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- Jan 17, 2014 at 8:00AM
Editor, “Growler Joe” Kunzler, who calls himself “the greatest thing to happen to the pro-OLF cause – ever,” says keeping Outlying Field Coupeville open and bringing in even more Growlers will not destroy the Coupeville community.
- Jan 16, 2014 at 8:30AM
To rise from darkness, Mike O’Connell got a lift from his paintbrush. There was a time in his life when he was so gripped by depression that he couldn’t leave his home in Auburn. For two-and-a-half years, this went on, until treatment and therapy let light back into his life and eventually gave him back his passion for painting.
- Jan 16, 2014 at 8:26AM
It’s the news articles that you believe will be the least controversial that sometimes land you in the hottest of water. Case in point, our annual “Year in Review” article published in the Jan. 1 edition of the Whidbey News-Times.
- Jan 18, 2014 at 8:00AM
The following items were selected from reports made to the Island County Sheriff’s Office:
- Jan 16, 2014 at 8:14AM
Oak Harbor is one of 12 locations statewide chosen to host an official Seattle Seahawks rally. The rally will start at 6 p.m. Friday at Flyers Restaurant and Brewery. “We’re excited and looking forward to it,” said Jason Tritt, Flyers owner. “It’s going to be an awesome time.”
- Jan 14, 2014 at 2:00PM updated Jan 15, 2013 at 2:53PM
In response to a number of requests, the Navy is extending the scoping period for the Environmental Impact Statement on the EA-18G Growlers. Comments are now being accepted until Friday, Jan. 31. UPDATE: The Navy will not offer additional scoping meetings.
- Jan 15, 2014 at 9:00AM
A banker will be bringing the noise to Oak Harbor this summer. Michelle Curry, a loan officer at Peoples Bank, is organizing an event with hydroplane races Aug. 16-17 in the water just off the marina. She’s inviting Harley Davidson clubs in the region to come watch the speedy, noisy races and join in the festivities.
- Jan 14, 2014 at 8:54AM
Winning nine of 11 events, the Oak Harbor High School swim team slid by Stanwood 104-65 at Vanderzicht Memorial Pool Monday, Jan. 13.
- Jan 14, 2014 at 9:27AM
The defending regional champion Oak Harbor High School Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps drill and rifle teams started the 2014 season with a strong showing at the opening divisional meet at Marysville-Pilchuck High School Saturday, Jan. 11.
- Jan 10, 2014 at 12:07PM
A 16-year-old Greenbank resident turned a little too fast on Deer Lake Road last week and ended up suspending his Toyota Camry on a power pole’s guy-wire. The teenager and his passenger escaped injury, but it did create quite a spectacle. Sheriff deputies said that a combination of the vehicle’s speed and the road’s slick surface resulted in the accident.
- Jan 13, 2014 at 8:20AM
A commanding officer of one of Whidbey Island Naval Air Station’s squadrons was fired Wednesday for inappropriate racial comments and other misdeeds. Former skipper of Electronic Attack Squadron 140 Cmdr. Joe Martinez was fired by Capt. Terry Morris, commander of Carrier Air Wing 7. According to a Navy press release, Morris relieved Martinez “due to loss of confidence in his ability to command.”
- Jan 12, 2014 at 9:00AM updated Jan 14, 2013 at 8:56AM
For anyone wanting to learn more about Puget Sound, Beach Watchers is holding a one-day university with 65 classes. Sound Waters, now in its 19th year, was started after the first Beach Watchers organization was formed. The program is a Washington State University Extension service which brings volunteers together to educate the public about Puget Sound. “I’m trying to do my bit to save the planet,” said Julie Ward, publicity chairwoman for Sound Waters.
- Jan 13, 2014 at 8:00AM updated Jan 14, 2013 at 8:55AM
A 22-year-old Oak Harbor man accused of stabbing his sister’s boyfriend in the chest has “an extensive history” of domestic violence toward his family in Skagit County, court documents indicate. Joshua Greene could face more than a decade in prison if convicted of the counts against him. Prosecutors charged Greene Wednesday with first-degree assault with a deadly weapon, fourth-degree domestic violence assault and interfering with the reporting of domestic violence.
- Jan 13, 2014 at 10:00AM updated at 1:54PM
Four individual champions spurred the Oak Harbor High School wrestling team to second place in the 10-team Sky Valley Invitational in Sultan Saturday, Jan. 11.
- Jan 13, 2014 at 11:00AM updated at 1:54PM
After a night when little went right, the Coupeville High School boys basketball team got back on track with a 50-47 nonleague win over visiting Mount Vernon Christian Saturday, Jan. 11.
- Jan 13, 2014 at 9:00AM updated at 1:54PM
Foul shots are a reward for an opponent's mistake, but the Coupeville High School girls basketball team failed to take advantage of those opportunities in a pair of home losses last weekend.
- Jan 13, 2014 at 1:36PM
Someone forgot to tell the Wildcats they weren't supposed to hang around. Heavily favored Mountlake Terrace defeated the host Oak Harbor High School boys basketball team 69-57 Friday, Jan. 10.
- Jan 13, 2014 at 1:53PM
Nothing seemed to go right as the Oak Harbor High School girls basketball team lost 67-18 at Mountlake Terrace Friday, Jan. 10.
- Jan 13, 2014 at 10:49AM
The Oak Harbor High School cheer team opened its competitive season Saturday, Jan. 11, at the Harbor Cheerfest in Gig Harbor.
- Jan 13, 2014 at 8:17AM
As a result of meetings with local elected officials, the Navy has committed to minimizing the impact of touch-and-go operations at Outlying Field Coupeville. The Navy suspended jet training at the Coupeville-based airfield in May, but resumed them Jan. 6. Among the measures the Navy plans to adopt is avoiding weekends, school testing dates and major festivals.
Citizens of Ebey’s Reserve leader initialed disclosure form in ’03: Monson says Form 22W ‘worthless’
- Jan 13, 2014 at 8:16AM
Citizens of Ebey’s Reserve President Michael Monson has consistently maintained he never received a jet noise disclosure when he bought his home in Coupeville, A real estate agent, however, said that’s incorrect. After checking records a few weeks ago, a Windermere Real Estate agent said that he discovered that Monson had, in fact, initialed a noise disclosure form, apparently at the time he purchased his home.
- Jan 13, 2014 at 8:20AM
Citing a lack of trust for the Navy’s public input hotline, the Citizens of Ebey’s Reserve has created its own jet noise complaint hotline. The Navy resumed touch-and-go operations Monday, Jan. 6, at Outyling Field Coupeville. Residents in the area have complained about the increase in the number of operations at OLF in recent years. COER sued the Navy in July and are calling for a closure of OLF.
- Jan 15, 2014 at 8:00AM
The following items were selected from reports made to the Oak Harbor Police Department:
- Jan 12, 2014 at 9:00AM updated at 11:33AM
The Washington State Patrol’s policy of forgiving lawmakers for speeding during session is simply not fair, said State rep. Dave Hayes. The Republican representative from District 10 said he’s pre-filing a bill that would clarify the authority of law enforcement to issue tickets to legislators, regardless of what’s happening in the hallowed halls of Olympia.
- Jan 13, 2014 at 9:00AM
Easing restrictions on small farms and improving education were the top concerns among residents at a meeting with state Rep. Norma Smith this week. At a meeting in Clinton, Smith’s hometown, ahead of the 63rd Washington State Legislature, a couple dozen people let their representative know what mattered to them.
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