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Prayer violates Constitutions | Letters
Feb 28 2013, 2:11 PM
Last year the Freedom From Religion Foundation sent 900 formal letters to city councils and school boards across America informing them their prayers during meetings were unconstitutional, 140 of them stopped, our Oak Harbor City Council did not.
Not only does the city council’s prayer violate the U.S. Constitution, but it violates the Washington State Constitution too.
Federal cuts may affect Whidbey Island economy and families
Feb 28 2013, 9:04 AM
The myriad ways the federal government affects the Whidbey Island community are suddenly in a spotlight as the prospects of dramatic cuts loom.
The automatic federal spending reductions, known as sequestration, are set to occur March 1. A wide variety of officials on the island are worried about the effects it could have on the economy, education, public health, housing for the poor and local government coffers.
Civilian employees at Whidbey Island Naval Air Station face furloughs under sequestration
Feb 28 2013, 9:04 AM
If sequestration goes into effect this Friday, an estimated 1,200 civilian workers at Whidbey Island Naval Air Station will be subject to furloughs, Navy officials have confirmed.
According to base spokesman Mike Welding, the furloughs would come in the form of one mandatory day off per week, beginning April 1 and running through the fiscal year to Sept. 30.
Oak Harbor school officials wait and see
Feb 28 2013, 9:04 AM
Oak Harbor school officials are in a wait-and-see mode over looming March 1 sequestration, which could mean hundreds of thousands of federal dollars cut from the district’s coffers.
Because leaders don’t know how much money may be eliminated, they aren’t able to develop the budget for the 2013-2014 school year.
“We don’t know enough to incorporate state and federal funding into our budget process,” Oak Harbor School District Superintendent Rick Schulte said.
Congrats to Oak Harbor author | Letters
Feb 26 2013, 3:51 PM
Congratulations to Brittany Geragotelis for her success in the writing world! And congratulations to her as well for her clear-headed commitment to that success.
As a former writing instructor on Whidbey and current writing coach off-island, I’ve worked with a number of “wannabes” who long for the kind of life Brittany is creating as a writer.
Penn Cove Mussels feted this weekend during Coupeville festival
Feb 26 2013, 3:29 PM
Take a trip to Central Whidbey this weekend and satisfy your chowder-loving taste buds. Penn Cove Mussel Festival starts Friday.
The three-day event stays true to its roots with nearly every Coupeville restaurant offering chowder samplings.
Vickie Chambers, executive director for the Coupeville Historic Waterfront Association, said the event started 27 years ago as a food festival.
Letter writer is confused | Letters
Feb 26 2013, 3:50 PM
I would like to address some assertions by Teresa Dix in a recent letter to the editor that I think are off mark.
First, the concern about how to tell the ‘good guy’ from the ‘bad guy,’ well if someone is open carrying a pistol securely in a holster and are behaving them selves, then they’re probably not a criminal.
Now say if, someone has a gun poorly concealing in their waistband, hiding their face, and are generally acting suspicious, then they may be up to no good.
Kids fight at middle school track | Oak Harbor Scanner
Feb 26 2013, 3:41 PM
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Former Island County EDC staffer faces theft charge
Feb 26 2013, 3:35 PM
The former assistant director of the Island County Economic Development Council is accused of embezzling more than $30,000 from the agency, court documents state.
Prosecutors charged 58-year-old Sharleen Eller in Island County Superior Court Feb. 13 with theft in the first degree, a crime described in court papers as to “embezzle currency via scheme.”
Eller could face up to 90 days in jail if convicted.
Three-car accident on North Whidbey causes minor injury
Mar 01 2013, 3:03 PM
A three-car accident on North Whidbey snarled traffic late Thursday afternoon, but only one person sustained an injury.
Trooper Mark Francis with the Washington State Patrol said the driver of a Chrysler minivan turned from Jones Road onto State Highway 20 into the path of a northbound four-door sedan at about 4 p.m.