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- posted Dec 6, 2013 at 3:11 PM
Nichols Brothers announces new projects for 2014; soroptimists’ Tree of Hope in need of sponsors; four vehicles damaged in S. Whidbey crash; harbor expansion causes another headache; South Whidbey School Board heads to Bellevue
- posted Dec 6, 2013 at 3:16 PM— updated Dec 10, 2013 at 8:38 AM
A national pet-supply retailer is moving into Oak Harbor, but the owner of the city’s longtime, family-owned pet store isn’t worried about the competition. “For me, it doesn’t change a lot of things,” said Brian Knoll, owner of Island Pet Center. “We’re going to continue to take care of our customers like we always have. We’re going to continue to offer fair, competitive prices, like we always have.” Petco plans to open a store in a vacant building on State Highway 20 across from the Albertson’s supermarket, according to documents filed with the city of Oak Harbor. The building used to house a Blockbuster Video and a payday loan business.
- posted Dec 6, 2013 at 3:18 PM
Editor, This letter is regarding a confrontation that was originally sold as a conversation between a Coupeville resident and I at the Tuesday Navy EIS scoping. Although the Coupeville resident, I believe, acted like a bully, alleged I wanted “a war machine everywhere I go,” and brought up my bullied childhood, I sincerely apologize to the Coupeville town marshal for my angry outburst.
- posted Dec 6, 2013 at 3:18 PM
It’s been 33 years since voters chose a Republican governor in Washington. It’s been even longer since a member of the Grand Old Party got elected from the 38th Legislative District to the state House of Representatives. You have to go back half a century to find the last one — Jack Metcalf, a Whidbey Island Republican who won a House seat when the district’s boundaries encompassed parts of Snohomish and Island counties.
- posted Dec 6, 2013 at 3:20 PM
Editor, Thank you, kind gentleman, for coming to my rescue. Under embarrassing circumstances I met Max from Lancaster, Pa., in town as a tourist, taking a break from visiting his kid, stationed on Whidbey. He just happened to be on hand to be my hero on Coupeville’s historic Front Street.
- posted Dec 9, 2013 at 12:44 PM
First-game nerves contributed to a slow start for the Coupeville High School boys basketball team in its 84-50 loss at Blaine Saturday, Dec. 7
- posted Dec 9, 2013 at 11:38 AM
The Mount Baker High School girls basketball team hurt Oak Harbor with the long ball in the first half and then from the block in the second to defeat the host Wildcats 65-51 Friday, Dec. 6.
- posted Dec 9, 2013 at 11:28 AM— updated Dec 9, 2013 at 12:52 PM
The Coupeville High School girls basketball team's willingness to work paid early dividends as the Wolves defeated visiting Meridian 46-34 Saturday, Dec. 7.
- posted Dec 6, 2013 at 2:53 PM— updated Dec 10, 2013 at 8:32 AM
Wayne Killebrew admits he’s a little embarrassed by the state of his neighborhood. Tucked away just north of Oak Harbor, the mobile home park once called Thunderbird is filled with 59 ancient, moss-covered, single- and double-wide trailers. Many are in various states of disrepair, with tarps and other makeshift patches covering holes in thin walls. Some yards are littered with junk.
Holiday house: Oak Harbor couple shares holiday joy by sprucing up their yard with elaborate displays for all seasons
- posted Dec 6, 2013 at 2:56 PM— updated Dec 10, 2013 at 8:33 AM
For three months out of the year, Patti and Harry Keller don’t worry about the electric bill. They shrug it off as a temporary inconvenience essential to enjoying their favorite pastime. “Oh, it shoots up the last three months of the year,” Patti said of their bill. “We really don’t want to figure it out. It’s not the point.” The point is, joy radiates from the Keller’s front yard during the holidays.
- posted Dec 6, 2013 at 2:51 PM— updated Dec 10, 2013 at 8:39 AM
The recent installation of cement blocks around Outlying Field Coupeville is drawing criticism from area residents who claim the Navy failed to consult with the community. More than 1,000 40-inch cement Jersey barriers were placed around the perimeter of the OLF, stamped with the words “government property, do not trespass.” Additional fencing will also be placed at the entryways. Plans to install the blocks to increase security at OLF Coupeville has been in the works for years, according to officials at Whidbey Island Naval Air Station.
- posted Dec 6, 2013 at 3:13 PM— updated Dec 11, 2013 at 11:33 AM
Carrying a tuba around every day can take a toll on the triceps. But what felt like a struggle a year ago seems a little less laborious these days for Jordan George. He’s gotten stronger, and so has his tuba playing. George, an eighth grader at North Whidbey Middle School in Oak Harbor, recently was selected to participate in the Washington Music Educators Association Junior All-State band Feb. 15 in Yakima.
