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Very few have right to complain about noise | Letters

  • Dec 20, 2013 at 6:00AM

Editor, Outlying Field Coupeville was put into operation by the Navy back in 1943, one may check this date on Wikipedia. That’s 70 years ago. How many of today’s noise complainers owned their property prior to OLF’s use as a carrier-landing practice field? Darned few I’d say.

Oak Harbor man charged with breaking windows

  • Dec 20, 2013 at 7:00AM

An Oak Harbor man who broke a shop window and a car window after being escorted out of a downtown bar this summer is facing a felony charge, court documents allege. Anderson R. Woods, 33, allegedly became upset when a bartender at Off the Hook refused to return his credit card, which he claimed was stolen, and a bouncer made him leave earlier in the morning hours of July 19.

Newspaper needs to balance reporting to reflect OLF support | Guest Column

  • Dec 20, 2013 at 7:00AM

he newspaper continues to report on the front page the ranting of the anti-Navy leadership that wants to move half the Navy off island rather than interview a proportionate number of the 5,000-plus people who signed the petition stating the Outlying Field Coupeville has been operating more than 70 years, is grandfathered and should keep OLF open.

Holly Day gets great support from friends | Letters

  • Dec 20, 2013 at 7:00AM

Editor, Murphy’s Law says no one gets sick on Wednesdays; too far from weekends. But, when they had a chance to skip outdoor work because Dec. 7 dawned at 17 degrees Fahrenheit, the Friends of South Whidbey State Park showed up in impressive numbers to work, and it was on a Saturday.

Homes for the holidays in Oak Harbor

  • Dec 20, 2013 at 7:00AM updated at 10:52AM

Making their way through the yule tide decorations, guests were amazed at the work Melanie Hand put into her home. With three full trees, two small ones on the bar and another placed in a sitting room — everyone was in awe of the details. And that doesn’t include all of the Santas that were in the house.

We need a solid plan before using only renewable energy | Guest Column

  • Dec 20, 2013 at 7:00AM

This summer, the nation sweltered in a deadly heat wave. High temperatures hovered near 100 degrees, the heat buckled highways in several states and firefighters in Indianapolis evacuated 300 people from a senior living community when the air conditioning failed. Cities from New York to Seattle set up cooling centers.

Keep printing Klope’s thoughtful columns | Letters

  • Dec 20, 2013 at 7:00AM

Editor, I am so disappointed when I don’t get to read Joan Bay-Klope’s column in your newspaper. She does indeed share thoughtful and thought provoking insight. Good grief, we are in one of the most special times of the year where we give thanks for the many blessings that we have. It is important to me to have a well rounded local paper to read. Please continue to publish her column.

Whidbey Island fire districts may need to provide health coverage to their volunteers

  • Dec 20, 2013 at 7:00AM

Fire districts may have to become compliant with the Affordable Care Act by 2015. Volunteer firefighters are considered employees when it comes to the Affordable Care Act, said Marv Koorn, North Whidbey Fire and Rescue chief. “At this point we have a year to investigate all what’s going on,” Koorn said. “We’re going to have to track all the volunteer hours until the IRS or Congress exempt volunteers.”

NCIS agents nab Oak Harbor man in Craigslist drug bust

  • Dec 20, 2013 at 7:00AM

Special agents with the Naval Criminal Investigative Service teamed with detectives from the Oak Harbor Police Department for a Craigslist drug bust in October. Matthew Czarnik, 51, of Oak Harbor man, was caught in the online sting operation, according to court documents. He was charged in Island County Superior Court Dec. 2 with possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute.

Vikings' depth too much for Oak Harbor | Swimming

  • Dec 20, 2013 at 9:17AM

Three Oak Harbor High School swimmers won two events, but Lake Stevens used its depth to defeat the visiting Wildcats 98-82 Thursday, Dec. 19.

Wildcats win double-dual match | Wrestling

  • Dec 20, 2013 at 9:30AM

One was close, one was a rout and both were wins for the Oak Harbor High School wrestling team in a double-dual meet at Mount Vernon High School Thursday, Dec. 19.

Games postponed because of snow

  • Dec 20, 2013 at 1:56PM

The Oak Harbor and Coupeville high school basketball games scheduled for tonight (Friday, Dec. 20) have been postponed because of snow.

Whidbey Island Scanner

  • Dec 21, 2013 at 7:00AM

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

Oak Harbor city eyes building on Pioneer

  • Dec 21, 2013 at 9:00AM

Oak Harbor is banking on an office building purchase to facilitate sewer plant improvements. Following a lengthy executive session Tuesday, the Oak Harbor City Council voted to enter into a purchase and sales agreement with Whidbey Island Bank. If all goes according to plan, the city will purchase the Whidbey Island Bank 35,000-square-foot building and parking lot on Pioneer Way for $2.6 million. The new sewer treatment plant will be built in the spacious back lot, which borders Windjammer Park.

