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- posted Oct 31, 2013 at 9:14 AM
Oak Harbor senior Casiano Atienza dropped two matches and was eliminated from the District 1 3A tennis tournament at Stanwood High School Tuesday, Oct. 29.
- posted Oct 30, 2013 at 11:11 AM— updated Oct 31, 2013 at 9:08 AM
To improve communication with local communities, Whidbey Island Naval Air Station is implementing a new comment process community members are encouraged to use to express their thoughts, concerns and issues.
- posted Oct 30, 2013 at 11:52 AM— updated Oct 31, 2013 at 9:09 AM
A sustainable development mentioned by a Port of Coupeville candidate publicly is eliciting concerns from the port’s incoming executive director. Those concerns arose after Tim McDonald, who will start as port director Dec. 1, wanted to find out more about candidate Dick Bowen’s experience. He said he discovered Bowen was involved with Aspen Trails Ranch, a proposed 325-residence development just outside Helena, Mont, which was a project that spurred litigation and eventually fell through, according to news reports.
- posted Oct 30, 2013 at 10:03 AM— updated Oct 31, 2013 at 8:59 AM
Editor, In an Oct. 19 article in the Whidbey News-Times, “Audit shows city pool aswim in controversy,” the article states “Fund was tapped by fired staff.” Oops, I believe that assuming anything makes an ass of you. The first sentence in the article states an “investigation.” Investigation it may be, but no one has been found guilty.
- posted Oct 30, 2013 at 10:14 AM— updated Oct 31, 2013 at 8:58 AM
Editor, Let’s see if I have this right; The hospital wants us to loan it $50 million to upgrade the buildings when they are bleeding, pun intended, enormous amounts of money at at time when its revenue stream is up in the air due to Obamacare, Medicare cuts, Medicaid changes, reduced doctor and hospital reimbursements, massive increases in regulatory costs plus extra taxes on durable medical equipment?
- posted Oct 30, 2013 at 10:08 AM— updated Oct 31, 2013 at 8:59 AM
Editor, The ongoing clash between some Coupeville residents and Whidbey Island Naval Air Station supporters over jet noise is rooted in some very poor county planning decisions starting in the 1980s. Unfortunately, these decisions now leave a permanent footprint giving little hope that a satisfactory compromise appealing to both sides will ever be reached. One can thank the several Republican-led Commissions, mandated by the voters of Oak Harbor, for this mess.
- posted Oct 30, 2013 at 10:18 AM— updated Oct 31, 2013 at 8:58 AM
Editor, We need everyone’s support to continue to improve Whidbey General Hospital. That means we need to understand exactly what Whidbey General means to us. It means ambulances, EMTs, emergency department — the only one on the island for both Navy and civilians alike — clinics, doctors, nurses, technicians, labs, diagnostic imaging, education programs, birthing center, surgery, cardiac rehab, cancer care, physical therapy, hospice — pretty much all medical care on Whidbey Island is provided by your public hospital district.
- posted Oct 31, 2013 at 8:37 AM
Wildcat United won the middle school cross country league championship meet at Skagit Valley College in Mount Vernon Monday, Oct. 28.
- posted Oct 30, 2013 at 10:12 AM— updated Oct 31, 2013 at 8:58 AM
Editor, It appears Michael Monson is a bit upset again with the community of Oak Harbor trying to sustain itself. Yes, Jets=Jobs and jobs=tax revenue, jobs=freedom and jobs=democracy. Jets=protecting your rights. We can go on.
- posted Oct 30, 2013 at 10:30 AM
The Take the Boo Out of SBA Loans event is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31 at Trader Village, Building B at 390 NE Midway Boulevard.
- posted Oct 29, 2013 at 2:48 PM
Walking around the parking lot, a pack of zombies made their way to Midway Boulevard, dragging their feet as they walked. “We look more like a family than we ever have,” Arianna Basoco said. More than 200 zombies walked their way down Midway Boulevard Saturday, Oct. 26. The level of participation took everyone by surprise. “We didn’t know what to expect,” said Kathy Reed, Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce executive director. “We’re well over our goal of a hundred people at this point.”
- posted Oct 29, 2013 at 1:53 PM
The Coupeville High School soccer team wrapped up its season with a pair of home losses.
