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Cutting conservation futures shortsighted | Letters

  • Nov 19, 2013 at 7:00AM

Editor’s note: The following was submitted to the Whidbey News-Times as an open letter to the Island County Board of Commissioners: We are organizations that work on behalf of public recreation, habitat conservation, shore access and animal welfare. We urge the commissioners to continue funding the Conservation Futures Fund at its current level, and not reduce funding or freeze acquisitions.

Coupeville man heading to Philippines as volunteer

  • Nov 16, 2013 at 11:23AM

Eric Tremblay isn’t sure what to expect when he touches down in the Philippines next week. When he signed up to help with disaster relief work, his job was to help salvage and take down structures damaged by a magnitude 7.1 earthquake that hit the islands on Oct. 15. That was before a massive typhoon struck the Philippines three weeks later, leaving thousands dead and creating more widespread devastation.

Everyone finds different ways to get close to God | Faithful Living

  • Nov 19, 2013 at 8:00AM

During the last few weeks we have taken a look at various things people do to connect with God in personal and sustained ways. I’ve been using Gary Thomas’ book, “Sacred Pathways: Discovering Your Soul’s Path to God,” as a reference and I have thoroughly enjoyed writing this series. The diversity of people with whom we live — and the ways they naturally interact with God as well as friends and family —explains in great part why we behave the way we do; why we make the choices we make; how we process information and respond to life as it unfolds.

North Whidbey bookkeeper accused of stealing, gambling funds

  • Nov 16, 2013 at 11:20AM

A former bookkeeper accused of stealing more than $200,000 from two North Whidbey community organizations was charged with two felonies. Wendy Murphy, 50, of Oak Harbor, allegedly stole from Rolling Hills-Glencairn Community Service and Hillcrest Village Water Co. during a three-year period. She was sued by the two entities after the theft was discovered early this year. Prosecutors charged Murphy Nov. 4 in Island County Superior Court with two counts of first-degree theft with aggravating circumstances.

Oak Harbor City Council pay, benefit cuts back on table

  • Nov 16, 2013 at 11:21AM

The mayor’s proposal to cut salaries and benefits for elected officials is returning to the Oak Harbor City Council. During a meeting in May, the council members unanimously voted to table the controversial resolutions to the second meeting in November. That meeting is Tuesday, Nov. 19. Only Councilman Jim Campbell expressed support for the mayor’s proposal.

'Tis the season: Busy work has begun to prepare for upcoming holiday season on Whidbey Island

  • Nov 20, 2013 at 9:50AM

Although the calendar indicates otherwise, the holiday season is starting to take shape around some parts of North Whidbey. Members of the Oak Harbor Garden Club have been on the hunt for quality clippings of Douglas Fir for their annual wreath-making project. The pieces will come together inside a shop at a club member’s home starting Nov. 29, and the work will continue at least through the first week of December.

Pool fees may rise in 2014 in Oak Harbor

  • Nov 20, 2013 at 9:00AM updated Nov 21, 2013 at 9:24AM

Fees could be increasing for those who swim at John Vanderzicht Memorial Pool in Oak Harbor. After three hours of discussion during a budget workshop on Thursday, Nov. 14, the North Whidbey Parks and Recreation District Board of Commissioners gave direction to parks Director Bill Walker to look at cutting 5 percent in wages and salaries and increasing all program dues by 10 percent, including Masters and North Whidbey Aquatic Club. The board needs to approve a budget by Dec. 1.

Business in brief for Whidbey Island

  • Nov 21, 2013 at 7:00AM

Business notes from the Island County Economic Development Council, Oak Harbor High School and Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce.

Whidbey Inspiration becoming a family affair in downtown

  • Nov 21, 2013 at 7:00AM

When Whidbey Inspiration owner Lynn Copeland needed help, her grandson was there to lend a hand. Since working with his grandma for less than two months, Mike Williams said he’s learned a lot from her. He took over the embroidery aspect of the business and was a natural with the machine. “I’m getting closer and closer to being a master at this thing,” Williams said.

Even island ‘Mean Girls’ have a voice | Publisher's Column

  • Nov 21, 2013 at 9:00AM

Editor’s note: The following column may contain language considered offensive by some. Politics is a blood sport on Whidbey Island. Within weeks of my arrival here nearly nine months ago, I managed to upset the local Tea Party supporters and quickly landed on a long list of their “enemies.”

More than 1,000 attend Goheen twins memorial at Oak Harbor High School

  • Nov 20, 2013 at 10:16AM

More than 1,000 people gathered to grieve and celebrate the lives of Janeah and Janesah Goheen on Saturday. The VFW Riders served as the color guard outside the building as community members poured into the Oak Harbor High School gymnasium to show their respects. Janesah Danae Goheen, 17, passed away Nov. 11 at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle from injuries sustained in the Oct. 31 car crash in Skagit County. Her twin sister, Janeah Dawn Goheen, was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.

Emerson nominates Johnson as Island County chairwoman

  • Nov 21, 2013 at 9:00AM

In a surprise move, Commissioner Kelly Emerson nominated Jill Johnson to remain chairwoman of the Island County Board of Commissioners for 2014. The selection was approved 3-0. “I thank you both for all of your support,” Johnson said.

Resolution sought in Maxwelton lawsuit

  • Nov 21, 2013 at 9:00AM

Island County Planning Director David Wechner said that the county is working with the Maxwelton Farm operators to find a resolution to a lawsuit they filed against the county in September. Maxwelton Farm claimed in the land use petition that Wechner acted outside his scope of authority by issuing a cease and desist order Aug. 30 for irrigation maintenance at the farm. “We met with the owner and their attorney yesterday – they just need to identify best management practices that will be employed during maintenance activities,” Wechner said in an emailed statement last week. “The cease and desist order has been withdrawn as the dredging activity stopped.”

