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- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.