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- Feb 7, 2014 at 11:00AM updated Feb 11, 2014 at 5:03PM
An enterprising Associated Press reporter put the cost of the recent $1.1 trillion federal spending bill in perspective. At 370,445 words long, it works out to just under $3 million per word – and it funds government operations only through September. Congress begins a debate on increasing the debt ceiling again this month.
- Feb 7, 2014 at 4:41PM
Whidbey retirees berated the Oak Harbor Naval Hospital’s commanding officer Wednesday for making them change their primary care physician to one on base. Nearly 60 military retirees voiced their frustration at a meeting at the Chief’s Club about changes to the hospital’s policies that go into effect March 1. Capt. Edward Simmer gave a brief presentation followed by questions and scoldings from retirees who felt they were not given appropriate notice and that the new policy is unfair.
- Feb 8, 2014 at 9:00AM updated Feb 11, 2014 at 5:03PM
Concerned citizens of Whidbey Island, I think we may have an issue on our collective hands. I was reading — with delight as always — the Whidbey News-Times “Island Scanner” and came upon two very, very disconcerting issues. It appears that someone reported, “… seeing a raccoon running in the area of Southwest Eighth Avenue.”
- Feb 8, 2014 at 11:00AM
A 35-year-old Oak Harbor man is facing charges after allegedly choking a woman and throwing her kitten across a parking lot, court documents state. Carl J. Phillips, Jr. pleaded not guilty in Island County Superior Court Jan. 2 to assault in the second degree and animal cruelty in the second degree.
- Feb 8, 2014 at 11:00AM updated Feb 10, 2014 at 1:54PM
Well after some of the lies have been exposed, it appears Citizens for Ebey’s Reserve’s true intent is finally revealed — to close Whidbey Island Naval Air Station and plunge this community into economic chaos.
- Feb 8, 2014 at 11:00AM
Joe Kunzler loves watching Navy aircraft operations at Outlying Field Coupeville so much he’s coined his own phrase. “That’s part of the fun of OLF-ing,” Kunzler said. “You never know when it’s going to start until they do it.”
- Feb 8, 2014 at 12:00PM
A 78-year-old councilman known for having conservative views was the only elected official to object to Oak Harbor’s new regulations on recreational marijuana businesses. The state and city rules are too burdensome on pot entrepreneurs, Councilman Jim Campbell argued. “I really believe they are being too harshly regulated,” he said. “The Liquor Control Board ought to regulate them just as they do bars.”
- Feb 9, 2014 at 10:00AM updated Feb 10, 2014 at 9:00AM
Whidbey Camano Land Trust will continue to accept Navy money to acquire land within Ebey’s Reserve, despite a request from jet noise opponents to suspend the relationship. Citizens of Ebey’s Reserve, or COER, asked last month that the Land Trust cease using Navy funds until the ongoing Environmental Impact Statement on the EA-18G Growler is finished. That’s expected to take about 17 months.
- Feb 10, 2014 at 9:36AM
Once strong and new, it secured our future. Now rusty and covered in sea life, it will connect us with our past. Maybe. Considered by some to be a Holy Grail of Puget Sound archaeology, three men — a commercial diver, an amateur historian and an attorney — believe they have found the fabled lost anchor of Captain George Vancouver’s exploration of the Pacific Northwest more than 200 years ago. Lying in shallow water along the west side of Whidbey Island, the historic artifact could be recovered by the three-man team that makes up Anchor Ventures LLC within the month. Thought the only physical proof left behind by the long-ago expedition, the anchor has been a highly sought-after prize by historical groups for years.
- Feb 10, 2014 at 9:53AM
After splitting its final two regular season games, it's on to the playoffs for the Coupeville High School girls basketball team.
- Feb 10, 2014 at 11:19AM
Twelve Oak Harbor High School wrestlers, seven boys and five girls, qualified for the regional tournament through their efforts at their respective subregional meets last weekend.
