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- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.”
- Mar 24, 2014 at 8:50AM
Blaine tripped up the visiting Coupeville tennis team 4-1 Friday, March 21.
- 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.
- Mar 24, 2014 at 9:06AM
Oak Harbor High School softball coach Todd Showalter saw a bright side to the Wildcats' 18-0 five-inning loss at Snohomish Friday, March 21.
- 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.
- Mar 24, 2014 at 11:46AM
Continuing to struggle on offense, the Oak Harbor High School baseball team lost 4-0 at Sehome High School in Bellingham Saturday, March 22.
- Mar 24, 2014 at 12:26PM
The Coupeville High School boys placed third and the girls fifth at the Seattle Academy Relays at Shoreline stadium Saturday, March 22.
- Mar 24, 2014 at 7:11PM
Editor, You can’t help but admire the folks who are criticizing the potential Kraken sculpture as detrimental to this Navy town. It makes me happy I chose to live in such a patriotic area. However, their patriotism may be slightly misplaced and there may be a solution that all parties can get behind. The submarine in itself does not represent the U.S. Navy.
- Mar 24, 2014 at 7:09PM
Editor, Is the Navy out of touch with economic reality? The Navy will not conclude their EIS on the transition of the Prowler to the Growler at NAS Whidbey until 2015, but they are already asking for 22 more EA-18 Growlers.
- Mar 24, 2014 at 7:10PM
Editor, There was a bit of Irish luck for St. Patrick’s Day when the sun came out to shine down on all the wonderful parade-goers and participants this year. Everyone was enthusiastic for the parade and came to Hal Ramaley Park for the official ceremonies.
- Mar 24, 2014 at 7:07PM
Kathy Lunsford didn’t want to leave. She had never been to the old farmhouse and barn steeped in her family’s history. Now that she was there as an invited guest to tour the home built by her great-great-grandfather Henry Riksen, the gravity of the experience made her stop and reflect. She thought back to the difficult choices Riksen and other Dutch farmers from Oak Harbor’s Clover Valley made in the early 1940s when they gave up their farm land, homes and in many cases their livelihoods to make way for Whidbey Island Naval Air Station.
- Mar 25, 2014 at 8:43AM
South Whidbey blanked the Coupeville High School tennis team 5-0 Monday, March 24, in Langley.
- Mar 25, 2014 at 8:32AM
North Whidbey Aquatic Club members earned a gold medal and five team records at the Northwest Age Group Regional Championships in Federal Way March 20-24.
- Mar 25, 2014 at 2:58PM
Beginning at 7:00 am this morning, Sunday, March 23, 2014, City of Oak Harbor staff and contractors began removing the large and beloved Garry Oak (quercus garryana) next to the Oak Harbor Post Office at the southwest corner of Barrington Drive and City Beach Street. The work to remove the tree is expected to take most of the day and citizens should expect traffic delays and detours around this intersection. Visitors to the Post Office are encouraged to approach on foot from City Beach Street where they will find a cordoned off path to the front door.
- Mar 25, 2014 at 3:04PM
Many in the community expressed outrage this week that the landmark Garry oak tree at the Oak Harbor Post Office was sawed down Sunday morning without prior public notification. The tree was determined to be 330 years old, based on the number of rings counted.
- Mar 26, 2014 at 1:34PM
It wasn’t just the mighty oak tree that was lost this weekend in Oak Harbor. A good deal of trust in Oak Harbor city government also fell victim to the city’s chain saw this weekend.
- Mar 26, 2014 at 1:17PM
Members of the local American Red Cross chapter and the Whidbey Island Naval Air Station Search and Rescue unit assisted with rescue and recovery efforts since a mudslide hit Snohomish County Saturday morning.
- Mar 27, 2014 at 10:00AM
A Thurston County judge agrees with a local environmental group that two Island County ordinances dealing with wetlands on farm land must be revised. The Island County Commissioners supported a staff recommendation not to appeal the decisio