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Hearings board gives Island County deadline to comply with critical areas rules

  • Jul 4, 2015 at 2:00AM

Island County’s 2014 beaver dam rules sprang a big leak recently when a state regulatory board found they failed to protect critical areas as required by state law and were not based on best available science. The Growth Management Hearings Board for Western Washington issued the ruling late last month. It identified six other failures in the fish and wildlife habitat conservation areas update adopted by the Island County commissioners in September.

Hearings set on ferry fare hikes

  • Jul 4, 2015 at 1:00AM

A fare hike for Washington State Ferries is the subject of public hearings in July, including one on Whidbey Island. The state Transportation Commission is considering a proposal to boost the base price of one-way travel on Oct. 1, and again May 1, 2016.

Patriotism on display in Oak Harbor this weekend

  • Jul 1, 2015 at 7:00AM updated Jul 2, 2015 at 2:07PM

The stage is set for Oak Harbor’s traditional celebration of patriotic pride, and organizers say this year promises to be bigger and brighter than ever.

North Whidbey rallies for another comeback win | 9/10 Softball

  • Jul 2, 2015 at 9:53AM

Just call them the Comeback Kids. The North Whidbey Little League 9/10 all-star softball team came from seven runs down to defeat Sedro-Woolley 13-11 in the district tournament Wednesday, July 1, in Mount Vernon.

Whidbey General Hospital paid majority of Gipson’s legal defense

  • Jul 1, 2015 at 3:00AM updated Jul 2, 2015 at 9:37AM

Whidbey General Hospital paid its chief nursing officer’s legal fees in defending against a gross-misdemeanor criminal charge of which she was found not guilty.

Big comeback gives North Whidbey win | 9/10 Softball

  • Jul 1, 2015 at 12:00PM updated Jul 2, 2015 at 8:49AM

It's hard to imagine a better way for the North Whidbey Little League 9/10 softball team to start its district tournament, and a tougher way for Central Whidbey to begin its.

2nd-inning blues sink Oak Harbor | Legion

  • Jul 1, 2015 at 12:00PM updated Jul 2, 2015 at 8:09AM

If the Oak Harbor Legion baseball team could have skipped the second inning in both games of its doubleheader at Burlington Tuesday, June 30, it might have had a chance.

Fireworks displays will go on in Island County, resolution urges limiting personal use to prevent fires

  • Jul 1, 2015 at 11:00AM

Island County Board of Commissioners passed a resolution last week to “encourage all within our jurisdiction to limit the discharge of personal fireworks to reduce fire danger on our islands.”

Two in hospital after small plane crash near Oak Harbor

  • Jun 30, 2015 at 7:00AM updated at 7:18PM

Two people are in the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries after a skydiving plane crashed near the Oak Harbor airport Monday night, according to the Island County Sheriff’s Office.

Easing the transition: group of Whidbey Island women use song to make dying a less negative experience

  • Jun 27, 2015 at 4:00AM updated Jun 30, 2015 at 3:14PM

For those preparing to pass life’s final threshold, a group of Whidbey women offer a gift of transcendence and healing.

Thousands attend Prowler sendoff at Whidbey Island Naval Air Station

  • Jul 1, 2015 at 7:00AM

The three-day event paid tribute to the EA-6B Prowler and its retirement after 45 years of service in the U.S. Navy from its home base in Oak Harbor.

Dried beet pulp said to produce best milk | Looking Back

  • Jul 1, 2015 at 3:00AM

Here's what was happening in the news this week 100, 75, 50 and 25 years ago.

Red tides not all that uncommon | Guest Column

  • Jul 1, 2015 at 3:00AM

The Island County Public Health Department was notified of a “red tide” in Holmes Harbor on South Whidbey. People called to ask if it’s safe to swim, harvest crab or allow their dogs into the water.

It’s a small price to pay for freedom | Letters

  • Jul 1, 2015 at 2:00AM

People have complained about jet noise for a long time, but think about it — the Navy is good for all of us. They are fighting for our country.

COER’s claims are soundly debunked | Letters

  • Jul 1, 2015 at 2:00AM

During a recorded radio show on KSER radio, “Sound Living” at 4 p.m. on June 19, Citizens of Ebey’s Reserve leadership made two amazing statements: “People are dying [because of the jet noise]” and “Oak Harbor is filled with crime because of the Navy.” These unbelievable, over-the-top lies signify COER’s desperation — their “last gasp.”

Will pay any price to support VAQ wing | Letters

  • Jul 1, 2015 at 2:00AM

I deeply appreciate Whidbey Island Naval Air Station’s open house on June 27. The flying, the quality human-to-human time and sense of purpose — especially with the Team Whidbey banner and flying — was much renewed.

Will start hitting the brakes for tailgaters | Letters

  • Jul 1, 2015 at 2:00AM

To those who drive into Oak Harbor every weekday between 7 a.m. and 7:30 a.m., be advised that I drive at 50 mph from Libbey Road all the way into Oak Harbor, which is the posted speed limit.

Teach children to respect the flag | Letters

  • Jul 1, 2015 at 2:00AM

I have driven or ridden in the past four or five Fourth of July parades and am appalled by the total disrespect for the American flag.

Marriage equality is indeed a right under our great Constitution | In Our Opinion

  • Jul 1, 2015 at 3:00AM

The United States Supreme Court has ruled on the matter of same-sex marriage, just in time for the annual celebration of America’s independence.

Island County Sheriff announces series of jail reforms

  • Jul 1, 2015 at 2:00AM

In response to a report on an inmate’s death, Island County Sheriff Mark Brown announced that he has instituted immediate reforms to ensure the safety and health of people in the Island County jail.

Ideas explored for felled tree in Oak Harbor

  • Jul 1, 2015 at 3:00AM

More than a year after Oak Harbor city crews felled a 330-year-old Garry oak, pieces of the ancient tree still sit behind the city’s municipal shop.

Oak Harbor man arrested for threats, claims laser aimed at his genitals

  • Jul 1, 2015 at 4:00AM

An Oak Harbor man was arrested for exposing himself to a family and threatening to kill his neighbor after accusing the man of burning his penis with a laser, according to court documents.

Deception Pass bridge closed nightly July 12-17 for paving

  • Jul 1, 2015 at 5:00AM

Deception Pass bridge will close to traffic for five consecutive nights beginning Sunday, July 12, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation.

Church Notes

  • Jul 1, 2015 at 3:00AM

Oak Harbor churches are now accepting enrollments for Vacation Bible School and preschool. The Christian Science Reading Room is open.

Oak Harbor resident graduates from Linfield College | Notable

  • Jul 1, 2015 at 3:00AM

Victoria Lynn Nickerson, of Oak Harbor, graduated from Linfield College with a bachelor of arts in health education. The college’s commencement ceremony was held Sunday, May 31.

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