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Angered by removal of oak tree, group gathers at stump

  • 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.

Concert to aid firefighter in Oso with ties to Whidbey

  • 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.

Hello, is Jimmy Carter there? | Island Scanner

  • 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.”

Oak Harbor reading team wins Whidbey Island title

  • 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.

What other executive sessions is the mayor planning? | In Our Opinion

  • 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.

Oak Harbor robotics teams makes it to semifinals

  • 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.

Hoping that Dudley is a one-term mayor | Letter

  • 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.

Whose great idea was discriminatory bill? | Letter

  • 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.

Big screen extra stars in Whidbey Playhouse's '1776'

  • 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.

Decision to cut tree wasn't easy, but it was the right call | Sound Off

  • 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.

Whidbey sailor rescues man from Jeep fire

  • 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.

Sickly seagull vomits all over parking lot | Island Scanner

  • 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.

Why not cut down the rest of the oaks? | Letter

  • 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.”

Reclaiming nine years of ‘missing’ newspaper history | Publisher's column

  • 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.

Ode to mighty Quercus Garryana | Letter

  • 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.

Councilman: Meeting about oak tree should have been public

  • 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.

Start calling it the ‘City of Harbor’ | Letter

  • 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

Whidbey General Hospital may lose money on property sale

  • Apr 7, 2014 at 7:00AM updated Apr 12, 2014 at 7:02AM

A proposal to sell a 4.5-acre Bayview property purchased in 2007 for nearly $2 million would likely result in a financial loss for Whidbey General Hospital, a commissioner said Thursday. Anne Tarrant, president of the board, said the sale of the property is not a foregone conclusion as the commissioners have yet to make a decision. However, she acknowledged that if the board does proceed it would be a hit to hospital coffers.

Murphy completes sweep of Wolves | Baseball

  • Apr 7, 2014 at 8:08AM

The Coupeville High School baseball team entered the season with hopes of winning the Cascade Conference crown. Defending champion Archbishop Murphy squashed those dreams by sweeping a three-game series from the Wolves last week, including an 11-0 drubbing Friday, April 4, in Everett.

Mistakes lead to loss at Marysville | Baseball

  • Apr 7, 2014 at 9:00AM

The Oak Harbor High School baseball team committed five errors to help host Marysville-Pilchuck complete a sweep of their three-game series with a 4-2 win Friday, April 4.

Speak up on behalf of marine mammals | Letter

  • Apr 7, 2014 at 10:00AM

For years scientists have wondered why whales, for no apparent reason, would choose to cast themselves out of the water to die of dehydration on some beach. Now we know. They were trying to escape from the tortuous noise of our war machines. Not just explosives, but “active sonar,” used in antisubmarine warfare and to map the ocean floor.

Wolves win in another 2-1 match | Soccer

  • Apr 7, 2014 at 10:00AM

Scores of 2-1 are becoming a habit for the Coupeville High School soccer team, and that's fine with coach Kyle Nelson as long as the "2" is on the Wolves' side of the scoreboard.

Paying it forward: Woman’s gesture gives Island County museum visitors a free month

  • Apr 7, 2014 at 11:21AM

It’s usually wise to be prepared for just about anything when April Fool’s Day comes around. Rick Castellano admitted he had his guard down when Jackie Feusier approached the front desk of the Island County Historical Museum Tuesday, April 1, as he was waiting for another wave of visiting school children to arrive for a tour. “She said, ‘It’s my birthday tomorrow and I’d like to sponsor admission for a month as a birthday present to myself,’” said Castellano, the museum’s director. “I said, ‘OK. ... Happy birthday!’”

Strong start, strong finish gives Wolves win | Softball

  • Apr 7, 2014 at 12:00PM

Using big innings to start and finish the game, the Coupeville High School softball team earned its second win of the season, both at the expense of rival South Whidbey, with a 9-5 win in Langley Friday, April 4.

Spartans score late to stop Wildcats | Softball

  • Apr 8, 2014 at 9:00AM

The Stanwood High School softball team scored six late runs to pull away and defeat visiting Oak Harbor 7-1 Monday, April 7.

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