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Super reward for Seahawks fans

  • Feb 5, 2014 at 5:00PM

The last time the Pacific Northwest felt a rumble of this magnitude on the sports landscape, Lance Gibbon nearly lost his bearings.

Washington's 44 points not enough; Wildcats lose | Boys basketball

  • Feb 4, 2014 at 9:00AM updated at 2:48PM

Oak Harbor High School's Drew Washington blistered Maryville-Pilchuck for 44 points, the second highest single-game scoring performance in school history, but the visiting Tomahawks somehow escaped with a 75-67 win Monday, Feb. 3.

Wildcats finish 6th in 41-team tournament | Girls wrestling

  • Feb 4, 2014 at 2:48PM

Although they fielded wrestlers in only seven of the 12 weight classes, the Oak Harbor High School girls finished tied for sixth in the 41-team Lady Wolfpack Invitational at Everett's Jackson High School Saturday, Feb. 1.

Wildcats, M-P meet tonight with playoff berth on line | Boys basketball

  • Feb 3, 2014 at 12:56PM

The Oak Harbor High School boys basketball team can clinch a playoff spot with a win over visiting Marysville-Pilchuck tonight (Monday, Feb. 3) at 7:15. A loss, however…well, let's just say the postseason picture gets fuzzy.

Coupeville native reflects on past 101 years

  • Feb 3, 2014 at 7:00PM

In 1994, Leone Argent helped her son put a new roof on her home. She was 81 years old at the time, moving trusses and doing what needed to be done. After that, she said she retired from roofing. On Wednesday, Jan. 29, Argent turned 101.

Revitalization in works for Island County Fairgrounds

  • Feb 4, 2014 at 12:00AM

A proposal to make the Island County Fairgrounds more viable calls for the demolition of more than half of the facility’s 27 buildings. The swine/cat barn, dog kennels and many more would all be torn down to make way for newer, more efficient structures, according to a plan developed by fair officials, local government representatives and a consultant.

Local leaders like Obama’s call for minimum wage hike

  • Feb 4, 2014 at 10:00AM

Island County elected leaders say they support President Barack Obama’s State of the Union intent to raise the minimum wage and increase job training. “As the economy has recovered, too many Americans have been left behind,” said Larsen in a prepared statement this week. “The president laid out a compelling case for why we need to open up economic opportunities for more people.”

Realty agents, builders urge Island County officials to add Friday hours

  • Feb 3, 2014 at 11:42AM

Builders and real estate brokers are asking Island County to reopen offices on Fridays, saying the current policy hurts their industries. Island County commissioners decided to cut office hours in December 2009 to give employees extra time to finish work after deep budget cuts reduced staff. Closure of the planning department has been particularly troublesome to real estate brokers and builders who experience a domino effect of delays as the result of an unissued permit.

Island County Sheriff scanner: People in woods making weird noises, throwing pinecones

  • Feb 4, 2014 at 9:00AM

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Oak Harbor drops 2 over weekend | Girls basketball

  • Feb 3, 2014 at 11:30AM

Shorecrest and Ferndale each scored in double figures in every quarter to hand the Oak Harbor High School girls basketball team a pair of losses over the weekend.

Coupeville turns over policing duties to Island County sheriff

  • Feb 3, 2014 at 5:00PM

Coupeville Marshal Lance Davenport will hand over his tin star, metaphorical as it may be, to Sgt. Rick Norrie on March 1. The Town Council unanimously voted Tuesday to enter into an interlocal agreement with the Island County Sheriff’s Office to run the struggling marshal’s office.

Missed free throws doom Wolves | Girls basketball

  • Feb 3, 2014 at 11:05AM

Basketball is a complicated game, but sometimes the reason for a win or loss can be pinned on one variable. The Coupeville High School girls basketball team need look no further than the free throw line to zero in on the primary factor in its 42-39 loss to visiting Sultan Friday, Jan. 31.

Sultan sails in 2nd quarter, stops Wolves | Boys basketball

  • Feb 3, 2014 at 10:22AM

Three solid quarters can't always erase one weak one. The Coupeville High School boys basketball team found that out at Sultan Friday, Jan. 31, losing 79-67.

