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- Apr 11, 2014 at 4:04PM
The Whidbey Island Marathon has gained popularity by leaps and bounds, which means residents can expect a whole lot of steely-legged runners crisscrossing the island this Sunday. Organizers are cautioning drivers to take it slow this weekend and avoid certain areas, if possible. Oak Harbor resident Tamra Sipes, organizer of the event, said it would be wise to avoid Deception Pass Bridge on Sunday morning. The bridge will be closed from 7:10 a.m. for the 7:15 a.m. start of the full marathon. The bridge reopens to traffic at approximately 7:45 a.m.
- Apr 11, 2014 at 4:27PM
The public will be able to comment on the county’s new recreational marijuana ordinance this month. A public hearing is set for 10:15 a.m. Monday, April 21, in the Board of County Commissioners Hearing Room in Coupeville. A second opportunity for public input will be available later that night at 6 p.m. The county developed the ordinance in response to the state’s passing of Initiative 502, which legalized recreational marijuana. The county put a six-month moratorium in place in November while they researched and developed the regulations.
- Apr 11, 2014 at 4:28PM
A Greenbank man will serve time in prison for driving while intoxicated, causing an injury accident on South Whidbey and then fleeing the scene last year. Brian Shelley, 42, is appealing a separate DUI conviction from Island County District Court, according to court documents.
- Apr 12, 2014 at 6:00AM updated at 8:59AM
For nearly 125 years, the Whidbey News-Times has been providing loyal readers with coverage they can count on. The industry has been transformed countless times during that century, going from hot-lead presses to giant floppy disks to all-desktop. Now into our second century, newspapers are finding a place on the Internet. Our most avid website readers will notice something new starting today. All website readers will be prompted to either register their print subscription account for full online access at no additional charge, and others will be invited to subscribe.
- Apr 12, 2014 at 7:00AM
Opponents of a $10.12 million, 10-year plan to change the Island County Fairgrounds got what they wanted — a slower, more public approach to saving the property. After a final public presentation of the 100-plus page proposal, which outlines everything from the property’s history to its potential for $3 million in revenue, members of a group opposing the plan announced it will not be going before the Island County Commissioners this month. One of the plan’s most vocal opponents wasn’t ready to claim victory quite yet, however, noting that she agrees with the premise that something must change at the 12.8-acre fairgrounds, located in Langley.
- Apr 12, 2014 at 7:00AM updated at 1:00PM
Those working closely with the island’s growing homeless population offer a resounding “yes” when asked if the island needs a homeless shelter. They will also tell you that Whidbey Island will likely never have one. And that is forcing the county to think outside the box.
- Apr 11, 2014 at 4:25PM
OAK HARBOR POLICE The following items were selected from reports made to the Oak Harbor Police Department: Thursday, April 3 At 6:42 a.m., a Northwest Cathlamet Drive resident reported that a lawnmower was stolen out of the back yard overnight. At 8:02 a.m., a caller at a State Highway 20 business reported that a tall homeless man was talking to himself.
- Apr 11, 2014 at 4:09PM
With the Oak Harbor school district’s student population expected to grow by about 750 by 2016, the school board is setting in motion plans to accommodate the increase. The population increase, a result of new Navy squadrons coming to Whidbey Island Naval Air Station, is expected in fiscal year 2016, which would mean the first population hike would first be seen during the 2016-17 school year.
- Apr 12, 2014 at 10:00AM updated at 1:33PM
I spent all day Thursday in Seattle, visiting my daughter who teaches third grade at Queen Anne Elementary. Mount Rainier stood watch over the city with stunning strength and beauty, owning the landscape.
- Apr 11, 2014 at 4:46PM
In observance of Arbor day last Wednesday, at least one tree was planted in Oak Harbor. Olympic View Elementary School planted a new, ornamental cherry tree on campus, thanks in part to the efforts of three kindergarten classes. Earlier in the school year, the classes were taught a tree-themed education unit, studying local coniferous and deciduous trees.
- Apr 12, 2014 at 10:00AM updated Apr 18, 2014 at 9:26AM
Editor, Reading all the negative letters concerning the cutting of the post office Garry oak tree, it seems to me that the ones protesting its removal most are the ones with the least knowledge of the health of the tree and the hazard it had become.
- Apr 11, 2014 at 4:55PM
Editor, There once was a chicken named Chicken Little who, when an acorn fell on its head, thought the sky was falling. Chicken Little ran around convincing many people that the “sky is falling, the sky is falling.” Many of the farm animals all ran around in a tizzy yelling “the sky is falling, the sky is falling.” They ran to find the king and tell the king the sky is falling.
- Apr 12, 2014 at 10:41AM
Mike Smith recently moved from San Diego, Calif. to Oak Harbor, bringing with him his passion for drag racing.
- Apr 12, 2014 at 10:23AM
Editor, What a privilege to have the Seattle Men’s Chorus return to Whidbey Island to perform a benefit concert for Citizens Against Domestic and Sexual Abuse, or CADA.
- Apr 12, 2014 at 10:28AM
Those struggling financially on the island can find a free meal or groceries almost every day of the week on Whidbey Island.
- Apr 12, 2014 at 10:00AM updated Apr 14, 2014 at 5:04PM
Thursday, April 17 Maundy Thursday service, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 17 at Concordia Lutheran Church, 590 Oak Harbor St., Oak Harbor. Worship service and communion.
- Apr 12, 2014 at 10:30AM
In recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Whidbey General Hospital and Citizens Against Domestic and Sexual Abuse are presenting a series of programs to highlight the problem of sexual assault in the community and discuss resources available for those impacted by it.
- Apr 12, 2014 at 10:22AM
Editor, Large outbreaks of measles currently being reported in California, British Columbia and New York are already raising concerns as people travel and spread cases. Whatcom County, the San Jaun Islands and Seattle are currently reporting cases.
- Apr 13, 2014 at 9:59AM
Financed by non-voter-issued bonds and a fundraising foundation, the plan would see the 12.8-acre property go from a rustic, authentic, rural look to one of modern design and updated utilities with 15 fewer standing structures.
- Apr 14, 2014 at 8:04AM
Lack of offense burned the Oak Harbor High School baseball team once again as it fell 3-1 at Marysville Getchell Friday, April 11.
- Apr 14, 2014 at 9:00AM
Coupeville's bats went silent after the first inning and its defense broke down in the Wolves' 9-3 loss to visiting Cedarcrest Friday, April 11.
- Apr 14, 2014 at 10:00AM
The Oak Harbor High School softball team committed only three errors at Arlington Friday, April 11, but the mistakes enabled the Eagles to jump to an early lead and stroll to an 11-0, five-inning win.
- Apr 14, 2014 at 11:37AM
Guest speaker to talk about county's mentoring program
- Apr 14, 2014 at 11:00AM
The offense struck quickly and the defense shackled Granite Falls in Coupeville's 4-1 soccer win over the visiting Tigers Friday, April 11.
- Apr 14, 2014 at 12:00PM
The Oak Harbor High School soccer team warmed up for a showdown with Shorecrest by tipping host Arlington 2-0, thanks to a pair of goals from Gavin Stewart, in a nonleague match Friday, April 11.