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Island County Sheriff scanner: People in woods making weird noises, throwing pinecones

  • Feb 4, 2014 at 9:00AM

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

Oak Harbor Kmart closing doors in late April

  • Feb 4, 2014 at 9:00AM updated Feb 5, 2014 at 6:26AM

Oak Harbor’s Kmart is closing its doors for good in late April, according to a company spokesman. Howard Riefs, director of corporate communications for Sears Holding Corp, said a total of 68 employees, mostly part-time and hourly workers, will lose their jobs. And another commercial property will sit empty in the city.

Include sound recordings in home sales | Letters

  • Feb 4, 2014 at 9:00AM

Editor, There is a huge difference between reading decibel numbers on the page and hearing the shattering roar of the Growlers overhead. I mean, how loud are “decibels” anyway? How “significant” is a warning about significant noise? You just can’t know until you experience it with your own ears.

Obamacare may provide you with ear plugs | Letters

  • Feb 4, 2014 at 9:00AM

Editor, To all you folks out there complaining about the noise from Outlying Field Coupeville, I think I have the perfect solution — You all should call the White House and ask the genius in the oval office if Obamacare will cover the cost of ear plugs for the entire family.

Washington's 44 points not enough; Wildcats lose | Boys basketball

  • Feb 4, 2014 at 9:00AM updated at 2:48PM

Oak Harbor High School's Drew Washington blistered Maryville-Pilchuck for 44 points, the second highest single-game scoring performance in school history, but the visiting Tomahawks somehow escaped with a 75-67 win Monday, Feb. 3.

Fishin’ Club alive and well | Letters

  • Feb 4, 2014 at 9:00AM

Editor, The Fishin’ Club of Whidbey Island is healthy, growing and more than 100 members strong. Our club was founded in 1991 as a nonprofit, family oriented educational club that serves the community. We are proud to grant college scholarships every year.

‘Yes’ vote ensures kids a brighter tomorrow | Letters

  • Feb 4, 2014 at 9:00AM

Editor, As our family starts our 20th year of calling Coupeville home, we ask that you please support the two levies for the Coupeville School District currently on the ballot. Our children have received the best Coupeville has to offer.

Raising the minimum wage is a flawed idea | Letters

  • Feb 4, 2014 at 9:00AM

Editor, This is an open letter to Congressmen Rick Larsen. “I am writing this letter in response to your newsletter of Jan. 28. Like so many other positions you take on important issues affecting our country, you have this one dead wrong. Your position in support of increasing the minimum wage is the worst thing you could do to an economy struggling to gain traction and recover.

Local leaders like Obama’s call for minimum wage hike

  • Feb 4, 2014 at 10:00AM

Island County elected leaders say they support President Barack Obama’s State of the Union intent to raise the minimum wage and increase job training. “As the economy has recovered, too many Americans have been left behind,” said Larsen in a prepared statement this week. “The president laid out a compelling case for why we need to open up economic opportunities for more people.”

Community pulls together for a worthy cause | Letters

  • Feb 4, 2014 at 1:00PM

Editor, Feed the Need would like to thank the local community for donating to our food drive last week Saturday, and helping to collect more than 2,300 pounds of nonperishable food items and more than $500 in cash for the North Whidbey Help House

Wildcats finish 6th in 41-team tournament | Girls wrestling

  • Feb 4, 2014 at 2:48PM

Although they fielded wrestlers in only seven of the 12 weight classes, the Oak Harbor High School girls finished tied for sixth in the 41-team Lady Wolfpack Invitational at Everett's Jackson High School Saturday, Feb. 1.

Super Bowl champion merchandise arriving

  • Feb 4, 2014 at 4:24PM

Seattle Seahawks merchandise branded with their Super Bowl championship has already started trickling into Oak Harbor

Sound Physicians partners with Whidbey General

  • Feb 5, 2014 at 9:00AM

Sound Physicians, based in Tacoma, has agreed to provide hospitalist services to Whidbey General Hospital beginning Feb. 5.

Whidbey fans join Super Bowl parade

  • Feb 5, 2014 at 10:00AM updated at 4:40PM

Rhys Mattila was up bright and early Wednesday. But the Oak Harbor High School senior wasn't getting ready for school.

Super reward for Seahawks fans

  • Feb 5, 2014 at 5:00PM

The last time the Pacific Northwest felt a rumble of this magnitude on the sports landscape, Lance Gibbon nearly lost his bearings.

Seahawks provided a moment to savor | Publisher's Column

  • Feb 7, 2014 at 11:32AM

The past few weeks have been pure electric on Whidbey Island and throughout Washington state. The excitement and energy that mounted with the Seattle Seahawks’ ascension to the Super Bowl has provided us all with an experience to savor.

Murphy's pressure bothers Wolves | Boys basketball

  • Feb 6, 2014 at 10:50AM

Archbishop Murphy's full-court press helped the Wildcats pick up points in transition in a 78-50 win over the host Coupeville High School boys basketball team Tuesday, Feb. 4.

Tomahawks defeat Wildcats | Girls basketball

  • Feb 6, 2014 at 10:45AM

Marysville-Pilchuck outscored the visiting Oak Harbor High School girls basketball team 40-13 in the middle quarters on the way to a 59-27 win Tuesday, Feb. 4.

Oak Harbor woman accused of tattooing man by force

  • Feb 6, 2014 at 10:00AM updated Feb 10, 2014 at 7:51PM

While he’s a victim of a violent crime, Matthew Reimer said he can see the humor in what happened to him, though his friends are apoplectic. But mostly, he said, he sees the bizarre incident as a “wake up call” that it’s time to leave the drug scene behind.

Whidbey Red Cross volunteers prepare for disaster

  • Feb 6, 2014 at 1:57PM

For Whidbey Island Red Cross volunteers, it’s not a question of “if,” it’s a question of “when” a disaster will occur. Staying prepared is a top priority.

Wolves play well in loss | Girls basketball

  • Feb 6, 2014 at 10:48AM

Coupeville High School girls basketball coach David King liked just about everything he saw on the court from his team at Archbishop Murphy Tuesday, Feb. 4. However, when he looked up at the scoreboard, the lights revealed a 50-48 win for the Wildcats.

Chargers upset Oak Harbor's postseason plans | Boys basketball

  • Feb 6, 2014 at 11:25AM

A poor shooting night cost the Oak Harbor High School boys basketball team more than a game, it robbed the Wildcats of a chance to advance to the postseason.

Wildcats lose, look to brighter future | Girls basketball

  • Feb 7, 2014 at 8:44AM

The game, and the season for that matter, wasn't over 15 minutes when Jinai Guzman, a sophomore guard on the Oak Harbor High School girls basketball team, asked coach Jon Atkins if she could come in after school the next day to shoot.

Tigers pull away in 2nd half to stop Wolves | Boys basketball

  • Feb 7, 2014 at 10:35AM

A halftime lead soon evaporated in the third quarter and the Coupeville High School boys basketball team closed out the season with a 76-54 loss at Granite Falls Thursday, Feb. 6.

Manager hired for up to $750K on Whidbey General Hospital expansion

  • Feb 6, 2014 at 2:08PM

Whidbey General Hospital’s expansion has taken a step forward. The hospital’s board of commissioners approved an agreement in January with Marc Estvold to manage the project. Voters approved a $50-million bond in November.

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