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Newspaper carriers are vital in getting news to your home | Publisher's Column

  • Oct 13, 2013 at 10:00AM

As you read through this edition of the Whidbey News-Times, learning what your local community is up to, please take a moment to consider about what it takes to get that newspaper into your hands. Normally, we wouldn’t expect readers to think about all of that. However, the week of Oct. 6-12 marks National Newspaper Week, and Saturday, Oct. 12, is International Newspaper Carrier Day. Carrier Day is a salute to the hundreds of thousands of people who deliver more than 44 million newspapers to more than 100 million readers every day.

Pizza man to jury: ‘I did not kill my wife’

  • Oct 13, 2013 at 10:00AM updated Oct 15, 2013 at 8:14AM

Shocking many in the courtroom, Robert “Al” Baker took the stand Thursday afternoon in his own defense and claimed his wife’s death is a mystery to him. The 62-year-old Antarctic physicist and pizza man is accused of brutally murdering Kathie Baker in the days before his girlfriend came to visit the couple’s Greenbank home last June. Baker testified that he doesn’t know anything about the murder.

Orange you glad it’s pumpkin time?

  • Oct 14, 2013 at 8:55AM

This wasn’t just any old trip to a pumpkin patch for Sara Goss. And she knows, this month won’t mark just any old Halloween. Goss’ traditional family trip to Sherman’s Pioneer Farm in Coupeville included a new family member -- Goss’ first child, 3-month-old son Taylor Arnold.

Whidbey Growler makes an emergency landing

  • Oct 14, 2013 at 8:00AM updated Oct 15, 2013 at 8:14AM

An EA-18G Growler from Whidbey Island Naval Air Station made an emergency landing in Eastern Washington this past Wednesday. “During a routine training flight, a caution light illuminated in the cockpit of the EA-18G signaling the pilot to make a precautionary landing as soon as possible,” said NAS Whidbey Public Affairs Officer Mike Welding.

For second year in a row, wire thefts cut into Oak Harbor VFW fundraiser

  • Oct 14, 2013 at 9:00AM updated Oct 15, 2013 at 9:15AM

Approximately 1,000 pounds comprising several large barrels of wiring was stolen from the Oak Harbor Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 7392 last weekend. It’s not the first time in recent history this has happened. Last year, someone stole about $100 of wire that was left near the Conex recycling container located behind the VFW, according Myron Brundage, senior vice commander of the post.

Threat to employee prompts lock down of North Whidbey Middle School

  • Oct 14, 2013 at 9:00AM updated Oct 15, 2013 at 8:13AM

North Whidbey Middle School was locked down for 35 minutes Wednesday after a school employee received a threat from a person off campus. Although the threat was unrelated to school, officials notified the Oak Harbor Police Department and took the precautionary step of locking exterior doors, placing the building into a modified lockdown, according to Oak Harbor School District Superintendent Lance Gibbon. Once police arrived, evaluated the situation and determined students were not targeted in the threat, students were released at 2:35 p.m., five minutes later than normal dismissal, Gibbon said. After-school activities at the school were canceled as another precautionary measure.

Island County Commisioner Emerson finds win in debt payoff

  • Oct 14, 2013 at 9:00AM updated Oct 15, 2013 at 9:15AM

During the 2014 budget process, Commissioner Kelly Emerson did not speak much. Primarily, she said, because it has been tough to gain support for her initiatives that favor cutting taxes and what she deems non-essential services and programs. “The reason I’m silent is there’s no support,” Emerson said. “Why spend taxpayer time arguing something that you’re not going to get support for.”

Raptors enrapture Whidbey Island bird lovers

  • Oct 14, 2013 at 9:53AM

Kestrel SkyHawk swooped in with bald and golden eagles for the public to see. SkyHawk, the education director at the Sarvey Wildlife Care Center, held a presentation with live raptors Thursday, Oct. 10 at the Coupeville Recreation Hall. More than 80 people attended the event, which was hosted by the Whidbey Audubon Society.

Whidbey honors Haugen for service

  • Oct 14, 2013 at 9:00AM updated Oct 15, 2013 at 8:13AM

People began to cheer when former state senator Mary Margaret Haugen entered the room. “We are here for a single purpose, to thank Mary Margaret Haugen for serving this community,” said Island County Commissioner Helen Price Johnson. Approximately 100 residents from all over Whidbey Island descended upon the Coupeville Recreation Hall Wednesday to thank Haugen for her decades of service representing the 10th Legislative District, which represents Island County and parts of Skagit and Snohomish counties.