Community rallies to volunteer for Saturday’s service in Oak Harbor

  • Nov 21, 2013 at 10:00AM

Even before 12:30 p.m. the cars began arriving. Three people dropped off food just after noon, and they kept coming. “That’s a lot of food in 15 minutes,” Michelle Curry said On Nov. 13 a call to action went out the community for volunteers to assist with Janeah and Janesah Goheen’s memorial service Saturday, Nov. 16. Curry was one of the organizers and helped coordinate the effort from an idea that came from the family’s church members.

New Navy wall unneighborly | Letters

  • Nov 22, 2013 at 8:00AM

Editor, I am not on the Ebey’s National Historical Reserve Board, but I live in the reserve. I find the move by the Navy to fortify the Outlying Field Coupeville, which is adjacent to the historical reserve, provocative. It flies in the face of the collaborative planning process done by the reserve, the county, the state and other federal agencies.

Keeping futures funds a no-brainer | Letters

  • Nov 22, 2013 at 8:00AM

Editor, What do you love too much to lose? There is a proposal before the Island County Board of Commissioners to essentially gut the highly successful and popular Conservations Futures Fund. What has the fund done? It has helped preserve and create public beach access, forest parks, off-leash-dog areas, wildlife habitat of regional significance; miles of hiking, biking and equestrian trails and helped preserve prime farmland. Double Bluff County Park, Ala Spit, Greenbank Farm, Davis Slough Heron Rookery, Trillium Forest and the Three Sisters farm to mention just a few examples of what the fund has done for us.

Initiative 522 campaign lacked urgency | Guest Column

  • Nov 22, 2013 at 8:00AM

Initiative 522 failed to pass for more reasons than just the $22 million opponents shelled out to defeat it. All those bucks certainly made a difference; it was the most money ever spent against an initiative in state history, so far. Had those pushing the food labeling initiative done a better job seeding their message throughout the state and tilling the fields of voters, they could have harvested victory.

Moratorium sides with side of crime | Letters

  • Nov 22, 2013 at 8:00AM

Editor, According to the Washington State Liquor Control Board, even though the Island County Board of Commissioners approved a moratorium for six months, it will not affect licensing and applications. What the moratorium does is force investors to spend thousands on application fees while a handful of people decide if they personally want this business in Island County.

Whidbey Island robotics team places eleventh internationally

  • Nov 22, 2013 at 10:00AM

Members of Whidbey Island’s homegrown underwater robotics team were honored by the Island County Board of Commissioners Monday for placing 11th in international competition. After becoming Pacific Northwest Champions in early May, the Atlantis, Inc. team members competed at the 12th Annual MATE International ROV Competition against more than 30 of the best high school teams from around the world, including Egypt, Venezuela, Scotland, Taiwan, Canada, Singapore, Macau, Hong Kong, and the United States.

North Whidbey Parks director throws in the towel

  • Nov 22, 2013 at 5:00PM updated Nov 24, 2013 at 9:51AM

North Whidbey Park and Recreation District Director Bill Walker resigned at the end of the commissioners’ meeting Thursday. “It’s been an honor and a privilege to work for the taxpayers,” Walker said. Walker submitted his 30-day notice. His last day will be Dec. 21.

Navy to deliver sewer answer to Oak Harbor city officials Monday

  • Nov 23, 2013 at 7:00AM updated Nov 24, 2013 at 9:51AM

City officials may finally get an answer from the Navy base Monday on whether it will partner with Oak Harbor on a new sewage treatment facility. The answer could affect ratepayers’ bills to the tune of about $6 a month. Capt. Mike Nortier, commanding officer of Whidbey Naval Air Station, will be at City Hall at 10:30 a.m. Monday to deliver the answer in person.

Prep athletes earn all-league honors

  • Nov 24, 2013 at 8:00AM

Twenty-seven Oak Harbor High School athletes received all-Western Conference honors, including 15 first-team choices, when the league announced its fall awards Tuesday, Nov. 19.

It’s time to lift the burden of swim clubs off taxpayers | Editorial

  • Nov 24, 2013 at 9:50AM

The North Whidbey Park and Recreation District Board of Commissioners seems to be floundering in the deep end of the pool. The board has yet to approve a 2014 budget, and now the district’s director, Bill Walker, has submitted his resignation. Walker cites a dysfunctional board that’s too focused on the public pool’s aquatics club and masters programs.

Oak Harbor City Council prepares priorities list for reps

  • Nov 24, 2013 at 9:47AM

Oak Harbor leaders want lawmakers in Olympia to support applications for state funding of the city’s new sewage treatment plant. The item topped the list in the City Council’s annual legislative priorities, which will be presented to state Sen. Barbara Bailey, R-Oak Harbor, Rep. Norma Smith, R-Clinton and Rep. Dave Hayes, R-Camano Island.

Jumbo blocks planted at OLF Coupeville

  • Nov 24, 2013 at 9:45AM

More than 1,000 large cement blocks connected by thick cable are being installed around the perimeter of the Navy’s Outlying Field Coupeville. The blocks are stamped with the words, “Government property, do not trespass.” They are a security measure to ensure unauthorized vehicles do not drive onto the field, according to Tony Popp, community relations director for Whidbey Island Naval Air Station.

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