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Bad quarter leads to Wildcat loss | Girls basketball

  • Jan 24, 2014 at 8:19AM

A sloppy second quarter was the downfall for the Oak Harbor High School girls basketball team in a 53-34 loss at Stanwood Thursday, Jan. 23.

The Petri Dish | Guest Columnist

  • Jan 24, 2014 at 9:00AM

There is no mystery which Democrat will succeed Sen. Paull Shin in the state Senate. Rep. Marko Liias has been the only person seeking the vacancy created when Shin resigned Jan. 7 after being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Liias is expected to be formally nominated Saturday by Democratic precinct committee officers in the 21st Legislative District and officially appointed Tuesday by the Snohomish County Council.

10th Dist. state representative honored by law enforcement

  • Jan 24, 2014 at 9:00AM

Rep. Dave Hayes, who represents Camano Island, has been named 2013 Legislator of the Year for the House Republican Caucus by the Washington Council of Police and Sheriffs, or WACOPS. An assistant ranking member of the House Public Safety Committee, Hayes is in his first term, serving. Hayes is also a sergeant with the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office and a former president and executive board member of WACOPS.

Cost of college overwhelming | Letters

  • Jan 24, 2014 at 9:00AM

Editor, I would like to bring up an issue that has not perplexed me until this year. As a senior in high school I began the year excited to finally be here, but when college application deadlines began to pop up, it made me question just exactly who has the money to pay nearly $70,000 a year to a university or college.

South Whidbey fire boat nears completion

  • Jan 24, 2014 at 9:00AM

A nearly $500,000 catamaran built for South Whidbey Fire/EMS is late for delivery, and daily penalties for the Freeland-based manufacturer may be adding up. The 32-foot emergency response vessel, built by North Cross Aluminum, was recently put into the water in Oak Harbor and piloted to Langley where it will be permanently moored. The boat is not finished, however, and each day past the Jan. 1 delivery deadline could cost the builder $400 in late fees.

Don’t fall for woman’s story | Letters

  • Jan 24, 2014 at 9:00AM

Editor, There are many generous, charitable folks in Coupeville, but that does not mean they deserve to have their hard-earned money taken from them by deception. As I have chatted with friends and neighbors, a pattern of deception in our community has emerged that has been going on for at least two years, or since the Arts and Crafts Festival of 2012 and maybe before.

Should call old Form 22W a 'nondisclosure' | Letters

  • Jan 24, 2014 at 10:05AM

Editor, Like many citizens trying to stop Growler jet flights at the Navy’s Outlying Field, I’ve been targeted by those portraying Growler jet noise as the “sound of freedom.” We are accused of having signed “noise disclosures” when our homes were purchased and therefore have no right to complain. Our alleged “prior knowledge” is the linchpin in the argument to keep the OLF open.

Coupeville Beach stairs ruled unsafe

  • Jan 24, 2014 at 9:00AM

Because of safety concerns, leaders for the Port of Coupeville have deemed unsafe a Front Street entry point to the beach. Stairs near the port office by Coupeville Wharf were recently chained off. People can still walk down to the beach by using the Front Street deck, located next to the Knead and Feed.

Island Scanner: caller reports naked woman running around screaming

  • Jan 25, 2014 at 9:00AM

The following items were selected from reports made to the Island County Sheriff’s Office:

Alcohol, drugs a nonfactor in Oct. 31 fatal crash

  • Jan 27, 2014 at 8:00AM updated Jan 28, 2014 at 12:15PM

The man accused of causing the accident that killed twin sisters from Oak Harbor last Halloween night was not intoxicated at the time of the accident, according to his attorney. Toxicology results show that Ira Blackstock, 53, of Oak Harbor was “completely clean” at the time of the accident, Coupeville attorney Charles Arndt said this week.

Oak Harbor forging ahead with new sewage plant without Navy

  • Jan 27, 2014 at 8:48AM

It appears Oak Harbor will be building the city’s new sewage treatment plant without the assistance of the U.S. Navy. Base officials did not meet a city-set Monday deadline to commit to the multi-million-dollar project, so the city council agreed to forge ahead alone during its regular meeting Tuesday evening. “It’s not really a decision. It’s just the option we are left with,” Councilwoman Tara Hizon said.

Oak Harbor chambers’ wager over Super Bowl will benefit charity

  • Jan 27, 2014 at 8:43AM

It’s on. Oak Harbor now has a couple of friendly wagers going with a suburb of Denver, Colo., on the Super Bowl. The first bet started between the chambers of commerce for Oak Harbor and Parker, a town about 20 miles from Denver.