Island County postpones budget adoption for public input

  • Oct 14, 2013 at 9:00AM updated Oct 15, 2013 at 8:13AM

Island County commissioners opted to delay the adoption of the 2014 budget Monday to allow the public to review and comment on the final presentation. Budget Director Elaine Marlow showed a Powerpoint presentation to the board at Monday’s budget public hearing, and broke down the county’s revenues and expenditures in graphs and pie charts. The presentation had not yet been posted on the county’s website at the time of the hearing and Commissioner Helen Price Johnson, who made the motion, said she felt the public might like a chance to review the Powerpoint prior to adoption.

Prepping for Oak Harbor homecoming parade

  • Oct 14, 2013 at 10:12AM

Day off from school doesn’t mean preparation stops for next week’s Oak Harbor homecoming festivities

Easy decision to vote ‘yes’ on bond issue | Letters

  • Oct 14, 2013 at 10:26AM

It is easy for me to vote “yes” on the upcoming bond issue.

Farm management group crossing lines | Letters

  • Oct 14, 2013 at 10:29AM

So what is a contractor for the port doing holding a political forum for candidates hoping to get elected to the port? The private Greenbank Farm Management Group’s foray into campaign politics raises questions of appropriateness and conflicts of interest.

Greenbank Farm hosting Port of Coupeville candidate forum

  • Oct 14, 2013 at 10:07AM

Central Whidbey residents will be able to learn about the candidates running for the Port of Coupeville. The Greenbank Farm is hosting a candidate forum from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., Monday, Oct. 14. It will follow a format designed by the League of Women Voters

Home values decline, utility rates climbing | Letters

  • Oct 14, 2013 at 10:19AM

Here we go again, folks. How long do we, the taxpayers, have to pay for the stupidity of the previous city council? Another $6-8 a month for bones, a few more for storm drains, a few more for water treatment and a few more for this, that and other things.

Whidbey Island author puts heart and soul into book

  • Oct 14, 2013 at 10:15AM

Bloodlines to early pioneer make Darst Townsdin natural choice for latest book on Oak Harbor history

Ethically obligated to set the record straight | Letters

  • Oct 14, 2013 at 10:24AM

One of a registered nurse’s responsibilities is to educate and inform the community with honesty and accuracy. We follow a code of ethics that guides our professional conscience in maintaining the integrity of our practice. Therefore, it is necessary to clarify some misleading statements in the Whidbey News-Times’ Sept. 30 guest commentary, “Cause of hospital’s deficit has nothing to do with patient count,” written by Whidbey General Hospital Chief Nurse Linda Gipson.

Not the time to raise household expenses | Letters

  • Oct 14, 2013 at 10:25AM

I am a resident and landlord on Whidbey Island and I feel this is just not the right time to be increasing household expenses. If voters approve the Whidbey General Hospital bond it will increase real estate taxes on my home and three rental properties which are my primary source of income. I will have no choice except to raise the rent, which will be a hardship for my renters.

Diversifying make more sense now? | Letters

  • Oct 14, 2013 at 10:27AM

As much as I feel sorry for those who were laid off, I now see the truth of the phrase Jets=Jobs, the converse is also so true.

Rate payers shouldn’t be ones footing bill | Letters

  • Oct 14, 2013 at 10:22AM

The article in Wednesday’s Whidbey News-Times about the bones that were “inadvertently” found during the renovation of Pioneer Way was misleading. Those bones were not inadvertently found. The city was told they were there yet proceeded to go about as if there was nothing there and then feigned shock after they were dug up.

Coupeville crushes Concrete | Soccer

  • Oct 14, 2013 at 12:01PM

Sparkling performances on both sides of the ball spurred the Coupeville High School soccer team to a 7-0 non-conference win over Concrete Saturday, Oct. 12, at Mickey Clark Field.

Big week for Wolves: Falcons visit with much on line | Football

  • Oct 14, 2013 at 11:42AM

The annual rivalry football game between Coupeville and South Whidbey over "The Bucket" is an electric event any year, but this fall's clash is carrying even higher voltage.

Wildcat finish 6th in tournament | Volleyball

  • Oct 14, 2013 at 11:59AM

The Oak Harbor High School volleyball team played two of the state's top teams on the way to placing sixth in the 16-team Wenatchee Invitational Tournament Saturday, Oct. 12.

District next for Wolves | Tennis

  • Oct 14, 2013 at 11:39AM

The Coupeville High School tennis teams heads into district play this week after dropping a 6-1 match to Archbishop Murphy Friday, Oct. 11, in Everett.

Wildcats continue to roll | Football

  • Oct 14, 2013 at 11:43AM

Something had to give. The Mount Vernon High School football team brought its stout defense to Wildcat Memorial Stadium Friday, Oct. 11, to stop the fleet-footed Oak Harbor offense. The Bulldogs' brakes failed as Oak Harbor ran away with a 35-14 non-conference win.

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