- Feb 11, 2014 at 8:08AM
North Whidbey Aquatic Club junior swimmer Olivia Tungate has been invited by USA Swimming to attend the Western Zone Select Swimming Camp in Tempe, Ariz., May 29-June 1.
- Feb 12, 2014 at 8:00AM updated at 11:05AM
The Coupeville High School girls basketball team scored the first basket of the second half to take its first lead of the game but would score only once more in the decisive third quarter and lose 56-46 to Mount Baker Tuesday, Feb. 11, in Deming in the first round of the district tournament.
- Feb 12, 2014 at 12:57PM
Oak Harbor ratepayers will start paying more for one utility to cover a portion of the cost of unearthing a Native American burial ground under Pioneer Way in 2011. The city council adopted a temporary increase in storm drain rates last week.
- Feb 13, 2014 at 9:23AM
Wednesday, Washington legislators unanimously passed Senate Bill 5969 that requires public higher education institutions to adopt policies that will give academic credit for applicable military training.
- Feb 13, 2014 at 10:00AM updated at 12:55PM
During this legislative session, lawmakers in the House of Representatives considered two bills that would require employers to offer paid leave to workers. HB 1313 would require employers with five or more employees to pay employees for five, seven or nine days of sick leave per year, depending on the size of the company. This bill passed the House and will now be considered by the Senate.
- Feb 13, 2014 at 10:09AM
A man applying to be a reserve police officer in Langley allegedly lied on a polygraph exam and later admitted to having child pornography on his home computer, according to court records. Dylan G. Jefferies, the 27-year-old applicant, pleaded not guilty in Island County Superior Court Monday to 17 counts of possession of depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct.
- Feb 14, 2014 at 9:00AM updated at 1:03PM
Julia Myers was the last of a series of heroes that saved the day – and the season – for another night. Myers dropped in a free throw with 9.9 seconds left to help the Coupeville High School girls basketball team defeat visiting Meridian 42-41 in a district tournament, loser-out game Thursday, Feb. 13.
- Feb 14, 2014 at 10:00AM updated at 12:53PM
It might go down as one of the oddest first dates on record. They sat in two cars side by side, facing in opposite directions, with engines idling. Through open driver’s side windows, they chatted into the night in a police department parking lot in the city of Chicago Heights.
- Feb 14, 2014 at 10:00AM
We are all linked together in figuring out how to increase jobs that pay living wages in Island County. Having all Island County departments be open at full-time levels is a very important step in meeting the needs of our recovering economy. When the county only works at four-fifths speed, that negatively affects our local economy each and every week. When the county closures linger for several years, the economic problems multiply.
- Feb 14, 2014 at 1:03PM
A 36-year-old Oak Harbor man accused of grabbing a pair of handcuffs and using it as a weapon against two deputies is getting a mental health exam. Bevis G. Walters appeared in Island County Superior Court Monday without an attorney. He refused to answer questions or sign papers.
- Feb 14, 2014 at 12:52PM
The Veterans Resource Center’s grand reopening Saturday will mark an expansion in resources for the Island’s military service community. The general public is invited to attend an open house 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, at American Legion Post 141 in Bayview, 14096 Highway 525.
- Feb 14, 2014 at 1:12PM
Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce is gearing up for its annual awards banquet later this month. Keeping with last year’s popular theme, The OHscars, the evening will be focused on comedies.
- Feb 14, 2014 at 3:54PM
Central Whidbey voters gave Coupeville schools two thumbs up Tuesday. Two levies proposed by the Coupeville School District appear to be passing with the approval rates over the 60 percent mark.
- Feb 14, 2014 at 4:14PM
Try this on for size … before you crucify and find someone guilty in your pathetic, small town extreme left liberal rag, actually let the person go to trial and then report on the facts. You have no idea what this story entails, and yet you attempt to ruin a young man’s reputation forever? Guilty until proven innocent?