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Article credited for open house record | Letters

  • Dec 6, 2013 at 7:00AM

Editor, I just wanted to say kudos to your reporter, Sara Hansen. She did the article for my annual Model Railroad Open House. As a result we had more than 350 visitors, an all time record, a half ton of food for Gifts From The Heart and $200 in cash donations.

Confident Navy will hear all concerns | Letters

  • Dec 6, 2013 at 7:00AM

The following is an open letter written by Congressman Rick Larsen to Navy Admiral William “Bill” Gortney, commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command: Dear Admiral Gortney, I am pleased that Fleet Forces Command has chosen to go forward with a full Environmental Impact Statement for EA-18G operations at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island’s Ault Field and the Outlying Field, Coupeville.

How many workers need to stand around? | Letters

  • Dec 6, 2013 at 7:00AM

Editor, I am wondering where Island County gets the enormous funding to pay the salaries of the 20 or so people and the line of county vehicles parked along Reservation Road to stand around and watch an excavator burst a new drainage pipe under the road? In my 30 years of supervising construction projects I never saw this many people gawking and taking photos of a couple guys doing their job.

Fight over UFC leads to assault in Oak Harbor

  • Dec 6, 2013 at 8:00AM updated at 3:28PM

An Oak Harbor man is accused of choking his wife and restraining her from leaving after fighting about whether he should drink while watching Ultimate Fighting Championship, court documents show. Erik Selvidge, 25, was ordered held in Island County Jail in lieu of $100,000 bail. Island County Superior Court Judge Vickie Churchill ruled at a Nov. 18 hearing that there was probable cause to hold him on suspicion of kidnapping and assault.

Whidbey Animals’ Improvement Foundation fundraising continues

  • Dec 6, 2013 at 8:00AM

If fundraising goes as expected, stray animals caught on Whidbey Island could have a new home. Officials with the Whidbey Animals’ Improvement Foundation are raising money and constructing a new campus. Nearly $2 million has been raised and leaders are looking to collect another $1.8 million to pay for construction of a new 8,700-square-foot-building on 9.8 acres of land located across the street from the current shelter near Coupeville.

Aussies ‘invade’ NAS Whidbey

  • Dec 6, 2013 at 8:00AM updated at 2:42PM

Over the next three years, six crews of the Royal Australian Air Force will train to fly the new EA-18G Growler at Whidbey Island Naval Air Station. The pilots will join the base’s Fleet Replacement Squadron and Electronic Attack Squadron 129. As part of the U.S. government’s Foreign Military Sales program, the Australian government is purchasing 12 of the Boeing-made Growlers.

Winter prep preview | Coupeville boys basketball

  • Dec 6, 2013 at 10:00AM

The Coupeville High School boys basketball team has more experience and greater depth than the past few seasons. The question is, will that result in more wins?

Winter prep preview | Coupeville girls basketball

  • Dec 6, 2013 at 10:00AM

A strong competitive spirit and work ethic should help the Coupeville High School girls basketball team challenge for a spot in the first division in the Cascade Conference this season, according to coach David King.

Winter prep preview | Oak Harbor swimming

  • Dec 7, 2013 at 10:00AM

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.

Oak Harbor mayor will see benefits reduced

  • Dec 8, 2013 at 9:00AM

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.

Police seek suspect in Bayview robbery

  • Dec 8, 2013 at 9:00AM updated Dec 9, 2013 at 8:38AM

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.

Oak Harbor harvest dinner feeds 5,000

  • Dec 8, 2013 at 9:00AM

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.

Winter prep preview | Oak Harbor cheer

  • Dec 8, 2013 at 10:00AM

The Oak Harbor High School competitive and sideline cheer teams are off to a fresh start.

Winter prep preview | Coupeville cheer

  • Dec 8, 2013 at 10:00AM

"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.

Holiday house: Oak Harbor couple shares holiday joy by sprucing up their yard with elaborate displays for all seasons

  • Dec 9, 2013 at 9:00AM updated Dec 10, 2013 at 8:33AM

For three months out of the year, Patti and Harry Keller don’t worry about the electric bill. They shrug it off as a temporary inconvenience essential to enjoying their favorite pastime. “Oh, it shoots up the last three months of the year,” Patti said of their bill. “We really don’t want to figure it out. It’s not the point.” The point is, joy radiates from the Keller’s front yard during the holidays.

