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Tungate receives invitation to national camp | NWAC

  • Feb 11, 2014 at 8:08AM

North Whidbey Aquatic Club junior swimmer Olivia Tungate has been invited by USA Swimming to attend the Western Zone Select Swimming Camp in Tempe, Ariz., May 29-June 1.

Oak Harbor woman accused of tattooing man by force

  • Feb 6, 2014 at 10:00AM updated Feb 10, 2013 at 7:51PM

While he’s a victim of a violent crime, Matthew Reimer said he can see the humor in what happened to him, though his friends are apoplectic. But mostly, he said, he sees the bizarre incident as a “wake up call” that it’s time to leave the drug scene behind.

COER is aiming for government buyout

  • Feb 8, 2014 at 11:00AM updated Feb 10, 2013 at 1:54PM

Well after some of the lies have been exposed, it appears Citizens for Ebey’s Reserve’s true intent is finally revealed — to close Whidbey Island Naval Air Station and plunge this community into economic chaos.

COER is aiming for government buyout

  • Feb 7, 2014 at 11:00AM updated Feb 10, 2013 at 1:52PM

Well after some of the lies have been exposed, it appears Citizens for Ebey’s Reserve’s true intent is finally revealed — to close Whidbey Island Naval Air Station and plunge this community into economic chaos.

Dozen earn regional berths | Wrestling

  • Feb 10, 2014 at 11:19AM

Twelve Oak Harbor High School wrestlers, seven boys and five girls, qualified for the regional tournament through their efforts at their respective subregional meets last weekend.

Wolves head to district after splitting 2 games | Girls basketball

  • Feb 10, 2014 at 9:53AM

After splitting its final two regular season games, it's on to the playoffs for the Coupeville High School girls basketball team.

Anchor may solve 200-year-old mystery

  • Feb 10, 2014 at 9:36AM

Once strong and new, it secured our future. Now rusty and covered in sea life, it will connect us with our past. Maybe. Considered by some to be a Holy Grail of Puget Sound archaeology, three men — a commercial diver, an amateur historian and an attorney — believe they have found the fabled lost anchor of Captain George Vancouver’s exploration of the Pacific Northwest more than 200 years ago. Lying in shallow water along the west side of Whidbey Island, the historic artifact could be recovered by the three-man team that makes up Anchor Ventures LLC within the month. Thought the only physical proof left behind by the long-ago expedition, the anchor has been a highly sought-after prize by historical groups for years.

Land trust rejects COER call to refuse money from Navy

  • Feb 9, 2014 at 10:00AM updated Feb 10, 2013 at 9:00AM

Whidbey Camano Land Trust will continue to accept Navy money to acquire land within Ebey’s Reserve, despite a request from jet noise opponents to suspend the relationship. Citizens of Ebey’s Reserve, or COER, asked last month that the Land Trust cease using Navy funds until the ongoing Environmental Impact Statement on the EA-18G Growler is finished. That’s expected to take about 17 months.

Oak Harbor adopts a marijuana ordinance

  • Feb 8, 2014 at 12:00PM

A 78-year-old councilman known for having conservative views was the only elected official to object to Oak Harbor’s new regulations on recreational marijuana businesses. The state and city rules are too burdensome on pot entrepreneurs, Councilman Jim Campbell argued. “I really believe they are being too harshly regulated,” he said. “The Liquor Control Board ought to regulate them just as they do bars.”

Retirees upset over changes at Naval Hospital

  • Feb 7, 2014 at 4:41PM

Whidbey retirees berated the Oak Harbor Naval Hospital’s commanding officer Wednesday for making them change their primary care physician to one on base. Nearly 60 military retirees voiced their frustration at a meeting at the Chief’s Club about changes to the hospital’s policies that go into effect March 1. Capt. Edward Simmer gave a brief presentation followed by questions and scoldings from retirees who felt they were not given appropriate notice and that the new policy is unfair.

Coupeville deputy marshal arrested and held on $30,000 bail

  • Feb 7, 2014 at 4:25PM

A deputy with the Coupeville Marshal’s Office was arrested Friday in connection with a 2007 incident in which he allegedly handcuffed his former girlfriend on the side of a dark road during a fight, according to an Oak Harbor police report. Hodges Gowdey III, a well-known and longtime deputy marshal, appeared in Island County Superior Court Friday afternoon, shackled and dressed in an orange jail outfit.

