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Man accused of writing letters in blood, torturing duck | Island Scanner

  • Apr 22, 2014 at 6:14PM

At 4:30 p.m., a caller reported that he was concerned about a resident who has been writing letters in “someone’s blood.” The caller said the man had a bunch of photos in which “he was torturing a duck.” A deputy checked on the man and determined that he was not an immediate danger to himself or others, including ducks, the sheriff’s office reported. He was arrested on outstanding warrants.

Total compensation is key in minimum wage debate | Guest column

  • Apr 23, 2014 at 1:00AM

One of the problems with the minimum wage debate is the name itself. If we want to ensure that we don’t hurt lower-income workers, we should consider total compensation, not just wages. Case in point: Bill H. earns $15 an hour as a parking lot attendant. Lisa W. earns $12.25 an hour at a fast food restaurant.

Two Oak Harbor elementary schools receive awards

  • Apr 23, 2014 at 1:00AM

Two Oak Harbor elementary schools received Washington Academic Achievement Awards for 2013. Broad View Elementary received a High Progress Award and Hillcrest Elementary received a Special Recognition Award for reading and math growth.

Homeowners express concerns about dog facility proposed for North Whidbey

  • Apr 23, 2014 at 1:00AM

Some residents on North Whidbey were surprised and dismayed to find out Summit Assistance Dogs is considering building a new training facility in their rural neighborhood. Residents near Henni Road received a letter notifying them of an April 16 community meeting about the proposal, but some said they received those letters after the meeting was held.

The search for state parks funding | Petri Dish

  • Apr 23, 2014 at 1:00AM

A task force appointed by Gov. Jay Inslee began work today on finding a better way to fund the state parks system and promote Washington’s multi-billion dollar outdoor recreation industry. Inslee also wants the panel to come up with ideas for getting children to spend more time recreating in the outdoors, which he hopes will help stem the spread of obesity among the state’s youngest residents.

WEAN celebrates 25th with educational film | Letter

  • Apr 23, 2014 at 2:00AM

Editor, “Woe to those who add house to house and join field to field till no space is left and you live alone in the land.” Isaiah 5:8. Or, put another way, “Don’t it always seem to go, you don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone. They paved paradise and put it a parking lot.” Joni Mitchell.

Oak Harbor celebrates its Dutch roots this weekend

  • Apr 23, 2014 at 2:00AM

In years to come, who knows what might become of the wooden shoes that were once a signature of Oak Harbor’s Holland Happening. To move the inventory, Kathy Reed is open to suggestions.

The gall and arrogance of group is amazing | Letter

  • Apr 23, 2014 at 2:00AM

Editor, I never thought I’d be writing a Letter to the Editor about fairy tales, but Michael Monson’s April 12 letter, “Don’t Be a Chicken Little over Jet Noise,” prompts me to do so. Monson’s a master at leaving data and evidence out of his arguments. He claims that the COER does not want the Naval Air Station to close, yet when closing it was being considered, former COER President Ken Pickard said, “There was hope when the NAS was placed on the BRAC list.”

Island County treasurer is struggling with delayed tax supplements

  • Apr 23, 2014 at 2:00AM

The Island County treasurer told county commissioners this month that the backlog of unprocessed property supplements will take at least another month to complete. “It has created some very difficult situations, which is why I have as many people working on it and they are working overtime to get them done,” Treasurer Ana Maria Nunez said at a recent work session. An audit finding last year determined that the county was backlogged on processing property tax supplements because “Island County lacked adequate internal controls to ensure timely processing of property tax adjustments.”

Westgate Homes finds new locale on Highway 20

  • Apr 23, 2014 at 3:00AM

Westgate Homes is moving this month to a new location, about a half mile south on State Highway 20. The business, which sells RVs, RV parts and manufactured homes, is downsizing and company leaders wanted to move to a smaller location to make their operation more efficient, according to General Manager Kevin Fakkema.

Crescent Harbor students show their smarts during annual Science Fair

  • Apr 23, 2014 at 3:00AM

The experiments ranged from which paper towel offers the best absorption rate to whether ibuprofen in the water will keep a cut flower alive longer. Those were among the projects displayed during Crescent Harbor Elementary School’s annual science fair, held last April 15-16 in the school’s library. Projects were entirely extracurricular for students in first through fourth grades, but fifth graders were required to do an experiment for their classes.

