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- Apr 1, 2014 at 12:00PM
The Archbishop Murphy baseball team cashed in on its opportunities and Coupeville didn't in the Wildcats' 5-1 win Monday, March 31, in Everett.
- Apr 2, 2014 at 12:00PM updated at 3:20PM
It’s been 17 years since Oak Harbor lost its small-town innocence. Seventeen years ago this month, a 7-year-old girl named Deborah Palmer disappeared while walking a few blocks to Oak Harbor Elementary School. Following a massive search effort, her body was found five days later in the surf at a Strawberry Point beach.
- Apr 2, 2014 at 12:00PM updated Apr 3, 2014 at 1:12PM
A woman accused of tattooing a man by force and her alleged partner in crime were recently sentenced to jail, according to the Island County Prosecutor’s Office. Neither, however, was convicted of the alleged ink-related incident. Ashley E. Firth, 33, was smiling in court last week as she pleaded guilty to assault in the fourth degree and violation of a court order, a domestic violence crime.
- Apr 3, 2014 at 9:39AM
Lakewood squeaked out a 2-1 win over the Coupeville High School soccer team Tuesday, April 1, in Arlington.
- Apr 3, 2014 at 9:29AM
To the Oak Harbor High School softball team, this was a cruel April Fool's joke.
- Apr 3, 2014 at 11:00AM
Granite Falls upped its Cascade Conference record to 6-0 by defeating the host Coupeville High School softball team 12-3 Wednesday, April 2.
- Apr 3, 2014 at 1:00PM
To say the Marysville-Pilchuck High School pitching staff is loaded is an understatement. Just ask the Oak Harbor High School baseball team.
- Apr 3, 2014 at 2:00PM
The road to the Cascade Conference baseball pennant goes through Archbishop Murphy, and Coupeville is finding the path full of pot holes.
- Apr 3, 2014 at 4:28PM
Despite the wind and rain early Saturday, Terry Ann Gallagher went out to the stump of the 330-year-old Garry oak that was cut down last week to pay her respects. Gallagher tacked to the stump a photograph of the tree she had taken years ago.
- Apr 3, 2014 at 4:29PM
The feeling of loss over the lives taken in the Oso landslide hit home on Whidbey Island. And residents on the island are rallying to help. A benefit concert is planned for Friday night, April 4, at the Roller Barn in Oak Harbor to help Seth Jefferds, an Oso resident who lost his wife and granddaughter during the March 22 mudslide.
- Apr 4, 2014 at 12:00PM updated at 2:41PM
At 12:51 p.m. Saturday, March 22, a caller reported that he’s trying to contact ex-president Jimmy Carter. He believes Carter used to live in the Coupeville area and he needs to get an emergency message to him. The caller said he’s “almost a relative.”
- Apr 4, 2014 at 12:07PM
The Fantastics were fantastic at the Sno-Isle Reading Challenge’s Final Challenge on Wednesday. After winning a challenge to be the top-ranked team from Oak Harbor Elementary School, the third-graders who make up The Fantastics went on to the semi-finals against Coupeville Elementary to win with a perfect score, making them the winning team from Whidbey Island.
- Apr 4, 2014 at 12:21PM
Why should anyone be concerned about their government leaders meeting behind closed doors? According to Oak Harbor Mayor Scott Dudley, even the potential that someone “might” sue the city is reason enough to call an executive session. Using that litmus test, virtually any city action should be taken in secret if it could possibly perhaps maybe cause someone litigious to consider suing the city.
- Apr 4, 2014 at 12:03PM
Oak Harbor High School’s robotics team advanced to the semifinals during the FIRST Robotics Challenge in Ellensburg last weekend. FIRST, an acronym meaning “For the Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology,” held a regional competition at Central Washington University for 35 robotics teams from Washington state and Oregon.
- Apr 4, 2014 at 3:13PM
Editor, State Sen. Barbara Bailey recently co-sponsored Senate Bill 5927, which would allow individuals and businesses to ignore anti-discrimination laws and refuse to serve certain individuals by just stating the action would offend the person’s religious beliefs.
- Apr 4, 2014 at 3:15PM
It is encouraging to read the previous letters to the editor that are expressing outrage over the cutting down of the Garry Oak in front of the post office. I strongly hope that the actions by Mayor Scott Dudley are remembered and that we citizens can make sure that we are only going to be subjected to one term from this arrogant politician.
- Apr 5, 2014 at 10:00AM
Fernando Duran started living a dream in 2013. And he hopes it’s only the start of bigger things to come. Duran, a 31-year-old actor from Oak Harbor, got small parts in four feature films shot in the Puget Sound area last year.
- Apr 5, 2014 at 10:00AM
I wanted to respond to the editorial opinion in the March 26 edition. You stated that I have “little to no regard for public opinion, nor the spirit of open government.” That could not be farther from the truth. I ran for the office of mayor with a focus on public safety, economic development and increasing government transparency.
- Apr 5, 2014 at 10:00AM updated Apr 7, 2014 at 11:18AM
A sailor from Whidbey Island Naval Air Station became a hero Saturday when he helped pull people from a burning vehicle near Salem, Ore. Nickolas Kingston was returning from a visit with family in his hometown of Forest Grove when he spotted the burning Jeep and pulled over.
- Apr 5, 2014 at 12:00PM
Oak Harbor Police The following items were selected from reports made to the Oak Harbor Police Department: WEDNESDAY, MARCH 26 At 10:59 a.m., a caller on Southeast City Beach Street reported the “mayor and other city officials committed a crime. They cut down the old oak tree that belongs to the public on Sunday and something needs to be done about it. They were well outside their authority.” At 5:27 p.m., a caller reported that a man was hiding in the bushes near an assisted living complex on Southwest Kimball Drive.
- Apr 5, 2014 at 12:00PM
Editor, How ignorant can one man be? I can’t express kindly how I feel about this slaughter of the innocent, generous and patient old oak. I want to scream, “Why not cut down all the oak trees of Oak Harbor? Cut them all down, every one of them, from the parks to the right-of-ways. “Every one (of them) is a liability to the city power elite.”
- Apr 5, 2014 at 12:00PM
Somewhere in time, history got a little lost. Nine years, to be exact. But now it is found. While researching past editions of the Whidbey News-Times for an upcoming column, I made a discovery related to the newspaper’s founding.
- Apr 6, 2014 at 2:00PM updated Apr 18, 2014 at 9:26AM
Farewell to thee mighty Oak, Twas not rot nor blight Made thee croak.
- Apr 6, 2014 at 2:00PM
Speaker after speaker made it known they weren’t happy with the surreptitious manner in which city leaders chopped down the landmark Garry oak tree at the Oak Harbor Post Office. Anger was vented during Tuesday night’s council meeting, but the citizens also learned about the background of the decision to chop the 330-year-old tree through a comprehensive presentation by city staff and a consulting arborist.
- Apr 6, 2014 at 3:00PM
Editor, The time has come to change the town’s name to just “Harbor” since the Oak has been removed. Barb Bland Oak Harbor