Island County officials say real estate agents responsible for proper noise disclosure

  • Dec 22, 2013 at 9:00AM updated Dec 23, 2013 at 10:51AM

Planning Director David Wechner told the Island County Board of Commissioners Wednesday that some real estate agents are not giving out both of the county’s required noise disclosure statements. Disclosure of jet noise levels during the sale of a home has become a point of debate in the wake of a Central Whidbey group’s lawsuit against the Navy in July over increased jet noise at Outlying Field Coupeville.

Attack on Christian values is a low blow | Publisher's Column

  • Dec 22, 2013 at 9:00AM

Citizens of Ebey’s Reserve certainly has a right to voice an opinion. The group has the right to file a federal lawsuit if members believe they’ve been wronged, and they did just that. However, COER can’t expect that everyone will agree with their position, or that others might not hold an opposing viewpoint. Case in point, Island County Commissioner Jill Johnson, a staunch proponent of the Navy and its presence on Whidbey Island.

EDC study: Navy base area’s top employer for Island County

  • Dec 22, 2013 at 9:00AM

An economic impact study completed by the Island County Economic Development Council this month shows the impact Whidbey Island Naval Air Station has on area economies. The base contributed $726 million dollars in salaries to Island County’s economy in 2011 and $15 million to Skagit County’s, according to the study. The study was requested by in August by Island County Commissioner Jill Johnson.

Level 2 sex offender moves to Whidbey Island

  • Dec 22, 2013 at 10:00AM

A Level 2 sex offender will be living on the 1600 block of Zylstra Road on North Whidbey, the Island County Sheriff’s Office reported. Christopher E. Culter, 29, previously lived in Cowlitz County, where he committed his crimes. He has a history of repeatedly sexually assaulting his sisters when they were young children.

Group organizes Christmas gathering in Oak Harbor

  • Dec 22, 2013 at 4:00PM updated Dec 24, 2013 at 10:49AM

The thought of someone spending Christmas Day alone tugged a little on Ryan Wallin’s heart strings. As secretary of a group that tackled charitable causes, Wallin was struck with an idea after he was asked what services were offered during the holidays around Oak Harbor for those who needed it most. After taking a quick mental inventory, Wallin realized most days were covered except for one big exception.

3 Wildcats earn titles in Morin tournament | Wrestling

  • Dec 23, 2013 at 8:42AM

Three individual champions led the Oak Harbor High School wrestling team to a fourth-place finish in the 12-team Graham Morin Invitational at Squalicum High School in Bellingham Saturday, Dec. 21.

Naval Hospital Oak Harbor expanding, improving services

  • Dec 23, 2013 at 9:00AM

With new P-8 Poseidon squadrons expected to arrive at Whidbey Island Naval Air Station, the base hospital is expanding and improving services, according to base officials. Primary changes include closure of the hospital’s Urgent Care Center, expansion of the Medical Home Port Primary Care Center, upgrades to the birthing center and the addition of a 24-hour nurse hotline.

North Whidbey road closure

  • Dec 23, 2013 at 9:00AM

During the installation of a petroleum pipeline for Whidbey Island Naval Air Station down Torpedo Road, there will be road closures affecting area residents. Torpedo Road and Regatta Drive will be temporarily shut down from Crescent Harbor Road to Highway 20. Homeowners will be allowed access to their homes. The work will begin Jan. 6 and is estimated to last eight weeks.

Driftwood assault earns Oak Harbor man life in prison without parole

  • Dec 23, 2013 at 9:00AM

An Oak Harbor man who got high on methamphetamine and hit a stranger on the head with a piece of driftwood pleaded guilty to his “third strike” last week. Eric P. Raster, 31, will never be a free man again, barring an act of God or a governor. Against the advice of his attorney, Raster pleaded guilty to two counts of assault in second degree and one count of assault in the fourth degree.

Whidbey General earns award

  • Dec 23, 2013 at 9:00AM

Whidbey General Hospital’s Home Healthcare Department earned a 2013 Guardian of Excellence Award by Press Ganey Associates, Inc. The award recognizes top-performing facilities that achieve the 95th percentile of performance in patient satisfaction, employee engagement, physician engagement or clinical quality, according to a press release.

NORAD reports an increase in activity at the North Pole

  • Dec 23, 2013 at 11:18AM

North American Aerospace Defense Command reports that satellites are in place to track Santa Claus during his annual yuletide journey. Satellite images have already shown an increase in activity at the North Pole. The images appear to show many short men and women in colorful outfits lugging packages wrapped with ribbons and bows, NORAD reports.

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