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- Sep 25, 2013 at 3:00PM updated Sep 27, 2013 at 12:18AM
Healing can take place in unusual places. For Nancy Hakala, that place was on a mechanical lift hovering over a strange town. Painting a mural in downtown Oak Harbor, nearly 1,000 miles from her home, Hakala was able to escape the constant reminders of a life event that turned her world upside down.
- Sep 25, 2013 at 4:00PM updated Sep 27, 2013 at 12:17AM
With a rumble of busy feet overhead and a tub full of decapitated and limbless dolls beside him, Brian Boyle stands in a dank, chilly basement and marvels at his surroundings. The organizer of Whidbey Island’s scariest haunted house, Boyle couldn’t ask for a better setting to scare people than the ground floor of the 100-year-old Neil barn. “Those cobwebs are real,” Boyle said proudly.
- Sep 26, 2013 at 9:45AM
Two early goals by Bailie Weikel started Marysville Getchell on the way to a 5-0 win over the visiting Oak Harbor High School soccer team Tuesday, Sept. 24
- Sep 26, 2013 at 9:23AM
A heart-thumping match turned into a heart-breaking loss. The Coupeville High School volleyball team lost a 3-2 thriller to visiting Sultan Tuesday, Sept. 24.
- Sep 26, 2013 at 9:28AM
Two goals by Madi Boyd pushed South Whidbey past the visiting Coupeville High School soccer team 2-0 Tuesday, Sept. 24.
- Sep 26, 2013 at 10:11AM
As far as Oak Harbor High School volleyball coach Kerri Molitor is concerned, her team's record is 0-0. The Wildcats begin league play next week with a clean conference slate, but Snohomish added to Oak Harbor's nonleague miseries by topping the visiting 'Cats 3-1 Tuesday, Sept. 24.
- Sep 26, 2013 at 10:00AM updated at 3:51PM
Finally, a breather. After playing five one-point matches in six contests, the Oak Harbor High School tennis team cruised by host Maryville-Pilchuck 7-0 Wednesday, Sept. 25.
- Sep 26, 2013 at 12:24PM
The Navy will hold a public forum in response to its announcement about the arrival of additional P-8A squadrons at Whidbey Island Naval Air Station. The meeting will help the Navy determine how the squadrons will be divided between NAS Whidbey and NAS Jacksonville, Fla.
- Sep 26, 2013 at 2:36PM
Only Jim Campbell stood in front of members of the Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce and said that he would not vote to increase city funding to the group. Joel Servatius was the only one who said he would. All eight candidates running for seats on the City Council took the stage during a packed chamber luncheon at the Elks Club Thursday. They each had four minutes to talk about themselves and answer one question posed by Jason McFadyen, chamber president.
- Sep 27, 2013 at 7:00AM
At this time of year, often only traces remain of a garden’s splendor. Beautiful rose blooms become few and far between. Butterfly bush blooms turn brown. Lilies lose their luster. Still, it’s clear by walking through Marcia Nelson’s yard that her gardens exploded with color in recent months as evidence is still visible. Nelson, however, will kid with you that her Oak Harbor property is among the most neglected around. There are other gardens to tend to, after all.
- Sep 27, 2013 at 8:37AM
A win a second doubles was all the Oak Harbor High School tennis team could collect in a 6-1 loss at Shorewood Thursday, Sept. 26.
- Sep 27, 2013 at 8:50AM
Unable to generate much offense, the Coupeville High School volleyball team lost 3-0 to Archbishop Murphy Thursday, Sept. 26, in Everett.
- Sep 27, 2013 at 9:50AM
Snapping out of season-long scoring slump, the Coupeville soccer team stopped Sultan 3-2 at Mickey Clark Field Thursday, Sept. 26.
- Sep 27, 2013 at 9:00AM updated at 2:04PM
Finishing 1-2 in both the boys and girls races, the Oak Harbor High School cross country teams won a tri-meet at Marysville-Pilchuck Thursday, Sept. 26.
- Sep 27, 2013 at 9:05AM
Oak Harbor Mayor Scott Dudley plans to direct and star in his own TV show. Skeptical council members, however, say they would consider the production a comedy if it wasn’t for the dramatic waste of staff time. During a recent meeting, Dudley urged the members of the City Council to bring back the standing committee meetings, which were replaced with one large workshop each month.
- Sep 27, 2013 at 9:13AM
Frustrations are beginning to mount for the Oak Harbor High School soccer team as it fell 4-0 to Everett Thursday, Sept. 26, at Wildcat Memorial Stadium.
- Sep 27, 2013 at 11:51AM
For a number of years, the newspaper industry has struggled with how to navigate the online world and continue to succeed and thrive as a business. Yes, a business. Newspapers — the Whidbey News-Times included — share many of the same challenges and concerns as any other business in our community.
- Sep 27, 2013 at 1:00PM updated Sep 30, 2013 at 11:15AM
Three Wildcat United runners placed in the top five of their respective divisions at the 20th annual North Cascades Invitational middle school cross country meet in Sedro-Woolley Thursday, Sept. 26.
- Sep 26, 2013 at 10:31AM
Chauntelle Johnson is coming home -- and bringing 40 of her closest friends.
- Sep 28, 2013 at 8:00AM
As pretty as some birdhouses go, the ones that make Mike Dessert cuckoo are those outfitted with a tiny stick poking out of the front. “If you ever see a birdhouse that has a perch, it’s not a real birdhouse,” Dessert said. “You don’t find perches around cavity holes in the wild. There’s a reason for that. It’s so predatory birds don’t eat the young birds.
- Sep 29, 2013 at 3:00PM updated Sep 30, 2013 at 11:15AM
It was ugly and beautiful. The Coupeville High School football team went on the road for a much needed win, defeating Nooksack Valley 20-12 in a sloppy game Friday, Sept. 27.
- Sep 30, 2013 at 10:59AM
One of the main arguments against the hospital bond has been that the hospital is “losing money” and is operating at a loss this year. This is true. But it is more important, not to mention more illuminating, to look at the details of this loss. Several years ago the federal government started a program to mandate all health care providers to computerize. The ultimate goal is to have greater interconnectivity between facilities, doctors and other medical providers and to improve medical care across the country. Hospitals doing this early on actually will receive an additional bonus in their federal payments and those delaying will have a decrease in their payments.
- Sep 30, 2013 at 10:28AM
A “watchdog” citizens board appointed by county commissioners gave a positive review this month of the controversial clean water utility program. Don Lee, chairman of the Water Resources Committee or WRAC, said that after the program’s first year, the 12-member citizen’s board was comfortable with how the money was being utilized. “The money went where it was expected and everything seems to be going well,” Lee said Friday.
- Sep 30, 2013 at 10:56AM
I have been privileged to serve as the chief nurse for Whidbey General Hospital for the past 18 months. With an exceptional team of administrators and staff, I have worked to build a patient-centered, technologically sophisticated and fully integrated care delivery system. I came to Whidbey after 40 years of executive leadership in some of the most respected hospitals in the world, as an advanced practice nurse, retired Army Lt. Colonel, university professor, consultant and with a PhD in Health Policy and Management. From this perspective, I would like to respond to some badly misinformed opinions expressed in recent letters to the editor.
- Sep 30, 2013 at 10:58AM
Opinions on Whidbey General Hospital’s $50 million bond bring various views. Some opponents vote against any Whidbey General measure and others don’t want additional taxes. Bond supporters are divided between those who vote “yes” for anything the hospital wants while others see a yes vote as beneficial to the community. I see Whidbey General as a facility providing needed community services. But this construction bond should not be supported until WGH becomes financially viable.