Whidbey Island Fair Association wants regular county funding, new lease

  • Apr 23, 2014 at 3:00AM

Running the Island County Fairgrounds costs too much, and the managing Whidbey Island Fair Association wants county funding as part of a restructured lease. In a letter sent to the county commissioners on April 9, fair association president Diane Divelbess wrote that her group could not “in good faith” renew the lease as it exists without any county support for the property. The two-year lease is set to expire in June. “The way we are now, we are managing but without sufficient funds to manage,” Divelbess said in a phone interview Thursday. “Up to now, the county has given us what [it] has been able to give us.”

Glendale purchase an opportunity too good to pass up | Guest editorial

  • Apr 23, 2014 at 3:00AM

A single person has the power to change the future for us all. About a week ago, that person was Island County Commissioner Jill Johnson. The Oak Harbor Republican reconsidered her earlier position and, in a surprise move, agreed to approve a partnership between the county and the Whidbey Camano Land Trust to purchase beachfront property in Glendale.

Oak Harbor School Board adopts new curriculum

  • Apr 23, 2014 at 3:00AM

During the Oak Harbor School District board meeting last week, the board adopted a new secondary social studies curriculum, which was in the works for months. The biggest change in the curriculum is the replacement of “modern world problems” classes with “modern global economics.”

Odd Fellows Hall gets fresh coat, thanks to Sherwin-Williams

  • Apr 23, 2014 at 3:00AM

The Independent Order of Odd Fellows Hall in Oak Harbor got a fresh look Saturday. Volunteers from Sherwin-Williams paint store were joined by other volunteers from the community in applying a fresh coat of paint to the building’s exterior. In the process, they completed some minor repair work.

Island County tweaks pot rules

  • Apr 23, 2014 at 5:00AM

Marijuana growers and processors will not have to be located on a county road to be eligible for a license. Island County commissioners responded to comments during Monday’s public hearing. A handful of residents said the county road requirement would prevent them from participating in the fledgling industry.

Taking stock of lakes opener on Whidbey

  • Apr 23, 2014 at 5:00AM

It’s always the big fish that spike the most interest. When Dave Whitmer and others with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife travel to different communities with truckloads of trout to unload, it’s often the jumbo-sized trout that draw the most curiosity.

Union files grievance over cutting of landmark tree in Oak Harbor

  • Apr 23, 2014 at 6:00AM updated at 2:58PM

The secrecy behind the City of Oak Harbor’s decision to cut down the landmark Garry oak tree at the post office resulted in a grievance. The grievance was filed by a union representing Oak Harbor Public Works employees. Teamsters’ Local No. 231 filed a grievance with Public Works Director Cathy Rosen on April 2. Rosen responded last week with a denial of the grievance, but union officials said they are planning to appeal.

Afternoon tee time: Women's group enjoys golfing together

  • Apr 23, 2014 at 10:00AM

Obviously, a good place to find the members of the Wednesday Women’s Golf Association is on the Gallery Golf Course.

Nobody injured in drive-by shooting on North Whidbey

  • Apr 23, 2014 at 5:00PM updated Apr 24, 2014 at 10:01AM

The Island County Sheriff's Office is asking the public for any information regarding a drive-by shooting on North Whidbey Tuesday. Undersheriff Kelly Mauck said nobody was injured and the shooter's intention remains unclear. "There is no known motive," he said, "and no suspect."

GP edges Oak Harbor | Girls golf

  • Apr 24, 2014 at 9:06AM

Oak Harbor's Joanna Leete recorded the best individual score but Glacier Peak slipped by the Wildcat girls golf team at the Lynnwood Golf Course Tuesday, April 22.

Home runs lift Meadowdale by Wildcats | Softball

  • Apr 24, 2014 at 10:00AM

Fueled by two home runs, the Meadowdale High School softball team zipped by visiting Oak Harbor 13-0 in five innings Tuesday, April 22.

Unlucky day for Wolves | Soccer

  • Apr 24, 2014 at 11:00AM

Sometimes the ball just doesn't bounce your way. The Coupeville High School soccer team played Lakewood even up Tuesday, April 22, at Mickey Clark Field, but the score board displayed a 3-0 Cougar win.

Wolves give 1st-place Granite Falls fight | Softball

  • Apr 24, 2014 at 12:00PM

First-place Granite Falls scored twice late to slip by the scrappy Coupeville High School softball team 3-1 Tuesday, April 22, on the Wolves' diamond.

Oak Harbor routs Everett | Baseball

  • Apr 24, 2014 at 1:00PM

The Oak Harbor High School baseball team hasn't won often this season, but when it does win, it wins with ease.

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