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Sea Mar takes over troubled Recovery Services in Island County

  • Dec 16, 2013 at 7:28AM

Mark MacNaughton saw the highs and the lows of Island County’s addiction recovery efforts. MacNaughton, formerly the county’s program manager, sat next to Island County Human Services Director Jackie Henderson as county leadership outlined Recovery Service’s mistakes and missteps, and ordered the pair to relinquish management to a private organization. “It was grueling,” MacNaughton said.

Residents fight back as burglary cases shoot up on Whidbey Island

  • Dec 16, 2013 at 7:22AM

A spate of burglaries in rural areas of Whidbey Island has a group of residents considering unique ways to protect themselves. Some have even been doing their own detective work. Four men and a woman gathered at the Whidbey News-Times recently to discuss what they see as a dangerous problem on the island that’s only been getting worse. Several of them are repeat victims and none of the crimes have been solved, leading some to take matters into their own hands.

Finding: Island County wrong to withhold documents

  • Dec 16, 2013 at 7:00AM updated Dec 18, 2013 at 12:52PM

A hearing examiner with the state Public Employment Relations Commission ruled this week that Island County officials violated state law by withholding budget documents and other records sought by the deputy’s sheriff’s labor union. The county was ordered to produce the records and was cited with an “unfair labor practice” finding, according to a statement from Guild attorney Jim Cline. Deputy Darren Crownover, Guild president, said county officials will have to admit the unfair labor practice in a statement read into the record during a county commissioners’ hearing, as well as post statements in the workplace admitting to the violation.

Ballet is a family affair in Oak Harbor

  • Dec 16, 2013 at 7:22AM

Kumi Kosbar never thought such a thing was possible in her lifetime. The idea of slipping on tights, a tutu and funny little shoes while dancing as a ballerina was the furthest thing from her mind. “The image of ballet never existed in my brain,” said Kosbar, who grew up a competitive gymnast. Kosbar learned, however, that the power of a 5-year-old daughter should never be underestimated.

Lawmakers’ words are welcome, but now it’s time to back them up | Editorial

  • Dec 16, 2013 at 7:30AM

With the announcement this week that The Boeing Company will move as many as 1,200 of its research jobs out of Washington state, lawmakers, including Rep. Norma Smith, R-Clinton, are saying enough is enough. Boeing said Friday it is shifting those research jobs in Washington state and California to Alabama, Missouri and South Carolina

Cold-shooting 'Cats lose twice | Girls basketball

  • Dec 16, 2013 at 10:00AM updated at 12:21PM

The Oak Harbor High School girls basketball team was a collection of Cool 'Cats this weekend, and, in this case, that wasn't a good thing.

Wolves ride defense to win | Girls basketball

  • Dec 16, 2013 at 10:12AM

After its defense staked it a good-sized lead, the Coupeville High School girls basketball team hung on tight at the end to secure 35-31 win at Lakewood Friday, Dec. 13.

Coupeville falls in 2 close games | Boys basketball

  • Dec 16, 2013 at 11:53AM

Close losses just aren't cutting it any more, according to Coupeville High School boys basketball coach Anthony Smith.

Oak Harbor finishes 3rd in 18-team tournament | Wrestling

  • Dec 16, 2013 at 12:22PM

This is better. After the Oak Harbor High School wrestling team lost its season opener at Arlington Dec. 10, coach Peter Esvelt wasn't pleased with his team's performance. The Wildcats rebounded to finish third in the 18-team Edmonds Invitational Saturday, Dec. 14.

WAIF pooch inspires ‘Running Free’ memoir

  • Dec 17, 2013 at 7:00AM

While walking along a beach in Anchorage, Alaska, in 1979, Barb Bland came upon an injured seagull. Instead of walking past, she decided to stop and help the crippled bird. “I realized then that there are things out there that needed to be fixed,” Bland said. She began volunteering with wildlife rescue groups. She and her husband, Curt, moved to Whidbey Island in 1980 after sailing down from Alaska with friends. After some time on the island, she started volunteering at Whidbey Animals’ Improvement Foundation, or WAIF, when it was started in 1990.

Whidbey Eco Network unrolls new website, partnerships

  • Dec 17, 2013 at 8:00AM

On a trip to the beach at South Whidbey State Park Wednesday, the students of Calyx School found a gumboot chiton, a large marine mollusk. Discoveries like this are what the park-based, progressive school is all about. “We’re not actually teaching,” said Caylx teacher Sarah Gillet. “We’re making an educational setting that is the best educational experience.”

Huffer shines at PNS championships | Youth swimming

  • Dec 17, 2013 at 8:08AM

Oak Harbor's Kelly Huffer, who competes for the Bellingham Bay Swim Team, earned high point honors in the girls division at the Pacific Northwest Swim 14-and-under Championships Dec. 13-15 at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way.