Tryouts begin for Babe Ruth baseball

  • Feb 3, 2014 at 10:21AM

Tryouts for the 2014 Babe Ruth baseball season will be held from 3:30-5 p.m. Feb. 3-7 at the Clover Valley Park field.

Settlement reached for 2010 Anacortes refinery explosion litigation

  • Jan 31, 2014 at 1:09PM

Families of seven workers, including two from Oak Harbor, who were killed in the 2010 explosion at Tesoro’s Anacortes oil refinery, have settled a lawsuit against the oil companies. Attorney David Beninger said the families of the seven workers killed, as well as an injured contractor, will split the approximately $39-million settlement from Tesoro, Shell Oil and Equilon. The court will decide how the money is divided.

Fishin’ Club alive and well | Letters

  • Feb 4, 2014 at 9:00AM

Editor, The Fishin’ Club of Whidbey Island is healthy, growing and more than 100 members strong. Our club was founded in 1991 as a nonprofit, family oriented educational club that serves the community. We are proud to grant college scholarships every year.

Community pulls together for a worthy cause | Letters

  • Feb 4, 2014 at 1:00PM

Editor, Feed the Need would like to thank the local community for donating to our food drive last week Saturday, and helping to collect more than 2,300 pounds of nonperishable food items and more than $500 in cash for the North Whidbey Help House

Obamacare may provide you with ear plugs | Letters

  • Feb 4, 2014 at 9:00AM

Editor, To all you folks out there complaining about the noise from Outlying Field Coupeville, I think I have the perfect solution — You all should call the White House and ask the genius in the oval office if Obamacare will cover the cost of ear plugs for the entire family.

Include sound recordings in home sales | Letters

  • Feb 4, 2014 at 9:00AM

Editor, There is a huge difference between reading decibel numbers on the page and hearing the shattering roar of the Growlers overhead. I mean, how loud are “decibels” anyway? How “significant” is a warning about significant noise? You just can’t know until you experience it with your own ears.

Raising the minimum wage is a flawed idea | Letters

  • Feb 4, 2014 at 9:00AM

Editor, This is an open letter to Congressmen Rick Larsen. “I am writing this letter in response to your newsletter of Jan. 28. Like so many other positions you take on important issues affecting our country, you have this one dead wrong. Your position in support of increasing the minimum wage is the worst thing you could do to an economy struggling to gain traction and recover.

‘Yes’ vote ensures kids a brighter tomorrow | Letters

  • Feb 4, 2014 at 9:00AM

Editor, As our family starts our 20th year of calling Coupeville home, we ask that you please support the two levies for the Coupeville School District currently on the ballot. Our children have received the best Coupeville has to offer.

Inslee seems to be test-driving messages | Guest Column

  • Feb 2, 2014 at 9:00AM

Gov. Jay Inslee’s call to raise money for schools by closing tax breaks put the education funding debate back in the laps of lawmakers this week and in the conversation with voters this fall. Inslee’s plan to generate $200 million in new taxes by eliminating or revising seven exemptions is a slimmed down version of the billion-dollar plus tax package rejected by a Republican-led majority in the Senate a year ago.

Sound Physicians partners with Whidbey General

  • Feb 5, 2014 at 9:00AM

Sound Physicians, based in Tacoma, has agreed to provide hospitalist services to Whidbey General Hospital beginning Feb. 5.

Study reveals groundwater contributed to massive slide at Ledgewood

  • Jan 29, 2014 at 9:00AM updated Jan 31, 2013 at 10:46AM

Homeowners still living near the massive landslide area in Ledgewood are wary as more pieces of the bluff continue to slough off. Ralph Young, a resident living near the landslide site, said a large piece of the bluff broke away last month. “We were concerned it’ll slide again,” Young said.

Citizens of Ebey's Reserve goes after Growlers

  • Jan 30, 2014 at 8:00AM updated Jan 31, 2013 at 10:18AM

The Coupeville-based group that filed a federal lawsuit against the Navy over jet noise in July is now demanding the EA-18G Growlers be completely removed from Whidbey Island Naval Air Station. “Growler jets, with their low-level training operations, have no business on Whidbey Island or in any other populated and environmentally sensitive area,” according to COER President, Michael Monson.

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