Navy says OLF Coupeville barrier was years in planning

  • Dec 9, 2013 at 9:00AM updated Dec 10, 2013 at 8:39AM

The recent installation of cement blocks around Outlying Field Coupeville is drawing criticism from area residents who claim the Navy failed to consult with the community. More than 1,000 40-inch cement Jersey barriers were placed around the perimeter of the OLF, stamped with the words “government property, do not trespass.” Additional fencing will also be placed at the entryways. Plans to install the blocks to increase security at OLF Coupeville has been in the works for years, according to officials at Whidbey Island Naval Air Station.

Improving their lot: Nonprofits help residents buy trailer park in Oak Harbor

  • Dec 9, 2013 at 9:00AM updated Dec 10, 2013 at 8:32AM

Wayne Killebrew admits he’s a little embarrassed by the state of his neighborhood. Tucked away just north of Oak Harbor, the mobile home park once called Thunderbird is filled with 59 ancient, moss-covered, single- and double-wide trailers. Many are in various states of disrepair, with tarps and other makeshift patches covering holes in thin walls. Some yards are littered with junk.

North Whidbey Middle School student tuba player makes state

  • Dec 9, 2013 at 9:00AM updated Dec 11, 2013 at 11:33AM

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.

Extra work helps Wolves earn split | Girls basketball

  • Dec 9, 2013 at 11:28AM

The Coupeville High School girls basketball team's willingness to work paid early dividends as the Wolves defeated visiting Meridian 46-34 Saturday, Dec. 7.

Mountaineers top Wildcats | Girls basketball

  • Dec 9, 2013 at 11:38AM

The Mount Baker High School girls basketball team hurt Oak Harbor with the long ball in the first half and then from the block in the second to defeat the host Wildcats 65-51 Friday, Dec. 6.

Wolves fall to jitters, Blaine | Boys basketball

  • Dec 9, 2013 at 12:44PM

First-game nerves contributed to a slow start for the Coupeville High School boys basketball team in its 84-50 loss at Blaine Saturday, Dec. 7

Years after Metcalf, district may get a Republican vote | Guest Column

  • Dec 10, 2013 at 7:00AM

It’s been 33 years since voters chose a Republican governor in Washington. It’s been even longer since a member of the Grand Old Party got elected from the 38th Legislative District to the state House of Representatives. You have to go back half a century to find the last one — Jack Metcalf, a Whidbey Island Republican who won a House seat when the district’s boundaries encompassed parts of Snohomish and Island counties.

Grateful for stranger’s help after falling | Letters

  • Dec 10, 2013 at 7:00AM

Editor, Thank you, kind gentleman, for coming to my rescue. Under embarrassing circumstances I met Max from Lancaster, Pa., in town as a tourist, taking a break from visiting his kid, stationed on Whidbey. He just happened to be on hand to be my hero on Coupeville’s historic Front Street.

Resolving to create a ‘collaborative’ 2014 | Letters

  • Dec 10, 2013 at 7:00AM

Editor, This letter is regarding a confrontation that was originally sold as a conversation between a Coupeville resident and I at the Tuesday Navy EIS scoping. Although the Coupeville resident, I believe, acted like a bully, alleged I wanted “a war machine everywhere I go,” and brought up my bullied childhood, I sincerely apologize to the Coupeville town marshal for my angry outburst.

Petco opening new store in Oak Harbor

  • Dec 6, 2013 at 3:16PM

A national pet-supply retailer is moving into Oak Harbor, but the owner of the city’s longtime, family-owned pet store isn’t worried about the competition. “For me, it doesn’t change a lot of things,” said Brian Knoll, owner of Island Pet Center. “We’re going to continue to take care of our customers like we always have. We’re going to continue to offer fair, competitive prices, like we always have.” Petco plans to open a store in a vacant building on State Highway 20 across from the Albertson’s supermarket, according to documents filed with the city of Oak Harbor. The building used to house a Blockbuster Video and a payday loan business.

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