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- Jun 2, 2014 at 8:50AM
Putting an exclamation point on a record-breaking year, Coupeville's Makana Stone placed second in the 400 meters at the state 1A track meet at Eastern Washington University in Cheney Saturday, May 31.
- Jun 2, 2014 at 9:37AM
They had only four days to get ready, but the Coupeville high School doubles team of Aaron Curtin and Ben Etzell still pulled out one win in three matches at the state 1A tennis tournament at West Valley High School in Yakima Friday, May 30.
- Jun 2, 2014 at 10:43AM
The surprising late-season run by the Coupeville High School softball team came to an end at the state 1A tournament in Richland Friday, May 30.
- Jun 2, 2014 at 11:00AM updated Jun 5, 2014 at 9:21AM
Representatives from the City of Oak Harbor and U.S. Navy celebrated the completion of a fuel pipeline construction project at Whidbey Island Naval Air Station's fuel operations facility on Ault Field with a ribbon cutting ceremony on May 30, 2014.
- Jun 2, 2014 at 11:04AM
Sixth-place finishes by senior Alexandra Laiblin and junior Dejon Devroe highlighted the Oak Harbor High School effort at the 3A state track meet May 29-31 at Tacoma's Mount Tahoma High School.
- Jun 2, 2014 at 12:00PM updated Jun 3, 2014 at 5:15PM
Two active-duty Navy men were killed over the weekend in an apparent kayaking accident, according to the Island County Sheriff's Office. The bodies of the 23-year-old and 25-year-old men were found Sunday on the west side of Whidbey Island, Detective Ed Wallace said. The two men left at about 4 p.m. on Saturday and were supposed to return by 9 p.m. Oak Harbor police were notified they were missing that night.
- Jun 4, 2014 at 12:48PM
Editor, We have just completed the Life Transition Program at Skagit Valley College Oak Harbor — what an amazing experience. We would love to give our instructor, Kelly Jolly, a big thank you for all of her hard work. The Life Transition Program is a free course currently offered by the college twice a year.
- Jun 4, 2014 at 12:55PM
Editor, On Saturday, May 31, my husband, myself and mother-in-law attended the WAIF charity fundraiser in Langley. The event was good fun, a worthwhile cause and we won an auction to put our cat in their 2015 calendar as Miss January.
- Jun 4, 2014 at 12:49PM
Editor, How about coming up with a different name than “Mean Girls” for the website mentioned in your column? You describe the “Mean Girls” blog as a group of “mostly middle-aged men” who attack those who disagree with them.
- Jun 4, 2014 at 12:50PM
Editor, My letter is in reference to the statements made by Citizens of Ebey’s Reserve on its website, which were also published on the Whidbey News-Times website on May 10. The comments refer to a supposed incident at a T-ball game on May 7 at Rhododendron Park in Coupeville.
- Jun 3, 2014 at 8:20AM
Coupeville's Ben Etzell earned the Most Valuable Player Award for both games in the regional senior 1A/B all-star baseball double header in Bellingham Monday, June 2.
- Jun 4, 2014 at 2:00AM
The following items were selected from reports made to the Oak Harbor Police Department: Wednesday, May 21 At 10:07 a.m., a caller reported that a woman who appeared to be homeless was sitting in front of the post office and crying. The woman said she poisoned her baby by accident. At 11:02 a.m., there was a report that someone put a sign on a Garry oak tree on Midway Boulevard saying in had been spiked. At 8:57 p.m., a woman reported that a large raccoon was in a tree on Northwest Clipper Drive.
- Jun 4, 2014 at 3:00AM updated Jun 5, 2014 at 9:47AM
To raise awareness, raise money, honor the fallen and to celebrate the survivors. About 1,500 attended last weekend’s Relay for Life of Whidbey Island, and each participant’s reasons for attending were unique. The common denominator, however, was cancer. Relay for Life of Whidbey Island kicked off at 6 p.m. Friday at North Whidbey Middle School.
- Jun 4, 2014 at 4:00AM
A group of Coupeville-area homeowners want to sue local real estate brokerages, claiming they were not properly informed about Navy jet noise. Seattle-based firm Terrell Marshall Daudt & Willie sent letters to residents last week, seeking people who may want to join the class action suit. The firm’s letter said it was retained by “several property owners” whose names are not yet public.
