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- Feb 21, 2014 at 3:36PM
An investigation into a Coupeville deputy marshal has been turned over to a detective with the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office, according to Oak Harbor Police Chief Ed Green. Hodges Gowdey, a 13-year veteran of the Coupeville Town Marshal’s Office, was charged in Island County Superior Court on Feb. 11 with unlawful imprisonment and witness tampering. The instances are charged as domestic-violence-related crimes.
- Feb 21, 2014 at 3:16PM
Joel Reuter, 28, was shot and killed in a standoff with Seattle police July 5 after he fired a gun at police from his Capitol Hill apartment’s balcony, earlier telling a 911 operator “zombie police officers” were outside. Reuter had a history of mental illness since he was a college sophomore, but did not qualify for involuntary commitment under Washington’s Involuntary Treatment Act. His parents, Doug and Nancy Reuter, had tried unsuccessfully to get him detained for evaluation.
- Feb 22, 2014 at 9:00AM
It appears that the Navy is now caught between a rock and a hard place. The Navy has not flown at Outlying Field Coupeville more than a couple of times since May 2013, lending very strong credence to the observation that they do not really need to use the outdated, encroached upon, World War II emergency landing strip.
- Feb 22, 2014 at 10:00AM
In response to the letter, “Wait until the trial before reporting story,” I know, I know, you guys want to give everyone the feeling that their opinion counts, but how about we leave the morons out?
- Feb 22, 2014 at 10:00AM
Detectives are investigating a double shooting on Camano Island connected to a high-speed pursuit that ended in gunfire in Mukilteo Sunday, according to Island County Sheriff Mark Brown. The suspect, who was shot multiple times by police, and one of his alleged victims were reported in critical condition at Harborview Medical Center Tuesday morning, according to the Everett Herald.
- Feb 22, 2014 at 11:00AM
Where there is life, there is risk. That’s not some insightful quotation, it’s just a fact. We’re exposed to risk from the moment we get up in the morning – slip and fall, dog bite, traffic accident, lightning strike. We can manage risk, we can minimize risk, but we cannot eliminate it.
- Feb 22, 2014 at 1:00PM
Here is the City of Oak Harbor again spending our money when we have other more important bills to pay. Last week, in the Whidbey News-Times, an article I read said that the citizens of Oak Harbor will have to pay for the mistakes that the city council made on the remains of ancient burial site on Pioneer Way. So, the city decided to increase our taxes to pay for their mistake.
- Feb 22, 2014 at 3:00PM
Coupeville residents will likely have their last chance Monday night to comment on plans to disband the town marshal’s office. Island County commissioners are holding a public hearing and are scheduled to consider an interlocal agreement, under which the Island County Sheriff’s Office will effectively take over the marshal’s office and provide policing services for an estimated $440,000 a year.
- Feb 22, 2014 at 3:00PM
A proposed change to a law aimed at preserving farmland and open space could result in higher taxes for some Washington property owners, including in Island County. House Bill 2306 would expand a tax classification on land actively used for agriculture, timber production or undeveloped open space.
- Feb 22, 2014 at 3:00PM updated Feb 23, 2014 at 12:14PM
Omer Lupien was one of about 40 burglary victims to show up at a special meeting with law enforcement officials Thursday night. Lupien said he and a friend had $12,000 worth of tools stolen last Halloween while they were putting up a pole building on Zylstra Road on North Whidbey.
- Feb 22, 2014 at 3:00PM
The sculpture of a large octopus proposed for downtown Oak Harbor — a piece being referred to as a “Kraken” — is certainly fulfilling one objective of good art — it has people thinking and talking about it. I’ve gone back and forth in my opinion about this particular piece. I feel differently about it at different times. And I kind of like that.
- Feb 23, 2014 at 9:00AM
A proposed Island County ordinance would regulate the appearance of marjuana-related businesses and their land to ensure they don’t “disrupt the character” of surrounding areas. The draft ordinance was released by county staff this week to be reviewed by Island County commissioners and the public.
- Feb 23, 2014 at 3:00PM
There’s a certain beauty to the forms and straight lines that make up Richard Nash’s home on North Whidbey. Concrete was used to create angular paths, walls and water gardens that are lined by hardy native bushes, grasses and bamboo.
