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Political gain is the focus, it’s not about safety | Letter

  • Mar 23, 2016 at 3:00AM

Most responsible gun owners cringe when politicians start talking about gun laws, and it is to be expected when the best they can come up with is to place greater restrictions on the piece of equipment while failing to accept that it is people who commit the violence.

Time to embrace the hospital name change | Letter

  • Mar 23, 2016 at 3:00AM

It’s time to have a new name and logo to go along with the beautiful new building currently under construction.

Treat everyone well, not just those we like | Letter

  • Mar 23, 2016 at 3:00AM

I commented to a friend, “I’ve come to the conclusion that most people with power in government, business, medicine and religion think that the rest of us exist for the purpose of being exploited by them.”

Will forgive, and pray for, church vandals | Letter

  • Mar 23, 2016 at 3:00AM

This is an open letter to those who vandalized Oak Harbor Lutheran Church: You asked us to pray for you. It was a surprising request, scrawled in spray paint amidst profanities and cryptic remarks.

Restoring what matters to islanders while helping fish | Sound Off

  • Mar 23, 2016 at 3:00AM

Like most Pacific Northwesterners, I feel at home by the sea, surrounded by our coastal rainforest flora and fauna. That’s why I chose to get my degree in ecology and, around here, that often means working with salmon. For the past 16 years, I’ve been able to do just that, the last three years as the coordinator of Island County’s Salmon Recovery Program.

Marketing the power of oils

  • Mar 23, 2016 at 5:00AM

“I have an oil for that!” has become the slogan of Tracy Dietz, founder of Kissed By the Goddess, a home-based business that turns out custom-blended face cream, dry-skin cream, wrinkle cream, sugar scrubs, pain-easing ointments and salves, bath salts, roll-ons and lip balms.

Business Briefs

  • Mar 23, 2016 at 4:00AM

First American Title and Escrow changed location, Habitat for Humanity broke new ground and Island County is the most heavily insured in Washington state.

Art & About

  • Mar 23, 2016 at 4:00AM

Here's what's happening in the Whidbey arts scene.

Pageant crowns new Miss Oak Harbor

  • Mar 23, 2016 at 5:00AM

The new Miss Oak Harbor is Mara Powers, a top student at Oak Harbor High School.

Gray whale season set to begin

  • Mar 23, 2016 at 4:00AM

The “Saratoga” or North Puget Sound Gray whales return to Saratoga Passage and Possession Sound each spring, for their annual three-month feeding foray in North Puget Sound.

Island County looks to transfer ownership of fairgrounds

  • Mar 23, 2016 at 6:00AM

The Board of Island County Commissioners yesterday unofficially approved ending the county’s 54-year ownership of the historic Langley fairgrounds and transferring ownership to the Port of South Whidbey, pending a public vote on the matter.

Greenbank Farm picks events coordinator

  • Mar 23, 2016 at 6:00AM

Greenbank Farm has a new employee to help oversee events and revitalize the community.

Weather geek: Hobbyist gaining following with his spot-on forecasts

  • Mar 23, 2016 at 7:00AM

THE SITE is a public Facebook page called North Whidbey Island Weather. It was started two years ago by William Ingram of Oak Harbor, a self-described “weather geek” who worked for the Navy as an aviation electronics technician.

Seahawks fly by Wildcats | Softball

  • Mar 22, 2016 at 8:00AM updated at 11:17AM

It was more bad luck than bad play for the Oak Harbor High School softball team in its 18-2 loss in five innings to Anacortes in the home opener Monday, March 21.

Oak Harbor slips by Ferndale for 1st win | Tennis

  • Mar 22, 2016 at 9:02AM

Getting two wins in both singles and doubles carried the Oak Harbor High School tennis team to a 4-3 win at Ferndale Monday, March 21.

Pape posts 3 PRs in Sectional | NWAC

  • Mar 22, 2016 at 8:52AM

Jillian Pape of the North Whidbey Aquatic Club competed in the 2016 Speedo Sectional Meet March 17-20 at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way.

Coupeville up-ended by Cedarcrest | Baseball

  • Mar 22, 2016 at 8:14AM

The Cedarcrest High School baseball team took advantage of Coupeville mistakes to break open a close game and defeat the host Wolves 9-1 Monday, March 21.

Oak Harbor takes regional title | NJROTC

  • Mar 21, 2016 at 11:00AM updated at 1:08PM

The Wildcat Battalion is back in a familiar spot — first place. The Oak Harbor High School NJROTC drill and rifle competitive teams reclaimed first place in the regional competition Saturday, March 19, at Bethel High School in Spanaway.

Coupeville takes part in PA Invitational | Track

  • Mar 21, 2016 at 1:01PM

It was a day of personal bests for the Coupeville High School track team at the 13-team Port Angeles Invitational Saturday, March 19.

South Whidbey stops Coupeville | Soccer

  • Mar 21, 2016 at 10:13AM

South Whidbey defeated the short-handed Coupeville High School soccer team 9-2 Saturday, March 19, in Langley.

Concrete crumbles under Coupeville comeback | Softball

  • Mar 21, 2016 at 11:46AM

After coming from behind, the Coupeville High School softball team buried Concrete with a big eighth inning to defeat the host Lions 10-5 in extra innings Friday, March 18.

Sign supporting Bernie Sanders targeted by vandals

  • Mar 21, 2016 at 9:37AM

Gary Stone's "Bernie 2016" sign survived two 60 mph Whidbey Island windstorms but not a bout with a yahoo armed with spray paint.

Strong, all-around game carries Coupeville | Baseball

  • Mar 21, 2016 at 9:30AM

The offense scored in all but one inning and CJ Smith tossed a shutout to lead the Coupeville High School baseball team to a 9-0 win at Concrete Friday, March 18.

Mariner nips Wildcats 1-0 | Soccer

  • Mar 21, 2016 at 8:44AM

Mariner nudged past the Oak Harbor High School soccer team 1-0 Friday, March 18, at Goddard Stadium.

Wildcats continue 5-2 slide | Tennis

  • Mar 21, 2016 at 8:34AM

The unfortunate pattern continues. For the fourth time in four matches this season, the Oak Harbor High School tennis team lost 5-2. The latest came Friday, March 18, at Mount Vernon.

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