Rock stars: Whidbey Island Gem Club members might joke around a lot, but they’re serious about sharing their passion for rocks

  • Jan 27, 2014 at 8:52AM

The teasing never ceased. Before Joe Higgins could finish a sentence, Bob Bower would toss a zinger at him. Chip Batcheller and Dick James listened and smiled, very much aware they could be next, and checked their own mental inventory for a witty line of their own. The four friends are making the most of retired life, preferring not to sit still too long. They take a special joy in rocks, and have a passion to share what they know.

Wolves let late lead slip away | Girls basketball

  • Jan 27, 2014 at 9:00AM updated Jan 28, 2014 at 10:28AM

Going into the girls basketball contest against Lakewood Friday, Jan. 24, Coupeville High School coach David King said he expected a "tough game." It turned out to be tough in more ways than one. As expected, it was close and hard fought. The visiting Cougars won 39-36.

Lawmakers need to know business to make regulations | Guest Column

  • Jan 27, 2014 at 9:00AM

With the ongoing debate about income inequality and increasing the minimum wage, it’s important to revisit the basics. In order to demand a wage increase, you must first have a job. In order to have a job, someone must create that job. In order to create that job, someone must start a business. But now, when our economy desperately needs more — and better — jobs, a major study shows that starting a business in the United States is more difficult than ever.

Level 3 offender moving to Everett

  • Jan 27, 2014 at 10:05AM

A Level 3 sex offender expected to be homeless on Whidbey Island will instead move into a shelter in Everett, according to the Island County sheriff. But the housing arrangement isn’t permanent, Sheriff Mark Brown said.

Wolves grab much-needed win | Boys basketball

  • Jan 27, 2014 at 11:18AM

Several strong story lines punctuated the Coupeville High School boys basketball team's thrilling 59-57 win at Lakewood Friday, Jan. 24.

'Cats, Everett meet in Oak Harbor for divisional lead | Wrestling

  • Jan 27, 2014 at 11:00AM updated Jan 28, 2014 at 10:28AM

The Oak Harbor High School wrestling team hopes "home sweet home" translates into "win sweet win."

NAS Whidbey says gunfire not aimed at whales: Group claims recent small arms practice harms orcas

  • Jan 28, 2014 at 8:00AM

A whale watching group claims that routine training by the Navy endangered whales that were expected to be swimming in waters off of Whidbey Island. The Navy maintains no whales were in danger. The Navy was conducting routine small firearms training near base Tuesday morning, the schedule of which is announced each month, according to Mike Welding, public affairs officer for Whidbey Island Naval Air Station.

Oak Harbor City Council adopts ban on aggressive panhandling

  • Jan 28, 2014 at 8:00AM

It’s now a crime to aggressively panhandle in Oak Harbor. Members of the City Council adopted an ordinance Tuesday night that makes it a misdemeanor to obstruct pedestrian or vehicular traffic or to aggressively panhandle, which is defined as begging “with the intent to intimidate or coerce another person into giving money or goods.”

Coupeville artist Roger Purdue dies

  • Jan 28, 2014 at 8:00AM

Roger Purdue, a popular Coupeville artist, educator and pilot, died early Sunday morning from complications related to Parkinson’s Disease. Purdue, who once worked as a teacher in the Oak Harbor School District, was a prolific artist. His work can be seen throughout Central Whidbey. The salmon wheel at Island County Museum and the whale wheel at the Coupeville Wharf are among his creations.

Island digest: Second Street project in Langley underway

  • Jan 28, 2014 at 9:00AM

The Second Street project in Langley began Jan. 21. The $2.2 million project is scheduled to last 100 working days and finish in early June. Parking will be available on surrounding streets, the Langley United Methodist Church, Island Church of Whidbey and the park-and-ride lot on Cascade Avenue.

U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen outlines 2014 agenda: OLF closure is not ‘in the cards’

  • Jan 28, 2014 at 9:00AM

Now that Congress has finally passed a budget, federal legislators can now get down to business, Congressman Rick Larsen said this week. Larsen outlined the next steps for Congress in the coming year and answered questions about local issues during a sit-down Thursday with the Whidbey News-Times. “The big picture that we’re dealing with in Congress is that the budget deal that we came to in December mostly put a halt now to the ‘shut the government down, keep it open, shut the government down, keep it open’ routine we’ve gotten into,” Larsen said.

Wildcat Battalion dominates again | JROTC

  • Jan 28, 2014 at 11:51AM

The second divisional high school Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps competition of the season ended like the first – Oak Harbor High School dominated the awards ceremony.

Oak Harbor Police hope long sentences will take a bite out of crime

  • Jan 28, 2014 at 2:38PM

Four men known for dealing drugs in Oak Harbor received lengthy prison terms over the last month. Michael K. Koepke was sent away for 11 years and eight months. Brent E. Lambert receive a sentence of six years and eight months. Scott A. Chamberlin got five years and eight months. Kevin T. Rollyson got an even 10 years. Police officers said they hope that taking the dealers off the streets not only means fewer drugs circulating in the community, but a slow down in property crimes.

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