- posted Oct 29, 2013 at 9:28 AM— updated Oct 29, 2013 at 1:54 PM
The Oak Harbor High School swim team defeated Monroe 111-57 Monday, Oct. 28, finishing the regular season 9-2 and undefeated (4-0) against Western Conference 3A North division opponents.
- posted Oct 29, 2013 at 8:40 AM
Everett High School's 1-0 win over visiting Oak Harbor in soccer not only snapped the Seagulls' eight-match losing streak but also ended the Wildcats' hopes of qualifying for the district tournament.
- posted Oct 28, 2013 at 3:09 PM
Big plays on both sides of the ball lifted the Oak Harbor Cougars of the midget division of the North Cascade Youth Football League to a 16-14 win over Anacortes in the quarterfinals of the league tournament Saturday, Oct. 26, at Fort Nugent Field.
- posted Oct 28, 2013 at 11:43 AM— updated Oct 28, 2013 at 3:09 PM
Oak Harbor's John Rodeheffer was the boys individual champion at the Western Conference 3A cross country championships at South Whidbey High School Saturday, Oct. 26.
- posted Oct 28, 2013 at 10:17 AM— updated Oct 29, 2013 at 8:17 AM
An admirer of the region’s beautiful waterfalls, William “Billy” Wolf set out alone July 5 on his motorcycle. That afternoon, Wolf lost control of his bike, slid into a ravine, hit a log or rock and went over his handlebars. He broke his neck, injuring his spine which rendered him paralyzed. As he lie paralyzed face down somewhere in the North Cascades, Wolf said he prayed that God would either take him, or someone would find him.
- posted Oct 28, 2013 at 10:27 AM
The injury bug and King's took another bite out of the Coupeville High School football team in the Wolves' 28-0 loss in Shoreline Friday, Oct. 25.
- posted Oct 28, 2013 at 10:20 AM
Whidbey Island Bank will no longer be headquartered in Oak Harbor following a merger with Olympia-based Heritage Financial Corporation. Washington Banking Company, the holding company for Whidbey Island Bank, and Heritage Financial jointly announced Wednesday the signing of an agreement for the “strategic merger.” Coupeville resident Al Sherman said he was surprised by the news, but cheered the impressive growth of the bank over the past decade.
- posted Oct 28, 2013 at 10:08 AM
Editor, We have seen the “just vote yes” signs everywhere for the hospital bond. We have seen the reasons given by the hospital administration for increasing our property taxes, but we have not seen any direct, measurable facts given to support this request. They have not supplied any facts or figures to back up any of their claims.
- posted Oct 28, 2013 at 10:05 AM
Editor, I’m ashamed. Last week, I attended the Leauge of Women Voters forum. The event included school board candidates. When the subject of bullying in our schools came up, candidate Bill Burnett said it is a “silly issue” that is basically made up by educators and parents.
- posted Oct 28, 2013 at 10:13 AM
Friends of Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve will host its sixth annual Community Potluck, 6-8:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1 at the historic Crocket Barn off Fort Casey Road. Bring a favorite culinary delight to share with neighbors and please bring your own utensils and plates. Beer and Wine will be available for purchase and non-alcoholic beverages will be provided.
- posted Oct 28, 2013 at 10:26 AM
In 1945, Laurin “Bud” Zylstra brought home dozens of American, German and Japanese artifacts upon returning from his service during World War II. Zylstra, of Oak Harbor, is one of many Whidbey Island residents who donated items that now comprise the PBY Memorial on Seaplane Base in Oak Harbor. The growing memorial is hoping to continue expanding with the help of additional donations from the Whidbey Island and surrounding communities.
- posted Oct 28, 2013 at 10:31 AM
Residents can weigh in on the public participation plan for the county’s fish and wildlife conservation efforts at the Island County commissioners’ regular Monday board meeting. Public comment will begin no earlier than 6:15 p.m. Monday, Oct. 28. Senior Planner Brad Johnson said the update to the Fish and Wildlife Habitat Conservation Areas was originally supposed to be completed in 2005 as part of the state-mandated Comprehensive Plan update.
- posted Oct 28, 2013 at 10:29 AM
Marysville-Pilchuck High School’s football playbook centers around main character Austin Joyner, but the Tomahawks added another page – Killian Page – to the script to defeat Oak Harbor 39-21 Friday, Oct. 25, at Quil Ceda Stadium in Marysville.
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