him $500. The clerk was not seriously injured by the armed robber, though the Island County Sheriff’s Office reported the suspect jabbed the victim with the barrel of the weapon, leaving an impression in her skin that matches the diameter of a shotgun barrel. “Endangering somebody’s life for anything doesn’t make any sense for anything,” said detective Ed Wallace.
- posted Nov 16, 2013 at 11:07 AM
Despite an ongoing debate about jet noise, particularly at Outlying Field Coupeville, residents expressed broad support at a forum on the possible installation of several additional P-8A squadrons at Whidbey Island Naval Air Station. The squadrons would be in place by 2016. Even members of the Coupeville-based group Citizen’s of Ebeys Reserve, which filed a federal lawsuit over jet noise at OLF Coupeville, expressed support for relocation of the P-8A squadrons to Whidbey.
- posted Dec 6, 2013 at 3:13 PM
Carrying a tuba around every day can take a toll on the triceps. But what felt like a struggle a year ago seems a little less laborious these days for Jordan George. He’s gotten stronger, and so has his tuba playing. George, an eighth grader at North Whidbey Middle School in Oak Harbor, recently was selected to participate in the Washington Music Educators Association Junior All-State band Feb. 15 in Yakima.