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- Mar 10, 2014 at 11:00AM updated Mar 12, 2014 at 3:52PM
Island County Sheriff The following items were selected from reports made to the Island County Sheriff’s Office: Friday, Feb. 21 At 7:16 p.m., a Goodell Road resident reported finding four used condoms in the woods near her property. At 7:56 p.m., a caller reported her mother is making accusations and “brain washing” her grandmother.
- Mar 10, 2014 at 11:37AM
North Whidbey Park and Recreation District is in the process of settling two wrongful termination lawsuits. If the settlements are accepted, it could spell the end of a long-standing controversy that has mired the district in litigation and created a division among stakeholders. Thursday night, the district board of commissioners held a special meeting. Following an executive session, the members voted unanimously to approve letters to Neil Romney, former North Whidbey Aquatic Club swim coach, and Vicki Robinson, former administrative assistant.
- Mar 11, 2014 at 12:38PM
Tenth District Sen. Barbara Bailey, R-Oak Harbor, and state Reps. Norma Smith, R-Clinton, and Dave Hayes, R-Camano Island, will hold a series of town hall meetings throughout the district on March 20 and 22.
- Mar 11, 2014 at 1:12PM
Rita Heltsley couldn’t imagine life at Oak Harbor Elementary School without Pam Glein. Glein couldn’t imagine it there without Heltsley. “If Pam changes careers, I’m following her wherever she goes,” Heltsley joked.
- Mar 11, 2014 at 3:15PM
With the realization that a trip to the National ProStart Invitational was no longer in reach, culinary arts students from Oak Harbor High School then had to swallow more tough news.
- Mar 12, 2014 at 11:00AM updated Mar 13, 2014 at 7:07AM
Gone were the curls but not the Super Bowl smile. Greg Goebel recognized Russell Wilson right away when he sat down next to him after boarding a flight from SeaTac to Newark, N.J., two weeks ago.
- Mar 12, 2014 at 11:44AM
Frank Hardy says he probably will never return to the Oak Harbor Naval Hospital for medical care. After what he claims was a botched 2009 surgery at the hospital, Hardy said he didn’t wake up. Hardy said he was sent to Skagit Valley Medical Center for post-op and follow-up care.
- Mar 14, 2014 at 3:08PM
All too often, you hear about the professional athlete who runs afoul of the law, or who comes off as kind of a jerk. And then you hear about a great athlete who’s also a great guy — someone like Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson.
- Mar 13, 2014 at 2:27PM
Nearly one year after Island County filed a civil lawsuit against a Greenbank property owner over a wall constructed at the end of Wonn Road, a settlement offer may be on the table. Rumors have swirled in recent weeks that Bruce Montgomery, the homeowner at the center of the property dispute, has offered the county $100,000 to end legal proceedings. He declined to discuss any current settlement offer in an interview Thursday, but Montgomery did say that’s the amount he believes it will cost him to continue duking it out in court with county lawyers, and that he’d rather the money be spent on another property for public use.
- Mar 13, 2014 at 10:27AM
A North Whidbey dog breeder asserts that he is not running a puppy mill, despite continuing legal troubles. “It’s not even close,” Matthew Hernkind said, adding that the allegations against him are largely based on misunderstandings.
- Mar 14, 2014 at 3:03PM
At 11 p.m. when most people are asleep, Kelly Baugh is grinding fresh red wheat and starting a large batch of bread. Baugh bakes her bread at Living Green Bakery & Cafe on Second Street in Langley.
- Mar 14, 2014 at 3:15PM
I am shocked and distressed at the cancellation of the Loganberry Festival at Greenbank Farms. This is my first year in Oak Harbor, and the best event I attended was the wonderful Loganberry Festival with its homemade, homegrown foods from local venders, local equine competitions, local art and wonderful local country bands.
- Mar 14, 2014 at 3:12PM
I would like to thank the liberals, the tree huggers and the low-to-no information voters for raising my property taxes 18 percent this year. Like it’s been said, with friends like that, who needs enemies.
- Mar 14, 2014 at 3:55PM
Island County Sheriff's Office Thursday, March 6 At 8:18 a.m., an Admirals Drive resident reported receiving a fraudulent email stating that the home was foreclosed and the residents needed to vacate immediately. At 2:37 p.m., a case of indecent exposure was reported on Mount Baker Circle. At 7:48 p.m., a stolen U-Haul truck was reported at Deception Pass Bridge. At 7:57 p.m., a Race Road resident reported a possible prowler in a detached garage on Race Road.
- Mar 15, 2014 at 10:00AM
After taking the pulse of Seattle Seahawks fans across Whidbey Island during the NFL postseason, Kory Dyer was encouraged by the healthy support. The support was so strong he decided to take the necessary steps to make Whidbey Island part of the Seahawks’ official booster club.
- Mar 15, 2014 at 3:00PM
Island County leadership passed on a chance to apply for grants that would allow them to acquire beach access properties adjacent to Glendale on South Whidbey. Commissioners Kelly Emerson and Jill Johnson said they could not support acquiring more park land, even through grants, if it means additional maintenance costs down the road
- Mar 15, 2014 at 3:00PM
I do not think the so-called artwork in Oak Harbor should be called “Kraken.” I suspect it may be copyright infringement (to use that name).
- Mar 15, 2014 at 4:00PM updated Mar 17, 2014 at 9:07AM
The City of Oak Harbor and three contractors reached a tentative settlement with the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community over the desecration of Native American burial grounds during the 2011 Pioneer Way construction project. Under the proposal, the city’s insurance provider will pay $1.2 million and the insurance companies for the three companies will pay a total of $800,000 to the tribe.
- Mar 15, 2014 at 4:00PM
The long links of paper chains were a sign that this would be no ordinary school assembly. The silence and tears that followed only confirmed it. “Some of the biggest, strongest guys on campus were emotionally changed today,” said Jeffrey Laiblin, social studies teacher and activities advisor at North Whidbey Middle School. “I watched them break down in tears.”
- Mar 15, 2014 at 4:00PM
Island County Commis-sioner Jill Johnson voiced her displeasure when she learned that Oak Harbor’s public meeting about the county fairground project was postponed. “For the record, I think that’s not OK,” Johnson said.
- Mar 15, 2014 at 4:00PM
After downing a cup of beef and barley soup, a mixed-greens salad, a pair of bread sticks and two glasses of iced tea, Helen Chatfield-Weeks was in the mood to demonstrate an Irish jig. She stood and danced on a recent afternoon at Angelo’s Caffe in downtown Oak Harbor, spinning, stopping to pose and belting out laughs while following only the sounds of her own “da, da, da” rendition.
- Mar 16, 2014 at 4:00PM
A formerly prominent Oak Harbor attorney could face many years behind bars if convicted on charges that include theft and money laundering. Douglas Saar, 40, formerly of the Law Office of Skinner and Saar, is accused of stealing from estates he represented, shifting money around in accounts to hide the thefts and using stolen funds to pay for a limousine ride and a Hawaiian vacation, according to the police report.
- Mar 17, 2014 at 9:03AM
Last spring the Oak Harbor High School tennis team returned only two letter winners, and, as expected, the young team struggled through a two-win season. This year, nine letter winners are back, and coach Horace Mells expects the win total to jump dramatically.
- Mar 17, 2014 at 8:59AM
The Coupeville High School tennis program, under the direction of Ken Stange, is a consistent winner, and this year plenty of talent returns to plug any holes left by graduation.
- Mar 17, 2014 at 8:56AM
After finishing second in the Western Conference and district tournaments last year, the Oak Harbor High School girls golf team returns enough firepower to boost itself into the top spot this time around.