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New Blarney Stone, same Irish tradition in Oak Harbor

  • Mar 21, 2014 at 11:06AM

It wasn’t the boulder that so many dignitaries had kissed over the decades at a location not far away. But it was a large stone all the same, and Helen Chatfield-Weeks laid a long, intimate smooch on it.

Wolves blank Friday Harbor | Soccer

  • Mar 20, 2014 at 10:00AM updated at 1:08PM

Abraham Leyva scored two goals and keeper Joel Walstad and the Coupeville defense shutout visiting Friday Harbor 3-0 Tuesday, March 18.

Oak Harbor couple celebrates 70th anniversary

  • Mar 20, 2014 at 11:00AM updated Mar 21, 2014 at 12:47PM

Paul and Sue Bixby of Oak Harbor, Wash., are celebrating their 70th wedding anniversary on March 31, 2014.

Oak Harbor rally falls short | Baseball

  • Mar 21, 2014 at 10:38AM

Oak Harbor's two-run rally in the seventh inning came up one run short as the Wildcat baseball team fell 3-2 at Bellingham Thursday, March 20.

Oak Harbor tames Tigers | Tennis

  • Mar 21, 2014 at 10:24AM

The Oak Harbor High School tennis team won its second straight 4-3 match to open the season, defeating visiting Burlington-Edison Thursday, March 20.

Coupeville stops South Whidbey | Softball

  • Mar 21, 2014 at 10:48AM

It was worth the wait. After rain wiped out the first two Coupeville High School softball games, the Wolves finally got to play, defeating rival South Whidbey 6-3 in Coupeville.

Oak Harbor wins 3-team match | Girls golf

  • Mar 21, 2014 at 11:17AM

Getting a boost from an unexpected source, the Oak Harbor High School girls golf team won a three-team match Thursday, March 20, at the Whidbey Golf Course.

Oak Harbor man hides in ditch to escape robber

  • Mar 21, 2014 at 11:09AM

An Oak Harbor robbery victim ended up hiding in a ditch after an unusual encounter March 2, according to court documents. Jaquan R. Wilson, 26, the alleged would-be robber, was charged in Island County Superior Court March 5 with attempted robbery in the second degree.

Wolves sink South Whidbey again | Baseball

  • Mar 21, 2014 at 11:06AM

The Coupeville High School baseball team defeated South Whidbey for the second time this week, topping the Falcons 6-1 at Robert Sherman Field Thursday, March 20.

Man 'blatantly' smoking marijuana | Island Scanner

  • Mar 21, 2014 at 11:00AM updated at 1:16PM

At 12:23 a.m., a caller reported that a man outside of Walmart was “blatantly” smoking marijuana.

Oak Harbor orthodontist's sweet tooth benefits Girl Scout troop

  • Mar 21, 2014 at 11:24AM

Sometimes, the smallest things can bring out the biggest smiles. Such as when Sheryl Dunn places a small sign on her desk every January. The sign announces that Gardner Orthodontics is looking to buy Girl Scout cookies. Lots of them.

Oak Harbor, Coupeville open season with Island Jamboree | Track

  • Mar 21, 2014 at 12:27PM

The Oak Harbor and Coupeville high school track teams received a taste of competition in the Whidbey Island Jamboree at Wildcat Memorial Stadium Thursday, March 20.

Sedro-Woolley resident charged with Clinton theft

  • Mar 22, 2014 at 10:00AM

A Sedro-Woolley man is accused of stealing a large piece of machinery from a friend and selling it for scrap in 2012, court documents state. Prosecutors charged Marty J. Conard, 50, in Island County Superior Court March 7 with trafficking in stolen property in the first degree and theft in the second degree.

Island County to roll out online permit tracking portal

  • Mar 22, 2014 at 10:00AM

In a few months, Island County residents will be able to track application permits online. In about six months, residents will be able to complete their applications online as well.

Langley suspect refuses to speak to female officer

  • Mar 22, 2014 at 10:00AM

A Langley man accused of domestic abuse refused to speak with a deputy about the allegations because of the officer’s gender, court documents state. Prosecutors charged Franklin Smith, 46, in Island County Superior Court March 6 with felony harassment, malicious mischief and two counts of fourth-degree assault.

Oak Harbor inks bank building deal

  • Mar 22, 2014 at 2:00PM updated Mar 23, 2014 at 6:59PM

Oak Harbor city leaders purchased a parking lot with a bank on the side Tuesday night. Following a due diligence investigation, the Oak Harbor City Council voted unanimously to move forward with the $2.6 million purchase of the Whidbey Island Bank property on Pioneer Way.

Commissioners should reinstate Friday hours | In Our Opinion

  • Mar 22, 2014 at 3:00PM

It’s time for the Island County Board of Commissioners to reopen all departments on Fridays. As the result of a decision made in 2009, the commissioners deemed it necessary to control expenses in the ever-worsening economy. At the time, with fewer people doing more work, it made sense to give overburdened employees a chance to take a breath and make a dent in the ever-growing backlog of work on their desks.

Bomb scare closes gate at Navy's Seaplane Base

  • Mar 22, 2014 at 3:00PM

A teenager with a GoPro video camera was the cause of a false alarm bomb scare on Seaplane Base Thursday, causing the gates to close for more than an hour. Someone reported to authorities they observed the teenager with the device “looking suspicious,” according to Mike Welding, public affairs officer for Whidbey Island Naval Air Station.

Fourth candidate enters race for Island County commissioner

  • Mar 23, 2014 at 2:00PM

Camano Island resident Kelly Bagley is the third Republican to file for candidacy in the Island County Commissioner District 3 race later this year. One Democrat has also filed to run. The candidates say their desire to run for the seat is fueled by a desire to do things differently than the current leadership.

Beached bovines raise a stink

  • Mar 23, 2014 at 3:00PM

Dead cows floating around South Whidbey and Camano Island are raising a stink with property owners. Keith Higman, director of Island County Public Health, said his office received a call about a bloated bovine on a South Whidbey beach about a week and a half ago. On Monday, another cow cadaver was reported on a beach just south of Camano Island State Park.

Woman complains about being in Island Scanner | Island Scanner

  • Mar 23, 2014 at 3:00PM updated Mar 24, 2014 at 11:10AM

Oak Harbor Police The following reports are selected calls made to the Oak Harbor Police: Saturday, March 17 At 9:15 a.m., a caller reported that a sweaty man in gym clothes was impersonating a police officer on City Beach Street. At 11:49 a.m., a postman reported that he couldn’t get out of his truck because a Rottweiler was running around loose. The man said the dog was just staring at him. “Not growling, just staring.”

Feds approve tidal turbine project

  • Mar 23, 2014 at 3:00PM

Plans to install the first tidal turbines in the sea floor off Whidbey Island passed an important regulatory hurdle this week. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued a license to the Snohomish County Public Utility District for the pilot project. If the PUD’s commissioners decide to go forward with the project, the turbines will be the first of its kind in Puget Sound.

Blaine earns 4-1 win over Wolves | Tennis

  • Mar 24, 2014 at 8:50AM

Blaine tripped up the visiting Coupeville tennis team 4-1 Friday, March 21.

Wildcats run record to 3-0 | Tennis

  • Mar 24, 2014 at 9:38AM

Led by a sweep of the singles matches, the Oak Harbor High School tennis team won 5-2 at South Whidbey Friday, March 21.

Falcon rally sinks Wolves | Baseball

  • Mar 24, 2014 at 9:00AM updated at 11:45AM

South Whidbey used a four-run seventh inning to come from behind and defeat the visiting Coupeville High School baseball team 10-9 Friday, March 21.

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