- Jun 4, 2014 at 5:00AM
Island County commissioners will publicly interview three applicants in June for the District 3 seat left vacant by Kelly Emerson’s sudden resignation last month. The first interviews, to be conducted by commissioners Jill Johnson and Helen Price Johnson, are 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 17, at Four Springs House, 585 Lewis Lane, Camano Island. The second and final interviews are 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 24, in the Commissioners’ Hearing Room in Coupeville.
- Jun 4, 2014 at 6:00AM updated at 9:12AM
Oak Harbor firefighters got a lot of hands-on experience fighting fires this past week. They burned down the late Dorothy Neil’s former house on Barrington Drive Saturday as a training session.
- Jun 4, 2014 at 6:00AM updated Jun 5, 2014 at 9:48AM
Learning she had landed a lead role in an upcoming play at the Whidbey Playhouse, Coqui Herken didn’t know how to react. “At first, you’re really excited you got the part,” Herken said. “Then you realize what you’ve taken on, and you start to panic.” Herken is not only tackling her first leading role when “Enchanted April” begins at the Whidbey Playhouse Friday, June 6, it’s her first speaking part of any production.
- Jun 4, 2014 at 11:00AM updated at 2:12PM
The Navy has decided to base six P8-A squadrons at Whidbey Island Naval Air Station at the close of the Environmental Impact Study. The decision was published in the Federal Register April 25.The Navy weighed two alternatives during the EIS process and chose the option to base six fleet squadrons at NAS Whidbey and six fleet squadrons plus the replacement squadron at Jacksonville Naval Air Station in Florida.
- Jun 6, 2014 at 1:29PM
On Thursday, a Search and Rescue team from Whidbey Island Naval Air Station assisted rescuers from ...
- Jun 7, 2014 at 4:00AM
A Coupeville-based group interrupted a campaign kickoff event for Congressman Rick Larsen Tuesday by demanding he address the topic of jet noise. Approximately 50 people attended the event, held at the Coupeville Recreation Hall. Many of those attending are members of Citizens of Ebey’s Reserve, a group opposed to the use of Outlying Field Coupeville for Navy’s EA-18G Growler touch-and-go landing practices.
- Jun 7, 2014 at 4:00AM
In the eyes of one national news organization’s readers, Whidbey rates as one of the best islands to visit in the United States. Whidbey Island is ranked No. 3 under “Best U.S. Island” by readers of USA Today and 10Best.com, the news media company’s travel website. A panel of experts picked the nominees, leaving the public to vote for their favorite U.S. islands over the course of a month.
- Jun 7, 2014 at 5:00AM
Editor, I would like to address the honesty of our Oak Harbor residents and patrons. To the person who stole my black coin purse from the Dutch Maid Laundromat Thursday morning, shame on you! You know who you are and I’m sorry you had to do this to me. I am and have been a resident since 1969 and have seen a huge change in Oak Harbor. After this incident, I am appalled.
- Jun 7, 2014 at 5:00AM
A three-time Oak Harbor City Council candidate and a frequent council watcher is accused of stealing a 100-ounce bar of silver from an elderly family friend while the woman was away caring for a dying daughter, according to court documents. Prosecutors charged Melvin J. Vance, 49, in Island County Superior Court May 27 with trafficking in stolen property in the first degree, theft in the second degree and possession of stolen property in the second degree.
- Jun 7, 2014 at 6:00AM
Editor, I fully support the Glendale shoreline access project proposed by Island County in partnership with the Whidbey Camano Land Trust. I understand that grant funding is necessary to complete the project. The proposed acquisition is one of the few remaining opportunities on Whidbey Island to augment Whidbey’s scarce public beach access.
- Jun 7, 2014 at 6:00AM
Editor, I have lived just outside of the Sea-Tac Airport noise zone for more than 20 years. When I worked eight to 12 hours a day, the noise from the planes wasn’t so bad, if you didn’t mind turning up the TV or stopping conversations indoors, on the phone or outside when chatting over the fence with your next-door neighbor. How could I complain? After all, I bought a house close to the airport.