Wildcats bury Bearcats | Swimming

  • Dec 17, 2013 at 8:00AM updated at 11:56AM

Monroe couldn't handle the talent or depth of the Oak Harbor High School swim team and was swamped by the Wildcats 122-39 at John Vanderzicht Pool Monday, Dec. 16.

Creative pursuits: Students put talents on display at Teen Art Show in Oak Harbor

  • Dec 17, 2013 at 8:00AM

A discarded metal sign turned into gold for Steel Springer. Springer’s dad discovered the sign after it was left behind at a rental property and gave it to his creative son. Springer, an advanced art student at Oak Harbor High School, used his imagination and a Sharpie marker to draw a zombie face, giving even more of an ominous meaning to the yellow “Dead End” sign.

Question is, where best to invest time? | Letters

  • Dec 18, 2013 at 8:00AM

Editor, I too believe more information should be given to the public regarding safety and crimes committed. Recent activity on Island County Sheriff’s Facebook page asking for help for the armed robbery on the south end was a little lame.

Where was the story about Pearl Harbor? | Letters

  • Dec 18, 2013 at 8:00AM

Editor, I want to express to you my absolute utter contempt for your selection of content of the Dec. 7 newspaper. A newspaper published on Dec. 7, in a Navy town full of Navy Veterans that has not one word about Pearl Harbor. Shame on you.

Isn’t it time for a few other ‘concessions?’| Letters

  • Dec 18, 2013 at 8:00AM

Editor, The Navy concedes? The Wednesday, Dec. 11 issue of the Whidbey News-Times reports that the Navy “concedes that their touch and go operations have exceeded their estimates by roughly 3,000.” For one year!

Johnson was elected to represent everyone | Letters

  • Dec 18, 2013 at 8:00AM

Editor, In the Dec. 7 edition of the Whidbey News-Times, Island County Commissioner Jill Johnson accused Citizens of Ebey’s Reserve of “grandstanding.” She also claimed that COER has had “ample opportunities in the past to present its views on the (Growler) issue.” Oh really?

Whidbey Island Digest

  • Dec 18, 2013 at 8:00AM

Lights shining on South Whidbey; Camano pushing incorporation; People needed for Polar plunge; Porter ends term on commission; Langley loses public works director; Coupeville schools get new numbers; Santa Mobile visits C. Whidbey

Island County approves event permitting for Whidbey farms

  • Dec 17, 2013 at 2:20PM

Island County commissioners unanimously approved an ordinance earlier this month that allows permitting for events on agricultural properties. The policy applies to events taking place on advertised properties for uses such as weddings, reunions, graduations and food events for a fee, or otherwise commercial use that may include more than 50 attendees. It is not the county’s intent to regulate private parties hosted by property owners, the ordinance states.

Home for Christmas in Oak Harbor

  • Dec 17, 2013 at 2:30PM

Petty Officer 1st Class Robert Dorr returned home Dec. 16 from a nine-month cruise aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz to meet his almost-4-month-old daughter, Grace, for the first time. Dorr, his wife Lindsey Dorr, and Grace live in Oak Harbor while Robert commutes to Everett for at least one more year to serve on Nimitz. He has spent his entire 14-year career at NAS Whidbey prior to this tour aboard the Nimitz hoping to return to Whidbey Island with his next orders.

Jet noise foes take aim at pro-Navy Island County commissioner

  • Dec 19, 2013 at 7:09AM

Representatives of two citizens groups that complained about Navy jet noise took aim at Island County Commissioner Jill Johnson on Monday. Michael Monson, president of Coupeville-based Citizens of Ebey’s Reserve, or COER, and Garrett Newkirk, member of North-end group Concerned Citizens of Island County, took turns reading a letter to commissioners calling Johnson’s recent letter of support for the Navy “misleading and inappropriate.” Also reading was COER member Catherine Andrews.

NAS Whidbey: OLF practices resume in January as planned

  • Dec 19, 2013 at 7:00AM updated at 10:57AM

Whidbey Island Naval Air Station ha announced its plans to resume flight operations at Outlying Landing Field Coupeville in January. While the actual start date is not been set, the Navy will resume its practice of releasing practice schedules a week in advance for community planning purposes, said Mike Welding, public affairs officer for NAS Whidbey.

With the holidays upon us, mailbox thefts once again on rise on Whidbey Island

  • Dec 19, 2013 at 7:08AM

West Beach resident Sarah Felger went to get her mail after work Monday, expecting Christmas cards and maybe some junk mail. Instead, she discovered her mailboxes and those of her neighbors were open and empty. A mail thief had struck. “I was very upset. I felt almost violated,” she said. “But it’s not going to affect my Christmas spirit.

Tokens of appreciation: When it comes to holiday shopping, Whidbey Island pets find place on Christmas lists

  • Dec 19, 2013 at 7:23AM

In the living room of Jason and Jorae Blackwell’s home in Oak Harbor are six Christmas stockings. One for each of them and one for each of their three young children, Sophia, Paxton and Gabriel. The sixth one is for Ana, the family dog.

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