- posted Dec 5, 2013 at 10:24 AM
The Oak Harbor High School competitive and sideline cheer teams are off to a fresh start.
- posted Dec 5, 2013 at 10:23 AM
"LEAD Strong" is the motto of this winter's Coupeville High School cheer squad, tying into the traditional family feeling the team has built over the years.
- posted Dec 6, 2013 at 2:49 PM
Oak Harbor Mayor Scott Dudley’s benefits will shrink in just over a year. Members of City Council shot back at his proposal to eliminate health insurance coverage for all elected officials with a resolution that will only affect the mayor’s benefits. The council unanimously approved the resolution during Tuesday’s meeting. It eliminates elected officials’ eligibility to participate in the city’s high-deductible health care plan and prevents the city from paying for medical premiums for dependents of elected officials.
- posted Dec 6, 2013 at 2:50 PM
The organizer of the North Whidbey Community Harvest called it a Thanksgiving like none other. The 12th annual event drew about 4,000 people to the Oak Harbor Elks Lodge on Nov. 28 while volunteers delivered meals to about 1,000 more, according to Jack Stiltz, the event’s coordinator. “This ranked as the best we’ve ever had in 12 years,” Stiltz said.
- posted Dec 6, 2013 at 3:07 PM— updated Dec 9, 2013 at 8:38 AM
A man wearing a black ski mask, camouflage jacket and pants stormed the Bayview Valero gas station Wednesday night and forced the store’s clerk to hand him $500. The clerk was not seriously injured by the armed robber, though the Island County Sheriff’s Office reported the suspect jabbed the victim with the barrel of the weapon, leaving an impression in her skin that matches the diameter of a shotgun barrel. “Endangering somebody’s life for anything doesn’t make any sense for anything,” said detective Ed Wallace.
- posted Dec 6, 2013 at 2:46 PM— updated Dec 9, 2013 at 8:37 AM
Dramatic exchanges that occurred during the Navy’s public information meetings last week illustrated rising tensions over jet noise. Within the first hour of the first scoping meeting in Coupeville, two men traded heated words that led to one of them being ejected by town marshals. During the second meeting, held in Oak Harbor, community leaders on both sides of the debate made unscheduled presentations to Capt. Mike Nortier, commanding officer of Whidbey Island Naval Air Station.
- posted Dec 5, 2013 at 10:22 AM
The Oak Harbor High School swim team finished with a 9-1 record in 2012-13, and coach Alex Thierry doesn’t see why the Wildcats can’t meet that mark again this winter.
- posted Dec 5, 2013 at 10:19 AM
The Coupeville High School boys basketball team has more experience and greater depth than the past few seasons. The question is, will that result in more wins?
- posted Dec 5, 2013 at 10:17 AM
A strong competitive spirit and work ethic should help the Coupeville High School girls basketball team challenge for a spot in the first division in the Cascade Conference this season, according to coach David King.
- posted Dec 4, 2013 at 8:23 AM
If fundraising goes as expected, stray animals caught on Whidbey Island could have a new home. Officials with the Whidbey Animals’ Improvement Foundation are raising money and constructing a new campus. Nearly $2 million has been raised and leaders are looking to collect another $1.8 million to pay for construction of a new 8,700-square-foot-building on 9.8 acres of land located across the street from the current shelter near Coupeville.
- posted Dec 4, 2013 at 8:19 AM— updated Dec 6, 2013 at 2:42 PM
Over the next three years, six crews of the Royal Australian Air Force will train to fly the new EA-18G Growler at Whidbey Island Naval Air Station. The pilots will join the base’s Fleet Replacement Squadron and Electronic Attack Squadron 129. As part of the U.S. government’s Foreign Military Sales program, the Australian government is purchasing 12 of the Boeing-made Growlers.
- posted Dec 4, 2013 at 8:18 AM— updated Dec 6, 2013 at 3:28 PM
An Oak Harbor man is accused of choking his wife and restraining her from leaving after fighting about whether he should drink while watching Ultimate Fighting Championship, court documents show. Erik Selvidge, 25, was ordered held in Island County Jail in lieu of $100,000 bail. Island County Superior Court Judge Vickie Churchill ruled at a Nov. 18 hearing that there was probable cause to hold him on suspicion of kidnapping and assault.
- posted Dec 4, 2013 at 8:39 AM
Editor, The Navy is in violation of Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act with the construction of its “supposedly planned” wall of jersey barriers tied together with heavy steel cable. One federal agency cannot disregard the policies of another federal agency – not even Whidbey Island Naval Air Station.
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