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Oak Harbor gun debate heats up with walk out
Jan 21 2013, 8:33 AM
No guns were drawn or even visible, but a councilman’s confrontation with an armed audience member ended dramatically Tuesday night as the elected official left the meeting when his colleagues refused to pass a motion to disarm the man.
The confrontation has amped up gun control debate in Oak Harbor, which mirrors many of the discussions occurring nationwide since the Dec. 14 shooting that left 20 children and six staff members dead at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut.
WAIF gets OK to open re-use store near Coupeville
Jan 18 2013, 3:36 PM
Half-full buckets of paint, scrap or old lumber and other used building supplies may soon be for sale at the Coupeville dump.
Earning their latest merit badge in environmental sustainability, the Island County Commissioners last week informally agreed to allow a non-profit group to open a re-use store at the county’s solid waste complex.
Per the agreement, which is expected to be finalized with a formal vote later this month, the store will be operated by Coupeville-based Whidbey Animals’ Improvement Foundation, or WAIF.
$25,000 grant will help Island County Meals on Wheels keep rollin’
Jan 18 2013, 3:38 PM
A South Whidbey-based non-profit group that provides hot meals to senior citizens around Island County will have a little extra gas money this year, thanks to a $25,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation.
Senior Services of Island County was awarded the money in late December through the mega-store’s Washington State Giving Program, which gave a total of $750,000 in 2012, according to an announcement earlier this month.
Oak Harbor man charged in dog abandonment case
Jan 18 2013, 3:39 PM
A 20-year-old Oak Harbor man accused of abandoning his dogs in a state park, leading to the park’s temporarily closure after a biting incident, is facing a series of gross misdemeanor charges.
Island County Animal Control Officer Carol Barnes cited Dominick-Francis Fausto with two counts of animal cruelty in the second degree, as well as two counts of violating of the Island County code regarding “control off premises” of pets.
Fausto pleaded not guilty to the charges earlier this month in Island County District Court.
Sequestration could sap dollars for special education in Oak Harbor
Jan 18 2013, 3:40 PM
Oak Harbor school officials are waiting for the outcomes of two decisions that will affect special education dollars. They want to know whether “sequestration” will happen at the federal level and they want to know the results of a levy election that takes place next month.
The Oak Harbor School District could lose hundreds of thousands of dollars if the next “sequestration” deadline of March 31 is reached. That deadline would mean across-the-board cuts at the federal level which could cost the school district an estimated $220,000 in special education dollars and at least $500,000 in federal Impact Aid dollars.
Anonymous donor helps dog group
Jan 18 2013, 3:45 PM
An anonymous person donated a property on North Whidbey to an organization that trains assistance dogs. That money will go to paying for a new facility that will better meet the organization’s needs.
Summit Assistance Dogs sold a view-front property near Polnell Point that netted approximately $80,000. That money will go toward a new building.
Erik Mann, development associate for the Anacortes based Summit Assistance Dogs, said a Whidbey Island resident, who didn’t want to be identified, decided to donate the property, which could be sold as a fundraiser.
Reed takes helm at Oak Harbor chamber
Jan 18 2013, 3:49 PM
Sound Publishing’s loss will be Oak Harbor’s gain.
Kathy Reed, editor of the Whidbey Crosswind, was chosen as the new director of the Greater Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce. Reed will take over for Jill Johnson, who left the chamber after being elected as a county commissioner.
Jason McFadyen, president of the chamber board, said the chamber received a lot of great applicants for the position, but that Reed stood out in the end.
Oak Harbor bar brawler pleads guilty to assault
Jan 18 2013, 3:49 PM
A 23-year-old Oak Harbor man who assaulted three people in a bar, one seriously, was recently sent to jail.
Matthew R. Davison pleaded guilty in Island County Superior Court Jan. 7 to one count of assault in the second degree and two counts of assault in the fourth degree.
Island Transit antenna meeting scheduled
Jan 18 2013, 3:50 PM
Residents near Island Transit’s main campus will have a chance to comment on the agency’s plans for a 40-foot-tall addition to its new headquarters that is under construction.
Transit officials want to place an antenna behind the new maintenance building, which will be 30 feet tall.
The meeting takes place at 5:30 p.m., Monday, Jan. 21 at Island Transit’s headquarters near the intersection of Highway 20 and Parker Road.
Strong newspapers support democracy | Editorial
Jan 18 2013, 3:51 PM
As a reader, you value the role that newspapers play in keeping people informed and engaged in their communities.
You also probably understand the pitfalls of citizens not having ready access to news about the place where they live, work, play – and pay taxes.