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Shame parent is being besmirched | Letters

  • Nov 7, 2013 at 8:00AM

Editor, Lynne Vagt and I used to be neighbors, I live in England now. I count myself privileged to know Lynne, an exemplary mother, hard working, involved in her church and community. Not many people could hold a candle to Lynne.

Marijuana sellers angered by proposed moratorium on Island County

  • Nov 6, 2013 at 6:00PM

Tempers flared during a public hearing Monday as several residents expressed their dislike of a proposed six-month moratorium on new marijuana distribution and production businesses. As a result, Island County commissioners voted to table the action until a work session Wednesday, Nov. 6. Several business owners, some of whom are already producing medical marijuana, told the commissioners they believe that the proposed moratorium on new businesses would put Island County behind the rest of the state, causing them to miss out on key application deadlines.

Whidbey Island legacy assured: Trudy Sundberg lecture series

  • Nov 7, 2013 at 9:00AM

The offspring of Trudy Sundberg glow over the idea of a lecture series named on her behalf. During a gathering in August that celebrated the life of Sundberg, a close friend announced that a memorial fund was created, making way for what will be known as the Trudy J. Sundberg Memorial Lecture Series. The plan is to bring a prominent speaker to Whidbey Island once a year and build other events around the visit. The idea evoked joy from Sundberg’s family, yet also just a hint of sadness.

Wildcats open district with upset win | Volleyball

  • Nov 7, 2013 at 10:08AM

Some may have scoffed when Oak Harbor High School volleyball coach Kerri Molitor said her team, winners of only five of 15 matches, had the talent to defeat any team in the league and had a shot at making the state tournament.

Whidbey General Hospital Auxiliary shop runs on volunteers

  • Nov 7, 2013 at 10:57AM

When asking someone where they got their accessories, it might be surprising when they say the Whidbey General Hospital Auxiliary Gift Shop. “It’s one of the best kept little shopping secrets,” said Michelle Suggs, hospital gift shop manager. “Every nook and cranny is filled here.” The gift shop has always been run by volunteers, and the profits are collected by the WGH Auxiliary and used to help the hospital purchase equipment it needs. The funds raised have gone to help purchase the new Breast MRI scanner, and also improve the birth center.

North Whidbey events to salute local vets

  • Nov 7, 2013 at 10:59AM

Events are planned locally in recognition of Veterans Day, Monday, Nov. 11. The second annual Veterans Day Parade is 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9 and is estimated to last 45 minutes. The parade is the brainchild of local veteran Terry Lacey. After attending a similar event, Lacey said he decided Oak Harbor should produce one as well.

Peoples Bank in Oak Harbor names new branch manager

  • Nov 7, 2013 at 10:58AM

Peoples Bank hired Jes Walker-Wyse as the bank’s Oak Harbor Financial Center branch manager Walker-Wyse has more than 13 years of financial services and retail management experience. She graduated from Skagit Valley College with an associate’s degree and is a U.S. Navy Veteran, formerly stationed at Whidbey Island.

New roots for North Whidbey tree farm

  • Nov 7, 2013 at 11:04AM

It sometimes still feels a little surreal for Mike and Tricia Miller. At sunrise some days, they’ll step outside with a cup of coffee in hand and can scan acres of farmland and gaze at a magnificent view of Crescent Harbor at the end of a downward slope. It can be hard to believe sometimes that this is their property and their home.

State bound: Upstart Wildcats reach district finals | Volleyball

  • Nov 8, 2013 at 9:08AM

She believed in her team's talent. The trick for Oak Harbor High School volleyball coach Kerri Molitor was to get her players to share the feeling.

Servatius widens lead as Oak Harbor City Council election results firm up

  • Nov 8, 2013 at 6:00PM

Incumbent candidates in the race for Oak Harbor City Council will keep their seats following Tuesday’s election as Councilman Joel Servatius extended his thin lead. Opinions vary, however, on whether there’s meaning in the numbers when it comes to the tense relationship between the council and mayor. Among the four candidates for whom Mayor Scott Dudley campaigned, only Councilman Jim Campbell won. Dudley said the vote was not a referendum on his leadership, but the product of hard work on behalf of incumbents.

Oak Harbor begins playoffs against rugged Mount Si | Football

  • Nov 9, 2013 at 7:00AM updated at 9:07AM

When the state football playoffs begin for Oak Harbor High School at home at 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, the Wildcats will attempt to do something no team other than Bellevue has accomplished the past two seasons — defeat Mount Si.

Wolves reach game goals in rout of Cowboys | Football

  • Nov 9, 2013 at 9:06AM

Jake Tumblin rushed for 315 yards, but it was the one yard he sacrificed that was the most memorable in Coupeville’s 54-0 feel-good win over visiting Chimacum Friday, Nov. 8, that brought a feel-good finish a frustrating season.

Deceased candidate elected to Oak Harbor cemetery commission

  • Nov 9, 2013 at 2:00PM updated Nov 11, 2013 at 7:56AM

Oak Harbor resident David McNeely passed away Aug. 10 at the age of 71. That didn’t stop him from winning a seat on the cemetery district board. And he didn’t just win. McNeely earned 58 percent of the vote against still-living candidate Lee Koetje.

