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Two Navy men killed in kayaking accident off Whidbey Island

  • 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.

If you get a chance, take free SVC transition class | Letter

  • 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.

Disturbed to discover a dead cat on beach | Letter

  • 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.

Mean Girls reference needs reconsideration | Letter

  • 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.

Child never had any problem at ballfield during Navy flight | Letter

  • 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.

Etzell earns MVP honors in all-star games | Baseball

  • 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.

Bearded man and 'younger fella' tweaking in cemetery | SCANNER

  • 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.

Whidbey Island unites against cancer | Slideshow

  • 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.

Central Whidbey jet noise class action suit takes aim at brokerages

  • 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.

Emerson replacements to be interviewed

  • 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.

Practice burn, fire calls keep Oak Harbor department on the run

  • 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.

New faces light up in Enchanted April | Slideshow

  • 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.

NAS Whidbey to get six P8-A squadrons

  • 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.

Navy SAR recovers injured woman from Mt. Stuart

  • Jun 6, 2014 at 1:29PM

On Thursday, a Search and Rescue team from Whidbey Island Naval Air Station assisted rescuers from ...

Anti-noise group upstages Larsen at campaign event

  • 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.

Whidbey ranks as third best island in USA Today poll

  • 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, 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.

Shame on whoever stole my coin purse | Letter

  • 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.

Former candidate for Oak Harbor City Council faces felony

  • 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.

Support Glendale shoreline project | Letter

  • 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.

Maybe airplane noise does effect health | Letter

  • 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.

Grace and grit: Mental and physical toughness a requirement for ballet dancers

  • Jun 7, 2014 at 6:00AM

In the final dress rehearsal for “Peter Pan,” last year, Ellen Peterson put all her weight on her extended left foot and felt a pop. It was her Achilles, a tendon that is constantly tested when ballet dancers stand on their toes. The pop was an alarm and the pain that followed a cause for some initial panic. She was, after all, playing Peter Pan. “I was the main,” she said. “I had to continue.”

Whidbey to get 6 P-8A squadrons

  • Jun 7, 2014 at 6:00AM

The Navy announced it will be basing six P-8A Poseidon squadrons at Whidbey Island Naval Air Station at the close of a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement this month. “This move highlights the strategic importance of NAS Whidbey Island and we look forward to the arrival of the first P-8 squadron beginning in 2016,” said Capt. Mike Nortier, commanding officer for NAS Whidbey. “Now that a decision has been announced, we will begin moving forward with planned projects to build aircraft simulators and improve necessary hangar and airfield facilities to support the P-8A aircraft,” Nortier said.

WIC removal from base is unfortunate | Letter

  • Jun 7, 2014 at 6:00AM

Editor, The on-base Women Infant Care, WIC, office provides vital pre-natal and family services for over 500 junior enlisted families. This fully federal ly funded program is located at many other bases and is virtually no cost to Whidbey Island Naval Air Station. The office was started in the 1980s in order to avoid a two-hour round-trip to the Skagit office, a major cost impact to junior Navy families, or swamping the small Island County office.

Write representatives, warn about COER | Letter

  • Jun 7, 2014 at 6:00AM

Editor, As I sat down the evening of June 4 to watch the local news and eat my dinner, who should appear on Channel 4 news but Mr. Michael Monson. He was out spreading more of his lies about the Outlying Field Coupeville, the Navy and our local realtors. As I tried to keep from choking, he stood there on TV telling the reporter the class action suit that is being brought against the realtors is justified by the lack of a notice about the jet noise.

Island County officials sympathetic but powerless to stop marijuana manufacturer

  • Jun 7, 2014 at 6:00AM

A fence being raised around marijuana-related businesses may soon prevent people from accessing a popular North Whidbey charity that helps low-income people. A group of Goldie Road business owners met with Island County officials Tuesday to voice their concerns about a proposed recreational marijuana production business that they say is forcing them to relocate.

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