'Growler' Joe Kunzler taking a step back

  • Feb 8, 2014 at 11:00AM

Joe Kunzler loves watching Navy aircraft operations at Outlying Field Coupeville so much he’s coined his own phrase. “That’s part of the fun of OLF-ing,” Kunzler said. “You never know when it’s going to start until they do it.”

Man jailed for choking girlfriend, throwing kitten

  • Feb 8, 2014 at 11:00AM

A 35-year-old Oak Harbor man is facing charges after allegedly choking a woman and throwing her kitten across a parking lot, court documents state. Carl J. Phillips, Jr. pleaded not guilty in Island County Superior Court Jan. 2 to assault in the second degree and animal cruelty in the second degree.

Manager hired for up to $750K on Whidbey General Hospital expansion

  • Feb 6, 2014 at 2:08PM

Whidbey General Hospital’s expansion has taken a step forward. The hospital’s board of commissioners approved an agreement in January with Marc Estvold to manage the project. Voters approved a $50-million bond in November.

Seahawks provided a moment to savor | Publisher's Column

  • Feb 7, 2014 at 11:32AM

The past few weeks have been pure electric on Whidbey Island and throughout Washington state. The excitement and energy that mounted with the Seattle Seahawks’ ascension to the Super Bowl has provided us all with an experience to savor.

Tigers pull away in 2nd half to stop Wolves | Boys basketball

  • Feb 7, 2014 at 10:35AM

A halftime lead soon evaporated in the third quarter and the Coupeville High School boys basketball team closed out the season with a 76-54 loss at Granite Falls Thursday, Feb. 6.

Wildcats lose, look to brighter future | Girls basketball

  • Feb 7, 2014 at 8:44AM

The game, and the season for that matter, wasn't over 15 minutes when Jinai Guzman, a sophomore guard on the Oak Harbor High School girls basketball team, asked coach Jon Atkins if she could come in after school the next day to shoot.

Whidbey Red Cross volunteers prepare for disaster

  • Feb 6, 2014 at 1:57PM

For Whidbey Island Red Cross volunteers, it’s not a question of “if,” it’s a question of “when” a disaster will occur. Staying prepared is a top priority.

Chargers upset Oak Harbor's postseason plans | Boys basketball

  • Feb 6, 2014 at 11:25AM

A poor shooting night cost the Oak Harbor High School boys basketball team more than a game, it robbed the Wildcats of a chance to advance to the postseason.

Wolves play well in loss | Girls basketball

  • Feb 6, 2014 at 10:48AM

Coupeville High School girls basketball coach David King liked just about everything he saw on the court from his team at Archbishop Murphy Tuesday, Feb. 4. However, when he looked up at the scoreboard, the lights revealed a 50-48 win for the Wildcats.

Murphy's pressure bothers Wolves | Boys basketball

  • Feb 6, 2014 at 10:50AM

Archbishop Murphy's full-court press helped the Wildcats pick up points in transition in a 78-50 win over the host Coupeville High School boys basketball team Tuesday, Feb. 4.

Tomahawks defeat Wildcats | Girls basketball

  • Feb 6, 2014 at 10:45AM

Marysville-Pilchuck outscored the visiting Oak Harbor High School girls basketball team 40-13 in the middle quarters on the way to a 59-27 win Tuesday, Feb. 4.

Whidbey fans join Super Bowl parade

  • Feb 5, 2014 at 10:00AM updated at 4:40PM

Rhys Mattila was up bright and early Wednesday. But the Oak Harbor High School senior wasn't getting ready for school.

Super Bowl champion merchandise arriving

  • Feb 4, 2014 at 4:24PM

Seattle Seahawks merchandise branded with their Super Bowl championship has already started trickling into Oak Harbor

Oak Harbor Kmart closing doors in late April

  • Feb 4, 2014 at 9:00AM updated Feb 5, 2013 at 6:26AM

Oak Harbor’s Kmart is closing its doors for good in late April, according to a company spokesman. Howard Riefs, director of corporate communications for Sears Holding Corp, said a total of 68 employees, mostly part-time and hourly workers, will lose their jobs. And another commercial property will sit empty in the city.

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