Whidbey General Hospital thanks supporters for succesfull campaign

  • Nov 10, 2013 at 8:00AM

The second time is the charm when it comes to passing the Whidbey General Hospital general obligation bond. On election night, the 45 people gathered at Ciao exploded with elation once the first election results were posted, initially showing 61.75 percent voter approval. The bond passed with a 61.44 percent approval, giving it the supermajority it needed.

Organizers prepare for Oak Harbor Community Harvest

  • Nov 10, 2013 at 8:00AM

K.C. Pohtilla jokes that one of her biggest roles during one of Oak Harbor’s biggest holiday events is playing the role of spoiler. “I cover up the TV so nobody can watch the football game,” Pohtilla said. Pohtilla is one of the coordinators busy preparing for the 12th annual North Whidbey Community Harvest on Thanksgiving.

Oak Harbor city HR manager gets ax

  • Nov 10, 2013 at 9:00AM

Yet another employee in a management position was fired this week from Oak Harbor City Hall. Mayor Scott Dudley said Cheryl Lawler, the city’s human resources manager, was terminated Tuesday afternoon after she declined to continue working on a temporary, contract basis. City Administrator Larry Cort, who’s currently on vacation in Paris, sent a notice to council members about the firing on Election Day.

Oak Harbor driver in Oct. 31 fatality arrested on warrant

  • Nov 10, 2013 at 9:00AM updated Nov 11, 2013 at 1:06PM

An Oak Harbor man accused of causing an accident that killed a teenager and seriously injured her twin and another girl turned himself in on an arrest warrant Thursday, according to a detective with the Washington State Patrol. Troopers found no indication that Ira Blackstock, 53, was drinking prior to the crash, but his blood will be tested after field sobriety tests showed signs of possible impairment from medication or drugs, said Craig Cardinal, a detective with the Washington State Patrol said.

County needs to revamp OLF noise disclosure | Letters

  • Nov 8, 2013 at 2:13PM

Editor, In his Nov. 3 blog, even Joe Kunzler, an OLF proponent, concludes that the 2002 jet noise notice is basically a whitewash that has been duping folks into buying a pig in a poke. Keeping in mind that the duped total way more than a few outliers, he suggests that the county role back its current cover-up and go back to its 1992-2001 notice. Joe is letting his conscience show, but he needs to understand that notice wasn’t much more than another whitewash with a different tint.

Ala Spit becoming increasingly dangerous | Letters

  • Nov 11, 2013 at 7:00AM updated Nov 13, 2013 at 3:56PM

Editor, On Sept. 22, a fisherman from Bellevue, fully dressed with backpack and hip waders, was washed off of the beach at Ala Spit and into the bay. He was in the water approximately 15 minutes and close to death when he washed up on our beach.

Coupeville group to talk jet noise at Nov. 19 forum

  • Nov 11, 2013 at 8:00AM

The group opposing flight operations at the U.S. Navy’s Outlying Field Coupeville will hold a meeting on Central Whidbey later this month. Citizens for Ebey’s Reserve said it will be focusing on jet noise and its effect on public health. The meeting is 4:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19, at the Coupeville Recreation Hall, 901 N.W. Alexander St.

Pot moratorium continues to raise concerns for Island County officials

  • Nov 8, 2013 at 2:15PM

Island County commissioners voted Wednesday to postpone a moratorium on new marijuana-related businesses for a second time. In a rare moment, Commissioner Helen Price Johnson, a Democrat, and Commissioner Kelly Emerson, a conservative Republican, agreed to hold off on adopting the moratorium because staff and resident questions remained unanswered. Commissioner Jill Johnson dissented, saying she was ready to move the moratorium forward as-is.

Four people injured in two DUI accidents on North Whidbey

  • Nov 8, 2013 at 2:20PM

Four people were injured in two suspected DUI accidents in the Oak Harbor area over the last two days, according to the Washington State Patrol. Monday night, Coupeville resident Ruben Barajasmares, 43, was driving a 2004 Nissan pickup east on Ault Field Drive when the car spun out of control and struck a telephone pole near the intersection with Summit Boulevard, according to a State Patrol report.

Council approves 1 percent increase in property tax

  • Nov 8, 2013 at 2:27PM

Residents in the City of Oak Harbor will pay 1 percent more in property taxes next year. For the owner of a home worth $225,000, that equates to an extra $5.38 a year in property taxes. City Council members approved the tax hike Wednesday night after a lengthy discussion about the budget despite the urging of Mayor Scott Dudley to reject the increase.

Anti-jet group meets in Oak Harbor

  • Nov 8, 2013 at 2:35PM

A message written on the white board summed up the group’s sentiments: “Who helps us? We do!” Those gathered at Oak Harbor Library Tuesday night also seemed to agree on another statement written on the board: “More planes, more noise, more pollution, more taxes, fewer jobs.” The open forum, organized by the Concerned Island County Citizens, provided information on jet noise and pollution on tables around the room and a chance for open discussion.

A scout’s honor: Oak Harbor teenager leaves lasting gift to community’s veterans with Eagle Scout service project

  • Nov 11, 2013 at 9:00AM

To attain the highest rank possible as a Boy Scout, Brandon Mackin needed to come up with an idea for his Eagle Scout service project. While a member of different troops in other parts of the country, Mackin noticed that most American Legion posts had fire pits to hold flag retirement ceremonies. However, a trip to American Legion George Morris Post 129 in Oak Harbor revealed no such fire pit.

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