- Feb 24, 2014 at 8:52AM
Senior Caley Powers collected the best two finishes for Oak Harbor High School at the state swim meet Friday and Saturday, Feb. 21 and 22, at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way.
- Feb 24, 2014 at 11:36AM
A 23-year-old Langley man accused of child rape is wanted on a $300,000 arrest warrant, court documents state. Prosecutors charged Michael Jelinek Feb. 6 in Island County Superior Court with three counts of rape of a child in the third degree. Under the charge, Jelinek is accused of having sex with someone who’s at least 14 but less than 16 years old.
- Feb 24, 2014 at 11:27AM
Several employees at Whidbey General Hospital are seeing some smaller paychecks as a result of a problem in a new payroll system. In a report released Feb. 18, state auditors reported hospital officials did not have adequate controls over payroll to safeguard public resources. The result of that condition caused the hospital to make $183,000 worth of overpayments to employees, the report said.
- Feb 24, 2014 at 11:15AM
Jahleel Vester reached his goal and Amber Cramsey-Behnke earned some revenge at Mat Classic XXVI, the state wrestling tournament, Friday and Saturday, Feb. 21 and 22, at the Tacoma Dome.
- Feb 25, 2014 at 10:19AM
A bruised ego was the only injury sustained by a paraglider from Bothell who crashed into trees near Fort Ebey Wednesday. Pete Blyzka, who has been paragliding for five-and-a-half years, was gliding above the coast line at Fort Ebey State Park Wednesday morning when he encountered blustery weather. “It just blew me back over the trees,” he said.
- Feb 25, 2014 at 3:34PM
In an attempt to address Cate Andrews’ letter about the Navy flight schedule, there could be any number of reasons the Navy has not been bouncing at Outlying Field Coupeville — no aviators in that part of their flight training, more simulator use, who knows? They have been doing some limited flying on the north end where I live and it has been quiet here also.
- Feb 25, 2014 at 3:41PM
North Whidbey’s first Holistic Health Fair was a big success. More than 50 people attended this free event in January, and members of the public consulted with and sampled mini-treatments from over a dozen practitioners with a wide variety to choose from, including nutritional supplements, acupuncture, aromatherapy, CranioSacral therapy and talks on essential oils, hypnotherapy and therapeutic touch.
- Feb 25, 2014 at 3:14PM
There’s a new sheriff in town. The Island County commissioners approved a contract Monday empowering the sheriff’s office to run the Coupeville Marshal’s Office.
- Feb 25, 2014 at 3:15PM
I find it appalling, not to mention a violation of U.S. Code, that some businesses and residents in Oak Harbor consider it appropriate to fly their “12th Man” flags positioned above their American flags on their outdoor flag poles in the days leading up to and after this year’s Super Bowl.
- Feb 26, 2014 at 1:50PM
Island County Sheriff The following items were selected from reports made to the Island County Sheriff’s Office: Friday, Feb. 14 At 3:03 a.m., a Cherry Street resident reported that her car was stolen. At 10:09 a.m., a Wilson Road resident reported an ongoing problem with a neighbor’s German shepherd coming into her yard and baring its teeth.
- Feb 27, 2014 at 9:55AM
Until this past September, when he was laid off from his information technology job, Rob Rodgers and his family of four were covered by health insurance. After he lost his job, he turned to the Washington Health Plan Finder in search of coverage available under the Affordable Care Act. Similar to national reports, he didn’t have much success. “We tried the website and had a horrible, horrible time,” Rodgers said. AFTER ATTENDING a public meeting on the Affordable Care Act held by the Island County Opportunity Council last year, Rodgers and his wife were able to connect with staff and get signed up for one of the low-cost health plans through the Health Plan Finder.
- Feb 28, 2014 at 9:00AM updated at 3:44PM
The City of Oak Harbor received the green light to obtain a low-interest loan of state and federal dollars to help fund the new sewage treatment plant. Borrowing money for sewage treatment may not seem sexy, but Finance Director Doug Merriman said the low interest rate of 2.7 percent will save the city about $6.1 million in interest payments over the life of the financing period.